TBR of Doom

Below are owned-but-unread titles in my collection, listed here to spur me to reading them. In 2019 I will be working on the TBR of Doom by taking part in the "Mount TBR Reading Challenge".

The Oil Kings: How the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East, Andrew Scott Cooper
The Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, Ayn Rand
The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton
The Moral Animal, Robert Wright
The Essential Russell Kirk, Russell Kirk
Honor: A History, James Bowman
The German War: A Nation Under Arms, Nicholas Stargardt
The Enemy at the Gate: Hapsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe, Andrew Wheatcroft
The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, Abolqasem Ferdowsi
The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and the United States, Kenneth Pollack (Purchased in St. Augustine, FL)
The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, Brion McClanahan
Who Killed the Constitution?, ed. Thomas E. Woods
The Church and  the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy,
 Thomas E. Woods
Constitutional Chaos | The Constitution in Exile | A Nation of Sheep, Andrew Napolitano
The Ends of the Earth: The Polar Regions of the World, Isaac Asimov (Purchased in Las Cruces, NM)
Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?, Galal Amin
Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature, Anthony Esolen
On the Good Life, Marcus Tullius Cicero
Go Directly to Jail: The Criminializaton of Almost Everything, ed. Gene Healy

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire, Roger Crowley
ST Vanguard: What Judgments Come, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
ST Vanguard: Storming Heaven, David Mack
ST Vanguard: In Tempest's Wake, Dayton Ward
How Dante Can Save Your Life,  Rod Dreher
How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America, Brion McClanahan
ST ENT: Live by the Code, Christopher L. Bennett
ST ENT:  Tower of Babel, Christopher L. Bennett
The Afghan Campaign, Steven Pressfield
American Contempt for Liberty, Walter Williams
Defeat in the West, Milton Shulman and Ian Jacob
The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves, Scott Woolley
The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings, Lars Brownsworth
The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, ed. Frank Shuffelton
Sword and Serpent, Taylor Marshall
Democracy: An American Novel, Henry Adams
The Return of George Washington, Edward J. Larson
The Well and the Shallows, GK Chesterton
Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity, Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
Atomic Awakening: The History and Future of Nuclear Power, James Mahaffrey
The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, Frank Dikotter
The Damnation of Theron Ware, Harold Frederic

Our Only World, Wendell Berry  (9/24/2018)
The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, Jay Solomon (9/30/2018)
Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler, Mark Riebling (10/05/2018)
An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler, Peter Fritzsche (10/04/2018)
The Memory of Old Jack, Wendell Berry (10/23/2018)
Taking to the Ground: One Family's Journey on Horseback Across the Sacred Land of the NavajoDouglas Preston (11/12/2018)
Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton (02/05/2019)
Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy
To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, Arthur Herman (04/03/2019)
The Scarlet Thief, Paul Fraser Collard 


  1. Can I recommend reading about that "shithole" Haiti. As tragedies several hundred of years of French rule and American interference, invasions and abuse. And then a catastrophic earthquake which killed hundred of thousand and destroyed nearly everything. My son went there shortly after and described what he saw and how little aid was coming in. That's not what American media portrayed...:(

    1. Yes, I'm hoping to find something that covers Haiti and the D.R. together, since they're neighbors on the same island.

      (Did your son make any mention of Doctors without Borders? Their literature at the time was intensely focused on Haiti relief efforts.)

  2. Glad you've found the Mount TBR Challenge. Good luck with your TBR of Doom!

    1. Thank you for hosting, and good luck to you as well!


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