Best Books of 2010

During 2010 I’ve tried to read more books. Here I describe those that have stood out. A note on timing – 2010 is the year I’ve read these books, most were published earlier.

The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

One of the best ways to really understand strategy is good military history, and this is excellent military history. It describes Hannibal and his military engagements with the Roman Empire, all the more impressive because the events happened so long ago and the research required to produce this account is tremendous.

The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

Steig Larsson’s “The Girl Who…” Trilogy

This is a great series, driven primarily by the development of such a strong lead character. I don’t read much fiction, but this was by far the best fiction I read.

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Boxed Set: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Plus On Stieg Larsson

The Doors of Perception – Heaven and Hell

This book isn’t even close to being published in 2010, but it’s a series of essays by Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World) by far the most interesting essay is the one where Huxley takes the narcotic, mescaline (similar to LSD) and writes about it. It’s meticulously well observed, and the book is worth this essay alone.

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (P.S.)


A Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin’s Russia

This is one bleak book. The author was murdered on Putin’s birthday. The fragments of her diary lack flow and cohesion, but still a picture emerges of the darker side of Russia. It’s a very one sided account of course, but something we should all consider.

A Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin’s Russia

Rework

A perfect, brief manifesto from the successful startup 37 Signals on how businesses should be run. Short and very readable.

Rework

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