Best Books I read from 2000 Through 2004

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read from 2000 through 2004. 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.

Suburban Warriors, by McGirr, Lisa

If the Gods Had Meant us to Vote, He Would Have Given Us Candidates, byHightower, Jim

Downtown, by Fogelson, Robert

Cities: Back from the Edge, by Gratz, Roberta Brandes

Road to Ruin, by Nozzi, DomRoad to Ruin book 2003

The Rise of the Creative Class, by Florida, Richard

No Sense of Place, by Meyrowitz, Joshua

The Malling of America, by Kowinski, William Severini

Antioxidant Revolution, by Cooper, Kenneth

Synthetic Panics, by Jenkins, Philip

Bowling Alone, by Putnam, Robert

The Power Broker, by Caro, Robert

The Skeptical Environmentalist, by Lomborg, Bjorn

Cities in Full, by Belmont, Steve

The Perfect Storm, by Junger, Sebastian

Crabgrass Frontier, by Jackson, Kenneth

Licit & Illicit Drugs, by Brecher, Edward

Higher Superstition, by Gross, P. Levitt, N., Lewis, M., eds.

Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do, by McWilliams, Peter

Once There Were Greenfields, by Benfield, F.K.; Raimi, M.D., Chen, D.D.T.

The Elephant in the Bedroom, by Hart, Stanley & Spivak, Alvin

Kindly Inquisitors, by Rauch, Jonathan

Getting There, by Goddard, Stephen

Rubbish!, by Rathje, William & Murphy, Cullen

The Overworked American, by Schor, Juliet

The Bell Curve, by Herrnstein & Murray                     ________________________________________________________

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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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