Reading List

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

Mark Twain

Currently Reading

Paine, Lincoln. The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. New York: Vintage Books, 2013.

Wodehouse, P.G. Hot Water. Read by Jonathan Cecil. New York: Doubleday, Doran; 1932. Audible audiobook; 7 hours, 16 minutes.

Pinker, Steven. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. New York: Viking, 2018.

Willink, Jocko. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual MK1-MOD1 (Expanded Edition). New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2020.

Past Reads


Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life. Read by Scott Brick. New York: Penguin, 2011. Audible audiobook; 41 hours, 54 minutes.

Hamill, Pete. Why Sinatra Matters. Boston: Little, Brown; 1998.

Jobim, Helena. Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man. New York: Hal Leonard, 2011 (English edition).

Levinson, Peter J. September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle.
New York: Billboard Books, 2001.

Parker, Matthew. Goldeneye–Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica. Read by Roy McMillan. Ashland, OR: Random House Audiobooks, 2014.

Business, Productivity, & Skills

Duckett, Jon. HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites. Indianapolis: Wiley, 2011.

Graham, Benjamin. The Intelligent Investor. New York: Harper, 2006.

Hagstrom, Robert G. Investing: The Last Liberal Art, 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Kaufman, Josh. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business. London: Portfolio/Penguin, 2010.

Levitin, Daniel J. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. London: Dutton/Penguin, 2014.

Thompson, Derek. Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction. London: Penguin, 2017.


Ferguson, Niall. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. New York: Penguin, 2008.


Ambrose, Stephen E., and Douglas Brinkley. Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938. New York: Penguin, 2011.

Baron-Cohen, Simon. The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. New York: Basic Books, 2020.

Ellis, Joseph J. The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789. Read by Robertson Dean. New York: Knopf, 2015. Audible audiobook; 8 hours, 25 minutes.

Ferguson, Niall. Civilization: The West and the Rest. New York: Penguin; 2011.

Green, James. Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing that Divided Gilded Age America. New York: Pantheon, 2006.

Herman, Arthur. How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything In It. New York: MJF Books, 2001.

Kaufman, Joyce P. A Concise History of US Foreign Policy, 4th ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Koeppel, Gerard. Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2009.

Ricks, Thomas E. Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. New York: Penguin, 2017.

Woodard, Colin. The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down. Read by Lewis Grenville. North Kingstown, RI: BBC Audiobooks America, 2007.


Aslan, Reza. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. New York: Random House, 2013.

Harris, Sam. The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. New York: Free Press, 2010.

Krugman, Paul. The Conscience of a Liberal. New York: Norton, 2007.

Liu, Eric, and Nick Hanauer. The True Patriot: A Pamphlet. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2007.

Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Toronto: Random House, 2018.

Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: Harper, 2016.

Natural Science

Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition. Oxford: Oxford, 2016.

Social Science

Ansari, Aziz. Modern Romance. London: Penguin, 2015.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: Norton, 1997.

Dubner, Stephen J., and Steven Levitt. Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything. New York: William Morrow, 2005.

Dubner, Stephen J., and Steven Levitt. Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. New York: William Morrow, 2009.

Frum, David. Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy. New York: Harper, 2020.

Frum, David. Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. New York: Harper, 2018.

Gilbert, Daniel. Stumbling Upon Happiness. New York: Knopf, 2006.

Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Boston: Little, Brown; 2000.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Boston: Little, Brown; 2005.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. Boston: Little, Brown; 2008.

Gladwell, Malcolm. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. Boston: Little, Brown; 2009.

Gladwell, Malcolm. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Boston: Little, Brown; 2013.

Nye, Joseph S., Jr. Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump. New York: Oxford.

Roskin, Michael G. Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture; 16th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2016.


Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind. New York: Atheneum, 2010.

Orwell, George. 1984. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1949.

Orwell, George. Animal Farm. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1945.

Wodehouse, P.G. The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories. Read by Frederick Davidson. London: Methuen & Co. 1917. Audible audiobook; 6 hours, 42 minutes.