Best Books of 2016

Ok, so I am a little behind with the last few posts of 2016.  Looking back over the year there  was a great variety of topics.  Here is the annual top five list…  with a bonus.

This is by far the best book that I have read this year.
The best book of comparative economics and why a market based system is the best way
Best treatise on conservative values and policies and why they are the best policies to support the poor
Best book that I have read to date about Biblical manhood.
Interesting description about the rise of ISIS

6. Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Ed Catmull
Inspiring story of the Pixar company and how they foster a culture of creativity

 

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Hillbilly Elegy

91epx6odutlBook #32: Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance

Is poverty a state you find yourself in or a mindset, or both?  Why do so many poor people get trapped in cycles of poverty, family disintegration and drugs?  And more importantly, what can be done socially or politically for those who are trapped in these cycles?  J.D. Vance grew up a poor boy in a working class, broken family with Appalachian roots in Southern Ohio.  Despite his rocky childhood, he escapes this life and earns a Law degree from Yale.  More than sharing an inspiring success story, J.D. explores and wrestles with his childhood and describes the lingering effects on his current life, outlook and thought process.  This is a fascinating read for anyone who rubs shoulders with people in poverty.  For me personally, it helped to better understand the background and mindset for those whom I serve at work.

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1984

b003jthwku-01-lBook #31: 1984, George Orwell

What would it be like to live in a place where individualism is subservient too the collective state and freedom is falling in line with the will of the governing powers?  In this fictional account of Oceania (a socialized metamorphasis of the English state) Winston searches for truth and freedom in a land where truth is what the government says it is and freedom is doing what the government says to do.  This is a fascinating read.  As socialism seems to be coming back into vogue, we do well to remember the oppression and death that have been replicated in socialist countries throughout the world.  While this is a fictional accounting, it stands as a warning against totalitarianism.  Remember, big brother is watching you!

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