Best Books I read from 2008 Through 2009

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read from 2008 through 2009. 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.

Beyond Chutzpah, by Finkelstein, Norman G.

America’s War on Sex, by Klein, Marty

Green Metropolis, by Owen, David

The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy, by Mearsheimer, J & Walt, S

In Defense of Food, by Pollan, Michael

The Kite Runner, by Hosseini, Khaled

Running on Empty, by Peterson, Peter

Trick or Treatment, by Singh, S. & Edzard Ernst

Nudge, by Thaler, Richard & Sunstein, Cass

Predictably Irrational, by Ariely, Dan

Outliers, by Gladwell, Malcolm

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, by Vanderbilt, Tom

Fighting Traffic, by Norton, Peter51C6WFKw8EL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

Reinventing Collapse, by Orlov, Dmitry

Community and the Politics of Place, by Kemmis, Daniel

Legacy of Ashes, by Weiner, Tim

The Option of Urbanism, by Leinberger, Christopher

Big Box Swindle, by Mitchell, Stacy

In Harm’s Way, by Stanton, Doug

Nemesis, by Johnson, Chalmers

The Coming Economic Collapse, by Leeb, Stephen

Don’t Believe Everything You Think, by Kida, Thomas

Infidel, by Ali, Ayaan Hirsi

Breakthrough, by Nordhaus, Ted & Michael Shellenberger                 ________________________________________________________

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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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