the NAR



Jan 7

Jonathan Rauch, 2021

The Constitution of Knowledge: a defense of truth.

Brookings Institute Press, Ch.8, “Unmute Yourself; Pushing Back,” pp. 232 – 264,

Chapters 1 – 7 included in 2021 NAR Readings

Nominated by Piers. Additional presenters included: Rick, Pat, Jerry, Keith, Brett and Alex

Jan 14 – Mar 4

Walter Isaacson, 2021

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing and the future of the human race

Simon Schuster, 533 pp.

Nominated by Sherry. Additional presenters included: Jonathan Bob, Debby, Pat, Peter H., and David

Mar 11 – April 29

Rebecca Wragg Sykes, 2020

Kindred: Neanderthal life, love, death and art

Bloomsbury Sigma Publ., 385 reading pages

Nominated by David Carlson, 11 of 21 votes, Additional presenters included: Debby, Walter, Brett, Larry, Piers, Keith and Rick

May 6 – June 17

Patrick Wyman, 2021

The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance and forty years that shook the world 1490 – 1530

Grand Central Publ.,N.Y., Hachette Book Group, ISBN-10:9781538701188, 343 reading pages

Nominated by BBB, 14 of 18 votes: Debbie, Peter H., Jerry, Pat, Brett, and Alex were additional presenters

June 24 – August 12

Brendan Simms & Charlie Laderman, 2021

Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s march to global war

Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, ISBN-10:9781541619098, 400 reading pages

Nominated by Peter H., 14 of 18 votes; Keith, Bob, Piers, Matt, Brett, Walter and Alex were additional presenters

August 19 – Sept 23

Mary Roach 2016

Grunt: the curious science of humans at war

WW Norton, NY, ISBN10:0393354379, 273 reading pages

Nominated by Pat, 10 of 18 votes; Keith, David, Debby, Jonathan and Bob were additional presenters

Sept 30 – Oct 21

Vaclav Smil, 2022

How the World really works: the science behind how we got here and where we’re going, 229 reading pages, Penquin Random House; ISBN 9780593297063 (hb); Nominated by Peter Hugill; 14 of 18 votes.

Estimated NAR duration = 4 weeks

Oct 28 – Dec 30

Erik Larson, 2020

The splendid and the vile: a saga of Churchill, family and defiance during the Blitz, 503 reading pages,

Penquin Random House, N.Y, ISBN 97803853448713 (hb), nominated by Dick from March 2021 Ballot; Renominated by BBB; 10 of 18 votes, estimated NAR reading time = 9 week.