Favorite Books

Books Profiled

On Deck

  • TBD

In the Hole

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In the Deep Hole

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Riding the Pine for Now

  • Animal Farm (1945, by George Orwell)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949, by George Orwell)
  • A Game of Thrones (1996, by George R.R. Martin)
  • Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom (1998, by Robert Kiyosaki)
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002, by Patrick Lencioni)
  • Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (2003, by Dr. Drew Pinsky)
  • The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy (2009, by Bill Simmons)
  • Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System (2017, by Jerome F. Buting)

Currently Reading

  • Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069 (1991, by Neil Howe & William Strauss)
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad (1997, by Robert Kiyosaki)
  • A Clash of Kings (1998, George R.R. Martin)
  • The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder (2014, by Peter Zeihan)
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014, by Thomas Piketty)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2015, by Yuval Noah Harari)
  • A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS (2016, by Robert F. Worth)
  • Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign (2017, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes)

To-Read Pile — Fiction

  • The Satanic Verses (1988, by Salman Rushdie)
  • The Casual Vacancy (2012, by J.K. Rowling)
  • The Underground Railroad (2016, by Colson Whitehead)

To-Read Pile — History, Politics, & Economics

  • Meditations (180, Marcus Aurelius)
  • The Wealth of Nations (1776, Adam Smith)
  • The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919, John Maynard Keynes)
  • The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers (1953, Robert L. Heilbroner)
  • Dispatches (1977, by Michael Herr)
  • The Things They Carried (1990, by Tim O’Brien)
  • The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (2003, by Fareed Zakaria)
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (2004, by Jack Weatherford)
  • The Post-American World: Release 2.0 (2011, by Fareed Zakaria)
  • The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1 – Tune In (2013, by Mark Lewisohn)
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 (2014, by Nigel Hamilton)
  • Napoleon: A Life (2014, by Andrew Roberts)
  • The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton (2015, by William E. Leuchtenburg)
  • The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination (2015, by Barry Strauss)
  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (2015, by Jon Meacham)
  • The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East (2015, by Eugene Rogan)
  • The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World Without America (2016, by Peter Zeihan)
  • Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill, 1943 (2016, by Nigel Hamilton)
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2016, by J.D. Vance)
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel (2016, by Tom Wainwright)
  • The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse (2016, by Mohamed A. El-Erian)
  • The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics (2016, by John B. Judis)
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (2017, by Thomas E. Ricks)
  • Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond (2017, by Gideon Rachman)
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017, by Timothy Snyder)
  • Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (2018, by Alex Wagner)

To-Read Pile — Business

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936, Dale Carnegie)
  • Think and Grow Rich (1937, Napoleon Hill)
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (1981, by Roger Fisher & William Ury)
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (1984, by Robert Cialdini)
  • Million Dollar Consulting: The Professional Guide to Building a Practice (1992, by Alan Weiss)
  • The Psychology of Selling (2004, by Brian Tracy)
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (2008, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
  • Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond (2008, by Deepak Malhotra & Max H. Bazerman)
  • Million Dollar Speaking (2011, by Alan Weiss)
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (2012, by Charles Duhigg)
  • Money: Master the Game (2014, by Tony Robbins)
  • The 10 Pillars of Wealth: Mind-Sets of the World’s Richest People (2016, by Alex Becker)
  • Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity (2016, by Charles Duhigg)
  • Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook (2017, by Tony Robbins)

Wish List

  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-1789, by Edward Gibbon)
  • How to Read a Book (1940, by Mortimer Adler)
  • Shiloh: A Novel (1952, by Shelby Foote)
  • The Civil War: A Narrative – Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958, by Shelby Foote)
  • The Civil War: A Narrative – Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian (1963, by Shelby Foote)
  • The Civil War: A Narrative – Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox (1974, by Shelby Foote)
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991, by David Simon)
  • The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World – Essays from 75 Years of Foreign Affairs (1997, edited by James F. Hoge Jr. & Fareed Zakaria)
  • The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood (1997, by David Simon & Edward Burns)
  • The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy — What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny (1997, by Neil Howe & William Strauss)
  • From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America’s World Role (1998, by Fareed Zakaria)
  • Five Days in London, May 1940 (1999, by John Lukacs)
  • Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation (2000, by Neil Howe & William Strauss)
  • Who Are We?: The Challenges to America’s National Identity (2004, by Samuel P. Huntington)
  • American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (2008, by Jon Meacham)
  • The Arabs: A History (2009, by Eugene Rogan)
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America’s Gilded Capital (2013, by Mark Leibovich)
  • The Second Amendment: A Biography (2014, by Michael Waldman)
  • Kissinger: 1923-1968 — The Idealist (2015, by Niall Ferguson)
  • And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East (2016, by Richard Engel)
  • From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives (2016, by Jeffrey E. Garten)
  • The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley (2016, by Eric Weiner)
  • The Industries of the Future (2016, by Alec Ross)
  • John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit (2016, by James Traub)
  • The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War (2016, by Robert J. Gordon)
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2016, by Carlo Rovelli)
  • Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in an Age of Accelerations (2016, by Thomas L. Friedman)
  • Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism — From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond (2016, by E.J. Dionne Jr.)
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017, by Neil deGrasse Tyson)
  • Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? (2017, by Graham Allison)
  • Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters (2017, by Harold Evans)
  • Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction (2017, by Derek Thompson)
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2017, by Yuval Noah Harari)
  • How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (2017, by Alan Jacobs)
  • The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times (2017, by Christopher de Bellaigue)
  • The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (2017, by Michael Ignatieff)
  • Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations (2017, by Jon Avlon)
  • A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order (2017, by Richard Haass)
  • Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn (2018, by Chris Hughes)
  • Post-Truth (2018, by Lee McIntyre)
  • Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (2018, by Ian Bremmer)

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