Notable Books We Read in 2018
Just in time for your holiday shopping, our annual baker's dozen of the best books we read in 2018. As always, it's the year we read them, not the year they were published. This year includes some very juicy oldies. Here they are, in no particular order:
by Stuart E. Eizenstat
If you are a student of American history, here is one of the finest biographies of a U.S. presidency we have encountered, and an indispensable volume for understanding the 1970s. Under Carter, the Democrats had their greatest post-war majority in Congress. And squandered it.
Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution
by Frank McLynn
Speaking of myth, few suffer from it more than the two great figures of the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. They barely knew each other, only met once, and in large measure the changes they both fought for never came to pass. But the Mexico of today is still rooted in this revolution, and this book provides a deeper understanding.
The Chemistry Between Us
by Larry Young, PhD. and Brian Alexander
What is love? This book delves into the nature and chemistry of love, whether romantic or familial. It's all here: parent-child bonding, cheating, infatuation, and lust, to mention a few.
A Nation of Deadbeats
by Scott Reynolds Nelson
It was railroad interests that weighed in heavily to aid Abraham Lincoln's ascent to the presidency -- and to link together the vast new country. But those same railroads time and time again brought financial crisis. Scott Reynolds Nelson covers the long history of U.S. financial calamities, from William Duer in 1792 to those in our more recent past.
1966: The Year the Decade Exploded
by Jon Savage
I'm showing my age, but 1966 seemed like a pretty revolutionary year to me at the time, and this book brings it all back. The Monkees as a manufactured substitute for an already world-weary Beatles? Timothy Leary proclaiming a world in which still-legal LSD would be administered to infants once a week? Chock full of surprises.
Every Frenchman Has One
by Olivia deHavilland
Olivia de Havilland endeared us in Gone With the Wind, and did so again in this short and effortlessly witty book. Her discourse on the Bosom is timeless.
by Ron Chernow
An early work of Ron Chernow, since famous for his biographies of Alexander Hamilton and Ulysses S. Grant. The Warburgs were as prominent as the Rothschilds in German banking circles, and often as impactful internationally. They dominated the trading center of Hamburg. Reading about their valiant, painful missteps in the two World Wars is gripping and instructive.
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