2021 Reading List

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Introduction

The goal for this year was to read 40 books. Seems like I may need to revise this goal. 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.

The Structure of scientific revolutions

5/5

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

5/5

Why Nations Fail

4.5/5

Debt: The First 5000 Years

4.5/5

Rodham

4.5/5

King lear

4.5/5


Economics and Finance

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

4/5

The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe

4/5

How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region

4/5

The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy

4/5

Central banking 101

4/5

The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

3.5/5

The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future

3/5

Finance and the good society

3/5

Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence

3/5

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

2/5


Fiction

Hamnet

4/5

Hamlet

4/5

Macbeth

4/5

Normal people

4/5

Deacon king kong

4/5

Men without women

3.5/5

Julius Caesar

3.5/5

The History Boys

3.5/5

Antony and Cleopatra

3/5

The Human Stain

3/5

Coriolanus

3/5


Sociology and History

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

4/5

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

4/5

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

4/5

The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

4/5

Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity

4/5

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years As CEO of the Walt Disney Company

3.5/5

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

3.5/5

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

2.5/5

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement

1.5/5


Politics

The Conscience of a Liberal

4/5

The World: A Brief Introduction

4/5

The Prince

3/5


Science

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

4.5/5

Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies

4/5

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

3.5/5

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

3/5


Philosophy

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

5/5

Mere Christianity

4.5/5

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

4.5/5

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

4.5

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life

4.5/5

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

3.5/5

On Solitude

3.5/5

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

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

A Shot of Data

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