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An American History from Barnum to Madoff
Edward J. Balleisen

Completed in 2017 19 books

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Kill All Normies
Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right
Angela Nagle
Conscience of a Conservative
A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
Jeff Flake
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Chaos Monkeys
Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
Antonio Garcia Martinez
The Angry Chef
Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating
Anthony Warner
The Wealth of Humans
Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century
Ryan Avent
The Complacent Class
The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
Tyler Cowen
The New Church Ladies
The Extremely Uptight World of “Social Justice”
Jim Goad
The Manchurian Candidate
Richard Condon
The Death of Expertise
The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Thomas M. Nichols
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
Jonathan Allen
Amie Parnes
Seeing Like a State
How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed
James C. Scott
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)
Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Carol Tavris
Elliot Aronson
Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond
Success and Luck
Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy
Robert H. Frank
The Unpersuadables
Adventures with the Enemies of Science
Will Storr
The Undoing Project
A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Michael Lewis
Fumbling the Future
How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, the First Personal Computer
Douglas K. Smith
Robert C. Alexander

Completed in 2016 19 books

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Listen, Liberal
Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
Thomas Frank
Player Piano
Kurt Vonnegut
The Big Sort
Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart
Bill Bishop
Rise of the Robots
Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Martin Ford
Creating Cities
Marcus Westbury
Hillbilly Elegy
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
J. D. Vance
White Trash
The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Nancy Isenberg
Retirement on the Rocks
Why Americans Can’t Get Ahead and How New Savings Policies Can Help
Christian E. Weller
The True Believer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
Eric Hoffer
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt
Digital Gold
Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
Nathaniel Popper
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward R. Tufte
The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
Dan Lyons
Bait and Switch
The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Barbara Ehrenreich
The Making of Behavioral Economics
Richard H. Thaler
Don’t Get Too Comfortable
The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems
David Rakoff
Nickel and Dimed
On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich
Things That Gain from Disorder
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Completed in 2015 18 books

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The Geography of Nowhere
The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-made Landscape
James Howard Kunstler
First, Break All the Rules
What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
Marcus Buckingham
Curt Coffman
Walkable City
How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Jeff Speck
Mostly Harmless
Douglas Adams
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Douglas Adams
Life, the Universe and Everything
Douglas Adams
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Why We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever
James Wallman
The Martian
Andy Weir
The Black Swan
The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Straight to Hell
True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals
John LeFevre
War Dogs
Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love
Rebecca Frankel
Generation on a Tightrope
A Portrait of Today’s College Student
Arthur Levine
Diane R. Dean
Cyber War
The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
Richard A. Clarke
Robert Knake
The Peter Principle
Why Things Always Go Wrong
Laurence J. Peter
Raymond Hull
State of Fear
Michael Crichton
Never Saw It Coming
Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst
Karen A. Cerulo

Completed in 2014 14 books

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Hollowing Out the Middle
The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Patrick J. Carr
Maria J. Kefalas
The Bedwetter
Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
Sarah Silverman
Turn the Ship Around!
A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
L. David Marquet
Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes
My Loser Phase
Tales of Video Game Retail 1992-1997
Hugues Johnson
Console Wars
Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
Blake J. Harris
Crabgrass Frontier
The Suburbanization of the United States
Kenneth T. Jackson
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty
Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
The Big Roads
The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways
Earl Swift
Why Having Too Little Means So Much
Sendhil Mullainathan
Eldar Shafir
Memoirs of a Secretary at War
Robert M. Gates
The Box
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
Marc Levinson
The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Erik Larson

Completed in 2013 16 books

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An American Autopsy
Charlie LeDuff
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
Average is Over
Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
Tyler Cowen
Predictably Irrational
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Dan Ariely
The Defining Decade
Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now
Meg Jay
Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery
A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn
The End of the Suburbs
Where the American Dream Is Moving
Leigh Gallagher
The Signal and the Noise
Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t
Nate Silver
How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
Kelly Williams Brown
Cockpit Confidential
Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections
Patrick Smith
Never Eat Alone
And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Keith Ferrazzi
Tahl Raz
Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences
John Allen Paulos
Class Matters
The New York Times
Don’t Make Me Think
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug
Fun Inc.
Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century
Tom Chatfield

Completed in 2012 10 books

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The Working Poor
Invisible in America
David K. Shipler
The Clash of the Cultures
Investment vs. Speculation
John C. Bogle
The Diamond Age
Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer
Neal Stephenson
Reality Is Broken
Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
Jane McGonigal
Why We Drive the Way We Do
Tom Vanderbilt
Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3
Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire
Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2
Suzanne Collins
How To Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain
Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson

Completed in 2011 17 books

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The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Gregory Maguire
Travels in the New Third World
Michael Lewis
Physics of the Impossible
A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
Michio Kaku
Ghost in the Wires
My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
Kevin Mitnick
A Dance with Dragons
George R. R. Martin
The Mythical Man-Month
Essays on Software Engineering
Frederick P. Brooks
Neal Stephenson
The Call of Cthulhu
H. P. Lovecraft
Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
The Big Short
Inside the Doomsday Machine
Michael Lewis
Liar’s Poker
Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Michael Lewis
The Myth of the Rational Market
A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
Justin Fox
The Four Pillars of Investing
Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio
William J. Bernstein
How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
Barbara Ehrenreich
The Millionaire Next Door
The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.
William D. Danko, Ph.D.
Broke, USA
From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business
Gary Rivlin