Reading List: 2021

“Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes and fill up my heart”

– Oprah Winfrey

Biographies & Memoirs:

  • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Walter Isaacson
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
  • Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
  • Educated – Tara Westover
  • A Promised Land – Barack Obama
  • The Ride of a Lifetime – Robert Iger
  • Born A Crime – Trevor Noah
  • Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit The Crisis Point That Challenge Every Company and Career – Andrew S. Grove
  • Radical Simplicity – Ken Allen
  • The Story Behind The Man Who Helped Launch 5 AI Companies Worth $25 Billion – Kai-Fu Lee


  • The Bible (NKJV)
  • All Pastor Emmanuel Iren books

Technology & Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

  • Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control – Stuart Russell
  • The Future is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives – Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism The Fight for a Human Future ad the New Frontier of Power – Shoshana Zuboff
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Max Tegmark
  • Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World – Marco Iansiti, Karim R, Lakhani
  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism – Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases and Threatens Democracy – Cathy O’Neil
  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech – Sara Wachter- Boettcher
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez
  • Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Machine – Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • No Rule Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention – Reed Hastings, Erin Meyer
  • Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence – Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans
  • Human + Machines: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI – Paul R. Daugherty
  • On AI Analytics and the New Machine Age – Harvard Business Review


  • The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower – Michael Phillsbury
  • The Search For Modern China – Jonathan D. Spence
  • Tech Titans of China – Rebecca A. Fannin
  • Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China – Evan Osnos
  • Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order – Bruno Macaes
  • China’s Gilded Age: A Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption – Yuen Yuen Ang
  • Everything Under the Heavens: How The Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power – Howard W. French
  • How Asia Works: Success and Failure In the World’s Most Dynamic Region – Joe Studwell
  • On China – Henry Kissinger
  • When China Rules The World – The End of The Western World And The Birth of A New Global Order – Martin Jacques
  • The Asian Aspiration – Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo
  • The Future is Asian – Parag Khana


  • The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa – Irene Yuan Sun
  • We Need To Talk About Africa: The Harm We Have Done, and How We Should Help – Tom Young

Economics & Development:

  • Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order – Noah Chomsky
  • Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World – Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Economic Facts and Fallacies – Thomas Sowell
  • How An Economy Grows and Why It Crashes – Peter D. Schiff
  • Why States Recover: Changing Walking Societies into Winning Nations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – Greg Mills
  • Good Economics for Hard Times – Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banarjee
  • Poor Economics – Esther Duflo
  • Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities – Vaclav Smil

(Venture) Capitalism, Investment & Money:

  • Creative Capitalism – Michael Kinsley
  • People, Power and Profits: Progressive Capitalism For an Age of Discontent – Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History – David Enrich
  • The Tag of Warrant Buffet – Mary Buffett & David Clark
  • Warren Buffet Stock Portfolio – Mary Buffett & David Clark
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street – Burton G. Malkiel
  • One Up on Wall Street – Peter Lynch
  • 7 Secret to Investing Like Warren Buffett – Mary Buffett & Sean Seah
  • The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and Happiness – Morgan Housel
  • Death of Despair and the Future of Capitalism – Anne Case, Angus Seaton
  • Capital in The Twenty-First Century – Thomas Piketty
  • Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering The World – Tom Burgis
  • New Power: How Power Works In Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You – Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

Leadership & Management (Business)

  • Leading without Authority: Why You Don’t Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen – Keith Ferrazzi
  • Ultralearnig: Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition
  • How To Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers – David M. Rubenstein
  • Leadership Strategy & Tactics: Jocko Willink
  • Mentor to Millions – Kevin Harrington & Mark Timm
  • Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice – Clayton M. Christensen
  • In Search of Excellence – Tom Peters
  • Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy – Patrick Bet-David
  • The Hard Things About Hard Things: Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers – Ben Horowitz
  • No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram – Sarah Frier

Nigeria, History & Politics:

  • Power, Politics & Death – Olusegun Adeniyi
  • Awo: The Autobiography of Obafemi Awolowo


  • Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – William B. Irvine
  • Lives of The Stoics – Ryan Holiday
  • Wise Words: The Philosophy For Everyday Life – Stephen Trombley
  • Machiavelli – Alexander Lee

Psychology & Behavior:

  • Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes – And How to Correct Them: Lessons from the New Science of Behavioral Economics – Gary Belsky & Thomas Gilovich
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer
  • Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal, Julie Li
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life – Susan David
  • Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World – David Epstein


  • Representations of the Intellectual – Edward W. Said
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing The World – Anand Giridharads
  • Blueprint for Revolution: How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-Violent Technologies to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators or Simply Change The World – Sroja Popovic
  • Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Bobby Fischer, Stuart Margulies and Don Mosenfelder

These are quite an exhaustive list of books I intend to read in 2021. Which books are you reading this year? Leave a comment.

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