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These are some of the books I have read. I have a goodreads.com profile. This listing is not meant to be exhaustive. Most educational material, manuals and children's literature I have read are not included.

Adam Smith

  • 1759: The Theory of Moral Sentiments ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1776: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations ⭐⭐⭐

Adolf Hitler

  • 1925–26: Mein Kampf

Alan Moore

  • 2005: V for Vendetta ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aldous Huxley

  • 1932: Brave New World ⭐⭐

Alexandre Dumas

  • 1844–45: The Count of Monte Cristo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

d'Artagnan

  • 1844: The Three Musketeers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1847–50: The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later
    • The Man in the Iron Mask ⭐⭐⭐

Anand Giridharadas

  • 2018: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Anne Frank

  • 1947: The Diary of a Young Girl ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Anne Rice

  • 1976: Interview with the Vampire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1985: The Vampire Lestat ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bergsveinn Birgisson

  • 2010: Svar við bréfi Helgu ⭐⭐⭐

Bernie Sanders

  • 2016: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bill Maher

  • 2005: New Rules: Polite Musings from A Timid Observer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bill Nye

  • 2014: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2017: Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap Into Radical Curiosity, and Solve Any Problem ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bjarne Stroustrup

  • 1986: The C++ Programming Language ⭐⭐

Bram Stoker

  • 1897: Dracula ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brian Cox

  • 2009: Why Does E=mc²? (And Why Should We Care?) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2014: Human Universe ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: Forces of Nature ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brian Kernighan

  • 1978: The C Programming Language ⭐⭐

Carson McCullers

  • 1940: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter ⭐⭐⭐

Charles Darwin

  • 1859: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Charles Dickens

Novels

  • 1836–7: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1837–9: Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1838–9: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby ⭐⭐
  • 1840–1: The Old Curiosity Shop ⭐⭐
  • 1841: Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty
  • 1842–4: The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
  • 1846–8: Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation
  • 1849–50: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery ⭐⭐
  • 1852–3: Bleak House ⭐⭐
  • 1854: Hard Times – For These Times ⭐⭐
  • 1855–7: Little Dorrit ⭐⭐
  • 1859: A Tale of Two Cities ⭐⭐
  • 1860–1: Great Expectations ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1864–5: Our Mutual Friend ⭐⭐
  • 1870, unfinished: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Novellas

  • 1843: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1844: The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1845: The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home ⭐⭐
  • 1846: The Battle of Life: A Love Story
  • 1848: The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, A Fancy for Christmas-Time ⭐⭐

Charles-Louis … de Montesquieu

  • 1748: The Spirit of the Laws ⭐⭐⭐

Charlotte Brontë

  • 1847: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography ⭐⭐⭐

Chris Hedges

  • 2002: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2008: I Don't Believe in Atheists ⭐⭐
  • 2010: Death of the Liberal Class ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: Unspeakable ⭐⭐⭐

Christopher Hitchens

  • 1995: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2001: Letters to a Young Contrarian ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2010: Hitch-22: A Memoir ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Arguably: Essays ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2012: Morality ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Daniel Defoe

  • 1719: Robinson Crusoe ⭐⭐⭐

David Mitchell

  • 2004: Cloud Atlas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dennis Ritchie

  • 1978: The C Programming Language ⭐⭐

Edgar Allan Poe

  • 1966: The Complete Stories and Poems ⭐⭐

Einar Már Guðmundsson

  • 1993: Englar alheimsins ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Elizabeth Warren

  • 2014: A Fighting Chance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ernest Hemingway

  • 1926: The Sun Also Rises ⭐⭐
  • 1929: A Farewell to Arms ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1940: For Whom the Bell Tolls ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1952: The Old Man and the Sea ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1964: A Moveable Feast ⭐⭐⭐

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • 1925: The Great Gatsby ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1934: Tender Is the Night ⭐⭐

Frans de Waal

  • 2005: Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2013: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates ⭐⭐⭐

Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 1866: Crime and Punishment ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1879–80: The Brothers Karamazov ⭐⭐

Gabriel García Márquez

  • 1967: Cien años de soledad
  • 1985: El amor en los tiempos del cólera

George Orwell

  • 1933: Down and Out in Paris and London ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1934: Burmese Days ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1935: A Clergyman's Daughter ⭐⭐
  • 1938: Homage to Catalonia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1945: Animal Farm ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1949: Nineteen Eighty-Four ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

George R. R. Martin

  • 1996: A Game of Thrones ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1999: A Clash of Kings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2000: A Storm of Swords ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2005: A Feast for Crows ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: A Dance with Dragons ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gillian Flynn

  • 2012: Gone Girl ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Glenn Greenwald

  • 2014: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Halldór Laxness

  • 1934–35: Sjálfstætt fólk ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1943–46: Íslandsklukkan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Harper Lee

  • 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: Go Set a Watchman ⭐⭐⭐

Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • 1852: Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly ⭐⭐⭐

Henri Charrière

  • 1969: Papillon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Herman Melville

  • 1851: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale ⭐⭐

Hillary Clinton

  • 2013: Hard Choices ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2017: What Happened ⭐⭐⭐

Huldar Breiðfjörð

  • 1998: Góðir Íslendingar ⭐⭐⭐

Ian Kershaw

  • 1998: Hitler 1889–1936: Hubris ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2000: Hitler 1936–1945: Nemesis ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: To Hell and Back: Europe 1914–1949 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Immanuel Kant

  • 1781: Critique of Pure Reason

J. D. Salinger

  • 1951: The Catcher in the Rye ⭐⭐

J. K. Rowling

  • 2012: The Casual Vacancy ⭐⭐⭐

Harry Potter

  • 1997: The Philosopher's Stone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1998: The Chamber of Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1999: The Prisoner of Azkaban ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2000: The Goblet of Fire ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2003: The Order of the Phoenix ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2005: The Half-Blood Prince ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Deathly Hallows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Tales of Beedle the Bard ⭐⭐⭐⭐

J. R. R. Tolkien

  • 1937: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1954: The Fellowship of the Ring ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1954: The Two Towers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1955: The Return of the King ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1977, posthumous: The Silmarillion ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007, posthumous: The Children of Húrin ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jane Austen

  • 1811: Sense and Sensibility ⭐⭐
  • 1813: Pride and Prejudice ⭐⭐⭐

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • 1762: The Social Contract ⭐⭐⭐

Jeremy Scahill

  • 2013: Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

John Locke

  • 1689: Two Treatises of Government: In the Former, The False Principles, and Foundation of Sir Robert Filmer, and His Followers, Are Detected and Overthrown. The Latter Is an Essay Concerning The True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government ⭐⭐⭐

John Steinbeck

  • 1933: To a God Unknown ⭐⭐
  • 1935: Tortilla Flat ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1936: In Dubious Battle ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1937: The Red Pony ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1937: Of Mice and Men ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1939: The Grapes of Wrath ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1945: Cannery Row ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1947: The Pearl ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1952: East of Eden ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1954: Sweet Thursday ⭐⭐
  • 1961: The Winter of Our Discontent ⭐⭐
  • 1962: Travels with Charley: In Search of America ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jon Stewart

  • 2010: Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Joseph Heller

  • 1961: Catch-22 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ken Kesey

  • 1962: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Khaled Hosseini

  • 2003: The Kite Runner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: A Thousand Splendid Suns ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lawrence Lessig

  • 2004: Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2018: America, Compromised ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lee Hyeon-seo

  • 2015: The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Leo Tolstoy

  • 1865–67: War and Peace ⭐⭐⭐

Louisa May Alcott

  • 1868–69: Little Women ⭐⭐

Margaret Atwood

  • 1985: The Handmaid's Tale ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1996: Alias Grace ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2019: The Testaments ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Margaret Mitchell

  • 1936: Gone with the Wind ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn

  • 1876: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1884: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • circa 1884, unfinished: Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among the Indians ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1894: Tom Sawyer Abroad ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1896: Tom Sawyer, Detective ⭐⭐⭐

Novels

  • 1881: The Prince and the Pauper ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1889: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1892: The American Claimant ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1894: Pudd'nhead Wilson ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1896: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1916, posthumous: The Mysterious Stranger ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nonfiction

  • 1872: Roughing It ⭐⭐
  • 1883: Life on the Mississippi ⭐⭐

Short stories

  • 1876: A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage ⭐⭐
  • 1904: Extracts from Adam's Diary: Translated from the Original Ms. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1906: Eve's Diary ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1984: The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mary Lea Trump

  • 2020: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mary Shelley

  • 1818: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Michael Wolff

  • 2018: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2019: Siege: Trump Under Fire ⭐⭐⭐

Michio Kaku

  • 2004: Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2008: Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2014: The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Misha Glenny

  • 2019: Putin: Prisoner of Power ⭐⭐⭐

Naomi Klein

  • 1999: No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2014: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • 2004: Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2009: The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2012: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2017: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Noam Chomsky

  • 1988: Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1999: Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2003: Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2006: Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2010: Hopes and Prospects ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oscar Wilde

  • 1890: The Picture of Dorian Gray ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1895: The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People ⭐⭐

Piper Kerman

  • 2010: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison ⭐⭐⭐

Ray Bradbury

  • 1953: Fahrenheit 451 ⭐⭐⭐

Richard Dawkins

  • 1976: The Selfish Gene (2006, 30th anniversary edition) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1986: The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design (2006, 30th anniversary edition) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2004: The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2006: The God Delusion ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2009: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Robert Louis Stevenson

  • 1886: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ⭐⭐⭐

Sam Harris

  • 2006: Letter to a Christian Nation ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Lying ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2012: Free Will ⭐⭐⭐

Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • 2003: Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: The Romanovs 1613–1918 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stephen Colbert

  • 2012: America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stephen Hawking

  • 1988: A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stephen King

  • 1977: The Shining ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1986: It ⭐⭐⭐

Steve Kornacki

  • 2018: The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Suzanne Collins

  • 2008: The Hunger Games ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2009: Catching Fire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2010: Mockingjay ⭐⭐⭐

Sylvia Plath

  • 1963: The Bell Jar ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Theodore Dreiser

  • 1925: An American Tragedy ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thomas Paine

  • 1775–1776: Common Sense ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1791–1792: Rights of Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1794–1807: The Age of Reason ⭐⭐⭐

Tim Marshall

  • 2015: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics ⭐⭐⭐

Timothy Snyder

  • 2017: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2018: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trevor Noah

  • 2016: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Upton Sinclair

  • 1906: The Jungle ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1926–27: Oil! ⭐⭐⭐

Vicky Ward

  • 2019: Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Victor Hugo

  • 1831: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1862: Les Misérables ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vladimir Nabokov

  • 1955: Lolita ⭐⭐

William Faulkner

  • 1930: As I Lay Dying

William Golding

  • 1954: Lord of the Flies ⭐⭐⭐

William Goldman

  • 1973: The Princess Bride ⭐⭐⭐

William Powell

  • 1971: The Anarchist Cookbook ⭐⭐

Yuval Noah Harari

  • 2014: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐