Best Books I Read in 2011

by Dom Nozzi

The following is a list of the best books I read in 2011 (out of the 57 I read). Books selected for this list are those that have left a lasting impression on me. Books with ideas that I find myself thinking about or talking about long after I have read the book. Books that have changed the way I think about important issues.

The Inmates are Running the Asylum: Why Hi-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy & How to Restore the Sanity. By Alan Cooper (2004).

The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity. By Jeffrey Sachs (2011).

The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God. By Craig A. James (2010).

Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much & Party So Hard. By Thomas Vander Ven (2011).

The Morality Wars: How Empires, the Born Again and the Politically Correct Do Evil in the Name of Good. By Charles Derber & Yale Magrass (2008). [This is a MUST READ book]

The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq. By Joshua Key & Lawrence Hill (2007). [This is a MUST READ book]

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. By Andrew Bacevich (2008). [This is a MUST READ book]–The-Limits-o-by-Jim-Miles-081109-240.html

The American Way of War: The Dismal “War on Terror” from Bush to Obama. By Tom Engelhardt (2010).

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. By Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha (2010).


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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