Evan's Reading List

I really enjoy reading. Generally, I like non-fiction, biographies, and business books. Find my reading list below by year completed.

 

Have you read any of the ones below? If so, contact me. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

2020

  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Currently Reading)

  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

  • The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail​ by Oscar Martinez

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

2019

  • Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr

  • Build Your Dream Network by J. Kelly Hoey

  • The Five Dysfunction of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

  • Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

  • Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It by April Dunford 

  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro 

  • Inadequate Equilibria: Where and How Civilizations Get Stuck by Eliezer Yudkowsky

    • "I expect that the most common benefit of inadequacy analysis will be to break a certain kind of blind trust--that is, trust arrived at by mental reasoning processes that are insensitive to whether you actually inhabit a universe that's worthy of that trust--and open people's eyes to the blatant brokenness of things that are easily observed to be broken"​

  • The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls that can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman​

    • "Is there a ticking clock that requires me to move quickly to pursue my idea?[...] Ricking-clock industries include (a) those in which products are quickly derived from and just as quickly outdated by tech advances, (b) those with strong 'network effects', and (c) those with significant economies of scale."

  • The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

    • "In the end, none of it mattered. Who you were, what color your skin was, what you had done, whether you showed your victim compassion--none of it mattered. There was no past and no future on the row. We only had the moment we were in"​​​

  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    • "When the needs of trans people are made explicitly visible within an interface, everyone who uses that interface gets a subtle reminder that trans people exist. The more visible trans people are online, the more a part of our communities they become--and the harder it is for them to be treated like a bogey-man and subjected to "bathroom bills."​

  • The Road Ahead by Bill Gates

    • "The first principle for any technology you contemplate introducing into a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation​ will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will just entrench the inefficiency."

  • The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

    • "If I draw a circle, most people, when asked what I have drawn, will say I have drawn a circle of a disc, or a ball. Very few people will say I've drawn a hole in the wall, because most people think of the inside first, rather than thinking of the outside. But actually these two sides go together--you cannot have what is 'in here' unless you have what is 'out there'."​

  • Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein

  • If I understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

  • Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Bradley Hope and Tom Wright

  • Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson Vol 2) by Robert Caro 

  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil 

  • Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian LeBlanc

  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout

  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder

 

2018

  • The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

  • The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz 

  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott

  • Snowing in Bali by Kathryn Bonella

  • The Dark Art: Undercover in the Global War Against Narco-Terrorism by Douglas Century and Edward Follis 

  • The Looting Machine by Tom Burgis

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 

  • A Prayer Before Dawn by Billy Moore

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

  • The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol 1) by Robert Caro

  • Sam Walton--Made in America--My Story by Sam Walton with John Huey

  • Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance 

  • The Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton

  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

  • The Score Take Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh 

  • American Kingpin by Nick Bilton 

2017

  • The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

  • AI is My Friend by Mikhail Naumov

  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

  • Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein by John Nixon

  • Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D. Chapman

  • All That Is by James Salter

  • Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 20, 2011 by Steve Coll

  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

2016

  • Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini

  • Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

  • 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying by Sarah Cooper

  • The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? by Seth Godin

  • Insatiable: Porn -- A Love Story by Asa Akira

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbric

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler

  • 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff

2015

  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

  • 1776 by David McCullough

  • Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America by Les Standiford

  • John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America by Kim Heacox

  • A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption by Jay Cost

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