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Non-fiction books I've enjoyed

Garrett Arizala
The list author says: "I generally don't read a lot of non-fiction, so the fact that I find these to be stand outs are significant."
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"You know that beer commercial starring "the most interesting man in the world"? Well, meet Louis Zamperini (recently passed), whose life story is absolutely incredible."
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
"I wish all scholarly books were this interesting. A thesis on how technology has affected the rise and fall of civilizations."
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"Not your usual drab supply and demand economics text. Unique and thought provoking examinations of sumo wrestling, crack-dealers, no-child-left-behind, the KKK and more."
America: Imagine a World without Her
America: Imagine a World without Her
"Great counterpoint to liberal talking points."
Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy
Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy
"Known for his "stunts," Mr. O'Keefe is to be commended for original reporting. Much more of a journalist and your typical main stream media hack."
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
"Well done Bill O."
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
"I am a global warming, er, excuse me, "climate change" skeptic, as I actually keep an open mind on these things. Mr. Diamond manages to not come across as a Gore-like fanatic. He does present some powerful analysis on situations where poor environmental management caused societal collapse (see chapter on Easter Island). As a counterpoint, read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear.""
The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island
"Generally, I am skeptical of revisionist history due to the usual PC motivations. This, however, seems to be grounded in solid research giving a more favorable view of the Rapa Nui that Mr. Diamond does."
Into the Wild
Into the Wild
"Perhaps it's Jon Krakauer's haunting presentation, because normally I would not be interested in reading about some fool who gave all his money away, walks into the Alaskan bush and eventually dies."
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
"A great account of real life treasure hunters."
Night (Night)
Night (Night)
"If someone ever tells you they don't believe in evil (in the ontological sense), give them this book."
Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
"An economist who speaks clearly and rationally. Think capitalism is dead and Keynes is the new king? Please read this."
Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness
Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness
"Mr. Watt, co-founder of "Everything but the girl" is struck by a sudden and debilitating illness. A well written tome that reveals an unusually human side of a pop star. Moments of concern, fear, love and humor intermingle in this dark period of his life. He tells his story with little hint of despair or self pity, so don't be afraid to give this a try."
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
"Jon Krakauer's bestseller about his tragic climb of Mt. Everest. Pretty much eliminated all those romantic notions of how cool I thought it would be to do this."
Undaunted Courage:  Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
"Both a historical account and travelogue of the American west."
John Adams
John Adams
"Certainly elevated my opinion of the second president of the United States. Also presents a great perspective on many key events of the time."
Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
"In this world of instant communication and jet travel, it's difficult for some to comprehend just how big a deal this was at the time. Stephen Ambrose just has a way of telling a story that makes it interesting."
The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45
The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45
"Think being a pilot in WWII was glamorous? Not really."
The Hunt for Bin Laden
The Hunt for Bin Laden
"Fascinating account of the use of special forces in bringing down the Taliban."
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Kyle, Chris, McEwen, Scott, DeFelice, Jim (2012) Hardcover
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Kyle, Chris, McEwen, Scott, DeFelice, Jim (2012) Hardcover
"I purchased this to support the widow of Chris Kyle. Turned out to be an interesting read. It's unbelievable that Jesse Ventura sued; what a jerk."
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
"One of the rare times I actually read a book after seeing the movie, but I was intrigued by why the villagers would shelter an American with the taliban threatening them. Answer: Loksay (a tribal tradition of protecting guests)and it is explained much better than in the movie."
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (Complete and Unabridged)
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (Complete and Unabridged)
"This is the unabridged version which may not be appropriate for younger children due to passages concerning Anne Frank's budding sexuality. One can take it as a bit of a distraction or as a more humanizing element."
Farewell to Manzanar
Farewell to Manzanar
"When I hear people debate in support of the Japanese internment camps of WW2, I am quite sure, despite any reasoned logic they may use, they have totally missed the human toll it took."
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
"A physicist who is actually understandable."
Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish
Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish
"How a marketing gimmick got a 80 year old fish on your plate."