Reading List

Key: Title – Author (Podcast Guest)


  • Bolivar: American Liberator – Marie Arana
  • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds – David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing
  • Even Silence has an End – Ingrid Betancourt
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin – H.W. Brands


  • Collected Fictions – Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • The General in His Labyrinth – Gabriel García Márquez

Health & Wellness

  • Becoming a Supple Leopard – Kelly Starrett, Glen Cordoza
  • Breathe: The New Science of a Lost Art – James Nestor
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown
  • Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal (Ivan Abreu)
  • Just Let the Kids Play: How to Stop Other Adults from Ruining Your Child’s Fun and Success in Youth Sports – Bob Bigelow (Dr. Mark Cucuzzella)
  • Lore of Running – Tim Noakes
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck (Dr. Amadou Niang)
  • Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy – Mark Cucuzzella
  • Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever or Die Trying – Bill Gifford
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World – Douglas Carlton Abrams, Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama


  • A History of Western Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
  • Accessory to War – Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang
  • Eastern Philosophy: The Greatest Thinkers and Sages from Ancient to Modern Times – Kevin Burns
  • The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook – Niall Ferguson
  • The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers – Robert L. Heilbroner


  • Agonistic Democracy: Rethinking Political Institutions in Pluralist Times – Dr. Marie Paxton
  • Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge a Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution – Terence McKenna
  • Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing – Jacob Goldstein
  • The 4 Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferriss
  • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure – Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff (Adam Goldstein)
  • The Ethos of Pluralization – Willam E. Connolly (Dr. Marie Paxton Staniforth)
  • The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over – Jack Schafer, Marvin Karlins
  • The Pendulum: A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Forbidden Nazi Past – Julie Lindahl
  • The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century – Steven Pinker
  • The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It – Robert B. Reich
  • The Truth Detector: an Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide for Getting People to Reveal the Truth – Jack Schafer, Marvin Karlins
  • Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts


  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson
  • Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind – Annaka Harris
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress – Steven Pinker
  • Free Will – Sam Harris
  • Maps of Meaning – Jordan B. Peterson
  • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  • Republic – Plato
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined – Steven Pinker
  • The Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Haidt
  • The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values – Sam Harris
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divides by Politics and Religion – Jonathan Haidt
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris

Science & Technology

  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing – Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
  • Cosmos – Carl Sagan
  • Mind in Motion: How Action Shapes Thought – Barbara Tversky
  • Our Own Devices: The Past and Future of Body Technology – Edward Tenner
  • The Better Angel of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined – Steven Pinker
  • The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes – Donald Hoffman
  • The Descent of Man – Charles Darwin
  • The Efficiency Paradox: Why Big Data Can’t Do – Edward Tenner
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far: Why are We Here? – Lawrence M. Krauss
  • The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
  • The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unitended Consequences – Edward Tenner

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