2015 Non-Fiction Book Recommenations

Below are the non-fiction books that I have read this Year.  My top ten are in Bold and the top 3 are in Blue Bold

  1. Alexander Hamilton, Chernow, Ron
  2. Supermob:How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Assocites Became America’s Hidden Power brokers, Russo, Gus
  3. Ethnic America: A History, Sowell, Thomas:  This is probably the definitive and most easily readable history of the various ethnicities that immigrated to America.  There is also a fair amount of discussion as to how the the different groups of immigrants interacted with each other and  the process of assimilation into American culture.  One of more interesting points is that throughout American history, almost all the population was native born–even at the peak of immigration in 1910 only about 15% of the population was immigrants.  Through most of US history the native born was well over 90%.  Another point was that the second generation of immigrants have a much higher rate of criminality than either their parents or the rest of the population.  The rate of assimilation varied drastically with Jews, Germans, Japanese and Scandinavians assimilating generally within a generation but Italians and the Irish took multiple generations.  An excellent book.
  4. Justice Perverted: How the Innocence Project at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism Sent an Innocent Man to Prison, Crawford, William B.
  5. The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, Mangalwadi, Vishal:  For anyone interested in the history of religion and in particular the role that Christianity has played in shaping our world, this is a must read.  Since the book is from the perspective of a person raised in India as Hindu who converted to Christianity adds an additional insight into how radical a change Christianity made to not just the West but the entire world. The following linked article gives a flavor of the authors thinking:  http://www.revelationmovement.com/uncategorized/is-secular-india-sacred/
  6. Who Built That, Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs, Malkin, Michelle
  7. Crow Hollow, Wallace, Michael
  8. The Wright Brothers, McCullough, David
  9. Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean, Standifor, Les
  10. Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scare Credit, Calomiris, Charles W.
  11. Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why it could Happen Again, Wallison, Peter
  12. The Great Structures in Architecture: From Antiquity to Baroque, Escrig, F. P.
  13. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Larson, Erik
  14. Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson, Hect, Jennifer Michael
  15. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Kyle, Chris
  16. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, Fromkin, David
  17. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Acemoglu, Daron
  18. Empire of Cotton: A Global History, Beckert, Sven
  19. The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America’s Deadliest Avalanche, Krist, Gary
  20. City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago, Krist, Gary
  21. Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans, Krist Gary
  22. Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective, Sowell, Thomas
  23. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, Banerjee, Abhijit V.
  24. Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, Taleb, Nassim Nicholas:  The best book I have read this decade maybe ever. A must read for anyone who wants to live a fulfilling life.  A couple of Taleb quotes:  The world we live in is vastly different from the world we think we live in.  Success is about honour, feeling morally calibrated, absence of shame, not what some newspaper defines from an external metric.
  25. How to Lie with Statistics, Huff, Darrell
  26. The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict, Cavanaugh, William T.
  27. The Routledge Guidebook to Wittegensteins Philosophical Investigations, McGinn, Marie
  28. The Pilgrim’s Regress, Lewis, C.S.
  29. Plunder and Deceit, Levin, Mark R.
  30. Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, Coulter, Ann
  31. What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, Girgis, Sherif
  32. By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, Marray, Charles
  33. F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems, Bennett, Michael

 

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