Reading List — 2017

Sam Phillips
Mar 4, 2018 · 2 min read

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

Useful primer; good for reference

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo — Tim Parks

Funny and inspiration for our 2017 trip to Bellagio

Getting to Yes: Negotiating an agreement without giving in — Roger Fisher and William Ury

Essential reading, should have read it earlier

The Fix: How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World’s Most Important Number — Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch

Fascinating insight into the Libor scandal

All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes — Maya Angelou

A classic I’d not read before; seemingly less loved than I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings but I found more interesting; more grown up.

Mad Mobs and Englishmen?: Myths and realities of the 2011 riots — Cliff Stott and Steve Reicher

Fascinating study into the reality of this major news story… and what actually happened.

The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change — Camille Fournier

Instant classic for our field; I’ve dipped in and out and have recommended chapters to colleagues, team members etc.

The Money Machine: How The City Works — Philip Coggan

Another look into financial services, part of ongoing reading/interest in this area

Peter the Great: The compelling story of the man who created modern Russia, founded St Petersburg and made his country part of Europe — Robert K. Massie

Read this for A-levels; partially re-read in preparation for trip to St Petersburg

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead — Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

Cracking insight into the seismic, humongous change that automated vehicles will bring to society

The Victorian House Manual (Haynes Manual) — Tim Rock

“If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve bought the right house”. Thanks, Tim…

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings — Maya Angelou

The classic Angelou — enjoyed it, will keep reading through the series

Freedom at Midnight — Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre

Monumental study of the Indian partition. Inspired a movie last year; the movie was awful and a terrible reflection on the book

The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed — Judith Flanders

Classic historical fare… as usual, reminder that stuff we take for granted was once new, and before that it was alien

What Happened — Hillary Rodham Clinton

Super interesting look into the 2016 presidential election; great writing and although some critics thought it a bit one-sided, I thought pretty fair and candid.

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