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Drew’s Reading List

I’ve collected an eclectic list of books I’ve really enjoyed over the past couple of years. I only included books that really made an impact on me or changed my perspective.

I love to read.  Actually, these days mostly I love to listen to books on Audible or now Scrbd (it’s a better deal – check it out).  Below I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite books that I’ve read over the past couple of years.

History / Science

The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker
A tour de force – an in-depth (and well-researched) study of the decline of violence over time. Will change the way you understand the world.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
LOVED this book. Incredibly interesting

The Patient's Playbook by Leslie Michelson
A must read on navigating modern medicine

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I've read this twice this year. Beautifully written about a doctor who is diagnosed with cancer


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
My all-time favorite biography. As great as the play is, the book is way better – and that’s saying something!

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
So interesting

Integral Theory

A Theory of Everything by Ken Wilber
Really, really good and surprisingly accessible


The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There are no Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
Not your typical leadership book. So much wisdom!


The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor
Working right now to implement these ideas


The One Year Bible
Changed my life

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Loved this book

Workplace Culture

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, Andy Fleming, Deborah Helsing
The cutting edge of building culture right now

Primed to Perform by Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor
Two former McKinsey consultants – interesting and actionable


Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber
An incredible book about the power of story-telling

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon
Good, good stuff!!

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
A real page-turner

Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead by Kenneth Gronbach
Another book that changed my perspective

My Final Recommendation

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen Covey
Covey is #1 on my list of favorite writers / thinkers. This is a great summation of his work, including the 7 Habits. So, so good

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