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in progress

  • Coders at Work – Peter Seibel
  • 59 Seconds – Richard Wiseman
  • How Music Works – John Powell
  • The Future of Ideas – Lawrence Lessig
  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs – Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman
  • Master Of The Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson – Robert A. Caro
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

summer 2014

  • The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now – Meg Jay
  • The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most – Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It – Lawrence Lessig

spring 2014

  • The Soul of a New Machine – Tracy Kidder
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012 – Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China – Leslie T. Chang
  • The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers – Richard McGregor
  • Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World – Sharon Waxman
  • The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – Philip Taubman
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande
  • Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See – Robert Kurson

winter 2014

  • How Much is Enough? Money and the good life: Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris
  • God Believes in Love – Gene Robinson
  • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco – Bryan Burrough & John Helyar
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power – Rachel Maddow

fall 2013

  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America – George Packer
  • Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present – Max Boot
  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History – Antonio Mendez
  • Jack’s Notebook – A Business Novel about Creative Problem Solving – Gregg Fraley
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety – Eric Schlosser

summer 2013

  • Our Underachieving Colleges: A candid look at how much students learn and why they should be learning more – Derek Bok
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us – Michael Moss
  • Around the World in 80 Days – Jules Verne

spring 2013

  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin
  • Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield – Jeremy Scahill

winter 2013

  • The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki
  • The Rhetoric of Reaction – Albert O. Hirschman

fall 2012

  • Search Inside Yourself – Chade-Meng Tan
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think – Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kolter
  • What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and the Modern Chinese Consumer – Tom Doctoroff

summer 2012

  • Conflict 101 – Susan Shearouse
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Poorly Made in China – Paul Midler
  • The Dictator’s Handbook – Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
  • Garbage Land – Elizabeth Royte
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty – Dan Ariely
  • The New New Rules – Bill Maher
  • You Are What You Speak – Robert Lane Greene
  • Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
  • Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler & Saved D-Day – Stephan Talty
  • Churchill Style – Barry Singer
  • Politics Lost – Joe Klein
  • What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets – Michael J. Sandel
spring 2012
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science – Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink
  • Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail – and Why We Believe Them Anyway – Dan Gardner
  • Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas – James L. Adams
  • American Sniper – Chris Kyle
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward R. Tufte
  • Little Bets – Peter Sims
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
  • The Great Game – Frederick P. Hitz
  • Stop Stealing Dreams – Seth Godin
  • Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, the First Personal Computer – Douglas K. Smith and Robert C. Alexander
winter 2012
  • The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century – Scott Miller
  • The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First – Jonah Keri
  • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  • Take Your Eye Off The Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look – Pat Kirwan
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World – Michael Lewis
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime – John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

fall 2011

  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the Global Economy Bigger – Marc Levinson
  • Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN – James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  • Tension City: My View from the Middle Seat – Jim Lehrer
  • Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won – Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer
  • Are You Serious? How to be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly – Lee Siegel
  • Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper – Geoffrey Gray

summer 2011

  • The Pragmatic Programmer – Andrew Hunt and David Thomas
  • Effective Java – Joshua Bloch
  • Monkey Business – John Rolfe and Peter Troob
  • The Quants – Scott Patterson
  • The Undercover Economist – Tim Harford
  • Ignore Everybody – Hugh MacLeod
  • Death to the BCS – Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Passan
  • The Man Who Lied to His Laptop – Clifford Nass
  • The Unfair Advantage – Mark Donohue
  • A Billion Wicked Thoughts – Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam

spring 2011

  • Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive – Noah Goldstein, Steve Martin, Robert Cialdini
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management – Roger Lowenstein
  • The No Asshole Rule – Robert Sutton
  • Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

winter 2011

  • Dangerous Company – James O’Shea
  • The Starbucks Experience – Joseph A. Michelli
  • The Perfection Point – John Brenkus
  • Liar’s Poker – Michael Lewis
  • The Big Short – Michael Lewis

fall 2010

  • Influence: Science and Practice – Robert B. Cialdini
  • Fundamentals of Futures and Options Markets – John C. Hull
  • The Blind Side – Michael Lewis
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets – Jess Walter
  • The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

summer 2010

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