Total 44 books

Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic that Changed History by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta—America’s nightmarish  response to COVID

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed—How the gold standard caused the Great Depression

The Lords of Creation: The History of America’s 1 Percent by Frederick Lewis Allen—Why the Great Recession happened—and the Great Depression before it

The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War by Scott Anderson—Four CIA spies who helped set US policy in the 1940s and 50s

The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles—An entertaining account of deception in World War II

The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman—The four men who led the US Navy in WWII

The Mission: A True Story by David W. Brown—Mission to Europa to find extraterrestrial life

A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World, by Gregory Clark—Why is the Global North so much richer than the South?

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll—The truth about ExxonMobil (it ain’t pretty)

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe—They personified Gilded Age excess

The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific by William Craig—The ugly background to Japan’s unconditional surrender

The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff—An absorbing biography of Moe Berg, baseball player and WWII spy

The Jews in America by Max I. Dimont—A brilliant account of Jewish history in America

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War by Malcolm Gladwell—Malcolm Gladwell wades into the debate about strategic bombing in WWII

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann—Pre-Columbian civilization in the Amazon

Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze by Peter Harmsen—The 1937 Battle of Shanghai that started World War II

The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War by Benjamin Carter Hett—How the Western democracies stumbled into war with Nazi Germany

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston—The last living former slave tells his story

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr—A supremely entertaining history of American empire

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson—CRISPR technology may change the world as we know it

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer by Steven Johnson—Why are people living so much longer these days?

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan—Geopolitical analysis illuminates history and world politics

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert—In the Anthropocene, the chickens come home to roost

AI 2041 by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan—A troubling but balanced view of artificial intelligence

The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones by Larry Loftis—The American fashion model who spied for the Allies in World War II

Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillis—Assessing the havoc Amazon has created

Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books by Jess McHugh—The bestsellers that shaped the American character

Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live—and How their Wealth Harms Us All by Michael Mechanic—The curious lives of the rich and not-so-famous

Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World by Cade Metz—Teaching machines to make sense of the world

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz—Join archaeologists at work around the world

The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent—The racist movement that stopped immigration a century ago

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson—The men behind the British-American partnership in WWII

From Warsaw With Love: Polish Spies, the CIA, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance by John Pomfret—The long-lasting alliance between Polish spies and the CIA

Geniuses at War: Bletchley Park, Colossus, and the Dawn of the Digital Age by David A. Price—The top-secret story  of the first digital computer

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot—Exposing the dark side of medical history

Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old by Andrew Steele—An aging reviewer tackles a book about aging

Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire by Brad Stone—Deconstructing the Jeff Bezos story

By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution by David Talbot and Margaret Talbot—Chronicling the incomplete second American Revolution

The Order of the Day by Éric Vuillard—The men who made Adolf Hitler’s war possible

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock—The lies they told us about the Afghanistan War

Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa—Bob Woodward’s revealing new book about the Trump-Biden transition

Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michela Wrong—Why does the West support an African regime gone bad?

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965 by Jia Lynn Yang—What has made America a nation of immigrants?

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution by Helen Zia—Four young Chinese experience WWII and Revolution

Books about World War II in the Pacific