Discovering New Ideas Through Books

My colleague Miten Sampat recently wrote about his college experiences in visiting bookstores and discovering new books and his concerns over the demise of bookstores. He also touts Findings as a service to help with discovery of new ideas.

That got me thinking that I haven’t shared my book list yet. I often share it with university students and suggest looking at book lists as a way to get to know people. In fact, one of my favorite interview lines of query is to discuss the books a candidate has read recently.

Here’s my list of 20 or so books that I’ve found invaluable over the last few years. I’ve added a few comments about each one to explain why the book is important to me and why it might be to you as well.

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