The Books You Recommended

Yesterday, I asked for seven book recommendations for me to read during the seven weeks my kids will be away this summer.

We collected all of your ideas – you picked a total of 140 books for me to choose from. There were only a handful of repeats from multiple people, which was surprising. Below, all suggested books, in alphabetical order. The asterisks were books that were repeated. I’ve already read a few of these, but left them on the list.

I’ll be selecting my seven books shortly and giving you the list in advance. You can read along with me each week and then we’ll react to each one together.

Titles: Authors:
Absent Superpower Peter Zeihan
Adrift Steven Callahan
Against the Gods** Peter L. Bernstein
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
Alone in Antarctica Felicity Aston
Am I Being too Subtle Sam Zell
American Caesar William Manchester
American Nations Colin Woodward
American Ulysses Ronald C. White
An American Sickness Elisabeth Rosenthal
At Home Bill Bryson
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Barking Up the Wrong Tree Eric Barker
Beat the Market Edward O. Thorp and Sheen T. Kassouf
Bed of Procrustes Nassim Taleb
Behave Robert Sapolski
Being Mortal Atul Gawande
Beisner Dean Acheson
Black Edge** Sheelah Kolhatkar
Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon Steve Sheinkin
Brave Companions David McCullough
Brothers Stephen Kinzer
Buffet – The Biography Roger Lowenstein
Charlie Wilson’s War George Crile III
Chronicles Bob Dylan
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Cork Dork Bianca Bosker
Creativity Inc Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull
Dark Pools Scott Patterson
Den of Thieves James B. Stewart
Development as Freedom Amartya Sen
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems Galileo Galilei
Dreadnought Robert K. Massie
Dream Hoarders Richard V. Reeves
Fatal Shore Robert Hughes
Fed Up Danielle Dimartino Booth
Fooled by Randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Fortune’s Formula William Poundstone
Fountainhead Ayn Rand
Gates of Fire Steven Pressfield
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Good Profit Charles Koch
Guns Germs and Steel** Jared Diamond
Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Hip Hop Family Tree Ed Piskor
History of Gold Peter L. Bernstein
History of the World in 6 Glasses Tom Standage
Homo Deus** Yuval Noah Harari
How Will you Measure your Life Clayton M. Christensen
I’m a Stranger Here Myself Bill Bryson
Immortal Irishman Timothy Egan
In the Kingdom of Ice Hampton Sides
Innocents Abroad Mark Twain
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking Daniel Dennett
John Adams** David McCullough
Killing Rommel Steven Pressfield
Killing the Rising Sun Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Letters from Earth Mark Twain
Life James Fox and Keith Richards
Lords of Finance Liaquat Ahamed
Losing my Virginity Richard Branson
Man for all Markets Edward O. Thorp
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
Mental Models, Investing and You Vishal Khandelwal
More Money than God Sebastian Mallaby
Murder at the Altar Veronica Heley
My Cross to Bear Gregg Allman
My Promised Land Ari Shavit
News of the World Paulette Jiles
October Richard Wright
Odd Man Rush Bill Keenan
Oh Tyranny Timothy Snyder
On Being Certain Robert A. Burton
Operation Nemesis Eric Bogosian
Out of Revolution Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Paradise Now Chris Jennings
Pilot’s Journey George Norfleet
Politics and the English Language and Other Essays George Orwell
Postwar Tony Judt
Predator’s Ball Connie Bruck
Prisoners of Geography Tim Marshall
Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power Steve Coll
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capatalism Max Weber
Rainbow’s End Vernor Vinge
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Edwin Lefèvre
Revenge of Geography Kaplan
Road to Character David Brooks
Salt Mark Kurlansky
Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari
Seeking Wisdom Peter Bevelin
Sellout Paul Beatty
Shoe Dog Phil Knight
Shogun James Clavell
Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
Stalingrad Antony Beevor
Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang
Tales of Two Cities Charles Dickens
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba
The Buried Giant Kazuo Ishiguro
The Captain and Kings Taylor Caldwell
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Drunkard’s Walk Leonard Mlodinow
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin
The Great Transformation Karl Polanyi
The Hour between Dog and Wolf John M. Coates
The Invention of Air Steven Johnson
The Invisible Hands Steven Drobny
The Longest Climb Paul Pritchard
The Lords of Finance Liaquat Ahamed
The Martian Andy Weir
The Most Important Thing Illuminated Howard Marks
The Nightmare Years William L. Shirer
The Power Broker Robert Caro
The Prize** Daniel Yergin
The Secret Club that Runs the World Kate Kelly
The SPEED of Trust Rebecca R. Merrill and Stephen M. R. Covey
The Sports Gene David Epstein
The Success Equation** Michael J. Mauboussin
The Summit Eric Alexander
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt
The Terezin Album of Marianka Zadikow Debórah Dwork and Marianne Zadikow May
The Unconquered Scott Wallace
The Undoing Project Michael L. Lewis
The Zurich Axioms Max Gunther
Top Dog Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson
Trade Like Chuck Chuck Hughes
Tribe Sebastian Junger
Ubiquity Mark Buchanan
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Undaunted Courage Stephen E. Ambrose
Undisputed Truth Mike Tyson
Vogel Deng Xiaoping
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
We Learn Nothing Kreider
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There Marshall Goldsmith
When Genius Failed Roger Lowenstein
Winds of War Herman Wouk
World Order Henry Kissinger
Wright Brothers David McCullough


You can head over to Amazon to check these out while I pick from the list…thanks for all the great ideas!

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