Here is my definitely must read list
I put out a lot of content about books, but it’s always kind of a mess.
This page allows me a single place to display a few books that have changed my perspective about the world in irreversible ways. It’s not really a definitive list of books I would call my favorites, but it’s a good start. They aren’t technical nor are they niche specific, they would be useful and enjoyable to everyone who reads.
I do not recommend self-help and I don’t read books about how to succeed. I recommend books that tell you how the world and humans work, because that is what will allow you to most effectively navigate your life.
I have spent way too long trying to figure out the best order to put these in, but it’s impossible.
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
This book provides a vast picture of humanity and culture we’ve designed for the last 12,000 years.
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
Kahneman won a Nobel Prize for the work that created this book. It’s a fantastic insight into just how our brain works, and the logical fallacies our brains are predetermined to fall for. It was very scary to read at first when I realized humans are nowhere near as rational as we think of ourselves.
Incerto – Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Risk and Uncertainty)
My personal favorite writing of all time for sure. I just love the guy’s style.
Incerto is actually 5 books: Fooled by Randomness, Black Swan, Antifragile, Bed of Procrustes, and Skin in the Game. A deep insight into the gap between how risk is incorrectly understood by people and how to live in a world of uncertainty.
The Coddling of the American Mind (Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff)
People have been becoming sissies for a few years now, and college, social media, and parent’s irrational fear of everything are the cause. If you have kids this is a 2x must read. This book addresses some serious problems, and we need to stop raising kids to be pansies.
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Why wouldn’t you want to learn from the smartest guy of our generation? This book was written in 1988 and it’s a non-technical approach to our universe, the laws that dictate it, and how we know them to be true.