Through friendships in the Helena community, it’s become an incredibly rewarding part of my life to develop a book list.

This page records and chronicles each book from that list that I’ve completed, starting in early 2018. Books I’ve just completed are listed first. For a background on this page and how this personal project came about, please read this. For some information on how I’m choosing and reading the books, please read this. 


Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking

The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithridates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy

Adrienne Mayor

On Grand Strategy

John Lewis Gaddis

The Meaning of Human Existence

Edward O. Wilson

Letters to a Young Contrarian

Cristopher Hitchens

The Next 100 Years

George Friedman

Waking Up

Sam Harris

Washington: A Life

Ron Chernow

The Essays of Warren Buffett

Warren Buffet and Lawrence A. Cunningham

The Little Prince

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

What I Know For Sure

Oprah Winfrey

The Art of War: Complete Texts and Commentaries

Sun Tzu

On Power

Robert Caro

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari

Kissinger: A Biography

Kissinger: A Biography

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life, and Maybe the World 

Admiral William H. McRaven

Alexander the Great

Paul Cartledge

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Light of the World

Elizabeth Alexander

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

Yossi Klein Halevi

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Joan Didion

The Art of Intelligence

Henry A. Crumpton

Thank You For Being Late

Thomas L. Friedman

January 1949 Issue, The Partisan Review

Multiple Authors

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire

Kyle Harper

The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi

The Madness of Cambyses


The Gods Themselves

Isaac Asimov

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Carlo Rovelli

On Bullshit

Harry G. Frankfurt

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert A. Caro

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert A. Caro

The Qur’an

Translator: Tarif Khalidi

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue


The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

Niall Ferguson

Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson

Robert Caro

Tuesdays With Morrie

Mitch Albom

The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson

Robert Caro

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone

Fire and Fury

Michael Wolff

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me

Andrew Santella

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’An: Islam and the Founders

Denise Spellberg

Chaos: Making a New Science

James Gleick

The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation


Interstellar Travel and Mutigeneration Space Ships

Yoji Kondo, Frederick C. Bruhweiler, John Moore, Charles Sheffield

Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace


William Cullen Bryant

Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls

Marco Polo

The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Douglas R. Hofstadter

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

John le Carré

The Denial of Death

Ernest Becker

Red Notice

Bill Browder

How To Run A Country

Marcus Cicero

The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas


John H. Holland

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut

The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli


Marcus Aurelius

Leonardo Da Vinci: Flights of The Mind

Charles Nicholl


J. Allan Hobson



The Last Question

Isaac Asimov