Books of the Year

What books have you most enjoyed reading this year, Stoa-readers? I’m most interested in fairly-recently-published stuff, but if any of you want to tell me about older things that you really enjoyed go ahead. As you may have noticed, this is just like the features that every newspaper runs at this time of year, and that Private Eye regularly lampoons, but with this crucial difference: that I’m actually interested in your opinions.

I’ll kick off with endorsements for David Anderson’s Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire and John Robertson, The Case for The Enlightenment: Scotland and Naples 1680-1760, to which I’ll add a 2004 book which I only read more recently, Steven Nadler’s Spinoza’s Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind, which was full of things I didn’t know about, but wanted to.

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