My 2008 Book List

Last Updated Sep 28, 2010 1:07 PM EDT

Last month, I shared my book list for 2009 and was asked by several readers about my lists from previous years. Below is my book list for 2008. I'll periodically post some of my previous lists, so be on the lookout. And let me know what you thought about any of these titles.

Distinguished
What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Fighting Castro by Kay Abella
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Journeyer by Gary Jennings
The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
A Splendid Exchange by William Bernstein
Aztec by Gary Jennings

Excellent
Intuition by Allegra Goodman
Exile by Richard Patterson
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Under Orders by Dick Francis
Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
Code to Zero by Ken Follett
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille
Black Cross by Greg Iles
Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy
Spend 'til the End by Laurence Kotlikoff and Scott Burns
The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty by Buster Olney
Are You a Stock or a Bond? By Moshe Milevsky
In the Presence of Taxes by William Recheinstein

Very Good
The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs by Bill Jenkinson
Extreme Measures by Michael Palmer
Investors and Markets by William Sharpe
Miracle Cure by Michael Palmer
The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan

Good
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Smarter Investing by Tim Hale
The ETF Book by Richard Ferri
Young Will by Bruce Cook
An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander
It's Not About the Money by Brent Kessel
Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett
King of the Hill by A.E. Hotchner
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street by Allan Roth

Fair
Bodies Electric by Colin Harrison
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
The Thief of Time by John Boyne
Portable Alpha Theory and Practice by Sabrina Callin
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
The Concrete River by John Shannon
The Dick Davis Dividend by Dick Davis
Heaven's Command by Janet Morris
Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman

Poor
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
iMoney by Tom Lydon and John Wasik
A Nervous Splendor by Frederic Morton
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

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My 2009 Book List My 2008 Book List My 2007 Book List My 2006 Book List My 2005 Book List My 2004 Book List

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