Strategy – 20 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read

Good morning!

Remember our childhood?

What’s our parents teach to us since our first year of born?

I bet you can not remember it.

Just take a look on your children.

What did you teach to them? Learn to communicate with you.

The communication usually by seeing, touching, remembering, etc.

Your children will learn to hear, to react, to speak, listening, to read,etc.

Then, what tools did you use?

Most of you use a book, audio, video, and anything that can speed up their capability.

Then, this habit continue until we grown up now, into mature and professional.

We are still read, listening, and speak.

It will never stop or you will pass away.

Of course with different purposes, but still, we continue this life path.

Reading…..hmnn. do you like it?

Some of them like to hear and some of them like to read.

In this digital area, most of peoples are like to read on digital form, but some of them still read ordinary books.

What do you prefer of?

For my self, reading is a fun way.

Living in big city, like Jakarta, with one of the most traffic jam in the world, have a room for reading in the traffic, whether on car or public transport.

I usually read news from internet and spend a book per month to read.

Some of peoples are still love to read ordinary book.

It’s a different emotion when you touch the paper, holding it on your hand, and keep it up on a special cabinet.

Also, I like to give a book for a present and gift.

When I gave a lecture on state university, I urge my student to read and make a resume, before they come to my class.

Then, we discuss on form of group discussion.

Why books?

Okay, lets back with definition.


A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, fastened together to hinge at one side.

– A set of prescribed standards or rules on which decisions are based.
– Something regarded as a source of knowledge or understanding.
– The total amount of experience, knowledge, understanding, and skill that can be used in solving a problem or performing a task: We used every trick in the book to finish the project on schedule.
Informal Factual information, especially of a private nature: What’s the book on him?

There are a lot history that could made a new future.

I share you on leadership books that most read by peoples and I.

I have read some of these leadership books.


Still not enough for you?

Lets travel again.

I share you some books that read by famous peoples in the world.

Charlie Chaplin: Oliver Twist.

Mel Brooks: Crime and Punishment

Barack Obama: Song of Solomon

Steven Spielberg: Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans

Madonna: Gone With The Wind

John F. Kennedy: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, From Russia with Love, and John Quincy Adams

Dean Martin: Black Beauty (Dean only read one book in his life)

Morgan Freeman: Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp

Magic Johnson: Jack and the Beanstalk

Gloria Steinem: Little Women

Groucho Marx: Charlotte’s Web

General Norman Schwarzkopf: White Fang

Elvis Presley: The Impersonal Life, The Prophet, and The Bible

Angelina Jolie: In Search of the Real Dracula

Ted Kennedy: Lad, a Dog

Sammy Davis, Jr.: Wuthering Heights

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Breyer: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willard Scott: The Little Engine That Could

Stephen King: Lord of the Flies

Larry King: Lou Gehrig, a Quiet Hero

Ronald Reagan: The Bible

Jim Carrey: Dr. Seuss books

Bill Clinton: The Dick and Jane readers and The Silver Chalice

Darryl Hannah: Horton Hears a Who

Tom Hanks: Crime and Punishment, all the books of Leon Uris, read The Hobbit in fifth grade (but not the LOTR trilogy)

Tim Allen: Curious George

John Lennon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Wind in the Willows

Will Smith: The Alchemist

Hilary Clinton: Goodnight Moon

James Earl Jones: The Cat in the Hat

Lily Tomlin: The Shipping News

James Dean: The Little Prince


This is not enough for you?

Okay, here we go again.

Natalie Portman, The Diary of Anne Frank

Nicole Kidman, The Chronicles of Narnia.

Kate Winslet, Therese Raquin.

Mira Sorvino, A Brief History of Time.

Courtney Cox-Arquette, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiller.

Rue McClanahan, Gone with the Wind.

Brooke Shields, The Hours.

Kathy Bates, Beyond the Paw Paw Trees: The Story of Anna Lavinia.

Denzel Washington, Siddhartha.

Alec Baldwin, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Russell Crowe, Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century

Will Smith, The Alchemist.

Mel Gibson, Fahrenheit 451.

Kevin Spacey, Letters to a Young Poet.

Haley Joel Osment, Sphere.

Kirk Douglas, You Can’t Go Home Again.

Lavar Burton, Captains Courageous.

Kelsey Grammar, A Passage to India.

Miley Cyrus, Don’t Die, My Love.

Gloria Estefan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Billy Joel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

Whitney Houston, Yes, I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.

Mandy Moore, A Walk to Remember.

Gregg Allman, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Beyonce Knowles, Waiting to Exhale.

Bette Midler, Alice in Wonderland.

Lily Tomlin, The Shipping News.

Tim Allen, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Chevy Chase, Moby Dick.

Jeff Foxworthy, The Bible.

Jerry Lewis, The Fountainhead.

Bill Nye, Stranger in a Strange Land.

Tim Russert, Black Like Me.

Rosie O’Donnell, The Catcher in the Rye.

Larry King, Lou Gehrig: A Quiet Hero.

Chris Hansen, Catch 22.

Ann Curry, The Once and Future King.

Brian Williams, No Ordinary Time.

Tyra Banks, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Ben Stein, Lolita.

Laila Ali, The Color Purple.

Steven Spielberg, The Last of the Mohicans.

Ann Landers, The Little Prince.

Ralph Nader, The History of the Standard Oil Company.

Bill Clinton, The Silver Chalice.

Stephen King, Lord of the Flies.

Sen. John McCain, For Whom the Bell Tolls.


One of famous entrepreneur, is Mark Zuckerberg.

I like this man.

He is very talented and change the way of people think and connected.

He is vert smart.

I am very thanks to him because with Facebook, we can connect with other peoples in the world with fresh ideas.

I bet some of you meet old friends on Facebook?

What kind of reading and books he had?

Does he read all the time?

Based on research, he likes to read.

Then, this year, he commit to him self to read one book every 2 weeks.

I read one of his reading book, called Genome, by Matt Ridley.

This book tells you about history of human, in perspective of genetics.

You can read the rest of his reading books, by this following full article.


‘Why Nations Fail’ by Daren Acemoğlu and James Robinson

“Why Nations Fail” is an overview of 15 years of research by MIT economist Daren Acemoğlu and Harvard political scientist James Robinson, and was first published in 2012.

The authors argue that “extractive governments” use controls to enforce the power of a select few, while “inclusive governments” create open markets that allow citizens to spend and invest money freely, and that economic growth does not always indicate the long-term health of a country.

Zuckerberg’s interest in philanthropy has grown alongside his wealth in recent years, and he writes that he chose this book to better understand the origins of global poverty.

‘The Rational Optimist’ by Matt Ridley

“The Rational Optimist,” first published in 2010, is the most popular and perhaps the most controversial of popular science writer Matt Ridley’s books.

In it, he argues that the concept of markets is the source of human progress, and that progress is accelerated when they are kept as free as possible. The resulting evolution of ideas will consistently allow humankind to improve its living conditions, despite the threats of climate change and overpopulation.

Zuckerberg says that he picked up this book because it posits the inverse theory of “Why Nations Fail,” which argues that social and political forces control economic forces. “I’m interested to see which idea resonates more after exploring both frameworks,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘Portfolios of the Poor’ by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven

Researchers Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, and Orlanda Ruthven spent 10 years studying the financial lives of the lowest classes of Bangladesh, India, and South Africa.

A fundamental finding that they include in “Portfolios of the Poor” is that extreme poverty flourishes in areas not where people live dollar to dollar or where poor purchasing decisions are widespread, but instead is where they lack access to financial institutions to store their money.

“It’s mind-blowing that almost half the world — almost 3 billion people — live on $2.50 a day or less. More than one billion people live on $1 a day or less,” Zuckerberg writes. “I hope reading this provides some insight into ways we can all work to support them better as well.”

‘The Three-Body Problem’ by Liu Cixin

“The Three-Body Problem” was first published in China in 2008, and the English translation that came out last year won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel, an award for sci-fi book of the year.

It’s set during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, and kicks off when an alien race decides to invade Earth after the Chinese government covertly sends a signal into space. It’s notable because it’s been reported to be indicative of a cultural shift in China, where rapid modernization and progress have captured the public’s imagination.

Zuckerberg writes that it’s a fun break from some of the heavier material he’s been reading in his book club.

‘Genome’ by Matt Ridley

Ridley is the only author to appear on Zuckerberg’s list twice.

His 1990 book “Genome” is an exploration of both the evolution of genes and the growing field of genetics.

“This book aims to tell a history of humanity from the perspective of genetics rather than sociology,” Zuckerberg writes. “This should complement the other broad histories I’ve read this year.”

‘The Muqaddimah’ by Ibn Khaldun

“The Muqaddimah,” which translates to “The Introduction,” was written in 1377 by the Islamic historian Khaldun. It’s an attempt to strip away biases of historical records and find universal elements in the progression of humanity.

Khaldun’s revolutionary scientific approach to history established him as one of the fathers of modern sociology and historiography.

“While much of what was believed then is now disproven after 700 more years of progress, it’s still very interesting to see what was understood at this time and the overall worldview when it’s all considered together,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari

First published in 2014, “Sapiens” is a critically acclaimed international best-seller by Hebrew University of Jerusalem historian Harari. He uses his book to track the evolution of Homo sapiens from hunter-gatherers into self-empowered “gods” of the future.

“Following the Muqaddimah, which was a history from the perspective of an intellectual in the 1300s, ‘Sapiens’ is a contemporary exploration of many similar questions,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’ by William James

William James (1849-1919) is “considered by many to be the most insightful and stimulating of American philosophers,” according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.

“The Varieties of Religious Experience” is a collection of written lectures that explore the religious consciousness and the mechanics of how people use religion as a source of meaning, compelling them to move onward through life with energy and purpose.

“When I read ‘Sapiens,’ I found the chapter on the evolution of the role of religion in human life most interesting and something I wanted to go deeper on,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘The New Jim Crow’ by Michelle Alexander

Alexander is a law professor at Ohio State University and civil rights advocate who argues in her book that the “war on drugs” has fostered a culture in which non-violent black males are overrepresented in prison, and then are treated as second-class citizens once they are freed.

“I’ve been interested in learning about criminal justice reform for a while, and this book was highly recommended by several people I trust,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘The End of Power’ by Moisés Naím

Zuckerberg launched his book club with this lofty title from Naím, former executive director of the World Bank and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

It’s a historical investigation of the shift of power from authoritative governments, militaries, and major corporations to individuals. This is clearly seen in what’s now become a Silicon Valley cliché, the disruptive startup.

“The trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘Creativity, Inc.’ by Ed Catmull

“Creativity, Inc.” is the story of Pixar, written by one of the computer animation giant’s founders.

Catmull intersperses his narrative with valuable wisdom on management and entrepreneurialism, and argues that any company should consciously avoid hampering their employees’ natural creativity.

“I love reading first-hand accounts about how people build great companies like Pixar and nurture innovation and creativity,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ by Steven Pinker

Zuckerberg admits that this 800-page, data-rich book from a Harvard psychologist can seem intimidating.

But the writing is actually easy to get through, and he thinks that Pinker’s study of how violence has decreased over time despite being magnified by a 24-hour news cycle and social media is something that can offer a life-changing perspective.

It should be noted that Bill Gates also considers this one of the most important books he’s ever read.

If you’d like to save some time, check out our summary of the book.

‘On Immunity’ by Eula Biss

Zuckerberg says that Biss’ investigation into the benefits of vaccination is necessary to read, considering the anti-vaccination movement in the US and parts of Europe.

“The science is completely clear: Vaccinations work and are important for the health of everyone in our community,” Zuckerberg writes, adding that this book was highly recommended to him by scientists and public health workers.

“This book explores the reasons why some people question vaccines, and then logically explains why the doubts are unfounded and vaccines are in fact effective and safe,” he says.

‘The Player of Games’ by Iain M. Banks

“The Player of Games” was first published in 1988 and is the second in the “Culture” series. It explores what a civilization would look like if hyper-advanced technology were created to serve human needs and surpass human capabilities.

Zuckerberg writes that he went with a sci-fi pick as a “change of pace.” The novel is also one of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s favorite books due to its entertaining way of exploring plausible advancements in technology.

‘Gang Leader for a Day’ by Sudhir Venkatesh

Venkatesh is a Columbia University sociology professor who, in a radical sociological experiment, embedded himself into a Chicago gang in the ’90s.

Zuckerberg says that Venkatesh’s story is an inspiring one of communication and understanding across economic and cultural barriers.

“The more we all have a voice to share our perspectives, the more empathy we have for each other and the more we respect each other’s rights,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’ by Thomas S. Kuhn

If there was ever a philosophy book to read by a physicist, it’s probably “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.”

Since its initial publication in 1962, this look at the evolution of science and its effect on the modern world has become “one of the most cited academic books of all time,” according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Zuckerberg thinks that being aware of how scientific breakthroughs are the catalysts for social progression can be a “force for social good.”

Kuhn’s book is best known for introducing the phrase “paradigm shift,” representing instances in scientific history when a perspective was fundamentally shifted, like when quantum physics replaced Newtonian mechanics.

‘Orwell’s Revenge’ by Peter Huber

Huber, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, published this unofficial sequel to George Orwell’s “1984” in 1994, a time when internet and telecommunications technology was opening up new methods of communication. The novel imagines a world in which citizens use the technology that once enslaved them to liberate themselves.

“After seeing how history has actually played out, Huber’s fiction describes how tools like the internet benefit people and change society for the better,” Zuckerberg writes.

‘Energy: A Beginner’s Guide’ by Vaclav Smil

Originally published in 2006, “Energy” starts with a basic explanation of what energy is and then moves on to more complex subjects, including the quest to create more efficient and environmentally friendly fuels. It’s by University of Manitoba professor Vaclav Smil, one of Bill Gates’ favorite authors.

“It explores important topics around how energy works, how our production and use might evolve, and how this affects climate change,” Zuckerberg writes, noting he also plans on reading Smil’s book “Making the Modern World.”

‘Dealing with China’ by Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Zuckerberg has been intensely fascinated with Chinese culture over the past several years. He’s been learning to speak in Mandarin Chinese and has stated that one of his long-term goals is convincing the Chinese government to let its people use Facebook.

“Dealing with China” by the former US Treasury Secretary explores China’s recent rise in global influence and how it affects the entire world.

“Over the last 35 years, China has experienced one of the greatest economic and social transformations in human history,” Zuckerberg writes. “Hundreds of millions of people have moved out of poverty. By many measures, China has done more to lift people out of poverty than the whole rest of the world combined.”

‘Rational Ritual’ by Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Zuckerberg thinks this book by UCLA economist Michael Suk-Young Chwe can help its readers learn how to best utilize social media.

“The book is about the concept of ‘common knowledge’ and how people process the world not only based on what we personally know, but what we know other people know and our shared knowledge as well,” Zuckerberg writes.

Chwe’s idea may sound complicated, but it’s essentially a breakdown of the psychology behind people’s interactions with others in public settings, and how they use these communities and rituals to help form their own identities.

Author by Richard Feloni.


Date: 22 October 2015.


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