2018 Reading List

This list is the noteworthy books I’ve read in 2018. Previous lists include: 20172016, 2015.

American Culture

  1. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century by Timothy Snyder. This succinct book that takes a close look at some of the dangers presented by the Trump presidency — drawing lessons from historical events. Purchase
  2. American Character by Colin Woodard. This is the second book I’ve read by Colin Woodard. The first was American Nations. This book is every bit as good as the first. Its exploration of the battle between what is best for the individual versus what is best for the community is well researched and is segmented by each of the 11 American Nations. Very important read in the current political climate. Purchase
  3. The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand. I wanted to read this to better understand the appeal of Rand’s philosophies to some GOP politicians. Although her viewpoints appeal to members of the GOP, they feel shallow and in direct contrast to those who claim America is a Christian nation. Purchase
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