Recommended Non-Fiction Books

  • Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Ending Aging by Aubrey de Grey & Michael Rae (see Aubrey speak at TED)
  • The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery
  • The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
  • The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
  • The Sigularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil (see the author speak at MIT)
  • Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think by Richard P. Feynman
  • Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  • With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
  • Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
  • The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
  • Mémoires by Hector Berlioz
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
  • The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
  • American Ceasar: Douglas MacArthur by William Manchester
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • American Prometheus: J. Robert Oppenheimer by Bird and Sherwin (See also: PBS Oppenheimer documentary)
  • Fooled by randomness : the hidden role of chance in life and in the markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes
  • Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air by David JC MacKay
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac by Graham Farmelo
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
  • The Mindbody Prescription by John E. Sarno
  • When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip
  • The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery

Recommended Fiction Books

  • The Glamour by Christopher Priest
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Lanark by Alasdair Gray
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  • The Magus by John Fowles
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  • The Collector by John Fowles
  • Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  • Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
  • The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
  • The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • ADA by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

[This page was last updated on: June 19th, 2012. Books are listed in no specific order. If you have questions about some of the books above, or suggestions that you think I might like, drop me a note via my contact page.]


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