2017 Books Of Titans Rankings

2017 Rankings

I kept a running ranking as I read each of the 51 books from the 2017 Books of Titans reading list. Here is my final list. This is the list in order of most to least-enjoyable to me. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall quality of the book or its importance. Rather, these are the books that moved me, challenged me, or created great joy in me as I read them.

# Title Author
1 Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
2 Once an Eagle Anton Myrer
3 The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
4 Heraclitean Fire Erwin Chargaff
5 Start with Why Simon Sinek
6 The Fourth Turning William Strauss
7 Generations William Strauss
8 About Face Colonel David H. Hackworth
9 The Autobiography of Malcom X Malcom X
10 Debt David Graeber
11 The Things they Carried Tim O’Brien
12 Open Andre Agassi
13 The War of Art Steven Pressfield
14 The Art of Learning Josh Waitzkin
15 The Effective Executive Peter Drucker
16 Ogilvy on Advertising David Ogilvy
17 Gates of Fire Steven Pressfield
18 Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Jack Weatherford
19 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
20 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
21 How Proust Can Change Your Life Alain de Botton
22 Deep Survival Laurence Gonzales
23 The Artist’s Way: Morning Pages Journal Julia Cameron
24 Walden Henry David Thoreau
25 West with the Night Beryl Markham
26 Bird by Bird Anne Lamott
27 Natural Born Heroes Christopher McDougall
28 The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing Al Ries, Jack Trout
29 The Inevitable Kevin Kelly
30 The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
31 The Power of Persuasion Robert Levine
32 Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
33 The Republic Plato
34 Dune Frank Herbert
35 Show Your Work Austin Kleon
36 Iacocca: An Autobiography Lee Iacocca, William Novak
37 Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard Feynman
38 Touching the Rock John Hull
39 On the Shortness of Life Seneca
40 Outliers Malcom Gladwell
41 Age of Propaganda Anthony Pratkanis, Elliot Aronson
42 Maxims and Reflections Goethe
43 Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
44 Hooked Nir Eyal
45 Think Twice Michael Mauboussin
46 Who Geoff Smart, Randy Street
47 Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life Steve Martin
48 Stone Soup Marcia Brown
49 Buck Up, Suck Up…Foul Up James Carville / Paul Begala
50 Vagabonding Rolf Potts
51 Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

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2018 Rankings