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  1. Shape: Jordan Ellenberg
  2. The Discourses: Niccolo Machiavelli
  3. Against the Gods: Peter Bernstein
  4. Through the Language Glass: Guy Deutscher
  5. Trading at the Speed of Light: Donald MacKenzie
  6. Numbers Don't Lie: Vaclav Smil
  7. The Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli
  8. No One Ever Told Us That: John D. Spooner
  9. The Great Arc: John Keay
  10. How Not to Be Wrong: Jordan Ellenberg
  11. Project Hail Mary: Andy Weir
  12. The Double Helix: James D. Watson
  13. V for Vendetta: Alan Moore & David Lloyd
  14. The Unfolding of Language: Guy Deutscher
  15. Principles of Human Knowledge: George Berkeley
  16. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: Robert A. Heinlein
  17. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Philip K. Dick
  18. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Abridged): John Locke
  19. Watchmen: Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  20. The Grand Biocentric Design: Adam Lanza & Matej Pavśić
  21. Hackers: Steven Levy
  22. Americana: Bhu Srinivasan
  23. The Code Breaker: Walter Isaacson
  24. Empires of the Word: Nicholas Ostler
  25. Eniac: Scott McCartney
  26. Irrational Exuberance: Robert J. Shiller
  27. Deep Simplicity: John Gribbin
  28. Money for Nothing: Thomas Levenson
  29. The Prize: Daniel Yergin
  30. The Secret Life of Groceries: Benjamin Lorr
  31. Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony: Lewis Thomas
  32. A World Without Work: Daniel Susskind
  33. Genius: James Gleick
  34. No Rules Rules: Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer
  35. On Human Nature and The Understanding: David Hume
  36. The TeX Book: Donald E. Knuth
  37. Thinking In Bets: Annie Duke
  38. Titan: Ron Chernow
  39. Doubt And Certainty: Tony Rothman & George Sudarshan
  40. Fortune's Formula: William Poundstone
  41. The Path Between the Seas: David McCullough
  42. Humble Pi: Matt Parker
  43. Molecules At An Exhibition: John Emsley
  44. Upstream: Dan Heath
  45. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: Matt Parker
  46. The Making of the Atomic Bomb: Richard Rhodes
  47. Cod: Mark Kurlansky
  48. Ella Minnow Pea: Mark Dunn
  49. Scarcity: Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir
  50. The Paradox of Choice: Barry Schwartz
  51. The Moscow Rules: Antonio & Jonna Mendez
  52. Range: David Epstein
  53. How To: Randall Munroe
  54. The Ocean of Churn: Sanjeev Sanyal
  55. Capital in the 21st Century: Thomas Piketty
  56. Eight Lessons on Infinity: A Mathematical Adventure: Haim Shapira
  57. Eating Animals: Jonathan Safran Foer
  58. Better: Atul Gawande
  59. The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins
  60. The Omnivore's Dilemma: Michael Pollan
  61. Discipline & Punish: Michel Foucault
  62. Naked Money: Charles Wheelan
  63. Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith
  64. The Magic of Reality: Richard Dawkins
  65. The Selfish Gene: Richard Dawkins
  66. God is not Great: Christopher Hitchens
  67. Factfulness: Hans Rosling
  68. Why There is no God: Armin Navabi
  69. Slugfest: Reed Tucker
  70. Winners Take All: Anand Giridharadas
  71. Thing Explainer: Randall Munroe
  72. Through Two Doors at Once: Anil Ananthaswamy
  73. The Blank Slate: Steven Pinker
  74. Artemis: Andy Weir
  75. Nudge: Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein
  76. Thinking Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman
  77. How Not to Be Wrong: Jordan Ellenberg
  78. How to Excel at Math and Science: Barbara Oakland
  79. The Cartoon Guide to the Environment: Larry Gonick & Alice Outwater
  80. The Cartoon Guide to Genetics: Larry Gonick & Mark Wheelis
  81. The Cartoon Guide to Physics: Larry Gonick & Art Huffman
  82. The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry: Larry Gonick & Craig Criddle
  83. The Cartoon Guide to Algebra: Larry Gonick
  84. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics: Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith
  85. How the Mind Works: Steven Pinker
  86. Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari
  87. The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Steven Pinker
  88. The Internet of Money: Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  89. The Physics of Superheroes: James Kakalios
  90. Everybody Lies: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  91. Weapons of Math Destruction: Cathy O'Neil
  92. Four Fish: Paul Greenberg
  93. Algorithms To Live By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  94. Originals: Adam Grant
  95. Antifragile: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  96. A Burglar's Guide to the City: Geoff Manaugh
  97. The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran: Robert Spencer
  98. The Tipping Point: Malcolm Gladwell
  99. The Gene: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  100. Integration of the Indian States: V. P. Menon
  101. The Silk Roads: Peter Frankopan
  102. Outliers: Malcolm Gladwell
  103. The Rules of Wealth: Richard Templar
  104. Fault Lines: Raghuram Rajan
  105. The Art of Thinking Clearly: Rolf Dobelli
  106. The End of Faith: Sam Harris
  107. The Martian: Andy Weir
  108. What If?: Randall Munroe
  109. WTF, Evolution?: Mara Grunbaum
  110. The Theory Of Everything: Stephen Hawking
  111. Angels And Demons: Dan Brown
  112. Being Mortal: Atul Gawande
  113. Peril At End House: Agatha Christie
  114. Joy, Inc.: Richard Sheridan
  115. Tubes: Andrew Blum
  116. This Explains Everything: John Brockman
  117. Flashman: Fraser MacDonald
  118. Naked Statistics: Charles Wheelan
  119. Empire Of The Moghul - Raiders From The North: Alex Rutherford
  120. The Signal And The Noise: Nate Silver
  121. 2 States: Chetan Bhagat
  122. Hen's Teeth And Horse's Toes: Stephen Jay Gould
  123. Rework: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  124. The Revenge Of Geography: Robert Kaplan
  125. Getting Real: Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  126. Naked Economics: Charles Wheelan
  127. The Upside Of Irrationality: Dan Ariely
  128. The Third Chimpanzee: Jared Diamond
  129. All The Countries We Have Invaded: Stuart Laycock
  130. The Art of Strategy: Avinash K. Dixit & Barry. J. Nalebuff
  131. The Wonder That Was India - Part II: S. A. A. Rizvi
  132. The Wonder That Was India: A. L. Basham
  133. The Elephant, The Tiger And The Cellphone: Shashi Tharoor
  134. I Am America (And So Can You!): Stephen Colbert
  135. Earth (The Book): Jon Stewart
  136. A Brief History Of Time: Stephen Hawking
  137. How to Win Every Argument: Madsen Pirie
  138. The Man Who Was Thursday: G. K. Chesterton
  139. New Theories Of Everything: John D. Barrow
  140. Maus II: Art Spiegelman
  141. Maus I: Art Spiegelman
  142. Numbers Rule Your World: Kaiser Fung
  143. Fermat's Last Theorem: Simon Singh
  144. Mahabharata: Devdutt Pattanaik
  145. Jack Patel's Dubai Dreams: P. G. Bhaskar
  146. Little Bets: Peter Sims
  147. Boomerang: Michael Lewis
  148. The Medusa and the Snail: Lewis Thomas
  149. The Big Short: Michael Lewis
  150. The Emperor of all Maladies: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  151. One Simple Idea: Stephen Key
  152. The 4-Hour Workweek: Timothy Ferriss
  153. Fantasia Mathematica: Clifton Fadiman
  154. The Penal Colony: Franz Kafka
  155. India Calling: Anand Giridharadas
  156. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: David S. Landes
  157. The Cartoon History of the Modern World: Larry Gonick
  158. In Spite of the Gods: Edward Luce
  159. 13 Things that Don't Make Sense: Michael Brooks
  160. Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar: Thomas Cathcart & Daniel M. Klein
  161. The Story of My Experiments in Truth: Mohandas K. Gandhi
  162. A Splendid Exchange: William J. Bernstein
  163. First You Build A Cloud: K. C. Cole
  164. The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten: Julian Baggini
  165. River Of Gods: Ian McDonald
  166. The Book Of General Ignorance: John Mitchinson & John Lloyd
  167. Superstar India: Shobha De
  168. The Art of Money: David Standish
  169. The Drunkard's Walk: Leonard Mlodinow
  170. Where The Wild Things Were: William Stolzenberg
  171. Lost Histories of Indian Cricket: Boria Majumdar
  172. The Seekers: Daniel J. Boorstin
  173. Predictably Irrational: Dan Ariely
  174. The Back of the Napkin: Dan Roam
  175. Longitude: Dava Sobel
  176. Jesus Lived in India: Holger Kersten
  177. The No Asshole Rule: Robert I. Sutton
  178. The World Without Us: Alan Wiesman
  179. Better: Atul Gawande
  180. The Flamingo's Smile: Stephen Jay Gould
  181. The Hidden History of the Human Race: Michael A. Cremo & Richard L. Thompson
  182. A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson
  183. The Panda's Thumb: Stephen Jay Gould
  184. The Long Tail: Chris Anderson
  185. The End Of Poverty: Jeffrey D. Sachs
  186. The World Is Flat: Thomas Friedman
  187. Collapse: Jared Diamond
  188. Salt: Mark Kurlansky
  189. Life of Pi: Yann Martell
  190. Blink: Malcolm Gladwell
  191. Freakonomics: Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  192. The Story of Phi: Mario Livio
  193. First, Break All the Rules: Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
  194. The Lying Stones of Marrakech: Stephen Jay Gould
  195. Persepolis II: Marjane Satrapi
  196. Persepolis: Marjane Satrapi
  197. Dangerous Company: James O'Shea & Charles Madigan
  198. Economics in One Lesson: Henry Hazlitt
  199. Guns, Germs and Steel: Jared Diamond
  200. The Dhammapada: Ananda Maitreya & Rose Kramer
  201. The Automatic Millionaire: David Bach
  202. Karma Cola: Gita Mehta
  203. The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown
  204. Creating Wealth: Bob Allen
  205. The Rise and Fall of the British Empire: Lawrence James
  206. The Supermen: Charles J. Murray
  207. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Victor Hugo
  208. The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution - A Reconsideration: Mark Roseman
  209. The Design of Everyday Things: Donald A. Norman
  210. The Mismeasure of Man: Stephen Jay Gould
  211. The Programmer's Stone: Alan G. Carter & Colston Sanger
  212. The Living Past: Ivar Lissner
  213. Hyperspace: Michio Kaku
  214. Dinosaur in a Haystack: Stephen Jay Gould
  215. The Hindu Mind: Bansi Pandit
  216. Science and Hypothesis: Henri Poincaré
  217. Five Golden Rules: John L. Casti
  218. My Days - A Memoir: R. K. Narayan
  219. Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony: Lewis Thomas
  220. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics: Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith
  221. A Random Walk in Science: Robert L. Weber & Eric Mendoza
  222. Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe
  223. The Moon and Sixpence: W. Somerset Maugham
  224. The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights: John Steinbeck
  225. Frontiers: Isaac Asimov
  226. VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987: Bob Woodward
  227. Marco Polo: Maurice Collis
  228. Jurassic Park: Michael Crichton
  229. Officers and Gentlemen: Evelyn Waugh
  230. Men at Arms: Evelyn Waugh
  231. Kalki: Gore Vidal
  232. Taming the Atom: Hans Christian von Baeyer
  233. Neuromancer: William Gibson
  234. The Catcher in the Rye: J. D. Salinger
  235. The Man Who Knew Infinity: Robert Kanigel
  236. Acquired Tastes: Peter Mayle
  237. The Elegant Universe: Brian Greene
  238. The Mythical Man-Month: Frederick P. Brooks
  239. Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Richard Feynman
  240. Six Easy Pieces: Richard Feynman
  241. Gödel, Escher Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid: Douglas Hofstadter
  242. Bored of the Rings: Harvard Lampoon
  243. The Gulag Archipelago: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  244. The Great Indian Novel: Shashi Tharoor
  245. The Colours of Evil: Ashokamitran
  246. Great Essays in Science: Martin Gardner (ed.)
  247. Red Giants and White Dwarfs: Robert Jastrow
  248. In Quest of Jesus: W. Barnes Tatum
  249. Emergence: Steven Johnson
  250. Dune: Frank Herbert
  251. 1984: George Orwell
  252. India: A History: John Keay
  253. The Histories: Herodotus
  254. She Stoops to Conquer: Oliver Goldsmith
  255. Dragons of Eden: Carl Sagan
  256. Sholay: The Making of a Classic: Anupama Chopra
  257. Broca's Brain: Carl Sagan
  258. The Great Railway Bazaar: Paul Theroux
  259. The Riddle of the Dinosaur: John Wilford Noble
  260. Creation: Gore Vidal
  261. The Dancing Wu Li Masters: Gary Zukav
  262. Culture Jam: Kalle Lasn
  263. Lady Chatterly's Lover: D. H. Lawrence
  264. Roots: Alex Haley
  265. Song of Solomon: Toni Morrison
  266. Utopia: Thomas More
  267. The Mahabharata: Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
  268. Foundation and Earth: Isaac Asimov
  269. Foundation's Edge: Isaac Asimov
  270. The God of Small Things: Arundhati Roy
  271. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: William L. Shirer
  272. The New New Thing: Michael Lewis
  273. Economics in One Lession: Henry Hazlitt
  274. The Illuminatus! Trilogy: Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  275. Man's Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl
  276. A Brief History of Time: Stephen Hawking
  277. The Odessa File: Frederick Forsythe
  278. The Haj: Leon Uris
  279. The Man from St. Petersburg: Ken Follet
  280. The Art of War: Sun Tzu Wu
  281. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Robert Pirsig
  282. Hocus Pocus: Kurt Vonnegut
  283. Foundation: Isaac Asimov
  284. The Prophet: Kahlil Gibran
  285. Gulliver's Travels: Jonathan Swift
  286. Rubaiyat: Omar Khayyám
  287. Brave New World: Aldous Huxley
  288. Microserfs: Douglas Copeland
  289. Steppenwolf: Herman Hesse
  290. On the Road: Jack Kerouac
  291. Women in Love: D. H. Lawrence
  292. Complete Works: Saki (H. H. Munro)
  293. Animal Farm: George Orwell
  294. Collected Short Stories: O. Henry
  295. Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand
  296. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: J. R. R. Tolkien
  297. After Many a Summer Dies the Swan: Aldous Huxley
  298. Labyrinths: Jorge Luis Borges
  299. Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
  300. Complete Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle
  301. The Cartoon History of the Universe: Larry Gonick
  302. Doonesbury: Garry Trudeau
  303. The Far Side: Gary Larson
  304. Calvin & Hobbes: Bill Waterson
  305. Garfield: Jim Davis
  306. Dilbert: Scott Adams
  307. The Adventures of Asterix, the Gaul: Goscinny & Uderzo
  308. The Adventures of Tintin: Hergé
  309. Cerebus: Dave Sim
  310. You Said It: R. K. Laxman

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