Books I’ve Written

Essential Reading


Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis

The Rational Optimist
Matt Ridley

Evolutionary Theory

The Evolution of Everything
Matt Ridley

Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior
Christopher Boehm

The Selfish Gene
Richard Dawkins

The Extended Phenotype
Richard Dawkins


The Drundard’s Walk
Leonard Mlodinow

Fooled by Randomness
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Human Nature

Leadership and Self-deception
Arbinger Institure

Crucial Conversations
Kerry Patterson

The Sociopath Next Door
Martha Stout

Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite
Robert Kurzban

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divide by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt

Anatomy of Peace
Arbinger Institute

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
Judith Rich Harris

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
Steven Pinker

Kerry Patterson, et. al.

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Matt Ridley

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Richard Wrangham

The Village Effect
Susan Pinker

The Moral Animal
Robert Wright

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel H. Pink


The Goal
Jeff Cox, Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The Toyota Way
Jeffrey Liker

The Fifth Discipline
Peter M. Senge

Critical Chain
Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The Lean Startup
Eric Ries

Political Theory

The Fatal Conceit
F.A. Hayek

The Dictator’s Handbook —Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics.
Alastair Smith, Bruce Beuno de Mesquita

Ludwig Von Mises

Capitalism and Freedom
Milton Friedman

The Road to Serfdom—You can’t understand agile without understanding Hayek.
Frederich A. Hayek

The Great Stagnation
by Tyler Cowen

The Predictioneer’s Game
Bruce Buen de Mesquita

Leading Change
John P. Kotter