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The Martian
I'm normally a slow reader (not wpm, but pages per night--I fall asleep!). Since I had other books waiting after finally finishing the previous one, I ...more
Apr 13, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944
I liked the approach that spread the story around the six armies (American, Canadian, British, German, Polish, and French), allowing the chronology to ...more
Jun 12, 2014
May 27, 2014
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis
A fantastic, deep study of religion and society during the turning point in our country's history. I'm going to have to read more books by Mark Noll, ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Jun 21, 2008
The Harlem Hellfighters
A big letdown. I already knew something about WW1, and perhaps that's where the book & I parted ways. Right at the beginning. Although I didn't kn ...more
May 23, 2014
May 27, 2014
Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
A book about offices and working there won't appeal to everyone, but I'm really glad I gave this a try. In equal parts it's about sociology and archit ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
The Gospel According to the Simpsons
I had this on audiobook, and--to be honest--I kept skipping ahead. It just didn't hold my interest, and didn't impress me very much. Once in a while i ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Money: The Unauthorized Biography
Maybe like a lot of other people, the global subprime mortgage crisis triggered in me a desire to learn more about economics. Called "the dismal scien ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures
I've slowly been trying to learn more about economics, and have a couple unfinished books on my shelf. When my buddy Greg raved about this one, a grap ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
I picked this up at the airport, and that's exactly what it was--an airport book, the literary equivalent of a routine summer action movie. The compar ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
A 19 hour audiobook that held my attention & interest throughout. The book's subtitle worried me that it might be coming from a firmly political p ...more
May 10, 2011
May 21, 2011
Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden
An audiobook gift from my dad, who shares my interest in the WW2 air war. The book was very good, more than I was expecting since it examined the enti ...more
May 08, 2010
May 10, 2010
Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission
Since I'm working on the next version of this same spacecraft (InSight is a reflight of Phoenix, but with a new science payload to a new part of the p ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
Introducing Kierkegaard
When your high school son takes an exceptional interest in existential philosophy--to the point of asking for Kierkegaard and Nietzchse as Christmas p ...more
May 19, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
An audiobook digital download that I picked up out of boredom & convenience...but turned out to be a fascinating tale of a President I knew little ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise
I'm neither a Star Trek TNG guy, nor a WWdN guy, though I can appreciate both to some degree. Very recently Wil Wheaton is looming large in my main ho ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
Roma (Roma, #1)
Well, I'm glad that I read it, but it was a bit of work for me to get through. I like picking books that inform vacations abroad with a historic conte ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Great Gatsby
I read this in high school, then again recently for two reasons. First, the latest movie adaptation is coming soon (not everyone likes Baz Luhrman's w ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Galileo's Daughter
I received this as a gift from my grandmother years ago. I never read it, but finally got around to enjoying this book in audio formatted, downloaded ...more
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Nov 30, 2008
Kingdom Come
My comic book phase was somewhat late, and very short, just a few years in high school. I'm neither a big fan of them now, nor do I have any strong pr ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II
For a student of military history, I keep finding out things I didn't know. For WW2, I've had an American's typical understanding that focuses on the ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
The Hunters
Salter's book about F-86 fighter pilots in the Korean War was recently recommended (endorsed) on one of my favorite podcasts, the Slate Culture Gabfes ...more
May 06, 2013
May 07, 2013
A Little History of the World
Apparently this book is famous & widespread in all but the English-speaking world, where it took seventy years to get a translation. I just learne ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
[Audiobook recording from my public library.]

Like the previous Lincoln book I read (about Lincoln's use of the telegraph as near-instant communication
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
How come I didn't know about this already? A combined sea & land exploration that took place on a larger scale, just years after Lewis & Clark ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
The second of Mark Noll's books that I've read, and again I was impressed. The author takes a methodical, objective walk through nearly 2000 years of ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
I read the author's previous Pulitzer-winning book, Gold, Germs, and Steel, some years ago. I remembered that the general topic--in fact the entire th ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
Listened to this audiobook as part of a military history book club. Like a lot of modern Americans, I knew very little about the Korean War. It the co ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours
The book itself is just ok, but the principles themselves are pearls of wisdom. The fascinating part is that they came from Wooden's dad, not his own ...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Five Days in London: May 1940
Several years ago I listened to an audiobook of the same author's treatment (The Duel) of a similar subject: a focus on a limited timeframe during WW2 ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 03, 2008
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
I'd been interested in this book for a while, but it was the upcoming film from Spielberg (starring Daniel Day-Lewis) that is partially based on it th ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
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