The Ultimate Mind Expanding Reading List

Startups and Business, Philosophy and Psychology, History Evolution, Science and Medicine, Logic and Problem Solving, Politics, Sexuality Education, Writing, Theater and Film, Humor

Startups and Business

  1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  2. Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham
  3. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin
  4. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  5. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  6. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  7. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  8. The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
  9. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  10. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  11. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  12. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  13. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Shwartz
  14. Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson
  15. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
  16. Founders At Work: Stories Of Startups Early Days by Jessica Livingston
  17. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  18. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson
  19. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  20. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  21. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson
  22. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz
  23. The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  24. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
  25. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Kenneth Cukier
  26. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh
  27. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
  28. Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe
  29. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  30. The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing : A Guide to Move More Profitable by Thomas Nagle, John Hogan, Joseph Zale
  31. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children by John Wood
  32. The 22 Immutable Laws Of Branding by Laura Ries and Al Ries
  33. Rich Dad Poor Dad : What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor And Middle Class Don’t by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  34. Outliers: Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  35. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9–5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Thomas Ferriss
  36. How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be : The 25 Principles of Success by Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer
  37. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  38. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Litt
  39. Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto by Adam Werbach
  40. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
  41. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change by Louis V Gerstner, Jr
  42. The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley
  43. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  44. The Innovator’s Dilemma by clayton m. christensen
  45. The Paypal Wars by Eric M. Jackson
  46. Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker
  47. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of by Richard Brandt
  48. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky
  49. Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart by Ian Ayres
  50. The Curse of the Mogul by Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, Ava Seave

Philosophy And Psychology

  1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  2. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  4. What the Dog Saw: and other adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills — and Leave a Positive Impression by Debra Fine
  6. Gifs of Immperfection by Brene Brown
  7. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  8. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  9. The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic by Dan Ariely
  10. Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid by Robert J Sternberg
  11. Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain
  12. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  13. Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life: Winifred Gallagher by Winifred Gallagher
  14. You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
  15. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  16. Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene
  17. Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan
  18. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
  19. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  20. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku
  21. Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt
  22. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Others by Sherry Turkle
  23. Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities by Dean Radin
  24. Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy by William Barrett
  25. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg
  26. The Concise 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  27. Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone
  28. The Ethical Brain: The Science of Our Moral Dilemmas by Michael S. Gazzaniga
  29. Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You: Sam Gosling by Sam Gosling
  30. The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker
  31. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
  32. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  33. The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
  34. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by by Daniel H. Pink
  35. Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis by Eric Berne.
  36. How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic by Madsen Pirie
  37. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, David Chadwick
  38. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch
  39. This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman
  40. Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett
  41. Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy by Michael Bruce, Steven Barbone
  42. The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  43. The Truth About Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy : With Illustrations by Matthew Stewart
  44. Bulfinch’s Mythologyby Thomas Bulfinch by Thomas Bulfinch
  45. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson
  46. Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalized by James Ladyman, Don Ross, et al
  47. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  48. Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern by Douglas Hofstadter
  49. Education and the Significance of Life by Krishnamurti
  50. Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff, Mark Johnson
  51. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  52. The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size by Tor Norretranders
  53. Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence by David Perkins
  54. Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller
  55. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maurice Cranston
  56. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts


  1. The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James
  2. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
  3. The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet by David Kahn
  4. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.) by Matt Ridley
  5. One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs
  6. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton
  7. Civilization: The West and the Rest: Niall Ferguson by Niall Ferguson
  8. The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin
  9. From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present by Jacques Barzun
  10. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu
  11. Debt — Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
  12. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  13. Guns, Germs, And Steel : The Fates Of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  14. Why the West Rules — for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morrisage
  15. A Farewell to Alms : A Brief Economic History of the World: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark
  16. Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II by Madhusree Mukerjee
  17. The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan
  18. God Created The Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed History by Stephen Hawking
  19. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Science and Medicine

  1. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. Kuhn
  2. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  3. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  4. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  5. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  6. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  7. Asimov’s New Guide to Science by Isaac Asimov
  8. The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain by Terrence W. Deacon
  9. The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution by Gregory Cochran, Henry Harpending
  10. Origins of Genius: Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity by Dean Keith
  11. At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity by Stuart Kauffman
  12. The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler
  13. Heaven in a Chip: Fuzzy Visions of Society and Science in the Digital Age by Bart Kosko
  14. The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S. Yanofsky
  15. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  16. Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense by Jonathan D. Moreno
  17. Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives by David Sloan Wilson
  18. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett
  19. The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World by Elkhonon Goldberg
  20. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham
  21. The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex by Murray Gell-Mann
  22. Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious Mind by Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  23. How to Find a Habitable Planet by James kasting
  24. Scientific Genius: A Psychology of Science by Dean Keith Simonton
  25. The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene by Richard Dawkins
  26. Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe Peter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee by
  27. Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence by Hans Moravec.
  28. The Little Schemer by Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen, Duane Bibby, Gerald J. Sussman
  29. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World by Kevin Kelly

Logic and Problem Solving

  1. What Is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles by Raymond M. Smullyan
  2. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Polya
  3. Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge by William Poundstone


  1. Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict by Michael Klare
  2. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
  3. The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan
  4. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel
  5. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
  6. Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis by James Rickards
  7. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
  8. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
  9. Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell


  1. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern by Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  2. The Sex Myth by Brooke Magnanti


  1. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin
  2. How Children Fail by John Holt
  3. Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture
  4. Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood by A. S. Neill, Albert Lamb
  5. Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas by Seymour A. Papert
  6. Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist by John Brockman
  7. Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman, Charles Weingartner


  1. Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim by Stephen Sondheim
  2. Clear and Simple as the Truth by Francis-Noël Thomas, Mark Turner

Theater and Film

  1. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch
  2. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone
  3. A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previtio, Scott Zigler, David Mamet
  4. The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan
  5. How to Stop Acting by Harold Guskin
  6. Different Every Night: Putting the play on stage and keeping it fresh by Mike Alfreds
  7. Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director’s Chair by Frank Hauser, Russell Reich


  1. Thinking Shakespeare: A How-to Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable With the Bard by Barry Edelstein.
  2. Hamlet in Purgatory by Stephen Greenblatt
  3. Hamlet and Revenge by Eleanor Prosser
  4. Shakespeare’s Metrical Art by George T. Wright


  1. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max


  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  4. Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder and Paulette Moller
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino and William Weaver
  7. The Eight by Katherine Neville
  8. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  9. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  11. Steppenwolf: A Novel by Hermann Hesse, Basil Creighton
  12. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse, Richard and Clara Winston
  13. The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other Stories by Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander
  14. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  15. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
  16. Emma by Jane Austen
  17. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  18. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  19. The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
  20. The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  21. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
  22. The City & The City by China Mieville
  23. Letters From The Earth by Mark Twain
  24. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  26. Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams
  27. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  28. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  29. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  30. The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
  31. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy



  1. Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel
  2. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug


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