171 Books Recommended by Sam Harris


  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — Yuval Harari
  2. Prisoner’s Dilemma — William Poundstone
  3. A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age — William Manchester
  4. The Atomic Bazaar: Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking — William Langewiesche
  5. The Principles of Psychology, Vol. 1 — William James
  6. The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy — William James
  7. Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition — William Casebeer
  8. From a Logical Point of View — Willard Van Orman Quine
  9. The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason — Victor Stenger
  10. Mortal Questions — Thomas Nagel
  11. The View from Nowhere — Thomas Nagel
  12. The First Crusade: A New History: The Roots of Conflict between Christianity and Islam — Thomas Asbridge
  13. Life at the Bottom — Theodore Dalyrmple
  14. The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History — Terence McKenna
  15. The Blank Slate — Steven Pinker
  16. A Brief History of Time — Stephen Hawking
  17. Confession of a Buddhist Atheist — Stephen Batchelor
  18. Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi — Sri Munagala Venkataramiah
  19. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts — Simon Garfield
  20. Civilization and Its Discontents — Sigmund Freud
  21. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind — Shunryu Suzuki
  22. Mythologies — Roland Barthes
  23. The Emperor’s New Mind — Roger Penrose
  24. Shadows of the Mind — Roger Penrose
  25. Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft — Robin Briggs
  26. Philosophical Explanations — Robert Nozick
  27. The Ends of the Earth — Robert Kaplan
  28. The Return of History and the End of Dreams — Robert Kagan
  29. Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony — Robert Edgerton
  30. Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America — Rita Katz
  31. DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences — Rick Strassman
  32. Objectivity, Relativism, and Truth: Philosophical Papers — Richard Rorty
  33. Deadly Feasts: The “Prion” Controversy and the Public’s Health — Richard Rhodes
  34. The Meaning Of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist — Richard Feynman
  35. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher — Richard Feynman
  36. Six Not-So-Easy Pieces — Richard Feynman
  37. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design — Richard Dawkins
  38. Meditations on First Philosophy — Rene Descartes
  39. The Al Qaeda Reader: The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden’s Terrorist Organization — Raymond Ibrahim
  40. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology — Ray Kurzweil
  41. The Age of Spiritual Machines — Ray Kurzweil
  42. Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment — Phil Zuckerman
  43. The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized — Owen Flanagan
  44. The Problem Of The Soul: Two Visions Of Mind And How To Reconcile Them — Owen Flanagan
  45. The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World — Owen Flanagan
  46. I Am That — Nisargadatta Maharaj
  47. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies — Nick Bostrom
  48. Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors — Nicholas Wade
  49. A History of the Mind — Nicholas Humphrey
  50. The Prince — Niccolo Machiavelli
  51. Hyperspace — Michio Kaku
  52. The Complete Works — Michel de Montaigne
  53. Essays — Michel de Montaigne
  54. Human: The Science Behind What Makes Your Brain Unique — Michael Gazzaniga
  55. The Mind’s Past — Michael Gazzaniga
  56. The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities — Matthew White
  57. Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human — Matt Ridley
  58. Meditations — Marcus Aurelius
  59. Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think — Marc Hauser
  60. Islam in the World — Malise Ruthven
  61. Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth — Mahatma Gandhi
  62. Philosophical Investigations — Ludwig Wittgenstein
  63. Philosophical Grammar — Ludwig Wittgenstein
  64. On the Nature of the Universe — Lucretius
  65. The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America — Louis Menand
  66. The Drunkard’s Walk — Leonard Mlodinow
  67. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 — Lawrence Wright
  68. Going Clear — Lawrence Wright
  69. A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing — Lawrence Krauss
  70. Collected Maxims and Other Reflections — La Rochefoucauld
  71. Black Holes and Time Warps — Kip S. Thorne
  72. The Logic of Scientific Discovery — Karl Popper
  73. The Self and Its Brain: An Argument for Interactionism — Karl Popper
  74. The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge — JP Changeux
  75. The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger — Jonathan Schell
  76. The Fate of the Earth and The Abolition — Jonathan Schell
  77. The Psychopath Test — Jon Ronson
  78. Freedom and Neurobiology: Reflections on Free Will, Language, and Political Power — John Searle
  79. The Mystery of Consciousness — John Searle
  80. The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction — John Leslie
  81. Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up — John Allen Paulos
  82. Cortex and Mind: Unifying Cognition — Joaquin Fuster
  83. Slouching Toward Bethlehem — Joan Didion
  84. Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong — JL Mackie
  85. My Stroke of Insight — Jill Bolte Taylor
  86. Freedom from the Unknown — Jiddu Krishnamurti
  87. Why Evolution Is True — Jerry Coyne
  88. Being and Nothingness — Jean-Paul Sartre
  89. The Confessions — Jean Jacques Rousseau
  90. Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak — Jean Hatzfeld
  91. The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries — Jaroslav Pelikan
  92. Who Owns the Future? — Jaron Lanier
  93. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies — Jared Diamond
  94. The Journalist and the Murderer — Janet Malcolm
  95. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA — James Watson
  96. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood — James Gleick
  97. The Golden Bough — James Frazer
  98. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History — James Carroll
  99. The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain — James Blair
  100. Without Sanctuary — James Allen
  101. The Trial of Socrates — IF Stone
  102. The Histories — Herodotus
  103. Walden, or Life in the Woods — Henry David Thoreau
  104. The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger — Heinrich Kramer
  105. On Truth — Harry Frankfurt
  106. Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience — Gitta Sereny
  107. The Concept of Mind — Gilbert Ryle
  108. The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness — Gerald Edelman
  109. Wider than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness — Gerald Edelman
  110. A Universe Of Consciousness How Matter Becomes Imagination — Gerald Edelman
  111. The Phenomenology of the Mind — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  112. Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools and Rascal Gurus — Georg Feuerstein
  113. Thus Spake Zarathustra — Friedrich Nietzsche
  114. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved — Frans de Waal
  115. Philosophical Dictionary — Francois Voltaire
  116. The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul — Francis Crick
  117. A Delusion of Satan — Frances Hill
  118. Interaction Ritual — Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior — Erving Goffman
  119. The Story of Art — Ernst Gombrich
  120. The Second Machine Age — Erik Brynjolfsson
  121. The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness — Erich Fromm
  122. Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market — Eric Schlosser
  123. Praise of Folly — Erasmus
  124. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge — EO Wilson
  125. Crowds and Power — Elias Canetti
  126. Inquisition — Edward Peters
  127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire — Edward Gibbon
  128. On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious — Douglas E. Harding
  129. Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation — Donald Davidson
  130. The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory — DJ Chalmers
  131. Reasons and Persons — Derek Parfit
  132. Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives — Dean Buonomano
  133. Nagarjuna’s Seventy Stanzas: A Buddhist Psychology of Emptiness — David Komito
  134. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding — David Hume
  135. The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications — David Deutsch
  136. Voodoo Histories — David Aaronovitch
  137. The Illusion of Conscious Will — Daniel Wegner
  138. Judgment Under Uncertainty — Daniel Kahneman
  139. Hitler’s Willing Executioners — Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  140. Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama — Daniel Goleman
  141. Consciousness Explained — Daniel Dennett
  142. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life — Daniel Dennett
  143. On the Eve of the Millenium: The Future of Democracy Through an Age of Unreason — Conor Cruise O’Brien
  144. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything — Christopher Hitchens
  145. Mortality — Christopher Hitchens
  146. The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever — Christopher Hitchens
  147. The Enemy — Christopher Hitchens
  148. Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West — Christopher Caldwell
  149. Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Korean Way of Zen — Chinul
  150. The Origin of Species — Charles Darwin
  151. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors — Carl Sagan
  152. The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God — Carl Sagan
  153. Zen War Stories — Brian Victoria
  154. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory — Brian Greene
  155. Among the Thugs — Bill Buford
  156. A History of Western Philosophy — Bertrand Russell
  157. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy — Bernard Williams
  158. What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East — Bernard Lewis
  159. The Paradox of Choice — Barry Schwartz
  160. The Caged Virgin — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  161. The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life — Austin Dacey
  162. The Nature of the Physical World — AS Eddington
  163. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness — Antonio Damasio
  164. The Legacy of Jihad — Andrew Bostom
  165. Probability 1 — Amir Aczel
  166. A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia — Alexander N. Yakovlev
  167. The Perennial Philosophy — Aldous Huxley
  168. Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking — Alan Dershowitz
  169. The Case for Israel — Alan Dershowitz
  170. Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah — Ajahn Chah
  171. The Theory of Moral Sentiments — Adam Smith

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