Favorite books by subject. Most of these fit into more than one so I had to pick one.

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Human Brain, Group Psychology, Networks
Wisdom of Crowds, TheJames Surowiecki
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and WorstRobert M. Sapolsky
Brain that Changes Itself, TheNorman Doidge
Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, TheOliver Sacks
Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, TheFlorence Williams
Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st CenturyHoward Bloom
MusicophiliaOliver Sacks
Life, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality
When Breath Becomes AirPaul Kalanithi
Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of ReligionAlain De Botton
Wisdom of Insecurity, TheAlan Watts
Course of Love: A NovelAlain de Botton
Modern RomanceAriz Ansari
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian SpiritualityDonald Miller
How to Win Friends & Influence PeopleDale Carnegie
Doors of Perception and Heaven and HellAldous Huxley
How to Change Your MindMichael Pollan
Courage to be DislikedIchiro Kishimi
Finite and Infinite GamesJames Carse
Politics & Social Sciences
Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal WorldRutger Bregman
Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of PowerShoshana Zuboff
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each OtherSherry Turkle
Amusing Ourselves to DeathNeil Postman
Nothing Is True and Everything Is PossiblePeter Pomerantsev
The Master SwitchTim Wu
Behavioral Economics
Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman
InfluenceRobert B. Cialdini
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our DecisionsDan Ariely
Fiction
Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated PrimerNeal Stephenson
Stories of Your Life and OthersTed Chiang
DuneFrank Herbert
A Gentleman in MoscowAmor Towles
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Philip K. Dick
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary EditionJoseph Heller
CryptonomiconNeal Stephenson
Brave New WorldAldous Huxley
Devil in the White CityErik Larson
Nineteen Eighty FourGeorge Orwell
Artificial Intelligence
Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend BiologyRay Kurzweil
Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World, ThePedro Domingos
Startups, Business, Career
Zero to OnePeter Thiel
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized WorldDavid Epstein
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win BigScott Adams
Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business WinGene Kim
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted WorldCal Newport
Finance and Economics
Richest Man in BabylonGeorge Clason
Rich Dad Poor DadRobert T. Kiyosaki
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily LifeNassim Nicholas Taleb
Economics in One LessonHenry Hazlitt
Memoris, Bibliographies, and Business History
Educated: A MemoirTara Westover
Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at LockheedBen R. Rich
Remains of the DayKazuo Ishiguro
Ghost in the WiresKevin Mitnick
The Smartest Guys in the RoomBethany McLean
Andrew CarnegieDavid Nasaw
Countdown to Zero DayKim Zetter
Surely You’re Joking, Mr FeynmanRichard Feynman
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola VirusRichard Preston
One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.comRichard L. Brandt
Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine EspionageSherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, Annette Lawrence Drew
Masters of DoomDavid Kushner
Total RecallArnold Schwarzenegger
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureAshlee Vance
InnovatorsWalter Issacson
Hillbilly ElegyJ. D. Vance
Skygods: The Fall of Pan AmRobert Gandt
Space Barons, TheChristian Davenport
On the Move: A LifeOliver Sacks