Best Books I Read in 2013

By Dom Nozzi

The following is a list of the best books I read in 2013 (out of the 70 I read in 2013). 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.

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery (2013)

God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, by Tom Hickman (2013)

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives & Culture, by Darrel Ray (2009)51Kl8d+U2YL

Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, by Jeremy Scahill (2013)

The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America, by David Domke and Kevin Coe (2010)

Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control, by Medea Benjamin (2013)

Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father — And How We Can Fix It, by David Goldhill (2013)

Who Stole the American Dream?, by Hedrick Smith (2012)

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck (2012)

Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, & Why Universities Won’t Admit It, by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor (2012)


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About Dom Nozzi

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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