- The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War
- The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries
Both excellent and pair really well. Add in "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible" and you've got some decent insight into modern Russia, I think.
- Left of Boom: How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
Interesting to read. Author is rather sure of himself, but I guess that helped him be successful. Also interesting to see what the CIA redacted, since they left all the redactions in place in the book and used classical music in the audio book to represent them. Kind of sloppily redacted at times, with the redacted country or entity clearly referenced a sentence or two later. And then there's strange things redacted, like the language of bootleg DVDs that are purchased in SE Afghanistan. It's Farsi, for the record.
- The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age
If you're interested in kind of an overview of the cyber (yes, I hate the word too) space, from the perspective of nation states and the impact of their actions, this is a good read.
It's a cursory overview of all of history (title) from the dawn of time to the evolution of humans. It seems to be only slightly dated in some information, but really interesting to learn how the knowledge we assume is true today came to fruition over time.
Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed (Ben R. Rich)
Such an awesome book about not only the engineering feats achieved by Lockheed Martin during the Cold War Era, but the incredible ability to keep developments secret from the mostly everyone. If you want to know more about the purpose of Area51, check it out.
Before that: Best served cold by Joe Abercrombie. A great fantasy novel, the fourth after the First Law trilogy. I recommend it to fantasy lovers! It is standalone but I recommend reading The First Law first to have more info about characters and the universe of this novel.
As for my current one, I'm really enjoying Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others.
The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor: this is on my shelf long-term as it's quite dense but it's apparently one of the best works on the Spanish revolution.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: unique intersection of themes with American immigration, industrialisation and gender all packed into one. Fitting themes for the politics of today though the book already seems slightly dated when it comes to gender politics.
Anarchosyndicalism: Theory and Practice by Rudolf Rocker. This is to compliment my interest in the Spanish civil war and the history of unionism/syndicalism.
* SICP (Structure and interpretation of computer programs). Learning Scheme for fun now with this book. I'm only in chapter 2 so far, but it is really fun
* "Gödel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hoefstadter. The story in one line: he have a theory that consciousness aries from "strange loops". Along the way he talks about fractals, programming, patterns in music and in pictures,...
* "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevskij. Fun read.
'Kolyma: The Arctic Death Camps' by Robert Conquest. A nice, short overview of the Kolyma Region with a special focus on the especially brutal years of 1937-1938. Has some great eyewitness accounts as well as some semi-rigorous historical analysis (as well as appendices of camps, administrative regions at c.)
The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. First book I'm reading on a Kindle, so not yet sure how that will effect my perception of the novel (it is helpful for footnotes I've found). Absolutely fresh SciFi is rare these days so it's wonderful so far.
* Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris (http://amzn.to/2uYv9LH)
* Softwar about Larry Ellison (http://amzn.to/2uYHHmf)
* Wild ride about Uber (http://amzn.to/2eOqrdh)
* Social Intelligence: the new science of human relationships (http://amzn.to/2uYGueV)
* Rereading - Letters to shareholders by Warren Buffett (http://amzn.to/2h3xFe0)
The Name Of The Wind. I bought this because it was the #1 selling book in Borderlands Books last month (I always swing by that bookstore when I'm in San Francisco). Entertaining read, good world-building.
Linux: What Every Superuser Should Know. A No Starch Press book about Linux. It weaves a rich tapestry out of disparate knowledge I already had.
Edited biographical anecdotes based on taped conversations. If you've enjoyed any of his videos, it's hard to read and not hear his voice telling the stories. I'm about a quarter the way through and am enjoying it so far.
The 4-Hour Body - Tim Ferriss - Lot's of anecdotes from Ferriss' own experiments.
S. - by J.J. Abrams - Layers upon layers. Unlike anything I've read before and a true Abrams experience. Check it out if you haven't heard of it!
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software -
Charles Petzold - Fascinating PopSci book on the origins of Computers and Code. Each chapter seems to build on the knowledge you've built from previous chapters. Interesting read for the programmer/computer engineer and VERY approachable.
Currently reading The Saga of Eric the Viking by Terry Jones. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Saga-Erik-Viking-Puffin-Books/dp/01...
In the queue Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/014198600X/
Either I'm more of a nerd than I thought, or this is actually pretty well written. I'm really enjoying it.
The book only has a small passage on the topic. Instead, the book goes over random topics from STDs to popping zits with the same depth that his sleep article followed. I started reading it, but gave the audiobook version a try. The author makes the book even better and would recommend that form instead.
A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful - Charles Hugh Smith
This one is a must read already and I'm only a few chapters in. His arguments are good enough and perfect is the enemy of good. Wish this book was more popular.
Have to say, having a pretty difficult time following it.
It's a quick crash course to historical architecture, teaching how to recognize the different parts from different time periods and why they where made this way.
- The Three Musketeers ~~ Alexandre Dumas
An old classic, funny and give an interesting overview of France in the XVIIe
Astrobiology - A Very Short Introduciton - Good so far but I haven't gotten very far in yet.
Moral Boundaries -- Joan Tronso
Known and Strange Things -- Teju Cole
The Feeling of What Happens -- Antonio Damasio
The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems -- Kofi Awoonor
And I just started Neil Gaiman's "Sandman".
I had enjoyed Sundiver and Startide Rising from the same series quite a bit, but I have to be honest, this one is trying my patience. I like the whole uplift concept, but I'm finding the writing in this one a bit clumsy.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World -- Gary Vaynerchuk (ISBN: 978-0062273062)
I am taking a break from reading business/self-help/startup related books to read fiction. Milan Kundera is one of my favourite authors.
Science fiction and thrilling horror. Unique style. I recommend At The Mountains Of Madness. This man knows how to keep up suspense.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan
- Dies the Fire (S. M. Stirling)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Alex Haley)
- Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea (Tim McGrath)
The brutal, heart-breaking history of the last 20 years of the Middle East. Field journalism at its best.
2. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic
3. Garner's Modern English Usage
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
So far it's really good.
I've since read through Meditations, Letters from a Stoic and The Art of Living, and am really enjoying The Daily Stoic every morning before work. r/stoicism is also great.
Do you have any other books/resources you recommend on the subject?
- The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
"A Book of Abstract Algebra: Second Edition" by Charles C. Pinter .
"How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking" by Jordan Ellenberg .
"Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond .
"Introduction to Analytic Number Theory" by Tom M. Apostol .
"Algorithmic Puzzles" by Levitin and Levitin .
I've also got a 46 books in my Safari Library queue, although only about half a dozen are actually in the in progress state.
In addition to the above, I'm about 3 years behind on Analog, the science fiction magazine. Those are all on my Kindle and I'm slowly trying to catch up.
"Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything" by Joshua Foer .
Probably going to pick up soon:
"The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far" by Lawrence M. Krauss . Flipped through it at a bookstore and there were some very interesting things in it.