Book & Documentary Recommendations

These are my 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
  • 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

These books are amazing  –

  • Gulag: A History – Anne Applebaum
  • 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

These are my must view documentaries –

  1. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)
  2. A Plastic Ocean (2016)
  3. The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (2016)
  4. Before the Flood (2016)
  5. Panama Papers: The Shady World of Offshore Companies (2016)
  6. Eddie the Eagle (2016)
  7. Racing Extinction (2015)
  8. Fed Up (2014)
  9. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
  10. Blackfish (2013)
  11. Forks Over Knives (2011)
  12. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams (2007)
  13. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
  14. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
  15. Why We Fight (2005)
  16. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000)

I highly recommend these books below as well – (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
  • 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 Great Escape: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality – Angus Deaton
  • How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life – Jordan Ellenberg
  • The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich – Timothy Ferriss
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World – Anand Giridharadas
  • The Shortest History of Germany – James Hawes
  • The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich Hayek
  • How Culture Shapes The Climate Change Debate – Andrew Hoffman
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Flash Boys – Michael Lewis
  • Conscious Capitalism – John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia
  • The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History – John & William McNeill
  • 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
  • The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone – Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson
  • 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 Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program – Jeremy Scahill
  • The Prince of Kone: The Life of Pekka Herlin – John Simon
  • Environmental Economics: A Very Short Introduction – Stephen Smith
  • 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
  • China’s Guaranteed Bubble – Ning Zhu
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters – Gregory Zuckerman