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READING LIST

This is a list of what I've been reading lately and enjoyed.  I seek out books that help me improve my writing, character development, and plot construction.  Much of what I read is nonfiction, especially history, and classic literature.  

My List:

  • Confessions -- St. Augustine

  • Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • Why Nations Fail -- Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

  • Democracy in America -- Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Doctor Zhivago -- Boris Pasternak

  • Unsettled:  What Climate Science Tells Us, What it Doesn't, and Why it Matters -- Steven Koonin

  • Energy and Civilization -- Vaclav Smil

  • Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen

  • Grant -- Ron Chernow

  • The Last King of America -- Andrew Roberts

  • The River Where America Began -- Bob Deans

  • The Life of Elizabeth I -- Alice Weir

  • Persian Fire -- Tom Holland

  • Jefferson and Montecello -- Jack McLaughlin

  • The Odyssey -- Homer

  • The War that Made the Roman Empire -- Barry Strauss

  • Persians:  the Age of Great Kings -- Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

  • Battle Cry of Freedom -- James McPherson 

  • Short Stories -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson:  Means of Ascent -- Robert Caro

  • Manhattan Transfer --- John Dos Passos

  • Macbeth -- William Shakespeare

  • Pillar of Fire -- Taylor Branch

  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant -- U.S. Grant

  • Republic -- Plato

  • O Pioneers! -- Willa Cather

  • Writings & Drawings -- James Thurber

  • Reveries of the Solitary Walker -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • Osman's Dream:  The History of the Ottoman Empire -- Caroline Finkel

  • Our First Civil War:  Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution -- H.W. Brands

  • In Praise of Slowness -- Carl Honore

  • Meditations -- Marcus Aurelius

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe

  • he Dred Scott Case -- Don E. Fehrenbacher

  • The Eagle Against the Sun -- Ronald Spector

  • The Lincoln Highway -- Amor Towles

  • Custer's Trials -- T.J. Stiles

  • Alexander I:  The Tsar Who Defeated Napoleon -- Marie-Pierre Rey

  • All the King's Men -- Robert Penn Warren

  • Margaret Thatcher:  Herself Alone -- Charles Moore

  • Writings -- James Madison

  • Empire of Liberty -- Gordon S. Wood

  • The Obstacle is the Way -- Ryan Holiday

  • The Leopard -- Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

  • The Baseball Book of Why -- John McCollister

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson:  The Path to Power -- Robert Caro

  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories -- Norman Maclean

  • James Madison --Ralph Ketcham

  • Fight Club -- Chuck Palahniuk

  • Abraham Lincoln:  A Life -- Michael Burlingame

  • Visitors to Monticello -- Merrill D. Peterson

  • Ramayana -- R.K. Narayan

  • The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans -- Plutarch

  • The Great Arab Conquests -- Hugh Kennedy

  • Robert Kennedy and His Times -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

  • The Alexiad -- Anna Komnene

  • Powers and Thrones -- Dan Jones

  • Infinite Jest -- David Foster Wallace

  • The Daily Stoic -- Ryan Holiday

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire -- Edward Gibbon

  • The Latino Continuum and the Nineteenth-Century Americas -- Carmen Lamas

  • Margaret Thatcher -- at her Zenith:  In London, Washington and Moscow -- Charles Moore

  • In Defense of Thomas Jefferson:  The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal -- William G. Hyland, Jr.

  • The Enlightenment -- Ritchie Robertson

  • The Price of Peace:  Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes -- Zachary D. Carter

  • Napoleon -- Andrew Roberts

  • 1177 B.C. -- the Year Civilization Collapsed -- Eric H. Cline

  • Crime and Punishment -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain -- George Saunders

  • John Quincy Adams -- James Traub

  • My Dearest Friend:  the Letters on John and Abigail Adams -- John and Abigail Adams