Favorite Non-Fiction Books
Here are my favorite secular nonfiction books.
- From Beirut to Jerusalem (Thomas Friedman). Part Lebanon, part Israel. Beautifully written.
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey). Continues to influence me. Great wisdom.
- Good Morning Merry Sunshine (Bob Greene). Greene’s journal of his daughter’s first year of life. Fascinating.
- The Right Stuff (Tom Wolf). A masterpiece of literary nonfiction.
- The Good War (Studs Terkel). An oral history of World War II.
- The Mother Tongue (Bill Bryson). The evolution of the English language told with a great deal of humor.
- Conscience & Courage (Eva Fogelman). Amazing stories of people who sheltered Jews during WW2.
- Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer). An Everest climb goes bad. Beautifully written.
- On Writing Well (William Zinzer). A masterpiece about how to write.
- The Content of Our Character (Shelby Steele). Steele talks candidly about race.
- The Perfect Storm (Sebastian Junger). An amazing piece of journalism.
- In Cold Blood (Truman Capote). The first piece of literary journalism; the model for everyone since.
- The Dark Side (Jane Mayer). She tells the story of the Bush Administration’s descent into torture, obstruction of justice, and so much more.
- A Short History of the World (Christopher Richard Lascelles). Exactly what the title says, and written wonderfully. I learned a lot.
- Ordinary Men (Christopher Browning). The amazing story of a German police reserve battalion that participated in exterminating Jews.
- Skunkworks (Ben Rich). About the secret development of the U2, SR-71, and Stealth planes (and much more).