Great books I'm reading in 2012 (List 1 of 3)

A Listmania! list by M. Heiss (USA)
The list author says: "I read for fun; this is what I'm up to these days. This is a running list."
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Books of Wonder)
1.  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Books of Wonder) by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "Great book, made evenbetter by Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations."
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Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected
2.  Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected by Rory Miller
$11.84   Used & New from: $10.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
3.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The list author says:
  "Entertaining, even for adults."
$16.55   Used & New from: $4.84
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
4.  Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication) by Walter E. Williams
The list author says:
  "Pure goodness."
$11.66   Used & New from: $9.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

The End of Sparta: A Novel
5.  The End of Sparta: A Novel by Victor Davis Hanson
$21.17   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Sayers: My Life and Times
6.  Sayers: My Life and Times by Gale Sayers
The list author says:
  "Fun read about an American role model, on and off the field."
$19.29   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers)
7.  It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers) by Mac Barnett
The list author says:
  "Not as good as book 1 and 2; still really good.  4 stars"
$13.42   Used & New from: $0.01
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The Great Fire
8.  The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
$9.35   Used & New from: $0.14
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
9.  Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey by GB Tran
The list author says:
  "sad."
$20.53   Used & New from: $3.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

After America: Get Ready for Armageddon
10.  After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn
The list author says:
  "Wonderful turns of phrase -- insightful framing of the issues.  Subject matter geared toward Be Prepared."
$17.69   Used & New from: $0.01
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The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child
11.  The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child by Ron Clark
The list author says:
  "Phew!  It's an extrovert's world."
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Child of Dandelions
12.  Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
The list author says:
  "atrocities under Idi Amin"
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Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan
13.  Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan by Jeff Greenfield
The list author says:
  "ummm, yeah.  1 star.  Hagiography."
$12.63   Used & New from: $0.01
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Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra
14.  Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra by Peter Stekel
The list author says:
  "Skip this.  It should have been interesting, but it wasn't.  Read "Lost In Shangri-La" instead."
$12.22   Used & New from: $1.44
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To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington 1)
15.  To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington 1) by Newt Gingrich
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Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion
16.  Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion by Al Seckel
$12.69   Used & New from: $1.94
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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
17.  In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
The list author says:
  "4 stars"
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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
18.  Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
The list author says:
  "Be Here Now.

Accidents must happen."
$10.18   Used & New from: $0.25
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
19.  Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp
$9.22   Used & New from: $1.17
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A Simple Plan
20.  A Simple Plan by Scott Smith
The list author says:
  "Stunning.

The best book I've read so far in 2012."
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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
21.  Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden
The list author says:
  "Pablo Escobar -- bad guy"
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
22.  Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
The list author says:
  "A re-read -- I haven't read this since 1995 or 1996."
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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
23.  Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
The list author says:
  "inspirational -- moves right along -- Metaxas has a good sense of humor and and excellent sense of timing."
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
24.  Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
The list author says:
  "Oh for goodness sakes.

"A Story of Violent Faith"

So of course, I'm impressed that some western person has been curious enough to look into a "violent faith" and accurately report on the inhuman practices of Islam.

No, this book is not about Islam. 

It's about the offshoot-Mormons.

Real courageous there, Krakauer."
$10.27   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,210 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog
25.  Training Your Dog the Humane Way: Simple Teaching Tips for Resolving Problem Behaviors and Raising a Happy Dog by Alana Stevenson
$12.14   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him
26.  Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him by Humberto Fontova
The list author says:
  "contradictory -- was Che the monster responsible for murdering thousands upon thousands of homosexuals and dissenters, or was he the arrogant gasbag who exaggerated everything about himself and failed at every undertaking? 

He certainly died a coward."
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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
27.  Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
The list author says:
  "Cold turkey"
$10.33   Used & New from: $4.18
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Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World's Classics)
28.  Reflections on the Revolution in France (Oxford World's Classics) by Edmund Burke
The list author says:
  "Easier reading than I thought it would be.  Government as it is instituted serves some or most of the needs of the people.  Why overthrow EVRYTHING about the old customs in order to produce change?

Against violent fanatacism and heaven-on-earth utopianism."
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Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World)
29.  Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World) by Christopher Hitchens
The list author says:
  "How far the mighty fall.

Paine refuses to condemn even the most hideous atrocities of the French Revolution, and indeed, imagines that other countries should applaud and emulate them.

Was he secretly paid by the National Assembly to produce this?  One must wonder."
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Man and Machine: The Best Of Stephan Wilkinson
30.  Man and Machine: The Best Of Stephan Wilkinson by Stephan Wilkinson
The list author says:
  "New respect for military pilots and their machines"
$12.71   Used & New from: $0.95
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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
31.  Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
$18.45   Used & New from: $1.46
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Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
32.  Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford
$16.61   Used & New from: $9.47
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
33.  Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
The list author says:
  "Bahala Na."
$9.27   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (846 customer reviews)

The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
34.  The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean by David Abulafia
$31.58   Used & New from: $6.14
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Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him
35.  Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him by Stephen Frater
The list author says:
  "This was a let-down.  repetitive writing and repetitive writing and repetitive writing."
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Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America
36.  Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America by Laura Ingraham
The list author says:
  "Not very entertaining -- this was a letdown."
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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
37.  Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
The list author says:
  "Excellent"
$10.51   Used & New from: $1.04
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late
38.  Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late by James Robison
The list author says:
  "Didactic."
$9.99
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Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind
39.  Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger
The list author says:
  "Hilarious.  Absolutely perfect metaphor for the 2008 Obama Campaign."
$11.30   Used & New from: $0.01
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