Best Things I've Read

Best Things I've Read

This is a list of the best things I've ever read on various topics. The criteria for inclusion in this list are simple:

  1. Simple. It has to be approchable without a deep background on the subject material. Most of us don't have time to become experts before we read a great work.
  2. Engaging. There is plenty of worthy material in the world that I will never be able to plow my way through. I won't include anything on my list that I haven't read completely.
  3. Provokes Change. The greatest things I have read irrecovably change the way I think and the way I see the world. Often they provide me with new tools and approaches as I try to understand the world and to create new things.

Sorry that I haven't provided detailed descriptions at this time. I hope to come back and flesh this out with what each book/article covers, why it is profound, and what you will get out of reading it. In the meantime, trust me I guess? These are all great.

Software Engineering

  • README from the original commit of git (Text File)
  • Git Book, Chapter 10: Git Internals (Online Book)
  • The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data's unifying abstraction (Article)
  • Machine Learning recommendation: Python Machine Learning by Raschka and Mirjalili (Buy from Packt)
  • Machine Learning recommendation: Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras and TensorFlow by Aurélien Géron (Buy from [O'Reilly])(
  • Feynman's Appendix to the Rogers Commission Report on the Challenger Disaster (PDF)
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering by Fred Brooks ([Wikipedia Page])(
  • I would love to be able to include Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Abelson and Sussman on this list, but unfortunately I've never read it. I did watch their excellent MIT lecture series of the same material. (YouTube.
  • Numerical Recipes in C++)


How to Live


  • A Man for All Markets - Autobiography by Edward O.Thorp (Author's Page)


Business * The Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors (HBS)