I’m always looking for some great books to pick up. If you’ve got a good recommendation – shoot me a note! (David@DKTraub.com)

Here’s a list of books that really stuck with me. Perhaps this is a better “about me” than any paragraph I could write.

Operations / Manufacturing

  • A Study of the Toyota Production SystemShigeo Shingo
    • The infamous green book! Equal parts dry and captivating.
  • 2 Second LeanPaul Akers
    • Not the deepest book, but a great example of actual implementation which is refreshing in a sea of “theory”!
  • All I Need to Know About Manufacturing I Learned in Joe’s GarageWilliam Miller
    • Or simply, Joe’s Garage. Like 2 second lean, a great introductory book for the enthusiastic learner.
  • The GoalEliyahu M. Goldratt
    • The classic that introduced the Theory of Constraints. I find the fictional narrative a little clich├ęd, but the focus on flow is spot on.
  • The Checklist ManifestoAtul Gawande

Leadership / Development

  • American IconBryce G. Hoffman
    • Just read it.
  • The Fifth Discipline Peter M. Senge
  • The Power of HabitCharles Duhigg
  • Most of Patrick Lencioini’s books.
    • I’m partial to the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, but his writing is easy to breeze through and contains straightforward and actionable ideas.
  • Leadership and Self-DeceptionThe Arbinger Institute.


  • Emperor of MaladiesSiddhartha Mukherjee
  • The Vital QuestionNick Lane
  • Sense of StyleSteven Pinker
  • Steve JobsWalter Isaacson
  • The Death of Common Sense Philip Howard
  • The Power BrokerRobert A. Caro
  • The Smartest Guys in the RoomBethany McLean


  • The Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas
  • Name of the Wind / Wise Man FearsPatrick Rothfuss
  • The Once and Future KingTH White
  • SevenevesNeal Stephenson
    • Also, Anathem
  • The Way of KingsBrandon Sanderson
    • (also, pretty much anything this guy!)
  • Master and MargaritaMikhail Bulgakov
  • The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway
  • A Wild Sheep ChaseHaruki Murakami
  • The RoadCormac McCarthy
  • The Three-Body Problem (Trilogy) – Cixin Liu


  • Understanding PhysicsIsaac Asimov
  • Commentaries on: The Gallic WarJulius Caesar
  • What Is the Name of This BookRaymond M. Smullyan
  • Tilings and PatternsGrunbaum & Shephard
  • QED: The Strange Theory of Light and MatterRichard P. Feynman
  • Godel, Escher, BachDouglas R. Hofstadter