The top 30 books over 5 years

515hZV+DqJL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_As most of you who regularly read me know I’m not too interested in persuading people of things. Rather, I think that if the truth is what it is through a collaborative process of searching for it we’ll all eventually converge upon it, given enough time (which is a big condition!). Rather, the goal on this weblog is to create a set of like-minded readers and explorers. I know some of you think I’m smart and well read, but the point is that I don’t really care what you think of me. And similarly, I hope you don’t care what I think of you. The truth as we understand is its own reward. A sweetness of discovery and comprehension which most people don’t seek, nor desire. Rather, they’d prefer to run with their own horde of fellow-travelers.

With that out of the way, I was curious what books readers had purchased over the years. I’ve been an Amazon affiliate for over 15 years mostly because I do so much book-blogging. Amazon gives me records right now back to 2010. In that time over 5,000 books have been purchased through links on this website. So what are the top 30? (I picked that number because these are the number well above N = 10) It’s probably no surprise that The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization tops the list. I’ve read this book three times cover to cover since 2006. It’s really shaped my perception of how we can understand history in a positive, rather than just interpretative, sense. Second, I’m rather proud that I’ve somehow been involved in ~20 purchases of Principles of Population Genetics. These were people who didn’t purchase it for a class, but because they were interested in the topic. Finally, I have no idea why so many people bought Different Brains, Different Learners. I have never heard of this book before today. No surprise that no fiction is in the top 30.

Rank Books
1 The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization
2 The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
3 War in Human Civilization
4 Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe
5 The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies
6 Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn’t
7 Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
8 Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
9 Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America 
10 Different Brains, Different Learners: How to Reach the Hard to Reach
11 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
12 The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
13 The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey
14 The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution
15 Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present
16 Principles of Population Genetics
17 Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society
18 In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion
19 Population Genetics: A Concise Guide 
20 Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
21 The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics, Civil Warfare, And The Triumph Of Anglo-America
22 The Dawn of Human Culture
23 Religion Explained 
24 The Nurture Assumption 
25 The Price Of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness 
26 War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires
27 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
28 Born That Way: Genes, Behavior, Personality
29 Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society
30 Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
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