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This is mostly a linkpost to a Gdoc which itself links to notes on 20 EA-relevant books (to be updated on an ongoing basis). I hope you'll find it useful! Here is the list, with links included for convenience:


Chip and Dan Heath (2007) Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

History and International Relations

Graham T. Allison (2017) Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’ Trap?

David Christian (2018) Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Yuval Harari (2011) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

James C. Scott (2017) Against The Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

Interdisciplinary (history, psychology, philosophy, policy…)

Joseph Henrich (2015) The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

Joseph Henrich (2020) The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous

Toby Ord (2020) The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein (2008) Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Personal Growth/Efficacy/Welfare

Angela Duckworth (2016) Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Chris MacLeod (2016) The Social Skills Guidebook

Kristin Neff (2011) Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Randolph M. Nesse (2019) Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry

Cal Newport (2016) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport (2019) Digital Minimalism

(Applied) Psychology and Rationality

Dan Ariely (2008) Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Dan Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock (2015) Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Jonathan Haidt (2012) The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Daniel Kahneman (2011) Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson (2017) The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life




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