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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right - Atul Gawande

I enjoyed this book immensely. It's about a lot more than the value of checklists, though it is absolutely about that. It's a practical treatise, though, on recognizing our own limitations and fallibilities. Even (or especially) if we are highly trained, specialized professionals. It has a lot to say about skepticism as the foundation of science, and how difficult it can be to remember that. Gawande relates the challenges he's faced in getting medical professionals to accept the benefits of this practice, even in the face of research--there is such a tendency to cling to intuition and gut reaction, even in the face of growing evidence that questions it.