Book 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
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life – Walter Isaacson
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson
  • Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
  • 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


I highly recommend these books 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Shah of Shahs – Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Great books to consider


  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies – Nick Bostrom
  • 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
  • The Shortest History of Germany – James Hawes
  • The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich Hayek
  • 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
  • Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better – Rob Reich
  • The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program – Jeremy Scahill
  • Environmental Economics: A Very Short Introduction – Stephen Smith


These are my must view documentaries –


  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. Why We Fight (2005)
  17. The Fog of War (2003)
  18. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2000)