Barry B. Wright’s Partial Reading List for 2018

Yesterday, I had hand surgery to remove a ganglion cyst from my right thumb. During the procedure, the surgeon and I discussed several topics of mutual interest. Before leaving the outpatient clinic, she asked if I would provide her my reading list. I happily consented and told her that I would bring it along with me March 1, the day my sutures will be removed.
Note: My novels in progress can now be easily followed at Just click on the CB symbol at the upper right of this page.
Here is my partial reading list for 2018. Generally, I have at least two books on the go, often an on-line course, while I pump out a chapter each week for my recent novel “Angel Maker.” As well, you will  find teasers of my upcoming novels.
Hopefully, you will find some books below of interest to place on your bookshelf.


Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum (she is one of my favorite authors. I search for anything written by her).

A World in Disarray by Richard Haas

No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Another favorite author)

Wonderland and How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson

A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership & Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi

Einstein, Picasso:  Space, Time, & the Beauty that Causes Havoc by Arthur J. Miller

The Square & The Tower: Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson

Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy

Mad Enchantment: Claud Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain between the Wars by Richard Overy

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

The Pity of it All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epock 1793-1933 by Amos Elon

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss

Stag’s Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds

The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is A Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto