Books which have influenced me the most

Tyler Cowen lists his and others follow. So here are mine (in some but not perfect order) and I am treating the word ‘influenced’ seriously.

  1. Kenneth J. Arrow, The Limits of Organization
  2. Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
  3. Isaac Asimov, Foundation
  4. Douglas Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach
  5. John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory
  6. Karl Marx, Das Kapital
  7. Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose
  8. John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society
  9. Nathan Rosenberg, Inside the Black Box
  10. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

[Update: Upon reflection I should add Adam Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff, Coopetition as No.11]

5 thoughts on “Books which have influenced me the most”

  1. So, okay, I’ll bite as a non-economist reader.
    Freidman, Keynes and Marx.
    The big three economic names that non-economists regularly know.
    I know enough about all of them to sound smart in a conversation with non-economists… and I’m not that stupid to say that the ideas ‘cannot’ overlap… I remember a west wing eposiode where there was talking about pulling on all the economic models just enough.
    However, it does seem that they are largely, though not entirely mutually exclusive.  And in a large number of those cases actually directly opposed.
    So, how can you say you are ‘influenced’ by these works at the same time?


  2. ‘Influence’ can mean any number of things, not limited to ideology. All three have contributed to economic thought. i would’ve thought that would be sufficient.


  3. Good list. I share Foundation and The God Delusion. Would add “Fooled by Randomness” by Nassim Taleb.


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