I started the year reading The New Tsar: Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin. It delves into the circumstances leading to the rise and rule of Vladimir Putin against the backdrop of the Cold War and communist Russia.
I also read Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive for the second time. The first time was because Jeff Bezos recommended it. It’s a classic book written many years ago on the role of the executive and is applicable even in today’s corporations.
Another classic that I read again was Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning . Part biography, part psychology book, he recounts the time he spent as a prisoner of war and his experience during the Holocaust.
Other books worth mentioning include Nassim Taleb’s Antifragile, The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud, It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson and On Writing Well by William Zinsser.
While I’ve read mostly on Kindle, I listened to a few audiobooks during my commute to work:
Why Nations Fail on the impact of extractive and inclusive political systems on the fortune’s of a country; The Age of Absurdity which is a modern day take on the trappings of today’s societies; The Undoing Project which recounts the interwoven lives of the two psychology professors Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman; Dreamland – a harrowing tale on the opiate addiction in America and how it all started; Bad Blood – the story of Elizabeth Holmes, the fallen founder of Theranos.