Hacker News Books (100–200)

Top books mentioned in comments on Hacker News


100. Manufacturing Consent : The Political Economy of the Mass Media

Noam ChomskyEdward S. Herman (2002–412 pages — Rating-value:4.22 Rating-count: — 10,314)


101. The Red Queen : Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

Matt Ridley (2011–416 pages — Rating-value:4.02 Rating-count: — 11,294)


102. The Talent Code : Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

Daniel Coyle (2009–246 pages — Rating-value:4.06 Rating-count: — 10,790)


103. The Pragmatic Programmer : From Journeyman to Master

Andrew HuntDavid Thomas (2017–352 pages — Rating-value:4.31 Rating-count: — 9,527)


104. Rainbows End

Vernor Vinge (2007–400 pages — Rating-value:3.75 Rating-count: — 12,401)


105. Learned Optimism : How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Martin E. P. Seligman (2006–319 pages — Rating-value:3.97 Rating-count: — 11,050)


106. The Great Shark Hunt : Strange Tales from a Strange Time

Hunter S Thompson (2003–608 pages — Rating-value:4.07 Rating-count: — 10,274)


107. Amusing Ourselves to Death : Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Neil PostmanAndrew Postman (2011–184 pages — Rating-value:4.12 Rating-count: — 9,896)


108. What Every Body is Saying : An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-reading People

Joe NavarroMarvin Karlins (2011–272 pages — Rating-value:3.89 Rating-count: — 10,414)


109. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Mark Manson (2016–224 pages — Rating-value:4.08 Rating-count: — 9,387)


110. The Creative Habit : Learn it and Use I for Life

Twyla Tharp (2009–256 pages — Rating-value:3.96 Rating-count: — 9,838)


111. How to Read a Book : The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Mortimer J. AdlerCharles Lincoln Van Doren (1986–426 pages — Rating-value:3.99 Rating-count: — 9,287)


112. The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs (1993–458 pages — Rating-value:4.31 Rating-count: — 7,909)


113. So Good They Can’t Ignore You : Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Cal Newport (2012–288 pages — Rating-value:4.06 Rating-count: — 8,508)


114. Titan: the Life of John D. Rockefeller

Ron Chernow (1998–774 pages — Rating-value:4.17 Rating-count: — 8,056)


115. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Edwin LefevreMarketplace Books (1994–300 pages — Rating-value:4.15 Rating-count: — 7,894)


116. The Now Habit : A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-free Play

Neil Fiore (2011–224 pages — Rating-value:3.87 Rating-count: — 9,073)


117. The Power of Full Engagement : Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

Jim LoehrTony Schwartz (2007–245 pages — Rating-value:4.02 Rating-count: — 8,383)


118. Mindfulness in Plain English

Henepola Gunaratana (2011–224 pages — Rating-value:4.23 Rating-count: — 7,524)


119. Positioning : The Battle for Your Mind

Al RiesJack Trout (2001–224 pages — Rating-value:4.06 Rating-count: — 8,076)


120. iWoz : Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing it

Steve WozniakGina Smith (2006–288 pages — Rating-value:3.81 Rating-count: — 9,010)


121. Deep Work : Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport (2016–304 pages — Rating-value:4.19 Rating-count: — 7,324)


122. C Programming Language

Brian W. KernighanDennis M. Ritchie (1988–274 pages — Rating-value:4.4 Rating-count: — 6,620)


123. Clean Code : A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Robert C. Martin (2009–464 pages — Rating-value:4.34 Rating-count: — 6,768)


124. Masters of Doom : How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

David Kushner (2004–339 pages — Rating-value:4.25 Rating-count: — 6,911)


125. The Mythical Man-month : Essays on Software Engineering

Frederick P. Brooks Jr. (2001–336 pages — Rating-value:4.05 Rating-count: — 7,267)


126. Non-Violent Communication, A Language of Life : Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships

Marshall B. RosenbergArun Gandhi (2003–240 pages — Rating-value:4.29 Rating-count: — 6,456)


127. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life : Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships

Marshall B. RosenbergDeepak Chopra (2015–264 pages — Rating-value:4.29 Rating-count: — 6,456)


128. Good Calories, Bad Calories : Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

Gary Taubes (2008–609 pages — Rating-value:4.18 Rating-count: — 6,792)


129. Design Patterns : Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Erich GammaRichard HelmRalph JohnsonJohn M. Vlissides (1997–416 pages — Rating-value:4.14 Rating-count: — 6,901)


130. Cadillac Desert : The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Marc Reisner (1993–582 pages — Rating-value:4.25 Rating-count: — 6,524)


131. Daily Rituals : How Artists Work

Mason Currey (2013–278 pages — Rating-value:3.65 Rating-count: — 8,836)


132. The Cuckoo’s Egg : Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Cliff Stoll (2007–399 pages — Rating-value:4.19 Rating-count: — 6,463)


133. Code Complete : A Practical Handbook of Software Costruction

Steve McConnell (2004–960 pages — Rating-value:4.26 Rating-count: — 6,066)


134. The Art of Learning : An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

Josh Waitzkin (2008–288 pages — Rating-value:4.07 Rating-count: — 6,483)


135. The Facebook Effect : The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World

David Kirkpatrick (2010–320 pages — Rating-value:3.83 Rating-count: — 7,316)


136. Command and Control : Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Eric Schlosser (2014–632 pages — Rating-value:4.2 Rating-count: — 6,047)


137. JavaScript: The Good Parts : Working with the Shallow Grain of JavaScript

Douglas Crockford (2008–172 pages — Rating-value:4.23 Rating-count: — 5,924)


138. The Elements of Typographic Style

Robert Bringhurst (2004–352 pages — Rating-value:4.26 Rating-count: — 5,667)


139. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Edward R. Tufte (2001–190 pages — Rating-value:4.41 Rating-count: — 5,232)


140. Spark

John Ratey (2008–294 pages — Rating-value:4.11 Rating-count: — 5,986)


141. Difficult Conversations : How to Discuss What Matters Most

Douglas StoneBruce PattonSheila Heen (2000–250 pages — Rating-value:4.02 Rating-count: — 6,161)


142. Introduction to Algorithms

Thomas H. CormenCharles E. LeisersonRonald L. RivestClifford Stein (2009–1312 pages — Rating-value:4.29 Rating-count: — 5,400)


143. Buffett : The Making of an American Capitalist

Roger Lowenstein (1996–475 pages — Rating-value:4.21 Rating-count: — 5,477)


144. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

Mark RippetoeJason Kelly (2011–347 pages — Rating-value:4.44 Rating-count: — 4,924)


145. A Guide to the Good Life : The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

William B. Irvine (2009–336 pages — Rating-value:4.17 Rating-count: — 5,340)


146. Venture Deals : Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Brad FeldJason Mendelson (2016–304 pages — Rating-value:4.11 Rating-count: — 5,414)


147. Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams

Tom DeMarcoTim ListerDorset House (2013–272 pages — Rating-value:4.16 Rating-count: — 5,208)


148. On Killing : Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill

Dave Grossman (1998–400 pages — Rating-value:4.17 Rating-count: — 5,102)


149. Whatever : A Novel

Michel Houellebecq (2011–160 pages — Rating-value:3.58 Rating-count: — 6,785)


150. Hackers & Painters : Big Ideas from the Computer Age

Paul Graham (2010–272 pages — Rating-value:4.06 Rating-count: — 5,247)


151. Last Call : The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Daniel Okrent (2010–468 pages — Rating-value:3.87 Rating-count: — 5,770)


152. Free to Choose : A Personal Statement

Milton Friedman (1990–338 pages — Rating-value:4.2 Rating-count: — 4,889)


153. Effective Java : A Programming Language Guide

Joshua Bloch (2008–384 pages — Rating-value:4.44 Rating-count: — 4,168)


154. Head First Design Patterns

Elisabeth FreemanEric FreemanBert Bates (2015–608 pages — Rating-value:4.23 Rating-count: — 4,539)


155. Refactoring : Improving the Design of Existing Code

Martin FowlerKent BeckJohn BrantWilliam OpdykeDon Roberts (2001–464 pages — Rating-value:4.2 Rating-count: — 4,597)


156. The Road to Reality : A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe

Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics Roger Penrose (2009–1099 pages — Rating-value:4.07 Rating-count: — 4,871)


157. The Mindful Way Through Depression : Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

J. Mark G. WilliamsJohn TeasdaleZindel V. SegalJon Kabat-Zinn (2007–273 pages — Rating-value:4.05 Rating-count: — 4,845)


158. Traffic : Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says about Us)

Tom Vanderbilt (2009–402 pages — Rating-value:3.69 Rating-count: — 5,779)


159. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

Robert M. Sapolsky (2004–360 pages — Rating-value:4.13 Rating-count: — 4,575)


160. How to Lie with Statistics

Darrell HuffIrving Geis (1993–144 pages — Rating-value:3.87 Rating-count: — 5,192)


161. Blind Man’s Bluff : The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage

Sherry SontagChristopher DrewAnnette Lawrence Drew (2000–432 pages — Rating-value:4.15 Rating-count: — 4,513)


162. Bad Pharma : How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Ben Goldacre (2013–426 pages — Rating-value:4.08 Rating-count: — 4,668)


163. Ratio : The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking

Michael Ruhlman (2009–336 pages — Rating-value:4.08 Rating-count: — 4,544)


164. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism

Ha-Joon ChangJoe Barrett (2015 — — Rating-value:3.97 Rating-count: — 4,684)


165. On Intelligence

Jeff HawkinsSandra Blakeslee (2005–262 pages — Rating-value:4.12 Rating-count: — 4,270)


166. Failure Is Not an Option : Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Gene Kranz (2009–415 pages — Rating-value:4.22 Rating-count: — 3,981)


167. The Soul of a New Machine

Tracy Kidder (2000–320 pages — Rating-value:4.09 Rating-count: — 4,126)


168. This Time is Different : Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

Carmen M. ReinhartKenneth S. Rogoff (2009–512 pages — Rating-value:3.77 Rating-count: — 4,742)


169. The Feeling Good Handbook

David D. Burns (1999–608 pages — Rating-value:3.97 Rating-count: — 4,166)


170. The Millionaire Fastlane : Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

M J DeMarco (2011–338 pages — Rating-value:4.36 Rating-count: — 3,442)


171. Pirate Cinema

Cory Doctorow (2012–384 pages — Rating-value:3.7 Rating-count: — 4,757)


172. Hackers : Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Steven Levy (2010–528 pages — Rating-value:4.18 Rating-count: — 3,712)


173. The Master Switch : The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Tim Wu (2011–368 pages — Rating-value:3.92 Rating-count: — 4,152)


174. Superforecasting : The Art and Science of Prediction

Professor Philip E TetlockDan Gardner (2015–340 pages — Rating-value:4.15 Rating-count: — 3,645)


175. Who Says Elephants Cant Dance

Louis V. Gerstner Jr (2003–372 pages — Rating-value:3.87 Rating-count: — 4,150)


176. One Man’s Wilderness : An Alaskan Odyssey

Sam KeithRichard Proenneke (2006–224 pages — Rating-value:4.3 Rating-count: — 3,360)


177. Code : The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Charles Petzold (2000–400 pages — Rating-value:4.36 Rating-count: — 3,237)


178. Pitch Anything : An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

Oren Klaff (2011–240 pages — Rating-value:4.08 Rating-count: — 3,686)


179. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Harold AbelsonGerald Jay SussmanJulie Sussman (1996–688 pages — Rating-value:4.45 Rating-count: — 3,006)


180. Skunk Works: a Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

Ben R. Rich (1996–400 pages — Rating-value:4.36 Rating-count: — 3,095)


181. The Pixar Touch : The Making of a Company

David A Price (2009–310 pages — Rating-value:3.95 Rating-count: — 3,763)


182. Fat Chance : Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Robert H Lustig (2013–320 pages — Rating-value:4.12 Rating-count: — 3,449)


183. Trust Me, I’m Lying : Confessions of a Media Manipulator

Ryan Holiday (2013–288 pages — Rating-value:3.88 Rating-count: — 3,878)


184. Coders at Work : Reflections on the Craft of Programming

Peter Seibel (2009–632 pages — Rating-value:3.94 Rating-count: — 3,618)


185. No More Mr Nice Guy

Robert A. Glover (2003–192 pages — Rating-value:3.99 Rating-count: — 3,486)


186. Godel’s Proof

Ernest NagelJames R. NewmanDouglas R. Hofstadter (2008–160 pages — Rating-value:4.13 Rating-count: — 3,238)


187. Superintelligence : Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Nick Bostrom (2014–352 pages — Rating-value:3.85 Rating-count: — 3,687)


188. One Click : Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

Richard L Brandt (2011–214 pages — Rating-value:3.67 Rating-count: — 4,032)


189. Thinking in Systems : a Primer

Donella MeadowsDiana Wright (2008–240 pages — Rating-value:4.22 Rating-count: — 2,944)


190. The Sense of Style : The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker (2014–359 pages — Rating-value:4.01 Rating-count: — 3,248)


191. Metamagical Themas : Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Douglas R. Hofstadter (1996–880 pages — Rating-value:4.15 Rating-count: — 2,920)


192. Anarchy, State and Utopia

Robert Nozick (2014–384 pages — Rating-value:3.75 Rating-count: — 3,564)


193. The Idea Factory : Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Jon Gertner (2013–432 pages — Rating-value:4.09 Rating-count: — 2,972)


194. The Clean Coder : A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers

Robert C. Martin (2011–256 pages — Rating-value:4.27 Rating-count: — 2,615)


195. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark : The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

MS Don Thompson (2008–268 pages — Rating-value:3.82 Rating-count: — 3,177)


196. Capitalism : the Unknown Ideal

Ayn Rand (1987–352 pages — Rating-value:3.86 Rating-count: — 3,088)


197. The C++ Programming Language

Bjarne Stroustrup (2013–1368 pages — Rating-value:4.02 Rating-count: — 2,840)


198. How to Solve it : A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

Georg PolyaProfessor John H. Conway (2014–288 pages — Rating-value:4.16 Rating-count: — 2,611)


199. The Man Without a Face : The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Masha Gessen (2013–329 pages — Rating-value:3.76 Rating-count: — 3,131)


200. Triumph of the City : How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Fred and Eleanor Professor of Economics Edward Glaeser (2012–338 pages — Rating-value:3.88 Rating-count: — 2,931)

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