Direct Continuation of: What is Peter Reading?
Since July 1, 2011, I’ve been cataloging and rating all the books I have read. Now that this list is getting a bit long, I’d like to embark on a slightly more ambitious project — not only rating them, but also reviewing them, and writing summaries of the books I like (or linking to other summaries/reviews).
Last updated: 30 March 2013
Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism by Richard Carrier: [10/10] See the CommonSenseAtheism summary.
Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics by Gary L. Drescher: [8/10] See the incomplete CommonSenseAtheism summary. My summary forthcoming, eventually.
The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer: [10/10] See my Why Don’t People Help Others More?, my The Failures of Foreign Aid (And Some Potential Fixes), and Jason Zarri’s complete summary.
Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive by Bruce Schneier: [9/10] See How To Build a Community.
The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest by Yochai Benkler: [10/10] See “How To Build a Community”.
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein: [5/10] See “The Challenges of Good People”.
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner: [6/10] Partial summary forthcoming, eventually.
Deep Ancestry: Inside The Genographic Project by Spencer Wells: [4/10] No summary.
The Ideal of a Rational Morality: Philosophical Compositions by Marcus G. Singer: [6/10] No summary.
The End of Christianity edited by John W. Loftus: [8/10] Partial summary forthcoming, eventually.
How Are We to Live? by Peter Singer: [10/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
Writings on an Ethical Life by Peter Singer: [9/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule by Michael Shermer: [3/10] No summary.
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel: [8/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the U.S. House of Representatives by Juliet Eilperin: [4/10] No summary.
The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand: [2/10] Partial summary forthcoming, eventually.
Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues by Alasdair MacIntyre: [5/10] No summary.
On What Matters by Derek Parfit: [6/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Richard Howard: [5/10] No summary.
Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong by J.L. Mackie: [7/10] No summary.
The Upper House: A Journey behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate by Terence Samuel: [2/10] No summary.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins: [6/10] Partial summary forthcoming, eventually.
Virtue Ethics by Richard Taylor: [3/10] No summary.
The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress by Peter Singer: [9/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
Moral Skepticisms by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: [7/10] No summary.
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin E. P. Seligman: [9/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability by L. Randall Wray: [7/10] See “Employer of Last Resort: Economics Research”.
Morality and Self-Interest by Paul Bloomfield: [7/10] No summary.
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton: [4/10] No summary.
The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue edited by Robert B. Stewart: [6/10] No summary.
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill: [6/10] No summary.
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson: [6/10] No summary.
Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions by Elizabeth N. Saunders: [7/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations by T.J. Sullivan: [5/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture by Darrel W. Ray: [3/10] No summary.
The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz: [10/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 by Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier: [5/10] No summary.
Explaining the Iraq War: Counterfactual Theory, Logic and Evidence by Frank P. Harvey: [7/10] No summary.
The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power by James Mann: [5/10] No summary.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv: [4/10] No summary.
The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone Jr.: [6/10] No summary.
Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life by Kari Marie Norgaard: [8/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss: [5/10] No summary.
The Student’s Guide to Successful Project Teams by William A Kahn [9/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
Moral Realism: A Defence by Russ Shafer-Landau [7/10] Summary forthcoming, eventually.
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