It’s not really a New Year’s resolution, but I’ve decided to try to read more. Here is a list of books that Auren Hoffman — a friend, and former boss — has read in 2005. He has highlighted his highest recommendations in orange. Unfortunately for me, I am color blind and can’t seem to see the color difference on my latpop screen. So I picked through the HTML, found the most recommended ones, and have listed them here.
- The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki
- The Moral Animal : Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
- Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman
- A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance – Portrait of an Age by William Manchester
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
- Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
- Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
- Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile
Since I don’t have a list of my own, I’ll probably use Auren’s list as a starting point. I’ve already read the Feynman book, and I have recently purchased Blink (audiobook) and Freakonomics (hardback), so I should be busy for a while.
Let me know if you have any other suggestions.