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This is the running list of books I’ve read. Now, obviously there’s a caveat, the list only include books I’ve read starting in October of 2017 when I started keeping track and making some notes on them. Some of the books are new release while others are classics.

1.       Tribe by Sebastian Junger: This book is a fantastic and quick read. It intertwines the history of civilization with Junger’s own life. From the man who wrote The Perfect Storm and directed the documentary duo of Restrepo and Korengal comes what might be his most moving piece yet. It’s a timely reminder that there’s more to life than what you think.       97/100

T-2.       Waking Up by Sam Harris: This book has helped me find somethings that I had been missing. The way Harris explains things and make them relatable to the individual is excellent. Also, his waking up podcast and app are worth at least 10 more points. 94/100

T-2. THe World Undone by G.j. Meyer: This book is about World war one. It covers every aspect of the war in fascinating detail and is a must read for history buffs. 94/100

4.       12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson: People give Jordan Peterson a whole lot of shit. I find that most of those people have never listened to much of his stuff, and themselves suffer from the things he talks about in this book. If a former Harvard professor and certified Psychologist is trying to explain how you can live better, it’s best to at least hear him out.  93/100

5.       American Desperado by Evan Wright and Jon Roberts: This is one of the wildest and best true crime books I’ve read. It’s actually #1 at this point. Evan Wright (Rolling Stone, Generation Kill), allows Roberts (Cocaine Cowboys) to tell the story of his life. And what a fucking story it is. 91/100

6. Bullshit Jobs By Matthew Graber: This book explores the unhappy world that most of us reside in. It talks about the types of bullshit jobs that exist and the struggle people find in sticking with them. 90/100

7. Friday Night Lights By H.G. Bissinger: The book is about the 1988 Permian panthers and their season. More than that it’s about a town’s happiness relying on a bunch of 17 year old boys. Throughout the years the book has aged into a story about many things. It now lives in an era where when you read it you’re left wondering if football is worth playing at all. 89/100

8.       I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by Michelle McNamara: This book that was unfortunately not published until after McNamara’s untimely death is about a life’s obsession and the recently captured Golden State Killer. It’s an interesting and detailed investigation into the horrific crimes perpetrated by GSK. While McNamara didn’t catch him, it’s hard to believe that she didn’t have at least a helping hand in his capture. 86/100

9.       Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines: The co-star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper gives us an in-depth look at his life. The best thing about this book is how Chip tells more stories about mistakes and learning from them than he does about his successes. 84/100

10.       The Westies by T.J. English: An excellent true crime book about the Hell’s Kitchen Irish Mob, otherwise known as the Westies. It gives us the scene as a fly on the wall of the gang’s brutal reign. It’s a very good read, although slightly long. 82/100

11. Caesar By Adrian Goldsworthy: This is another great history book. It’s the most complete, modern biography of one of the most important characters in humanity. I will say this though, it’s very long and has several drawn out periods of time where not a lot is going on. 81/100

11.       The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson: An interesting and unique perspective by the author makes us think about how we live our life and what we value. It gives some very good tidbits and tips for spending you time doing something valuable. 79/100

12.       The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist: I learned more about slavery and Antebellum America from this book than I did in College and High School combined. It should be required reading in every AP and American History class. It is lengthy, numbers driven, and you can get caught up in the data at times, nonetheless excellent. 76/100

13.   Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance:  A book about growing up in middle America. It tells a now far too common story of broken families, addiction, and the ability to overcome. The book in its literary form is good, the political assumptions that are commonly taken from need examination. 74/100

14.   A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn: Another lengthy book about American history that rips apart your high school textbooks. It provides a, at least in my opinion, truer look at what America really is. In the end though, when the book leans on its political principles you find yourself struggling for a solution. 73/100

15.   blink by Malcom Gladwell: Look, I didn’t like this book. Its neat and full of little oddities about how we think and how we act. I find drawn out and melodramatic, for the final answer to be you are who you are. 66/100

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