2016 in Books

04 Jan 2017

History and Politics

  • A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer
  • Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland
  • How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders by Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Tullius Cicero
  • Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor by Anthony Everitt
  • Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather


  • The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
  • The Discourses by Epictetus
  • On Anger by Seneca
  • The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness by Sharon Lebell
  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
  • The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencin, Attracting, and Winning People Over by Jack Schafer
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine


  • Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott
  • The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
  • Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

Health and Psychology

  • Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of US by Matt Fitzgerald
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


  • Post Office by Charles Bukowski
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut