2013 Reading List

  1. Makers – Cory Doctorow – 1/19/2013
  2. The Heart and the Fist – Eric Greitens – 2/4/2013
  3. Bruce – Peter Ames Carlin – 2/9/2013
  4. The Primal Blueprint  – Mark Sisson 2/28/2013
  5. Software in 30 Days  Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland 3/7/2013
  6. Meat Eater – Steve Rinella 3/23/2013
  7. The Spartans – Paul Cartledge 4/15/2013
  8. Succeeding with Agile – Mike Cohn 4/19/2013
  9. The Alienist – Caleb Carr 4/19/2013
  10. The Rookie (Galatic Football League) – Scott Sigler 4/29/2013
  11. The 4 Hour Chef – Time Ferriss – 6/23/2013
  12. Sex at Dawn – Chris Ryan – 6/15/2013
  13. The Paleo Solution – Robb Wolf
  14. The Primal Connection – Mark Sisson 8/7/2013
  15. The Guns at Last Light – Rick Atkinson 8/8/2013
  16. Eleven Rings – The Soul of Success – Phil Jackson 8/20/2013
  17. Eaters of the Dead – Michael Crichton 9/20/2013
  18. Practice Perfect – Doug Lemov 9/24/2013
  19. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving 10/12/2013
  20. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield Scahill 12/7/2013
  21. Choose Yourself – James Altucher 12/13/2013
  22. Tribes – Seth Godin 12/17/2013


Tribes Book Cover Tribes
Seth Godin
Business & Economics

I can’t remember which Seth Godin book or podcast or blog posting talked about schools and the school system being designed to produce cogs not leaders. Tribes is about leadership. Its about being a change leader. I have the term “change agent” – “leader” is better conceptually. He name checks Kevin Kelley and his “1000 True Fans” – which is a must read.


“Great leaders are able to reflect the light onto their teams, their tribes. Great leaders don’t want the attention, but they use it. They use it to unite the tribe and to reinforce its sense of purpose.”

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Choose Yourself

Choose Yourself! Book Cover Choose Yourself!
James Altucher
Createspace Independent Pub

You are not going to climb the corporate ladder. That idea is dead. No one is managing your career for you. Your "boss" isn't looking out for you. You need to get moving. You need to take control. You need to be moving forward, always. Learning. Improving. Adjusting. Adapting. Be an artist. Hustle. Don't stop. You are responsible for your happiness, health and fulfilling work and wealth.

Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars Book Cover Dirty Wars
Jeremy Scahill
Political Science
Nation Books
April 23, 2013

Illuminating. Terrifying. Jeremy Scahill, who wrote a book about the private military company - Blackwater, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies. Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA’s Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command ( JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals and direct drone, AC-130 and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy. Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of these covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government. As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons, cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.