Books Read, By Year

Nonfiction, 2023

Peter Turchin End Times: Elites, Counter-Elites, and the Path of Political Disintegration
D.J. Taylor Orwell: The New Life
Jeremy Jennings Travels with Tocqueville Beyond America
James Risen The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys?and One Senator's Fight to Save Democracy
Larry Loftis The Watchmaker's Daughter: The True Story of World War II Heroine Corrie ten Boom
Joel Kotkin The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn Race Experts: How Racial Etiquette, Sensitiviy Training, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Movement
Mary Harrington Feminism Against Progress
Helen Joyce Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality
Jens Heycke Out of the Melting Pot, Into the Fire: Multiculturalism in the World's Past and America's Future
Edward J. Larson American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in hte Birth of a Nation 1765-1795
Wilfred Reilly Taboo: 10 Facts [You Can't Talk About]
Heather Mac Donald When Race Trumps Merit: How the Pursuit of Equity Sacrifices Excellence, Destroys Beauty, and Threatens Lives
Randall Kennedy Say It Loud! On Race, Law, History, and Culture
Joel Richard Paul Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism
Clare Mac Cumhaill & Rachael Wiseman Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life
Regan Penaluna How to Think Like a Woman: Four Women Philosophers Who Taught Me How to Love the Life of the Mind
Charles Murray Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America
Bart D. Ehrman The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World
Ed Yong An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
Josh Chin & Liza Lin Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control
Mark Bauerlein The Dumbest Generation Grows Up: From Stupefied Youth to Dangerous Adults
William Inboden The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink
Thomas Sowell Intellectuals and Society
Thomas Sowell Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study
Thomas Sowell Discrimination and Disparities
Thomas Sowell Race and Culture: A World View
Julian Gewirtz Never Turn Back: China and the Forbidden History of the 1980s
Martin Sixsmith The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind
Steve Kemper Our Man in Tokyo: An American Ambassador and the Countdown to Pearl Harbor
Ruth Conniff Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers
Daniel Coyle The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
Noah Rothman Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America
Noah Rothman The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives' War on Fun
Marian L. Tupy & Gale L. Pooley Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourshing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet
Mark Lee Gardner The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation
Carl R. Trueman Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution
Linda Kinstler Come to This Court to Cry: How the Holocaust Ends
Tim Scott America, a Redemption Story: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity
Ari Fleischer Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias: Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong And Just Doesn't Care
Spencer Klavan How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for 5 Modern Crises
Erik Angner How Economics Can Save the World
Helen E. Krieble American Amnesia: How We Lost Our National Memory-and How to Recover It
Rachel Carson Silent Spring
Susan Wels An Assassin in Utopia: The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President's Murder

Fiction, 2023

Nathan Ballingrud The Strange
Ethan Chatagnier Singer Distance
Lawrence Osborne On Java Road
Keigo Higashino A Death in Tokyo
Tomihiko Morimi The Tatami Galaxy
Edward Ashton Mickey 7

Nonfiction, 2022

Andre Frattino, Kate Kasenow Tokyo Rose-Zero Hour: A Japanese American Woman's Persecution and Ultimate Redemption after WWII
James M. Scott Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb
Brian Christian The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values
Johann Hari Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention-and How to Think Deeply Again
William Deresiewicz The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society
Naomi Wolf The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, COVID-19 and The War Against the Human
Joshua Mitchell American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time
Elliot Ackerman The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan
Carl J. Richard Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World
Troy Senik A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland
Thomas Cahill Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
Andrea Wulf Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self
Nate Anderson In Emergency, Break Glass: What Nietzsche Can Teach Us About Joyful Living in a Tech-Saturated World
Joe Moshenska Making Darkness Light: A Life of John Milton
Rosalie Pedalino Porter America Challenged: The New Politics of Race, Education, and Culture
Vivek Ramaswamy Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence
Richard Crossman, editor The God That Failed
Justin E.H. Smith The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is: A History, A Philosophy, A Warning
Friedrich A. Hayek The Road to Serfdom
Suzanne Simard Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
David Graeber, David Wengrow The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
Barbara F. Walter How Civil Wars Start: and How to Stop Them
Ai Weiwei 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir
Peter S. Canellos The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America's Judicial Hero
Mark Oppenheimer Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood
Nathaniel Philbrick Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy
Douglas Murray The War on the West
Gilbert King Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
Marc Perrusquia A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement
David French Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation
A.J. Baime White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White and America's Darkest Secret
A.J. Baime Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul
Sue Stuart-Smith The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
Jesse Singal The Quick Fix: Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills
Michael Continetti The Right: The Hundred Year War For American Conservatism
Angela D. Dillard Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Now? Multicultural Conservatism in America
Tim Marshall The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal the Future of Our World
Michael Meyer Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet: The Favorite Founder's Divisive Death, Enduring Afterlife, and Blueprint for American Prosperity
Thomas Sowell A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
Thomas Sowell The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Thomas Sowell The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Jacob Mchangama Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media
Pekka Hämäläinen Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power
William Souder Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck
John Pomfret From Warsaw With Love: Polish Spies, The CIA, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance
Peter Fiennes A Thing of Beauty: Travels in Mythical and Modern Greece
Alex von Tunzelmann Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History
Jason L. Riley Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell
Mike Gonzalez BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution
Donald T. Critchlow Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation into Tyranny
Shelby Steele The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America
Shelby Steele A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America
Shelby Steele Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country
Batya Ungar-Sargon Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining American Democracy
Charles Love Race Crazy: BLM, 1619, and the Progressive Racism Movement
Ken Ellingwood First to Fall: Elijah P. Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery
Michael Berlingame The Black Man's President: Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, & the Pursuit of Racial Equality
Ronald C. White Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President
Edward J. Watts The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Jon Meacham His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
Joan C. Williams Bias Interrupted: Creating Inclusion for Real and for Good
Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
David Mamet The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

Fiction, 2022

Tomihiko Morimi Tower of the Sun
Jack Campbell Boundless
Dan Fesperman Winter Work
Katie Kitamura A Separation
Katie Kitamura Intimacies
Giacomo Sartori I Am God
Howard Owen Monument
Eric Silberstein The Insecure Mind of Sergei Kraev
Kotaro Isaka Bullet Train
Keigo Higashino Silent Parade
Timothy Zahn Thrawn: Treason
Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire
Timothy Zahn Dark Force Rising
Timothy Zahn The Last Command
Pat Frank Alas, Babylon
Jay Posey Outriders
John Birmingham The Shattered Skies
Julie Schumacher Dear Committee Members

Nonfiction, 2021

Vivek Ramaswamy Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam
Mary Grabar Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America
James Forman Jr. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Bruce Bawer The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind
Bruce Bawer Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom
Jason D. Hill What Do White Americans Owe Black People? Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression
Andrea Wulf The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Robert Zaretsky A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning
David S. Brown The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams
George Packer Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal
Dara Horn People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present
Kenny Xu An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy
Shelby Steele White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era
John McWhorter Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America
Stephanie Deutsch You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South
Frederick Douglass My Bondage and My Freedom
John Rhodehamel America's Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth, and the Lincoln Assassination
James Oakes The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics
James Oakes The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution
Michael S. Green Lincoln and Native Americans
Alexander Laban Hinton It Can Happen Here: White Power and the Rising Threat of Genocide in the US
Robert L. Woodson Sr., Editor Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers
Michael Knowles Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds
Patrick Wyman The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World 1490-1530
Jay Caspian Kang The Loneliest Americans
Chris Miller We Shall Be Masters: Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin
Lars Mytting Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
Ty Seidule Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
Dennis C. Rasmussen Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders
Jason Fagone The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
Alan Taylor American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850
Alan Taylor American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804
Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination
Nicole Perlroth This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
Debra Soh The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in our Society
Stephen Bates An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee that Redefined Freedom of the Press
Susan Neiman Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
Susan Neiman Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil
Paul Harvey Howard Thurman and the Disinherited: A Religious Biography
Paul Harvey Martin Luther King: A Religious Life
Stephen Budiansky Journey to the Edge of Reason: The Life of Kurt Gödel
Matthew Lohmeier Irresistible Revolution: Marxism's Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military
Rod Dreher Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Dissident Christians
Miles Harvey The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch
Douglas Murray The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
Robert D. Kaplan The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian
Pascal Bruckner An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt
Pascal Bruckner The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism
Thomas Chatterton Williams Self-Portrait in Black and White: Family, Fatherhood, and Rethinking Race
Andy Ngo Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy
Roger Scruton Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left
Jackie Robinson I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography
Albert Murray The Omni-Americans: New Perspectives on Black Experience and American Culture
Voddie T. Baucham Jr. Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism's Looming Catastrophe
Nicholas Buccola The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America
Michael Strevens The Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science
Daniel Yergin The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations
David Edmonds The Murder of Professor Schlick: The Rise and Fall of the Vienna Circle
Bob Brier Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt
Michael Herr Dispatches
Michael E. Mann The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet
Michael Shellenberger Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
Bjorn Lomborg False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet
Declan Walsh The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Precarious State
Helen Pluckrose & James Lindsay Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity
Anne Applebaum Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
James A. Morone Republic of Wrath: How American Politics Turned Tribal, from George Washington to Donald Trump
John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It
Lesley M.M. Blume Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World
R.D. Kirk & Sangam Napit The Experience Manifesto: A New Way to Think about Work, Purpose, and Beyond
Debra J. Dickerson The End of Blackness: Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners
Rebecca Solnit Recollections of My Nonexistence
James Shapiro Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future
Richard Bell Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
W. Caleb McDaniel Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America
Ruth Ben-Ghiat Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
Carlo Rovelli Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution
Robert S. Levine The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Mark R. Levin American Marxism
Ibram X. Kendi Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Anne Boyer The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

Fiction, 2021

Benjamín Labatut When We Cease to Understand the World
Amitava Kumar A Time Outside This Time
Christopher Beha The Index of Self-Destructive Acts
Hari Kunzru Red Pill
Lily King Writers & Lovers
Madeleine Henry The Love Proof
Nicole Krauss To Be a Man: Stories
Ayad Akhtar Homeland Elegies
Timothy Zahn Thrawn
Timothy Zahn Thrawn: Alliances
P.W. Singer & August Cole Ghost Fleet
Peter F. Hamilton The Evolutionary Void
Isaac Asimov The End of Eternity
Mur Lafferty Six Wakes
Elliot Ackerman & James Stavridis 2034: A Novel of the Next World War
William Kent Krueger Ordinary Grace
Manuel Vilas Ordesa
B.J. Novak One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Dan Frey The Future is Yours
John Hersey Too Far To Walk
John Jackson Miller Kenobi
David Hopen The Orchard
Jennifer Hofmann The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures
Rumaan Alam Leave the World Behind

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