Best Books I Read in 2012

By Dom Nozzi

The following is a list of the best books I read in 2012 (out of the 71 I read in 2012). 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.

Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, & the Culture of Sex, by Amy Schalet (2011)9780226736198

The United States of Fear, by Tom Engelhardt (2011)

What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, by Thomas Frank (2004)

Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy & the Future of Environmentalism, by Ozzie Zehner (2012)

Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline…and the Rise of a New Economy, by Daniel Gross (2012)

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt (2012)

The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs, by David Unger (2012 )

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow ( 2012)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston (2004)

Reasonable Atheism: A Moral Case for Respectful Atheism, by Scott Aikin & Robert Talisse (2011)

Manufacturing Hysteria, by Jay Feldman (2011)

Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl, by Pamela Blais (2010)

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein (2007)


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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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