Non-Fiction – Finished Reading


Here, I keep track of the non-fiction books I’ve read. Links are to short reviews by me. These are books read completely, from cover to cover. Books read partially or reviewed and abandoned aren’t listed at all.

Note: Incomplete list. See books by year for an up-to-date version.

Starred items have been read in whole or in part multiple times.

  1. A Brief History of Time* (Stephen Hawking).
  2. Black Holes and Baby Universes (Stephen Hawking).
  3. The Universe in a Nutshell* (Stephen Hawking).
  4. A Short History of Nearly Everything* (Bill Bryson).
  5. Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer that Defeated the World Chess Champion (Feng-Hsiung Hsu).
  6. 9-11 (Noam Chomsky).
  7. Dreams of a Final Theory (Steven Weinberg).
  8. Kinds of Minds (Daniel Dennett).
  9. Captain Scott (Ranulph Fiennes).
  10. Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman* (Richard Feynman).
  11. What Do You Care What Other People Think? (Richard Feynman).
  12. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track (Richard Feynman).
  13. Richard Feynman: A Life in Science (John and Marry Gribbin).
  14. T Rex and the Crater of Doom (Walter Alvarez).
  15. The Red Limit (Timothy Ferris).
  16. The Universe in a Single Atom (Dalai Lama).
  17. ABC’s of Quantum Mechanics* (V. Rydnik).
  18. Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony (Marcia Bartusiak).
  19. Twelfth Planet: Book I of the Earth Chronicles (Zecharia Sitchin).
  20. A Beautiful Mind (Sylvia Nasar).
  21. Pale Blue Dot (Carl Sagan).
  22. The Demon Haunted World (Carl Sagan).
  23. The Ancestor’s Tale (Richard Dawkins).
  24. The Greatest Show on Earth (Richard Dawkins).
  25. The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins).
  26. God is not Great (Christopher Hitchens).
  27. The Portable Atheist* (Christopher Hitchens).
  28. Articles and Essays* (Bertrand Russell).
  29. Religion & Science* (Bertrand Russell).
  30. The End of Faith (Sam Harris).
  31. Letter to a Christian Nation (Sam Harris).
  32. The Pluto Files (Neil Degrasse Tyson).
  33. The Truth About Muhammad (Robert Spencer).
  34. Jesus Interrupted (Bart D. Ehrman).
  35. Why Evolution Is True (Jerry A. Coyne).
  36. Why People Believe Weird Things (Michael Shermer).
  37. The Borderlands of Science (Michael Shermer).
  38. Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Edward Craig).
  39. The Physics of Star Trek (Lawrence Krauss).
  40. Almost Everyone’s Guide to Science (John Gribbin).
  41. Stuff of Thought (Steven Pinker).
  42. The Antichrist (Friedrich Nietzsche).
  43. Dialogs Concerning Natural Religion (David Hume).
  44. God’s Problem (Bart D. Ehrman).
  45. A History of God (Karen Armstrong).
  46. Death By Black Hole (Neil deGrasse Tyson).
  47. The Moral Landscape (Sam Harris).
  48. Collapse (Jared Diamond).
  49. How The Mind Works (Steven Pinker).
  50. Fermat’s Last Theorem (Simon Singh).
  51. Before the Dawn (Nicholas Wade).
  52. The Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell).
  53. History: A Very Short Introduction (John Arnold).
  54. Physics of the Impossible (Michio Kaku).
  55. Last Words (George Carlin).
  56. How We Decide (Jonah Lehrer).
  57. Confessions of an Economic Hitman* (John Perkins).
  58. Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Thomas Flynn).
  59. How To Argue And Win Every Time (Gerry Spence).
  60. River out of Eden (Richard Dawkins).
  61. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (Richard Feynman).
  62. The Rational Optimist (Matt Ridley).
  63. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig).
  64. Meditations on First Philosophy (Rene Descartes).
  65. The Shock Doctrine (Naomi Klein).
  66. The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels).
  67. The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine).
  68. Dreams from my Father (Barack Obama).
  69. The Grand Design (Stephen Hawking).
  70. Hitch-22 (Christopher Hitchens).
  71. Our Inner Ape (Franz de Waal).
  72. Evolution and Extinction (Stephen Jay Gould).
  73. Islam: A Very Short Introduction (Malise Ruthven).
  74. Natural Selections: Selfish Altruists, Honest Liars, and Other Realities of Evolution (David P. Barash).
  75. Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction (Mark Maslin).
  76. The Black Hole War Susskind vs Stephen Hawking (Susskind).
  77. African History: A Very Short Introduction (John Parker, Richard Rathbone).
  78. Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human (Matt Ridley).
  79. Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All (David Fitzgerald).
  80. God According to God: A Physicist Proves We’ve Been Wrong About God All Along (Gerald Schroeder).
  81. 7war m3a sadeky el mol7ed (Dialog with an Atheist) (Mustafa Mahmud).
  82. The Fabric of the Cosmos (Brian Greene).
  83. The Liar Paradox and the Towers of Hanoi (Marcel Danesi).
  84. The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction (Robert J. McMahon).
  85. Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear (Frank I. Luntz).
  86. Moses and Monotheism (Sigmund Freud).
  87. What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper? (Andrew Thompson).
  88. Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (Massimo Pigliucci).
  89. Freud: A Very Short Introduction (Anthony Storr).
  90. Biblical Nonesense (Jason Long).
  91. The Element (Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica).
  92. The Science of Good and Evil (Michael Shermer).
  93. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (Mary Roach).
  94. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (George Carlin).
  95. Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (Eleanor Nesbitt).
  96. Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Kim Knott).
  97. The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (Christopher Hitchens).
  98. The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction (Paul Foster).
  99. The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction (Timothy Lim).
  100. Kepler’s conjecture (George G. Szpiro).
  101. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America (Thomas L. Friedman).
  102. Dialogues about God (Charles Taliaferro).
  103. Infidel (Ayaan Hirsi Ali).
  104. Nomad: From Islam to America (Ayaan Hirsi Ali).
  105. Moab is My Washpot (Stephen Fry).
  106. Just Six Numbers (Martin Rees).
  107. Beyond Good and Evil (Friedrich Nietzsche).
  108. Superstition of Divorce (G. K. Chesterton).
  109. The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True (Richard Dawkins).
  110. Forged: Writing in the Name of God — Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are (Bart D. Ehrman).
  111. Memory: A Very Short Introduction (Jonathan K. Foster).
  112. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (Matt Ridley).
  113. Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction (Jim Fraser).
  114. Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (David Canter).
  115. The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction (Michael J. Benton).
  116. The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction (Leofranc Holford-Strevens).
  117. Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Robert A. Segal).
  118. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos (Brian Greene).
  119. Climbing Mount Improbable (Richard Dawkins).
  120. Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction (Ian Shaw).
  121. Why I Am Not a Muslim (Ibn Warraq).
  122. Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction (Harry Sidebottom).
  123. The Whole Shebang (Timothy Ferris).
  124. Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner).
  125. The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran (Robert Spencer).
  126. The New New Rules (Bill Maher).
  127. The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus (Jacques Cousteau, Susan Schiefelbein).
  128. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell).
  129. Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Spike Milligan).
  130. Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction (Stephen J. Blundell).
  131. Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life (Michael Moore).
  132. The Reagan Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Gil Troy).
  133. Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson).
  134. The Character of Physical Law (Richard Feynman).
  135. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer (James L. Swanson).
  136. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Daniel C. Dennett).
  137. A Universe from Nothing (Lawrence M. Krauss).
  138. Operation Mincemeat (Ben Macintyre).
  139. An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Al Gore).
  140. The Quest of the Historical Jesus (Albert Schweitzer).
  141. One Two Three… Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science (George Gamow).
  142. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (Sean B. Carroll).
  143. The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography (Stephen Fry).
  144. Bad Astronomy (Philip C. Plait).
  145. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Antony Beevor).
  146. Letters to a Young Contrarian (Christopher Hitchens).
  147. The Selfish Gene* (Richard Dawkins).
  148. The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History (John M. Barry).
  149. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Bill McKibben).
  150. Druids: A Very Short Introduction (Barry Cunliffe).
  151. Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters (Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed).
  152. E=mc2 (David Bodanis).
  153. The Voyage of the Beagle: Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countrie (Charles Darwin).
  154. The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction (Terryl L. Givens).
  155. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas R. Hofstadter).
  156. Not the Impossible Faith (Richard Carrier).
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