1. Wordplay, by the creators of the documentary

  2. Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert

  3. The Infernal Machine, by Matthew Carr

  4. The Matador’s Cape, by Stephen Holmes

  5. Buda’s Wagon, by Mike Davis

  6. Countering Terrorism, by Michael Chandler and Rohan Gunaratna

  7. A Brief History of the Middle East, by Christopher Caldwell

  8. The Modern Middle East, by Mehran Kamrava

  9. Sick, by Jon Cohn

  10. The Health Care Mess, by Julius Richmond and Rashi Fein

  11. Through Our Enemies’ Eyes, by Michael Scheuer

  12. The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright

  13. The Seven Fat Years, by Robert Bartley

  14. Reaganomics, by Bruce Bartlett

  15. How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, by Amy Reynaldo

  16. Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama

  17. The Undercover Economist, by Tim Harford

  18. Storm World, by Chris Mooney

  19. The Political Brain, by Drew Westen

  20. The Big Con, by Jonathan Chait

  21. The Argument, by Matt Bai

  22. Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

  23. 2.0, by Cass Sunstein

  24. Hidden Iran, by Ray Takeyh

  25. Break Through, by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger

  26. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, by Pierre Bayard

  27. Daydream Believers, by Fred Kaplan

  28. The Defining Moment, by Jonathan Alter

  29. Galileo’s Pendulum, by Roger Newton

  30. Not Remotely Controlled, by Lee Siegel

  31. Overtreated, by Shannon Brownlee


  1. The Android’s Dream, by John Scalzi

  2. Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi

  3. Iron Sunrise, by Charles Stross

  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

  5. Singularity Sky, by Charles Stross

  6. Light, by M. John Harrison

  7. Playing for Pizza, by John Grisham

  8. The Runes of the Earth, by Stephen R. Donaldson

  9. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

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