Reading List

NameAuthorSubjectRead?Summary
Muhammad: His life
Martin Lings
Biography
Bismarck: A Life 
Jonathan Steinberg
Biography
Frederick the Great
Tim Blanning
Biography
Storm of Steel 
Ernst Junger
Biography
The Maverick and His Machine
Kevin Maney
Biography
On Thomas Watson Sr and IBM.
The Singapore Story
Lee Kuan Yew
Biography
The rise of Singapore.
The Medici: Power, Money and Ambition
Paul Strathern
Biography
Invent and Wander
Jeff Bezos
Biography
On Jeff Bezos and Amazon.
Intel Trinity
Michael S. Malone
Biography
On the rise of Intel.
Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age
Leslie Berlin
Biography
Introduces the people and stories behind the birth of the Internet and the microprocessor, as well as Apple, Atari, Genentech, Xerox PARC, ROLM, ASK, and the iconic venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In the space of only seven years and thirty-five miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
Nassim Taleb
Complexity
A philosophical treatise on the nature of probability, risk, and the fragility of the modern world.
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
M.M. Waldrop
Complexity
Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies
Geoffrey West
Complexity
The Misbehaviour of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward
Benoit Mandelbrot
Complexity
Thinking in Systems
Donella Meadows
Complexity
The Square and the Tower
Niall Ferguson
Complexity
The Lessons of History 
Will Durant
History
What is History? 
E.H. Carr
History
The Crisis of Islamic Civilisation 
Ali A. Allawi
History
The Origins of Political Order 
Francis Fukuyama
History
The Muqadimmah 
Ibn Khaldun
History
Age of Anger 
Pankaj Mishra
History
The Peloponnesian War 
Donald Kagan
History
The Collapse of Complex Societies
Joseph Tainter
History
Seeing Like a State
James C. Scott
Governance
Advice to War Time Presidents
Angelo Codevilla
Statecraft
The National System of Political Economy
Friedrich List
Political Economy
The Long Twentieth Century
Giovanni Arrighi
Political Economy
The Great Transformation
Karl Polanyi
Political Economy
Alternative Paradigms
Ahmet Davutoglu
Political Philosophy
The End of History & The Last Man
Francis Fukuyama
Political Philosophy
The Impossible State
Wael Hallaq
Political Philosophy
Islam and the Destiny of Man
Gai Eaton
Philosophy
Islam between East & West
Alija Izetbegovic
Philosophy
Capital as Power
J. Nitzan & S. Bichler
Finance
An argument that capital is a symbolic quantification of power representing the organized power of dominant capital groups to reshape their society.
Devil Take the Hindmost
Edward Chancellor
Finance
A look at the phenomenon of financial speculation from the Romans to the 20th century.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Robert T. Kiyosaki
Finance
The Silmarillion
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
The Lord of the Rings TRILOGY
J.R.R. Tolkien
Fiction
The Complete Fiction
H.P. Lovecraft
Fiction
The Complete Chronicles of Conan
Robert E. Howard
Fiction
The Foundation Series
Isaac Asimov
Fiction