Best Books I Read in 2023


Lessons: A novel by Ian McEwan

From the best-selling author of Atonement and Saturday comes the epic and intimate story of one man’s life across generations and historical upheavals. From the Suez Crisis to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall to the current pandemic, Roland Baines sometimes rides with the tide of history, but more often struggles against it.

The Armor of Light: A Novel by Ken Follett

An epic continuation of the series that began with The Pillars of the EarthThe Armor of Light heralds a new dawn for Kingsbridge, England, where progress clashes with tradition, class struggles push into every part of society, and war in Europe engulfs the entire continent and beyond


LeBron by Jeff Benedict

An excellent biography of a great athlete and a uniquely successful business story.

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

Excellent biography that would have benefited from Woods’ participation or approval.

Business & Investments

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre

A re-read (and not for the first time). This is the fictionalized account of Jesse Livermore’s life. Livermore was perhaps the greatest trader of all-time until he went bust one too many times and killed himself.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

The Theranos story, with the book being so much better and informative than the HBO doc.

Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life by Bill Perkins

Earlier this year I shared this review.

The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend by Rob Copeland

A tough look at the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund.


And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meachem

Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Jon Meacham chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

They were the richest people in the world until they started getting killed off and the FBI became what it is now to help catch the killers.

G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century by Beverley Gage

A detailed, well-written, and even-handed look at one of the last centuries most influential figures.

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