The Best Books I Read in 2016

by eric

Previous editions: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Fewer books read this year–toddlers take attention!

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christoper Hayes
Perceptively anticipating current events, this book argues that America’s ostensibly meritocratic elite has become self-dealing and detached from the concerns of the larger population, undermining governance and stability.

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot
Mark Vanhoenacker
A beautiful, elegiac mediation by a professional airline pilot on the human experience of air travel.

Courtney Jung
Examines the history, science, and sociology behind today’s widespread consensus that “breast is best.”

Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles
Les Standiford
A forgiving biography tracing the life and achievements of one of America’s great executors of public works.

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline
Becky Bailey
It’s challenging to read and harder to implement, but this book presents a powerful philosophy of parental discipline as teaching.