What I Read in 2017


It comes in at 51 books and was one of the most rewarding experiences of a busy 2017 for me. If you want feedback on any of the below or have suggested reading for 2018 please email or text me. Thanks, RGK

  • The Road to Character, David Brooks (300 pages)
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone (388 pages)
  • The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1788 (320 pages)
  • This Town, Mark Leibovich (386 pages)
  • The Skin Collector, Jeffrey Deaver (430 pages)
  • Sam Walton: Made in America, Sam Walton with John Huey (346 pages)
  • The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis (141 pages)
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Eliyahu Goldratt (384 pages)
  • The Pastures of Heaven, John Steinbeck (182 pages)
  • The Tyranny of Clichés, Jonah Goldberg (326 pages)
  • Washington, D.C., Gore Vidal (422 pages)
  • O Pioneers!, Willa Cather (180 pages)
  • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street, John Brooks (459 pages)
  • The Science of Success, Charles Koch (194 pages)
  • 1876, Gore Vidal (364 pages)
  • The North Water, Ian McGuire (255 pages)
  • Win Forever: Live, Work & Play Like a Champion, Pete Carroll (228 pages)
  • Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, Phil Jackson (224 pages)
  • The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck (276 pages)
  • Burmese Days, George Orwell (287 pages)
  • Why I Write, George Orwell (120 pages)
  • Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People, by Tim Reiterman (688 pages)
  • The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Master Builder of the Union Army, Robert O’Harrow, Jr.  (304 pages)
  • A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins (290 pages)
  • Everyday Drinking, Kingsley Amis (302 pages)
  • More than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, Michael Mauboussin (328 pages)
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance (264 pages)
  • Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars, Paul Fussell (246 pages)
  • Band of Brothers, Stephen E. Ambrose (331 pages)
  • The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, Douglas Murray (343 pages)
  • What’s Wrong with the World, G.K. Chesterton (137 pages)
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson (212 pages)
  • The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong, Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull (161 pages)
  • The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History, Stephan Talty (298 pages)
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Timothy Egan (340 pages)
  • The Snowman, Jo Nesbø (516 pages)
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific, Robert Leckie (305 pages)
  • Bust Hell Wide Open: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Samuel Mitchum (352 pages)
  • Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must-Reads On Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman (164 pages)
  • The Anti-Egotist: Kingsley Amis, Man of Letters, Paul Fussell (206 pages)
  • The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting and Winning People Over, Jack Schafer (253 pages)
  • I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford, Richard Snow (400 pages)
  • Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, S.C. Gwynne (371 pages)
  • Moments of Truth: New Strategies for Today’s Customer-Driven Economy, Jan Carlzon (135 pages)
  • Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual, Jocko Willink (198 pages)
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki (352 pages)
  • Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, Kevin & Jackie Freiberg (362 pages)
  • The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, Ryan Holiday (200 pages)
  • The 16% Solution: How to Get High Interest Rates in a Low Interest World with Tax Lien Certificates, Joel Molkowitz (173 pages)
  • Principles, Ray Dalio (567 pages)
  • The Belly of Paris, Émile Zola (275 pages)


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