Posted: Jan 6, 2009 11:33 pm
I will also recommend Devil in the White City, though I cannot claim it as the best book I read this year because I already used it on one of these book threads as my favorite book several years ago. Excellent book. Every few pages you have to pinch yourself and remember it is not fiction. Great stuff. Another book I'd recommend, if you liked that one is Delerious Manhattan, by Rem Koolhass.
For best book this year I was going to say, OUT OF CONTROL: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, by Kevin Kelly, but I see I read that the year before... all a blur-- time goes by too fast. It's from 1995, but is still very timely, pretty amazing, that. I think it may have been Malcolm Gladwell that called it the most important book of the second half of the 20th Century. Bold claim, great book.
Um... This year. It was an OK year for reading, but none that blew me away, unfortunately. Best book... probably The Post American World by Farik Az... how you spell his name? Got himself a Sunday talkshow on CNN out of that. Pretty good book there.