My Top 5

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The bookshelf is categorized to add some order to the chaos,

Books about Art

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson

Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being  by Jonathan Fineberg

The Value of Art by Michael Findlay

Let’s See: Writings on Art from the New Yorkers by Peter Schjeldahl

I Sold Andy Warhol (too soon)by Richard Polsky

Art:21 by Robert Storr

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

Skate’s Art Investment Handbook by Serge Skaterchov

Ayn Rand Books

Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

We the Living by Ayn Rand

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand Answers the Best of Her Q & A by Ayn Rand

Why Businessmen Need Philosophy by Ayn Rand

For Beginners by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Objectivism in One Lesson by Andrew Bernstein

Letters of Ayn Rand Edited by Michael S. Berlinger

Ayn Rand by Jeff Britting

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff

Who is Ayn Rand? By Nathanial Branden and Barbara Branden

Fiction I Enjoy

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Great Gatsby (Scribner Classics) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics) by Ernest Hemingway

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Bell Jar (Everyman’s Library (Cloth)) by Silvia Plath

Anthem by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (Introduction)

We the Living by Ayn Rand

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Generally Interesting Books

The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich

How Far Will You Go?: Questions to Test Your Limits by Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell

Nonzero : The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Books on Girls (Useful for dads of girls, like me)

The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan

Get Out of My Life by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph. D.

Heroes for my Daughter by Brad Meltzer

The Everything Kids Money Book by Brette McWhorter Sember

Raising Happiness by Christine Carter

Books on Capitalism

Your Teacher Said What?!: Trying to Raise a Fifth Grade Capitalist in Obama’s America by Joe Kernen and Blake Kernen

The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John A. Allison

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

Books about Education

Born to Rise by Deborah Kenny

Upbringing: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children by Dr. I. Zink

Books on Meditation

Jewish Meditation by Aryeh Kaplan

Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

The Three-Minute Meditator by David Harp

The Zen Commandments by Dean Sluyter and Maggie Sluyter

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra

Findhorn Retreat by Eckhart Tolle

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meditation by Joan Budilovsky

Arriving at Your Own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindful Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Awake at Work by Michael Carroll

Creating Good Karma by Nevill Drury

Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar

The Essential Tao by Thomas Cleary

The Power of Stillness by Tobin Blake

Non-Fiction Books

The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam

Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin

Nonzero by Robert Wright

The Invention of Air by Stephen Johnson

Books on Philanthropy

Passionaries by Barbara Metzler

Me to We by Craig Kielburger

The World Needs Your Kid by Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger and Shelly Page

Books of Poetry

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Where Silence Reigns by Rainer Maria Wilke

Letters on Cezanne by Rainer Maria Wilke

Stories of God by Rainer Maria Wilke

Rilke and Benvenuta: An Intimate Correspondence by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology by Robert Bly

Chasing Rumi by Roger Housden

Dancing with Joy by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Last A Lifetime by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Set You Free by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden

Ten Poems to Open Your Heart by Roger Housden

Risking Everything by Roger Housden

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

I Wanted to Write a Poem by William Carlos Williams

Books on The Human Condition

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Memory and Legacy by Michael Berenbaum

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Happiness is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual by Dennis Prager

The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

The Empathy Gap by J.D. Trout

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Positive Pushing by Jim Taylor, Ph. D.

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Flourish by Martin Seligman

The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer

The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Kosimar

Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Rom Brafman and Ori Brafman

The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Books on a Balanced Life

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life (Masterminds Series) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment by Wayne W. Dyer

How Good Do We Have To Be? By Harold S. Kushner

The Paradox of Success by John R. O’Neill

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield and Carol Andrienne

Toward a Meaningful Lifeby Simon Jacobson

The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas Stanley and Dr. William D. Danko

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle


The Quotable Trumanby David Gallen

Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky

John Adams by David McCullough

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In Search of Churchill by Martin Gilbert

Iconoclast by Gregory Berns

The Green Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau

Churchill by James C. Humes

Levels of the Game by John McPhee

The Philosophical Breakfast Club by Laura J. Snyder

Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets by Mary Buffett and David Clark

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado with Vince Rause

Churchill by Paul Johnson

Churchill by Himself by Richard M. Langworth

Churchill Style by Barry Singer

Great Novels and Short Stories

The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter

Believers by Charles Baxter

Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Art Fair by David Lipsky

Sex, Drugs Rock & Roll by Eric Bogosian

Carry Me Across the Water by Ethan Canin

America America by Ethan Canin

The Obstacle Course by J.F. Freedman

Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx

The Long Snapper: A Second Chance, a Super Bowl, a Lesson for Life by Jeffrey Marx

Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell

Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

Writers Dreaming by Naomi Epel

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Everyman by Philip Roth

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Canada by Richard Ford

Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work by Richard Ford

The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford

A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford

A Good School by Richard Yates

Essential Pleasures by Robert Pinsky

The Secret Language of Children by Lawrence E. Shapiro

The Way of Baseball by Shawn Green

On Writing by Stephen King

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O’Nan

In America by Susan Sontag

The Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

Old School by Tobias Wolff

Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff

Matters of Life and Death by Tobias Wolff

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories by Tobias Wolff

I know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Useful Instruction

Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln by James C. Humes

Books on Investing

The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series) by John Maynard Keynes(Author)

Analysis of Financial Statements by Leopold A. Bernstein, John J. Wild

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein

Buffettology by Mary Buffett and David Clark

Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn from Their Mistakes by Sydney Finkelstein

The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham

Latticework by Robert G. Hagstrom

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein

Value Investing : A Balanced Approach by Martin J. Whitman


Wisdom to Grow On by Charles J. Acquisto

What Happy People Know by Dan Baker

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan W. Watts

The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith

A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues by Andre Comte-Sponville

A Short Guide to A Happy Life by Anna Quindlan

Awareness by Anthony De Mello

The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland

Bo’s Lasting Lessons by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon

Great Speeches of the 20th Century by Bob Blaisdell

The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler

Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler

H0w Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen

The Joy of Living and Dying In Peace by The Dalai Lama

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

The Four Purposes of Life by Dan Millman

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion by Dawna Markova

Jesus by Deepak Chopra

Muhammad by Deepak Chopra

Buddha by Deepak Chopra

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Stuff Every American Should Know by Denise Kiernan

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Graduate’s Book of Wisdom by Dr. Criswell Freeman

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel

A Life Worth Living by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

What I Know Now by Ellyn Spragins

Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama

The Spontaneous Healing of Belief by Gregg Braden

Living A Life That Matters by Harold Kushner

How to Fail Successfully by Jill Briscoe

Aspirations of Greatness by Jim Warner

On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

As You Think by Marc Allen

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

The God Book by Paul Yedwab

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin

The Psychology of Risk by Ari Kiev

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Iron John by Robert Bly

Breakfast With Socrates by Robert Rowland Smith

Who Will Cry When You Die by Robin Sharma

The Monk Who Sold His Ferarri: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny by Robin Sharma

Dialogues and Letters by Seneca

The Official Rules of Life by Seth Godin

How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Questions for My Father by Vincent Staniforth

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks by Ed Viesturs

Business Books

Memos from the Chairman by Alan C. Greenberg

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham and Jason Zweig

The Future of Innovation by Bettina Von Stamm

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles Munger

Manias, Panics and Crashes by Charles P. Kindleberger

Free by Chris Anderson

Start-up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

Macrowikinomics by Don Tapscott

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People by Emily Pilloton

Creating Entrepreneurs by Fred Keisner

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days by Jessica Livingston

How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

The Business of Happiness by Ted Leonsis and John Buckley

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Growing a Business by Paul Hawken

Tell to Win by Peter Gruber

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Information Anxiety 2 by Richard Saul Wurman

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury and Bruce Patton

When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

Linchpin by Seth Godin

The Startup Owner’s Manual by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

Entrepreneurs in Profile by Steve Mariotti

The Logic of Life by Tim Harford

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

Re-imagine! by Tom Peters

Books about Education

Born to Rise by Deborah Kenny

Upbringing: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children by Dr. I. Zink

Fascinating Books

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. By Daniel Coyle

The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the Way We Live by Daniel Dorling

God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

Letters to A Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens

Books on Health

The China Study  byColin Campbell and Thomas Campbell

The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler, M.D.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey

The Owner’s Manual Diet by Mehmet Oz AND Michael F. Roizen

You Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Mehmet Oz and Michael F. Roizen

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Understanding Healthcare by Richard Saul Wurman

The Pritikin Weight Loss Breakthrough by Robert Pritikin

Super Foods RX by Steven Pratt, M.D. AND Kathy Matthews

Books about Productivity

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Books on Religion

Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

The Book of Jewish Values by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

What is a Jew? By Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer

For the Love of Being Jewish by Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein

Conversations You Need to Have with your Children by Shmuley Boteach

The Power of Kabbalah by Yehuda Berg

The Red String Book by Yehuda Berg

Books on Sales & Marketing

How to Drive Your Competition Crazy by Guy Kawasaki

Guerrilla Advertising Jay Conrad Levinson

Olgilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy

Focus by Al Ries

The Discipline of Market Leaders by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema

The Nudist on the Late Shift Po Bronson

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy by Philip Evans, Thomas S. Wurster

Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

Competing for the Future by Gary Hamel and C.K. Pralahad

Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki

Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore

Net Worth by John Hagel III and Marc Singer by Kara Swisher


Speeches That Changed the World by Simon Sebag Montefiore