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
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 ________________________________________________________