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
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 ________________________________________________________