These are the best new nonfiction books – January 2017.
The Lost City of the Monkey God – Douglas Preston
An unexplored civilization and the true-life adventure around its discovery.
Expect Great Things – Kevin Dann
The latest biography of Henry David Thoreau.
Language at the Speed of Sight – Mark Seidenberg
The right way to teach reading.
The Telomere Effect – Blackburn/Epel
Improve your life, slow disease and aging; all by reading this book.
What Doesn’t Kill Us – Scott Carney
How to find the Wim Hof in all of us.
War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 – Michael Kazin
The story of the people behind the voices calling for peace during WWI.
The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars – Daniel Beer
Sibera, the largest prison the world has ever seen and the Russians who called it home.
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess – Rachel Hoffman
Real organization for real people.
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food – Catherine Shanahan M.D.
“The Human Diet” and the four nutritional food groups that make it up.
Tao of Charlie Munger: A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway’s Vice Chairman on Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth – David Clark
More wisdom from Buffett’s partner in crime.
Reinvent Yourself – James Altucher
More great advice from Altucher on how to prepare for massive change in the world around us.
Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission – Bret Baier & Catherine Whitney
An eye-opening narrative of Ike’s final days in office.
Guerrilla Publishing – Derek Murphy
What it takes to successfully self-publish these days.
The Power of Meaning – Emily Esfahani Smith
Forget happiness, we need meaning in our lives.
A World in Disarray – Richard Haass
America, foreign policy and a world that does not play by old rules.
The Great Equalizer – David Smick
How entrepreneurs and small businesses can reinvigorate the US economy.
Washington’s Farewell – John Avlon
How partisanship, debt and war could spell the end of democracy. Written by George Washington in his Presidential Farewell Address.
Narrative and Numbers – Aswath Damodaran
Stories, valuations and how companies can spin both to tell their past, present and future.
Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can’t Seem to Get Done – Cary Tennis & Danelle Morton
How writers can finally finish their masterpieces.
In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown – Amy Gary
The biography of Brown who wrote the book millions of parents probably read to their kids tonight.
The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America – Mark Sundeen
What the search for the simple life looks like today.
Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage – Gary L. Thomas
The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives – Lisa Servon
Another book that tells the sad story of American banking today. And why big banks should be worried.
Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story – Alexandra Wolfe
A on-the-ground look at Silicon Valley and the men and women who live, work and build there.
How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft – Edward Jay Epstein
Another Snowden biography.
Is It All in Your Head?: True Stories of Imaginary Illness – Suzanne O’Sullivan
An in-depth look at psychosomatic disorders and the patients who suffer from them.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team – Steve Sheinkin
More people should know who Jim Thorpe was and hopefully this book will make that happen.
There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love –Kelsey Crowe & Emily McDowell
Training on how to help others in pain. Training nobody gets and training everybody needs.
Own It: The Power of Women at Work – Sallie Krawcheck
Help for women to achieve professional success.
A Man for All Markets – Edward O. Thorp
A biography of the man who invented card counting and whose ideas shook up Wall Street.
Reality Is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
First there was Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, now he returns with lessons on quantum gravity.
Testosterone Rex – Cordelia Fine
Myth busting for the sexes.
Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory – Lydia Reeder
Think A League of Their Own set in the Dust Bowl.
The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire – Stephen Kinzer
The debate that set the tone for American foreign policy between giants of US history.
A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA – Joshua Kurlantzick
The story of CIA operations in Laos and how they set up that agency’s role in military operations going forward.
The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today’s Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats – Damian Mogavero & Joseph D’Agnese
Money Ball for restaurants.
Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow – Joshua Spodek
Not just ideas on leadership, but practical instructions.
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World – Brad Stone
If Brad Stone writes about Silicon Valley, read it.
The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower – Yaakov Katz & Amir Bohbot
Israeli history told through its rise to military tech superpower.
Data for the People: How to Make Our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You – Andreas Weigend
How Big Data isn’t just for Big Business anymore.
There they are, the best new nonfiction books – January 2017. I hope you found one (or a few) that you found interesting.
I promise to put these posts up sooner in the months to come. I love finding the best new nonfiction books being released and I’ll share all the great ones I find with you.