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General Science

Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow.

Gilbert, D. (2009). Stumbling on happiness.

Gladwell, M. (2006). The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference.

Sacks, O. (2016). The man who mistook his wife for a hat.

Hare, B., & Woods, V. (2021). Survival of the friendliest: Understanding our origins and rediscovering our common humanity.

Henrich, J. (2020). The WEIRDest people in the world: How the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous.

Bregman, R. (2020). Humankind: A hopeful history.

Pinker, S. (2012). The better angels of our nature: Why violence has declined.

Wright, R. (2017). Why Buddhism is true: The science and philosophy of meditation and enlightenment.

Persuasion and Influence

Goldstein, N. J., Martin, S. J., & Cialdini, R. (2008). Yes!: 50 scientifically proven ways to be persuasive.

Heath, C. D.(2010) Switch: How to change things when change is hard.

Cialdini, R. B., & Cialdini, R. B. (2007). Influence: The psychology of persuasion(Vol. 55, p. 339). New York: Collins.


Pinker, S. (2015). Words and rules: The ingredients of language.

Machine Learning and AI (some of my thoughts here)

Shane, J. (2019). You look like a thing and I love you. Hachette UK.

Diplomacy and Negotiation

Kissinger, H. (2015). World order. Penguin Books.

Malhotra, D., & Bazerman, M. (2007). Negotiation genius: How to overcome obstacles and achieve brilliant results at the bargaining table and beyond. Bantam.

Malhotra, D. (2016). Negotiating the impossible: how to break deadlocks and resolve ugly conflicts (without money or muscle). Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Lax, D. A., & Sebenius, J. K. (2006). 3-D Negotiation: Powerful tools to change the game in your most important deals. Harvard Business Press.

Sebenius, J. K., Burns, R. N., & Mnookin, R. H. (2018). Kissinger the Negotiator: Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level. HarperCollins.

Isaacson, W. (2005). Kissinger: A biography. Simon and Schuster.


Taleb, N. N. (2007). The black swan: The impact of the highly improbable.

Mandelbrot, B., & Hudson, R. L. (2007). The misbehavior of markets: A fractal view of financial turbulence.

Self-motivation and organization (summarized in my essay here)

Tracy, B. (2017). Eat that frog!: 21 great ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Allen, D. (2015). Getting things done: The art of stress-free productivity.