Read It List (Update 2014)

When deciding where to invest your reading time, some sort of filter limits the amount of time wasted on books that do not contribute to your personal, professional, or organizational growth. The list of Authors and Titles below offers a Pracademic filter. As you scan the list you will find a combination of academic thinking combined with practical writing. The list is not comprehensive because your reading time is not unlimited. Rather, the list provides both foundation and application resources to expand your vision and demonstrate specific applications.


Authors - (Read these authors to better understand systems, interconnectedness, and consequences [wanted or otherwise])

  • Steven Johnson
  • Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Daniel Pink
  • Charles Perrow
  • Gerald Weinberg


Titles - (Read these titles for a view into the chaotic and unstable ways systems interact and influence beyond known boudaries)


Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Johnson

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Johnson

Freakonomics: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by Levitt & Dubner

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Levitt & Dubner

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Pink

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Pink

Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies by Perrow (1999)

An Introduction to General Systems Thinking  by Weinberg



Authors - (Read these authors to make better change decisions)

  • Daniel Kahneman
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Jim Collins
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Chip & Dan Heath


Titles - (Read these titles for a view into change, wanted and unwanted )

The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action by Pfeffer & Sutton (2000)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Gladwell (2002)

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Cialdini (2006)

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Ariely (2009)

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Heath & Heath (2007)

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Kahneman (2011)

The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable by Taleb (2007)

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck- Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Collins & Hansen (2011)

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More by Anderson (2006).

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