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Books finished in 2020

Published

There's a dearth of fiction on this 2020 list, and I'm going to try to correct that in 2021. I have a Pynchon novel on the nightstand as well as a Murakami audiobook on my phone.

As always, this is not a list of endorsements—just an honest list of books I consumed. I will use a ⭐ star emoji to denote books I thoroughly enjoyed or would recommend. I'll also use emoji to denote whether I consumed each item on this list as a 📖 paper book, 📱ebook, or listened as 🎧 audio.

  1. Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World
    by Carl Hiaasen
    🎧 Finished on
     

  2. Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People
    by Thomas Frank
    🎧 Finished on
     

  3. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
    by David W. Blight
    🎧 Finished on
     

  4. The Souls of Black Folk
    by W.E.B. Du Bois
    📖 Finished on
     

  5. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus
    by Rick Perlstein
    🎧 Finished on
     

  6. Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It
    by Thomas de Zengotita
    📖 Finished on
     

  7. The Enigma of Clarence Thomas
    by Corey Robin
    🎧 Finished on
     

  8. No Logo
    by Naomi Klein
    📖 Finished on
     

  9. Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing, and the Covert World of the Digital Sell
    by Mara Einstein
    🎧 Finished on
     

  10. Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump
    by Asad Haider
    📱 Finished on
     

  11. Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
    by Rutger Bregman
    🎧 Finished on
     

  12. Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism
    by Touré F. Reed
    📱 Finished on
     

  13. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    by Yuval Noah Harari
    🎧 Finished on
     

  14. Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing
    by Robert A. Caro
    🎧 Finished on
     

  15. Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business
    by Pamela Newkirk
    🎧 Finished on
     

  16. How to Be an Antiracist
    by Ibram X. Kendi
    🎧 Finished on
     

  17. Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
    by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

    📱 Finished on
     

  18. The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
    by Brenda Wineapple
    📱 Finished on
     

  19. The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality
    by Anna-Lisa Cox
    📖 Finished on
     

  20. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
    by Jon Ronson
    📱 Finished on
     

  21. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
    by Bruce Cannon Gibney
    🎧 Finished on
     

  22. Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right
    by Michael Brooks
    📱 Finished on
     

  23. The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
    by Mehrsa Baradaran
    🎧 Finished on
     

  24. Had I Known
    by Barbara Ehrenreich
    🎧 Finished on
     

  25. So You've Been Publicly Shamed
    by Jon Ronson
    📱 Finished on
     

  26. Class Notes: Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene
    by Adolph L. Reed Jr.
    📱 Finished on
     

  27. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
    by Beverly Daniel Tatum
    🎧 Finished on
     

  28. Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
    by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    🎧 Finished on
     

  29. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
    by Isabel Wilkerson
    📱 Finished on
     

  30. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
    by Jenny Odell
    📱 Finished on
     

  31. Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk
    by Justin Tosia and Brandon Warmke
    🎧 Finished on
     

  32. Something That May Shock and Discredit You
    by Daniel M. Lavery
    🎧 Finished on
     

  33. This America: The Case for the Nation
    by Jill Lepore
    🎧 Finished on
     

  34. Content Strategy for the Web
    by Kristina Halvorson
    📱 Finished on
     

  35. The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality
    by Bhaskar Sunkara
    🎧 Finished on
     

  36. Cross-Cultural Design
    by Senongo Akpem
    📱 Finished on
     

  37. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
    by James Forman Jr.
    📖 Finished on
     

  38. Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America
    by Kurt Andersen
    🎧 Finished on
     

  39. Accessibility for Everyone
    by Laura Kalbag
    📱 Finished on