2020 Reading List

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Introduction

The goal for this year was to read 52 books. My overarching goal was to incorporate more fiction and Economics books into my reading list. As always, these ratings I have assigned to the books is heavily weighted by the headspace I was in at the time of reading the book.

Book List (60/52)

Fiction

Number9Dream

5/5

The Alchemist

4/5

The Rosie Project

3/5

The Bluest Eye

2.5/5

Franny and Zooey

2/5


Science

Seven Brief Lessons On Physics

4/5

The Great Courses: Philosophy of Science

4/5

Linked: The New Science of Networks

3.5/5

Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

3.5/5

Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos

3.5/5

The Language Instinct

3/5

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

2.5/5


Economics

Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future

5/5

The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy

4.5/5

Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems

4.5/5

Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises

4/5

The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, and Behaviors

3.5/5

Lecturing Birds on Flying: Can Mathematical Theories Destroy the Financial Markets?

3/5

Nobel Lectures In Economic Sciences (2001-2005)

3/5

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events

3/5

Economic Fables

3/5

Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought

2.5/5

Why Most Things Fail

2.5/5


Biography

A Promised Land

5/5

The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes

4.5/5

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

4/5

The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life While Corresponding about Math

4/5

Man’s Search for Meaning

4/5

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan

3.5/5

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

3.5/5

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

3.5/5

Liar’s Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street

3.5/5

Decision Points

3.5/5

The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age

3/5

What Happened (Hillary Rodhman Clinton)

3.5/5


Psychology

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

4.5/5

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

3.5/5

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

3/5

The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage

2.5/5


History

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

4/5

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

3.5/5

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

3/5

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

2.5/5


Business

Janesville: An American Story

3.5/5

Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business

3.5/5

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

2.5/5

The Mckinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business

2.5/5

Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech

2.5/5


Social Commentary

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

5/5

Why We’re Polarized

4.5/5

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

4.5/5

The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

3.5/5

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

3/5

The Coddling of the American Mind

2.5/5


Miscellaneous

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

4.5/5

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

5/5

Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder

5/5

Skin in the game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

4.5/5

Socrates Apology

3/5


Podcasts

I have followed and listened to quite a few podcasts over the course of the year. Here is a list of ones that I follow on a regular basis.

Send through an email or Linkedin message if you have suggestions/recommendations for books to read/podcasts to listen to!

Chris Hyland

Chris Hyland

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