Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

Book List

Below is a eclectic and incomplete list of books that I have read. Without a doubt, I have been influenced by many of them, some more than others, and I probably can’t express how they have subtly or subconsciously changed my thinking.

  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  • The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power – Joel Bakan
  • Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty – Roy F. Baumeister, Ph. D.
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II – Douglas A. Blackmon
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor)
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • The Stranger – Albert Camus
  • Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone – Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  • Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid – Jimmy Carter
  • Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy – Noam Chomsky
  • I Am America (And So Can You!) – Stephen Colbert
  • The Poet – Michael Connelly
  • All Families are Psychotic – Douglas Coupland
  • Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
  • Microserfs – Douglas Coupland
  • JPod – Douglas Coupland
  • Life After God – Douglas Coupland
  • Why Evolution is True – Jerry A. Coyne
  • The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  • The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing – Edited By Richard Dawkins
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed – Jared Diamond
  • The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations – Dietrich Dorner
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt
  • Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand Up to the Facts – Edited by David Dunbar and Brad Reagan
  • Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America – Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why – Bart D. Ehrman
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron -Peter Elkind and Bethany McLean
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character – Richard P. Feynman
  • The Truth: With Jokes – Al Franken
  • On Bullshit – Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Capitalism and Freedom – Milton Friedman
  • The Systems Bible: The Beginner’s Guide to Systems Large and Small being the Third Edition of Systemantics – John Gall
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times – Amy Goodman and David Goodman
  • Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back – Amy Goodman and David Goodman
  • The Assault on Reason – Al Gore
  • Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics – Glenn Greenwald
  • Replay – Ken Grimwood
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  • The Road to Serfdom – Friedrich Hayek
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • Demian – Hermann Hesse
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic – Chalmers Johnson
  • The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic – Chalmers Johnson
  • The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments – George Johnson
  • Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq – Stephen Kinzer
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism – Naomi Klein
  • The Conscience of a Liberal – Paul Krugman
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Way Things Ought to Be – Rush Limbaugh
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong – James W. Loewen
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire
  • Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind – Gary Marcus
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • 1776 – Douglas McCullough
  • Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation – Michael Moore
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • American Nerd: The Story of My People – Benjamin Nugent
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream – Barack Obama
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing’s Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine – Charles Petzold
  • American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century – Kevin Phillips
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven – Don Piper with Cecil Murphy
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan
  • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – Carl Sagan
  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – Eric Schlosser
  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body – Neil Shubin
  • Hyperion – Dan Simmons
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (translated by H. T. Willetts)
  • Maus – Art Spiegelman
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Suskind
  • America (The Book) : A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Blankets – Craig Thompson
  • Timecross’d: A Love Story Out of Time – Sean K. Thompson
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • The Marx-Engels Reader – Edited By Robert C. Tucker
  • The World Without Us – Alan Weisman
  • Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present – Howard Zinn

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