Regrettably another year goes by in which I’ve read more books than I’ve posted posts to this site. That said, some awesome fiction, non-fiction and biographies.
The Wright Brothers
By David McCullough – great read for anyone interested in product development. The cool intensity with which these men worked to kickstart manned flight is inspiring. Also worth noting the backdrop within which they worked.
Between The World And Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates – a critical and heart-rending letter from a father to his son, I found this very moving. I hope to see this as required reading in schools.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Gawande, Atul – thoughtful and sobering look at end of life and how our society (mis)manages it.
Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution
DuVal, Kathleen – only got about 1/3 through this, but intend to keep at it.
Understanding Iraq: The Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, from Genghis Khan’s Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation.
Polk, William R. – I read this along with my daughter for her class, and found it really engrossing. American and Western foreign policy can be deeply shameful.
One Summer: America, 1927
Bryson, Bill – I couldn’t finish this. Interesting, but highly repetitive and loaded with random trivia that ended up occluding the main theme.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Harari, Yuval Noah – I absolutely was riveted for the first 2/3 of this unusual history of mankind. The last 1/3 really let me down, though.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series
Lagercrantz, David – more tightly written than anything Stieg Larsson wrote.
H Is For Hawk
Macdonald, Helen – deeply interesting and funny at times.
Fortune Smiles: Stories
Johnson, Adam – intense and disturbing stories.
The Water Knife: A novel
The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel
Flanagan, Richard – Intense novel of POWS captured by Japan in WW2. Beautifully written, with a love story to boot.
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller
Hayes, Terry – perfect for the beach with a beer in hand.
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance
Weir, Andy – Super fast and fun read, but definitely not a great work of fiction.
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Ta-Nehisi Coates was on fire this year. Very important read.
Design Thinking Comes of Age
Excellent essay on how to properly look at science.
It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change — Matter — Medium
The end of capitalism has begun
Quick overview of what the post-captalist era is looking like.