Best Books I Read in 2012

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read in 2012. They are books that influenced how I see the world, and many are the books I most refer back to in conversations with others.

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.

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb: And the Architecture of an American Myth, by Alperovitz, Gar

What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, by Frank, Thomas

Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy & the Future of Environmentalism, by Zehner, Ozzie

Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline…and the Rise of a New Economy, by Gross, Daniel

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Haidt, Jonathan

The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs, by Unger, David

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Maddow, Rachel

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Ralston, Aron

Reasonable Atheism: A Moral Case for Respectful Atheism, by Aikin Scott & Robert Talisse

Manufacturing Hysteria, by Feldman, Jay

Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, & the Culture of Sex, by Schalet, Amy9780226736198

The United States of Fear, by Engelhardt, Tom

Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policy, and Urban Sprawl, by Blais, Pamela

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Klein, Naomi                      ________________________________________________________

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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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