Reading List

Here is a (very) fluid list of books currently on my “to read” list. As you can see, it is quite lengthy (for now), it will shrink and grow as times passes and my interests shift. I am an omnivorous reader. My diet of books is wide and varied, yet hovers (somewhat) around history, religion, sports, literary fiction, popular fiction, education and others titles that capture my attention (usually topical). I have always envied the intent reader who goes deep in a single subject – who has read every word written about the Civil War or World War II. I am not that reader. I choose books in response to questions or concerns I have about certain matters of life (practical or philosophical). I seek understanding and perspective from those far wiser than me.


  1. 1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos
  2. A Garden of Earthly Delights by Joyce Carol Oates
  3. Alaska by James Michener
  4. An American Romance by John Casey
  5. Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
  6. Angel of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  7. Cancer Ward by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  8. Captains and Kings by Taylor Caldwell
  9. Caribbean by James Michener
  10. Catch – 22 by Joseph Heller
  11. Centennial by James Michener
  12. Chesapeake by James Michener
  13. Closing Time by Joseph Heller
  14. Compass Rose by John Casey
  15. Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  16. Cosmas, or the Love of God by Pierre De Calan
  17. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  18. Dear and Glorious Physician: A Novel about Saint Luke by Taylor Caldwell
  19. Dear James by Jon Hassler
  20. Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman
  21. Expensive People by Joyce Carol Oates
  22. Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden
  23. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  24. Gertrude by Hermann Hesse
  25. Great Lion of God: A Novel about Saint Paul by Taylor Caldwell
  26. Helena by Evelyn Waugh
  27. I, Judas by Taylor Caldwell
  28. In the First Circle by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  29. In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  30. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  31. Joe Hill by Wallace Stegner
  32. King Jesus by Robert Graves
  33. Klingsor’s Last Summer by Hermann Hesse
  34. Knulp by Hermann Hesse
  35. Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron
  36. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
  37. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
  38. Mexico by James Michener
  39. Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly
  40. Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  41. Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man’s Hunger in his Youth by Thomas Wolfe
  42. Peter Camenzind by Hermann Hesse
  43. Prince of Peace by James Carroll
  44. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sinkiewicz
  45. Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse
  46. Saint Francis by Nikos Kazantzakis
  47. Son of Dust by H.F.M. Prescott
  48. Spartina by John Casey
  49. Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman
  50. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  51. Texas by James Michener
  52. The 42nd Parallel: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos
  53. The Big Money: Volume Three of the U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos
  54. The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
  55. The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
  56. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  57. The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West
  58. The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
  59. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser
  60. The Half-Life of Happiness by John Casey
  61. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  62. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis
  63. The Man on the Donkey, Parts 1 & 2 by H.F.M. Prescott
  64. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
  65. The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain
  66. The Source by James Michener
  67. The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
  68. The Thin Red Line by James Jones
  69. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  70. The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  71. them by Joyce Carol Oates
  72. Things As They Are by Paul Horgan
  73. Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance by Richard Powers
  74. Underworld by William Styron
  75. Viper’s Tangle by Francois Mauriac
  76. Whistle by James Jones
  77. Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates
  78. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe

Non-Fiction (by topic)

  1. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
  2. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman
  3. A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System by T. R. Reid
  4. A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature and the Future of the Planet by Raj Patel
  5. A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU by David Whitford
  6. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
  8. America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis
  9. American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation by Adam Morris
  10. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
  11. Beer and Circus How Big-Time College Sports Has Crippled Undergraduate Education by Murray Sperber
  12. Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community by Alfie Kohn
  13. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler
  14. Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer by Chuck Culpepper
  15. Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas and a Tale of Two Cities by Chad Broughton
  16. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas
  17. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
  18. Borrow: The American Way of Debt by Louis Hyman
  19. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  20. Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports by Jay M. Smith
  21. Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age by James Carroll
  22. Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education by B.K. Eakman
  23. Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say by Douglas Rushkoff
  24. College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo
  25. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History by James Carroll
  26. Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace by Margaret Thaler Singer
  27. Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
  28. Debtor Nation: A History of America’s Red Ink by Louis Hyman
  29. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
  30. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
  31. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder
  32. Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America’s Teachers by Rita Kramer
  33. Educating for the New World Order by B.K. Eakman
  34. Educational Wastelands: The Retreat from Learning in Our Public Schools by Arthur E. Bestor
  35. Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, From the 15th Century to the 21st by Frank Trentmann
  36. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination by Walter Wink
  37. Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
  38. Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  39. Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer by Richard Rhodes
  40. Fire in the Lake: Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald
  41. God and Empire by John Dominic Crossan
  42. God at War: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict by Greg Boyd
  43. God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It by Jim Wallis
  44. Healing the Masculine Soul: God’s Restoration of Men to Real Manhood by Gordon Dalbey
  45. Hell’s Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler’s War Machine by Diarmuid Jeffreys
  46. Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  47. Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin
  48. House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power by James Carroll
  49. How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer
  50. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intellectual Reading by Mortimer Adler
  51. I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1933-1941 by Victor Klemperer
  52. I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years: 1942-1945 by Victor Klemperer
  53. Indentured: The Battle to End the Exploitation of College Athletes by Joe Nocera
  54. Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 by Christopher Clark
  55. Just Jesus: My Struggle to Become Human by Walter Wink
  56. KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann
  57. Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler
  58. Life, Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back by Douglas Rushkoff
  59. Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple
  60. Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief by Jordan Peterson
  61. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas
  62. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
  63. Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon by John D. Fair
  64. Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the Manly Culture of York Barbell by John D. Fair
  65. Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament by Walter Wink
  66. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness in a Fragmented World by Bill Plotkin
  67. No Bars to Manhood: A Powerful, Personal Statement on Radical Confrontation with Contemporary Society by Daniel Berrigan
  68. No Contest: The Case Against Competition by Alfie Kohn
  69. Not for Long: The Life and Career of the NFL Athlete by Robert W. Turner II
  70. On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior
  71. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
  72. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  73. Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses by Theodore Dalrymple
  74. Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream by Sara Goldrick-Rab
  75. People, Power and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent by Joseph Stiglitz
  76. Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff
  77. Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System by James Michener
  78. Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class by Ross Douthat
  79. Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School by Shamus Rahman Kahn
  80. Program of Be Programmed: Ten Commands for the Digital Age by Douglass Rushkoff
  81. Prosperity: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler
  82. Raven: The Untold Story of Rev. Jim Jones and His People by Tim Reiterman
  83. Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger
  84. Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up by David Conn
  85. Satan and the Problem of Evil: Constructing a Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy by Greg Boyd
  86. Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong
  87. Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World’s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power by Simon Kuper
  88. Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America’s Forgotten Game by David Wangerin
  89. Soccernomics: Why England Loses; Why Germany, Spain, and France Win; and Why One Day Japan, Iraq, and the United States Will Become Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper
  90. Sorrow Built a Bridge by Daniel Berrigan
  91. Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche by Bill Plotkin
  92. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
  93. Taking Responsibility: Self-Reliance and a Responsible Life by Nathaniel Branden
  94. Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
  95. Temp: How American Work, American Business and the American Dream Became Temporary by Louis Hyman
  96. Ten Commandments for the Long Haul by Daniel Berrigan
  97. Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems by Alexandra Stein
  98. The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus by Dallas Willard
  99. The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty That Armed Germany at War by William Manchester
  100. The Art of Being by Erich Fromm
  101. The Art of Living Consciously: The Power of Awareness to Transform Everyday Life
  102. The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  103. The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer by David Goldblatt
  104. The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America by Grant Wahl
  105. The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-rich Owners by James Montague
  106. The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America by Allan Brandt
  107. The Clash of Generations: Saving Ourselves, Our Kids, and Our Economy by Laurence Kotlikoff
  108. The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Student by Allen Bloom
  109. The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports by Joshua Robinson
  110. The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance by Matthew Fox
  111. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  112. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christopher Lasch
  113. The Dark Night of Resistance by Daniel Berrigan
  114. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God by Dallas Willard
  115. The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin
  116. The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
  117. The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters by Benjamin Ginsberg
  118. The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer by David Conn
  119. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
  120. The Game of Our Lives: The English Premier League and the Making of Modern Britain by David Goldblatt
  121. The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship by Dallas Willard
  122. The Gulag Archipelago, Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  123. The Gulag Archipelago, Volume 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  124. The Gulag Archipelago, Volume 3: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  125. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I by Barbara W. Tuchman
  126. The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. Reid
  127. The Heart of the Humanities: Reading, Writing and Teaching by Mark Edmundson
  128. The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant
  129. The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine by Matthew Fox
  130. The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn
  131. The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity by Daniel J. Mahoney
  132. The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church by Malachi Martin
  133. The Kings and Their Gods: The Pathology of Power by Daniel Berrigan
  134. The Last Farmer: An American Memoir by Howard Kohn
  135. The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities by Frank Donoghue
  136. The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball by Michael Sokolove
  137. The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
  138. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
  139. The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara Tuchman
  140. The Miseducation of American Teachers by James D. Koerner
  141. The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church by Greg Boyd
  142. The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945 by William Sheridan Allen
  143. The Nightmare of God by Daniel Berrigan
  144. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
  145. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  146. The Paideia Program: An Educational Syllabus by Mortimer J. Adler
  147. The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto by Mortimer J. Adler
  148. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  149. The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges–and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates by Daniel Golden
  150. The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities by William D. Cohan
  151. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman
  152. The Psychology of Romantic Love: Romantic Love in an Anti-Romantic Age by Nathaniel Branden
  153. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
  154. The Road to Character by David Brooks
  155. The Sane Society by Erich Fromm
  156. The Second Mountain by David Brooks
  157. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
  158. The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement by David Brooks
  159. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard
  160. The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph
  161. The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer
  162. The (Un) Common Good by Jim Wallis
  163. The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon
  164. The United States of Soccer: MLS and the Rise of American Soccer Fandom by Phil West
  165. The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon
  166. The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber
  167. The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy by Raj Patel
  168. The World Is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer by John Doyle
  169. The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher’s Unions are Destrying American Education by Peter Brimelow
  170. The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis by Alan Jacobs
  171. This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm by Ted Genoways
  172. Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglass Rushkoff
  173. To Dwell in Peace by Daniel Berrigan
  174. To Have or To Be? by Erich Fromm
  175. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey
  176. University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education by Joshua Hunt
  177. Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces that Determine Human Existence by Walter Wink
  178. Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports and How to Fix It
  179. War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black
  180. Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms Are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks by B. K. Eakman
  181. Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
  182. Wild Mind: The Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin