What I’ve Been Reading

June 18, 2008 — 4 Comments

US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man – Charlie LeDuff (Charlie feels like Hunter S Thompson and Philalawyer mixed together. good book)

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia - Marya Hornbacher (very rarely do you read someone with the ability to write about themselves with this kind of self-awareness. it’s almost as if she’s able to step outside herself and write from a perspective hovering above.)

The Myth of the Robber Barons – Burton W. Folsom (sort of cheesy self-published vibe but has a ton of great anecdotes)

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder - Vincent Bugliosi (bought this at the airport because I forgot my books and finished it four hours later. Amazing. It’s his Swan Song. A retired 73 year old man absolutely eviscerates the most powerful person in the world.)

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS – Elizabeth Pisani (thought this was going to be a little bit more about economics but it confirms what smart people already know about AIDS. each culture has its own unique cocktail for the spread of the disease and only by addressing those specifically will you be able to do anything about it. the author is honest and practical and entertaining.)

-My friend Shawn started a site. He’s the one that helped me come up with Fight Club Moments

-Kevin Kelly posted “Books that Changed My Life“. I want my library to look like his. At the bottom, he asks people to send in lists of people they respect. I’d really appreciate anyone who would send him mine.

Ryan Holiday

I'm a strategist for bestselling authors and billion dollar brands like American Apparel, Tucker Max and Robert Greene. My work has been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and has been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company.

4 responses to What I’ve Been Reading

  1. Ryan,

    Should you ever compile a list of posts which serve as the best examples of the purpose and themes of your blog, I hope you included ‘Fight Club Moments’ at the very top.

    I really do appreciate the reading lists, by the way — there are many, many books out that I have an interest in reading, and your recommendations, combined and cross-referenced with the suggestions of other bloggers, often helps me to manage my time. I certainly venture off on my own as well, but such simple advice can be invaluable.

    Thanks.

  2. Oooh. I’m still excited that someone who’s not part of the extended AIDS mafia is reading my book. I’m coming to LA tomorrow, and giving a talk at Book Soup on Saturday. All offers of drinks with interested readers (by which I mean interesting people who read, not readers interested in my book) gratefully received. elizabeth@wisdomofwhores.com.

  3. Hey Ryan, sent email to Kevin as a thanks for your great list.

    I’ll be sure to check out Bugliosi’s musings on Bush. His book about Manson, Helter Skelter, was one I raided from my parents library a few years ago – a great read.

  4. kk added you to his page:

    http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/002879.php

    Tim O’Reilly’s list is also excellent

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