10 Ten 2010 Books

by Mark on December 22, 2010

Want to cozy up to the fireplace with a good book? How do you want to spend that gift card? Trying to decide what is the first download on that new Kindle. Here are my top ten book recommendations for 2010.

NON-FICTION

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn by Nathaniel Philbrick. Like many, I doubted there was anything new to learn about Custer’s Last Stand. Philbrick provides a macro look at the main characters and a micro look at the battle that completely changed my perspective on the massacre.

Outliers – The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell: My dad used to claim, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Malcolm Gladwell insists luck or timing is the primary driver of success. He reviews the triumphs of The Beatles, Bill Gates, Canadian hockey stars, and Chinese mathematicians. There is a consistent thread and common statistic that leads to interesting and fascinating reading.

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria: The Time Magazine correspondent and CNN host provides and absorbing description of globalization. He does a nice job describing the foundational elements of the explosive growth in China, India and Brazil. Zakaria then focuses on the U.S. and how America can continue to lead the world using its technology and diplomacy.

Stars in Their Courses by Shelby Foote: The late historian focuses on the Battle of Gettysburg with details, emotions, and balance. There were many tipping points where either side could have won. Foote drives tension and interest despite knowing the outcome.

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer. Pat Tillman was an NFL star killed by friendly-fire in Afghanistan. Krakauer, bestselling author of Into Thin Air, goes deep into Tillman’s past to understand how he ended up in the Middle East. He also takes you deep in the details and aftermath of Pat’s last battle.

FICTION

The Scent of Rain & Lightening by Nancy Pickard: A young woman, who lost both parents on a violent and stormy night, learns the alleged murderer was released from prison. The author crafted an intense page-turner of power, revenge, deceit, and hope that gallops to a satisfying ending.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: The author of the Time Traveler’s Wife creates a great ghost story where you fear what the living will do to each other as much as the spirit.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larssons: Lisbeth Salander takes vengeance on her tormentors with a little help from her friends in the final installment of the Millennium Trilogy. Too bad the author died before book 4, but the finale is better than anticipated.

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly: LA Homicide Detective Harry Bosch’s investigates a Chinese gang murder when he learns his daughter in Hong Kong is kidnapped. Bosch goes to Asia to find her and the quest brings thrills, mayhem, and surprises. Connelly is very good. This is his best.

Storm Prey by John Sanford: Lucas Davenport and his colleagues feel like realistic cops that plod along on evidence trails, making mistakes, but remain relentless on catching some scary bad guys.

So grab a book, or your new eReader, get cozy by the fire and enjoy the winter one page at a time.

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