It’s been a year, give or take, since I last cleaned up my Reading List page and archived the items read to a blog post. There’s not nearly so much on the 2009 list as there was in 2008, but priorities change with parenthood. Favorites include the two books on body language, Ultramarathon Man (that Karnazes dude is cray-zee), The Novel, Liar’s Poker, Red Azalea, Omnivore’s Dilemma and How to Break a Terrorist. All are excellent reads.
Finished Books and Articles:
- In Search of How Societies Work: Tribes — The First and Forever Form. by David Ronfeldt. *
- Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner. by Dean Karnazes. *
- The Inflammaton Free Diet Plan: The Scientific Way to Lose Weight, Banish Pain, Prevent Disesase, and Slow Aging. by Monica Reinagel.
- A New Model of Managing Based on Levels of Work. by Warren Kinston and Ralph Rowbottom.
- The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream. by Paulo Coelho.
- The Definitive Book of Body Language. by Allan and Barbara Pease.
- Large Stakes and Big Mistakes. by Dan Ariely, Uri Gneezy, George Loewenstein and Nina Mazar.
- Drowning Ruth. by Christina Schwartz.
- What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People. by Joe Navarro. *
- The Novel. by James Michener. *
- How To Break A Terrorist. by Matthew Alexander with John Bruning. *
- Red Azalea. by Anchee Min. *
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. by Michael Pollan. *
- Liar’s Poker: Rising Through The Wreckage On Wall Street. by Michael Lewis. *
- More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. by Ramez Naam.
- The Memory Keepers Daughter. by Kim Edwards.
- Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein.
- The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness. by Penney Pierce. *
- The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict. by The Arbinger Institute.
- Middlesex. by Jeffery Eugenides. *
- Interdependent Leadership In Organizatons: Evidence From Six Case Studies. by Cynthia McCauley, Charles Palus, Wilfred Drath, Richard Hughes, John McGuire, Patricia O’Connor, and Ellen Van Velsor.
Started and Discarded:
- A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. by Daniel Pink.
- The Craft of Intelligence. by Allen Dulles.
- Infinite Potential: The Life and Times of Davis Bohm. by F. David Peat.
- The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind.
- Don’t Know Much About History. by Kenneth C. Davis.
* Recommended Readings. These are those items that I really enjoyed and would recommend to others. Not that other items on the list are bad (some are OK and some are quite good), it’s just that they aren’t as memorable.