Book List

This is a list of books I highly recommend. I have left out many books which are merely good. Typically, these books either had a big influence on me or present interesting points. I prefer books with interesting ideas rather than arguments I agree with or beautiful writing. Many of the authors here have other books I have enjoyed, but I decided that it would be best to just recommend what I believe is their best work. They are in no particular order.

Note: This list will change and expand over time

Science Fiction:

The Culture series, Iain M. Banks

Jean le Flambeur trilogy, Hannu Rajaniemi

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (this one was a little silly but I liked the idea)

The Dispossessed, U. K. le Guin

The Foundation series, Issac Asimov

Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang

Snow Crash, Neil Stephenson

The Diamond Age, Neil Stephenson

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, Douglas Adams

1984, George Orwell

The Man in the Empty Suit, Sean Ferrell

Rant the Oral Biography of Buster Casey, Chuck Palahniuk


Poor Economics, Duflo and Banerjee

Good Economics for Hard Times, Duflo and Banerjee

Radical Markets, Glen Weyl

More Sex is Safer Sex, Steven Landsburg

Can You Outsmart an Economist?, Steven Landsburg

Handbook of Utility Theory Volume 1 and 2

The Age of Em, Robin Hanson

Freakonomics Series, Levitt and Dubner


Open Borders, Caplan and Weinersmith

Against Democracy, Jason Brennan

Whiteshift: populism, immigration, and the future of white majorities, Eric Kaufmann

Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman

The Dictators Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics,

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith


The Nurture Assumption, Judith Rich Harris

Natural Justice, Ken Binmore

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Russel and Norvig

The Strategy of Conflict, Thomas Schelling

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars, Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, Rebecca Goldstein

Algorithmic Game Theory, multiple authors

How to Measure Anything, Douglas Hubbard

Applied Cryptography, Bruce Schneier (Don’t use this for actual cryptography, just a fun introduction to the field)

Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques, Michael Michalko

Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

QED: the Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Richard Feynman

Quantum Computing Since Democritus, Scott Aaronson

The 4 Hour Body, Tim Ferriss

Practical Ethics, Peter Singer

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