Great books for men on vacation

A Listmania! list by Thompson N. Doman (Carmel, IN USA)
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The list author says: "A vacation isn't quite complete without that one book you can't seem to put down. When the family is all in bed and the excitement is over for the day, or you're up before anybody else, you need that page-turner to take your mind on its own vacation.

For me the best kind of book to take along is typically - but not always - non-fiction, with a strong sense of place. It doesn't have to be set in the same location where I'm traveling - in fact I've wasted many hours in the library trying to match up the book and the place and I can't offhand recall any vacations where I had that exact match. However, in my list I'll point out when there is a suggested pairing between the vacation spot and the setting of the book, and you can decide for yourself whether there's a special magic when the two align."
Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream
1.  Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream by Buzz Bissinger
The list author says:
  "A remarkable sports book that inspired a movie and a TV show.  I packed this book along on a June, 2009 trip to Montana, and found that this story set in Odessa, Texas grabbed me as much as the beautiful mountains I was surrounded by."
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
2.  The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The list author says:
  "A great interweaving of a baffling mystery from 1925 with the author's contemporary quest to unravel it, and an even larger mystery."
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A Confederacy of Dunces
3.  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The list author says:
  "An absolute classic, featuring one of the most memorable main characters in all of literature.  Set in New Orleans, it would be a great read on a visit there."
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Ignatius Rising: The Life Of John Kennedy Toole
4.  Ignatius Rising: The Life Of John Kennedy Toole by René Pol Nevils
The list author says:
  "A biography about the author of "A Confederacy of Dunces" - a tragic figure who wrote only a single novel as an adult then took his own life.  I read this during a most memorable, scalding hot August week at a bracingly cold Michigan lake, and was fascinated."
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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
5.  The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
The list author says:
  "I always heard of the Dust Bowl, but had no clue what caused it or anything else about it.  This book covers all of that and more.  It's a great vacation read."
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Nazimova: A Biography
6.  Nazimova: A Biography by Gavin Lambert
The list author says:
  "Not the typical guys book, this biography of the great but largely forgotten stage and silent film actress Allah Nazimova recalls the star some have called "The Real Norma Desmond."  It covers much of the early history of Hollywood and is hard to put down."
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Illusions
7.  Illusions by Richard Bach
The list author says:
  "Simply my favorite book ever.  It's a quick read, but you'll want to read it again anyhow."
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The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
8.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "Wow.  Chicago.  The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.  A serial killer.  You probably won't put this down till you're finished.  This one would be a great read on a visit to the Windy City.  Just don't go out in Jackson Park after dark."
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Thunderstruck
9.  Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "Grab anything written by Erik Larson and take it with you on vacation.  Like "Devil in the White City", in "Thunderstruck" he pairs a killer with famous persons/events, and works magic."
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The Da Vinci Code
10.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "A guilty pleasure.  Had to include it here.  If you've not read it or seen the movie, take this one with you on your next vacation."
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The Halo Effect: ... and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers
11.  The Halo Effect: ... and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers by Phil Rosenzweig
The list author says:
  "This one violates my guideline around having a sense of place, but it's nonetheless a fascinating study of how humans perceive success and failure, and spin yarns about it.  You'll never quite think the same way about human performance again."
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Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
12.  Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software by Scott Rosenberg
The list author says:
  "Another exception to my rule about having a strong sense of place, but a fine read nonetheless.  It's an epic story of software (mis)development.  For anyone involved in some way with IT (or even if you're not), it will keep you turning pages."
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