Top 5 books of 2010

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.

5. The Big Short : Michael Lewis

4. Crisis Economics : Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm

3. Nothing to Be Frightened Of : Julian Barnes

2. Fooled by Randomness : Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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.


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