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Best Books 2012

Read maybe 100 books this year and skimmed/flipped through another 50. These were my favorites.

GOOD ADULT BOOKS:
  1. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
  2. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
  3. Richard Henry Dana Jr.: Two Years Before the Mast and Other Voyages
  4. The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda
  5. The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
  6. Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq
  7. The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession
  8. Paramedic to the Prince
  9. Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia
  10. Al Qaeda in Its Own Words
  11. Transit Maps of the World
  12. The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
  13. Professional Idiot: A Memoir
  14. Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
  15. High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
  16. The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
  17. Earthworks And Beyond: Contemporary Art In The Landscape
  18. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
  19. Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar
  20. The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq
  21. Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West
  22. Move First, Think Later: Sense and Nonsense in Improving Your Chess
  23. Bullet Chess: One Minute to Mate
  24. Garner's Modern American Usage
  25. Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
GOOD KID BOOKS:
  1. The Bear Who Wanted to Be a Bear
  2. Iggy Peck, Architect
  3. Strega Nona
  4. The Gruffalo
  5. Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup
  6. Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport
  7. The Giant and the Spring
WORST BOOK 2012:
  • Joseph Anton    - it could have been so good! if someone else had written it.
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