Book Recommendations

Absolute must reads –

  • Why Nations Fail – Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson
  • Poor Economics – Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo
  • Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life – Brendan Brazier
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  • The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin – Masha Gessen
  • The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economies of Everyday Life – Uri Gneezy & John List
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate – Naomi Klein
  • The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
  • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics – Tim Marshall
  • Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
  • Taliban – Ahmed Rashid
  • Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World – Nicholas Shaxson
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin
  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepeneur’s Quest to Educate the World’s Children – John Wood

Simply amazing  –

  • Gulag: A History – Anne Applebaum
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life – Walter Isaacson
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography – Walter Isaacson
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson
  • The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money – Bastian Obermayer & Frederik Obermaier
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming – Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins
  • Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist – Kate Raworth
  • Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do? – Michael Sandel
  • Perfect Pitch: The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business – Jon Steel
  • Zero To One – Blake Masters & Peter Thiel
  • The Reason Why: The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade – Cecil Woodham-Smith

Recommend – (just read the ones above first)

  • The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It – Anat Admati & Martin Hellwig
  • Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street – Peter L. Bernstein
  • Taking The Floor: Models, Morals, and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room – Daniel Beunza
  • Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism – Richard Brooks
  • Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit – Charles Calomiris & Stephen Haber
  • Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World – William Cohan
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey
  • The Great Escape: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality – Angus Deaton
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life – Jordan Ellenberg
  • Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World – David Epstein
  • The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss
  • Ethical Asset Valuation and The Good Society – Christian Gollier
  • Mindfulness in Plain English – Henepola Gunaratana
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – Dan Harris
  • Switch – Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right – Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • How Culture Shapes The Climate Change Debate – Andrew Hoffman
  • Endure: Mind, Body and The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance – Alex Hutchinson
  • A Certain Idea of France – Julian Jackson
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Shah of Shahs – Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • This Is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  • The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy – Mervyn King
  • Flash Boys – Michael Lewis
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
  • Scarcity: The True Cost of Not Having Enough – Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldat Shafir
  • Africa’s Odious Debts: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent – Leonce Ndikumana & James Boyce
  • A Voyage For Madmen – Peter Nichols
  • The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone – Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson
  • The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality – Katharina Pistor
  • The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay – Emmanuel Saez & Gabriel Zucman
  • Power: Why Some People Have It-and Others Don’t – Jeffrey Pfeffer
  • AIQ: How artificial intelligence works and how we can harness its power for a better world – Nick Polson & James Scott
  • The Corporation That Changed the World – Second Edition: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational – Nick Robins
  • Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits – Kevin Roose
  • Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago – Mike Royko
  • Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield – Jeremy Scahill
  • The Prince of Kone: The Life of Pekka Herlin – John Simon
  • The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them – Joseph Stiglitz
  • The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Making of Behavioral Economics: Misbehaving – Richard H. Thaler
  • Economics for the Common Good – Jean Tirole
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World – Jack Weatherford
  • Educated – Tara Westover
  • China’s Guaranteed Bubble – Ning Zhu
  • A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity – Luigi Zingales
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters – Gregory Zuckerman

To consider

  • Stand Firm – Svend Brinkmann
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies – Nick Bostrom
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Surrounded by Idiots – Thomas Erikson
  • The World is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty-First Century – Thomas L. Friedman
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World – Anand Giridharadas
  • Mindfulness in Plain English – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Home Going – Yaa Gyasi
  • The Shortest History of Germany – James Hawes
  • The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich Hayek
  • I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Other People’s Money: Master’s of The Universe or Servants of The People? – John Kay
  • Conscious Capitalism – John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia
  • News of a Kidnapping – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History – John & William McNeill
  • Enlightement Now – Steven Pinker
  • Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better – Rob Reich
  • Monkey Business – John Rolfe & Peter Troob
  • The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program – Jeremy Scahill
  • Environmental Economics: A Very Short Introduction – Stephen Smith

Must watch

  1. What the Health (2017)
  2. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)
  3. A Plastic Ocean (2016)
  4. The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (2016)
  5. Before the Flood (2016)
  6. Panama Papers: The Shady World of Offshore Companies (2016)
  7. Eddie the Eagle (2016)
  8. Racing Extinction (2015)
  9. Fed Up (2014)
  10. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
  11. Blackfish (2013)
  12. Forks Over Knives (2011)
  13. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams (2007)
  14. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
  15. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
  16. The Fog of War (2003)
  17. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000)