Sam Harris

22 Sam Harris Recommended Books

Sam Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, podcast host, and philosopher. He is the author of several books that explore the implications of scientific findings for morality, spirituality, and human nature. He is also an advocate of artificial intelligence safety and has spoken out against the misuse of technology for political purposes. He is the founder of the Waking Up podcast and The Making Sense podcast.

22 Books recommended by Sam Harris

The Anatomy of Disgust

The Anatomy of Disgust

Author :William Ian Miller

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"Fun." - Sam Harris [Source]

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Author :Truman Capote

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"If you just want to forget about the future and lose yourself in the book that forever changed how narrative nonfiction is written, read [this book]." - Sam Harris [Source]

What We Owe the Future

What We Owe the Future

Author :William MacAskill

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"Altogether thrilling and necessary." - Sam Harris [Source]

Humiliation

Humiliation

Author :William Ian Miller

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"Just on the phenomenon of being humiliated and differentiating it from embarrassment and other similar emotions." - Sam Harris [Source]

God Is Not Great

God Is Not Great

How Religion Poisons Everything

Author :Christopher Hitchens

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"You can get the benefit of both his voice and his writing if you listen to [this audiobook]." - Sam Harris [Source]

Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now

The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Author :Steven Pinker

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Sam Harris picked this as the first book in his Book Club. [Source]

History of Western Philosophy

History of Western Philosophy

And Its Connection with Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

Author :Bertrand Russell

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"Just a great example of how English should be written and just a great voice to have in your head as a result." - Sam Harris [Source]

The Beginning of Infinity

The Beginning of Infinity

Explanations That Transform the World

Author :David Deutsch

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"Greatly expanded my sense of the potential power of human knowledge." - Sam Harris [Source]

Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

Author :Daniel Todd Gilbert

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"A good book which I recommend." - Sam Harris [Source]

Our Final Invention

Our Final Invention

Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Author :James Barrat

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"Good." - Sam Harris [Source]

Mortal Questions

Mortal Questions

Author :Thomas Nagel

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"There are some very good essays in there that were very influential in philosophy and should be more influential in the culture, generally." - Sam Harris [Source]

The Qur'an

The Qur'an

Author :-

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"Read it in a weekend and you will be informed about the central doctrines of Islam in a way that you may not be and it’s good to be informed, given how much influence these ideas have currently in our world." - Sam Harris [Source]

The Flight of the Garuda

The Flight of the Garuda

The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

Author :Keith Dowman

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"Especially beautiful and wise." - Sam Harris [Source]

One Blade of Grass

One Blade of Grass

Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir

Author :Henry Shukman

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"Beautifully written." - Sam Harris [Source]

Superintelligence

Superintelligence

Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Author :Nick Bostrom

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"Made me worry that machine knowledge could ruin everything." - Sam Harris [Source]

Machete Season

Machete Season

The Killers in Rwanda Speak

Author :Jean Hatzfeld

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"If you want to see what it’s like when things go about as wrong as they can go, read [this book]." - Sam Harris [Source]

Reasons and Persons

Reasons and Persons

Author :Derek Parfit

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"Brilliant and written as though by an alien intelligence." - Sam Harris [Source]

I Am That

I Am That

Author :Nisargadatta Maharaj

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"He said a few crazy things, as many gurus do. But if you stick to what he was claiming about the nature of experience, I think you’re on firm ground." - Sam Harris [Source]

Hitch-22

Hitch-22

A Memoir

Author :Christopher Hitchens

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"You can get the benefit of both his voice and his writing if you listen to [this audiobook]." - Sam Harris [Source]

On Having No Head

On Having No Head

Author :Douglas Edison Harding

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"A very useful little volume." - Sam Harris [Source]

The Last Word

The Last Word

Author :Thomas Nagel

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"Champions rationality in a very compelling way." - Sam Harris [Source]

Behave

Behave

The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Author :Robert M. Sapolsky

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"I highly recommend. It really is the most accessible discussion of brain science you will find." - Sam Harris [Source]

FAQs

Q1: What books does Sam Harris recommend?

Sam Harris's recommendations have changed as his opinion has evolved over the years. Currently, he recommends books such as Sci-fi novel Exhalation by Ted Chiang, The Making of a Philosopher by Colin McGinn, Religion vs. Reality by Steve Stewart-Williams, and The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio.

A: Sam Harris seeks to expand his readers’ perspective on life and the world—both intellectually and spiritually—through the literature he recommends. His goal is to drive more thought-provoking conversations and stimulate critical thinking.

A: Sam Harris typically updates his book recommendations around once a year or when a piece of literature he considers to be truly groundbreaking and influential enough to warrant his readers’ attention is published.

A: Yes! Sam Harris is an admired and eminent author, neuroscientist, and philosopher, so his book reviews can be trusted and taken seriously.

A: The best way to stay up-to-date with Sam Harris’s book recommendations is to follow him on social media, sign up to his mailing list, and check his website regularly. There, he will post updates about his recent book recommendations.