Books My Personal Library

This is a list of the books in my personal library. If you have any questions or what me to review any of them, email me (luke@lukesmith.xyz).

I haven't read every book here, nor do I own all the books I've read or like.

Check out my podcast, Not Related! for some book reviews and other things. Books I've talked about in one way or another in the podcast will be marked with a "🎙️" with a link to the episode.

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Science and Math

  • Barski, Conrad – Land of Lisp
  • Clark, Gordon H. – Logic
  • Cochran, Gregory and Harpending, Henry – the 10,000 Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
  • Dixit, Avinash K. and Nalebuff, Barry J. – Thinking Strategically, The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life
  • DuBois, Phillip H. – An Introduction to Psychological Statistics
  • Emmet, E. R. – Brain Puzzler's Delight
  • Emmet, E. R. – Puzzles for Pleasure
  • Feyerabend, Paul – Against Method
  • Gardner, Martin – Great Essays in Science
  • Gardner, Martin – aha! Gotcha, Paradoxes to puzzle and delight
  • Gigerenzer, Gerd – Rationality for Mortals: How People Cope With Uncertainty
  • Harris, Judith Rich – The Nurture Assumption
  • Hawking, Stephen W. – A Brief History of Time
  • Heafford, Philip – The Math Entertainer
  • Hofstadter, Douglas – Gödel, Escher, Bach (2 copies)
  • Hofstadter, Douglas – I Am a Strange Loop
  • Hofstadter, Douglas and Dennett, Daniel – The Mind's I
  • Hutton, Graham – Programming in Haskell
  • Jaynes, Julian – The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicamerial Mind (2 copies)
  • Kandel, Eric R. and Schwartz, James H. and Jessell, Thomas M. – Essentials of Neural Science and Behavior
  • Love, Clyde E. – Analytic Geometry
  • McEvoy, J. P. and Zarate, Oscar – Quantum Theory, A Graphic Guide
  • Mercier, Hugo and Sperber, Dan – The Enigma of Reason
  • Meyer, Jerome S. – The Provocative Puzzler
  • Motterlini, Matteo – For and Against Method: Including Lakatos's Lectures on Scientific Method and the Lakatos-Feyerabend Correspondence
  • Nyberg, Joseph A. – Second Course in Algebra
  • Pinker, Steven – The Stuff of Thought
  • Shively, Levi S. – Modern Geometry
  • Slater, Lauren – Skinner's Box
  • Watson, James – The Double Helix
  • Wells, Spenver – Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
  • Wentworth, G. A. – New School Algebra
  • Wilson, Edward O. – Consilience
  • Languages

  • Berlitz – Berlitz Self-Teaching German
  • Bright, James W. – Bright's Anglo-Saxon Reader
  • Burlington, Scott – Instant Hawaiian
  • Cash, Annette G. and Murray, James C. – Teoría y técnicas de traducción: primeras etapas
  • Crystal, David – The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
  • Dalby, Andrew – Dictionary of Languages, the Definitive Reference to More than 400 Languages
  • DeFrancis, John – Advanced Chinese
  • DeFrancis, John – Beginning Chinese
  • DeFrancis, John – Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1
  • DeFrancis, John – Intermediate Chinese
  • DeFrancis, John – The Chinese Language, Fact and Fantasy
  • Decker, Henry W. and Bernhard, Francoise – Modern French
  • Evans, Jonathan – An Introduction to Old English
  • Feyerabend, Karl – Greek-English Dictionary
  • Gili Gaya, Samuel – Diccionario abreviado de la lengua española
  • Hugo – Swedish Phrase Book
  • Klein, Jared – An Indo-European Chrestomathy
  • Lambdin, Thomas O. – An Introduction to the Gothic Language
  • Lathrop, T. A. and Gutiérrex Cuadrado, Juan – Curso de gramática histórica española
  • Liddell, H. G. and Scott – Greek-English Lexicon
  • Magoffin, Ralph van Deman and Henry, Margaret Young – Latin First Year
  • Mitchell, Brucew and Robinson, Fred C. – A Guide to Old English
  • Moreno, Oscar – Gramática avanzada del español
  • Morgan, Baynard Quincy and Strothmann, Friedrich Wilhelm – Reading German
  • Orberg, Hans H – Colloquium Personarum
  • Orberg, Hans H – Lingua Latina
  • Orberg, Hans H – Roma Aeterna
  • Pukui, Mary Kawena and Elbert, Samuel H. and Mookini, Esther T. – The Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary
  • Seligman, Scott D. – Mandarin Chinese at a Glance
  • Simpson, D. P. – Cassell's Latin Dictionary
  • Watkins, Calvert – The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
  • Wheelock, Frederic M. – Latin, an Introductory Course Based on Ancient Authors
  • Whitney, William Dwight – A Sanskrit Grammar: Including Both the Classical Language, and the Older Dialects, of the Veda and Brahmana
  • Whitney, William Dwight – The Roots, Verb-Forms, And Primary Derivatives of the Sankstrit Language: A Supplement to his Sanskrit Grammar
  • Wightwick, Jane and Gaafar, Mahmoud – Mastering Arabic
  • Literature

  • Achebe, Chinua – Things Fall Apart
  • Adams, Douglas – Life, the Universe and Everything
  • Alighieri, Dante – The Inferno
  • Borges, Jorge Luis – Ficciones
  • Burgess, Anthony – A Clockwork Orange
  • Card, Orson Scott – Ender's Game
  • Crichton, Michael – Congo
  • Crichton, Michael – Timeline
  • De Saint-Exupéry – Sazadeo Qickek
  • Dick, Philip K. – Dr. Bloodmoney
  • Dick, Philip K. – Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
  • Epicurus – Letters and Sayings of Epicurus
  • Faulkner, William – Light in August
  • Flame Tree Publishing – Gothic Fantasy: Lost Worlds Short Stories
  • Garcia Lorca, Federico – Doña Rosita la soltera
  • Heinlein, Robert A. – For Us, the Living
  • Heinlein, Robert A. – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Herbert, Frank – Dune
  • Hesse, Hermann – Siddhartha
  • Homer - The Iliad
  • Homer - The Odyssey
  • Lewis, C. S. – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Lovecraft, H. P. – Great Tales of Horror
  • Lovecraft, H. P. – The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
  • Lovecraft, H. P. – The Doom That Came to Sarnath
  • Lovecraft, H. P. – The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • Lovecraft, H. P. – The Tomb
  • More, Thomas – Utopia
  • Plato – The Dialogues of Plato
  • Rand, Ayn – Atlas Shugged
  • Rulfo, Juan – Pedro Páramo y El Llano en llamas
  • Saramago, José – Todos los nombres
  • Shakespeare, William – Hamlet (2 copies)
  • Shakespeare, William – Macbeth
  • Shakespeare, William – The Sonnetts
  • Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. – The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. – The Hobbit
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. – The Lord of the Rings, One-Volume Edition
  • Twain, Mark – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Wells, H. G. – The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Society and History

  • Arnold, Matthew – Culture and Anarchy
  • Beuerlein, Mark – The Dumbest Generation
  • Caplan, Bryan – The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies
  • Cremo, Michael A. & Thompson, Ricahrd L. – Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race
  • De Santillana, Giorgio & von Dechend, Hertha – Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and Its Transmission Through Myth
  • Diamond, Jared – Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Eisler, Riane – The Chalice and the Blade, Our History, Our Future
  • Evola, Julius – The Hermetic Tradition: Symbols & Teachings of the Royal Art
  • Evola, Julius – Revolt Against the Modern World
  • Fischer, David Hackett – Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America
  • Greenblatt, Stephen – New World Encounters
  • Hancock, Graham – Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization
  • Herrnstein, Richard J. and Murray, Charles – The Bell Curve
  • Keay, John – India, A History
  • Kropotkin, Peter – Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
  • MacDonald, Kevin – The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements
  • Mann, Charles C. – 1491, New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
  • Mencken, H.L. – Treatise on Right and Wrong
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich – Beyond Good and Evil
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich – On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich – The Anti-Christ
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich – The Birth of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner
  • O'Brien, Jodi – The Production of Reality
  • Pinker, Steven – Blank Slate
  • Pinker, Steven – The Better Angels of Our Nature
  • Sanborn, Frederick R. – Design for War: A Study of Secret Power Politics 1937–1941
  • Sellar, W.C. & Yeatman R.J. – 1066 and All That
  • Sokal, Alan and Bricmont, Jean – Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
  • Sowell, Thomas – Ethnic America
  • Taleb, Nassim Nicholas – Antifragile
  • Taleb, Nassim Nicholas – The Black Swan
  • Taleb, Nassim Nicholas – Skin in the Game
  • de Tocqueville, Alexis – Democracy in America
  • de las Casas, Bartolomé – Bervisima relación de la destrucción de las Indias
  • Political Economy

  • Bhagwati, Jagdish – In Defense of Globalization
  • Boulding, Kenneth E. – Economic Analysis
  • Buchholz, Todd G. – New Ideas from Dead Economists, an Introduction to Modern Economic Thought
  • Clark, Gregory – A Farewell to Alms
  • Easterly, William – The Elusive Quest for Growth
  • Hayek, F. A. – The Intellectuals and Socialism
  • Hazlitt, Hentry – Economics in One Lesson
  • Heilbroner, Robert L. – The Worldly Philosophers
  • Hobbes, Thomas – Leviathan
  • Keynes, John Maynard – The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
  • Krugman, Paul – Peddling Prosperity
  • Krugman, Paul – The Accidental Theorist
  • Lechner, Frank J. and Boli, John – The Globalization Reader
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò – The Prince and Other Writings
  • McCloskey, Deirdre N. – Economic Writing
  • Myrdal, Gunnar – Beyond the Welfare State
  • Rand, Ayn – The Virtue of Selfishness
  • Reed, Lawrence W. – Great Myths of the Great Depression
  • Rothbard, Murray – Man, Economy and State with Power and Market
  • Samons, Loren J. – What's Wrong with Democracy?
  • Schumpeter, Joseph Alois – Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (two copies)
  • Soros, George – The Crash of 2008 and What It Means
  • Stringham, Edward P. – Anarchy and the Law
  • von Mises, Ludwig – Economic Policy
  • Formal Linguistics

  • Allan, Keith – The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics
  • Ayer, Alfred Jules – Language, Truth & Logic
  • Azevedo, Milton M. – Introducción a la Lingüística Española
  • Bresnan, Joan and Asudeh, Ash and Tolivonen, Ida and Wechsler, Stephen – Lexical-Functional Syntax
  • Carnie, Andew – Syntax
  • Chomsky, Noam – Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
  • Chomsky, Noam – Language and Mind
  • Chomsky, Noam – The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory
  • Cutting, Joan – Pragmatics and Discourse
  • Falk, Yehuda N. – Lexical-Functional Grammar, An Introduction to Parallel Constraint-Based Syntax
  • Freidin, Robert – Syntax
  • Gutiérrez, Bravo and Arellanes Arellanes, Francisco and Peón Herrero, Mario Ernesto Chávez – Nuevos estudios de Theoría de la Optimalidad
  • Harris, Randy Allen – The Linguistics Wars
  • Harris, Roy – Language, Saussure and Wittgenstein, How to Play Games with Words
  • Newmeyer, Frederick – Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey: I Linguistic Theory: Foundations
  • Newmeyer, Frederick – Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey: II Linguistics Theory: Extensions and Implications
  • Ohio State University – Language Files 11
  • Pinker, Steven – Words and Rules, the Ingredients of Language
  • Saeed, John I. – Semantics
  • Seuren, Pieter A. M. – Chomsky's Minimalism
  • Seuren, Pieter A. M. – Western Linguistics: An Historical Introduction
  • Smith, Luke – External Possession and the Undisentanglability of Syntax and Semantics ;-)
  • Religion

  • Biblia Sacra Vulgata
  • Lewis, C. S. – Mere Christianity
  • Luxenberg, Christoph – The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran: A Contribution to Decoding the Language of the Koran
  • Montano, Arias and Leudsen, Johann – Greek-Latin Parallel New Testament
  • Myers, Bill – Blood of Heaven
  • Myers, Bill – Fire of Heaven
  • Myers, Bill – Threshold
  • Patterson, Stephen and Borg, Marcus and Crossan, John Dominic – The Search for Jesus: Modern Scholarship Looks at the Gospels
  • Porter, J. R. – The Lost Bible
  • Smith, Brendan Powell – The Brick Bible
  • The New English Bible
  • Miscellaneous

  • Adams, Scott – The Dilbert Principle
  • Forsyth, Mark – The Elements of Eloquence
  • Gould, Rupert T. – Enigmas
  • Gould, Rupert T. – Oddities
  • Gómez Dávila, Nicolás – Escolios a un texto implícito
  • Halleck, Reuben Post – History of English Literature
  • Malesky, Kee – All Facts Considered, the Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge
  • Malice, Michael – Dear Reader
  • Mencken, H. L. – The Vintage Mencken
  • Miller, Alan S. and Kanazawa, Satoshi – Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters
  • Rodgers, Marion Elizabeth – Mencken & Sara
  • The Foxfire Book
  • The Foxfire Book 2
  • The Onion – Dispatches from the Tenth Circle
  • The Onion – Our Dumb Century
  • The Onion – Our Dumb World
  • Thiel, Peter – Zero to One: Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future
  • Vikernes, Varg – MYFAROG 2.6

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