My Year in Reading – 2016

As per custom, near years-end, or in this case at the new year’s start, a list of the books I read in the past year. I’ve placed them in alphabetic order, by name of author. A goal for 2017 is to read a LOT more fiction, which I’ve drifted away from as I’ve worked on a couple of book projects of my own. Excitingly, the first of these is due for publication by Knopf in March 2017, under the title: Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power.

https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Under-Heavens-Chinas-Global/dp/0385353324/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483401858&sr=1-2&keywords=everything+under+the+heavens

I hope to have more to share about the second of my book projects soon.

The novel that most impressed me this year was Colson Whitehead’s widely and deservedly acclaimed Underground Railroad, which was so much more than I expected it to be. In addition to his extraordinary mastery of language and voice, the book read like an ambitious secret history of the United States, consummately literary but with learned payoffs on most every page.

The Immobile Empire, by Alain Peyreffite (originally published in 1992) was my favorite among many works of history I read this year.

THE LIST:

The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War

Adebajo, Adekeye

 

Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies

Bates, Robert H.

 

When the Walking Defeats You: One Man’s Journey as Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard

Cakaj, Ledio

Bad Luck and Trouble

Child, Lee

 

Persuader

Child, Lee

 

China’s Military Power: Assessing Current and Future Capabilities

Cliff, Roger

 

Known and Strange Things: Essays

Cole, Teju

 

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History

Dikotter, Frank

 

This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organized Crime

Ellis, Stephen

 

The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State

Fang Lizhi

 

 

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment

Fong, Mei

 

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Frankopan, Peter

 

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Neapolitan Novels, Book Three

Ferrante, Elena

 

Six Recording of a Floating Life

Fu, Shen

 

Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China

Gewirtz, Julian

 

99 Poems

Gioia, Dana

 

Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States

Hirschman, Albert O.

 

1587, A Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline

Huang, Ray

 

The Age of Trade: The Manila Galleons and the Dawn of the Global Economy

Giraldez, Arturo

 

Inside Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts

Ingelaere, Bert

 

Homegoing

Gyasi, Yaa

 

Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia

Harding, Andrew

 

China’s Coming War with Asia

Holslag, Jonathan

 

China and Global Nuclear Order: From Estrangement to Active Engagement

Horsburgh, Nicola

 

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Kingston, Maxine Hong

 

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

Lasch, Christopher

 

The Land at the End of the World: A Novel

Lobo Antunes, António

 

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

Lowery, Wesley

 

The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers

McDonell, Terry

 

Memories of Myself

Lyon, Danny

 

After the Circus: A Novel

Modiano, Patrick

 

The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention

Munro, Alexander

 

The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

the Immobile Empire

Peyrefitte, Alain

 

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom

Pomfret, John

 

Shanghai Redemption

Qiu Xiaolong

 

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Rawlence, Ben

 

The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

Ringen, Stein

 

Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China

Smith, Sheila A.

 

A Short History of China and Southeast Asia: Tribute, Trade and Influence

Stuart-Fox, Martin

 

Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present

Teufel-Dreyer, June

 

Force and Contention in Contemporary China: Memory and Resistance in the Long Shadow of the Catastrophic Past

Thaxton, Ralph A.

 

The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931

Tooze, Adam

 

China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed

Walder, Andrew G.

 

Eat the Heart of the Infidel: The Harrowing of Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram

Walker, Andrew

 

Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics

Wang, Yuan-kang

 

The Underground Railroad

Whitehead, Colson

 

The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China

Yang Guobin