For the second time, Goldman Sachs (GS) has compiled a back-to-school reading list made up of titles recommended by some of its executives. Considering the fact that it’s harder to get a job at Goldman than get into Harvard, this list deserves a look. The folks at Goldman say they will continue to update it over the next few weeks.

To its credit, the list is a well-rounded take on what a person of any age should know. It implies that education stems just as much from sociology, literature, and history as it does from technology and business. Almost none of these books promise to teach you how to make more money or succeed. There are no biographies of wealthy innovators or financial gurus here either. Instead we have one of statesman Winston Churchill. Not what many would expect from the most powerful investment bank in the world. 

The list includes titles like Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and Pulitzer Prize finalist Between the World and Me which talk about inequality in the U.S., books about people far away from North America like Homegoing  set in Ghana, Half of the Yellow Sun set in Nigeria and Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia, and books that allow readers to gain insight into other aspects of culture like Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything and Inverting the Pyramid: the History of Football Tactics. Learn about what made some societies more successful than others by picking up Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, a book criticized and praised in equal measure, or learn about predictions by reading Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail - but some don't.

Here’s the complete list, and don’t forget to return to the official website for updates,

  1. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond

  2. The Quincunx, by Charles Palliser

  3. Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the Tactics Behind China’s Production Game, by Paul Midler

  4. Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia, by Joe Studwell

  5. Dispatches, by Michael Herr

  6. The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes

  7. Massive Change, by Bruce Mau

  8. Zero to One, by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel

  9. Inverting the Pyramid: the History of Football Tactics,

  10. World Order, by Henry Kissinger

  11. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond

  12. Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

  13. The Healthy Workplace, by Leigh Stringer

  14. Half of the Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  15. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

  16. The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail - but some don't, by Nate Silver

  17. Churchill: A Life, by Martin Gilbert

  18. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  19. Black Wealth, White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, by Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas Shapiro

  20. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

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