Education of a Billionaire

Reading List

The Only Reading List You Will Ever Need

What is this List?

This list is a collection of book suggestions from the world’s top-leading experts and performers featured on The Tim Ferriss Show. Each of the following experts is highly regarded as an authority in their field, commanding an immense amount of respect and influence. Every book recommendation has had an impact upon the personal development, education and insight of the expert, enough that they felled compelled to share their experience with others.

Why is this List Important?

Books posses the ability to teach, to cause introspection, to change our view of the world in a way we previously could not see. Books are like puzzles, every piece you hold is one more that can contribute to the overall picture. The scope of this reading list is immense, encompassing every field from personal development with Anthony Robbins, financial advice with Ramit Sethi, comedians, directors, strength training coaches and military generals.

Take advantage of the variety and expertise offered in this list. It’s not often that you posses direct insight into the resources utilized by the world’s top performers. Go to the source of their inspiration, their tools and beliefs and see if you can mine the same value that helped them achieve their success.

How to Use this List

Don’t attempt to read every book on this list. There are hundreds of books and articles below; even at an average of one book per week it would take well over a decade to complete. Look at this list as a long-term project for development and take a targeted approach. Find a topic that you are interested in, such as marketing or personal branding. Do a search for an expert, author or book that offers the knowledge you are interested in.

If you are looking for a more generalized education or wish to develop a more diverse knowledge base then take a diffused approach. Select an expert and start reading from the list of books they recommend. Pick a book at random and see where it leads you. The overwhelming value in this list is that it provides a depth of knowledge on very specific topics, while offering enough variety to cover many subjects. Utilize the versatility to fit your current goals.

The List

Josh Waitzkin (Chess Prodigy, Author)
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Gia
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
Complete Collection of Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway On Writing by Larry W. Phillips
Dreaming Yourself Awake by Alan Wallace
Think Twice by Michael Mauboussin

Ryan Holiday (Author, Marketing Expert)
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Fish that Ate the Whale by Rob Cohen
Tough Jews by Rob Cohen
Edison: A Biography by Matthew Josephson
Ulysses S. grant: Triumph over Adversity by Brooks D. Simpson
Benjamin Franklin by Ron Chernow
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow
How To Live by Sarah Bakewell
Oranges by John McPhee
Levels of the Game by John McPhee
The Survival of the Bark Canoe by John McPhee
Plymouth Rock by John McPhee
The Control of Nature by John McPhee
Giving Good Weight by John McPhee
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American by Liddell Hart
Howard Hughes by Donald Barlett
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Jason Silva (Filmmaker)
The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics, Journalist)
Think Like a Freak by Stephen Dubner & Steven Levitt
SuperFreakonomics by Stephen Dubner & Steven Levitt
Choosing my Religion by Stephen Dubner
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Ring: A Biography of Ring Lardner by Jonathan Yardley

Chase Jarvis (Photographer, Founder of CreativeLive)
22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout
Blue Ocean Strategy by Chan Kim
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Crush It Gary Vaynerchuck
Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Taylor
Play it Away by Charlie Hoehn

Brian Koppelman (Screenwriter, Producer)
The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal by Julia Cameron
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Dr. Rhonda Patrick (Life Extension Researcher)
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz & Sally Fallon
Spark by Eric Hagerman
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

Sam Harris (PhD on Neuroscience and Spirituality)
The End of Faith by Sam Harris
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
Free Will by Sam Harris
Lying by Sam Harris
Waking Up by Sam Harris

Islam and the Future of Tolerance by Sam Harris & Maajid Nawaz
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein
Wherever You Go, There You are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
The Last Word by Thomas Nagel
Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel
The Quran
Super Intelligence by Nick Bostrom
Our Final Invention by James Barrat
Humiliation by William Ian Miller
The Anatomy of Disgust by William Ian Miller
The Flight of the Garuda by Keith Dowman
I am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld
Stumbling Upon Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

Neil Strauss (Author, Journalist with Rolling Stones)
The Game by Neil Strauss
Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Neil Strauss
Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead by Neil Strauss
The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
Life is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera

Joe De Sena (Founder of Spartan Race)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Shogun by James Clavell
The One-Minute Manager by Ken H. Blanchard
Spartan Up! by Joe de Sena

James Altucher (Author, Blogger)
Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Brain Rules by John Medina
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
Jesus’ Son: Stories by Denis Johnson
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Dan Carlin (Historian, Host of Hardcore History)
Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by James Romm

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Becoming a Category of One by Joe Calloway
Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda

Ed Catmull (Founder of Pixar)
Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull
The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
One Monster After Another by Mercer Mayer

Kevin Rose (Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist)
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Kevin Kelly (Founder of Wired Magazine)
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly
True Films By Kevin Kelly
Out of Control by Kevin Kelly
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Regional Advantage by AnnaLee Saxenian
What the Dormouse Said by John Markoff
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh
What’s Next in Computing? by Chris Dixon

Peter Theil (Venture Capitalist, Paypal)
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World by Rene Girard

Tracy Dinunzio (Tradesy Founder)
The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Peter Diamandis (Physician, Author, Creator of X-PRIZE)
The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles Lindbergh
Man Who Sold the Moon by Robert Heinlein
The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
The Fourth Turning by William Strauss
Generations by William Strauss
Slow Sex by Nicole Daedone
Mindset by Carol Dweck

Ramit Sethi (Writer, I Will Teach You to Be Rich)
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier
Age of Propaganda by Anthon Pratkanis
The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson
Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca
What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack
Breaking the Time Barrier by Mike McDerment & Donald Cowper
What Smart Students Know by Adam Robinson
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene M. Schwartz
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries and Laura Ries

Rolf Potts (Author, Vagabond)
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Writers Toolkit by Roy Peters Clark
To Show and To Tell by Phillip Lapate
Screenplay by Syd Field
Story by Robert McKee
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Marco Polo Didn’t Go There by Rolf Potts
Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog

Margaret Cho (Comedian)
How to be a Movie Star by William J. Mann

Nick Ganju (Founder of ZocDoc)
Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
How to Measure Anything by Douglas Hubbard
Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher
Secrets of Power Negotiating by Roger Dawson
Getting Past No by William Ury

Bryan Callen (Comedian and Actor)
Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Dying Every Day by James Romm
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
If This is a Man by Primo Levi
The Truce by Primo Levi

Marc Goodman (FBI Futurist)
Future Crimes by Marc Goodman

Peter Attia (Physician, Life-Extension Researcher)
Mistakes Were Made (But not by Me) by Carol Tavris
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal
Burr: A Novel by Gore Vidal
Satanic Verses: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

Ed Cooke (Gradmaster of Memory)
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Theory of Colours by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Spectacle by David Rockwell
Station to Station by Doug Aitken
In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
Touching the Rock by John Hull
The Blind man Who Taught Himself to See by Michael Finkel
The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts

Pavel Tsatsouline (Strength Trainer)
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Actor, Politician)
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson
Free to Choose by Milton Friedman
California by Kevin Starr

Matt Mullenweg (Founder of WordPress)
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
The Year without Pants by Scott Berkun
How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alaine De Botton
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
Words that Work by Frank Luntz
The Magus by John Fowles
The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker
The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman
Article: (the letters of Warren Buffet)
Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett
Search Inside Your Self by Chade-Meng Tan
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Alduous Huxley
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Justin Boreta (Glitch Mob)
This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Mark Hart and Raoul Pal (Investment Strategists)
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge
Mastery by Robert Greene
What I Learned Losing $1 Million by Jim Paul

Amanda Palmer (Artist)
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Dropping Ashes on the Buddha by Seung Sahn
Only Don’t Know by Seung Sahn
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Glenn Beck (Author, Host)
The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Book of Virtues by William Bennett
Winners Never Cheat by John Huntsman
The Garden Cities of Tomorrow by Sir Ebenezer George Howard

Jon Favreau (Director)
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
It Would be So Nice if You Weren’t Here by Charles Grodin

Noah Kagan (Of Facebook and
Who by Geoff Smart
The Martian by Andy Weir
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss
Sales Acceleration Formula by Mark Roberge
Smartcuts by Shane Snow
Spin Selling by Neil Rackham
Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
Small Giants by Bo Burlingham

Rick Rubin (Music Producer)
Slow Burn by Stu Mittleman

Astro Teller PhD & Danielle Teller MD (Authors)
Sacred Cows by Astro & Danielle Teller

What if? by Randall Munroe
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Oscar and Lucinda by Oscar Carey
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Chris Sacca (Venture Capitalist)
Not Fade Away: A short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton
I Seem to be a Verb by Buckminster Fuller
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz (a free MBA education)
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Bryan Johnson (Entrepreneur, Founder of Braintree)
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
A Good Man by Mark Shriver
Shackleton by Nick Bertozzi
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Sam Kass (Chef)
A History of World Agriculture by Marcel Mazoyer and Laurence Roudart
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen
The Flavor Bible by Karen Page

Adam Gazzaley  (Physician, Brain Optimization Researcher)
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter Hamilton
Dune by Frank lHerbert
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Tuxedo Park by Jennet Conant

Whitney Cummings (Comedian)
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Drama of a Gifted Child by Alice Miller
The Fantasy Bond by Robert Firestone
The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
The Tools by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
The Male Brain by Louanne Brizendine

General Stan McChrystal (Four-Star Army General)
Team of Teams by Stan McChrystal
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
Mental Toughness Training for Sports by James Loehr
The Road to Character by David Brooks

Laird Hamilton (Big Wave Surfer)
The Unbreakable Runner by Brian MacKenzie
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall
Deep Survival by Lawrence Gonzales

Maria Popova (Writer)
Working Days by John Steinbeck
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
A Rap on Race by James Baldwin
On Science, Necessity and the Love of God by Simone Weil
The Republic by Plato
On the Move by Oliver Sacks

Jane Mcgonigal (Technology Researcher)
SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal
Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal
Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse
Suffering is Optional by Cheri Huber

Tara Brach (Meditation Teacher)
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
True Refuge by Tara Brach
A Path with Heart by Jack Komfield
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Essential Rumi by Colman Barks
The Shallows by Nichols Carr

Phil Libin (Founder of Evernote)
Peace in Every Step by Thich Nhat Hahn
The Clock of the Long Now by Steward Brand
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine

Naval Ravikant (Angel Investor)
The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant
Striking Thoughts by Bruce Lee
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley
Genome by Matt Ridley
The Red Queen Matt Ridley
The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger
Illusions by Richard Bach
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Secret Life of Salvadore Dali by Salvadore Dali
What Do you Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman
Distress by Greg Egan
The Boys by Garth Ennis
The Essential Writings by Mahatma Gandhi
The Tao of Philosophy by Alan Watts
The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Taleb
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track by Richard Feynman
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Falling into Grace by Adyashanti
God’s Debris by Scott Adams
How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel Ingram
Total Freedom by Jiddu Krishnamurti
The Lessons of History by Will Durant
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Brene Brown (Researcher, Author)
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brene Brown
Women & Shame by Brene Brown

Reid Hoffman (Author, Venture Capitalist)
The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman
The Alliance by Reid Hoffman
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Conscious Business by Fred Kofman

Wim Hof (Iceman)
Biology Now by Anne Houtman

Tim Ferriss (Lifestyle Design, Author)
How to Be a Star at Work by Robert Kelley
Guerrilla Financing by Bruce Blechman & Jay Conrad Levinson
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
Your Memory by Kenneth L. Higbee
A Complaint Free World by WIll Bowen
Keto-Clarity by Jimmy Moore & Eric Westman MD
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
Slaine: The Horned God by Pat Mills
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
The Mind of a Mnemonist by Aleksandr Luria
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
Body by Science by John Little & Doug McGuff
The Loom of Language by Frederick Bodmer
In Other Words by Ellen Bialystok
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F!ck by Mark Manson
Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
The Culting of Brands by Douglas Atkin
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
Trickster Makes this World by Lewis Hyde

Martin Polanco (Psychedelic Drug researcher)
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel
The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami
Ibogaine Explained by Peter Frank

Scott Adams (Creator of Dilbert)
The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman

Jacko Willink (Navy SEAL)
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
About Face by Colonel David H. Hackworth
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge

Seth Rogen (Comedian, Filmmaker)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

Jimmy Chin (Climber, Photographer)
Coming into the Country by Jim McPhee
Missoula by Jon Krakauer
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
A Guide to the I Ching by Carol Anthony

Lisa Randall (Particle Physics Researcher)
Warped Passages by Lisa Randall
Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Lisa Randall
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall
Higgs Discovery by Lisa Randall
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman

Casey Neistat (Filmmaker)
The Second World War by John Keegan
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

Dominic D’Agostino (Molecular Pharmacologist)
Cancer as a Metabolic Disease by Thomas Seyfriend
Personal Power by Tony Robbins
The Language of God by Francis Collins
Screw Tape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Tripping over the Truth by Travis Christofferson
How Wasting is Saving by Andrew J. Murray

Alain de Botton (Philosopher)
Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver
Seven Fires by Francis Mallmann
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

William MacAskill (Professor of Philosophy)
Doing Good Better by William MacAskill
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
Mindfulness by Mark Williams & Danny Menman
The Power of Persusasion by Robert Levine
Chimpanzee Politics by Frans de Waal

B. J. Novak (Comedian, Writer, The Office)
Easy Rider, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind
The Big Book of New American Humor by William Novak
The Big Book of Jewish Humor by William Novak
The Oxford Book of Aphorisms by John Gross
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Rainn Wilson (Actor, The Office)
The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson
The Family Virtues Guide by Linda Kavelin Popov

Jamie Foxx (Actor, Comedian)
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Deep Work by Cal Newport

Derek Sivers (Creator of CD Baby)
Anything you Want by Derek Sivers
HELL YEA! Or No by Derek Sivers
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
The Omnivore’s Delimma by Michael Pollan
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
A Geek in Japan by Hector Garcia
Au Contraire by Gilles Asselin
Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

Amelia Boone (Obstalce Racing Champion)
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How To Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
How to Make People Like You In 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman
Power Schmoozing by Terri Mandell

Eric Weinstein (Thiel Capital)
Migration for the Benefit of All by Eric Weinstein
The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr
Heraclitean Fire by Erwin Chargaff

Edward Norton (Actor)
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor

Luis von Ahn (CEO of DuoLingo)
The Making of a Blockbuster by Gail DeGeorge

Seth Godin (Writer, Marketing Expert)
What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s Always Your Turn) by Seth Godin
Leap First by Seth Godin
Tribes by Seth Godin
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Small is the New Big by Seth Godin
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Goal Setting by Zig Ziglar
How to Stay Motivated by Zig Ziglar
Secrets of Closing the Sales by Zig Ziglar
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Debt by David Graeber
Replay by Ken Grimwood

Walter O’Brien (Founder of Scorpion Computer Services)
Glimpses of Heaven, Visions of Hell by Barrie Sherman
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green
Into the Heart of the Mind by Frank Rose

Patrick Arnold (Performance Enhancing Drug Chemist)
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
Jack Kennedy by Chris Matthews

Cal Fussman (Interviewer,  Writer)
The Power Broker by Robert Caro
The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln by James Humes
Cinema Pardiso by Giuseppe Tornatore
The Walk by Robert Zemeckis
A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
Car by Harry Crews
The Piano Has been Drinking by Tom Waits

Carolina Paul (Firefighter, Luger)
The Gutsy Girl by Carolina Paul
Why Do We Teach Girls that it’s Cute to be Scared? by Carolina Paul
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
West With the Night by Beryl Markham
Lost Cat by Carolina Paul

Paulo Coelho (Author)
Aleph by Paulo Coelho
Brida by Paulo Coelho
Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Joshua Skenes (Chef)
The Mission Chinese Food by Danny Bowien

Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs Host)
Five Complete Travis McGee Novels by John D. MacDonald
A Curious Discovery by John Hendricks
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
At Home by Bill Bryson
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Alex Honnold (Adventure Climber)
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

Sebastian Junger (Journalist, Author)
At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
Fire by Sebastian Junger
War by Sebastian Junger
Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Marc Andreessen (Co-Founded Netscape)
The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
High Output Management by Andrew Grove
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew Grove
Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall Stross
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
Smart People Should Build Things by Andrew Yang
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Malcolm Gladwell (Author)
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Strangers to Ourselves by Timothy D. Wilson
Merchant Princes by Lee Harris
Another Green World by Brian Eno

Shay Carl (Youtube Star)
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith Jr.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Nicholas McCarthy (Concert Pianist)
Paul Wittgenstein: The man with the Golden Arm by Melissa Lesnie
The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton
Open by Andre Agassi
How to Achieve the Home of Your Dreams by Kelly Hoppen

Mike Birbiglia (Comedian)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse by Francis Ford Coppola
Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia
The Promise of Sleep by William C. Dement
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Anthony Robbins (Author, Self-Improvement Expert)
Money: Master the Game by Anthony Robbins
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Shep Gordon (PR Manager)
They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
L.A. Son by Roy Choi
Even This I Get To Experience by Norman Lear
Life by Keith Richards

Erik Vance (Science Writer)
Suggestible You by Erik Vance
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis

David Hansson (Founder of Basecamp)
Rework by Jason Fried & David Hansson
Remote: Office not Required by Jason Fried & David Hansson
The Age of Absurdity by Michael Foley
A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
The Myth of the Spoiled Child by Alfie Kohn
Drive by Daniel Pink
Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet
The Origins of Political Order by Frances Fukuyama
Political Order and Political Decay by Frances Fukuyama
Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Dave Camarillo (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)
Submit Everyone by Kevin Howell & Dave Camarillo
The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature by Richard Koch
Less is More by Goldian VandenBroeck
On War by Carl von Clausewitz
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Charles Poliquin (Strength Training Coach)
The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

Susan Garrett (Dog Trainer)
Shaping Success by Susan Garrett
Don’t Shoot the Dog! by Karen Pryor

Mark Bittman (Chef, Author)
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Ezra Klein (Writer, Founder of Vox)
What it Takes by Richard Cramer
Beyond Ideology by Frances E. Lee
The Gamble by John Sides & Lynn Vavreck

A. J. Jacobs (Self-Experimentation Expert)
The Know-it-All by A. J. Jacobs
The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs
My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Debbie Millman (Design and Marketing)
Brand Thinking by Debbie Millman
Brand Bible by Debbie Millman

Last updated January 2017.