In 2015, I committed myself to reading 10 books during the year, and I succeeded in my goal by reading 11. The books I read were:
- Downtown White Police
- Sexual Utopia in Power
- Understanding Human History
- Optimal Control and Estimation
- Arrest-Proof Yourself
- The Ascent of Money
- The Intelligent Investor
- A Rumor of War
- The Prince
- The Richest Man in Babylon
Brief, one-sentence reviews of each one:
- 2 out of 5 stars. The content was good, but the author’s writing isn’t that great.
- 4 out of 5 stars. Excellent writing and content on gender dynamics in the sexual dystopia of 2015 America.
- 4 out of 5 stars. Excellent writing and thoroughly researched, but I find studies based solely on computer simulations to be lacking.
- 3 out of stars. This book was a little beyond my skill level, and what I did understand was not very useful to me anyways.
- 5 out of 5 stars. The author humorously discusses the problems with the criminal justice system, as well as strategies for keeping your butt out of it.
- 4 out of 5 stars. A well-done discussion of the origins of money and credit and how they impact our modern life.
- 4 out of 5 stars. The advice is good, but the content is dated.
- 5 out of 5 stars. An emotional account of a combat veteran of the Vietnam War; some scenes from this book were put practically verbatim into the film “Platoon.”
- 4 out of 5 stars. Machiavelli’s classical treatise on how to obtain and keep political power.
- 5 out of 5 stars. This book is an instruction manual on how to become wealthy and live a life of relative comfort, while vast legions languish in poverty or debt-slavery.
- 4 out of 5 stars. This is a good read for the new high-school graduate that needs sound advice on how to choose a career and educational path.
Moving Forward Into 2016
I’ve already acquired several books for Christmas, and have quite a bit more on my reading plate for 2016. I found 10 books to be a rather easy goal, so I’ve upped it to 15 books for this year. I have about 5 books half-read that I need to finish. Here is a partial list of what I have planned for 2016:
- A Troublesome Inheritance by Nicholas Wade
- Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
- Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell
- Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell
- Knowledge and Decisions by Thomas Sowell
- Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry by Colin Flaherty
I also need to finish these books off; they are all lying around half-read:
- Propaganda by Jacques Ellul
- The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul
- The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk
- The Way of Men by Jack Donovan
- Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
- The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein