Books

This list includes books, plays, and book-length essays or papers that I have read, in roughly reverse chronological order. My memory gets fuzzy the further back we go.

2024

The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 - Eamon Duffy

Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty - Charles Dickens

Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom - Mark Koyama & Noel D. Johnson

Cities Unlimited - Tim Leunig & James Swaffield & Oliver Marc Hartwich

Success and the City - Tim Leunig & James Swaffield & Oliver Marc Hartwich

Cities Limited - Tim Leunig & James Swaffield & Oliver Marc Hartwich

Scaling Through Chaos: The Founder’s Guide to Building and Leading Teams from 0 to 1,000 - Index Ventures

Henry V - William Shakespeare

Destination USA: The Founder's Guide to US Expansion - Index Ventures

The Power of Go: Tools - John Arundel

Destination Europe: The Founder's Guide to European Expansion - Index Ventures

For the Love of Go - John Arundel

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol II - Edward Gibbon

Rewarding Talent: The Founder’s Guide to Stock Options - Index Ventures

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol I - Edward Gibbon

Concert Masterworks - Robert Greenberg

Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens

London in the Time of Dickens - Lillian Nayder

A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs - Carolly Erickson

Master Humphrey's Clock - Charles Dickens

Poor Charlie’s Almanack - Charles T. Munger

Henry IV Part II - William Shakespeare

Geoprocessing with Python - Chris Garrard

Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens

The Life & Times of Beethoven: The First Angry Man - Robert Greenberg

Henry IV Part I - William Shakespeare

A Brief History of British Kings and Queens - Mike Ashley

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, 2nd Edition - Charles Petzold

Sketches by Boz - Charles Dickens

2023

The Book of Wilding: A Practical Guide to Rewilding, Big and Small - Isabella Tree & Charlie Burrell

Shakespeare's Tragedies - Clare R. Kinney

The Symphonies of Beethoven - Robert Greenberg

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain - Michael Paterson

Founder vs Investor: The Honest Truth About Venture Capital from Startup to IPO - Elizabeth Joy Zalman & Jerry Neumann

The Mom Test: How to Talk to Customers & Learn If Your Business Is a Good Idea When Everyone Is Lying to You - Rob Fitzpatrick

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy - Joan Magretta

The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens

A Brief History of Britain 1851 to 2010 - Jeremy Black

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn - Richard W. Hamming

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco - Bryan Burrough & John Helyar

The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. - William D. Cohan

Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw

The Complete Essays of Montaigne - Michel de Montaigne (translated by Donald M. Frame)

The String Quartets of Beethoven - Robert Greenberg

Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon - Michael Lewis

The King's Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein - Franny Moyle

A Brief History of Britain 1660 - 1851 - William Gibson

The Life and Works of Jane Austen - Devoney Looser

Rural Rides - William Cobbett

Microeconomics for Managers - David M. Kreps

Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building - Claire Hughes Johnson

The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex - Murray Gell-Mann

The Effect: An Introduction to Research Design and Causality - Nick Huntington-Klein

High Growth Handbook: Scaling startups from 10 to 10,000 people - Elad Gil

Where Is My Flying Car? - J. Storrs Hall

Autumn Journal - Louis MacNeice

The Big Score: The Billion-Dollar Story of Silicon Valley - Michael S. Malone

Number: The Language of Science - Tobias Dantzig

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution - Yuri Slezkine

Beethoven's Piano Sonatas - Robert Greenberg

The Talisman - Sir Walter Scott

A Brief History of Britain: 1485-1660 - Ronald Hutton

Pieces of the Action - Vannevar Bush

Kenilworth - Sir Walter Scott

A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses - Desmond Seward

A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution - Orlando Figes

Interpretable Machine Learning: A Guide for Making Black Box Models Explainable - Christoph Molnar

Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music - Robert Greenberg

The Antiquary - Sir Walter Scott

The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Art of Disruption - Sebastian Mallaby

A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages - Martyn Whittock

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan - Sebastian Mallaby

Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott

A Brief History of King Arthur - Mike Ashley

Scientific Freedom: The Elixir of Civilization - Donald W. Braben

Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software - Nadia Eghbal

The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management - Will Larson

The Operas of Mozart - Robert Greenberg

A Brief History of Britain: 1066 - 1485 - Nicholas Vincent

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers - Loung Ung

The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985 - 1993 - Jordan Mechner

The Bride of Lammermoor - Sir Walter Scott

Flash Boys - Michael Lewis

A Brief History of the Normans - Francois Neveux

Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour - Michael Lewis

The Apochrypha

King John - William Shakespeare

A Brief History of the Vikings - Johnathan Clements

Mathematics for the Nonmathematician - Morris Kline

As You Like It - William Shakespeare

More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite - Sebastian Mallaby

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons - Geoffrey Hindley

Don Juan - George Byron

2022

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis

Get Together: How to Build a Community with Your People - Bailey Richardson & Kevin Huynh & Kai Elmer Sotto

Rob Roy - Sir Walter Scott

Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street - Michael Lewis

Richard II - William Shakespeare

A Brief History of Roman Britain - Joan P. Alcock

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne - Katherine Rundell

Waverley - Sir Walter Scott

The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy - Adam Tooze

The Fall of Númenor - J.R.R. Tolkien

A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends - Martyn Whittock

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - George Byron

The Chamber Music of Mozart - Robert Greenberg

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects - Mary Wollstonecraft

Complexity: A Guided Tour - Melanie Mitchell

Formation: The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation - Fola Fagbule & Feyi Fawehinmi

A Brief History of the Celts - Peter Berresford Ellis

Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World - Deirdre N. McCloskey

Winters in the World: A Journey through the Anglo-Saxon Year - Eleanor Parker

Mozart: His Life and Music - Robert Greenberg

Dracula - Bram Stoker

Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World - Deirdre N. McCloskey

In a Glass Darkly - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

How to Be a Founder: How Entrepreneurs Can Identify, Fund and Launch Their Best Ideas - Alice Bentinck & Matt Clifford

Troilus and Cressida - William Shakespeare

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation - David Edgerton

The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce - Deirdre N. McCloskey

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater - Thomas De Quincey

Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England - Eleanor Parker

Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Robert Maturin

Restarting the Future: How to Fix the Intangible Economy - Johnathan Haskel & Stian Westlake

Richard II - William Shakespeare

Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To - David A. Sinclair, Matthew D. LaPlante

Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation - Anton Howes

Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy - Johnathan Haskel & Stian Westlake

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

Timon of Athens - William Shakespeare

Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy - Adam Tooze

The Laws of Trading: A Trader's Guide to Better Decision-Making for Everyone - Agustin Lebron

Gaston de Blondeville - Ann Radcliffe

London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City - Tom Chivers

The Northumbrians: North-East England and Its People - Dan Jackson

King John - William Shakespeare

Camilla - Frances Burney

A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare

The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science - Stuart Ritchie

The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding - Eric Nelson

Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through - Duncan Weldon

Intelligence: All That Matters - Stuart Ritchie

Love's Labour's Lost - William Shakespeare

The Two Gentlemen of Verona - William Shakespeare

1867 & all that - Christopher Dummitt

The Adventures of Roderick Random - Tobias Smollett

The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England - Graham Robb

Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control - Stuart Russell

Piers Plowman - William Langland

Intelligent Credit Scoring: Building and Implementing Better Credit Risk Scorecards - Naeem Siddiqi

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect - Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie

Statistical Rethinking - Richard McElreath

Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War - Thomas B. Allen

Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in French Village 1294-1324 - Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Data Science from Scratch - Joel Grus

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris - Graham Robb

Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare

Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Macbeth - William Shakespeare

Eloquent Javascript - Marijn Haverbeke

The English Novel - Timothy Spurgin

Richard III - William Shakespeare

Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture - Ken Jennings

The Audacity to Win - David Plouffe

2021

Persuasion - Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

History Has Begun - Bruno Maçães

The Comedy of Errors - William Shakespeare

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction - Beth Shapiro

Henry VI part iii - William Shakespeare

Mother Courage and Her Children - Bertolt Brecht

The Discovery of France - Graham Robb

Emma - Jane Austen

New Moon - Stephenie Meyer

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

QuickStart Molecular Biology: An Introductory Course for Mathematicians, Physicists, and Engineers - Philip N. Benfey

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Henry VI part ii - William Shakespeare

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

Reflections on the Revolution in France - Edmund Burke

Henry VI part i - William Shakespeare

The Female Quixote - Charlotte Lennox

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful - Edmund Burke

The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare

An Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde

Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde

The Radicalism of the American Revolution - Gordon S. Wood

Love's Labour's Lost - William Shakespeare

Haydn - His Life and Music - Robert Greenberg

The Vampyre and Other Short Gothic Tales - John Polidori and others

Zofloya - Charlotte Dacre

Lady Windermere’s Fan - Oscar Wilde

The Two Gentlemen of Verona - William Shakespeare

The Italian - Ann Radcliffe

King Lear - William Shakespeare

The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology - Horace Freeland Judson

The Monk - Matthew Lewis

Lear: The Great Image of Authority - Harold Bloom

A Casino Odyssey in Cyberspace - Roger Williams

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect - Roger Williams

Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds (1818) - Mary Shelley

She Stoops to Conquer - Oliver Goldsmith

Unfinished Tales - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster - Helen Carr

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

Descartes: A Very Short Introduction - Tom Sorrell

Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition - Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, Dennis Dalton, Douglas Kellner

Mastering spaCy: An end-to-end practical guide to implementing NLP applications using the Python ecosystem - Duygu Altinok

Meditations on First Philosophy and Discourse on the Method - René Descartes

A General History of the Pyrates: From Their First Rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the Present Time - Daniel Defoe

The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia - Samuel Johnson

Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old - Andrew Steele

Illusionism as a Theory of Consciousness - Keith Frankish

The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters - Gregory Zuckerman

Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress - Daniel Defoe

The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo - Paul Strathern

Introduction to Bioinformatics - Arthur M. Lesk

Introduction to Genomics - Arthur M. Lesk

Bioinformatics with Python Cookbook - Tiago Antao

Machiavelli in Context - William R. Cook

The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli (translated by George Bull)

Classical Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum - Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky

The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe

The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri (translated by Robin Kirkpatrick)

La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri (translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History - Ed West

Six Easy Pieces - Richard P. Feynman

Arcadia - Tom Stoppard

Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding - George Monbiot

English Pastoral - James Rebanks

Empty Planet - Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson

The Shepherd's Life - James Rebanks

The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer (translated by Nevill Coghill)

A Heart so White - Javier Marías

The Georgics - Virgil (translated by Cecil Day-Lewis)

The Eclogues - Virgil (translated by Cecil Day-Lewis)

Chaucer: A European Life - Marion Turner

Fifty-Fifty - Steve Cavanagh

Beowulf - (translated by Michael Alexander)

The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays - J.R.R. Tolkien

Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance

Beowulf - (translated by Seamus Heaney)

The Country and the City - Raymond Williams

Beowulf - (translated by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues - Michael Sugrue

Parmenides (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Cratylus (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Phaedrus (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Phaedo (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Theaetetus (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Symposium (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Greater Hippias (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Lesser Hippias (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Euthydemus (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Meno (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Protagoras (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Gorgias (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Ion (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Menexenus (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Lysis (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Laches (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Charmides (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Crito (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

The Apology (Socratic Dialogues) - Plato

Antigone - Sophocles (translated by Don Taylor)

Ajax - Sophocles

Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus (attr)

The Eumenides (Oresteia) - Aeschylus (translated by Tony Harrison)

The Libation Bearers (Oresteia) - Aeschylus (translated by Tony Harrison)

Agamemnon (Oresteia) - Aeschylus (translated by Tony Harrison)

The World We Have Lost - Peter Laslett

Greek Tragedy - Elizabeth Vandiver

Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England - Eleanor Parker

The Life of Samuel Johnson - James Boswell

God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science - James Hannam

A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

2020

The Iliad - Homer (translated by E.V. Rieu)

The Fall of Gondolin - J.R.R. Tolkien

Linked - Albert-Laszio Barabasi

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Beren and Luthien - J.R.R. Tolkien

AI Powered Search - Trey Grainger

Goodbye, Mr. Chips - James Hilton

Memoirs of a Cavalier - Daniel Defoe

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Children of Hurin - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Romance of the Forest - Ann Radcliffe

Solving Mathematical Problems - Terence Tao

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

A Sicilian Romance - Ann Radcliffe

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

The Last Ringbearer - Kirill Eskov

Consilience - Edward O. Wilson

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon - Jimmy Maher

The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano - Olaudah Equiano

The Oracle of Delphi - Jimmy Maher

Smith of Wootton Major - J.R.R. Tolkien

Leaf by Niggle - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil - J.R.R. Tolkien

Farmer Giles of Ham - J.R.R. Tolkien

Roverandom - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne - Ann Radcliffe

The Joy of X - Steven Strogatz

The Life, Adventures and Piracies of Captain Singleton - Daniel Defoe

Letters From Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien

Mr Bliss - J.R.R. Tolkien

Learn You a Haskell For Great Good - Miran Lipovača

Vathek - William Beckford

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - J.R.R. Tolkien

Reckoning with Risk - Gerd Gigerenzer

Bach and the High Baroque - Robert Greenberg

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

Reinventing Organisations - Frederic Laloux

Deep Learning for Coders with fastai and PyTorch - Jeremy Howard & Sylvain Gugger

Evelina - Frances Burney

The Opinionated Guide to React - Sara Vieira

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution - Bernard Bailyn

Globalists - Quinn Slobodian

The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium - Martin Gurri

The Infidel and the Professor - Dennis C. Rasmussen

New Atlantis - Francis Bacon

The Dream Machine - M. Mitchell Waldrop

The Banbury to Verney Junction Branch - Bill Simpson

The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien

Henry V - William Shakespeare

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle

The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien

A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare

Consciousness - Christof Koch

The Madness of George III - Alan Bennett

The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R Tolkien

Try This at Home - Frank Turner

The Book of Merlin - T.H. White

The Candle in the Wind - T.H. White

The Missing £4 Billion - Tom Forth, Richard Jones

The Ill-Made Knight - T.H. White

The Witch in the Wood - T.H. White

A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams

The Sword in the Stone - T.H. White

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Henry IV Part II - William Shakespeare

The Two Noble Kinsmen - William Shakespeare

The Idylls of the King - Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Last Days of Steam in Northamptonshire - John M. C. Healy

Fleabag - Phoebe Waller-Bridge

A Survey of Deep Learning for Scientific Discovery - Maithra Raghu, Eric Schmidt

Complex Contagions: A Decade in Review - Douglas Guilbeault, Joshua Becker, Damon Centola

The Old English Baron - Clara Reeve

Henry IV Part I - William Shakespeare

The Western Cannon - Harold Bloom

What You Should Know About Megaprojects, and Why - Bent Flyvbjerg

The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker - Tobias Smollett

Richard II - William Shakespeare

One Man Two Governors - Richard Bean

The Bridge Across Forever - Richard Bach

Crashed, How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World - Adam Tooze

A Sentimental Journey - Lawrence Sterne

The Vicar of Wakefield - Oliver Goldsmith

The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole

Classics of British Literature - John Sutherland

Rosslyn Chapel - The Earl of Rosslyn

Journal of the Plague Year - Daniel Defoe

Dealers of Lightning - Michael Hiltzik

Innumeracy - John Allen Paulos

Tristram Shandy - Lawrence Sterne

The Idea Factory - Jon Gertner

Doing the Impossible - Arthur L. Slotkin

One Giant Leap, the impossible mission that flew us to the moon - Charles Fishman

Human in the Loop Machine Learning - Robert Munro

The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes

Collaborative Circles - Warren Bennis and Patrcia Ward Biederman

The Theory of Moral Sentiments - Adam Smith

Mathematics, A very Short Introduction - Timothy Gowers

Fanny Hill - John Cleland

Wilding - Isabella Tree

The Rise and Fall of American Growth - Robert Gordon

Measure for Measure - - William Shakespeare

As You Like It - William Shakespeare

Ludvig Von Mises - Eamon Butler

The Law - Frédéric Bastiat

Adam Smith - Eamon Butler

2019

The Pyramids of Giza - Jimmy Maher

Equus - David Hare

The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare

The Analects - Confucius

Old School - Tobias Wolff

The Future of the Commons - Elinor Ostrom

Meet the People - James Frayne

Reading in the Dark - Seamus Deane

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

The Path of the Martyrs - Ed West

Saxons and Vikings - Ed West

Translations - Brian Friel

The Provoked Wife - John Vanbrugh

The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

Collected Writings - Johnathan Swift

Reinventing Discovery - Michael Nielson

A Catholic Replies to Professor Dawkins - Thomas Crean

The Son Also Rises - Gregory Clarke

The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare

Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory - Dennis Dalton

Tom Jones- Henry Fielding

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

The Works and Days - Hesiod

The Isles - Norman Davies

A Tale of a Tub - Johnathan Swift

Bound Away, Virginia and the westward movement - David Hackett Fischer and James C. Kelly

Clarissa - Samuel Richardson

Three Men on the Bummel - Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat - Jerome k. Jerome

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham

Quantum Computing Since Democritus - Scott Aaronson

Belt and Road - Bruno Maçães

The Beginning of Infinity - David Deutsch

King Arthur: History and Legend - Dorsey Armstrong

Le Morte D'Arthur - Thomas Malory

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle

Merlin and the Grail - Robert de Boron and others

Perceval and its continuations - Chrétien de Troyes and others

The Peloponnesian War - Kenneth W. Harl

The Mabinogion - Charlotte Guest (translator)

The Greek and Persian Wars - John R. Hale

Herodotus: The Father of History - Elizabeth Vandiver

The Histories - Herodotus

On War - Carl von Clausewitz

Presuasion - Robert Cialdini

The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande

The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver

The Fabric of Reality - David Deutsch

A Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain

2018

Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals - Tyler Cowen

The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Richard III - William Shakespeare

Henry VI - part iii - William Shakespeare

Henry VI - part ii - William Shakespeare

Henry VI - part i - William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare

Coriolanus - William Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare

Anthony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

Julius Ceasar - William Shakespeare

The Dawn of Eurasia - Bruno Maçães

A Farewell to Alms - Gregory Clarke

The Song of Roland - Michael A. H. Newth (translator)

Ending Aging - Aubrey de Grey

Four Arthurian Romances - Chrétien de Troyes

Geoffrey of Monmouth - The History of the Kings of Britain

Nennius - Historia Brittonum

St Gildas - De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae,

Jonathan Wild - Henry Fielding

A Kestrel for a Knave - Barry Hines

Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Vanquished - Robert Gerwath

The Symphony - Robert Greenberg

Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell

Joseph Andrews - Henry Fielding

The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare

Biology: The Science of Life - Stephen Nowicki

The Age of Em - Robin Hanson

The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy

Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas

Conquerers: how Portugal seized the Indian Ocean and forged the first global empire - Roger Crowley

An Inspector Calls - J.B Priestley

The Secret Sharer - Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Shamela - Henry Fielding

On Liberty - John Stuart Mill

Pamela - Samuel Richardson

On the Social Contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

How to Read and Understand Shakespeare - Marc C. Conner

Oroonoko - Aphra Behn

Lady Susan - Jane Austen

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote

Messy - Tim Harford

Treatise on Law - Thomas Aquinas

Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

Fatal Purity, Robespierre and the French Revolution - Ruth Scure

1000 Years of Annoying the French - Stephen Clarke

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality - Eliezer Yudkowsky

2017

Deep Learning with Python - François Chollet

Learn C the Hard Way - Zed A. Shaw

Learn More Python 3 the Hard Way - Zed A. Shaw

Learn Python 3 the Hard Way - Zed A. Shaw

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Edward Albee

Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen

The Tempest - William Shakespeare

Cymbeline - William Shakespeare

Think Tank, the Story of the Adam Smith Institute - Madsen Pirie

You Talkin' to Me - Sam Leith

Watching the English - Kate Fox

The Sequences - Eliezer Yudkowsky

Evolving Economics - Agnar Sandmo

The Grand Tour - Christopher Hibbert

Fight Club - Chuck Palahnuik

Superintelligence - Nick Bostrom

The Complacent Class - Tyler Cowen

The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard P. Feynman

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

The Life and Writings of John Milton - Seth Lerer

Samson Agonistes - John Milton

Empress Dowager Cixi - Jung Chang

Mao's Great Famine - Frank Dikötter

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America - David Hackett Fischer

Paradise Regained - John Milton

The Peloponnesian War - Kenneth W. Harl

Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Two Treatises of Government - George H. Smith and Wendy McElroy

Stoics and Epicureans - Daryl Hale

Origins of the Universe - Jack Arnold

Einstein's Revolution - John T. Sanders

A New Understanding of the Atom - John T. Sanders

Natural Science and the Planet Earth - Jack Sommer

Astronomy: The Heavenly Challenge - Jack Arnold

The Family - Lawrence D. Houlgate

The Persian Gulf States - Wendy McElroy and Sheldon Richman

The German Historical School of Economics - Nicholas Balabkins

Thorstein Veblen and Institutionalism - William Peterson

The Vision of Leon Walras - Donald Walker

Joseph Schumpeter and Dynamic Economical Change - Laurence S. Moss

Monetarism and Supply Side Economics - Arjo Klamer and Alan Reynolds

Frank Knight and the Chicago School - Arthur Diamond

Struggle Over the Keynesian Heritage - Paul Davidson

The Keynesian Revolution - Fred Glahe and Frank Vorhies

Alfred Marshall and Neoclassicism - Robert Hebert

Wild Swans - Jung Chang

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters - Richard P. Rumelt

The King James Bible

Early Austrian Economics - Israel Kirzner

Karl Marx - David Ramsay Steele

The Classical Economists - E.G. West

The Wealth of Nations - George H. Smith

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns - Sasha Issenberg

The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine - Francis S. Collins

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Robert B. Cialdini

How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie

The Epic of Gilgamesh - Gerald J. Davis (Translator)

The Faerie Queene - Edmund Spenser

The Great Works of Sacred Music - Charles Edward McGuire

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed - Eric H. Cline

2016

King Lear - William Shakespeare

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

The Periodic Table - Primo Levi

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe - George Dyson

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood - James Gleick

The Civil War - Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

How to Listen to and Understand Opera - Robert Greenberg

Life and Writings of Geoffrey Chaucer - Seth Lerer

The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer (translated by J.U. Nicolson)

Troilus and Criseyde - Geoffrey Chaucer (translated by Nevill Coghill)

The English and Their History - Robert Tombs

The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio

Dante's Divine Comedy - Ronald B. Herzman and William R. Cook

The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri (translated by Carlyle Okey-Wicksteed)

The Box - Marc Levinson

Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

Zero to One - Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Bede - Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Beowulf - Anon (translated by Benedict Flynn)

Antigone - Sophocles (translated by Ian Johnston)

Oedipus at Colonus - Sophocles (translated by Ian Johnston)

Oedipus Rex - Sophocles (translated by Ian Johnston)

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

The Aeneid of Virgil - Elizabeth Vandiver

The Aeneid - Virgil (translated by Cecil Day Lewis)

The Peloponnesian War - Thucydides

The Leopard - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Art of War - Sun-Tzu

The Odyssey of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction - Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner

The Odyssey - Homer (translated by Ian Johnston)

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies - Tyler Cowen

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music - Robert Greenberg

2015

Hamlet - William Shakespeare

Richard II - William Shakespeare

Othello - William Shakespeare

Henry V - William Shakespeare

The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith

The Road Beneath My Feet - Frank Turner

Capitalism and Freedom - Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman: A Guide to His Economic Thought - Eamonn Butler

An Essay on the Principle of Population - Thomas Malthus

Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die: The Assassination of a British Prime Minister - Andro Linklater

What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye - Will Gompertz

The Iliad of Homer - Elizabeth Vandiver

The Second Machine Age - Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

The Iliad - Homer (translated by Ian Johnston)

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Expert Political Judgement - Philip Tetlock

Attention All Shipping - Charlie Connelly

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto - Stewart Brand

Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne

The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius

The Ascent of Money - Niall Ferguson

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure - Tim Harford

2014

The Spirit Level Delusion - Christopher Snowdon

The Spirit Level - Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

The Crucible - Arthur Miller

Macbeth - William Shakespeare

The Spanish Tragedy - Thomas Kyd

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

Money: The Unauthorised Biography - Felix Martin

Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals - Immanuel Kant

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back - Tim Harford

The Undercover Economist - Tim Harford

Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy - Simon Blackburn

Hayek: His Contribution to the Political and Economic Thought of Our Time - Eamonn Butler

The Problems of Philosophy - Bertrand Russell

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves - Matt Ridley

Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty

Two Treatises of Government - John Locke

The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche - Kathleen M. Higgins and Robert C. Solomon

The Republic - Plato

The Magic of Reality - Richard Dawkins

The Art of Strategy - Barry J. Nalebuff and Avinash K. Dixit

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies - Jared Diamond

23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism - Ha-Joon Chang

Keynes: The Return of the Master - Robert Skidelsky

A History of the World - Andrew Marr

Nudge - Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

The Story of India - Michael Wood

The Great Turning Points in British History - Michael Wood

2013

Autumn Journal - Louis MacNeice

What Does it all Mean? - Thomas Nagal

The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli (translated by Peter Bondanella)

Coriolanus - William Shakespeare

The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan

The Vietnam War - Neil Smith

The Cold War - Rupert Colley

The Siege of Leningrad - Rupert Colley

World War Two - Rupert Colley

Stalin - Rupert Colley

The Russian Revolution - Rupert Colley

World War One - Rupert Colley

The American Civil War - Kat Smutz

The Afghan Wars - Rupert Colley

Dickens - Kaye Jones

Derrida - Paul Strathern

Dewey - Paul Strathern

Foucault - Paul Strathern

Sartre - Paul Strathern

Wittgenstein - Paul Strathern

Bertrand Russell - Paul Strathern

Heidegger - Paul Strathern

Kierkegaard - Paul Strathern

J.S. Mill - Paul Strathern

Nietzsche - Paul Strathern

Marx - Paul Strathern

Schopenhauer - Paul Strathern

Hegel - Paul Strathern

Kant - Paul Strathern

Hume - Paul Strathern

Rousseau - Paul Strathern

Locke - Paul Strathern

Leibniz - Paul Strathern

Berkeley - Paul Strathern

Spinoza - Paul Strathern

Descartes - Paul Strathern

Machiavelli - Paul Strathern

Thomas Aquinas - Paul Strathern

St Augustine - Paul Strathern

Aristotle - Paul Strathern

Plato - Paul Strathern

Confucius - Paul Strathern

Socrates - Paul Strathern

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Burmese Days - George Orwell

Metamorphoses - Ovid

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene

The Tempest - William Shakespeare

Volpone - Ben Jonson

Paradise Lost - John Milton

Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes

Megachange - The Economist

The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills - David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It - Lawrence Lessig

Candide - Voltaire

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion - Jonathan Haidt

Hard Times - Charles Dickens

A Brief History of Britain 1066-1485 - Nicholas Vincent

No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s - Andy McSmith

2012

Utopia - Thomas More

Henry IV part ii - William Shakespeare

Henry IV part i - William Shakespeare

Tribal Peoples for Tomorrow's World - Stephen Corry

Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad

A Short History of Ireland - Jonathan Bardon

The Dead School - Patrick McCabe

Molloy - Samuel Beckett

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

Dubliners - James Joyce

2011

Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

Richard III - William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

Ethan From - Edith Wharton

2010 and before

The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare

No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

The Tempest - William Shakespeare

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

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