TED Speakers Want You to Read These Books

Everyone has that one book that they’re thrilled to find out a friend or acquaintance has also read. The experts behind TED talks are no exception. And when the folks at TED asked them to name the books that they’re always thrilled to find out someone else has also read, the result was an incredible reading list. The whole list is 58 books long!

As you might expect, the list of recommendations is incredibly diverse. Since experts on all sorts of different topics were polled, the results include everything from science fiction and fantasy to books on architecture and social justice.

While some of the books are pretty familiar to most readers, a lot of them are more obscure. Because of the nature of the question, experts chose books that they don’t necessarily assume are widely read.  Here are a few of the highlights from the list. To view the full list, head over to TED’s website!



Foundation by Isaac Asimov


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë



Data-ism by Steve Lohr



Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem


Business and Politics

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein


Graphic Novels and Picture Books

Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli



My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass


Arts and Architecture

Art as Experience by John Dewey


Biographies and Memoirs

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls



Willpower: Why Self-Control Is the Secret to Success by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney



The Essential Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks


Main Image: Ann Morgan’s TED talk, via TED