If Books Could Kill is a podcast hosted by Michael Hobbes and Peter Shamshiri about popular nonfiction books about ideas in American culture and politics. It is based around criticising bestselling nonfiction books of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Books featured on the podcast include Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama.
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If Books Could Kill is hosted by Michael Hobbes and Peter Shamshiri. Hobbes is a journalist known for hosting You’re Wrong About with Sarah Marshall (until 2021) and Maintenance Phase with Aubrey Gordon. Shamshiri was previously known for his hosting the podcast 5-4, along with Rhiannon Hamam and Michael Liroff.
The show targets “airport books”, popular nonfiction books often marketed as pop science or smart thinking that might be found in airport bookshops, which Hobbes describes as “the superspreader events of American stupidity”. Each episode is dedicated to the discussion of a single book, along with the book’s wider cultural influence. The hosts focus on flawed arguments, poor uses of data, factual errors, and the drawing of unsound conclusions or overgeneralizations. They often take a comic tone and will poke fun at the books and their authors.
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|No.||Book featured||Book author||Release date|
|1||Freakonomics||Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner||November 2, 2022|
|2||Outliers||Malcolm Gladwell||November 10, 2022|
|3||Bobos in Paradise||David Brooks||November 17, 2022|
|4||The Game||Neil Strauss||December 1, 2022|
|5||The Population Bomb||Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne Howland Ehrlich||December 15, 2022|
|6||The Secret||Rhonda Byrne||January 12, 2023|
|7||Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus||John Gray||January 26, 2023|
|8||The End of History and the Last Man||Francis Fukuyama||February 9, 2023|
|9||The Clash of Civilizations||Samuel P. Huntington||February 28, 2023|
|10||The Coddling of the American Mind||Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt||March 9, 2023|
|11||Hillbilly Elegy||J. D. Vance||March 23, 2023|
|12||Rich Dad Poor Dad||Robert Kiyosaki||April 6, 2023|
|13||The 5 Love Languages||Gary Chapman||April 20, 2023|
|14||Nudge||Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein||May 4, 2023|
|15||May 19, 2023|
|16||The World Is Flat||Thomas Friedman||June 1, 2023|
|17||Atomic Habits||James Clear||June 15, 2023|
|18||The Rules||Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider||June 29, 2023|
|19||Liberal Fascism||Jonah Goldberg||July 27, 2023|
|20||God and Man at Yale||William F. Buckley||September 7, 2023|
|21||The 4-Hour Workweek||Tim Ferriss||September 21, 2023|
|22||San Fransicko||Michael Shellenberger||October 19, 2023|
|23||The 48 Laws of Power||Robert Greene||November 2, 2023|
Link to the rest at Wikipedia