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Selected books that I’ve read for enjoyment or learning. I also wrote a post about how I read.

To see things I haven’t yet read browse the Antilibrary.

All my book reviews are at /reviews.

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson
★★★★★

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander
★★★★★

Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell
★★★★

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
★★

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway
★★★★★

Tender Is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald
★★★★

Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)

Frank Herbert
★★★★★

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad
★★★★

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
★★★★

Foundation (Foundation, #1)

Isaac Asimov
★★★★

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck
★★★★★

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Neil Postman
★★★★★

Notes on Nationalism

George Orwell
★★★☆

Why We're Polarized

Ezra Klein
★★★★

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

David Wallace-Wells
★★★★

The Pearl

John Steinbeck
★★★

The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

Camille Fournier
★★★

Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)

Frank Herbert
★★★★

The End of Policing

Alex S. Vitale
★★★★

Liar's Poker

Michael Lewis
★★★

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess
★★★★

Dune (Dune, #1)

Frank Herbert
★★★★★

Animal Farm

George Orwell
★★★★★

The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
★★★★

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis
★★★★

Constructing the Political Spectacle

Murray Edelman
★★★★★

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
★★★★★

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business

Clayton M. Christensen
★★★★★

Designing Data-Intensive Applications

Martin Kleppmann
★★★★★

The Road

Cormac McCarthy
★★★★

Normal People

Sally Rooney
★★★★

Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

Kate Manne
★★★★★

Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
★★★★

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel
★★★★

V for Vendetta

Alan Moore
★★★★★

Friday Black

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
★★

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

James Bridle
★★★

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (Phaedrus, #1)

Robert M. Pirsig

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths

Mariana Mazzucato
★★★

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2)

Douglas Adams
★★★★★

Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories

E.D. Hirsch
★★★★☆

Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present

David Foster Wallace
★★★

The Trial

Franz Kafka

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

Douglas Adams
★★★★★

American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis
★★★★

The Road to Wigan Pier

George Orwell
★★★★★

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Michael Lewis
★★★★★

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More

Chris Anderson
★★★★

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

Michael Lewis
★★★☆

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman
★★★

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now

Meg Jay
★★★

Hard Times

Charles Dickens

Gorgias

Plato

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Antonio García Martínez
★★

The Conscience of a Conservative

Barry M. Goldwater

The Intelligent Investor

Benjamin Graham
★★★★★

The Architecture of Happiness

Alain de Botton
★★

The Consolations of Philosophy

Alain de Botton
★★★

Maus: Un survivant raconte, tome 1: Mon père saigne l'histoire (Maus, #1)

Art Spiegelman
★★★★★

The Elements of Style

William Strunk Jr.
★★★★

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde
★★★★

The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand
★★★★

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand
★★★★

I Am a Strange Loop

Douglas R. Hofstadter
★★★★☆

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Douglas R. Hofstadter
★★★★

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Lois Lowry

1984

George Orwell
★★★★

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley
★★★★★

Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea Into a Global Business

Mikkel Svane
★★

Richard III

William Shakespeare
★★★★★

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare
★★★

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
★★★★

Enduring Love

Ian McEwan
★★★★

Modern Architecture Since 1900

William J.R. Curtis
★★★★★

Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

Robert Venturi
★★★★

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

Rem Koolhaas
★★★★★

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

Joseph E. Stiglitz
★★★★

The Soul of a New Machine

Tracy Kidder
★★★★

The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx
★★★★★

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
★★★★

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
★★★

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Nick Bostrom
★★★★

23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang
★★★★

The Shark Net

Robert Drewe
★★★

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

David Deutsch
★★★

The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes--and Its Implications

David Deutsch
★★★★

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
★★★★★

Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

Noam Chomsky
★★★

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

Noam Chomsky
★★★★★

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Edward S. Herman
★★★★★

Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace
★★★★★

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
★★★★★

Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
★★★

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

Nicholas Shaxson
★★★★

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

J.R.R. Tolkien
★★★★

The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

J.R.R. Tolkien
★★★★☆

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)

J.R.R. Tolkien
★★★★

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

J.R.R. Tolkien
★★★★★

Beyond Good and Evil

Friedrich Nietzsche
★★★★

The Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle
★★★★★

Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit
★★★★★

The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

Peter Singer
★★★

Animal Liberation

Peter Singer
★★★★★

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell
★★★★

Walden

Henry David Thoreau
★★★★★

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie
★★★★★

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Christopher Hitchens
★★★★

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

Sam Harris
★★★

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins
★★★★