Erik Larson

Nov 30, 2008

Books

Hast du mein Buch? Here they are for 2007-2008, going back about a year, not including Ph.D. research

Nonfiction I’ve read, in no particular order:

  1. The Social Life of Information By Brown and Duguid (philosophy of information technology)

  2. Deep Survival By Laurence Gonzalez (survival accounts with neuroscience analysis)

  3. The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand (historical account of pragmatism in America)

  4. The Search By John Bartelle (biography of Google)

  5. The End of Faith By Sam Harris (critique of historical religion)

  6. The End of History by Francis Fukuyama (political philosophy)

Nonfiction I’ve read at least half through (and mostly plan to finish):

  1. Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam (political science)

  2. Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig (legal issues in technology)

  3. A Good Hard Kick in the Ass by Rob Adams (some good hard boring business book)

  4. The World is Curved by David Smick (economics)

  5. The Necessity of Experience by Edward Reed (philosophy)

Nonfiction I’ve read before and returned to re-read large chunks again:

  1. After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre (political philosophy)

  2. Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche (who’s Nietzsche?)

  3. Consilience by Edward O. Wilson (philosophy of science)

  4. The Mind Doesn’t Work That Way by Jerry Fodor (philosophy of mind, Artificial Intelligence)

  5. Nonzero by Robert Wright (philosophy of history)

  6. Blown to Bits by Philip Evans and Thomas Wurster (business, technology)

Nonfiction I’ve started on, but haven’t made much progress on yet (maybe <= 25%):

  1. Personal Knowledge by Michael Polanyi (philosophy of science)

  2. Making Globalization Work by Joseph Stiglitz (politics, economics)

  3. Chances Are by Michael and Ellen Kaplan (probability theory)

  4. Linked by Albert - Laszlo Barabasi (technology, science)

Nonfiction I’ve referenced pretty extensively:

  1. Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick (political philosophy)

  2. The Portable Nietzsche by Walter Kaufmann (who’s Nietzsche?)

  3. The Conscious Mind by David Chalmers (philosophy of mind)

Fiction I’ve read:

By Michael Crichton

  1. Next

  2. State of Fear

  3. Airframe

  4. Timeline

  5. Prey

Started on:

  1. Disclosure (won’t likely finish)

Other fiction I’ve sampled:

  1. Short Stories of Hemingway (read, notably, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber and The Snows of Kilimanjaro , and a few others)

  2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (a reread)

  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Books I’m currently reading:

  1. Churchill by Roy Jenkins (biography of Winston Churchill)

  2. The World is Curved by David Smick (referenced above)

  3. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (just started)