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).

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