Hi there! I like to read books. Here I share and summarize what I’ve been reading each week. You can get a copy by subscribing below.

If you’d like to get a quick sense of what I look at, I keep a running list below. The ones I found particularly worthwhile are in bold.

  • The Power Law (Sebastian Mallaby)

  • The Culture Code (Daniel Coyle)

  • Masters of Doom (David Kushner)

  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Thomas S. Kuhn)

  • Order Without Design (Alain Bertaud)

  • Skunk Works (Ben Rich and Leo Janos)

  • The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve (Peter Conti-Brown)

  • Invisible China (Natalie Hell and Scott Rozelle)

  • The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)

  • Mythologies (Roland Barthes)

  • Deschooling Society (Ivan Illich)

  • Asian American Dreams (Helen Zia)

  • Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

  • Addiction by Design (Natasha Dow Schüll)

  • Practical Programming for Strength Training (Mark Rippetoe and Andy Baker)

  • Gödel, Escher, Bach (Douglas R. Hofstadter)

  • How to Change Your Mind (Michael Pollan)

  • Deceit, Desire, and the Novel (René Girard)

  • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Charles Mackay)

  • The Cold Start Problem (Andrew Chen)

  • The Elements of Eloquence (Mark Forsyth)

  • Four Thousand Weeks (Oliver Burkeman)

  • America Against America (Wang Huning)

  • The Not So Wild, Wild West (Terry L. Anderson and Peter J. Hill)

  • Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)

  • Think Tank Aesthetics (Pamela M. Lee)

  • Masters of Scale (Reid Hoffman)

  • Stranger in the Shogun’s City (Amy Stanley)

  • The Design of Everyday Things (Don Norman)

  • A Billion Voices (David Moser)

  • Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Sean B. Carroll)

  • The Tyranny of Merit (Michael J. Sandel)

  • Breaking News (Alan Rusbridger)

  • The Sports Gene (David Epstein)

  • The Alignment Problem (Brian Christian)

  • Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (Jason K. Stearns)

  • The Precipice (Toby Ord)

  • Dune Messiah (Frank Herbert)

  • Impro (Keith Johnstone)

  • Creativity, Inc. (Ed Catmull)

  • Seeing Like a State (James C. Scott)

  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (Ken Liu)

  • Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal (Joel Salatin)

  • Kitchen Confidential (Anthony Bourdain)

  • A Still Forest Pool (Ajahn Chah, compiled by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter)

  • Unconventional Success (David F. Swensen)

  • How to Read a Book (Mortimer J. Adler)

  • The Singapore Story (Lee Kuan Yew)

  • The Secret History (Donna Tartt)

  • The Evolution of Cooperation (Robert Axelrod)

  • Lean Analytics (Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz)

  • World Order (Henry Kissinger)

  • Dune (Frank Herbert)

  • East of Eden (John Steinbeck)

  • Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker)

  • The Soul of a New Machine (Tracy Kidder)

  • Shoe Dog (Phil Knight)

  • The Stranger (Albert Camus)

  • The Idea Factory (Jon Gertner)

  • Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)

  • A Mathematician’s Apology (G. H. Hardy)

  • The Arabian Nights (translated by Husain Haddawy, edited by Muhsin Mahdi)

  • Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)

  • The Vital Question (Nick Lane)

  • Born Red (Gao Yuan)

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho, translated by Alan R. Clarke)

  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels (Jason Schreier)

  • The Language Instinct (Steven Pinker)

  • Hard Drive (James Wallace)

  • Breath from Salt (Bijal Trivedi)

  • Death’s End (Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu)

  • Zero to One (Peter Thiel with Blake Masters)

  • Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)

  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (Eliezer Yudkowsky)