Mark Cuban's Summer Reading List

Investor Mark Cuban believes reading gave him an edge when he was starting his career in the technology business.  

"I would continually search for new ideas. I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, three bucks for a magazine, twenty bucks for a book," he wrote in his book “How to Win at the Sport of Business." "One good idea would lead to a customer or a solution, and those magazines and books paid for themselves many times over." (See also: How Did Mark Cuban Get Rich?)

Cuban soon realized that while the information he was getting was public, most people didn't seek it.

CNBC recently asked the 59-year-old billionaire about the books he is reading this summer. These are the five books on his list: (See also: Bill Gates' Summer Reading List)

1. The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis

Bestselling author Michael Lewis has penned more than a dozen books including "The Big Short," "Moneyball" and "Flashboys." A talented storyteller with a knack for breaking down complex subjects and events in the financial world, his most recent book is about the partnership of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Their work inspired economist Richard Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral economics, and changed the way we understand the human mind. 

2. Our Mathematical Universe, by Max Tegmark

Released in 2014, Cosmologist Max Tegmark's book is most famous for its defense of what scientists call the "multiverse" and the theory that parallel universes exist. His "Mathematical Universe Hypothesis" says that all physical reality is a mathematical structure. Tegmark has been criticized by experts for relying too much on speculation.

3. Political Tribes, by Amy Chua

Yale Law professor Amy Chua argues that the rise of identity politics is a threat to democracy in the U.S. in her book "Political Tribes." She writes that political messages now use tone and rhetoric that promote exclusion rather than inclusion.

4. That's What She Said, by Joanne Lipman

Companies and individual managers are looking to create a more equitable workplace, and Lipman, previously Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor in Chief USA Today, offers solutions with anecdotes and relevant studies. 

Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated reported that the workplace culture at the Dallas Mavericks, an NBA team Cuban owns, is "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior." He has since vowed to fix the problem.

5. The Great Revolt, by Salena Zito and Brad Todd

For "The Great Revolt," Zito, a columnist and CNN contributor, and Todd, a Republican strategist, interviewed more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties to explain the rise of Trump. Pundits and the mainstream media had failed to predict his victory, and this book promises to give readers insight into the populist movement taking place in America's heartland.

Cuban, who endorsed Hillary Clinton for president during the 2016 elections, is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and recently said he hasn't ruled out running against him in 2020.

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