Summer Reading For Guys

July 23, 2009

If you’re a guy looking for some reading suggestions this summer, you’re in luck. There’s a plethora of choices in recently published books:

The Yankee Years by Joe Torre
Twelve straight playoff appearances. Six American League pennants. Four World Series titles. This is the definitive story of a dynasty: the Yankee years.

The Lords Of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
With penetrating insights for today, this vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the 20th century.

American Lion by Jon Meacham
Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.

In Defense Of Food by Michael Pollan
Pollan’s last book , The Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time.

Magnificent Desolation: the long journey home from the moon by Buzz Aldrin
Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human, minutes after Neil Armstrong, to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous persons on our planet, yet few people know the rest of this true American hero’s story.

The Irregulars : Roald Dahl and the British spy ring in wartime Washington by Jennet Conant
When Roald Dahl, a dashing young wounded RAF pilot, took up his post at the British Embassy in Washington in 1942, his assignment was to use his good looks, wit, and considerable charm to gain access to the most powerful figures in American political life. A patriot eager to do his part, he invaded the upper reaches of the U.S. government and Georgetown society.

The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin
Investigator Yashim travels to Venice in the latest installment of the Edgar® Award–winning author.

Columbine by Dave Cullen
Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys’ tapes and diaries, Cullen gives the first complete account of the Columbine tragedy.

First Family by David Baldacci
A daring kidnapping turns a children’s birthday party at Camp David into a national security nightmare, but the hostage is not who anyone would expect.

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered.

Red And Me by Bill Russell
In the tradition of Tuesdays With Morrie and Big Russ and Me, basketball legend Bill Russell pays homage to his mentor and coach, the inimitable Red Auerbach; it’s the story of an unlikely and enduring friendship set against the backdrop of the greatest basketball dynasty in NBA history.

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
It is 1956.  As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital. Now, a new string of murders in the capital threaten to bring Leo’s past crashing into the present.

Valkyrie: the story of the plot to kill Hitler, by its last member by Philipp von Boeselager
In this elegant but unflinching testimony, Philipp von Boeselager gives voice to the spirit of the small but determined band of men whose sense of justice and honor could not be dissolved by the diabolical glamour of the Third Reich.

Born To Run : a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Red Orchestra by Anne Nelson
The poignant story of a circle of ordinary Germans in Berlin who, through their contacts in film, theater, propaganda, academia, government, and the military, conspired to bring down the Nazis.

Crazy For The Storm by Norman Ollestad
Set amid the spontaneous, uninhibited surf culture of Malibu and Mexico in the late 1970s, this riveting memoir, written in crisp Hemingwayesque prose, recalls Ollestad’s childhood and the magnetic man whose determination and love infuriated and inspired him—and also taught him to overcome the indomitable.

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears
Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents.

Tears In The Darkness : the story of the Bataan Death March and its aftermath by Michael & Elizabeth Norman
The battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture—far from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur.