My Library

Welcome to my online library, a curation of all the books that I have read or am reading. I’ve categorised my reading list into six buckets of practical worldly wisdom: numeracy, human nature, history, natural science, business and second-level thinking and ordered my books within them based on their influence upon me. Please enjoy exploring my library, which I hope influences your own reading.

3D Library & Anti-Library


The ability to understand and think in numbers and properly quantify. This would include a basic understanding of statistics and its limitations, of probability thinking and its limitations, and basic numerical and quantitative thinking applied to the real world.”

Taleb N. N. (2007) Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Amazon UK, US)

Taleb N. N. (2010) The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Amazon UK, US)

Spitznagel, M (2013) The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World (Amazon UK, US)

West G. (2018) Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies (Amazon UK, US)

Bernstein P. L. (1998) Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk (Amazon UK, US)

Human nature

The ability to understand the true nature of the people around you, and of yourself, with heavy consideration given to human psychology.”

Kahneman D. (2012) Thinking Fast & Slow (Amazon UK, US)

Cialdini R. (2007) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Amazon UK, US)

Tetlock P. (2016) Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (Amazon UKUS)

Carnegie D. (originally published 1936) How to Win Friends & Influence People (Amazon UKUS)

Berger J. G. (2013) Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World (Amazon UKUS)

Berger J. G. (2016) Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders (Amazon UKUS)

Emerson B. & Lewis K. (2019) Navigating Polarities: Using Both/And Thinking to Lead Transformation (Amazon UK, US)

Storr A. (1997) Solitude (Amazon UK, US)

Klein G. (2004) The Power of Intuition: How to Use Your Gut Feelings to Make Better Decisions at Work (Amazon UK, US)

Grossman D. (2013) On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace (Amazon UK, US)

Lee G. (2003) Leadership Coaching: From Personal Insights to Organisational Performance (Amazon UK, US)

Johnson S. (2011) Hold Me Tight: Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships (Amazon UK, US – not available)

Murphy Paul A. (2005) The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves (Amazon UK, US)

Pfeffer, J (2015) Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time (Amazon UK, US)

McChrystal S. (2015) Team of Teams: New Rules for Engagement in a Complex World (Amazon UK, US)

Syed M. (2016) Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains & the Secrets of High Performance (Amazon UKUS)

Whitmore J. (first published 2009) Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership (Amazon UK, US)

Downey M. (2003) Effective Coaching: Lessons from the Coach’s Coach (Amazon UKUS)

Syed M. (2019) Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking (Amazon UK, US)

Helgesen S. & Goldsmith M. (2019) How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back (Amazon UK, US)

Kegan R. & Lahey L. (2009) Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Amazon UK, US).

Eurich T. (2018) Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think (Amazon UK, US)

Bungay-Stanier M. (2016) The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever (Amazon UKUS)

Gallway T. (1974) The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance (Amazon UKUS)

Waitzkin J. (2008) The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance (Amazon UKUS)

Paul J. & Moynihan B. (2013) What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars (Amazon UK, US)

Schulz K. (2010) Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (Amazon UK, US)

Dweck D. (2017) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Amazon UKUS)

Stulberg S. (2017) Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success (Amazon UKUS)

Frankl V. (first published 1962) Man’s Search for Meaning (Amazon UKUS)

Heller R. & Levine A. (2012) Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love (Amazon UK, US)

Schein E. (2009) Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help (Humble Leadership) (Amazon UK, US)

Green R. (2012) Mastery (Amazon UK, US)

Kay, J. & King, M. (2020) Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future (Amazon UK, US)

Goleman D. Working with Emotional Intelligence (Amazon UK, US).

Headlee C. (2017) We Need To Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter (Amazon UK, US)

Berger W. (2016) A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (Amazon UK, US)

Berne E. (1964) Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships (Amazon UK, US)


“The knowledge of what’s come before you in the world.”

Harari Y. N. (2015) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Amazon UK, US)

Graeber D. (2014) Debt : The First 5000 Years (Amazon UK, US)

Mukherjee S. (2011) The Emperor of All Maladies: A Brief Biography of Cancer (Amazon UK, US)

Gertner J. (2012) The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation (Amazon UK, US)

Greenspan A. & Wooldridge A. (2018) Capitalism in America: A History (Amazon UK, US)

Goldstein A. (2018) Janesville: An American Story (Amazon UKUS)

Natural Science

“An understanding of the physical world around us.”

Waldrop M. M. (1993) Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order & Chaos (Amazon UK, US)

Quammen D. (2007) The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin & the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Amazon UK, US)

Hawking S. (2011) Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (Amazon UK, US)


“An understanding of commerce and finance, concepts we must all regularly deal with unless we plan to live in a monastery.”

Maister D. (2001) The Trusted Advisor (Amazon UK, US)

Chouinard Y. (2006) Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman (Amazon UK, US)

Cohen W. A. (2018) Consulting Drucker: Principles & Lessons from the World’s Leading Management Consultant (Amazon UK, US)

Schmidt E., Rosenberg J. & Eagle A. (2019) Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell (Amazon UK, US)

Grove A. (1995) High Output Management (Amazon UKUS)

Christensen C. (originally published 1997) The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Amazon UK, US)

Grove A. (1996) Only The Paranoid Survive (Amazon UK, US)

Rumelt R. (2011) Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference & why it matters (Amazon UK, US)

Ries E. (2011) The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses (Amazon UK, US)

Thiel T. (2014) Zero to One: Notes on Startup, or How to Build The Future (Amazon UK, US)

Bock, L. (2016) Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead (Amazon UK, US)

Gailbraith J. K. (1994) A Short History of Financial Euphoria (Amazon UKUS)

Dalio R. (2017) Principles: Life & Work (Amazon UKUS)

Knight P. (2018) Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Amazon UKUS)

Thorp E. O. (2017) A Man for All Markets (Amazon UKUS)

Ogilvy D. (2007) Ogilvy on Advertising (Amazon UK, US)

Denning S. (2018) The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done (Amazon UK, US)

Horowitz B. (2014) The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (Amazon UK, US)

Palmer K. & Blake D. (2018) The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete & Succeed (Amazon UK, US)

Martin R. L. (2009) The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking (Amazon UK, US)

Second-level thinking

The ability to think beyond the ‘first step’ and think through consequences. And then what?”

Coram R. (2004) Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Amazon UKUS)

Bevelin P. (2007) Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger (Amazon UK, US)

Marks H. (2007) The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor (Amazon UK, US)

Heath C. & Heath D. (2013) Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Amazon UK, US)

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