Reading Material: The Last 20 Books I’ve Read

by John Hawkins | July 29, 2005 4:32 am

From last to first…

(Currently Reading) Bevin Alexander: How America Got It Right — The U.S. March to Military and Political Supremacy[1]

20) Ric Flair: To Be the Man[2] (A+: The best wrestling book ever, even better than Mick Foley’s “Have a Nice Day![3].”)

19) Roger Ailes: You Are the Message[4] (A: This a reread, but it’s always good to brush up on your communications skills)

18) Ann Coulter: High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton[5] (B: Lot of good info on the scandals in the Clinton administration, but it’s a little dry and incessant lobbying for impeachment feels a bit dated at this point)

17) (Can’t Say): (Can’t tell you the name of the book yet) (A-: This book is months away from being published and the author asked me to keep it quiet until it goes live. So you’ll have to wait)

16) Robert Leckie: The World Turned Upside Down the Story of the American Revolution[6] (A: You’ll learn more about the American Revolution by reading Leckie than any history class you’ll ever take)

15) John Douglas & Mark Olshaker: The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals[7] (B: It’s a good read and if you enjoyed other books by Douglas or on profiling, you’ll probably like this one, too)

14) Brian Anderson: Southpark Republicans[8] (B: This is a good intro to the blogosphere, Southpark Republicans, and the “new face of conservatism.”)

13) Steven Pressfield: The Virtues Of War[9] (A-: Not as good a piece of historical fiction as “Gates of Fire,” but what is? This was still a great read)

12) Milton & Rose Friedman: Free To Choose[10] (B+: Good book, but I still think Sowell is better at breaking down economics issues)

11) Robert Leckie: Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950-53[11] (A: Only VDH is better at making history come alive than Leckie)

10) Mark Dubbin: Shadow Patriot[12] (Unranked: Advertiser)

9) Thomas Sowell: Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One[13] (B: Good stuff, but I liked Basic Economics[14] better)

8) Ann Coulter: How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter[15] (B-: If you’ve regularly read Ann’s columns for the last few years. A- if you haven’t)

7) Paul Cartledge: The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece, from Utopia to Crisis and Collapse[16] (C: Good information, but very dry reading and poorly organized)

6) Steven Pressfield: Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae[17] (A+: Incredible read, loved it, loved it, loved it)

5) Ed Rollins: Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms : My Life in American Politics[18] (B: Great for political junkies)

4) Dick Morris: Power Plays: Win or Lose — How History’s Great Political Leaders Play the Game[19] (A-: Great for political junkies)

3) P.J. O’Rourke: Peace Kills: America’s Fun New Imperialism[20] (B-: Readable, but not’s P.J.’s best work)

2) Joe Scarborough: Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America[21] (A-: The real deal on how Congress wastes your money)

1) Scott Keith: Wrestling’s One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation[22] (A for wrestling fans)

Endnotes:
  1. How America Got It Right — The U.S. March to Military and Political Supremacy: http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/crownforum/
  2. To Be the Man: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0743456912/qid=1122625376/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_sbs_2/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  3. Have a Nice Day!: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061031011/qid=1122625579/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_ur_2_2/103-4976187-4060622
  4. You Are the Message: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385265425/qid=1122625223/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_sbs_1/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  5. High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0895263602/qid=1122624971/sr=8-8/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  6. The World Turned Upside Down the Story of the American Revolution: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0399203125/qid=1122624206/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl14/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  7. The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0671023934/qid=1122624069/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books
  8. Southpark Republicans: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895260190/qid=1122623890/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_ur_2_1/103-4976187-4060622
  9. The Virtues Of War: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385500998/qid=1122623733/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_sbs_2/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  10. Free To Choose: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0156334607/qid=1122623456/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_sbs_1/103-4976187-4060622?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  11. Conflict: The History of the Korean War, 1950-53: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0306807165/qid=1112092026/sr=1-29/ref=sr_1_29/103-0848783-5770257?v=glance&s=books
  12. Shadow Patriot: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0595280269/qid=1112091142/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/103-0848783-5770257?v=glance&s=books
  13. Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0465081436/qid=1112091102/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/103-0848783-5770257
  14. Basic Economics: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0465081452/qid=1112097313/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-0848783-5770257?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
  15. How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400054184/qid=1112091051/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/103-0848783-5770257
  16. The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece, from Utopia to Crisis and Collapse: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1585674028/qid=1112090973/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/103-0848783-5770257
  17. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553580531/qid=1112090931/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/103-0848783-5770257
  18. Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms : My Life in American Politics: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553067311/qid=1112090868/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/103-0848783-5770257
  19. Power Plays: Win or Lose — How History’s Great Political Leaders Play the Game: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060004444/qid=1112090693/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/103-0848783-5770257
  20. Peace Kills: America’s Fun New Imperialism: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0871139197/qid=1112090517/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/103-0848783-5770257
  21. Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day : The Real Deal on How Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Other Washington Barbarians are Bankrupting America: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060749849/qid=1112090470/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/103-0848783-5770257
  22. Wrestling’s One Ring Circus: The Death of the World Wrestling Federation: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/080652619X/qid=1112090397/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-0848783-5770257?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

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