The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts— Best to live in the present. We make ourselves unhappy to trying to get an impossible security. Our anxiety isn’t unique to this time.

Zero to One by Peter Theil— It’s better to risk boldness than triviality. A bad plan is better than no plan. Sales matter as much as product.


  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  • Sarum: A Novel of England by Edward Rutherford
  • Strangers in a Strange Land by Charles J. Chaput
  • The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  • Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
  • Caesar and Christ by Will Durant
  • The Greater Journey by David McCullough
  • The Age of Faith by Will Durant
  • Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • This is Noble Land by James Michener
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by John Paul II
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • The Renaissance by Will Durant
  • The Lessons of History by Will Durant
  • Last Testament by Benedict XVI
  • Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  • New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherford


  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway