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New Nonfiction Books – January 2017

These are the best new nonfiction books – January 2017.

You can also find my picks for September 2016, October 2016, November 2016 and December 2016.


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

Marriage advice.

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 GloryLydia 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.

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