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2020 Non-Fiction

 

The Economist:  read cover-to over

  1. 14 December 2019  cover – Victory (Boris Johnson elected Prime Minister UK)
  2. 11 January 2020   cover – Masterstroke Or Madness (Trump kills Gen. Soleimani)

 

Literature:

  1. EssayismBrian Dillon – 2017
  2. Nolan on Bradbury – W.F. Nolan – 2013  READ
  3. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 – J. Shapiro  2015  READ
  4. This Thing Called Literature – A. Bennett and N. Royle – 2015
  5. Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays – C Oziek – 2016
  6. The Ocean, the Bird and the Scholar – H. Vendler – 2015
  7. Orwell: The Authorized Biography – M. Shelden – 1991
  8. Joy Ride: Lives of th Theatricals – J. Lahr – 2015
  9. The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis – C. Brownson
  10. A Reader’s Guide to William Faulkner: The Short Stories – E. Volpe – 2004
  11. You Could Look It Up: – J. Lynch

#ReadIreland

  1. Patrick Kavanagh – A. Quinn – (biography) – 2003
  2. The Theatre of Tom Murphy – N. Grene
  3. The Spaces of Irish Drama – H. Lojek   READ
  4. Elsewhere: One Woman, One Rucksack, One Lifetime of Travel – R. Boland
  5. Constellations – Sinéad Gleeson
  6. Republic of Shame:  – C. Hogan – 2019
  7. The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir – Samantha Power – 2019 READ
  8. Say Nothing – Patrick Radden Keefe
  9. The Irish Writer and the World – Declan Kiberd  (2001)   READ
  10. Essays on John McGahern – editors D. Hand, E. Maher

 

Memoir:

  1. Imperfect: How Our Bodies Shape the People We Become –  Lee Koffman
  2. Her Mother’s Daughter by Nadia Wheatley – July 2018
  3. My Vanishing Country – B. Sellers (2020) – Review
  4. Sightlines – K. Jamie – READ
  5. Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief – Kate Inglis – 2018
  6. Louisbourg or Bust: Surfer’s Wild Ride Down Nova Scotia’s Coast – R. Shaw
  7. Following the River:  Traces of Red River Women (indigenous
  8. Tiny Lights for Travellers – Naomi K. Lewis – 2019
  9. To the River: Losing My Brother – Don Gillmor – 2018
  10. Homes: A Refugee Story – Abu Baker Al Rabeeah – 2018
  11. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone – Olivia Laing – 2016
  12. Island Home – Tim Winton – 2015 (landscape memoir)
  13. Surrender – Joanna Pocock (2019) – READ

 

Essays:

  1. Rebellious Daughter – editors Maria Katsonis, Lee Koffman – 2016
  2. The World Was Whole by Fiona Wright  – 2018 –
  3. Accidental feminists – Jane Caro – 2019
  4. Stop Being Reasonable – Eleanor Gordon-Smith – 2019
  5. Remembered Presences – Alison Croggon – 2019 
  6. The Rest is Noise – A. Ross – 2007

 

Biography:

  1. Napoleon: A Life – Adam Zamoyski
  2. Bearing Witness: The remarkable life of Charles Bean,  – P. Rees
  3. Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics  (science) – Ruth Lewin Sime – 1996
  4. Honeysuckle Creek: The Story of Tom Reid Andrew Tink – 2018
  5. Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel – D. Sagan – 2012
  6. Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead – Thornton McCamish
  7. The Strangest Family George III’s Extraordinary Experiment – J Hadlow
  8. Threads in the Acadian Fabric: – S. Poirier-Bures
  9. The Long Way Home: A Personal History of Nova Scotia – J. Demont
  10. The Dead Still Cry – H. Lewis – 2018
  11. Saul Steinberg: A Biography – Deidre Bair – 2012
  12. Richard the Third – P. M. Kendall – 2002
  13. Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait – Denys Turner – 2013 READ
  14. Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and TimesA. Walker
  15. The Churchill Factor – Boris Johnson  – READ
  16. Robert Kennedy and His Times – A. Schlesinger 
  17. Master of the Senate – R. Caro – READ

 

History

  1. Leadership: In Turbulent Times – D. K. Goodwin – 2018
  2. Appeasing HitlerTim Bouverie – 2019
  3. How to Hide an Empire – Daniel Immerwahr – June 2019
  4. Rendezvous With Destiny:  M. Fullilove – 2013 
  5. Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth – Paul Ham  2018
  6. Serving our Country by J. Beaumont & A. Cadzow – April 2018
  7. The Impeachers: Trial of Andrew Johnson – B. Wineapple
  8. The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IXD. Kertzer
  9. Realpolitik – J. Bew – 2016
  10. Medieval Lives -T. Jones – 2005
  11. Desert War: The North African Campaign 1940-43 – A. Moorehead – 1944
  12. Threads in the Acadian Fabric: – S. Poirier-Bures
  13. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 – B Tuchman – 2001
  14. Nixon at the Movies: A Book about Belief – M. Feeney – 2004  READ
  15. Unmaking of the Presidency – S. Hennessey, B.Wittes  READ
  16. On the Natural History of Destruction – W.G. Sebald – 2004
  17. From Russia with Blood – Heidi Blake (2019)  READ
  18. An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago –  Alex Kotlowitz
  19. Winners Take All:  –  Anand Giridharadas
  20. No Visible Bruises –  Rachel Louise Snyder
  21. Assad or We Burn the Country –  Sam Dagher
  22. The Light that Failed –  Stephen Holmes and Ivan Krastev (PH)
  23. Remembering Emmett Till –  Dave Tell
  24. Amritsar 1919: An Empire of Fear – Kim Wagner
  25. Red Star Over China:  (1937) E. Snow
  26. Maoism: A Global History – Julia Lovell
  27. How to be a Dictator – Frank Dikötter
  28. An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent – Owen Matthews
  29. Family Papers: ephardic Journey Through the 20th C – Sarah Abrevaya Stein
  30. Schism –  Paul Blustein
  31. First Raise a Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War – P Martell
  32. Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and MEast
  33. Rise and Kill First: Secret History Israel’s Assassinations – R. Bergman
  34. Hit List:  Mysterious Deaths Witnesses JFK Assassination  (2013) READ
  35. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died – J.W. Douglass –  READ
  36. Mary’s Mosaic: CIA Conspiracy to Murder JFK, Mary Meyer– P. Janney READ
  37. Grote Verwachtingen In Europa – 1999-2019 – G. Mak (popular Dutch writer)
  38. Scorpions: Battles -Triumphs FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices – N. Feldman
  39. The Secret Team: CIA and Allies  – L. Fletcher Prouty (1972) – READ
  40. The Terrible Mistake – H.P. Albarelli jr  (2008)
  41. The Betrayal – W Corson (1968)

 

Economics/Politics:

  1. The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State G.Wood
  2. Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton – 2018
  3. The China Model – Daniel Bell – 2016
  4. Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism – Y. Varoufakis
  5. The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies  – Susan Jacoby
  6. The Meritocracy Trap – Daniel Markovits (2019)
  7. Unbound: How Inequaity Contricts Our Economy – Heather Boushey (2019
  8. Comrade Ambassador: Whitlam’s Beijing Envoy  – S. FitzGerald – Sept 2015 
  9. Everything Trump Touches Dies:  – R. Wilson
  10. Siege: Trump Under Fire – M. Wolff
  11. The Threat: How FBI Protects America  – A. G. McCabe – 2019
  12. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America – G. Packer – 2013
  13. Catch and Kill: – Ronan Farrow – 2019
  14. A Warning – Anonymous 2019
  15. Thomas Merton on Peace -T. Merton – 1971

 

Science

  1. The Best Australian Science Writing 2017  M. Sleazak, E. Johnston
  2. Cosmic Chronicles: A user’s guide to the universe Fred Watson
  3. Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Elizabeth Rush
  4. The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder – Sean McFate
  5. The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future – David Wallace-Wells
  6. Good Reasons for Bad Feelings –  Randolph Nesse
  7. Wild sea: a history of the southern ocean – J. McCann   READ