2019 Books Read

In 2019, my reading habits grew considerably in both quantity and scope. I experienced the benefits that a diverse reading plan enables for generating creative insights across disciplines. I also grew more accustomed to audiobooks, learning that—for me, at least—narratives like novels and biographies tend to be a more effective genre for the format than more technical writing.

Topics this year trended toward team building and development with notable titles like Good to Great, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Wooden on Leadership. Philosophical insights from Viktor Frankl, T.G. Masaryk, and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn helped me consider different aspects of human experience, meaning, and society. I also built momentum in deeply exploring Combined Arms and Armored warfare with Panzer Battles and Achtung—Panzer! that has continued with some of the early books I’ve read in 2020 (but more on that next year).

  • Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Brief by Joseph McCormack
  • Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright*
  • The Great Good Thing by Andrew Klavan*
  • Constructive Sociological Theory by Thomas G. Masaryk
  • Panzer Battles by Maj. Gen. Von Mellenthin
  • How Communists Negotiate by Admiral C. Turner Joy
  • The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey
  • Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas*
  • Justice on Trial by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman*
  • ZeroZeroZero by Roberto Saviano
  • Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell*
  • Your Brain on Porn by Gary Wilson
  • Wooden on Leadership by Coach John Wooden and Steve Jamison
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig*
  • Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis & Bing West
  • How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins*
  • Stand Down by James Hasson
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl*
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown, et al
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin*
  • Achtung — Panzer! by Heinz Guderian
  • Glass Houses by Joel Brenner
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain*
  • Noise by Joseph McCormack

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