Ravi Yelleswarapu – Book reviews Table of Contents

This is currently a work in progress…. will be updating when I find time! Here’s a list of books I’ve been reading since Jan 2017. Will update Amazon links to my own reviews as I fill them in! Just starting the blog on 9/7/17. Actually, been too busy writing other blogs but I will get to this one day… (1/6/2018), Just updated some more books but I’m gonna hold off on reviews for a few months…. actually I don’t think I have time for reviews; think I’ll just keep this as a list lol (12/21/18)

Oct 14, 2018 – read an embarrassing amount of books in 2018 and can’t believe so much time has gone by and I’ve read almost nothing.  Must try harder…

Dec, 2018 – Been watching a ton of documentaries, but starting to get back into reading again now that I have a list of random topics I care about


  1. The McKinsey edge : success principles from the world’s most powerful consulting firm / Shu Hattori. (Currently reading)
  2. Understanding contemporary China / edited by Robert E. Gamer, Stanley W. Toops. (Currently reading) [went to Taiwan; really want to understand what’s going on in the rest of the world]
  3. The China study : the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health / T. Colin Campbell with Thomas M. Campbell II.
  4. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Greg Lukianoff
  5. The bell curve : intelligence and class structure in American life / Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray. Herrnstein, Richard J.
  6. Money and power : how Goldman Sachs came to rule the world / William D. Cohan.
  7. The physics of Wall Street : a brief history of predicting the unpredictable / James Owen Weatherall.


  1. Zero to One, Peter Thiel (recommended by friend + SVB Trek)
  2. Venture Deals, Brad Feld (Recommended at SVB Trek)
  3. The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying, Bronnie Ware (Recommended at SVB Trek)
  4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey (Recommended by friend)
  5. Ultramarathon book; first one (recommended by friend)
    Lean Startup, Eric Reis (Recommended at SVB and by friend) [on hold\
  6. Venture Capital Entrepreneurship (decided to learn about startups) [didn’t fully finish yet]
  7. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (recommended by friend)
  8. Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, Scott Jurek (recommended by friend)
  9. Primetime Propaganda, Ben Shapiro [couldn’t get past a few chapters… seemed too aggressive, even while I tried to keep an open mind]
  10. A concise history of Hong Kong / John M. Carroll.
  11. Machine learning : the new AI / Ethem Alpaydin.


9/6/17: Recently, I’ve gotten interested in a lot of topics ranging from finance, entrepreneurship, cryptocurrencies, and emerging markets and began reading a bunch of articles but I always felt like short articles were kind of weak or I was missing a lot of info. I decided to read books instead and found them to be really useful (actually… most are hit or miss and you can kind of tell the bad ones can be summed up in a few pages but are expanded for no reason).

As I started reading more, I realized I was actually pretty ignorant about how the world really works in many fields outside of science (even in that, I am fairly knowledgeable in one tiny slice). I decided to delve into any topic that seemed interested or relevant to my own life – for ex, a book recommended about a vegan runner from a friend, to a textbook on venture capital, to learning about politics from a different side of view than my own.