Book reviews and publishers are better (and safer) gatekeepers of the information I dare expose my brain to than the vagaries of Twitter, HN, Reddit, or people on the Internet (myself included). Old-fashioned, I know.
This list is organized by the subject I was delving into at the time. In a few cases, I have linked to relevant — and even reputable (!) — websites.
Disclaimer. Unfortunately, management books are almost always too long and low information density. Skimming is your friend. And in any case, the hard part about growing as a manager is not to read but to apply.
My best advice to budding managers is simple: read High Output Management and apply as much of it as you can for the next 365 days then repeat the whole process, forever. You’ll quickly find yourself in the 99th percentile of managers.
The drop off is steep after these two.
If you’re a manager or executive at a (fast growing) technology company of the Silicon Valley variety, you may want to consider the following:
- High Growth Handbook by Elad Gil. Not consistently great, but contains enough deep insights to be worth a skim.
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- The Amazon Way by John Rossman
For tactics, refer to Lara Hogan’s excellent blog.
New York City
- The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
- Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
- Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 by Mike Wallace
- The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
- Empire City: New York Through the Centuries by Kenneth Jackson and David Dunbar
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
- Here is New York by E.B. White
- The Great Bridge by David McCullough
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
- Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
- Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard