2023: Reading List

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

Steve jobs

Development Economics:

  1. Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future – Ian Goldin and Geoffrey Cameron
  2. The Power of Creative Destruction: Economic Upheaval and the Wealth of Nation – Philippe Aghion
  3. The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail – Ray Dailo
  4. How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor – Erik Reinert
  5. How The World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going – Vaclav Smil


  1. Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook for Business Leader – Mariya Yao, Marlene Jia, Adelyn Zhou
  2. AI Super-Powers – China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order – Kai-Fu Lee
  3. AI and The Future of Banking – Tony Booier
  4. The Handbook of Banking Technology – Tim Walker and Lucian Morris
  5. The Industries of the Future – Alec Ross
  6. Hooked – How to Build Habit-Forming Products – Nir Eyal
  7. Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love – Marty Cagan
  8. Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal


  1. King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, And Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone – David Carey
  2. Angel Investing: Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups – David S. Rose


  1. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  2. Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday
  3. Courage is Calling: Fortune Favours the Brave – Ryan Holiday
  4. Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self Control – Ryan Holiday


  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck
  2. The Organised Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload – Daniel J. Levitin
  3. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – Adam Grant
  4. Thinking in Systems – Donella H. Meadows
  5. The Systems Bible: The Beginner’s Guide To Systems Large and Small – John Gall

Family Life:

  1. The Purpose and Power of Marriage – Myles Munroe
  2. How to Raise Happy and Successful Children – Esther Wojcicki
  3. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character – Paul Tough


  1. Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook from Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell – Eric Schmidt
  2. Extreme Ownership: How U.S Navy Seals Lead and Win – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


  1. Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness – Steve Magness
  2. Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t – Jeffrey Pfeffer
  3. 7 Rules of Power: Surprising – but true – Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career – Jeffrey Pfeffer
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