Recommended Books

Philosophical Literature

  1. Aurelius, Marcus: Meditations
  2. Confucius: The Analects
  3. Dalrymple, Theodore: Life at the Bottom
  4. Everett, Daniel L.: Don't Sleep There are Snakes
  5. Frankl, Viktor E.: Man's Search for Meaning
  6. James, William: Pragmatism
  7. Jung, Carl G.: The Undiscovered Self
  8. Kaczynski, Ted: Industrial Society & Its Future
  9. Kazantzakis, Nikos: The Last Temptation of Chirst
  10. Kierkegaard, Soren: Either/Or
  11. Marx, Karl: The Communist Manifesto
  12. McDougall, Christopher: Born to Run
  13. Nietzsche, Friedrich: Thus Spake Zarathustra
  14. Nietzsche, Friedrich: Beyond Good & Evil
  15. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Genealogy of Morals
  16. Nietzsche, Friedrich: Ecce Homo
  17. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Birth of Tragedy
  18. Peirce, Charles S.: Philosophical Writings of Peirce
  19. Peterson, Jordan B.: Beyond Order
  20. Seneca: On Anger
  21. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: The Gulag Archipelago (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3)
  22. Thoreau, Henry D.: Life Without Principle
  23. Thoreau, Henry D.: Walden

Literary Fiction

  1. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime & Punishment
  2. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Notes from Underground
  3. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  4. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot
  5. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Demons (The Possessed)
  6. Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms
  7. Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man & the Sea
  8. Hesse, Herman: Siddhartha
  9. Hesse, Herman: Steppenwolf
  10. McCarthy, Cormac: Blood Meridian
  11. Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
  12. Lowry, Lois: The Giver

Scientific Literature

  1. Darwin, Charles: The Descent of Man
  2. Darwin, Charles: On the Origins of Species
  3. Deisseroth, Karl: Projections: A Story of Human Emotion
  4. Harold, Franklin M.: The Way of the Cell
  5. Kuhn, Karl F.: Basic Physics

Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry

  1. Adler, Alfred: Understanding Human Nature
  2. LeDoux, Joseph: Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are
  3. Lieberman, Jeffrey: Malady of the Mind: Schizophrenia & the Path to Prevention
  4. Piaget, Jean: Psychology of the Child
  5. Rogers, Carl: On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy
  6. Schore, Allen N.: The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy


  1. Browning, Christopher B.: Ordinary Men
  2. Chang, Iris: The Rape of Nanking
  3. Diamond, Jared: Guns, Germs & Steel
  4. Scurr, Ruth: Fatal Purity
  5. Smith, Adam: Wealth of Nations
  6. Yergin, Daniel: The Prize


  1. Dearborn, Mary V.: Ernest Hemingway
  2. Gabler, Neal: Walt Disney
  3. Kahney, Leander: Jony Ive
  4. Knight, Phil: Shoe Dog
  5. Obenchain, Theodore: Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever & the Tragic Life of Ignaz Semmelweis
  6. Vietmeyer, Noel: Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug
  7. Yew, Lee Kuan: From Third World to First

Religion & Religious History

  1. Augustine, Aurelius: Confessions
  2. Campbell, Joseph: The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  3. Oxford World Classics: Myths from Mesopotamia
  4. Wilberforce, William: Real Christianity
  5. The Holy Bible


  1. Goethe, Johann W.: Faust
  2. Milton, John: Paradise Lost

21st Century

  1. Haidt, J. & Lukianoff, G.: The Coddling of the American Mind


  1. Fisher, R. & Ury, W: Getting to Yes
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