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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
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

This was a bit of a mindblower. I'm always open to some counterintuitive conclusions, assuming the premises are reasonable and the logic is sturdy. And Kahneman's book is full of such ideas. But what was continually surprising was how much sense these revelations made. It's useful, though, to have labels to apply to them—confirmation bias, availability bias, the halo effect, etc. As the author himself points out, it's not necessarily going to change the way you act day-to-day. But it does at least give you a bit of insight and understanding, which I think gradually has some effect. And even if it doesn't, insight and understanding are worthwhile goals all on their own.