Books

Every Book I Read in 2022

This is my sixth New Years in a row where I have listed the books I read in the past year.

Briefly, the years I have previously written this, along with the “Best” and “Runner-up” books from each year, are

The best book I read this year was Patrick Abbott’s Fallen. I recognize this is somewhat personal – I obviously know the author personally, but I think more importantly we share a number of common interests: Science Fiction, military affairs, Catholocism and Catholic humanism, apocryphal writings, psychology, and so on. I shared more of the book in the review, but it’s a joy to find so many interests seriously examined, especially in a work of fiction.

This is the best year for reading good books since I started these retrospectives, in 2017. There’s no runner-up because there’s too many. Even the other fiction work I read, Microserfs, is a re-read of one of the most influential books I read in my life. The first person narratives Hardcore Software, Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Hendings, and Sid Meier’s Memoir! include many I’ve hoped to read for years, which all (in different ways) greatly exceeded what I was hoping for. Both Viral and The End of the World is just the Beginning are vital to explaining what is happening with our relationshsip with China. And both Breaking Windows and Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward are dizzying, revisionist histories written shortly after the events they chronicle, which will make you question what you really know about the history of technology.

Thank you to everyone who is an author, who sacrifices of themselves so that others may know more. This year is one difficult to repeat, and I appreciate everyone who made it possible.

The Holy Bible

Genesis
Exodus
Ruth
Ecclesiastes
The Holy Gospel According to Matthew
The Holy Gospel According to Mark
The Holy Gospel According to John
The Acts of the Apostles

The Qur’an

Qur’an 38: Sad
Qur’an 39: Throngs

Business Strategy

After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul, by Tripp Mickle
Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft, by David Bank
Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward, by Jeffrey S. Young

Politics and Political and Government History

The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, by Peter Zeihan
Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, by Alina Chan and Matt Ridley

Speculative and Science Fiction

Fallen, by Patrick Abbott
Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland

First-Person Narratives

Hardcore Software: Inside the Rise and Fall of the PC Revolution, by Steve Sinofsky
Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Endings: The Rise and Fall of Siera On-Line, by Ken Williams
On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple, by Gil Amelio
Sid Meier’s Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games, by Sid Meier and Jennifer Noonan

Other

A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life, by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein
The Exodus: How it Happened and Why it Matters, by Richard Elliot Friedman…

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