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My 2021 Bibliography

All the books I’ve read in 2021

Alan Cooper
25 min readJan 1, 2022


Maybe it was the pandemic but I seem to have read more books than usual this year. Some I listened to but most of them I read with my favorite method: ink-on-paper-inside-hard-covers. There were some excellent books, both fiction and non-fiction, in the mix. There were also quite a few women authors and a few non-white authors. Here are all of the titles I read this year in rough chronological order.

1. Rogue Heroes: The Authorized Wartime History, by Ben MacIntyre (2016)

War is an exceptional time, and exceptional people often find themselves in situations where they can perform heroic feats that would otherwise never find an outlet. Ben MacIntyre seems drawn to such people and their remarkable stories. In the early years of World War II, when England was jousting with Germany in North Africa, a small cadre of such exceptional men came together to form a guerrilla band of hit-and-run fighters, destined to eventually form the Special Air Services, or SAS, the elite British commando unit.This is their story.

2. Material: Making and the Art of Transformation, by Nick Kary (2020)

A gentle book that introduces us to some modern makers keeping alive the old ways of making. History, tools, materials, and interesting people.

3. Dirty Rubles: An Introduction to Trump/Russia, by Greg Olear (2018)

As Sarah Kendzior says, the Trump administration was “a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government.” This slim volume gives you some of the facts that the conventional media couldn’t seem to learn, or that they were too partisan to report on.

4. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (2013)

The author was the leading actor in a movie entitled The Room that is one of — if not the — worst motion pictures ever produced. In this book he tells the story of his involvement with the making of that movie. In particular, it’s a portrait of the enigmatic…



Alan Cooper

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