The Best Five Books I Read in 2011

The list someone, somewhere has been waiting for:

The End of Education by Neil Postman
According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy
Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
The Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman
Growing a Farmer by Kurt Timmermeister

I'm considering taking on the 52-Book Challenge again in 2012. What should be on my list? 


Curtis Winkle said...

Here's my 2012 list so far.

In the Garden of Beasts Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark A. Noll
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Christianity and Culture by T.S. Elliot
Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey
Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan

Culture, Politics, and Education:
Minority Report by Carl Trueman
The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion by Peter Kreeft
The Social Animal by David Brooks
Merchants of Culture by John B. Thompson
Technopoly by Neil Postman
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
The Closing of the American Mind by Alan Bloom
The Reason for Sports by Ted Kluck
The Vintage Guide to Classical Music by Jan Swafford
The Education of Children by Desiderius Erasmus

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Watt by Samuel Beckett
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux

Bringing It To the Table by Wendell Berry
The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

Michelle Read said...

I'm thrilled with the farming recommendations!

Sverige said...

As I read Saving Leonardo (yes, I read it, but I did skip a few words) I was surprised to see the intricate weaving that Nancy Pearcey accomplished. What she does is create a quilt from the many fabrics of secularism (theological, social, political) which actively confront the church in today's world.

When I got to the art section, though she goes much further, I immediately recalled the films of her mentor, Francis Schaeffer. She expounds on and exposes the philosophical characteristics displayed through art and by art. This is invaluable for understanding the mindset of why people paint what they do. But it is about more than painting - it is about literature and all other forms of communication.

I would like to challenge her to do a book on the macro forcess of modern society. It is not that she is not dealing with these macros; she is. One could say that this is a book about Kant's world, the world of dualisms in which we live, but of which we are most often unaware. That seems more than clear. But those dualisms have worked out in socio-political movements of the Marxian variety. She deals with this problem briefly.

Tricia Weight said...

So how far have you gotten? You should add Helen Dunmore - A Spell of Winter. From '96 but you'll thank me for it later.

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