Below are the five books I enjoyed most, or found to be most persuasive or positively influential, out of the few dozen I managed to read this year. These were not necessarily published in 2010 — they are included only if I actually read them during the course of the year. Three economics/investing books, one architecture, one of general interest. None of the fiction I read made the list this year.
In ascending order…
Honorable Mention: The Great Reset by Richard Florida, a superb book by a major thinker.
1. The Luminous Ground : Christopher Alexander
Obviously this list reflects my biases, especially the fact that I obsessed daily over the financial crisis of 2008–2009.
I did also read Taleb’s Black Swan but thought Fooled by Randomness had more to offer.
Of the five The Luminous Ground was read most recently and is the only book I have yet to review. It is a masterpiece.