Reading List

Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia

  • Philip Shishkin

Jupiter’s Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph

  • Ted Simon

Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

  • S. Frederick Starr

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

Peter the Great: His Life and World

  • William K. Massie

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

  • Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Wakhan Corridor: A Motorcycle Journey into Central Asia

  • Lawrence Bransby

Poor Economics

  • Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Head Check: What it Feels Like to Ride Motorcylces

  • Jack Lewis

The Martian

  • Andy Weir

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

  • Robert K. Massie

Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of Imperial Russia

  • Robert K. Massie

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

  • Christina Lamb & Malala Yousafzai

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

  • Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Kissinger: A Biography

  • Walter Isaacson

The Dharma Bums

  • Jack Kerouac

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route and Planning Guide

  • Chris Scott

Even Cowgirls get the Blues

  • Tom Robbins


  • Edward Said

Apples are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared

  • Christopher Robbins

American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

  • Andrew Bacevich

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy

  • Ramachandra Guha

The Virginian

  • Owen Wister

The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

  • Alan Greenspan

Where Rivers Change Direction

  • Mark Spragg

Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

  • Dan O’Brien

May There Be a Road

  • Louis L’Amour

So Big

  • Edna Ferber

Of Mice and Men

  • John Steinbeck

Doubt: A History

  • Jennifer Michael Hecht

The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

  • William Easterly

Long Way Round

  • Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

Lonesome Dove

  • Larry McMurty


  • Thor Heyerdahl

East of Eden

  • John Steinbeck

Tamerlaine: Sword of Islam, Conquerer of the World

  • Justin Marozzi

The Volunteer

  • Carter Coleman

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