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Jared's Book List
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Have a book recommendation? Share it and let me know why you like it, please! jaredhecht@gmail.com
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Interior ChinatownCharles YuFictionY
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Read Write OwnChris DixonNonfictoinY
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The ManiacBenjamin LabatutFictionY
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Family MealBryan WashingtonFictionYHeavy stuff and many feelings.
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๐Ÿ’›An American SicknessElisabeth RosenthalNonfictionYA good and easy to digest explanation of why the incentives that have created an absolute mess of the US healthcare system
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Good InsideDr Becky KennedyNonfictionYSo many of the ideas and strategies in this book resonated with me. Found it very useful as a parent.
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The Time MachineHG WellsFictionNIt was fine. A lot of these old classics don't hit home for me.
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OrfeoRichard PowersFictionYRichard Powers is a genius.
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The RoadCormac McCarthyFictionYRealizing I have a soft spot for these father-son novels, regardless if they're apocalyptic.
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TrustHernan DiazFictionNWon a Pulitzer and didn't love it.
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๐Ÿ’›Demon CopperheadBarbara KingsolverFictionYThe Appalachian David Copperfield that dives deep into the opioid epidemic.
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UnscriptedJames StewartNonfictionNBoring soap opera about Summer Redstone and power hungry philandering media moguls doing what they do.
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The Changing World OrderRay DalioNonfictionYInsightful and somewhat disturbing analysis of the rise and fall of world superpowers. Makes you think deeply about the state of the US, what the next several decades have in store, and how to adapt to systemic change.
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Waking UpSam HarrisNonfictionYI've been using Sam's meditation / mindfulness app and like it so wanted to read his book. I like the app more and would recommend that instead.
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๐Ÿ’›OutlivePeter AttiaNonfictionYSolid primer on healthspan / longevity. Well written and accessible.
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The Candy HouseJennifer EganFictionYWonderful book of short stories whose characters' lives all intertwine across space and time.
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The Founders: The Story of PaypalJimmy SoniNonfictionYFun to finally learn the details of the legends that helped to shape the modern internet and technology.
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๐Ÿ’›The ImmortalistsChloe BenjaminFictionYA beautiful tale of four siblings who live their lives knowing the day they will die.
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1984George OrwellFictionYGlad I finally read it. Felt simultaneously over the top and a bit too real.
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๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›Tomorrow & Tomorrow & TomorrowGabrielle ZevinFictionYAn astonishing work of fiction, expert storytelling, impeccable writing. A stab and kiss to the heart.
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AI 2041Kai-Fu LeeBothNA book divided into ten science fiction stories about how AI will impact our lives in 2041, with explainers on the feasability of these scenarios at the end. Stories are hit or miss, mostly miss, and better to read AI Superpowers for the AI overview.
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The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert
NonfictionNThree psychedelic pioneers wrote an interpretation of an Eastern sacred text that just didn't do it for me.
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The Doors of Perception and Heaven and HellAldous HuxleyNonfictionYAn psychedelic, entheogenic poetic journey.
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Life 3.0Max TegmarkNonfictionNFirst 150 pages are a good primer on AI, the back half of the book is skippable.
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๐Ÿ’›The Coddling of the American MindJonathan HaidtNonfictionYMust read for parents and anyone curious about understanding why we live in a culture that walks on eggshells.
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Spped & ScaleJohn DoerrNonfictionYAn easy to digest framework for what must be done to tackle the climate crisis and speed up the energy transition
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What We Owe The FutureWilliam MacAskillNonfictionNA philosophical explanation about why we should deeply care about the trillions of people yet to be born over the course of human civilization, and a little bit about what to do about it.
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๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›Invisible ChildAndrea ElliotNonfictionYA masterpiece that opens your eyes to the plight of impoverished children, a world that largely goes unseen as we bustle through our daily routines. It should be required reading and will forever change the way I experience Brooklyn.
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The NetanyahusJoshua CohenFictionYHard not to find this entertaining if you're somewhere on the spectrum of neruotic Jew like me. Also Joshua is an exceptional writer.
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๐Ÿ’›How the World Really WorksVaclav SmilNonfictionYLays out the facts, whether you like them or hate them, on the challenges of ushering in a new energy transition from fossil fuels to whatever may come next.
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Leave the World BehindRumanian AlamFictionYLike uncomfortably staring into the mirror as the world comes to an end.
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The Network StateBalaji SrinivasanNonfictionNA crypto-libertarian assessment of the past and present with some keen ideas as to what the future can look like in a world where "digital nation states" are creatable. Chapter 2 of this book is particularly good and interesting. I wanted more practicality in the exploration of the different possibilities of a digital nation state and ideas on how they're achievable and interact with / are compatible with a physical nation state world.
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Brave New WorldAldous HuxleyFictionYDystopian future where humans are bred in test tubes and sorted into genetics-based castes. Explores what it means to be a human in a civilization. Somehow never read it growing up.
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๐Ÿ’›Why We're PolarizedEzra KleinNonfictionYA compelling analysis of the influence of identity on national politics. Makes me more mindful about how and why I feel the way I do about today's political climate.
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A River Runs Through ItNorman MacleanFictionYMade me want to learn how to fly fish and sit by a river all day contemplating life. And I really don't like fishing.
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๐Ÿ“–The Splendid and the VileErik LarsonNonfiction
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Energy and CivilizationVaclav SmilNonfictionYThe first ~200 pages are eye-opening in helping to understand just how much progress we have made as a civilization. Then you're either an academic absorbing everything or put your skimming skills to use.
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๐Ÿ’›The Underground RailroadColson WhiteheadFictionY"What's left when everything worthwhile has been consumed, dark powder for the wind to take." "Freedom was a community laboring for something lovely and rare."
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The GuidePeter HellerFictionNA silly thriller that tries to weave together beautiful descriptions of the outdoors, fly-fishing, and suspense.
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Sea of TranquilityEmily St John MandelFictionYTime-traveling sci-fi fun with more of Mandel's love of pandemic motifs
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๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›BewildermentRichard PowersFictonYGorgeous novel about a father-son duo as they navigate life's complexities. One of my Top 5 favorite books ever.
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The Revolt of the PublicMartin GurriNonfictionYHow the elite/media loses its authority and society splinters into different spheres of truth
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Numbers Don't LieVaclav SmilNonfictionNTiny vignettes of facts, the neatest of which is the direct correlation between milk consumption and height.
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๐Ÿ’›The Nickel BoysColson WhiteheadFictionYRocked me to the core
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The Sovereign IndividualJames Dale DavidsonNonfictionN"The thesis of this book is that the massed power of the nation-state is destined to be privatied and commercialized." All you need to know is this book is an exercise in intellectualizing people's hatred of paying taxes. And that Peter Thiel wrote the foreward.
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The Power LawSebastian MallabyNonfictionYExcellent dive into the history of venture capital. Learned a lot of new things about the industry.
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Klara and the SunKazuo IshiguroFictionYBeautiful story told through the lens of an AI companion
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๐Ÿ’›The Code BreakerWalter IsaacsonNonfictionYBlew my mind and made me believe biotech is the most exciting technological revolution on the horizon: https://jaredhecht.com/2022/04/04/the-code-breaker/
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Technological Revolutions and Financial CapitalCarlota PerezNonfictionYhttps://jaredhecht.com/2022/05/03/technological-revolutions-in-the-exponential-age/
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๐Ÿ’›Project Hail MaryAndy WeirFictionYIf you liked The Martian this is 10x better. And I loved The Martian.
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Amp It UpFrank SlootmanNonfictionNManagement platitudes that would have been perfectly fine as a blog post
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๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›Ministry For The FutureKim Stanley RobinsonFictionYMind-bending sci-fi that feels like an optimistic and realistic depiction of the upcoming decades
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The Vanishing HalfBrit BennettFictionYCaptivating story that will undoubtedly make it to the big screen
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Under a White SkyElizabeth KolbertNonfictionYEsoteric examples of anthropogenic change across the globe
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The Deficit MythStephanie KeltonNonfictionYChanged the way I think about economics, the deficit, and the power of printing currency. A primer on MMT.
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AI SuperpowersKai-Fu LeeNonfictionExcellent intro to artificial intelligence and analysis on China versus US primacy
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The ArrestJonathan LethemFictionYFun picture of what the world looks like in an electricity-less future
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the DeadOlga TokarczukFictionNSlow murder mystery with an animal activist twist
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๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›AbundanceJakob GuanzonFictionYEach chapter starts with the amount of cash in Henry's, the main character, wallet. Repeatedly punches you in the gut with reminders of what life for so many is like in America.
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Exponential AgeAzeem AzharNonfictionYhttps://jaredhecht.com/2021/11/03/the-exponential-age/
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Beginning of InifinityDavid DeutschNonfictionYAs heady and theoretical as it gets. Requires re-reading many times to fully grasp it. And even then you're still scratching the surface.
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๐Ÿ’›The OverstoryRichard PowersFictionYIncredibly long but a feat of humanity. Richard Powers is a genius. Will make you want to plant a tree then save the rest of them.
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The Future We ChooseChristiana FigueresNonfictionYQuick read that covers the perils of the climate crisis while inspiring you to change the world and save the future
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