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Lords of the Horizon: A History of the Ottoman Empire Jason Goodwin Jason Goodwin is perhaps best known as the author of a detective novel series set in Ottoman Istanbul and featuring eunuch detective named Yasim. I’ve read a couple … Continue reading
Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb William Poundstone Part biography of the genius John Von Neumann, part story of the development of game theory, and part history of the relationship between the academy … Continue reading
Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America J. Anthony Lukas I’m always surprised more people haven’t read this book about the assassination of Idaho’s former governor and the class … Continue reading
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II Robert Kurson The story of how a group of amateur divers discovered the wreck of a German U-boat … Continue reading
The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction Eric H. Cline The title says it all. This introduction is focused on the history of the war itself, and the changing nature of our knowledge of it, and doesn’t spend much time … Continue reading
Ed note: this and the many other reviews I’ll be posting over the coming weeks come from a now long defunct livejournal and are posted here for my records and (hopefully) your enjoyment. The Ruling Race: A History of American … Continue reading