1. Josh Rosenblatt, Why We Fight: One Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring. An actual conceptual phenomenology of fighting, there should be more books like this about more different topics. Think of the model “X is actually like this.” Recommended.
2. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States — and the Nation. A serious and scholarly book, rather than the kind of hysterical falsehoods we’ve come to expect on such topics.
3. Peter Doggett, Are You Ready for the Country? Elvis, Dylan, Parsons and the roots of country rock. Five hundred pages of text, and consistently interesting throughout, at least if you care about the topic. Otherwise not. I have pre-ordered the author’s forthcoming biography of CSNY.
4. Tony Spawforth, The Story of Greece and Rome. Highly readable and useful, not comprehensive on say the economics side but a fresh look and what we know and do not know and how the various pieces fit together.