Reading List — 2018

The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone — Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson

In progress

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

The Zappos.com story. Compelling and well-written. Interesting to see the actual communications and emails that were used internally at the company at a given point in its journey. Although sometimes it’s a bit weird to read 10+ pages of internal emails from a company that you don’t work at. Very US/SV centric in terms of culture stuff.

The Undoing Project — Micheal Lewis

Interesting history of psychology and heuristics with great examples and a decent narrative. The writing and research is fantastic as with all Micheal Lewis stuff… but I don’t think he’s that good at actually explaining stuff. I don’t have much background in psychology, but when reading The Big Short with a working knowledge of finance and investment, I definitely found his explanations confusing and misleading at times.

Polio: An American Story — David M. Oshinsky

Good overview and context; although for an insight into medical research and history etc, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is better.

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor — Tren Griffin

Supplemental reading on value investing/Berkshire Hathaway/Benjamin Graham etc. But definitely not the first or last book to read on this topic.

The Design Of Everyday Things — Don Norman

One of those classics I should have read earlier. Slow read overall — fascinating topic but quite textbook-y. And sometimes I just find it hard to relate — yes it’s not always obvious how to open a door or turn on a tap, and yes usability is of crucial importance. But you don’t have to be a genius to, you know, just work it out.

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron Paperback — Bethany McLean,‎ Peter Elkind

Really interesting look into this — reminiscent of a previous job of mine (and reminded me a lot of what it’s like working for a big American company).