Jonathan’s reading list, Winter 2012
December 05, 2011
At a recent event featuring a great many people smarter than me (the Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s wonderful #TAbridge workshop), I asked for recommendations on amazing books to read in the upcoming winter. This is what I got back, based on the following prompts:
Recommended on “networks, sharing, democracy”
- The Leviathan and the Penguin: The Promise of Cooperation, Yochai Benkler
- Weath of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom, Yochai Benkler_
- Africa, Richard Dowden
- The Corruption Notebooks: Volume 7, ed. Hazel Feigenblatt and Global Integrity
- Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency, Archon Fung, Mary Graham and David Weil – @arfung
- The Myth of Digital Democracy, Matthew Hindman
- “The Quiet Coup”, The Atlantic, Simon Johnson
- The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Evgeny Morezov
- Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become, Peter Morville
- Thrivability, Jean Russell, editor
- Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, James C. Scott_
- The Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky
- Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky
- Republic.com, Cass Sunstein
- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything, Joe Trippi
Recommended on “innovation” and “work”
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity, David Allen
- Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hannson
- Are Your Lights On?: How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is, Donald C. Gause; Gerald M. Weinberg
- The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
- Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure, Tim Harford
- The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, Michael Lewis
- Moneyball, Michael Lewis
- Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
- Envisioning Information, Edward Tufte
Recommended on Lean startup (credit these to @rabble)
- Business Model Generation, multiple authors
- The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Success Strategies for Products That Win, Steven Gary Blank
- The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, Eric Ries
- Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works, Ash Maurya
Recommended as “Great fiction”
- Twilight (and thank you so much for that totally not sarcastic suggestion, @brianherbert)
- Borderliners, Peter Hoeg
A few quick reactions.
- I’ve read several of these already, and this does a nice job of validating the set — all of the books I’ve read were quite good.
- Nearly all of the books I’ve read were handed to me by @innokate — so much for crowdsourcing; maybe you should just marry an expert.
- Of the authors with strongly gendered names, 100% of them are male. No ladies. Which goes a long way toward invalidating the set: besides some 50% of the population, how many other viewpoints are not represented here? Hard to tell.
Dear readers: please hack this list by posting suggestions in comments (some women, maybe?). I’ll recombine (along with input from other crowds) and share back on a later post.
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