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

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