Since I’ve recorded [nearly all] the books I’ve read since March this year on a special book page, and it’s possible to view them ordered according to my rating, I hardly need to to do a books of the year post. Here are some links to some of the longer posts I did about books:
The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner is a fabulous book about a long-term study of Galapagos finches and what it revealed about natural selection.
Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran is about life in the Green Zone in Baghdad; what was then the base of the US administration of Iraq and is now the embassy complex.
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst is a very good book about typography.
George III and the Mad-Business by Ida Macalpine and Richard Hunter is about George III’s illness and its broader cultural context.
The Utility of Force, by the eminent British general Rupert Smith, is about modern warfare and how it’s different.