Books I like

  • Cable Cowboy by Mark Robichaux
    • Great primer on the cable industry in the US in the 1970s to the early 2000s. Mainly focuses on John Malone and TCI, but heavily features other notable cable companies and CEOs.
  • Order Without Design by Alain Bertaud
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (translated by Peter Constantine)
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
    • Every man on earth should read this book (and the whole trilogy!)
  • How to Think About War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy by Thucydides (translated by Johanna Hanink)
    • This was my first foray into Greek classics (the only other work I’d read was The Odyssey in high school) as part of a goal to read more of them, and I felt particularly energized by Pericles’ speeches.
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • Distant Force by George A. Roberts
    • Focuses on Teledyne, the #1 company by shareholder returns in the latter half of the 20th century. The cofounder and CEO, Henry Singleton, is *the* master capital allocator, and had worked with or knew just about everyone, including Richard Feynman (MIT classmate and Putnam Prize teammate) to Claude Shannon (Teledyne board member and long-time shareholder).
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • I think this novel should especially be read by people with great ambition.
  • The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Wang
    • First person account on living with schizophrenia.
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • I’ve only read the first book, so I can’t speak for the rest of the series.
  • The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire by A. Wess Mitchell