What I’m Reading

Inspiring Words – Books I’ve read and love

International Development: History, poverty alleviation and innovation

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It – Paul Collier

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time – Jeffrey D. Sachs

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet – Jeffrey D. Sachs

Making Globalization Work – Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else – Hernando de Soto

The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good – Williams Russell Easterly

Giving: How Each of us Can Change the Word – Bill Clinton

Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the battle against world poverty – Muhammad Yunus

The Blue Sweater – Jacqueline Novogratz

Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo

Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save Save the World – Matthew Bishop, Michael Green & Bill Clinton

Shake Hands with the Devil: The failure of humanity in Rwanda – Romeo Dallaire with Major Brent Beardsley

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Uncharitable: How restraints on nonprofits undermine their potential – Dan Pallotta

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability – Amy Chua

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty – Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo

What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets – Michael J. Sandel

Business and Leadership

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything – Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams

Switch – Chip & Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip & Dan Heath

Free: The Future of a radical price – Chris Anderson

Rework – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

The 4-hour Work Week – Tim Ferris

Blink/Tipping Point/Outliers/What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers – Alex Osterwalder

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose – Tony Hsieh

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind – Alex Stone

Fun Inc.: Why games are the 21st Century’s most serious business – Tom Chatfield

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters – Richard Rumelt

How to Talk to Anyone – Leil Lowndes

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin

The Rational Optimist (P.S.) – Matt Ridley

Screw Business As Usual – Richard Branson

Setting the Table – Danny Meyer

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t – Nate Silver

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love – Cal Newport

The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing – Michael J. Mauboussin

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? – Louis V. Gerstner

Great Works on Culture and Society

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

To Kill A Mockingbird – Lee Harper

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

The Alchemist – Paulo Choelho

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo

Americanah – Chimamande Adichie

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) – Orson Scott Card

Ghana Must Go – Taiye Selasi

Shantaram: A Novel – Gregory David Roberts

Creativity and Growth

The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin

The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation – Steven Johnson

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality – Scott Belsky

The Art of Possibility – Benjamin Zander

The Effortless Life – Leo Babauta

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Suppose to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brene Brown

Mind Performance Hacks – Ron Hale-Evans

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer

Design and Innovation

Change By Design – Tim Brown

This Will Make You Smarter – John Brockman

Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they can Change the World – Jane McGonigal

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution – Chris Anderson

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality – Scott Belsky

This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking – John Brockman

Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson

Movement and Network Creation

 The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century – Carne Ross

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement – David Brooks

What Technology Wants – Kevin Kelly

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others – Daniel H. Pink

Technology & Startups

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup – Brad Feld, David Cohen

Hackers & Painters – Paul Graham

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Reiss

Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms – Jeffrey Bussgang

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs – William H. Draper III

Trump: The Art of the Deal – Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz

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