Books Read by the Oreo Book Club

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Books Read by the Oreo Book ClubOreo Book Club

2008 – Present




5/08     Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire

Alex Von Tunzelmann

6/08     The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Gordon S. Wood

7/08     Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen P. Dubner

8/08     Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales

Oliver Sacks

9/08    Team of Rivals – Lincoln and his Cabinet

Doris Kearns Goodwin

10/08   The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of

Evolution David Quammen

11/08   The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

Simon Winchester

12/08   The Places in Between

Rory Stewart



1/09     Waking Giant, American in the Age of Jackson

David Reynolds

2/09     Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

 Barack Obama

3/09     The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, in the Heart of the Middle East

Sandy Tolan

4/09     The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story

Diane Ackerman

5/09     Deer Hunting with Jesus – Dispatches from America’s Class War

Joe Bageant

6/09     Confederates in the Attic – Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Tony Horwitz

7/09     The Lost City of Z – A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

David Grann

8/09     Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

9/09    Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why we Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

10/09   The Omnivore’s Dilemma—A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan

11/09   My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

Jill Bolte Taylor



1/10     Einstein

Walter Isaacson

2/10     The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works

Henry Waxman and Joshua Green

3/10     The Wisdom of Crowds

James Surowiecki

4/10     Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship

 Jon Meacham

5/10     The Elephant and the Dragon—The Rise of India and China and What it Means for All of Us

Robyn Meredith

6/10     The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday – Unexpected Encounters in the changing Middle East

Neil MacFarquhar

7/10     A Short History of Nearly Everything

 Bill Bryson

8/10     Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory

Peter Hessler

9/10     Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States

Edward Blakely & Mary Snyder

10/10   Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

Stacy A. Cordery

11/10   The Worst Hard Time – The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Timothy Egan



1/11     Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventioanl Life Among Baboons

Robert M. Sapolsky

2/11     The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Bill Bryson

3/11     Globish: How English Became the World’s Language

Robert McCrum

4/11     Making our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View

Stephen Breyer

5/11     Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. I

Edited by Harriet E. Smith

6/11     Henry Clay: The Essential American

David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler

7/11     Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise & Fall of the Lawyer who brought Corporate America to its Knees, Patrick Dillon and Carl M. Cannon

8/11     Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World

  1. Weatherford

9/11     Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

Laura Hillenbrand

10/11   Voltaire – A Life

Ian Davidson

11/11   The Forgotten Founding Father – Noah Webster

Joshua Kendall



1/12     The Next Decade: Empire and Republic in a Changing World

George Friedman (2011)

2/12     Hero – The Life of Lawrence of Arabia

Michael Korda

3/12     How we Decide

Jonah Lehrer (2009)

4/12     The Way of the World – From the Dawn of Civilization to the Eve of the Twenty First Century

David Fromkin (1998)

5/12     Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens (2011)

6/12     Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis—Suez and the Brink of War

David Nichols (2011)

7/12     Waiting for Snow in Havana – Confessions of a Cuban Boy

Carlos Eire (2003)

8/12     Catherine the Great – Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie (2011)

9/12     End the Depression Now!

Paul Krugman (2012)

10/12   Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo (2012)

11/12   The Forever War

Dexter Filkins (2008)



1/13     The Big Burn – Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire that Saved America

Timothy Egan (2009)

2/13     Red Dust – A Path through China

Mai Jian (2001)

3/13     Drift – The Unmooring of American Military Power

Rachel Maddow (2012)

4/13 Time to Start Thinking: America In The Age Of Descent

Edward Luce

5/13   The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Edmund de Waal.

6/13 After The Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, The Response and the Work Ahead

Alan Binder

7/13   The Swerve

Stephen  Greenblatt

8/13 The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future

Joseph Steiglitz

9/13 This Child Will Be Great

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

10/13 Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Siddhartha  Mukherjee

11/13 The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted

Mike Lofgren



1/14     Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

2/14     Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds

Jim Sterba

3/14     The Favored Daughter

Fawzia Koofi

4/14     The Sultan’s Shadow

Christianne Bird

5/14     Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles

Ruchir Sharma

6/14     Last Child in the Woods

Richard Louv

7/14     The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea

David Helvarg

8/14     Russians: The People Behind the Power

Gregory Feifer

9/14     Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World—from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

Tom Zoellner

10/14   Strategic Vision—America and the Crisis of Global Power

Zbigniew Brzezinski

11/14   Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Scott Anderson



1/15     Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

                        Reza Aslan

2/15     Why Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History

David Klinghoffer

3/15     The Boys in the Boat

                        Daniel Jones Brown

4/15     Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape our Man-Made World

Mark Miodownik

5/15     Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Barbara Demick

6/15     The Revenge of Geography

                        Robert D. Kaplan

7/15     One Summer: America 1927

                        Bill Bryson

8/15     The Sixth Extinction—An Unnatural History

                        Elizabeth Kolbert

9/15     Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

                        Michael Sandel

10/15   Elon Musk

Ashlee Vance

11/15   Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

                        Mark Adams