The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

Doomsday-ish, conspiracy theory-ish, and most concerning is that it’s eerily hard to dispute a lot of the author’s claims. The author tries (and in some ways succeeds) to make his point that the federal reserve is responsible for many of the tough facets of our economic reality, like boom & bust cycles. As a criticism to his style, he can get very repetitive at times. As a criticism to his theory, he discounts the great technology & lifestyle advances society has been able to make because of the structure of modern finance. (View on Amazon)

Napoleon: A Life

Napoleon rewrote the rules of war in 19th century Europe, conquering pretty much everything in his path. The book explains how this (essentially middle-class, non-french) guy from Corsica became Emperor of France. And then he stopped following his own rules and lost it all… (View on Amazon)

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

I had never heard of Robert Moses before this book. It is spectacularly well researched, detailed to the max. After the first chapter, I was hooked on the story. This guy RAN New York through the administrations of multiple mayors, governors and presidents. He’s single-handedly responsible for almost all of the state parks, parks, and road networks in the region. And he’s a real asshole. (View on Amazon)