45 books I read this year

(Obviously some books could fall into several of the below categories)

Human nature 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined 1 Pinker: We’ve become less violent as we’ve become civilised
L'Inégalité Parmi Les Hommes [French & English Bilingual Edition] - Paragraph by Paragraph Translation (French Edition) 2 Rosseau: Humans are essentially good and are better-off until they become civilised
The Selfish Gene 3 Dawkins: We exist to carry forth our genes
Nausea  4 Satre: We have no reason for existence
The Secret (The Secret, #1) 5 The secret: Do as you like
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (Texts in the History of Philosophy) 6 Kant: Don’t do as you like
Le Petit Prince 7 We are responsible for those we become close to

West Africa

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) 8 Chinua Achebe: Don’t come to someone else’s land and then set the rules
The Other Hand 9 Chris Cleave: White people carry a burden to protect black people from themselves and their barbarism

East Africa

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa 10 The Congo Wars
Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2011 11 Post-independence Kenya’s myriad political assassinations
Nocover-blank-111x148 12 Understanding Rwanda’s Agribusiness and Manufacturing Sectors  by Sachin Gathani


Strategic Pragmatism: The Culture of Singapore's Economics Development Board 13 How Singapore’s Economic Development Board (after which the Rwanda Development Board is modelled) brought investment into the country 
How to Engage with the Private Sector in Public-Private Partnerships in Emerging Markets 14 A guide to public-private partnerships
Modern Project Finance: A Casebook 15 Infrastructure-project financed case studies
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco 16 The saga of one of history’s greatest hostile leveraged buyout battles
High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg 17 Niall Ferguson’s biography of the granddaddy of British hostile takeovers
The Merchant of Venice 18 Shakespeare’s famed and widely cited caricature of lenders – and of racists
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World 19 The central bankers who could have prevented the Great Depression, but didn’t
Winning the Loser's Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing 20 A guide to low-risk, high-yield investing


Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused 21 Speculative bulb bubbles from The Renaissance Netherlands to modern-day China
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations 22 What happens when man repeatedly ignores history’s simple lessons about protecting soil
Whiskey & Spirits for Dummies 23 How excess grains & fruits can be fruitfully put to use


Silent House 24 Orhan Pamuk

Old France & Britain

Pride and Prejudice (Modern Library Classics) 26 Pride & Prejudice
Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6) 27 Right Ho, Jeeves
French Stories/Contes Francais: A Dual-Language Book 28 Voltaire, Balzac, Gide, Camus
French Short Stories 1: Parallel Text  29 C 20th French authors
Easy French Reader 30 Easy history of France
A History of Modern Britain  32 Post-war Britain

Being itinerant: freedom or slavery?

The Dharma Bums 33 Freedom to become a Buddha
Down and Out in Paris and London 34 Slavery when you have no confidence in yourself and lose all curiosity. Slavery too when you’re stuck in a job that allows you to only sleep and not think when you’re not at work
Nocover-blank-111x148 35 Un homme d’exception (A beautiful mind): Captivity lies in the head

Grammar and language

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! 36 English

GCSE French Complete Revision Guide AQA Kindle Edition  37 French
Nocover-blank-111x148 38 The Wise Advisor by Jeswald W Salacuse: How to use language to have a good-working relationship with those you advise


The Woman Warrior 39 The Woman Warrior – Chinese folklore tales about women and being Chinese feminine in America
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban 40 A real woman warrior


Our Lady of Alice Bhatti 41 Mohammed Hanif’s second novel about how a low-caste Christian woman puts up with crap

Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir 42 Fatima Bhutto’s acount of how her father put up with crap

The Rebel's Silhouette: Selected Poems 43 Faiz Ahmed Faiz about how revolutionaries put up with crap, and also about how he poetically lusts for women (poems in Urdu with crappy translations)

Rest of South Asia

Midnight's Children 44 Midnight’s Children

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