Non–Fiction List

Here are some lists of books I've read (fairly) recently. By "read" I mean that I listened to them as audiobooks. In many cases, I also read a physical (or electronic) copy of the book, but I'm lumping them all together here. I've broken non-fiction into a few (somewhat arbitrary) sub-categories:


  1. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, by Dan Jones
  2. The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors, by Dan Jones
  3. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer
  4. The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire, by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
  5. The Thirty Years War, by C. V. Wedgwood
  6. Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, by Jonathan W. Jordan
  7. Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, by Carolly Erickson
  8. The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, by Mark Mazzetti
  9. The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy, by Adrienne Mayor
  10. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson
  11. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll
  12. The Great Siege, by Ernle Bradford
  13. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes, by Tamim Ansary
  14. Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor, by Anthony Everitt
  15. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, by Anne Applebaum
  16. All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, by Stephen Kinzer
  17. John Adams, by David McCullough
  18. Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England, by Thomas Penn
  19. Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization, by Richard Miles
  20. Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, by Tom Holland
  21. The Centennial History of the Civil War, by Bruce Catton
    1. The Coming Fury
    2. Terrible Swift Sword
    3. Never Call Retreat
  22. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, by Barbara W. Tuchman
  23. The Guns of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman
  24. Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder

Society, Politics, Law, Science

  1. The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind and Changed the History of Free Speech in America, by Thomas Healy
  2. The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World, by Edward Dolnick
  3. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
  4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
  5. Excellent Sheep, by William Deresiewicz
  6. College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, by Jeffrey J. Selingo
  7. Civilization: The West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson
  8. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  9. The Smartest Kids in the World, by Amanda Ripley
  10. Boomerang, by Michael Lewis
  11. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis
  12. We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency, by Parmy Olson

Memoirs, etc.

  1. Slow Getting Up, by Nate Jackson
  2. Proof, by Adam Rogers
  3. Them: Adventures with Extremists, by Jon Ronson
  4. Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, by Jon Ronson
  5. The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson
  6. Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau
  7. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
  8. Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama