Leonard’s Book Recommendations

Political Economy

Francis Fukuyama. The Origins of Political Order (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011).

Francis Fukuyama. Political Order and Political Decay (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014).

Francis Fukuyama. Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (London: Profile Books, 2019).

Francis Fukuyama. The End of History and The Last Man. (New York: Penguin, 1992).

Francis Fukuyama. Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity (Simon & Schuster, 1996).

Samuel P. Huntington. Political Order in Changing Societies (Yale University Press, 2006).

Samuel P. Huntington. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Simon & Schuster, 1996).

Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (London: Profile Books, 2013).

Mervyn King. The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy (WW Norton & Co, 2016).

Niall Ferguson. The Ascent of Money (New York: Penguin, 2008).

Niall Ferguson. Civilisation: The West and the Rest (New York: Penguin 2011).

Niall Ferguson. The Square and the Tower (New York: Penguin 2018).

J.D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (HarperCollins Publishers, 2017).

Thomas Sowell. Black Rednecks and White Liberals (Encounter Books, 2006).

Joseph Stiglitz. Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump (London: Penguin Books, 2017).

Dani Rodrik. The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States and Democracy Can’t Coexist (WW Norton & Co, 2012).

Stephen J. Harper. Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption (Signal Books, 2018).

Friedrich A. Hayek. The Road to Serfdom (Taylor & Francis Ltd, 1944).

John M. Keynes. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Penguin, 1936).

Adrian Wooldridge. The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World (Skyhorse Publishing, 2021).

Charles Murray. Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 (Crown Forum, 2013).

International Relations

John Mearsheimer. The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities (Yale University Press, 2019).

John Mearsheimer. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (New York: WW Norton & Co, 2001).

Graham Allison. Destined for War (Scribe Publications, 2019).

Kishore Mahbubani. Has China Won? (London: Public Affairs, 2020).

Kishore Mahbubani. Has the West Lost It? (London: Penguin Books, 2019).

Henry Kissinger. On China (New York: Penguin Books, 2011).

Henry Kissinger. World Order (New York: Penguin Books, 2015).

Samuel P. Huntington. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Simon & Schuster, 2002).

Barry Gewen. The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World (New York: WW Norton & Co, 2020).

Niall Ferguson. Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (London: Penguin Books, 2009).


Thomas Sowell. The Housing Boom and Bust (Basic Books, 2010).

Ben Bernanke, Henry M. Paulson and Timothy Geithner. Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and its Lessons (Profile Books, 2019).

Raghuram Rajan. The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (Penguin, 2019).

Michael Lewis. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W.W. Norton, 2010).

Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge. Capitalism in America: A History (Penguin, 2018).

Ha-Joon Chang. Economics: The User’s Guide (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014).

Ha-Joon Chang. Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity (Cornerstone, 2008).

Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. This Time is Different (Princeton University, 2009).

Autobiographies and Biographies

Robert Dallek. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 (Penguin Books, 2013).

Niall Ferguson. Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist (London, Penguin Books, 2016).

Thomas Sowell. A Personal Odyssey (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

Wayne Swan. The Good Fight: Six years, two prime ministers and staring down the Great Recession (Allen & Unwin, 2015).

Don Brash. Incredible Luck (Auckland: Troika Books Limited, 2014).


Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Penguin Books, 2013).

Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Penguin Books, 2019).

Thomas Sowell. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles (Basic Books, 2007).

Thomas Sowell. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (Basic Books, 1996).

Steven Pinker. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (New York: Penguin USA, 2011).

Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (New York: Penguin USA, 2019).

Personal Development

James Clear. Atomic Habits (Cornerstone, 2018).

Robert Greene. Mastery (Profile Books, 2012).

Dale Carnegie. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Simon & Schuster, 1936).

Charlie Munger. Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger (Walsworth Publishing Company, 2005).

Anna Lembke. Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton, 2021).