Don Winslow (born October 31, 1953) is an American retired author, best known for his award-winning and internationally bestselling crime novels, including Savages, The Force, and the Cartel Trilogy.
His work is characterized by strong characters, social commentary, insider knowledge of police and criminal procedure, and a deep understanding of human nature. In addition to his novels, he has also written for television and film.
So when he recommends a book, you can be sure it’s worth reading.
Here are some books that Don Winslow has recommended.
Adrift by Scott Galloway
In his book, Adrift, Scott Galloway reveals the harsh realities of the American economy and how it has left millions of people behind.
Galloway argues that the American economy is rigged in favor of the wealthy and well-connected and that this has had devastating consequences for working-class Americans. He describes how economic inequality has led to a decline in social mobility, as well as increased political polarization.
Galloway offers a detailed plan for how to fix the American economy, including proposals for tax reform, infrastructure investment, and education reform. He also urges Americans to vote for candidates who will fight for economic justice.
Dodgers by Bill Beverly
In “Dodgers,” Bill Beverly tells the story of East, a 13-year-old member of a Los Angeles gang who is sent on a job to Wisconsin. Along the way, East must contend with his own personal demons as well as the perils of the journey, which include drug dealers, rival gangs, and the police.
Beverly’s debut novel is a gritty and realistic portrayal of life in the inner city. It is also a coming-of-age story, as East learns to navigate the dangerous world he inhabits.
“Dodgers” is an impressive debut that is sure to appeal to fans of crime fiction and coming-of-age stories alike.
Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh
Fifty-Fifty is a novel by Steve Cavanagh that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Told from the perspective of two main characters, this novel will have you guessing until the very end.
Cavanagh does an excellent job of developing his characters and creating suspense. The plot is fast-paced and full of twists and turns. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
November Road by Lou Berney
In the months after JFK’s assassination, America is a country on edge. New Orleans is no different. It’s here that ex-con Carlo Benedetto—on the run from his mobster boss and the law—meets Eleanor, a young woman searching for her missing husband.
Their chance encounter sets in motion a desperate cross-country flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas, where secrets will be revealed, hearts will be broken, and lives will be lost.
November Road is a novel of fate, love, and violence that captures America at one of its most tumultuous times. With his signature humor, humanity, and suspense, Lou Berney takes us on a road trip through an unforgettable landscape of our recent past.
Philip Roth by Blake Bailey
Philip Roth by Blake Bailey is the definitive biography of one of America’s greatest writers. Bailey traces Roth’s life from his childhood in Newark, New Jersey to his death in 2018, and examines his many novels, including American Pastoral and The Human Stain.
Roth was a prolific writer who often explored themes of Jewish identity and American politics in his work. He was also a controversial figure, known for his scathing wit and willingness to provoke. But as Bailey shows, beneath the surface, there was a deeply compassionate man who cared deeply about his friends and family.
This is a must-read for any fan of Philip Roth or anyone interested in American literature. Blake Bailey has written a masterful biography that captures the man and the writer in all their complexity.
Sandy Hook by Elizabeth Williamson
Sandy Hook by Elizabeth Williamson is a book that explores the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The book looks at the events leading up to the shooting, the shooter himself, and the aftermath of the tragedy.
Williamson does an excellent job of exploring all aspects of the Sandy Hook shooting. She looks at the possible motivations of shooter Adam Lanza, and she also delves into the lives of the victims and their families. This is a well-researched and well-written book that is sure to leave readers with a better understanding of this tragic event.
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers tells the story of a group of soldiers who are sent to fight in a war against the insect-like aliens known as the Bugs. The soldiers are forced to fight in a brutal and brutal battle against these aliens, and they must use all of their skills and training to survive.
The story follows the soldiers as they fight their way through the enemy lines, and ultimately, they are able to defeat the Bugs and save humanity.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Boys in the Boat is a book about the University of Washington’s eight-oar rowing crew and their quest to win gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The book tells the story of how these nine working-class boys from the American West overcame obstacles and adversity to become one of the greatest rowing teams in history.
The Boys in the Boat is an inspiring story of perseverance, determination, and teamwork. It is a must-read for anyone who loves sports or wants to learn more about the history of the Olympic Games.
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Award-winning author Adrian McKinty’s novel The Chain is a page-turner that will keep readers hooked until the very end.
The story follows Rachel O’Neill, who receives a terrifying phone call from a stranger. Her daughter Kylie has been kidnapped, and the only way to get her back is to kidnap someone else’s child in turn.
Rachel is thrust into a desperate race against the clock as she tries to save her daughter before it’s too late.
The Chain is a heart-pounding thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats. With nonstop action and suspense, it’s sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.
The Devil’s Advocate by Stephen Cavanagh
When it comes to the practice of law, there are always two sides to every story. In his book, The Devil’s Advocate, Stephen Mearns takes a closer look at the courtroom from the perspective of the defense attorney.
Through a series of fictional court cases, Mearns explores the challenges and ethical dilemmas that defense attorneys face on a daily basis. He also sheds light on the inner workings of the criminal justice system, and how prosecutors and judges can sometimes be swayed by public opinion.
With over 20 years of experience as a lawyer, Mearns is well-qualified to write about this controversial topic. His book is sure to generate debate among lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
When nine-year-old Michael is abducted and taken to a remote cabin, he must use his skills as a lock picker to escape. With the help of an unlikely ally, he not only escapes but takes down his captor.
Michael is a lock artist, able to open any lock without the key. This talent has gotten him into trouble in the past, but now it may be the only thing that can save him.
If you like thrillers with twists and turns, you’ll love The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton.
The Madness of Grief by RICHARD COLES
in his book The Madness of Grief. In it, he describes grief as “a force that can distort our perception of the world and those around us.”
Coles opens the book with a personal essay about the death of his partner, David. He talks about the days and weeks after David’s death when he was consumed by grief. Every day felt like a battle and he often felt like he was losing his mind.
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
The thriller, UNSUB, by Meg Gardiner, is a heart-pounding read that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.
The story follows Caitlin Hendrix, a rookie FBI profiler, as she tries to catch a serial killer who is terrorizing the city of San Francisco. With every twist and turn, readers will be guessing until the very end.
Watergate by Garrett M. Graff
The Analyst by John Katzenbach
The Devil May Dance by Jake Tapper
The Island by Adrian McKinty
The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan
The Storytellers by Mark Rubinstein