In the order I read them, more or less, rather than in the order of preference. And behind the link usually you will find my earlier review, or occasionally an Amazon link: Erika Fatland, High: A Journey Across the Himalaya Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. Adam Kuper, The Museum of Other People: From
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In the order I read them, more or less, rather than in the order of preference. And behind the link usually you will find my earlier review, or occasionally an Amazon link:
Paul Johnson, Follow the Money: How Much Does Britain Cost?
Murray Pittock, Scotland: A Global History.
Reviel Netz, A New History of Greek Mathematics.
Melissa S. Kearney, The Two-Parent Privilege.
David Edmonds, Derek Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality.
Peter Lee, Carey Goldberg, and Isaac Kohane, The AI Revolution in Medicine: GPT-4 and Beyond.
Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi, The Individualists: Radicals, Reactionaries, and the Struggle for the Soul of Libertarianism.
Martyn Rady, The Central Kingdoms: A New History of Central Europe.
Norman Lebrecht, Why Beethoven: A Phenomenon in One Hundred Pieces.
Ian Mortimer, Medieval Horizons: Why the Middle Ages Matter.
Jacob Mikanowski, Goodbye Eastern Europe: An Intimate History of a Divided Land.
Sophia Giovannitti, Working Girl: On Selling Art and Selling Sex.
Christopher Clark, Revolutionary Spring: Fighting for a New World 1848-1849.
Fearghal Cochrane, Belfast: The Story of a City and its People.
Jennifer Burns, Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative.
Jeremy Jennings, Travels with Tocqueville: Beyond America.
Fuchsia Dunlop, Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food.
Jonny Steinberg, Winnie and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage.
Richard Cockett, Vienna: How the City of Ideas Created the Modern World.
Frank Trentmann, Out of the Darkness: The Germans 1942-2022.
It is hard to pick out 2 or 3 favorites this year, as they are all excellent. I am partial to David Edmonds on Parfit, but a lot of you already know you should be reading that. Perhaps my nudge is most valuable for Jonny Steinberg, Winny and Nelson: Portrait of a Marriage? So that is my pick for the year!
As usual, I will issue an addendum at the end of the year, because I will be reading a lot between now and then. I haven’t even received my 1344-pp. Jonathan Israel biography of Spinoza yet. Here is my earlier list on the year’s fiction. And apologies for any of your books I have forgotten to list, there are always some such cases.