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In January of 2020 I committed to reading a book a week. In 2021 I committed to reading 100 books/year. This page is a running list of books I’m reading and books I’ve read, starting in January of 2020 and going in reverse chronological order (most recent on top).

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Currently Reading

Auto Repair for Dummies by Deanna Sclar
A bible for atheists by Thomas Sulcer
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen
The Lost Girls by John Glatt

In the Queue

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual
The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild by Thomas D. Seeley
Empire of Ants: The Hidden Worlds and Extraordinary Lives of Earth’s Tiny Conquerers by Susanne Foitzik and Olaf Fritsche
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Hiking North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail by Allen de Hart

Books Read in 2021

112. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols
111. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
110: ECG | EKG Interpretation Made Easy by NEDU
109: Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner
108. Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense by Massad Ayoob
107. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
106: The Pep Boys Auto Guide to Care Care & Maintenance by E. J. Braswell
105: Drug Use For Grown Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear by Dr. Carl L. Hart
104: Spy the Lie by Phillip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero (Highly Recommended)
103: Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
102: It’s Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone by Robin Dreeke (Highly Recommended)
101. Casca: The Eternal Mercenary by Barry Sadler
100. Surveillance Countermeasures by Aden Magee
99. The Ballad of the Green Beret by Marc Leepson
98. The Lost Art of High Performance Driving by Ross Bentley (Highly Recommended)
97. Hate, Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi (Possibly the most important book I’ve read in years)
96. The Guest List by Lisa Foley
95. When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin
94. Take a Nap! Change Your Life. by Sara Mednick, PhD
93. Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
92. Learn to Drive Like a Pro by Anthony J. Scotti (Not Recommended)
91. Good Day: The Paul Harvey Story by Paul Batura
90. Beyond Cruel by Stephen G. Michaud
89. American Predator by Maureen Callahan
88. The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
87. The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins by Robert Baer
86. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
85. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion by George J. Thompson and Jerry B. Jenkins (Highly Recommended)
84. This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan (Highly Recommended)
83. Venom Doc: The Edgiest, Darkest, Strangest Natural History Memoir Ever by Brian Grieg Fry
82. Night School: The Hidden Science of Sleep and Dreams by Richard Wiseman
81. The Bureau and The Mole by David A. Vise
80. Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Venomous Snakes by Lenny Flank, Jr.
79. When You Find My Body by D. Dauphinee
78. Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, an American Spy by Tim Weiner, David Johnston, and Neil A. Lewis
77. The Gun by C.J. Chivers (Highly Recommended)
76. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina by Danny Bernstein
75. Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World’s Largest Viper by Dan Eatherly
74. Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper (Highly Recommended)
73. 15 Fundamental Laws of De-Escalation by Brendan King
72. Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop by Lee Drutman
71. Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World’s Spirit by Fred Minnick
70. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Antony Bourdain
69. The Ethical Slut by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
68. On the Shortness of Life by Lucias Seneca (Highly Recommended)
67. The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard
66. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What you Don’t Know by Adam Grant (Highly Recommended)
65. Macon: Book 4 of the Revengers by Marcus Wynne
64. Sentinel: Become the Agent in Charge of Your Own Protection Detail by Patrick McNamara
63. Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire by John H. Maclean
62. 36 Righteous Men by Steven Pressfield
61. Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City by Rosa Brooks
60. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
59. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
58. The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
57. Real Shootouts of the LAPD: Off-Duty Incidents, Volume I by Claude Werner
56. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, PhD. (Highly Recommended)
55. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
54. On The Shortness of Life (Modernized for the 21st Century) by Lucius Seneca and Benjamin R. Anderson (NOT Recommended)
53. Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets, Eight Edition by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons & Nancy Caroline (Paramedic course textbook)
52. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
51. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
50. The Art of Modern Gunfighting by Scott Reitz and Brett McQueen
49. Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things by Laurence Gonzales
48. Mengele: The Complete Story by Gerald Posner and John Ware
47. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
46. Clean: The New Science of Skin by James Hamblin
45. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (Highly Recommended)
44. Gita: Book 3 of the Revengers by Marcus Wynne
43. Where all the Light Tends to Go by David Joy
42. The Devil’s Hand by Jack Carr
41. Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training by Karl Rehn & John Daub
40. Civilized to Death by Christopher Ryan (Highly Recommended)
39. Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
38. Violence of Mind by Varg Freeborn
37. Freedom™ by Daniel Suarez
36. Untamed by Will Harlan
35. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
34. How to Choose Self Defense Ammunition by Grant Cunningham
33. Meat Eater by Steve Rinella
32. The Witch of Hebron by James Howard Kunstler
31. Daemon by Daniel Suarez
30. Red Line by Joby Warrick
29. Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer and Bing West
28. Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky
27. Bushcraft First Aid by Dave Canterbury and Jason A. Hunt, PhD
26. Code Name: Johnny Walker by Johnny Walker and Jim DeFelice
25. Traditional Archery by Sam Fadala
24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
23. NOLS Wilderness Medicine, 6th Edition by Tod Schimelpfenig and Joan Stafford (Best Emergency Medical Handbook)
22. The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
21. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (Highly Recommended)
20. Beginner’s Guide to Traditional Archery by Brian J. Sorrells
19. Ariel: Book 2 of the Revengers by Marcus Wynne
18. The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
17. Smoke Signals: A History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific by Martin A. Lee
16. Milk: A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky
15. Salt: Book 1 of the Revengers by Marcus Wynne
14. Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky
13. Lone Wolf: Eric Rudolph and the Legacy of American Terror by Maryanne Vollers
12. First Platoon by Annie Jacobson
11. American Prison: A Reporter’s Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
10. Bushcraft 101: Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury
9. Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
8. Animal Farm by George Orwell
7. Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
6. Pivot Points: Creating a Culture of Preparedness and Resiliency in America by Paul T. Martin
5. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
4. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival by Tom Brown, Jr.
3. In The Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob
2. Wilderness & Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 4th Edition by Eric Weiss
1. Serious Mistakes Gunowners Make and the Decisions That Led Up to Them by Claude Werner (Highly Recommended)

Books Read in 2020

64. The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind by Richard Wiseman
63. It’s a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson
62. Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule
61. Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss
60. 1984 by George Orwell
59.  Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steve Callahan
58. The Survivor’s Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood
57. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
56. How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier (not recommended)
55. Anatomy & Physiology for the Prehospital Provider by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Bob Elling, and Kirsten M. Elling (A&P course textbook)
54. Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralson (highly recommended)
53. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales (highly recommended)
52. The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy by William Strauss and Neil Howe
51. American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
50. 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin (highly recommended)
49. Inside the NRA by Joshua L. Powell
48. Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield
47. The Stranger In the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
46. The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
45. Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere Alive by Les Stroud
44. Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base by Andy Brown
43. The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. by Evan Ratliff
42. The Long-Range Shooting Handbook by Ryan Cleckner
41. Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin D. West
40. Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
39. Zero Footprint by Ralph Pezzullo and Simon Chase
38. The CSAT Way by Paul Howe
37. Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer by Johnny Garrett & Brad Evans
36. Educated by Tara Westover
35. Drink: The New Science of Alcohol + Your Health by David Nutt
34. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
33. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman, MD
32. Savage Son by Jack Carr
31. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
30. True Believer by Jack Carr
29. Fentanyl, Inc.by Ben Westhoff
28. Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity by Charles L. Marohn, Jr. (highly recommended)
27. Emergency Care and Transport of the Sick and Injured by Jones & Bartlett Learning (EMT course textbook)
26. Combative Shotgun by Mike Boyle
25. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy (highly recommended)
24. The Defensive Shotgun by Louis Awerbuck
23. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
22. The Terminal List by Jack Carr (highly recommended)
21. Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley
20. The Final Day by William Forstchen
19. Coyote America by Dan Flores
18. The Rift by Walter Jon Williams
17. Choose Adventure: Safe Travel in Dangerous Places by Greg Ellifritz (My Review)
16. Gun Guy by Bill Wilson
15. FBI Miami Firefight by Edmundo and Elizabeth Mireles
14. The One Star Goodnight by Christopher Dufour
13. Tactical Lock Picking (pre-release copy) by Pat Watson,
12. Hidden War by John Nores (didn’t love it),
11. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
10. Deep Undercover: My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
by Jack Barsky
9. Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Third Edition, by Vincent J.M. DiMaio
8. The Lie Behind the Lie Detector by George W. Maschke and Gino J. Scalabrini
7. Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez (highly recommended, My Review)
6. The Stand by Stephen King (audio)
5. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
4. The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson  (highly recommended)
3. Western North Carolina Beer by Anne Fitten Glenn
2. The Force by Don Winslow
1. Concealed Carry Class by Tom Givens (My Review)