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Top 5 Books

This is my current list of the top 5 books that everyone should read. Seriously… go read them right now and don’t stop until you finish. Each of the following books has a review attached for more information.

Jason’s Top 5

  1. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali The biography of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It covers her experiences growing up Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, and finally her running away to Holland.
  2. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn Howard Zinn fills in the gaps omitted in American history from the perspective of those with the lowest socioeconomic status.
  3. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Freakonomics breaks down ‘conventional’ wisdom using economics techniques to find real sources causation.
  4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Dawkins presents in the book why religion is not necessary.
  5. Cosmos by Carl Sagan Wonder at the cosmos! We are all made of stars.

Honorable mention

  1. Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Macolm Gladwell How one goes about making lightening fast decisions accurately.

One Response to “Top 5 Books”

  1. Sara Elisabeth Atherley said

    Jason –

    I am sitting here making ribs (thanks to your instructions and this blog) and very excited about the outcome!

    I admit I read a bit of your blog while learning how to cook a brisket/ribs. I would like to say that both your thoughtfulness and ability to think critically are refreshing, as is your perspective on family and balance. Being raised Catholic and finding it provided me little in the way of cultivating actual life skills such as questioning, thinking, compassion, honoring our humanity/physical self, or making the best of our time here while we are alive, it is nice to hear a perspective that encourages the betterment, sancitity and love of self and others around you.

    Thank you for demonstrating that there are people out there that have depth of character and are willing to put it to good use.

    Have a great day with your family.


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