Library

Library

Since I’m a full-time traveller, I don’t own a nice apartment with a big shelf to put all the books I read for display. Therefor I built this page, which is kind of like the digital version of that shelf.

These are books that I’ve read or that I’m currently reading – these aren’t necessarily recommendations. This list is sorted alphabetically and every book in there links to its goodreads page. I don’t get any commissions through these links and I don’t really care whether you purchase any of them. If you do, however, make sure you’re not purchasing through Amazon.

10% Happier
Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality ...
1984
Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory bec...
A Brief History of Time
In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking’s classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with m...
Accessory to War
In this far-reaching foray into the millennia-long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrass...
Algorithms to Live By
A fascinating exploration of how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision...
Andrew Carnegie
Majestically told and based on materials not available to any previous biographer, the definitive life of Andrew Carnegie-one of American...
Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11)
One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well...
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide thr...
Bad Blood
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist wh...
Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Much of the advice we’ve been told about achievement is logical, earnest…and downright wrong. In Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker r...
Be Obsessed or Be Average
Obsession saved my life and made me a business superstar. What can it do for you?....
Blood Covenant
Mobster Michael Franzese had it all - money, power, prestige. The he did the unthinkable. He quit the mob. Find out how and why Michael d...
Crucial Conversations
Learn how to keep your cool and get the results you want when emotions flare. When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run stro...
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Dracula
You can find an alternative cover edition for this ISBN here and here. A rich selection of background and source materials is provided i...
Effective Modern C++
Coming to grips with C++11 and C++14 is more than a matter of familiarizing yourself with the features they introduce (e.g., auto type de...
Essential
The best of the Minimalists! This book by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays - some short, some...
Expert C Programming
This book is for the knowledgeable C programmer, this is a second book that gives the C programmers advanced tips and tricks. This book w...
Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator le...
Frankenstein
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tal...
Hacking
A comprehensive introduction to the techniques of exploitation and creative problem-solving methods commonly referred to as “hacking.” It...
How to Make Coffee
To make any old cup of coffee, you simply need a pot, heat, ground coffee, and water. But you’re not just anyone. You are a coffee aficio...
How to Win Friends and Influence People
You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in...an...
Into the Wild
Librarian’s Note: An alternate cover edition can be found here In April, 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska...
Just for Fun
Once upon a time Linus Torvalds was a skinny unknown, just another nerdy Helsinki techie who had been fooling around with computers since...
Krabat
Krabat - das ist ein 14jähriger Waisenjunge, im Großraum Lausitz/Dresden, im 17.Jahrhundert, der ein Bettlerleben führt. Eines Tages such...
Liar’s Poker
The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the L...
Linux Kernel Development
“Linux Kernel Development” details the design and implementation of the Linux kernel, presenting the content in a manner that is benefici...
Maximize Your Potential
Success isn’t about being the best. It’s about always getting better. Can you step outside your comfort zone? Bounce back from failure? ...
Moby-Dick or, the Whale
“It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships’ cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of pr...
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer is a cyberpunk, science fiction masterpiece—a classic that ranks with 19...
Never Split the Difference
A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations—whether in the boar...
Out of Your Mind
In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in...
Pale Blue Dot
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use o...
Permanent Record
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the s...
Predictably Irrational
Why do our headaches persist after taking a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a 50-cent aspirin? Why does recalling the Ten Co...
Principles
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refi...
Real Japanese
Unlike most Japanese language books that focus on formal and polite use, this introductory guide will help you to speak and understand Ja...
Smartcuts
Entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow (Wired, Fast Company, The New Yorker, and cofounder of Contently) analyzes the lives of people and...
Social Engineering
The first book to reveal and dissect the technical aspect ofmany social engineering maneuvers From elicitation, pretexting, influence and...
Sprint
From three design partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems using design, prototyping, and testin...
Start with Why
Why do you do what you do? Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why...
Superintelligence
Superintelligence asks the questions: what happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or d...
The 48 Laws of Power
This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with t...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
An adventure story for children, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun-filled book that shows life along the Mississippi River in the 184...
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and so...
The Art of Deception
The world’s most infamous hacker offers an insider’s view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security Kevin Mitnick’s exploits as a cyb...
The Art of War
Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since ...
The Big Short
From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predict...
The C Programming Language
This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C. It is the definitive reference guide, now in a second edition. Although ...
The C++ Programming Language
More than three-quarters of a million programmers have benefited from this book in all of its editions Written by Bjarne Stroustrup, the ...
The Devil’s Chessboard
An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in ...
The Dip
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling auth...
The Escape Manifesto
LIFE IS SHORT; YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO LIVE A GREAT ONE. BE BRAVE AND START SOMETHING YOU LOVE.Does th...
The Godfather
The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon. Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing...
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one....
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathed...
The Industries of the Future
This book answers the question: ‘What’s next?’ The Internet had a world-changing impact on businesses and the global community over the t...
The Infinite Game
Do you know how to play the game you’re in? In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the...
The Intelligent Investor
More than one million hardcovers soldNow available for the first time in paperback! The Classic Text Annotated to Update Graham’s Timele...
The Laws of Human Nature
From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new book on decoding the behavior of the peopl...
The Lean Startup
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changi...
The Magic of Thinking Big
The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting th...
The Molecule of More
Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more—more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things...
The Obstacle Is the Way
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius We are stuck, stymied, frustrated....
The One Thing
The One Thing explains the success habit to overcome the six lies that block our success, beat the seven thieves that steal time, and lev...
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and bea...
The Selfish Gene
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition—with a new Introduction by the Author Inheriting the mantle of revolutionary biologist from D...
The Shining
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old...
The Snowball
Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investo...
The Startup Owner’s Manual
Now a decade after the Four Steps to the Epiphany sparked the Lean Startup revolution, comes its sequel… The Startup Owner’s Manual The...
The Tao of Pooh
The Wisdom of Pooh. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist’s favorite food is honey. Thro...
The Time Machine
“I’ve had a most amazing time....”The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.
The Trial
Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable ban...
The Universe in a Nutshell
Stephen Hawking’s phenomenal, multimillion-copy bestseller, A Brief History of Time, introduced the ideas of this brilliant theoretical p...
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton re...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems th...
Utopia for Realists
From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty – it’s time to return to uto...
Waiting for Godot
The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men simply waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near...
WELT MACHT GELD
»Eine brillante und vor allem investigative Tour de raison zur Finanz- und Geldtheorie. Wer Fakten will, um den Phantomen der Weltwirtsch...
What Doesn’t Kill Us
What Doesn’t Kill Us traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment arou...
Why Nations Fail
Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations ...


Footnote: There are certain books that I’ve read but decided not list here. Usually those books are either really bad (in my opinion) or written by an author whose public statements and actions made it really hard to endorse his or her works, even if the book itself might offer valuable information.