Continuing our series in which we ask some of our regular contributors what they've been reading, listening to and watching in 2016, Michael Jensen gives us the top ten from his year in books.
1. The Emotionally Healthy Leader - Peter Scazzero
Ministers burn out at a terrifying rate. Scazzero shows you how not to.
2. The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity - Charles Taylor
An enthralling, complex, and delightful new book from a leading philosopher. Language is myth and metaphor all the way down! A great argument for the existence of God if you ask me.
3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Finally, I did it! Truly awesome as a narrative. I bow before Tolstoy's genius!
4. Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
An analysis of love in modern times - necessary for someone who hasn't dated since the 1980s so as to understand what life in the modern world is like.
Truly fascinating history of the end of one of the great Empires - the place where so much contemporary struggle is being played out.
6. Winning Arguments - Stanley Fish
Love the Fish. How did Trump convince people to vote for him? Fish tells you how. How to argue at home, at work, and in public....
7. Justice, What's the Right Thing to Do? - Michael Sandel
An intellectually robust but stunningly clear account of a much touted concept.
8. The Noise of Time - Julian Barnes
A novel about Shostakovich - what it is like being an artist under Stalin.
9. The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work - John Gottmann
10. You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit - James KA Smith
This book changes everything. We are not brains on sticks, so stop preaching to people like they are brains on sticks!Show Comments