Originally Posted by atheneglaukopis
Of those I've read Freakonomics and The Name of the Rose, both of which I enjoyed (except for the ending of the latter)--oddly enough, I got them as gifts from the same person--and I keep meaning to read 1776. I've read enough of ES&L in the bookstore and enough reviews to know I don't want to read it. Which leads me to ask, does your version actually have the serial comma in the title?
Yeah. ES&L is REALLY pretentious. It's kind of funny in a really highbrow snotty proper British kind of way. I got it from the library. 1776 is an excellent read but only if you read it in small chunks. McCullough is a good writer, but there is only so much of George Washington I can handle at a time. His book on John Adams was pretty good too - but you have to really enjoy history.
I've also just read a book called "Smashed" by Koren Zailckas. It's pretty disturbing - about teenaged drinking (autobiographical).