A friend asked me which of three startup business books she should read. Obama’s reading list since entering office has nothing surprising on it.
The most valuable books I read this year have been stories of things very different from what I spend most of my time thinking about.
One of my favorites was China Meiville’s The City & The City, which I loved for the ambition and artistry, and another was Simon Winchester’s The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, which I loved for the descriptions of creating an analog, scalable information system.
What have you read recently that was really great?
Edit: Thanks for the recommendations! There are also a bunch over on Google Plus.