📚 Books

This is a list of books I’ve read. Not necessarily a list of recommendations but you can always ask; and don’t forget to tell me your favorites!

2021 Q1

  • Lorentz: gevierd fysicus, geboren verzoener, Frits Berends & Dirk van Delft
  • Een klein land met verre uithoeken: ongelijke kansen in veranderend Nederland, Floor Milikowski

2020 Q4

  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella H. Meadows. With barely 200 pages actually a small book, yet there is so much to think about: I highly recommend it!
  • Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. His absolute master piece, actually the second time I read it and found more things I disagree on but in a way it makes reading it even better.
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell. Different stories about the good and the evil; I found it really hard to get through and now I only look forward to watch the movie.
  • Nederland onder het systeemplafond, Marcel van Roosmalen

2020 Q3

  • Life on the edge: the coming of age of quantum biology, Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden. the title sounds much more complicated than the book actually is. The theory is clearly explained step-by-step and repeated as necessary. I think a good introduction into life science.
  • Cornelis Lely: ingenieur van het nieuwe Nederland, Cees Banning
  • A gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  • The richest man in Babylon, George Samuel Clason
  • Wegens vakantie gesloten: Italië in augustus, Jarl van der Ploeg
  • The secret lives of planets: a user’s guide to the solar system, Paul Murdin

2020 Q2

  • Il principe, Niccolò Machiavelli
  • De graanrepubliek, Frank Westerman
  • Principles: life & work, Ray Dalio
  • SPQR: a history of ancient Rome, Mary Beard
  • Difficult conversations: how to discuss what matters most, Bruce Patton, Douglas Stone, et al.

2020 Q1

  • Shoe dog, Phil Knight. You don’t build an empire by being nice. Best book I read in 2020.
  • Skin in the game, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Although I love his series, the author regularly develops into a grumpy man.
  • It doesn’t have to be crazy at work, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  • De meeste mensen deugen, Rutger Bregman
  • Guns, germs and steel, Jared Diamond
  • Einstein, Walter Isaacson
  • Influence: the psychology of persuasion, Robert B. Cialdini Phd

2019 Q4

  • Economics - the user’s guide, Ha-Joon Chang
  • De schaduw van de wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Designing data-intensive applications, Martin Kleppmann. Provides so much context and insight, a must-read for developers.

2019 Q3

  • Geschiedenis van de westerse filosofie, Bertrand Russell
  • Germania: a personal history of germans ancient and modern, Simon Winder
  • Zero to one, Pieter Thiel

2019 Q2

  • Why we sleep, Matthew Walker
  • 21 lessons for the 21st century, Yuval Noah Harari
  • De onzichtbare hand, Bas van Bavel
  • Spark: the definitive guide, Bill Chambers & Matei Zaharia

2019 Q1

  • Factfulness, Hans Rosling
  • Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom
  • Blitzed - drugs in nazi Germany, Norman Ohler
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson