home page Book Recommendations (a work in progress)

Listed below are books that I have read and feel comfortable recommending (except where noted!).

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Biography / Autobiography
Business, Economics & Finance
Environment & Sustainability...
Fiction

Food
History / Current Events,...
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Journalism & Photojournalism
Judaism
Non-Fiction
Photography
Travel & Hiking
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Biography / Autobiography / Memoir
Blood of the Liberals by George Packer - Part autobiography, part family history and part essay on the history of liberalism in the United States. George Packer's family history is a fascinating one. It interacts with the development of liberalism for at least the last 150+ years and through his discussion of his family's history we learn alot about liberalism.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein
Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story by Robert Baer & Dayna Baer
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins  (Audio CD) - A 9.5 hour unabridged audio version of this book in which it the author relates his atypical professional experiences, one where he created economic forecasts to suit his superiors and American interests. These forecasts generally misled other countries into agreeing to various financial arrangements that ultimately were not at all in their interest as these forecasts were purposely slanted. His professional experiences are not the sort found in textbooks. As the saying goes "Lies, damn lies and statistics!"
Faith of My Fathers by John McCain  (Abridged audio CD)
Hunting the Jackal by Billy Waugh with Tim Keown -Mr. Waugh is certainly someone who has compiled a very impressive record defending our country and our country is the better for it. While I doubt that this book will win any major literary awards, it is still an interesting well written fast paced and entertaining story which I enjoyed. If this type of material or story interests you then you will not be disappointed as Mr. Waugh is the real deal and few can relate a story such as his as there may not be any other people around who've written autobiographies of a career in the Special Forces (and doing similar but different work later on for the CIA) that spans half a century! If I ever were to cross paths with Mr. Waugh (not likely as he seems to spend all his time in dangerous places) then I would consider it an honor to meet him and thank him for defending my country. 
Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival: A Memoir by Jay Neugeboren - This book sucks you in. I learned a lot about the life of someone with a non-trivial emotional problem(s) and how society (and families) treats them. This is also an absorbing personal story that made it hard for me to put the book down. Well written, highly absorbing, and educational.
Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson
Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell  (Abridged audio CD) - Marcus Lutrell's book excels in the telling of his becoming a Navy SEAL and the mission that led to the writing of this book. It's only downside IMHO are the sections where Lutrell rails against "liberal journalists" (and liberals in general?).  It is not that I disagree with him (I probably do disagree with him in many cases), it is that he spends too much time railing against them and repeating his disdain of them a multiple of times  - we got it the first time.  Still, the autobiographical stories which are the main part of the book more than make up for this as Lutrell is a good storyteller and he has quite a story to tell.
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria's Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd by Sam Apple
Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir by Christopher R. Hill
See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story by Greg Smith
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
 
Business, Economics, Management, Careers & Finance
The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World by Andrew S. Winston
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis - The financial meltdown; what really happened, why it happened and who's to blame.
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads With a Brother and a Very Weird Business by Max Alexander
Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist by Ray C. Anderson & Robin White
But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World by Gernot Wagner - Enlightening, educational and entertainingly written.
Carbon Finance: The Financial Implications of Climate Change by Sonia Labatt & Rodney R. White
The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World by William D. Nordhaus
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher - A classic.
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors by Michael E. Porter - Excellent, a classic, one of the few "must reads" in any MBA program. It's one you will keep long after you finish your MBA. (I read the 1980 edition but I gather the newer / current edition is extremely similar).
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy - A classic.
Contrarian Investment Strategies in the Next Generation by David Dreman
Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Performance and Reporting by Ann Brockett & Zabihollah Rezaee
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Thingsby William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy by Jigar Shah
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken
The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in a Changing Government by Steve Cohen, William Eimicke, & Tanya Heikkila
Essentials of Supply Chain Management by Michael H. HugosEssentials of Supply Chain Management by Michael H. Hugos - A basic overview.
The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil by Christine Bader
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy
Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (2nd Edition) by Rajendra S. Sisodia, Jagdish N. Sheth & David B. Wolfe
Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution by Edward Humes
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins and Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins - The later is a supplement to the former.
Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel C. Esty & Andrew Winston
The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them by Joseph E. Stiglitz
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi
Guide to Financial Markets by Marc Levinson
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK(R) Guide by Project Management Institute - Essential / useful guide for those looking to be come certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and/or to learn more about project management.  Caution: May induce drowsiness.
HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management by Harvard Business Review
The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) by Benjamin Graham - A classic (I read the 1973 edition but I gather the newer / current edition is even better).
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis
Making Competition Work in Electricity by Sally Hunt
Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Implementation by Kevin Wilhelm
Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts by Marc J. Epstein & Adriana Rejc Buhovac
More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America by Robert M. Collins - Enlightining but I'm not sure that I agree with everything the author says.
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins - A classic that holds up extremely well 15 years after its publication. It is always tough to predict the future and some (small) parts of the book that discuss technology, markets and politics could use an update but this observation should in no way dissuade one from buying this book. Highly recommended!
Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising by Martin Evening
The Photographer's MBA: Everything You Need to Know for Your Photography Business by Sal Cincotta
PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam by Rita Mulcahy - The book to read after you've read the PMBOK, and it's a lot more readable (not that that is saying much!).
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability by Katie Kross
Project Management Fundamentals: A Practical Overview of the PMBOK by George T. Edwards
Purple Squirrel by Michael B Junge
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin - A long (700+ page) book that is definitely worth the time it will take to read it. Very highly recommended!
A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel - A timeless "classic". IMHO, the best one-book introduction to investing.
The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else by George Anders
The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win by Jeffrey Hollender & Bill Breen
The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley
Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy by Kevin Wilhelm - Recommended with some caveats (read my Amazon.com review).
Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity by Joseph E. Stiglitz
Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry by Travis Bradford
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor & Saul Singer
Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World by Gary Hirshberg
Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the New World of Business by Joel Makower
The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together by Jeana Wirtenberg - Skip this one! (that is, don't waste your time with it!).  Long version: I can't think of anything specific to disagree with that is in this book. OTOH, it seems like generic generalized management advice with a sustainability flavor to it.
Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good by Chris Laszlo
The Team Handbook Third Edition by Peter R Scholtes, Brian L. Joiner & Barbara J Streibel
The Truth About Green Business by Gil Friend
The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Walking the Talk: The Business Case for Sustainable Development by Chad Holliday, Stephan Schmidheiny & Philip Watts
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor by David Landes -David Landes is an enjoyable story teller and writes in a very readable manner. He explains, with amply researched proofs, why various countries have developed the way they have. I learned a lot about world history as well as economics and how geography, culture and government have all interacted in the world to explain the economic history of the world, why some countries are rich and others are poor.
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by by McKenzie Funk
The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius Even if You're Not Too Smart: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt - Poor title, great book! The title of this book does a disservice to its contents. The title is much more sensationalist than the book.
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
 
Environment, Energy & Sustainability,...
Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel by Daniel E. Orenstein, Alon Tal & Char Miller
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George
The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World by Andrew S. Winston
The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis by Ruth DeFries
The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman
The Bridge at the Edge of the World by James Gustave Speth
Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist by Ray C. Anderson & Robin White
But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World by Gernot Wagner - Enlightening, educational and entertainingly written.
Carbon Finance: The Financial Implications of Climate Change by Sonia Labatt & Rodney R. White
A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr - The book is better than the film IMO.
The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World by William D. Nordhaus
Climate Change: Picturing the Science by Gavin Schmidt & Joshua Wolfe
Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet by Gernot Wagner & Martin L. Weitzman
The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley - Riveting and detailed history of the effort to get climate legislation passed in the US (and other related subjects).
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living by Rebecca Louie
Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Performance and Reporting by Ann Brockett & Zabihollah Rezaee
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Thingsby William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy by Jigar Shah
DDT Wars: Rescuing Our National Bird, Preventing Cancer, and Creating the Environmental Defense Fund by Charles F. Wurster
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery
Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming Paperback by Fred Krupp & Miriam Horn
The Earth System (3rd Edition) by Lee R. Kump, James F. Kasting & Robert G. Crane
Eco Barons: The New Heroes of Environmental Activism by Edward Humes
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken
Environmental Law and Policy 3d Edition by James Salzman & Barton H. Thompson Jr.
Environmental Regulation: Law, Science, and Policy, Seventh Edition by Robert V. Percival, Christopher H. Schroeder, Alan S. Miller & James P. Leape
Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (12th Edition) by Richard T. Wright & Dorothy Boorse
Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change by John M. Mandyck & Eric B. Schultz
Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution by Edward Humes
Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing by Doug McKenzie-Mohr
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment by Wenonah Hauter - Strong in describing the potential dangers of fracking and the movement / fight that has arisen to stop it. Not so strong (or worse) on other public policy issues.
Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution by Auden Schendler
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash Paperback by Edward Humes
The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing About Climate Change by Bill McKibben - Like any anthology, some chapters are better than others (and some are a bit dated as climate science and politics are always evolving).
Good Dirt: Confessions Of A Conservationist Second Edition Edition by David E. Morine
Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel C. Esty & Andrew Winston
Grow a Greener Data Center by Douglas Alger
The Guide to Greening Cities by Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Steven S. Nicholas & Julia Parzen
Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects by Norbert Lechner
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines by Michael E. Mann
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman (Abridged Audio CD)
Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Siegel
Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century by Mark Dowie
Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Implementation by Kevin Wilhelm
Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts by Marc J. Epstein & Adriana Rejc Buhovac
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. M. Conway
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins - A classic that holds up extremely well 15 years after its publication. It is always tough to predict the future and some (small) parts of the book that discuss technology, markets and politics could use an update but this observation should in no way dissuade one from buying this book. Highly recommended!
A New Blueprint for a Green Economy by Edward B. Barbier & Anil Markandya
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben - Inspiring and important.
Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore - If you want to only read one book which will explain all the issues regarding the climate crisis then this is the book.  It has an impressive amount of breadth and depth and is very readable.
Photovoltaic Systems by James P. Dunlop
The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment by Benjamin Ross & Steven Amter - That the chemical industry has released huge quantities of inadequately treated toxic wastes into the environment is not news to most people.  What was news to me was how successful (truly breathtaking) the industry was for many many years in their efforts to thwart government regulation of their impact on the environment.  The "regulatory capture" of government entities (including the Public Health Service) by the industry was more than I ever would've believed prior to reading this book. This subject may sound dry but this write-up is actually an enjoyable quick read (with lots of good guys, bad guys, greed, duplicity, conflicts of interest, etc).
Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel by Alon Tal - The most complete environmental history of Israel in English that I am aware of. It has great breadth and depth.
Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology by Alexis Madrigal
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability by Katie Kross
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin - A long (700+ page) book that is definitely worth the time it will take to read it. Very highly recommended!
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland by Miriam Horn
Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amory Lovins
The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win by Jeffrey Hollender & Bill Breen
The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley
Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy by Kevin Wilhelm - Recommended with some caveats (read my Amazon.com review).
The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement by Kate Davies
Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Our Planet-from Dirty Energy by Danny Kennedy
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry by Travis Bradford
Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World by Gary Hirshberg
Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity by James Hansen
Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the New World of Business by Joel Makower
Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 2nd Edition by G. Z. Brown & Mark DeKay
The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together by Jeana Wirtenberg - Skip this one! (that is, don't waste your time with it!). Long version: I can't think of anything specific to disagree with that is in this book. OTOH, it seems like generic generalized management advice with a sustainability flavor to it.
Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good by Chris Laszlo
Sustainability Management: Lessons from and for New York City, America, and the Planet by Steven Cohen
Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy by Steven Cohen, William Eimicke & Alison Miller
Taking Back Eden: Eight Environmental Cases that Changed the World by Oliver A. Houck
The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson - Good book, corny title, a science book with great breadth and decent depth, written for non-scientists.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein - An impressive and broad work and while I do agree with many of Ms. Klein’s points, I can not in the end recommend this book because of what I perceive of as its shortcomings (or maybe it is just that I disagree with her analysis and opinions in too many places). In too many places I believe that Ms. Klein’s analysis to be wrong and that too many of the public policies that she recommends to be wholly unrealistic either in conception or in having any chance that they would or could ever be adopted.  At times this book read like a polemic.
The Truth About Green Business by Gil Friend
Understanding Environmental Policy by Steven Cohen
The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Walking the Talk: The Business Case for Sustainable Development by Chad Holliday, Stephan Schmidheiny & Philip Watts
The Way Into Judaism and the Environment by Jeremy Benstein - Most discussions of what Judaism has to say about the environment involve pasook tossing, quoting a few relatively well known verses from traditional Jewish sources (i.e. the bible) and expounding on how they demonstrate that Judaism is an environmentally friendly religion. While Jeremy's book does discuss all of the usual verses, it doesn't stop there. It goes much much further and creates a learned, sophisticated and nuanced connection between Judaism and pro-environmental policies and behaviors. (Full disclosure: I met Jeremy in 2008 when I participated in a multi-day hike in Israel to raise money for The Heschel Center, Jeremy's NGO, which works on environmental issues in Israel, and for another environmental group. I've written these comments on my own volition without Jeremy's knowledge).
When the Rivers Run Dry: Water - The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century by Fred Pearce
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by by McKenzie Funk
The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin - This book tells an amazing and extremely troubling true story of corporate greed. It tells the story of Monsanto and does it with a serious rigor that refutes any attempt that might be made to dismiss it. One might think that with all the things that Monsanto has done that has knowingly damaged the health of humans and animals in the pursuit of profit that they would have been put out of business by now because of criminal and civil penalties. Well written, very educational and highly recommended!
World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse by Lester R. Brown
  
Fiction
The Brethren by John Grisham
The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret
Redeployment by Phil Klay
A Replacement Life: A Novel by Boris Fishman
Scribblers on the Roof by Melvin Jules Bukiet & David G. Roskies - The book is quite entertaining, a collection of stories written by Jewish writers.
 
Food
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - If the first step in resolving a problem is acknowledging that you have the problem, then requiring all meat and poultry eaters (as well as everyone else) to read this book would probably satisfy step one. The knowledge gained from reading this book will probably lead to changes in our society that would benefit everyone (regardless of whether everyone became a vegetarian or not).
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler - Dr. Kessler covers does a great job of covering this topic with much breadth and a decent amount of depth. The chapters about how processed food (including food served in many restaurants) is manipulated deserves a book of its own and lots of publicity about it as I believe it would change public policy for the better (better mandated disclosure if nothing else).
Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All by Oran B. Hesterman
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages by David Kraemer - Jewish law about kashrut has changed much much more than I ever knew or would have guessed over the years.
Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority by Sue Fishkoff - Here's the how and why of the Kosher food industry.
No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution by John Robbins
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan - Do you think you know where your food comes from?  Don't be so sure unless you've already read Michael Pollan's book. Michael traces the path that food in America takes to get to your plate. For a discussion of meat and corn (we learn that corn is in almost everything around us) he actually buys one steer and follows it's life.  There is a fascinating chapter on "grass farmers". He also discusses the organic food industry (i.e. Whole Foods) and other paths that food takes to get to you. While I do not at all consider myself to be a foodie, I found this book very interesting as it illuminated how a part of our world works that I knew relatively little about (although I thought I did before reading this book). Only someone working in the food industry might not be surprised by what they learn in this book. This book should be a "must read" for anyone interested in what they eat (as well as policymakers).  Eating "responsibly" takes on a whole new dimension now that I've read this book. A very well written "food" book for foodies and non-foodies alike.
The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick - And What We Can Do About It by Robyn O'Brien - I thought I knew a fair amount about the food I ate and I had also always been curious as to why we have had a non-trivial increase in the incidence of peanut allergies among people much younger than me. Even if you have read Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan you will not be disappointed if you buy this book to learn more about the food you eat (hint: read Omnivore's Dilemma first).
White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin
 
History / Current Events / Current Affairs
A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. French - Maybe you remember the details of the Rwandan massacres (genocides?), maybe you've been following the tragedy in Darfur or maybe you went on an African safari and now think you know something about Africa.  Read this book and The Shadow of the Sun (see below), two excellent and very enlightening books (my recommendation is to read The Shadow of the Sun first) to see if that is really the case (maybe yes but probably not IMHO). They certainly opened my eyes about Africa and helped to explain to me why things are as they are there (including why some very horrific events have happened in the past and will probably happen again).
A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII by Dan Kurzman
Against All Enemies by Richard A. Clarke - A real page turner, well written and informative. A well written account of this nation's war against terrorism through Richard Clarke's eyes. Richard's prose is clear, is good at explaining how things work in Washington and the White House and you will come away better informed. You may also, as I did, come away with a new appreciation for how Clinton handled terrorism. If you are a fan of President Bush then you will not like this book as it carefully explains the illogic of the war in Iraq in regards to terrorism and other issues.
Among the Righteous by Robert Satloff
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer - This book should be required reading to understand the Iraq war.  It reminds me of From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman in that I didn't want to put it down and its 480 pages flew by. I expect that it will also stand the test of time and also be considered a classic. It is carefully researched and very well written.
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama  (Abridged audio CD) - Read by the author himself, this book will give you an insight into Obama's basic philosophy in each of the major policy areas as well as some autobiographical material.  One doesn't generally choose to listed to a 6.5 hour speech by a politician but this "speech" is quite listenable and will make obvious why Obama is currently the competitive presidential candidate that he is. 
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M Gates (Audio CD)
Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance by Michael Goldfarb
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll - Ghost Wars is a very long read. The reading is fast because it is well written but the book is simply long in length. It is very well researched and it never lost my attention. I now have a better understanding of the history of that part of the world. This book should be the standard core text on this subject. Overall a very impressive book.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn - An important book for those who care about humanity.
Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski - Imperium gives you the gestalt of the Soviet Union from about World War II to the early 90's. The author, a Polish journalist, is a great observer of regular life.
Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View by Stephen Breyer
Masters Of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces by Linda Robinson - I read this (almost) 400 page book within one 24 hour day. A very readable history of the U.S. Army's Special Forces. The author uses a core of real people she met to personalize the stories.
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. M. Conway
The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II by Ben Macintyre
Rescued from the Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe by Bryan Mark Rigg
The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People by John Loftus & Mark Aarons - Truth is stranger than fiction. What they tell you in history books may not be the full story.
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski - The gestalt of Africa.  Maybe you remember the details of the Rwandan massacres (genocides?), maybe you've been following the tragedy in Darfur or maybe you went on an African safari and now think you know something about Africa.  Read this book and A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (see above),  two excellent and very enlightening books (my recommendation is to read this book first) to see if that is really the case (maybe yes but probably not IMHO). They certainly opened my eyes about Africa and helped to explain to me why things are as they are there (including why some very horrific events have happened in the past and will probably happen again).
Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude by Robert Baer
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson - The sequel / continuation of the story that starts in Three Cups of Tea. Read Three Cups of Tea before reading this book.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin - Inspiring, we're all lazy self centered shlubs (Yiddish for "a stupid, worthless, or unattractive person") compared with Greg. The world is a better place because of his work.
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman - A very good explanation of how technology has impacted how business works in the last 5+ years. Good at explaining and illustrating ideas with real world examples (and some name dropping). Best for corporate world denizens who do not work in a large corporate IT department. If you are very aware of technology and what it can do today in the corporate world then a decent part of this book may be a review. There are a couple of minor mistakes in Tom's explanations of how certain technology works. These are small mistakes and do not at all take away from the book enough to make a difference. Tom readily admits that his background is not technical and seems to have tried hard to make sure he has his technical explanations are correct. The mistakes are subtle and do not detract much if anything from the book. I think this book will stand the test of time for a few (5+?) years but as technology changes, it may become dated. On the other hand, one of his earlier works, "From Beirut to Jerusalem", has held up very well over a long period of time and I highly recommend it. Bottom line: This is a good book if you are not a techie in the corporate world (who then probably already knows a lot of this stuff but probably doesn't have as many stories to tell as Tom does and can't write as well).
 
Israel+
The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah by Joel Chasnoff - A fast and entertaining read.  Enlightening about Israeli society and its army.
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel
Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel by Daniel E. Orenstein, Alon Tal & Char Miller
The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret (fiction)
Cain's Field: Faith, Fratricide, and Fear in the Middle East by Matt Rees - I had considered myself well read about the Israeli/Arab conflict in general and then I heard Matt Rees speak in person about this (then) new book. He told me quite a few things I never knew before (mostly about the Palestinians). I bought this book on the spot and don't regret it. He is a good story teller and delves into issues and people that I don't read about in both the general and special interest media that covers this part of the world. I now have a better understanding about the issues that each side deals with internally (and especially about the Palestinian side).
Company C: An American's Life as a Citizen-Soldier in Israel by Haim Watzman - The author is not a famous military hero or politician. He is sort of an "everyman". An American who emigrated to Israel, has lived there for 20+ years going through what an average person might go through who gets drafted into the Israeli army and after his initial stint serves in the reserves until he reaches the mandatory retirement age (40 ?) for people like him in the reserves. It is a well written and interesting peek into what an average person might expect to experience in the Israeli army and an insight into real life in Israel. The author is good at explaining how things related to this work in Israel and I found this book both interesting and informative.
Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama by Dennis Ross
Foxbats Over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War by Isabella Ginor & Gideon Remez
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman - A "classic" that has stood the test of time.
The Hebrew Republic: How Secular Democracy and Global Enterprise Will Bring Israel Peace At Last by Bernard Avishai - Strongest in illuminating some key internal sociological, demographic, historical and political problems and worth reading for this part alone.  Author lays out a positive vision for the future but has no real plan for getting there.
Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Amy Dockser Marcus
Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron
Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Siegel
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (Audio CD) by Ari Shavit
Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel by Alon Tal - The most complete environmental history of Israel in English that I am aware of. It has great breadth and depth.
Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story by Matti Friedman
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael Oren - Awesome! I read about half of this book in the course of 24 hours of traveling on a multiple of airplanes and almost couldn't put it down (I finished it a few weeks later). While a serious work of scholarship, history never read so easily as the book moves quickly (basically because the writing is excellent and a pleasure to read). I have been a (amateur) student of the history of Israel and have read many things on it and even with a lifetime of doing this, I learned an awful lot about the area from this book and in a very enjoyable way. Subsequently, I had the good fortune to be at a social function in NYC where the author also happened to coincidently be. He mentioned that his next book was a two volume series on a subject regarding the Middle East that only sounded mildly interesting to me. If it were another author then I might easily pass on it but if it lives up to the standard set by the Six Day War book then I will seriously consider it.
Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices by Mosab Hassan Yousef - The story of a son of one of the seven founders of Hamas. How he decides that Hamas's methods didn't square with his values, how he ends up becoming a spy for Israel within Hamas for about 10 years, and then (and he was still under 30) decides to  settle in California. Oh, and by the way, he secretly converts to Christianity at some point while acting as a spy for Israel.
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle by Dan Senor & Saul Singer
Teenagers Educated The Village Way by Chaim Peri
Walking Israel by Martin Fletcher
 
Journalism & Photojournalism
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel
Associated Press Guide to News Writing: The Resource for Professional Journalists 3rd Edition by René J. Cappon
Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism 2nd Edition by Brian Horton
The 2016 Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law
The Elements of Journalism, Revised and Updated 3rd Edition: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman - A "classic" that has stood the test of time.
Journalistic Writing: Building the Skills, Honing the Craft by Robert M. Knight
Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach 6th Edition by Kenneth Kobre - Overall excellent but the technology and business sections are now dated as things have changed quickly in these areas - buy the newer edition (below).
Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach 7th Edition by Kenneth Kobre - A worthy update to a classic book on this topic.
A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall by Stacy Pearsall
A Rope and a Prayer: The Story of a Kidnapping by David Rohde & Kristen Mulvihill
Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern
This Just in: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV by Bob Schieffer
Truth Needs No Ally: Inside Photojournalism by Howard Chapnick
War Reporting for Cowards by Chris Ayres - It reminded me in some way of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
 
Judaism
As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg
At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews by Alan Wolfe
Basic Judaism by Milton Steinberg
Believing and Its Tensions: A Personal Conversation about God, Torah, Suffering and Death in Jewish Thought by Rabbi Neil Gillman
A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon
Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey by Harold M. Schulweis
The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World by Matthew Stewart
A Delightful Compendium of Consolation: A Fabulous Tale of Romance, Adventure and Faith in the Medieval Mediterranean by Burton L Visotzky
Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah & Israel in Modern Judaism by Neil Gillman - Rabbi Gillman explores a range of topics in Jewish theology. A good follow up for those who have already read his classic Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew.
Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities by Elie Kaunfer - Rabbi Kaunfer explains the origins of Kehilat Hadar and Yeshivat Hadar which he helped found and the Independent Minyanim movement which has grown in recent years. His discussion of the decisions made as to why and how to start and run Hadar and his explanation of the ethos of Hadar (the minyan and the yeshiva) are interesting and/or instructive to others.
From Defender to Critic: The Search for a New Jewish Self by David Hartman
The Genesis of Ethics by Burton L. Visotzky
Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry by Scott A. Shay
God and Evil: A Unified Theodicy/Theology/Philosophy by David Birnbaum - It doesn't get much better than this, that is assuming you can talk about a theodicy not getting much better. David Birnbaum delivers a very very carefully thought out, consistent, organized and all encompassing theodicy/theology such that this might be last book you will feel the need to read on this subject. David doesn't ignore other theodicy's, he discusses all of them while on his path to presenting his. His thesis is consistent with the various streams of normative Jewish belief/law including the traditional ones.
The God Who Hates Lies: Confronting and Rethinking Jewish Tradition by Dr. David Hartman - Excellent book with a poor and misleading main title (maybe it is about lashon hara?). Mostly about halakha (Jewish law) and orthodox Judaism and issues the author has with with how these interact.
The Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort by Rabbi Marc Katz
A Heart of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Many Voices Within Judaism by David Hartman
Hillel: If Not Now, When? by Joseph Telushkin
Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages by David Kraemer - Jewish law about kashrut has changed much much more than I ever knew or would have guessed over the years.
Jewish Ethics & Social Justice by Shmuly Yanklowitz
Jews and Power by Ruth R. Wisse
Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief by Elliot J. Cosgrove - I did not agree with all of the points of view expressed in all of the essays in this anthology (I probably only agreed with a minority). In fact, that would almost be impossible given the differences between them. What they all had in common, and what makes this book worthwhile, is that they are all thought provoking (and educational at times). This is also a highly readable book that does not assume advanced knowledge in this area. FWIW, If you are looking for a first book on Jewish theology then this may not be your best choice. For that I recommend some of the books by Neil Gillman such as Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew.
Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World by Sidney Schwarz
Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority by Sue Fishkoff
The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised by Marc B. Shapiro - Somewhat sensationalist title for a serious scholarly work. It discusses what traditional Jewish commentators (as well as Maimonides in other writings) have said about the 13 Principles. Worthwhile reading for those concerned with theology as defined by the 13 Principles.
A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism by David Hartman
Love Your Neighbor And Yourself: A Jewish Approach to Modern Personal Ethics by Elliot N. Dorff - The title of the book doesn't do it justice. While some parts are dry and semi-obvious, many other parts systematically explore the Jewish approach to personal morals and ethics in ways that will give one a better understanding of the issues and the original sources for the basis for the Jewish point(s) of view. Both timeless and modern day issues are dealt with.
Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism by Marc Angel - An interesting exploration of some of the works and philosophies of Maimonides and Spinoza and how they may be relevant for today (which they are IMHO).
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics by Elliot N. Dorff - Everything from pregnancy to death. Elliot Dorff is a scholar in this area and his book is modern, realistic, comprehensive and readable by the layperson.
On Being a Jewish Feminist by Susannah Heschel
The Rebbe's Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch by Sue Fishkoff
Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice by Rabbi Or N. Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, & Margie Klein (editors) - A set of about 30 articles on Judaism and social justice, the environment, Israel, public policy and the like. Thought provoking, enlightening and worthwhile.
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew by Neil Gillman
Sage Tales: Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud by Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky - Stories (or should I say "tales"), the stories behind the stories, the historical settings for the stories and the connectedness between the stories. Rabbi Visotzky explores various stories from the Talmud with an expert's knowledge of them, the experience of exploring and teaching these stories for many years and a raconteur's ability to tell a story. Full disclosure: Rabbi Visotzky is a friend of mine.
Rav Kook's Introduction to Shabbat Ha'aretz by Rabbi Julian Sinclair
Spirit of Renewal: Crisis and Response in Jewish Life by Edward Feld
Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America by Arnold M. Eisen - An especially interesting book given that it was written about ten years before the author was selected to become the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Talking about God: Exploring the Meaning of Religious Life with Kierkegaard, Buber, Tillich and Heschel by Daniel Polish
There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law & Tradition by Jill Jacob -A well written discussion of Jewish law and tradition and what it says about important current social policy issues. The discussion makes clear that Jewish law and tradition are relevant today in these areas.
To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life by Hayim Halevy Donin
To Do the Right and the Good: A Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics by Elliot N Dorff - Thoughtful, knowledgeable, and reasonable. The author explores serious issues as only someone with a large breadth and depth of relevant knowledge and a long experience thinking and dealing with these issues can.
To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
To Pray As a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service by Hayim Halevy Donin
The First Jewish Catalog; A Do-It-Yourself Kit by Michael Strassfeld, Richard Siegel, & Sharon Strassfeld
The Second Jewish Catalog: Sources and Resources by Michael Strassfeld & Sharon Strassfeld
The Third Jewish Catalog: Creating Community: With a Cumulative Index to All 3 Catalogs by by Michael Strassfeld & Sharon Strassfeld
The Way Into Judaism and the Environment by Jeremy Benstein - Most discussions of what Judaism has to say about the environment involve pasook tossing, quoting a few relatively well known verses from traditional Jewish sources (i.e. the bible) and expounding on how they demonstrate that Judaism is an environmentally friendly religion. While Jeremy's book does discuss all of the usual verses, it doesn't stop there. It goes much much further and creates a learned, sophisticated and nuanced connection between Judaism and pro-environmental policies and behaviors. (Full disclosure: I met Jeremy in 2008 when I participated in a multi-day hike in Israel to raise money for The Heschel Center, Jeremy's NGO, which works on environmental issues in Israel, and for another environmental group. I've written these comments on my own volition without Jeremy's knowledge).
Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History and Everyday Life by Rabbi Neil Gillman
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
Why Faith Matters by David J. Wolpe
 
Non-Fiction
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
Book Design by Andrew Haslam - From A to Z.
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich
Calculated Bets by Steven Skiena - Buy this book! (Disclaimer: I am a friend of the author and he gave me a free copy of this book. He did not solicit a review from me and he does not know that I am writing one, although I guess he will find out sooner or later). I procrastinated in reading this book. It did not sound very exciting. While I have degrees in Computer Science and Business, the title sounded as if the book would be a dense technical treatise on the subject. It was not. I read it in one (long) day. Steve has written a lively book on Jai-Alai, mathematical modeling, probability, statistics, gambling and betting and made it both interesting and instructive at the same time. I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot at the same time.
Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans by Wendell Potter
The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara Pease & Allan Pease
Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) by Steve Krug
Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury, & Bruce Patton
House by Tracy Kidder
Inside Sport Psychology by Costas Karageorghis & Peter Terry
The Layout Book by Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris - Lots of breadth but no huge depth in any specific area.
The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic by George Lakoff & Elisabeth Wehling
The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Jared A. Cohen & Eric Schmidt
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain De Botton - Interesting observations about modern work life.
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely - Educational, entertaining, and worthwhile.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
The Soul Of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder
So Why Have You Never Been Married?: 10 Insights Into Why He Hasn't Wed by Carl Weisman - While I'm not a big believer in fate, I can’t conjure a better explanation for what brought this book into my possession. A library in my office building was getting rid of excess books and this book was among them.  It figuratively “had my name on it”.  I’d never seen an article or book written from this perspective (late 40's single never married male) on this topic before. If there were other studies on this specific subject then I might be able to compare and contrast this one but Carl has the field to himself. As such all I will say is that I found this book interesting and fast reading.
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik
Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR by Jeff MacGregor - Jeff MacGregor introduces us to the world (religion?) of NASCAR.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows
Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt - More about traffic than you ever thought to ask.
White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliott
Words That Work, Revised, Updated Edition: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear by Frank Luntz - This book does have some unnecessary self-promotion and name dropping and may present certain political views you don’t agree with.  On the other hand there is a core to this book, one about how to use language to present your ideas in a way that will have the best chance of convincing people of them, that is very worthwhile. While it would have been a better book without the fluff around the core, it is still worth reading.
 
Photography & Filmmaking  (see also Journalism & Photojournalism)
Adobe Photoshop CS4: Up to Speed by Ben Willmore
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening - Not a "killer tips" book, not a simpleton cookbook type book (just follow these 13 steps), just a straightforward guide to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It is well written, illustrated and organized. Skip the free book that comes with Adobe Lightroom and read this instead.
Adventure Photography: Capturing the World of Outdoor Sports by Michael Clark
Adventure Sports Photography: Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places by Tom Bol
Advertising Photography: A Straightforward Guide to a Complex Industry by Lou Lesko & Bobbi Lane
Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
Architectural Photography, 3rd Edition: Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing by Adrian Schulz
The Art of Digital Wedding Photography: Professional Techniques with Style by Bambi Cantrell & Skip Cohen
The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography by Glenn Randall
ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography, 7th Edition - Amazing breadth and a must read for any aspiring or practicing professional photographer.
Astrophotography by Thierry Legault
Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington - There's a lot more to earning a living with your photography than simply creating a great image. John's a successful pro and his advice is very thorough, very professional and based upon actual experience. Highly recommended!
Captured by the Light: The Essential Guide to Creating Extraordinary Wedding Photography by David Ziser - Not just for wedding photographers! Very worthwhile instruction for those interested in shooting portraits and/or events. I bought this book for its advice on shooting portraits and events and it did not disappoint.
Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition by Jack Dykinga
Capturing Light: The Heart of Photography by Michael Freeman
Color Management & Quality Output: Working with Color from Camera to Display to Print by Tom P. Ashe
The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher
Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Laurie S. Excell - Listed a "Beginner / Intermediate" level but more beginner than not. Spends about 40% of it going over basic technical aspects of photography (i.e. apertures, depth of field etc), some on post processing and the remainder on various aspects of composition. This is probably not my first choice for a book on composition.
The Creative Fight: Create Your Best Work and Live the Life You Imagine by Chris Orwig - Much much much more about creativity than about photography.
Creative Flash Photography: Great Lighting with Small Flashes: 40 Flash Workshops by Tilo Gockel
The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography: 100 Modern Ideas for Photographing Engagements, Brides, Wedding Couples, and Wedding Parties by Lena Hyde
Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters by Michael Frye
The Digital Negative: Raw Image Processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw, and Photoshop by Jeff Schewe
Digital Portrait Photography: Art, Business & Style by Steve Sint - This is an excellent one-book treatment of all the major aspects of taking portraits (lighting, posing, equipment, etc etc). The author covers a huge breadth of material with reasonable depth in each area and with generally good illustrations and images to illustrate his points. If you only buy one book on portraiture then this would be a great choice.
The Digital Print: Preparing Images in Lightroom and Photoshop for Printing by Jeff Schewe
Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business & Style by Steve Sint - The author has shot thousands of weddings and his experience comes through in the text. His text (and excellent accompanying imagery) gives you both the breadth and depth of the field. Definitely one of the better (best?) books you can buy on this topic (and there are worse!).
Digital Wedding Photography Photo Workshop by Kenny Kim - Great first / beginner level book about wedding photography.  Too basic/brief on the technique side IMO. Read (especially!) Captured by the Light: The Essential Guide to Creating Extraordinary Wedding Photography by David Ziser and Joe McNally's three books (listed here) to probe further.
Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers by Douglas Allen Box
Exposed: Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer by Michael Clark - Three books in one; The reality and business of becoming and working as a professional photographer with an emphasis on adventure photography, the techniques of adventure photography and lastly the post-processing of images. In addition, there is about 2.5 hours of video included on the accompanying DVD that show you how many of the images in the book were processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Exposed is strong in all of these areas (or as good as a book of only 288 pages could be). It is also well written in a very engaging style. Most recommended for intermediate and/or advanced level photographers.
First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Journey by Joe Cornish - Most of this book is composed of 2-page spreads with a larger image that the author is happy with as well as smaller one that he is less happy with. Joe discusses in good detail the background related to the images. The quality of the imagery in this book is quite good and I would be very very proud if I was able to claim them as my own. I would have preferred if Joe discussed in much more detail why he thought the smaller images didn't work as well as he would have liked. His more detailed analysis would have added a much greater amount of value than some of the other interesting but  less educational background information he discusses about each image.
Foundations of Posing: A Comprehensive Guide for Wedding and Portrait Photographers by Pierre Stephenson
Flow Posing: The Practical Guide for Wedding Photographers by Johnie L Cook - a very very (and possibly too) brief "Cliff Notes" like guide to wedding photography.
Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell
Galen Rowell's Vision: The Art of Adventure Photography by Galen Rowell
Going Pro: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer by Scott Bourne & Skip Cohen
Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer's Photographer by Gregory Heisler
A Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting (Nikon School DVD) with Bob Krist & Joe McNally - Some instructional DVD's can put you to sleep. This one is well organized, informative and kept interesting throughout. Bob Krist and Joe McNally are both very clear in their explanations of what they are doing and interesting to watch in action. Two and a half hours goes by quicker than you expect. This DVD is a good companion to Joe McNally's The Hot Shoe Diaries (see below) which I suggest you read prior to viewing this DVD (although the DVD does stand very well on its own).
HDR Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Tim Cooper
The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits by Peter Hurley
The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop by Scott Valentine - Beware! The cover jacket of this book states that this book is "Beginner / Intermediate" level.  While there is a small amount of beginner level material, the vast  majority of the material in this book is either intermediate or advanced.  Stating that this book is "Intermediate / Advanced" would be much more accurate. I would recommend that beginners stay away from this book.
The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe McNally - More similar than different in structure relative to his previous book "The Moment it Clicks" and much of what I wrote in my review of that book (see below) applies here. This is an excellent book to read after reading "The Moment it Clicks" (and it also stands very well on its own). Hot Shoe Diaries entertains as it educates. While certainly not a straight textbook, this book is more instructional in a formal way than his last one. Many of his lessons are simply the stories of how he has created each of the impressive images that are in the book. It is fun, fast reading, educational and has lots of impressive imagery.
How Pictures Work by Molly Bang - An unusual book that discusses, with many examples, how pictures work or "How does the structure of a picture affect our emotional response?".
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
It's Not About the F-Stop by Jay Maisel
John Shaw's Landscape Photography by John Shaw - A classic and a good place to start in learning more about landscape photography.
Kevin Kubota's Lighting Notebook: 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers by Kevin Kubota
The Light and the Life: Field Notes from a Photographer by Joe McNally (ISBN-10: 013407694X, ebook, best option is Peachpit's website which is where the hyperlink is pointing)
Light, Gesture, and Color by Jay Maisel
Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography by Michael Grecco
Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, & Paul Fuqua - This book is quite unique. It covers light and its use as a photographer might be concerned with it from a more scientific viewpoint than any other photography how-to book I've ever seen (no high-level science or advanced math involved at all!). I learned quite a few things from this book (i.e. issues regarding shooting white-on-white and black-on-black and issues regarding various types of reflections) and I think most photographers, through advanced and professional levels, will also. It might be too much for someone just starting out in photography unless they have a strong science or technical background (but they should probably wait until they've mastered the basics of photography first).
Lighting & Design for Portrait Photography: Direction & Quality of Light by Neil van Niekerk
Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Syl Arena - More beginner level than not but quite good at what it covers.
Lighting for Product Photography: The Digital Photographer's Step-By-Step Guide to Sculpting with Light by Allison Earnest
Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer by Michael Clark - available only as an ebook from the photographer
Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art by John Szarkowski
Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography by Dennis Savini
Master Lighting Guide for Portrait Photographers by Christopher Grey
Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers by Bill Hurter
Mastering Composition: The Definitive Guide for Photographers by Richard Garvey-Williams
Mastering the Model Shoot: Everything a Photographer Needs to Know Before, During, and After the Shoot by Frank Doorhof
The Moment It Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters by Joe McNally - Education, entertainment and impressive imagery. Reading it feels like going to a very interesting all-day PowerPoint based seminar.  Joe educates us with lots of advice and by giving us explanations of how he created some of the images in the book.  He entertains us with war stories from his career and he certainly impresses us with his imagery. This book doesn’t pretend to be a thick textbook book on some aspect(s) of photography or a detailed autobiography. It is however photographically inspiring and fun to read.
Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook by Monte Zucker
MORE Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington
Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape by Galen A. Rowell
Occam's Razor: An Outside-In View of Contemporary Photography by Bill Jay - The next time you go to a gallery or museum to see a photography exhibit and can't make heads or tails of the artist's statement or the curator's description about the work (and you also speak the same language that it is written in) then read this book to feel better. Occam's Razor is a serious and well written critique of certain aspects of the world of Fine Art Photography, certain types of academic programs in photography and other related areas.  An unusually entertaining and fairly quick read for a book on a subject like this.
Off-Camera Flash: Techniques for Digital Photographers by Neil van Niekerk
On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide by David Hurn & Bill Jay - Caution: Read about this book before buying it as the title could be misleading. (new copies available from Lulu)
One Flash!: Great Photography with Just One Light by Tilo Gockel
One Speedlight, 16 Looks by Robert Harrington (available only via blurb)
One Wedding: How to Photograph a Wedding from Start to Finish by Brett Florens
The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes by Art Wolfe
Night Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Gabriel Biderman & Tim Cooper
Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by Julieanne Kost
The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon
Peter Read Miller on Sports Photography: A Sports Illustrated photographer's tips, tricks, and tales on shooting football, the Olympics, and portraits of athletes by Peter Read Miller
Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising by Martin Evening
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman
2016 Photographer's Market: How and Where to Sell Your Photography by Mary Burzlaff Bostic
2017 Photographer's Market: How and Where to Sell Your Photography by Noel Rivera - It was probably a mistake for me to buy this book two years in a row.
The Photographer's MBA: Everything You Need to Know for Your Photography Business by Sal Cincotta
The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman - More thought provoking and jam-packed with ideas, information and analytic thinking about images than any other book I've read on this topic in recent memory. Better for intermediate or advanced level photographers than beginners. If one is looking for a book on improving one's images then this book should be on your short list. It is not a book about the technical aspects of photography (although some are touched on), it is about what makes images more compelling.  While very different in many ways, it reminds me of another highly recommended book; Photographing the World Around You: A Visual Design Workshop by Freeman Patterson.
Photographer's Legal Guide by Carolyn E. Wright - A short (110 pages) and straightforward guide to the legal and business practice issues that a photographer should know.  Written by a lawyer who is also a professional photographer.
The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas by Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern - The paragdigm for most of the ideas and assignments would seem to be art school (or at least it seemed that way to me).
The Photographer's Pricing System: Get paid what you're worth for portraits and weddings by Alicia Caine
The Photographer's Story by Michael Freeman
The Photographer's Studio Manual by Michael Freeman
The Photographer's Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography by Michael Freeman
Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin -The first two-thirds of this book are educational in a general sense in discussing various aspects of a photograph, the types of decisions that are made when capturing an image, why some options may be better than others and in helping us to have a language / vocabulary to critically discuss an image. The final third of this book presents twenty images and then spends a few pages on each analyzing them. David explains in depth how he thinks the images work and various issues surrounding his decisions in creating the images in the way he has. Highly recommended (a standout in the the last third compared with other books which claim to do the same)!
Photographing Men: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography by Jeff Rojas - Seminal book on this topic.
Photographing Shadow and Light: Inside the Dramatic Lighting Techniques and Creative Vision of Portrait Photographer by Joey L.
Photographing the World Around You: A Visual Design Workshop by Freeman Patterson - I have read both this book and Freeman Patterson's Photography and the Art of Seeing and much prefer this book. They are both good but this is definitely better. I bought this book to help improve my photo's composition and I am was not disappointed. Freeman's text is clear and easy to understand and his photo's are generally good examples of what he writes about. 
Photographing Women: 1,000 Poses by Eliot Siegel
Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography by Jeff Rojas
Photography Business Secrets: The Savvy Photographer's Guide to Sales, Marketing, and More by Lara White
Photography Careers: Finding Your True Path by Mark Jenkinson
Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide for Shooting After Dark by Jennifer Wu & James Martin
Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias
Photoshop Channel Chops by David Biedny, Bert Monroy, & Nathan Moody
Photoshop Color Correction by Michael Kieran - This is an excellent book on color management and correction. From beginner to advanced, this book will interest and educate. Very well written with many images to illustrate the points made in the text.
Picture Perfect Lighting: An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People by Roberto Valenzuela
Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models by Roberto Valenzuela - One of the very best books on posing that I have read.
Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs by Roberto Valenzuela
The Portrait: Understanding Portrait Photography 2nd Edition by Glenn Rand & Tim Meyer - Not recommended for a beginner and not recommended as the first book on portraits, lighting or posing for someone at any level.
The Portrait Photographer's Lighting Style Guide: Recipes for Lighting and Composing Professional Portraits by James Cheadle & Peter Travers
Posing for Portrait Photography: A Head-to-Toe Guide for Digital Photographers by Jeff Smith - This, so far (December 2011), is the best of the three books (all from Amherst Media) on posing that I have read.
The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes by Andy Karr & Michael Wood - Many books on photographic technique discuss lighting ratios, Photoshop technique, rules of composition and/or various hardware and/or software issues. This book is a timeout from that. After being on the treadmill of "shot discipline" (having perfect technical technique, this book will help you slow down and look more carefully (perceptually in the book's terminology) at the world with the notion that you will then be able to perceive various things (and photographic possibilities) that you might have missed otherwise. Not every image in the book will work for you, some in the book did and others did not for me. Overall, this is a quick read that will probably help you widen your perspective. IMO, photographers need to be observant to be good at what they do and this book will be a guided exercise in helping one to become more observant (perceptive).
Professional Model Portfolios: A Step-by-Step Guide for Photographers by Billy Pegram
The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook by Nancy Wolff  - Given the subject matter, I was expecting a dry and slow read. What I got was an interesting, fairly quick and enjoyable ~240 page read mostly about copyrights, trademarks, rights to publicity and privacy and defamation. This book is not an all encompassing legal guide for professional photographers as the title might lead one to think. One would need another book (i..e Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington or maybe the ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography) to much more fully cover all the legal areas that a professional photographer may face. It does cover some important areas and does so very well.
Quavondo's Photography Lighting Techniques: With Sample Images and Light Set-Ups by Quavondo Nguyen
Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe - Bruce Fraser (now deceased), a true guru and Jeff Schewe deliver another classic.
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom (2nd Edition) by Bruce Fraser & Jeff Schewe - Bruce Fraser (now deceased), a true guru and Jeff Schewe deliver yet another classic.
Real World Color Management by Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy & Fred Bunting - A classic by (Bruce Fraser, now deceased) a true "guru"  of color management.
Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous by Brian Smith - Enjoyable read but no secrets.
Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom by Chris Palmer
Shoot to Thrill: Speedlight Flash Techniques for Photographers by Michael Mowbray
Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally - Joe is a gifted storyteller (entertaining and educational) and if you are interested in the topic then this book is for you.  I highly recommend that you read The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries (both by Joe and in the order listed) before reading this book (all highly recommended!).
Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies by Lee Varis - Skin, The Final Frontier.  Skin is neither white nor black nor neutral grey. Lee Varis explains very clearly how to color correct skin (in Photoshop). The one chapter on portrait lighting is good enough IMHO to be the basis for another book. Well illustrated and quick reading.
The Speedlight Studio: Professional Portraits with Portable Flash by Michael Mowbray
Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations by Nick Fancher
Stylish Weddings: Create Dramatic Wedding Photography in Any Setting by Kevin Jairaj
Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D70 by Thom Hogan - Thom is truly a "guru" in all areas (Nikon cameras, photography, digital technology, etc etc) related to the title of this book.  Thom is also an excellent writer.  If you only read the owner's manual that came with the camera and not this book then you will probably not fully understand the camera you have or be able to take full advantage of what it can do.
Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D100 by Thom Hogan - see comments regarding the Nikon D70 book.
Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D200 by Thom Hogan - see comments regarding the Nikon D70 book.
Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D300 by Thom Hogan - see comments regarding the Nikon D70 book.
Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D700 by Thom Hogan - see comments regarding the Nikon D70 book.
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography by The Mountain Trail Photo Team
VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin
Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet by Vincent Laforet
Wedding Photojournalism: The Business of Aesthetics: A Guide for Professional Digital Photographers by Paul D. Van Hoy II
What They Didn’t Teach You In Photo School: The secrets of the trade that will make you a success in the industry by Demetrius Fordham
Why Photographs Work: 52 Great Images Who Made Them, What Makes Them Special and Why by George Barr - After reading this book (and looking at the 52 images) which includes the author's as well as the photographers thoughts about each image, I was still somewhat mystified as to why these images work (I didn't always agree with the opinions stated).  Some images didn't work for me at all and only a few really did. Is my understanding of fine art photography too limited? Possibly (probably!). I found many of the images challenging and that is the value of this book, to present images that are not always simple in concept (to expand one's horizons from the familiar etc), read some opinions (including the photographer's) about why they thought they worked and then to make one's own mind up.  Only a few images really worked for me but that is okay as the challenge to try and analyze each image is valuable.  FWIW, most of the images in this book were captured with view cameras, did I mention this was a book about fine art photography!? (For some, including me, it might be a better book to have borrowed than to have bought).
Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David duChemin
Working the Light: A Photography Masterclass by Eddie Ephraums, Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, David Ward - A combination of excellent (landscape) images and commentary by noted professionals and non-professionals.  I would have preferred that the commentary by the professionals about each image be much much longer and less diplomatic.  Great concept, reasonably well done but could've have been better (but still worth reading).
 
Travel, Travel Commentary, Adventure, Bicycling & Hiking
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson - A very entertaining account of one man's attempt to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.
Be Expert with Map and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom and Carina Kjellstrom Elgin - Has an emphasis on orienteering.
Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Bike by Frank Berto
AMC's Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance
AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership: Trip Planning: Group Dynamics, Decision Making, Leading Youth & Risk Management by Alex Kosseff - I have been leading various outdoor activities (hiking, rafting, canoeing etc) since the mid-1980's and while I am sure that the author of this book has far more experience than I have, everything he says jives with my own experience. Leaders of outdoor (and other) activities need to have both certain technical skills as well as certain management, planning and leadership skills. This book is not designed to teach the technical skills, it is designed to teach the other skills and I think it excels brilliantly at this. It is an excellent and very readable book for those new to leading groups in outdoor activities and is also a worthwhile book on group management in general (i.e. in a business setting). It is also a worthwhile book for those who have been leading groups in outdoor activities for a while as part of their continuing education. Full disclosure: I lead hikes for AMC's NY-NJ chapter.
The Complete Walker IV by Colin Fletcher & Chip Rawlins - A unparalleled work and could accurately be titled "The Hiker's Bible". This is possibly the longest single book I've ever read and I do not at all regret reading it. On the contrary I enjoyed it, learned from it, and was entertained by it. I have been a regular reader of Backpacker magazine and plenty of other hiking related material for a long time (and I am an experienced hiker) and IMHO this book is the best and most complete single book on the subject in existence (at least in English - not that I know of any other in any other language). No if, and's or but's - simply the best.
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer
Here is New York by E.B. White
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes
Medicine for Mountaineering: And Other Wilderness Activities by James A. Wilkerson
I Have Seen the World Begin: Travels through China, Cambodia, and Vietnam by Carsten Jensen - Carsten Jensen gives you the gestalt of these countries and their people and occasionally throws in some very illuminating history (especially about Cambodia and the "Killing Fields"). The only criticism I have is that some of the material may be dated as this book was written in the mid-1990's and these countries are rapidly changing.
My Favorite Place: Great Athletes in the Great Outdoors by Jason Paur & Corey Rich - Makes me want to visit all of these places and do something active (or maybe just photograph them).
Outdoor Navigation With GPS: Hiking, Geocaching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Outdoor Photography, Backpacking, Mountain Biking by Stephen W. Hinch - I've been using a map & compass and a GPS for fair while and I learned much more than I expected from this book.
The Places In Between by Rory Stewart - Rory Stewart did what very few westerners have done, go out on his own among the citizens of Afghanistan and actually talk to them in their own language. His observations should inform policy makers (but it doesn't appear as if they have so far).
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door 2004: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves - Real world practical and intelligent advice.
The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka
Walking Israel by Martin Fletcher
Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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February 13, 2017

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