Recommended Reading


  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kerns Goodwin
    • An Abraham Lincoln Biography that also follows rivals/allies William Seward, Salmon Chase and Edward Bades. A master class in how to set one's ego aside and work with a diverse set of talented colleagues.
  • This is Water (Audiobook) by David Foster Wallace
    • Graduation speech in 2005 to Kenyon College graduates.  Main lesson: we get to choose how we think and while it's a lot of work, we don't have to be slaves to our habitual thought patters.
  • Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
    • Provides a useful framework for handling challenging conversations.
  • Designing your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
    • How to apply "design principles" to figure out what you want to get out of life and how to achieve it.  Main lesson: you don't need an end goal in mind.  Just start with lots of ideas and do little experiments by changing little things to see if it feels like you're going in the right direction.
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    • Main lesson: there are three dichotomies in how we think
      1. Fast (habitual) vs Slow (thoughtful).  99% of what our brain does is automatic and easy and this leads to all kinds of biases.
      2. Human vs Econ.  We're not really all that rational when it comes to money.  In particular, we're extremely loss-adverse.
      3. Present vs Remembering Self.  When considering what makes us happy, the present moment feelings and what we see when we reflect on our past can view things extremely differently; it's not clear which "self" should guide us.


  • Marginal Revolution 
    • Economics blog that covers a broad range of topics, written by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok