I was reading David Gelernter's brilliant Judaism: A Way of Being, when suddenly I had a (non-religious) revelation: I love short books. Gelernter's clocks in at under 250 pages, but its brevity makes it all the more powerful. When I look at my shelves, I realize that some of my other recent favorites -- Paul Berman's Flight of the Intellectuals, Robert Cooper's Breaking of Nations, Robert Kagan's Return of History and the End of Dreams, Shelby Steele's A Bound Man, Benjamin Kunkel's Indecision -- are all quick reads as well.
Maybe I like short books because they give me the feeling of satisfaction which comes with finishing a book that much sooner. Or maybe I like them because editorial constraints force the writer to be pithy.
What do you think? And more important, which short books do you recommend?