What I'm Reading

Inspir­ing Words — Books I’ve read and love

Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment: His­tory, poverty alle­vi­a­tion and innovation

The Bot­tom Bil­lion: Why the Poor­est Coun­tries are Fail­ing and What Can Be Done About It — Paul Collier

The End of Poverty: Eco­nomic Pos­si­bil­i­ties for Our Time — Jef­frey D. Sachs

Com­mon Wealth: Eco­nom­ics for a Crowded Planet — Jef­frey D. Sachs

Mak­ing Glob­al­iza­tion Work — Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Mys­tery of Cap­i­tal: Why Cap­i­tal­ism Tri­umphs in the West and Fails Every­where Else — Her­nando de Soto

The White Man’s Bur­den: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Lit­tle Good — Williams Rus­sell Easterly

Giv­ing: How Each of us Can Change the Word — Bill Clin­ton

Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the bat­tle against world poverty — Muham­mad Yunus

The Blue Sweater — Jacque­line Novogratz

Dead Aid — Dambisa Moyo

Phil­an­thro­cap­i­tal­ism: How Giv­ing Can Save Save the World — Matthew Bishop, Michael Green & Bill Clinton

Shake Hands with the Devil: The fail­ure of human­ity in Rwanda — Romeo Dal­laire with Major Brent Beardsley

Half the Sky: Turn­ing Oppres­sion into Oppor­tu­nity for Women World­wide — Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Unchar­i­ta­ble: How restraints on non­prof­its under­mine their poten­tial — Dan Pallotta

World on Fire: How Export­ing Free Mar­ket Democ­racy Breeds Eth­nic Hatred and Global Insta­bil­ity — Amy Chua

Poor Eco­nom­ics: A Rad­i­cal Rethink­ing of the Way to Fight Global Poverty - Abhi­jit Baner­jee, Esther Duflo

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Lim­its of Mar­kets - Michael J. Sandel

Busi­ness and Leadership

Good to Great: Why Some Com­pa­nies Make the Leap…and Oth­ers Don’t — Jim Collins

Wiki­nomics: How Mass Col­lab­o­ra­tion Changes Every­thing — Don Tap­scott & Anthony D. Williams

Switch — Chip & Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Sur­vive and Oth­ers Die — Chip & Dan Heath

Free: The Future of a rad­i­cal price — Chris Anderson

Rework — Jason Fried & David Heine­meier Hansson

The 4-hour Work Week - Tim Ferris

Blink/Tipping Point/Outliers/What the Dog Saw - Mal­colm Gladwell

Busi­ness Model Gen­er­a­tion: A Hand­book for Vision­ar­ies, Game Chang­ers, and Chal­lengers — Alex Osterwalder

Blue Ocean Strat­egy: How to Cre­ate Uncon­tested Mar­ket Space and Make Com­pe­ti­tion Irrel­e­vant — W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne

Deliv­er­ing Hap­pi­ness: A Path to Prof­its, Pas­sion and Pur­pose — Tony Hsieh

Fooled by Ran­dom­ness: The Hid­den Role of Chance in Life and in the Mar­kets - Nas­sim Nicholas Taleb

Fool­ing Hou­dini: Magi­cians, Men­tal­ists, Math Geeks, and the Hid­den Pow­ers of the Mind - Alex Stone

Fun Inc.: Why games are the 21st Century’s most seri­ous busi­ness - Tom Chatfield

Good Strat­egy Bad Strat­egy: The Dif­fer­ence and Why It Mat­ters - Richard Rumelt

How to Talk to Any­one - Leil Lowndes

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Busi­ness - Charles Duhigg

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power - Daniel Yergin

The Ratio­nal Opti­mist (P.S.) - Matt Ridley

Screw Busi­ness As Usual - Richard Branson

Set­ting the Table - Danny Meyer

The Sig­nal and the Noise: Why So Many Pre­dic­tions Fail-but Some Don’t - Nate Silver

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Pas­sion in the Quest for Work You Love - Cal Newport

The Suc­cess Equa­tion: Untan­gling Skill and Luck in Busi­ness, Sports, and Invest­ing - Michael J. Mauboussin

Think­ing, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Who Says Ele­phants Can’t Dance? - Louis V. Gerstner

Great Works on Cul­ture and Society

Things Fall Apart — Chinua Achebe

To Kill A Mock­ing­bird — Lee Harper

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Heart of Dark­ness — Joseph Conrad

Eat, Pray, Love — Eliz­a­beth Gilbert

Atlas Shrugged — Ayn Rand

The Alchemist — Paulo Choelho

Behind the Beau­ti­ful Fore­vers — Kather­ine Boo

Amer­i­canah — Chi­ma­mande Adichie

Cut­ting for Stone — Abra­ham Verghese

Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quin­tet) - Orson Scott Card

Ghana Must Go - Taiye Selasi

Shan­taram: A Novel - Gre­gory David Roberts

Cre­ativ­ity and Growth

The Art of Learn­ing — Josh Wait­zkin

The Gifts of Imper­fec­tion — Brene Brown

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Nat­ural His­tory of Inno­va­tion — Steven Johnson

Mak­ing Ideas Hap­pen: Over­com­ing the Obsta­cles between Vision and Real­ity — Scott Belsky

The Art of Pos­si­bil­ity — Ben­jamin Zander

The Effort­less Life - Leo Babauta

The Gifts of Imper­fec­tion: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Sup­pose to Be and Embrace Who You Are - Brene Brown

Mind Per­for­mance Hacks - Ron Hale-Evans

Moon­walk­ing with Ein­stein: The Art and Sci­ence of Remem­ber­ing Every­thing - Joshua Foer

Design and Innovation

Change By Design — Tim Brown

This Will Make You Smarter — John Brockman

Real­ity is Bro­ken: Why Games Make Us Bet­ter and How they can Change the World — Jane McGonigal

Mak­ers: The New Indus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion - Chris Anderson

Mak­ing Ideas Hap­pen: Over­com­ing the Obsta­cles Between Vision and Real­ity - Scott Belsky

This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Sci­en­tific Con­cepts to Improve Your Think­ing - John Brockman

Where Good Ideas Come From - Steven Johnson

Move­ment and Net­work Creation

 The Lead­er­less Rev­o­lu­tion: How Ordi­nary Peo­ple Will Take Power and Change Pol­i­tics in the 21st Cen­tury — Carne Ross

The Social Ani­mal: The Hid­den Sources of Love, Char­ac­ter and Achieve­ment — David Brooks

What Tech­nol­ogy Wants — Kevin Kelly

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Nat­ural His­tory of Four Meals - Michael Pollan

To Sell Is Human: The Sur­pris­ing Truth About Mov­ing Oth­ers - Daniel H. Pink

Tech­nol­ogy & Startups

Do More Faster: Tech­Stars Lessons to Accel­er­ate Your Startup - Brad Feld, David Cohen

Hack­ers & Painters - Paul Graham

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entre­pre­neurs Use Con­tin­u­ous Inno­va­tion to Cre­ate Rad­i­cally Suc­cess­ful Busi­nesses - Eric Reiss

Mas­ter­ing the VC Game: A Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms - Jef­frey Bussgang

The Startup Game: Inside the Part­ner­ship between Ven­ture Cap­i­tal­ists and Entre­pre­neurs - William H. Draper III

Trump: The Art of the Deal - Don­ald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz

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