Favorites

Books:

I take advantage of my daily subway commute and my time at the gym to read. You can follow me on Goodreads (which I use to keep track of some of my reading), but to highlight some of my favorite books (in no particular order):

Poor Economics – Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Edward Tufte
Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
Portfolios of the Poor – Daryl Collins
Grit – Angela Duckworth
Gang Leader for a Day – Sudhir Venkatesh
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Designing Your Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
The Bottom Billion – Paul Collier
Who Gets What and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design – Alvin Roth
The Prize: Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power – Daniel Yergin
Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith – Jon Krakauer
Fluent Forever – Gabriel Wyner
Creativity, Inc – Ed Catmull
Spy the Lie – Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero
Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us – Claude Steele
The Better Angels of Our Nature – Steven Pinker
Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer
Globalization and its Discontents – Joseph Stiglitz
Made to Stick – Chip Heath
Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo
Give and Take – Adam Grant
Buyology – Martin Lindstrom
Rise of Robots – Martin Ford
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferazzi
Own It: The Power of Women at Work – Sallie Krawcheck
Willpower – Roy Baumeister
America’s Bitter Pill – Steven Brill
The Industries of the Future – Alec Ross
Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insight – Gary Klein

Films – Movies/Television:

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t particularly have good taste in movies. My preference is definitely for big budget, special effects actions movies. I have loved nearly every Marvel / Avengers and post Fast & Furious 5 franchise movie ever made (The animated “Into the Spiderverse” is my favorite). For television (when I have the time), I love mysteries and police/crime procedurals that have plenty of twists, but full logical consistency. Some of my favorite shows are Veronica Mars, the Wire, Elementary, Midsummer Murder (can’t predict this one), Luther, and Marcella. I also really enjoyed the true crime documentary the Keepers.