Best Books I read from 1987 through 1989

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read in the late 1980s. They are books that influenced how I see the world, and many are the books I most refer back to in conversations with others.

For some of these books, I now realize that I have matured or otherwise moved to a place in conflict with the propositions put forth in the book. However, even these books undoubtedly shaped my thinking in certain, durable ways. And they certainly inspired me, through the sheer intellectual enjoyment of reading them at the time, to read voraciously in a never-ending search for further epiphanies.

American Power & the New Mandarins, by Chomsky, Noam

Death & Life of Great American Cities, by Jacobs, Jane

Superhighway-Superhoax, by Leavitt, Helen

Communism, Democracy, Catholic Power, by Blanshard, Paul

Religion, Philosophy, & Science, by Beckwith, Burnham

Four Arguments for Elimination of Television, by Mander, Jerry

Essays in Freethinking, Vol. II, by Cohen, Chapman

American Democracy & the Vatican, by Mumford, Stephen

Good and Evil, by Taylor, Richard

Community and Privacy, by Alexander, Christopher

The Pursuit of Loneliness, by Slater, Phillip

Ecology & the Politics of Scarcity, by Ophuls, William

Injustice for All, by Strick, Anne

Cultural Materialism, by Harris, Marvin [this is one of the most important books I ever read]

Essays in Freethinking, Vol. I, by Cohen, Chapman

A Guide to Rational Living, by Ellis, Albert

Democracy for the Few, by Parenti, Michael

Human Scale, by Sale, Kirkpatrick [one of my all-time favorite books]

Clarence Darrow for the Defense, by Stone, Irving

The Myth of Mental Illness, by Szasz, Thomas

How I Found Freedom in Unfree World, by Browne, Harry

Cannibals & Kings, by Harris, Marvin

Punishment & Rehabilitation, by Murphy, Jeffrie

Obedience to Authority, by Milgram, Stanley [one of the most important books I ever read]obedience-to-authority

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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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