The 10 Best Books I Read in 2018

Here’s the best of what I read in 2018. As in previous round-ups, some of these titles came out this year, while others were published in years past. Nonfiction “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World,” by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. The first of two astoundingly good books […]

Book Notes: ‘The Other One Percent: Indians in America,’ by Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur and Nirvikar Singh

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. They’re neither formal book reviews nor comprehensive book summaries, but simply my notes from […]

Book Notes: ‘Sapiens,’ by Yuval Noah Harari

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. For previous postings, see my Book Notes category. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind […]

The 10 Best Books I Read in 2017

Here are the top 10 books I read during 2017. I may add individual Book Notes writeups for some of these later, but wanted to share the list as the year has come to a close. (As in previous roundups, these are books I encountered during the year, not books published only in 2017.) I […]

Book Notes: ‘The Innovators,’ by Walter Isaacson

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. For more, see my Book Notes category The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, […]

Book Notes: ‘The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century,’ by George Friedman

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. For more, see my Book Notes category The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for […]

Book Notes: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Note: From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited after many years. For more such posts, see the Book Notes category The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone Published: 2013 ISBN: 0316219282 Amazon link Brief Summary The fascinating story of the […]

The Best Books I Read in 2016

I read many books this year, and as faithful readers know, I’ve been sharing my notes from some of them under the heading “Book Notes.” I’ll break down my picks according to two categories: My favorite book published this year: I read Cal Newport’s “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” over […]

On the Importance of Reading Books to Understand the World

Will Schwalbe, in a WSJ Saturday essay called “The Need to Read”: We need to read and to be readers now more than ever. And: Books are uniquely suited to helping us change our relationship to the rhythms and habits of daily life in this world of endless connectivity. We can’t interrupt books; we can […]

Book Notes — The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller

Note: For some time I have kept, on index cards, written notes about the books I’ve read. I decided to share some of these thoughts here, and will be posting them, one by one on individual books, in no particular order. I’ll group them all together on a central page later. For now I’m assigning […]