The 20 Books I’ll Read in 2018

2017 was a full year. Between graduation and the Army, I didn’t get in as much reading as I had hoped. That’s changing in 2018. I’ll have a much more normal schedule and can finally pick up books I’ve been wanting to read. Twenty books isn’t particularly challenging, but I think it’s about right considering what next year holds.

Here are the books I’m going to read in 2018:

1. Fighting Talk by Colin Gray — this modern version of ancient thinking, much of it based on Carl Von Clausewitz’s work, was shared by a friend at Officer Candidate School.

2. World Order by Henry Kissinger

3. Rational Optimist by Mark Ridley

4. William Tecumseh Sherman by James McDonough — another book shared by a friend at OCS, this biography on Sherman looks promising.

5. Principles by Ray Dalio

6. Do I Make Myself Clear? By Harold Evans

7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

8. The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene

9. The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

10. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

11. Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg

12. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman

13. The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

14. A Different Drummer by Michael Deaver

15. The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus by Susan Schiefelbein

16. Innovation Blind Spot by Ross Baird

17. Relentless Strike by Sean Naylor

18. Deep Work by Cal Newport

19. (Reread) Zero to One by Peter Thiel

20. (Reread) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway — this is a classic and one I try to read annually.

Twenty books is an achievable number for 2018 and I can’t wait to read them.


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Hi, I'm Chris, an MBA student at Georgetown. I write about business school, tech, and startups. Find me on Twitter.