What I’m Reading…


Why We're Polarized

by Ezra Klein
America’s political system isn’t broken. The truth is scarier: It’s working exactly as designed. In this book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us – and how we are polarizing it – with disastrous results.

Cold Mountain

A Collection of Chinese Poetry Translated by Red Pine
Cold Mountain is one of the most revered poets in China. He was a Taoist/Buddhist hermit who begged for food at temples, often sang and drank with cowherds, and became an immortal figure in the history of Chinese literature and Zen. His poems were written twelve-hundred years ago on the rocks, trees, and temple walls of China’s Tientai Mountains. This revised edition also includes poems by Han Shan’s colleagues, Pickup (Shih-te) and Big Stick (Feng-kan), translated here for the first time.


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence – by Robert Freedman
Rush: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Excellence’ brings together the excitement of the band’s progressive music, performed by three musicians whose mastery of their instruments has won them the admiration of their peers, and the surprising philosophical sophistication of their music’s lyrics. The book is a systematic look at the Aristotelian philosophy embedded in the band’s lyrics over its 40-year recording career.

Geek Love

By Katherine Dunn
Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset.

Good Economics for Hard Times

By Abhitjit Banerjee and Ester Duflo
Figuring out how to deal with today’s critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it.

The Fifth Risk

By Michael Lewis
“The election happened,” remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. “And then there was radio silence.” Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.


The Third Pillar

How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind by Raghuram Rajan
This book explores the rise of nationalism and protectionism worldwide and some common sense ideas to reform our economy so that citizens can feel like the engines of economic growth are working for them.


by Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio talks about the Principals and processes that allows him to make better decisions and recover from mistakes faster.  Ray is certainly one of the more independent thinkers out there today.

Destiny of the Republic

An amazing book about the assassination of President James Garfield, who quite possibly could have gone down in history as a great president.  Instead his life was cut short.  The intersection of Garfield, Thomas Edison, the way medicine was practiced in the 1880s and the assassin that shot him is an amazing story.


Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
Dr. Tyson is always read in our house.

More Human

by Steve Hilton
Mr. Hilton advocates that we need to find ways to bring society together as technology continues to outpace and displace workers across the globe.  This book is well worth the read.


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