Books Of Interest

I am going to periodically put books on this page that will help shape the building of mental models and put them by category.

Books on Biography and Memoirs

A Man Of Misconceptions (2012)     John Glassie     Link

For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese Prison     (2013)     Liao Yinu     Link

Galileo (2010)     J.L. Heilborn     Link

Kafka: The Years of Insight (2013)     Reiner Stach    Link

Review: Considering I have never read a work of Kafka’s, I was intrigued by this biography because of the complexities of Kafka and his seeming brilliance. The author has done a tremendous job in researching his subject and I am looking forward to reading his previous work on Kafka, Kafka:The Decisive Years.

Leonardo And The Last Supper (2012)     Ross King     Link

Mackinder: Geography As An Aid To Statecraft     W. H. Parker     Link

Man In Profile: Joseph Mitchell Of The New Yorker (2015)    Thomas Kunkel      Link

Prophet Of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter And Creative Destruction     Thomas McCraw  Link

Thomas Jefferson: The Art Of Power (2012)     Jon Meacham     Link

Leonardo Da Vinci: Flights of the Mind (2005)     Charles Nicholl     Link

Books on Biology

Books on Business and Investing

Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (2003)     Philip Fisher     Link

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable    Nassim Nicholas Taleb     Link

The Wisdom of Crowds (2004)     James Surowiecki     Link

Books on Cities

The Metropolitan Revolution (2013)     Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley     Link

Books on Cognitive Sciences

Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011)     Daniel Kahneman     Link

Books on Complex Adaptive Systems

Books on Cosmology

Books on Current Affairs

Books on Economics

Micromotives and Macrobehavior (1978)     Thomas C. Schelling     Link

Books on Education

Books on Fiction

2666 (2004)     Roberto Bolano     Link

Against The Day (2007)    Thomas Pynchon     Link

Bleeding Edge (2013)     Thomas Pynchon     Link

Books on Futurism and Innovation

The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don’t (2012)     Nate Silver     Link

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (2010)     Steven Berlin Johnson     Link

Review: I have read this book through and found it to be very thought provoking. One of the questions that I am still pondering is why on an extremely large number of innovations there were numerous people working on the same problem at the same time in different parts of the world? I find this not just coincidence. There may be a book in there somewhere.

Books on Health and Fitness

America’s Bitter Pill (2014)     Steven Brill     Link

Spillover: Animal Infections and The Next Human Pandemic (2012)     David Quammen     Link

The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Healthcare Doesn’t (2012)    William Baumol     Link

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010)     Siddhartha Mukherjee      Link

This is the author’s “biography” of the most dreaded of human afflictions. He explores the history of the “war” on cancer and uses his own personal experience along with other scientists that were perhaps misguided in the history’s quest to eliminate this disease.

Books on History

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (2011)     Charles C. Mann     Link

Civilization: The West and The Rest (2011)      Niall Ferguson     Link

Invasion of the Body: Revolutions in Surgery (2011)     Nicholas L. Tilney     Link

Plagues and Peoples (1998)     William McNeill     Link

The Idea of History (1994) Revised Edition     R.G. Collingwood     Link

The Revenge of Geography (2012)     Robert D. Kaplan     Link

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1989)     Paul Kennedy     Link

Books on Mathematics

Books on Philosophy

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1996)     Thomas S. Kuhn     Link

Books on Physics

Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another (2004)     Philip Ball     Link

Books on Psychology

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (1993)     Robert Cialdini     Link

Books on Probability Theory

Books on Quantum Physics

Books on Science Fiction

A Deepness in The Sky (2000)     Vernor Vinge     Link

Anathem (2008)     Neal Stephenson     Link

Dark Integers and Other Stories (2008)     Greg Egan     Link

Incandescence (2009)     Greg Egan     Link

Permutation City (1995)     Greg Egan     Link

Quarantine (1995)     Greg Egan     Link

The Martian (2014)     Andy Weir     Link

I recently completed this book in early 2015 and I must say that it is a page-turner that instilled in me the insight that I must keep on moving forward even if it seems that every single odd is against me. Definitely a 5-star read!!!

Books on Social Sciences

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software (2001)     Steven Johnson     Link

Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity (2012)     Andrew Solomon     Link

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2008)     Jared Diamond     Link

Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another (20040     Philip Ball    Link

The Clash of Civilization and The Remaking of World Order (1998)     Samuel P. Huntington     Link

Books on Sports

Blindsided: Why the Left Tackle is Overrated and Other Contrarian Football Thoughts (2008)     K.C. Joyner     Link

Faster, Higher, Stronger (2014)     Link

Moneyball (2003)     Michael Lewis     Link

The Hidden Game of Baseball (1984)     Pete Palmer and John Thorn     Link

The Sports Gene (2013)      David Epstein     Link

Review: This book is an excellent bringing together of where human genes and the environment are in developing world-class athletes. It spends the majority of time on long-distance running and sprinting. I would have liked to have seen more time spent on other sports but it was very thought-provoking. I wonder where we will be in thirty years in the battle of PED’s (performance-enhancing drugs) vs. let’s say gene therapy in conception. Something to think about!!!

Books on Travel and Adventure

4 thoughts on “Books Of Interest

  1. Based on your interest in critical thinking (and your reading list, which includes one of Tom Schelling’s books), I think you might enjoy THINKING STRATEGICALLY, by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff. It was originally published in 1991, so you may have already read it. I read it about 10 years ago, and have been thinking about reading it again, especially because I think it might wake up parts of my brain that I haven’t been using a lot recently.

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