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Late last year, I began drafting a wish list of books in the lead up to Christmas. A shopping guide, as it were, to those people who might want to buy me a Christmas gift.

Turns out that I forgot about publishing this, so, in the lead up to my birthday next week, here’s a list of books that I would like to obtain and read. I suspect that they would also be interesting to other people – many of these books were chosen by me because they were recommended by people that I trust:

  1. Genius and Anxiety, by Norman Lebrecht
  2. Phenotypes by Paulo Scott
  3. The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  4. Koren Pirkei Avot, Compact Size, Hebrew/English by Koren Publishers Jerusalem
  5. The Peloponnesian War (Oxford World’s Classics) by Thucydides
  6. Solving Social Dilemmas: Ethics, Politics, and Prosperity by Roger D. Congleton
  7. Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis by Ludwig Von Mises
  8. The Interior of Our Memories: A History of Melbourne’s Jews by Steven Cooke and Donna-Lee Frieze
  9. On the Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  10. Edmund Burke and the Perennial Battle, 1789-1797 by Daniel B. Klein
  11. Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City by Jorge Almazan
  12. Skunk Works: a Personal Memoir of My Years at Lock… by Ben R. Rich
  13. From Third World to First: Singapore and the Asian Eco… by Lee Kuan Yew
  14. How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Eco… by Mark Koyama
  15. Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the… by Eric Berkowitz
  16. Ending Hunger: The quest to feed the world without destr… by Anthony Warner
  17. Compulsory Games: Robert Aickman (New York Review Books Classics) by Robert Aickman
  18. Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo
  19. Causal Inference in Statistics: A Primer by Judea Pearl

And a movie

Come and See (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] by Aleksey Kravchenko

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.