Some books are long, some books are short. And, if they’re non-fiction books, the shorter, the better. At least for me.
I’ve never thought of books in terms of pages, but it kinda makes sense.
Fergus McCullough started to make a list of the best non-fiction books with less than 250 pages.
- Allen, Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction (170)
- Bayles, Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking (122)
- Caplan, Open Borders (248)
- Carse, Finite and Infinite Games (162)
- Collier, The Bottom Billion (244)
- Cowen, Stubborn Attachments (161); The Great Stagnation (60)
Go here to see the complete list. Of all these books, the only one I’ve read is Thiel’s Zero to One, so it’s a good list to start with.
Oh, and apparently there’s a reason why some books are bigger than they should: having a bigger spine allows them to stand out in a bookshop. Or that was the thing in 2006.
via Tyler Cowen
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