Reading List

I “read” in two ways: first, I read books and magazines and websites and blogs, just like everyone (right?); second, I listen to books AND lectures in my car, so I’m constantly scanning for audiobooks and audio courses.  My sources are my library, The Teaching Company, Recorded Books, and Blackstone.

Anyway, here’s my list of books, just books, not lectures, which are too numerous to mention.  I welcome your suggestions for both material and sources.

General Topics

  • The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Drive, Daniel Pink
  • The Speed of Trust, Steven R. Covey
  • Getting to Yes, Fisher, Ury, and Patton
  • Getting Past No, Ury
  • Ecological Intelligence, Daniel Goldman
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • First, Break All the Rules, Buckingham/Coffman
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths, Buckingham/Clifton
  • I Have a Dream, King (and so many good things by him)
  • What Sticks, Briggs/Stuart
  • Switch, Heath/Heath
  • A Match on Dry Grass (about community organizing)
  • The Abundant Community (also about community organizing)
  • The Lean Startup (about product innovation and far more applicable to education than you might think)
  • Grabbing Lightning
  • Think Better


  • Understanding the Teacher Union Contract, Myron Lieberman
  • The Teacher Unions, Myron Lieberman
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
  • The Educational Morass, Myron Lieberman
  • The Global Achievement Gap, Tony Wagner
  • Education Nation, Milton Chen
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Diane Ravitch
  • The Essential School Board Book: Better Governance in the Age of Accountability, Nancy Walser

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