Steven Pinker Favorite Books

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton
The Two Cultures by C. P. Snow
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction by Chris Thomas
Problems in Philosophy: The Limits of Inquiry by Colin McGinn
Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology by Daniel C. Dennett
Violent Land: Single Men and Social Disorder from the Frontier to the Inner City by David Courtwright
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch
Thinks … by David Lodge
Vision: A Computational Investigation Into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual Information by David Marr
The Evolution of Human Sexuality by Donald Symons
Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose by Francis-Noël Thomas & Mark Turner
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Adaptation and Natural Selection by George C. Williams
One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow
The Psychology of Communication by George Miller
1984 by George Orwell
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
The Sciences of the Artificial by Herbert Simon
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Iliad by Homer
Enemies: A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
A History of Force: Exploring the Worldwide Movement Against Habits of Coercion, Bloodshed, and Mayhem by James Payne
Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg
A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security by John Mueller
Retreat from Doomsday by John Mueller
The Remnants of War by John Mueller
The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer by Jonathan Gottschall
Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide by Joshua Goldstein
The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do by Judith Rich Harris
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Statistics of Deadly Quarrels by Lewis F. Richardson
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Homicide: Foundations of Human Behavior by Martin Daly & Margo Wilson
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
Atrocitology: Humanity’s 100 Deadliest Achievements by Matthew White
The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People by Michael Shermer
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty by Nancy Etcoff
Yanomamo: The Fierce People by Napoleon Chagnon
Language and Mind by Noam Chomsky
The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona Hathaway & Scott Shapiro
Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Goldstein
Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein
Properties of Light by Rebecca Goldstein
The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design by Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum
Words and Things: An Introduction to Language by Roger Brown
The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century by Ron Bailey
Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty by Roy Baumeister
The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis by Ruth DeFries
The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World by Stephen Radelet
Whole Earth Discipline: Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary by Stewart Brand
The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker
The Village Effect: Why Face-to-face Contact Matters by Susan Pinker
The Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage by Theodore Bernstein
The Last Word by Thomas Nagel
The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas Schelling
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Brazzaville Beach by WIlliam Boyd
Principles of Psychology by William James