Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Love Books

I’m going to be very busy for the next couple of weeks, so I will take a break from the blog until September. This week, though, I’m fulfilling a promise I made in a post a while back. A couple of decades ago I started keeping a list of all the “serious” books I had read cover to cover. In my line of work, I do a fair amount of reading, but most of this list is the result of my habit of reading at least three books at a time at home. It takes longer to get through a single volume, but the variety is nice. I’ve pruned a few titles from the original list, but this is still complete enough to give you a feel for the sorts of books I’m interested in.
If you find this list a bit daunting, I would ask you to keep in mind that I am a slow reader, I suffer from a severe sports addiction, I have a wife and four children, I play basketball three mornings a week and watch Jeopardy every evening, I try to keep my yard looking nice, and at one time not long ago I had four church callings (none of them overwhelming). So don’t give up hope. If, on the other hand, you find this list rather meager, then please remember that I am a slow reader, I suffer from . . . Let’s just say I’m dedicated to reading and to learning at my own slow pace.
With a few notable exceptions, I would recommend any of these books to a curious reader. An asterisk indicates a book I would highly recommend. I obviously don’t agree with the premises presented in all of these books, but they have all broadened my horizons and given me a chance to think about a variety of topics. Anyway, without further explanation, here’s the growing list:

Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Dialogue, by Merrill D. Peterson
Adam Smith’s Mistake: How a Moral Philosopher Invented Economics and Ended Morality, by Kenneth Lux
Affluenza, by James de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor
*Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, by David C. Korten
*The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation, by Armand L. Mauss
Approaching Zion, by Hugh Nibley
The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, by Kevin Phillips
Beyond Death’s Door, by Brent L. Top
Bleachers, by John Grisham
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen W. Hawking
Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by John G. Turner
Brigham Young: Sovereign in America, by David Vaughn Mason
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
*Children of the Promise (5 volumes), by Dean Hughes
The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students, by Allan Bloom
*Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
Colonel Thomas L. Kane and the Mormons, 1846–1883, ed. David J. Whittaker
Coming from the Light, by Sarah Hinze
The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett
Cosmic Questions, by Richard Morris
Culture of Complaint, by Robert Hughes
D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, by Stephen E. Ambrose
*David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Wright
Dialogues with Myself, by Eugene England
A Different God? Mitt Romney, the Religious Right, and the Mormon Question, by Craig L. Foster
The Disuniting of America, by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
*The Divine Right of Capital: Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy, by Marjorie Kelly
The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss
*The Ecology of Commerce, by Paul Hawken
Educating Zion, edited by John W. Welch and Don E. Norton
The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization, by Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot
Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer
The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom
Free to Choose, by Milton and Rose Friedman
The Fundamentals of Ethics, by Russ Shafer-Landau
*Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, by James Gleick
The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon, by Brant A. Gardner
“God Has Made Us a Kingdom”: James Strang and the Midwest Mormons, by Vickie Cleverley Speek
The God Who Weeps, by Terryl and Fiona Givens
*Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith
Having Authority: The Origins and Development of Priesthood during the Ministry of Joseph Smith, by Gregory A. Prince
Hearing the Voice of the Lord, by Gerald N. Lund
Hearts of the Children (5 volumes), series by Dean Hughes
A Higher Standard of Leadership: Lessons from the Life of Gandhi, by Keshavan Nair
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
*Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life, by Boyd J. Petersen
The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration, by Tad R. Callister
In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death, by Samuel Morris Brown
The J. Golden Kimball Stories, by Eric A. Eliason
J. Reuben Clark: The Church Years, by D. Michael Quinn
Joseph Smith, by Robert V. Remini
*Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, by Richard L. Bushman
The L Word: An Unapologetic, Thoroughly Biased, Long-Overdue Explication and Defense of Liberalism, by David P. Barash
Leadership and the New Science, by Margaret J. Wheatley
Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, by Edward L. Kimball
Lehi in the Desert, by Hugh Nibley
The Life Before, by Brent L. Top
Life before Life, by Richard Eyre
The Life Beyond, by Robert L. Millet and Joseph Fielding McConkie
The Life of Dr. Frederick G. Williams: Counselor to the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Frederick G. Williams
*Lila: An Inquiry into Morals, by Robert M. Pirsig
*The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
Managing by the Numbers: Absentee Owners and the Decline of American Industry, by Christopher Meek, Warner Woodworth, and W. Gibb Dyer
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy, by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr., and Glen M. Leonard
Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis
The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism, by Grant Underwood
Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints, by Stephen H. Webb
Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery
*The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, by D. Michael Quinn
*The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, by D. Michael Quinn
Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890–1930, by Thomas G. Alexander
*The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith, by Matthew Bowman
Mormon Polygamy: A History, by Richard S. Van Wagoner
*The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got to Be That Way, by Bill Bryson
Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections, edited by Richard E. Turley Jr. and Ronald W. Walker
My Mormonism: A Primer for Non-Mormons and Mormons, Alike, by David V. Mason
Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless, by Hugh Nibley
*One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism, by William Greider
*Organizational Values in America, by William G. Scott and David K. Hart
Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, by Patricia Ward Biederman and Warren Bennis
*A Painted House, by John Grisham
Papers on the Ethics of Administration, edited by N. Dale Wright
Parliament of Whores, by P.J. O’Rourke
Peace Breaks Out, by John Knowles
*People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture, by Terryl L. Givens
Polar Star, by Martin Cruz Smith
Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You’re Stupid,
      by Joe Klein
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories/Once upon a More Enlightened Time, by James Finn Garner
The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria
*Power from On High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood, by Gregory A. Prince
The Radicalism of the American Revolution, by Gordon S. Wood
Red Rum Punch, by Ceylon Barclay
Reengineering Management: The Mandate for New Leadership, by James Champy
The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, by Christopher Lasch
A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
Rose, by Martin Cruz Smith
The Scholar of Moab, by Steven L. Peck
Secrets of the Street: The Dark Side of Making Money, by Gene G. Marcial
*Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country, by William Greider
*A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport, by Armand L. Mauss
*Shoeless Joe, by W. P. Kinsella
A Short History of Financial Euphoria, by John Kenneth Galbraith
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
A Short Stay in Hell, by Steven L. Peck
The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien
Sidney Rigdon: A Portrait of Religious Excess, by Richard S. Van Wagoner
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher
Standing for Something, by Gordon B. Hinckley
Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-Interest, by Peter Block
*Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Trouble with Money, by William Greider
*The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics, by Christopher Lasch
*This Is My Doctrine: The Development of Mormon Theology, by Charles R. Harrell
Trust: The Social Virtues & the Creation of Prosperity, by Francis Fukuyama
Turning Freud Upside Down: Gospel Perspectives on Psychotherapy’s Fundamental Problems, ed. Aaron P. Jackson, Lane Fischer, and Doris R. Dant
Tyranny of the Bottom Line: Why Corporations Make Good People Do Bad Things, by Ralph Estes
*Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand
*Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide, by Grant Hardy
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth, by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy, by Terryl L. Givens
*Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary, by Craig Harline
*Wayward Saints: The Social and Religious Protests of the Godbeites against Brigham Young, by Ronald W. Walker
We Are All Self-Employed: The New Social Contract for Working in a Changed World, by Cliff Hakim
*Why I Stay, ed. by Robert Rees
*When Corporations Rule the World, by David C. Korten
Why Leaders Can’t Lead: The Unconscious Conspiracy Continues, by Warren Bennis
Wish You Well, by David Baldacci
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English, by Patricia T. O’Connor
Working Alone, by Murray Felsher
Working Toward Zion: Principles of the United Order for the Modern World, by James W. Lucas and Warner P. Woodworth
*The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers, by Robert L. Heilbroner
The Worlds of Joseph Smith: A Bicentennial Conference at the Library of Congress, ed. John W. Welch
Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity, by Terryl L. Givens
*Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, by Robert M. Pirsig

The four books I am currently reading that will soon earn a spot on this list are:

From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon, by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Gerrit J. Dirkmaat
Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830–1853, by Merina Smith
*Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction, by Steven L. Peck
What’s on the Other Side: What the Gospel Teaches Us about the Spirit World, by Brent L. Top

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