Looking Back at 2005 Reading

I read 99 books in 2005. And god knows how many magazines and articles along the way. It appears  I have this built in obsession to acquire knowledge and information on everything (hey – we entrepreneur narcissists like to think we can know it all), as evidenced by the lack of any sort of thread through my reading list. You can check out my Books category to see my lengthier book reviews on these and others, and my full bookroll to see what I’ve read from June ’04 to early December ’05. Some of my favorites from the year:

Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Steven Johnson

Raising the Bar : Integrity and Passion in Life and Business: The Story of Clif Bar, Inc.

The New New Journalism : Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again : Essays and Arguments David Foster Wallace

The Effective Executive Peter F. Drucker

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris

Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire Michael T. Kaufman

Me v. Everybody : Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World Dahlia Lithwick

The Accidental Asian : Notes of a Native Speaker (Vintage) Eric Liu

Hard News : The Scandals at The New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media Seth Mnookin

How the Mind Works Steven Pinker

Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby Stephen L. Carter

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith Jon Krakauer

The Marketing Playbook: Five Battle-Tested Plays for Capturing and Keeping the Lead in Any Market John  Zagula

The Geography of Thought : How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why Richard Nisbett

Lawrence Kohlberg’s Approach to Moral Education Clark Power

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith Anne  Lamott

The Secret Life of Bees Sue  Monk Kidd

The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions Huston Smith

The Universe in a Single Atom : The Convergence of Science and Spirituality Dalai Lama

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

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith Jon Krakauer

2 Responses to Looking Back at 2005 Reading

  1. Jeremy Stein says:

    if youre looking for a good biography on dedication, concentration, and flat out hard work (after all, this is the man who said “i have no idols. i admire work, dedication, and competence), I’d reccommend The Life of Senna… http://www.lifeofsenna.com

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