My Reading List

Outside of the ‘Goosebumps’ books from my 90s childhood, I did not enjoy reading at all — it was all of those free ‘book-it’ personal pan pizzas by PizzaHut! That slowly changed in high school when I started to take an interest in electrical and mechanical engineering via radio control cars, real cars, stereo systems and model cars. It wasn’t until college that I found myself far behind my peers in literature, history and other disciplines. Since then, I have rarely discriminated against subject matter as my ‘waitlist’ of unread books only gets longer with each passing year. While I do not endorse all of the thoughts and authors below, I have found their writing to be thought-provoking enough to get me to reflect about a subject or idea in a new way and perhaps recognize patterns between subjects that have not been linked together before.

Alcohol and Tobacco

American Bourbon, Whiskey and Rye

Guide to Urban Moonshining

Modern Moonshine Techniques

The Cigar Book

The Complete Idiots Guide to Cigars

The Craft of the Cocktail

The PDT Cocktail Book


Crooked Politics in Northwest Indiana

Frank Nitti

Gary’s First Hundred Years

Lost Gary, Indiana

Mobsters, Unions and the Fed

The Indiana Way

Yellow Kid Weil


Player’s First: Coaching From the Inside Out

Science and Math

A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking

A New Kind of Science



Fooled by Randomness

Is God a Mathematician

Making Things Work, Yaneer Bar-Yam


The Bed of Procrustes

The Black Swan

This Explains Everything

This Idea Must Die

This Will Make You Smarter


Style, Fashion and Etiquette

100 Years of Menswear

50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know

A Gentleman Entertains

A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up

A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle

A Southern Belle Primer

As a Gentleman Would Say

ABCs of Men’s Fashion

Artist Rebel Dandy


Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row

Bespoke Menswear: Tailoring for Gentleman

Business Etiquette

Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life

Details Men’s Style Manual

Dressing the Man

Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th Edition

Esquire: The Handbook of Style

Esquire The Biggest Black Book Ever

Fashionisto: A Century of Style Icons


Generations of Style

Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion

How to Be a Gentleman

How to Be a Lady

How to Raise a Gentleman

Icon’s of Men’s Style

Image Matters for Men

Measure of a Man

Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress

Menswear Dog

Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style

Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style

Style and the Man

The Appearance of Power

The Gentry Man

The London Cut

The Mr Porter Paperback

The Style Bible

Ties of Distinction

Toasts & Tributes

True Prep

True Style

Updated 7/19/19

Business & Finance

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Alpha Male Syndrome

America’s Best Kept Secret

Asking: a 59 Minute Guide to Everything

Bringing Down the House

Confessions of a Street Addict

Damn it Feels Good to be a Banker

Dragon’s at Your Door

Guide to Fashion Entrepreneurship

Every Landlord’s Guide to Tax Deductions

Fashion Entrepreneurship

Good to Great

How to Make Money in Stocks

Investing in Real Estate

Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques


One Up On Wall Street

Options for the Stock Investor

Power Failure

Profit by Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens

Rainmaking: The Fundraisers Guide to Landing Big Gifts

Real Money, Jim Cramer

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Rhinoceros Success

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Retail in Detail


Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace

The 4-Hour Workweek

The America We Deserve

The Art of the Deal

The Big Short

The Challenger Sale

The Electronic Day Trader

The E-Myth Revisited

The Idea-Driven Organization

The Little Black Book of Connections

The Little Red Book of Selling

The Millionaire Next Door

The Oil Factor

The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Successful Investor

The Writing System

Tools and Tactics for the Master Day Trader

When Genius Failed


A First-rate Madness

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

Batman and Philosophy

Batman and Psychology


Boundaries in Marriage

Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit


David and Goliath

Emotional Intelligence

The Five Love Languages


Gang Leader for a Day

How to Create a Mind

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Hidden Brain


Predictably Irrational



The Art of Seduction

The Female Brain

The Five Love Languages

The Game

The Invisible Gorilla

The Mystery Method

The Pickup Artist

The Psychopath Test

The Secret

The Tipping Point

The Upside of Irrationality

The Way of the Superior Man

What the Dog Saw


Auto Audio

Designing, building and testings your own speaker systems with projects

Chassis Engineering

Engineer to Win

Tune to Win

The Car Stereo Cookbook




Life on the Color Line

Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America

Politics and Policy

Animal Farm

Beer and Circus

Boss: Richard J Daley of Chicago

Capitol Punishment

Courage and Consequence

Decision Points

Dreams from my Father, Barack Obama

Faith of my Fathers, John McCain

Flat Tax Revolution

From Father to Son, Evan Bayh

Game Change

Here is your Indiana Government

I Am America (and so can you)

International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior

Keeping the Republic

Leading the Revolution, Eric Holcomb

Living History, Hilary Clinton

Making Globalization Work

My Life, Bil Clinton

Obama: From Politics to Power

Reveille for Radicals

Rules for Radicals

Run Mitch Run

Supreme Conflict

The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama

The Communist Manifesto

The World is Flat

The Revolution: A Manifesto

Military and Strategy

Lone Survivor

The 33 Strategies of War

The 48 Laws of Power

The 50th Law

The Art of War, Niccolo M.

The Art of War, Sun Tzu

The Prince

The Warrior Elite


American Psycho

Ender’s Game


A Grief Observed

Free Will, Harris

God is Not Great, Hitchens

Mere Christianity


River Out of Eden, Richard Dawkins

The Case for Christ

The Four Loves

The God Delusion, Dawkins

The Great Divorce

The Power to be Free

The Problem of Pain

The Screwtape Letters

The Selfish Gene

The Question of God

Till We Have Faces

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