James Bradley

A writer of history recommends a set of books to make you think again.



When we asked the author of Flags of Our Fathers and his most recent bestseller The Imperial Cruise, to recommend three favorite books, he responded with the following intriguing list, explaining:   "One of my college professors told me that it's important to regularly read books to challenge my worldview. Here are three that present startling alternate realities."


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The Shock Doctrine

By Naomi Klein


"Learn what Rahm Emanuel (Obama's Chief-of-Staff) meant when he said, 'You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.' Inform yourself so you can understand the rush to action the next time our leaders try to scare us into action, whether it's about the need for immediate war or a bailout."







Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

By John Perkins


"Some wonder whether this is a true story or a paranoid piece of fiction, but it's a thought-provoking book worth the read. Perkins explains how and why third world countries accepted billions in development loans, how the money was funneled to U.S. engineering firms and how the borrowers' inability to repay forced them to forfeit much of their sovereignty."






JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

By James W. Douglass


"A remarkable story that changed the way I view the world. Douglass shows the connection between Kennedy's policies and his death. Read what former President Harry Truman wrote after JFK's assassination and how it was covered up and you will wonder."


April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.