Bookshelf

Most of these books have affected my thinking. What’s more important, though, is my antilibrary aka the books I haven’t but want to read. Find them here.

Five books I always recommend

Philip E. Tetlock: Superforecasting - The Art and Science of Prediction, James Bridle: New Dark Age - Technology and the End of the Future, Stanley McChrystal and Chris Fussell: Team of Teams - New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Ludwik Fleck: Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact, Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs.

Read in 2020 (Reviews Part 1)

Ed Catmull: Creativity Inc - Overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration; William Zinsser: On Writing Well - The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction; Matt Ridley: How Innovation Works - Serendipity, Energy and the Saving of Time; Anna Wiener: Uncanny Valley, Lindsey Fitzharris: The Butchering Art - Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, Mark Manson: **Everything is F*cked - A Book About Hope**, Stefano Mancuso: Die Intelligenz der Pflanzen, Stefano Mancuso: The Revolutionary Genius of Plants - A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior, Alfred Lansing: Endurance - Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Dan Harris: 10% Happier How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works, Adam M. Grant: Originals - How Non-Conformists Move the World, Steven Levy: Facebook - The Inside Story, Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers - The Story of Success, Robert J. Shiller: Narrative Economics - How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events, Steven Johnson: Emergence - The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, Peter H. Diamandis: The Future Is Faster Than You Think - How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives, Ziya Tong: The Reality Bubble - Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions That Shape Our World, Dan and Chip Heath: The Power of Moments - Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, Kevin Ashton: How to Fly a Horse - The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, David Kushner: The Players Ball - A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise, David McCullough: The Wright Brothers, Peter Wohlleben: The Hidden Life of Trees - What They Feel, How They Communicate, Discoveries from a Secret World, Ben Horowitz: What You Do Is Who You Are - How to Create Your Business Culture, Duncan J. Watts: Six Degrees - The Science of a Connected Age, Nick Bilton: American Kingpin - The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road, Albert Kapr: Johann Gutenberg - The Man and His Invention

Read in 2019

Jeff Jarvis: Gutenberg the Geek, Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle: Trillion Dollar Coach - The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell, Duncan J. Watts: Six Degrees - The Science of a Connected Age, Richard Ogle : Smart World - Breakthrough Creativity And the New Science of Ideas, Christopher Wylie: Mindf*ck - Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America, Frans Johansson: The Medici Effect - What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us about Innovation, Arthur C. Clarke: How the World Was One, Robert Jungk: The Big Machine, Louis V. Gerstner Jr: Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? Inside IBMs Historic Turnaround, Susan Cain: Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Marc Randolph: That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea, Greg Satell: Cascades: How to Create a Movement That Drives Transformational Change, Sean McFate: The New Rules of War - Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder, Daniel Coyle: The Culture Code - The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Peter Godfrey-Smith: Other Minds - The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, Eric Weiner: The Geography of Genius - A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, Chip Heath: Made to Stick - Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Phil Knight: Shoe Dog, Safi Bahcall: Loonshots - How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, David Epstein: Range - Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, Ingrid Burrington: Networks of New York - An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure, Tracy Kidder: The Soul of a New Machine, Yuval Noah Harari: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Niall Ferguson: The Square and the Tower - Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook, Liam Young: Machine Landscapes - Architectures of the Post Anthropocene, L. David Marquet: Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, John Carreyrou: Bad Blood - Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, Walter Isaacson: The Innovators - How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Christian Davenport: The Space Barons - Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation, Kai-Fu Lee: AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, Walter Isaacson: Einstein: His Life and Universe

Read in 2018

Chris Voss: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, Felix Stalder: Kultur der Digitalität, Graham Moore: The Last Days of Night, Alex Ferguson: Leading - Learning from Life and My Years at Manchester United, Hans Rosling: Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Porter Erisman: Six Billion Shoppers - The Companies Winning the Global E-Commerce Boom, Walter Isaacson: Leonardo da Vinci, Scott Galloway: The Four - The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, James Bridle: New Dark Age - Technology and the End of the Future, Satya Nadella: Hit Refresh, Chris Fussell: One Mission - How Leaders Build a Team of Teams, Mark Manson: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Read in 2017

Duncan Clark: Alibaba - The House That Jack Ma Built, Oliver Gassmann: The Business Model Navigator: 55 Models That Will Revolutionise Your Business, Andrew McAfee: Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs, Richard H. Thaler: Nudge - Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Yuval Noah Harari: Homo Deus - A History of Tomorrow, Geoffrey G. Parker: Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy–and How to Make Them Work for You, Alex Moazed: Modern Monopolies - How Online Platforms Rule the World by Controlling the Means of Connection, Stanley McChrystal: Team of Teams - New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Peter Frase: Four Futures - Life After Capitalism, Joichi Ito: Whiplash - How to Survive Our Faster Future, Ashlee Vance: Elon Musk - Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future