A History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell's self-aggrandizing opinion piece, loosely based on the philosophy of Thales onward.
The Glory and the Dream - William Manchester's masterful narrative history of America from the Great Depression to Watergate. So much there - where to begin?
Die Drei Nüsse - a trippy little Erzählung about an alchemist by Clemens Brentano.
The American Presidency - Robert Dallek gives the skinny on the presidents since TR.
The Story of Philosophy, by Will Durant - even more tendentious than Bertrand Russell's history - and that is quite an accomplishment.
The Quiet American - Graham Greene's portrayal of imperialist folly and nihilistic dissembling in Vietnam.
God - DB Hart's rambling but cogent theologizing.
Being Singular Plural - Jean-Luc Nancy runs the Enlightenment arguments to their counter-Enlightenment conclusions.
The Pope and Mussolini - Pius XI and Il Duce vie for power in pre-war Italy.
The Brothers - carefully cherry-picked presentation of CIA work under John Foster and Allen Dulles, intended as a condemnation.
Flawed Giant - Dallek on LBJ, whose monumental ego both underlay and undermined his success as president.
Why Does the World Exist - Jim Holt nails the question and skids on the answer.
Naming and Necessity - Kripke meets Bertrand Russell on his own terms to expose the folly of the Theory of Descriptions.
Something Other than God - Jennifer Fulweiler's autobiographical story of her loss of faith in atheism.
Pinheads, Culture Warriors - very Fox-like posturing by Bill O'Reilly.
Conscience and It Enemies - Robert George is not out to make new friends.
Daring to Date Again - Ann Anderson Evans steps out of her self-imposed shell later in life.
Hopes and Prospects - the usually lucid Noam Chomsky sinks to Ann Coulter levels of caricature and rim-shot humor.
The Purple Decades - Tom Wolfe's early forays into journalism painting the strange way things used to be.
Unterwerfung - Michel Houellebecq's astute portrayal of French academia, sensualism, patriarchy and the rise of Islam.