- David Crane, Scott of the Antarctic. My recent fascination with Scott’s two polar expeditions and the “heroic age” of Antarctic exploration probably merits its own post. Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s first-hand account, the aptly-named The Worst Journey in the World is also a great read.
- Alfred Lansing, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.
- Charles Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. This is maybe the best history book I’ve ever read. Interesting facts on almost every page.
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. Also endlessly fascinating, if not quite as strong as its predecessor.
- Max Hastings, Winston’s War: Churchill, 1940-1945. I was surprised by how desperate the British plight in WWII was, how impotent they actually were through most of it, and how much it bankrupted the empire.
That will probalby be the last of the non-fiction for a while; I’m just starting 1Q84, which clocks in at over 900 pages.