Most of these were Breakfast Books – things I read over the first two cups of coffee while avoiding the internet. The balance were travel companions & things I read instead of sleeping. This is not all of them, just the one’s I felt comfortable admitting I’d read all the way through, underlining as I went.
Animal Spirits, Akeroff & Shiller. A plea for economists to let actual humans into their silly pseudo-scientific equations. Somebody should send Soros a copy.
Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats. Gwynne Dyer. If you just read the scenarios up to 2035 or so - which are mostly probable - you should have trouble sleeping.
Dismantling the Empire, Chalmers Johnson. We need someone new to step up and replace the now departed Johnson, someone to relentlessly chip away at The Empire with truth and vision. And anger.
Econned, Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism. If you need a grounding in the alphabet soup of disastrous ideas that collapsed the empire, here's the thing.
Europe Between The Oceans, Barry Cunliffe. How migration and trade developed and influenced civilization on the European peninsula, 9000 BC to 1000 AD.
Griftopia, Matt Taibbi. The development of finance in the US as a criminal enterprise, from the local realtor's office to Wall Street and Washington.
Impending World Energy Mess (The), Hirsch, Bezdek, & Wendling. The first half you should already know: How we got here. Read the second half, which tries to work out where we go from here.
Monsoon, Robert D. Kaplan. Everything you didn't know about one-third of the world, then, now, and in the future.
Monster (The): How a How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America–and Spawned a Global Crisis. Michael W. Hudson.
Points for a Compass Rose, Evan S. Connell, Jr. When you get so angry you could... go read Connell's indictment of humanity and politicians. I re-read it every 2 or 3 years.
This Time Is Different, Reinhart & Rogoff. No, it isn't. It never is. A little math and chart heavy, but they are economists, after all.
Washington Rules - America’s Path to Permanent War, Bacevich. If you haven't read Bacevich, read this one, then go back and get the others.
Winner Take All, Hacker and Pierson. It's not just income equality, it's what those in the top 1% are doing to our democracy that is frightening.
World in 2050 (The): Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future, Laurence C. Smith. Assume 9 billion people, global warming of 2 to 4ºC, a sea level rise of 3 feet, and a world stripped of its resources by globalization. The future of our Planet of Slums.