Book Ratings

Finding good books today isn't all that easy. I created this page to record what I've thought of the books I've read. Reading it should help you get an idea of how similar our tastes are. If we like the same things and I've missed one of your favorites, then what are you doing still sitting there on your hands? E-mail me already! Even better, create a page like this and bring civilization closer to a state of perfect literary harmony.

Current total number of books in the log:i681

A chronological log of what I've read is on a separate page.
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If I had limited space for sending my past self a list of authors to pay attention to, these would make the cut.

Roberto Bolaño
great 2666[Wikipedia]
good The Savage Detectives[Wikipedia]
good The Skating Rink[Wikipedia]

Douglas Coupland
great Microserfs[Wikipedia]
good Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture[Wikipedia]
good Generation A[Wikipedia]
good JPod[Wikipedia]
good Hey Nostradamus![Wikipedia]
good Miss Wyoming[Wikipedia]

Don DeLillo
great End Zone[Wikipedia]
great Libra[Wikipedia]
great The Names[Wikipedia]
great Underworld[Wikipedia]
great White Noise[Wikipedia]
great Amazons: An Intimate Memoir By the First Woman to Play in the National Hockey League[Wikipedia]
great Zero K[Wikipedia]
great The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories[Wikipedia]
good Great Jones Street[Wikipedia]
good Point Omega[Wikipedia]
good Falling Man[Wikipedia]
good Americana[Wikipedia]
good Players[Wikipedia]
good Mao II[Wikipedia]
good Cosmopolis[Wikipedia]
good The Body Artist[Wikipedia]
good The Silence[Wikipedia]
bad Ratner's Star[Wikipedia]
bad Running Dog[Wikipedia] was much less intellectual than the above and much more "plot-centered"/"pulpy". It was still "good," but not really my style. I think this book and Ratner's Star show DeLillo going too far to opposite extremes.

Helen DeWitt
great The Last Samurai[Wikipedia]
good Some Trick: Thirteen Stories

Charles Dickens
great David Copperfield[Wikipedia]
great Great Expectations[Wikipedia]

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
great The Idiot[Wikipedia]
great Demons/The Possessed[Wikipedia]
great The Brothers Karamazov[Wikipedia]
great Crime and Punishment[Wikipedia]
great The Adolescent/A Raw Youth[Wikipedia]
great The Gambler[Wikipedia]
good Netochka Nezvanovna[Wikipedia]
good The Village of Stepanchikovo[Wikipedia]
good The House of the Dead[Wikipedia]
good Notes From the Underground[Wikipedia]
good Short stories
bad The Double[Wikipedia] is horrible. Anything else is worth reading.

Umberto Eco
great Foucault's Pendulum[Wikipedia]
great The Prague Cemetery[Wikipedia]
great Baudolino[Wikipedia]
good The Name of the Rose[Wikipedia]
good The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana[Wikipedia]
good Numero Zero[Wikipedia]
bad The Island of the Day Before[Wikipedia]

Ralph Ellison
great Invisible Man[Wikipedia]

Neil Gaiman
great American Gods[Wikipedia]
good The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1[Wikipedia]
good The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 2[Wikipedia]
good The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 3[Wikipedia]
good Anansi Boys[Wikipedia]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
great The Sorrows of Young Werther[Wikipedia]
great Faust[Wikipedia]
good Faust: Part Two[Wikipedia]
good Elective Affinities[Wikipedia]

Mark Haddon
great The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time[Wikipedia]
good A Spot of Bother[Wikipedia]

Joseph Heller
great Catch-22[Wikipedia]
great Something Happened[Wikipedia]
good Closing Time[Wikipedia]
good Picture This[Wikipedia]
good Now and Then[Wikipedia]
good Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man[Wikipedia]
bad God Knows[Wikipedia]

Hermann Hesse
great Steppenwolf[Wikipedia]
great Demian[Wikipedia]
good Narcissus and Goldmund[Wikipedia]
good Gertrude[Wikipedia]
good Beneath the Wheel[Wikipedia]
good Peter Camenzind[Wikipedia]
good Rosshalde
bad The Glass Bead Game[Wikipedia]
bad Siddartha[Wikipedia]
bad Journey to the East[Wikipedia]
bad Strange News from Another Star[Wikipedia]

John Irving
great The Hotel New Hampshire[Wikipedia]
great A Prayer for Owen Meany[Wikipedia]
great The Cider House Rules[Wikipedia]
great A Son of the Circus[Wikipedia]
great A Widow for One Year[Wikipedia]
great The Water Method Man[Wikipedia]
good The World According to Garp[Wikipedia]
good Until I Find You[Wikipedia]
good The 158-Pound Marriage[Wikipedia]
good Setting Free the Bears[Wikipedia]
good The Fourth Hand
good Last Night in Twisted River[Wikipedia]
good Trying to Save Piggy Sneed[Wikipedia]
good The Imaginary Girlfriend
good Avenue of Mysteries[Wikipedia]

Stephen King
great It[Wikipedia]
great The Bachman Books[Wikipedia]
great 'Salem's Lot[Wikipedia]
great The Dead Zone[Wikipedia]
great Cujo[Wikipedia]
great Different Seasons[Wikipedia]
great Christine[Wikipedia]
great Pet Sematary[Wikipedia]
great Skeleton Crew[Wikipedia]
great The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three[Wikipedia]
great Misery[Wikipedia]
great The Tommyknockers[Wikipedia]
good The Shining[Wikipedia]
good The Dark Half[Wikipedia]
good Carrie[Wikipedia]
good Night Shift[Wikipedia]
good The Stand[Wikipedia]
good Firestarter[Wikipedia]
good Danse Macabre[Wikipedia]
good The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger[Wikipedia]
good Cycle of the Werewolf[Wikipedia]
good The Eyes of the Dragon[Wikipedia]
good Thinner[Wikipedia]
good Four Past Midnight[Wikipedia]
good The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands[Wikipedia]
good Needful Things[Wikipedia]
good Gerald's Game[Wikipedia]
good Dolores Claiborne[Wikipedia]

Cixin Liu
great The Three-Body Problem[Wikipedia]
great The Dark Forest[Wikipedia]
great Death's End[Wikipedia]

H. P. Lovecraft
great The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
great The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham

Henry Miller
great Sexus[Wikipedia]
great Plexus[Wikipedia]
great Nexus[Wikipedia]
good Moloch
good Tropic of Capricorn[Wikipedia]
good Tropic of Cancer[Wikipedia]
good The Colossus of Maroussi
good The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
bad Black Spring[Wikipedia]

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
great Watchmen: The Annotated Edition[Wikipedia]

Haruki Murakami
great 1Q84[Wikipedia]
great Norwegian Wood[Wikipedia]
great Kafka on the Shore[Wikipedia]
great Wind/Pinball
great A Wild Sheep Chase[Wikipedia]
great Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World[Wikipedia]
great South of the Border, West of the Sun[Wikipedia]
great The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle[Wikipedia]
good Sputnik Sweetheart[Wikipedia]

Thomas Pynchon
great Mason and Dixon[Wikipedia]
great Gravity's Rainbow[Wikipedia]
great Vineland[Wikipedia]
great V.[Wikipedia]
great Bleeding Edge[Wikipedia]
great The Crying of Lot 49[Wikipedia]
great Slow Learner[Wikipedia]
good Against the Day[Wikipedia]
good Inherent Vice[Wikipedia]

Philip Roth
great The Human Stain[Wikipedia]
great I Married a Communist[Wikipedia]
great Portnoy's Complaint[Wikipedia]
great Operation Shylock[Wikipedia]
good Zuckerman Bound[Wikipedia]
good The Ghost Writer[Wikipedia]
good American Pastoral[Wikipedia]
good The Counterlife[Wikipedia]
good Sabbath's Theater[Wikipedia]
good The Plot Against America[Wikipedia]
good Exit Ghost[Wikipedia]
good The Great American Novel[Wikipedia]
good Everyman[Wikipedia]
good The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography[Wikipedia]
good Goodbye, Columbus[Wikipedia]
good Letting Go[Wikipedia]
good Deception[Wikipedia]
good When She Was Good[Wikipedia]

Salman Rushdie
great The Satanic Verses[Wikipedia]
good Midnight's Children[Wikipedia]

J.D. Salinger
great The Catcher in the Rye[Wikipedia]

Jean-Paul Sartre
great The Reprieve[Wikipedia]
great The Age of Reason[Wikipedia]
good The Wall[Wikipedia] (American collection of short stories)
good Nausea[Wikipedia]
bad Troubled Sleep[Wikipedia]

Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
great Illuminatus![Wikipedia]
bad Schrödinger's Cat[Wikipedia]

Neal Stephenson
great Cryptonomicon[Wikipedia]
great Snow Crash[Wikipedia]

Lev Tolstoy
great War and Peace[Wikipedia]
bad Anna Karenina[Wikipedia] was rather disappointing. It was full of absurd Christian conversions and pointless and detailed descriptions of social activities, without the redeeming qualities of War and Peace.

John Updike
great Rabbit is Rich[Wikipedia]
good Rabbit Redux[Wikipedia]
good Rabbit, Run[Wikipedia]
good Rabbit at Rest[Wikipedia]
good Licks of Love
good Bech: A Book[Wikipedia]
good The Witches of Eastwick[Wikipedia]

Vernor Vinge
great A Fire Upon the Deep[Wikipedia]
great A Deepness in the Sky[Wikipedia]
good The Peace War[Wikipedia]
good The Children of the Sky[Wikipedia]
good Rainbows End[Wikipedia]

David Foster Wallace
great Infinite Jest[Wikipedia]
great The Pale King[Wikipedia]
great Brief Interviews with Hideous Men[Wikipedia]
great Oblivion[Wikipedia]
great Girl with Curious Hair[Wikipedia]
great A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again[Wikipedia]
great Consider the Lobster[Wikipedia]
good Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity[Wikipedia]
good The Broom of the System[Wikipedia]

Tom Wolfe
great The Bonfire of the Vanities[Wikipedia]
great A Man In Full[Wikipedia]
good I am Charlotte Simmons[Wikipedia]
good Back to Blood[Wikipedia]


These authors are all worth reading.

Douglas Adams
good The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy[Wikipedia]
good The Restaurant at the End of the Universe[Wikipedia]
good Life, the Universe and Everything[Wikipedia]
good So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish[Wikipedia]
good Mostly Harmless[Wikipedia]
good Young Zaphod Plays it Safe[Wikipedia]

Margaret Atwood
good The Handmaid's Tale[Wikipedia]

Iain Banks
good Consider Phlebas[Wikipedia]
good The Player of Games[Wikipedia]
good Use of Weapons[Wikipedia]

T. Coraghessan Boyle
good World's End[Wikipedia]

Michael Chabon
great The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay[Wikipedia]

Robert W. Chambers
great The King in Yellow[Wikipedia]

Susanna Clarke
good Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell[Wikipedia]

Philip K. Dick
great Ubik[Wikipedia]
good Radio Free Albemuth[Wikipedia]
good Confessions of a Crap Artist[Wikipedia]
good The Man in the High Castle[Wikipedia]

E. L. Doctorow
good Billy Bathgate[Wikipedia]
good The Waterworks

Elena Ferrante
great My Brilliant Friend[Wikipedia]
good The Story of a New Name[Wikipedia]
good Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay[Wikipedia]
good The Story of the Lost Child[Wikipedia]

F. Scott Fitzgerald
good Tender is the Night[Wikipedia]
good The Great Gatsby[Wikipedia]

Rebecca Goldstein
good The Mind-Body Problem
good The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind
bad Mazel

Graham Greene
good The Power and the Glory[Wikipedia]

Lev Grossman
good The Magicians[Wikipedia]

Nathaniel Hawthorne
good The Scarlet Letter[Wikipedia]
good The Blithedale Romance[Wikipedia]
good The House of the Seven Gables[Wikipedia]
good The Marble Faun[Wikipedia]

Frank Herbert
good Dune[Wikipedia]
good Dune Messiah[Wikipedia]
bad Children of Dune[Wikipedia]

Michel Houellebecq
good Submission[Wikipedia]

Franz Kafka
good The Castle[Wikipedia]
good The Trial[Wikipedia]
good Short stories

Jack Kerouac
good On the Road[Wikipedia]

Stephen King and Peter Straub
great The Talisman[Wikipedia]

Stanislaw Lem
great Solaris[Wikipedia]
great The Invincible[Wikipedia]

Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger
good Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852-1923

Sinclair Lewis
good It Can't Happen Here[Wikipedia]

Ken Liu
great Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
good Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

Jack London
good John Barleycorn[Wikipedia]
good The Sea Wolf[Wikipedia]

Yann Martel
good Life of Pi[Wikipedia]

Cormac McCarthy
good All the Pretty Horses[Wikipedia]

China Miéville
great The City & The City[Wikipedia]
good Perdido Street Station[Wikipedia]
good The Scar[Wikipedia]
good King Rat[Wikipedia]
good Iron Council[Wikipedia]

David Mitchell
good number9dream[Wikipedia]

Vladimir Nabokov
good The Defense[Wikipedia]
good Pnin[Wikipedia]
good Pale Fire[Wikipedia]
good Invitation to a Beheading[Wikipedia]
good Lolita[Wikipedia]
good Nabokov's Dozen[Wikipedia]
good The Real Life of Sebastian Knight[Wikipedia]

Brian O'Nolan
great At Swim-Two-Birds[Wikipedia]
good The Third Policeman[Wikipedia]

George Orwell
great Down and Out in Paris and London[Wikipedia]
good 1984[Wikipedia]
good Burmese Days[Wikipedia]
bad Keep the Aspidistra Flying[Wikipedia]
bad Homage to Catalonia[Wikipedia] is really journalism and not an attempt at fiction, so don't expect otherwise!
bad Animal Farm[Wikipedia]

Chuck Palahniuk
good Fight Club[Wikipedia]
bad Survivor[Wikipedia]
bad Invisible Monsters[Wikipedia]

Robert Pirsig
good Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance[Wikipedia]
good Lila[Wikipedia]

Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
good The Space Merchants[Wikipedia]

Daniel Quinn
good Ishmael[Wikipedia]
good The Story of B[Wikipedia]
good My Ishmael[Wikipedia]

Mary Shelley
great The New Annotated Frankenstein

Robert Silverberg
great Dying Inside[Wikipedia]
good To Open the Sky

Olaf Stapledon
good Last And First Men[Wikipedia]

Bram Stoker
great The New Annotated Dracula

Peter Straub
good Ghost Story[Wikipedia]

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
good God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater[Wikipedia]
good Mother Night[Wikipedia]
good The Sirens of Titan[Wikipedia]
good Slaughterhouse-Five[Wikipedia]
good Breakfast of Champions[Wikipedia]
good Hocus Pocus[Wikipedia]
good Cat's Cradle[Wikipedia]
good Timequake[Wikipedia]

John Williams
good Stoner[Wikipedia]

Colin Wilson
great Ritual in the Dark
good Man Without a Shadow
good Adrift in Soho[Wikipedia]


Some others that are above average

Sherwood Anderson
good Winesburg, Ohio[Wikipedia]

Isaac Asimov
good Foundation[Wikipedia]

David Brin
good Sundiver[Wikipedia]

Emily Brontë
good Wuthering Heights[Wikipedia]

Raymond Chandler
good The Big Sleep[Wikipedia]

William Gaddis
good Carpenter's Gothic[Wikipedia]

Milan Kundera
good The Unbearable Lightness of Being[Wikipedia]

Victor LaValle
great Big Machine
good The Ecstatic

Min Jin Lee
good Pachinko

Anita Loos
good Gentlemen Prefer Blondes[Wikipedia]

Michael Martone
bad Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List

Larry Niven
good Ringworld[Wikipedia]
good The Ringworld Engineers[Wikipedia]
good The Ringworld Throne[Wikipedia]

Boris Pasternak
good Doctor Zhivago[Wikipedia]

Rainer Maria Rilke
good The Diary of Malta Laurid Brigge[Wikipedia]

Tom Robbins
good Villa Incognito[Wikipedia]

Ivan Turgenev
good Fathers and Sons[Wikipedia]
good Short stories
bad Rudin/On the Eve

Owen Wister
good The Virginian[Wikipedia]


I'm not going to bother comparing these books to each other. I'll just say that I found each worth reading.

Daron Acemoğlu and James A. Robinson
great The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty
good Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty[Wikipedia]

Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi
good The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline

Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton
good Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Thomas Armstrong
good Neurodiversity: Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences

Bill Aulet
good Disciplined Entrepreneurship

Robert Axelrod
good The Evolution of Cooperation

Safi Bahcall
great Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

E. Digby Baltzell
good Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
good Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty[Wikipedia]

Richard J. Barber Associates, Inc.
great The Advanced Research Projects Agency, 1958-1974

William Barrett
good Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy[Wikipedia]

David T. Beito, Peter Gordon, and Alexander Tabarrok
good The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society[Wikipedia]

Bill Bishop
great The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart

Christopher Boehm
great Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
good Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life[Wikipedia]

Jason Brennan
good Against Democracy[Wikipedia]
good Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know

David Brooks
great On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense[Wikipedia]
great Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There[Wikipedia]
good The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement[Wikipedia]
good The Road to Character[Wikipedia]

Frederick Brooks
good The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering[Wikipedia]
good The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

Colin Bryar and Bill Carr
great Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
good The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Marty Cagan
good Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love

Pierre Cahuc and André Zylberberg
good The Natural Survival of Work: Job Creation and Job Destruction in a Growing Economy

Susan Cain
good Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking[Wikipedia]

T. Colin Campbell
great The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health[Wikipedia]
good The Low-Carb Fraud

Bryan Caplan
great The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money
good Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think[Wikipedia]
good Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration
good Don't Be a Feminist: Essays on Genuine Justice

Fritjof Capra
good The Tao of Physics[Wikipedia]
bad The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture[Wikipedia]

Dale Carnegie
good How to Win Friends and Influence People[Wikipedia]

Noam Chomsky
good Keeping the Rabble in Line
good Necessary Illusions[Wikipedia]
good Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order[Wikipedia]

Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending
good The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution[Wikipedia]

JL Collins
great The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life

Geoff Colvin
great Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

Steven Conn
good Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century

Tyler Cowen
great Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation[Wikipedia]
good The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better[Wikipedia]
good An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies
good What Price Fame?
good The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
good Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals
good Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero

Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross
good Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World

Daniel M. Davis
good The Compatibility Gene: How Our Bodies Fight Disease, Attract Others, and Define Our Selves

Richard Dawkins
great The Selfish Gene[Wikipedia]
great The Ancestor's Tale[Wikipedia]
good The God Delusion[Wikipedia]
good A Devil's Chaplain[Wikipedia]

Felicia Day
good You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

Daniel Dennett
good Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon[Wikipedia]
good Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life[Wikipedia]
good Consciousness Explained[Wikipedia]

Anita Dhake
good Operation Enough!: How to Retire Remarkably Early

Jared Diamond
good Guns, Germs, and Steel[Wikipedia]

Lars A. Doucet
good Land is a Big Deal: Why rent is too high, wages too low, and what we can do about it

David Scott Duncan
good The Secret Lives of Customers: A Detective Story About Solving the Mystery of Customer Behavior

Kevin Dutton
great The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

David Eagleman
great Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain[Wikipedia]

Umberto Eco
good How to Write a Thesis

Barbara Ehrenreich
good Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America[Wikipedia]

Jeremy England
good Every Life Is on Fire: How Thermodynamics Explains the Origins of Living Things

Nathan Ensmenger
great The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise

Greg Epstein
good Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe

Richard Epstein
good Simple Rules for a Complex World

Rip Esselstyn
good The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

Zeke Faux
good Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall[Wikipedia]

Peter J. Feibelman
good A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!

Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
good Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Rob Fitzpatrick
good The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you

Richard Florida
great Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life[Wikipedia]
good The Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited: Revised and Expanded[Wikipedia]
good The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class-and What We Can Do About It

Martin Ford
good Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

Robert Frank
good Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich

Benjamin Franklin
good The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin[Wikipedia]

Milton Friedman and Rose D. Friedman
good Free to Choose[Wikipedia]

Thomas L. Friedman
great The Lexus and the Olive Tree[Wikipedia]
great The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century[Wikipedia]
great From Beirut to Jerusalem[Wikipedia]
good Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America[Wikipedia]

Carol Frieze and Jeria Quesenberry
good Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University

William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins
good Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes

John Taylor Gatto
great The Underground History of American Education[Wikipedia]
good Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

Jon Gertner
great The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Bruce Cannon Gibney
good A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
good The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System

Elad Gil
good High Growth Handbook

Malcolm Gladwell
good Outliers: The Story of Success[Wikipedia]

Edward Glaeser
good Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Mark Goldman
good City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900 - present

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
good The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement[Wikipedia]

Gary B. Gorton
good Slapped by the Invisible Hand: The Panic of 2007

Stephen Jay Gould
good The Mismeasure of Man[Wikipedia]

Henry Grabar
good Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World

Michael J. Graetz
good 100 Million Unnecessary Returns: A Simple, Fair, and Competitive Tax Plan for the United States

Alan Greenspan
good The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World[Wikipedia]

Michael Greger
great How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
great How Not to Age: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older

Jonathan Haidt
great The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion[Wikipedia]
great The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom[Wikipedia]
good The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness[Wikipedia]

J. Storrs Hall
good Where Is My Flying Car?

Sam R. Hamburg
good Will Our Love Last?: A Couple's Road Map

Robin Hanson
good The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth[Wikipedia]

Yuval Noah Harari
great Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow[Wikipedia]
great Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind[Wikipedia]
good 21 Lessons for the 21st Century[Wikipedia]

Tim Harford
good Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy
good The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World[Wikipedia]

Paul Hawken
great Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Malcolm Harris
good Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials

Hamilton Helmer
good 7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy

Joseph Henrich
great The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
great The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life[Wikipedia]

Karen Ho
good Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street

Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh
good The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh
great Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Ben Horowitz
good The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
good What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture

Philip K. Howard
good Not Accountable: Rethinking the Constitutionality of Public Employee Unions

Neil Irwin
good How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers

Robert Jackall
good Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers[Wikipedia]

Daniel Jackson
good The Essence of Software: Why Concepts Matter for Great Design

Jane Jacobs
good The Death and Life of Great American Cities[Wikipedia]

Garett Jones
great Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own[Wikipedia]
great 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less

Daniel Kahneman
great Thinking, Fast and Slow[Wikipedia]

Jerome Karabel
good The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton[Wikipedia]

Eric Kaufmann
good Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

John Kay
great Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance

Melissa S. Kearney
good The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind

Stephanie Kelton
great The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy

Alec Klein
good A Class Apart: Prodigies, Pressure, and Passion Inside One of America's Best High Schools

Ezra Klein
great Why We're Polarized[Wikipedia]

Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz
good From Poverty to Prosperity: Intangible Assets, Hidden Liabilities and the Lasting Triumph over Scarcity

Torkel Klingberg
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David Nutt
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