Peter Zhang

Books

Apr 12, 2021

Checklist Manifesto

Review Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto reviews the surprising utility of a simple checklist. While his personal background is in medicine, Gawande explores the triumphs of checklists in contexts ranging from...

Apr 9, 2021

Happiness Advantage

Review The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor is a practical guide to positive psychology. He draws on case studies from various settings around the globe to prove a simple point:...

Apr 3, 2021

Sapiens

Review Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari tells the story of the human race. It’s a case study in deep history, drawing on evolutionary biology, psychology, and the social sciences to...

Mar 25, 2021

Misbehaving

Review Richard Thaler’s legendary Misbehaving is personal biography, academic journey, and field survey wrapped into one. He recounts his struggles as a fledging researcher, his partnerships with other great minds,...

Mar 22, 2021

Deep Survival

Review Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez explores “Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” with science and storytelling. While most of the book is in the context of the wilderness, its...

Mar 16, 2021

Perfectly Confident

Review Dan Moore’s Perfectly Confident is a decision-making book that dives into the literature behind confidence. As the title suggests, Moore takes the stance that some confidence is good, but...

Mar 13, 2021

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Review Samir Patel’s site is awesome and happens to be exactly what I was going for when I began my book reviews. I am sad that I have been outdone...

Feb 27, 2021

Influence

Review Robert Cialdini’s Influence is a classic book about marketing and psychology. Cialdini outlines six non-obvious “weapons of influence.” For each, he outlines when it’s used, why it works, and...

Feb 19, 2021

Age of Turbulence

Review Alan Greenspan’s The Age of Turbulence is a three part book. First, he recounts his intellectual journey as a consultant, advisor, and chairman of the Fed. Then, Greenspan lays...

Feb 9, 2021

Behave

Review I’m utterly floored. Robert Sapolsky’s Behave has achieved two firsts among biology textbooks: 1) providing a sweeping, meticulously researched account of human nature, and 2) keeping me thoroughly entertained...

Jan 21, 2021

#BreakIntoVC

Review I just finished Bradley Miles’ #BreakIntoVC. It’s a short, clearly-written book that boils down the essentials of venture capital. The book is sometimes a little disorganized and often moves...

Jan 18, 2021

Why We Dream

Review Alice Robb’s Why We Dream is a well-researched introduction to sleep, dreams, and lucidity. A great mix of personal stories, anecdotes, and research, the book is both entertaining and...

Jan 15, 2021

Cost-Benefit Revolution

Review Don’t let the dry reviews on the back cover deter you (Forbes says: “Clear, well-argued”). Cass Sunstein’s The Cost-Benefit Revolution is an awesome read for anyone interested in public...

Jan 6, 2021

The Subtle Art

Review Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a decent casual read packed with anecdotes about living a happier life. As you probably guessed from the...

Jan 3, 2021

Decision-Making

Introduction Recently, I noticed a common theme running through my reading list: I have an interest in decision-making. The attraction makes sense to me; my first semester of college has...

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