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Every Book Paul Graham Mentioned on Twitter (with Tweets!)

I've read every Paul Graham essay (and summarized them in these 3 posts).

This is why I had a list of "all" the books he mentioned (or so I thought) and added it to Most Recommended Books. Surely people would love it!

And nowhere, I thought, would they love it more than in the house pg built, Hacker News.

Alas… As soon as I posted, reality hit me in the face:

Hacker News... Where your pride goes to die

"Ouch," I thought. "But maybe Elof is right?"

So I decided to double down and read all of pg's tweets (the same way I did with Elon Musk and Naval Ravikant).

I found 95 books pg has mentioned/ recommended over the years just on Twitter!

And here is that list, for your reading pleasure.

I hope you enjoy it :)

Sidenote: If you like this post, please share it on Twitter . It would be awesome if pg sees it.


Paul Graham Books


  1. With the Old Breed - E. B. Sledge


  2. The Battle of Alcazar - E.W. Bovill


  3. Early Middle English Literature - R. M. Wilson


  4. The Oxford History of Britain - Peter Salway


  5. Blankie - Leslie Patricelli


  6. The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie


  7. In The Plex - Steven Levy


  8. To Conquer the Air - James Tobin


  9. The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry


  10. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien


  11. The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle


  12. Diocletian and the Roman Recovery - Stephen Williams


  13. Maisy Mouse Collection - Lucy Cousins


  14. Very Good, Jeeves! - P. G. Wodehouse


  15. Sunset at Blandings - P.G. Wodehouse


  16. The Confessions - Jean-Jacques Rousseau


  17. No Easy Day - Mark Owen


  18. The Copernican Revolution - Thomas S. Kuhn


  19. Marriage - Susan Ferrier


  20. Flying Start - Hugh Dundas


  21. A Thread Across the Ocean - John Steele Gordon


  22. Guns, Sails, and Empires - Carlo M. Cipolla


  23. Clocks and Culture - Carlo M. Cipolla


  24. Kelly - Clarence L. Johnson


  25. Why the Allies Won - Richard Overy


  26. Towns, Villages and Countryside of Celtic Europe - Francoise Audouze


  27. Medieval Technology and Social Change - Lynn White


  28. To Explain the World - Steven Weinberg


  29. Land of Promise - Michael Lind


  30. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy - Michael Baxandall


  31. The Box - Marc Levinson


  32. On Bullshit - Harry G. Frankfurt


  33. On Inequality - Harry G. Frankfurt


  34. A Story Lately Told - Anjelica Huston


  35. The Jet Engine - Rolls Royce


  36. Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids - Bryan Caplan


  37. Free-Range Kids - Lenore Skenazy


  38. My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell


  39. Fauna & Family - Gerald Durrell


  40. Good Night, Little Bear - Patsy Scarry


  41. The Population Bomb - Paul R Ehrlich


  42. Ever the Diplomat - Sherard Cowper-Coles


  43. Autobiographies - Charles Darwin


  44. Memoirs of My Life - Edward Gibbon


  45. An Autobiography of Anthony Trollope - Anthony Trollope


  46. The Man Who Knew Infinity - Robert Kanigel


  47. Eyes on the Street - Robert Kanigel


  48. Wheels for the World - Douglas Brinkley


  49. The Ancient City - Peter Connolly


  50. The Kings Depart - Richard M Watt


  51. Moorish Spain - Richard Fletcher


  52. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig


  53. Sea Flight - Hugh Popham


  54. Carbonel - Barbara Sleigh


  55. The Black Riders - Violet Needham


  56. How to Be Topp - Ronald Searle


  57. The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin


  58. Moab Is My Washpot - Stephen Fry


  59. The Inimitable Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse


  60. A Mathematician's Apology - G. H. Hardy


  61. The Iliad - Homer


  62. The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics - Jakow Trachtenberg


  63. Carl Friedrich Gauss - Guy Waldo Dunnington


  64. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson


  65. The Spectator - Joseph Addison


  66. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien


  67. Itinerarium Regis Ricardi - T. M. Stead


  68. The Startup Way - Eric Ries


  69. Plagues and Peoples - William McNeill


  70. Concorde - Geoffrey Knight


  71. The Making of Europe - Robert Bartlett


  72. The Principia - Isaac Newton


  73. The Government of the Tongue - Richard Allestree


  74. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S. Kuhn


  75. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin


  76. The Gallic Wars - Julius Caesar


  77. Wing Leader - Johnnie Johnson


  78. Life in the English Country House - Mark Girouard


  79. The German Generals Talk - Basil H. Liddell Hart


  80. The Collected Works of P. G. Wodehouse - P. G. Wodehouse

    **sidenote: pg LOVES every book by his nicknamesake ❤️❤️❤️


  81. Dog Man - Dav Pilkey


  82. Boyd - Robert Coram


  83. The Double Helix - James D. Watson Ph.D.


  84. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling


  85. History of the World - J.M. Roberts


  86. The Quest for El Cid - Richard Fletcher


  87. Albert Einstein - Banesh Hoffmann


  88. A Mind at Play - Jimmy Soni


  89. A Sense of Where You Are - John McPhee


  90. The Complete Novels of Jane Austen - Jane Austen


  91. Barbarian Days - William Finnegan


  92. The Conquest of Gaul - Jane P. Gardner


  93. Richard Feynman - John Gribbin


  94. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein


  95. The Launch Pad - Randall Stross


P.S.: If you want to see every book pg has mentioned (in essays, interviews, etc...), we've put as many as we could find on this page.