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KB's TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016

January 12, 2017

KB's TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016

Happy New Year everyone!  Last year I sent out a list of my favorite books of the year.  Keeping with tradition, here are my Top 10 Books of 2016.  I read books on all sorts of topics and in varying genres so this list might appeal to many different readers.  If you have any questions or book ideas for me please reach out!     -Kyle Barrett, Founder Bighorn Apparel

ALEXANDER HAMILTON - Ron Chernow 

This is without a doubt one of the best biographies I have ever read. Tour de force! I know at first glance an 800-page biography of one of the founding fathers can seem daunting, but trust me, it’s worth it.  Hamilton shows an unmatched drive that quickly propels him from hopeless orphan and immigrant, to George Washington’s best Colonel in the Revolutionary War, to Constitution signer and first Treasury Secretary of the new United States. It can be argued he had more influence than any of the founding fathers on structuring our government and economic policies.  Available here on Amazon
INFINITE JEST - David Foster Wallace 
When you ask someone why they likedInfinite Jest or what is it even about the answer is usually some version of " I just can't even explain" and honesty that's how I feel!  I'm partial to non-fiction but I do appreciate intricate, well-crafted, something other than good fiction writing from time to time.  Another beast of a book at 1,100 pages and it does take couple hundred pages to get a handle on the flow of David Foster Wallace.  But once you do, you won't be disappointed.  It's a book about so many things, but at it's core it's about being an American and living in a world of endless entertainment and addiction.  There, I did my best to tell you what it's about...check it out!  Available here on Amazon 
SHOE DOG: A MEMOIR BY THE CREATOR OF NIKE - Phil Knight
I bet almost everyone who reads this has worn a pair of Nikes at some point in his or her life.  The memoir starts in 1962 when Phil had just graduated business school and didn’t know what to do with his life. He decided to travel the world, and thereafter decided to take a chance on importing shoes from Japan (the first sample order funded by a $50 loan from his father). The book details the rise of the company until they went public in 1980, at which point Phil Knight was worth $178 million (his net worth today is closer to $25 billion, but I digress). It's an incredible story of humble beginnings and perseverance in the world of entrepreneurship.  Available here on Amazon
CADILLAC DESERT: THE AMERICAN WEST AND ITS DISAPPEARING WATER - Marc Riesner
In Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner details the history of the American effort to obtain, control, and ultimately conquer water in the American West. It’s a tragic story of dams, diversions, aqueducts, political corruption, billions of dollars, water rights, controversy, thievery, deception and both economic and ecological catastrophe.  As someone who is guilty of living in a place that is really exhausting it's water, I felt this was one of the most important books I read this year.  It's also crucial to remember that the water crisis in the West affects the entire country and even surrounding countries.   Available here on Amazon
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS - David McCullough
Just over 100 years ago, the Wright Brothers became the first men to take flight near the coast in North Carolina.  It's hard to fathom how far we have come since then in the field of aviation.  It's a great story of American ambition and ingenuity with, of course, humble beginnings.  Wilbur and Orville Wright turned some spare space in the back of their bicycle shop in Dayton into a place to build the first flying machine.  It wasn't easy and it took a lot of perseverance.  They had many setbacks along the way.  Inspiring history and a great example of the type of people transforming our country at the turn of the 20th century.  Available here on Amazon 
  
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA: A NATURAL HISTORY OF FOUR MEALS - Michael Pollan
In a world of fad foods and lose-weight-quick schemes, America has developed some pretty bad habits when it comes to food.  We all know the importance of food, and we make the tough decision of what to eat multiple times a day.  In Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan takes a look at the food we decide to eat.  He answers questions about what it really means for something to be organic, what types of food should we grow ourselves, what's really in fast food, and which of these choices, if any, are actually sustainable.  It's important we know what we are really eating and the impacts of it.    Available here on Amazon
THE WINTER FORTRESS: THE EPIC MISSION TO SABOTAGE HITLER'S ATOMIC BOMB- Neal Bascomb
This is one of those books that reads just like a fiction spy thriller but it actually happened.  The year was 1942 and the world powers were racing to make a nuclear bomb. This technology was just being discovered and the Nazi’s wanted very badly to be the first to build the bomb. Lucky for us, the Allies were even more determined to stop that from happening. The cast of characters is almost like a real life version of Inglorious Basterds. Many of them are locals who escaped during the Nazi invasion and returned to their home country to take it back.  It’s hard to even imagine what could have happened had Hitler won the race to develop an atomic weapon…  Available here on Amazon 
AMERICA THE INGENIOUS: HOW A NATION OF DREAMERS, IMMIGRANTS, AND TINKERERS CHANGED THE WORLD - Kevin Baker
American entrepreneurship is absolutely fascinating.  It's unprecedented how much our country has done in such a short time.  This is a book of short stories, each story highlights a product of ingenuity created by Americans.  The range is vast and includes the Erie Canal, the electric guitar, solar energy, and the telephone to name a few.  Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and it ends up being a great resource to discover topics you might want to read another book on.  Available here on Amazon
ASTORIA: ASTOR AND JEFFERSON'S LOST PACIFIC EMPIRE: A TALE OF AMBITION AND SURVIVAL ON THE EARLY AMERICAN FRONTIER - Peter Stark
Almost like a sequel to the journey of Lewis & Clark, Astoria is the story of the first attempt to create a settlement on the west coast in 1810.  Funded by John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America at the time, the expedition sent a ship around South America and an overland party across the untamed west with the goal of them meeting on the coast of modern day Oregon.  Both parties endure incredible hardships.  More than half the men die violent deaths, while the rest constantly fight starvation, Native Americans, and nature's harshest elements in the American West.  Fascinating history and thrilling adventure.   Available here on Amazon
FLOUR WATER SALT YEAST: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ARTISAN BREAD AND PIZZA - Ken Forkish 
I almost didn't put this one on the list because technically it's 50% cookbook.  But it had as big an impact on me as any other book I read this year!  I learned about sourdough baking. Basically, the original way of making bread (it's also the healthiest and best tasting). And I learned that it really wasn't very hard to bake at home. The first part of this book is Ken Forkish's journey to becoming a baker after working in the tech world most of his life.  He now owns 3 of the best bakeries and pizza restaurants in Portland.  The second half is every method, tip, technique and recipe you need to know to make amazing bread and pizza at home.  I'm by no means an experienced chef, but ask anyone who has tried my bread or pizza, it's damn good!  Available here on Amazon 

Also check out KB's Top 10 Books List From 2015





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