Tag Archives: recommended

Shaara’s Killer Angels

Killer Angels, Michael Shaara The book that really started my obsession with the civil war.  A novel about the battle at Gettysburg told from the perspective of a commanders from both the Union and Confederate sides. A stunning work. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Roy’s God of Small Things

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy I read the God of Small Things almost fifteen years ago, so let’s be honest, my memory is a bit hazy. I remember being blown away that it was a first novel, but … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late

How Late It Was How Late James Kelman When I was twenty, I lived in Berkeley California and worked as a tele-fundraiser for a number of large nonprofits. Yes, I was the guy calling to ask you to donate to … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Proulx’s The Shipping News

The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx I read the Shipping News in 1997 when I was twenty-two years old. It is hard to articulate now the effect it had on me. It’s moving, its beautiful, and it’s the first time … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Goodwin’s Lords of the Horizon: A History of the Ottoman Empire

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

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bolano’s Nazi Literature in the Americas

  Nazi Literature of the Americas, Roberto Bolano The first book I read by Bolano and it got me hooked. Ostensibly, a review of literature written by various Latin American fascists, it is, like much of work, occasionally funny, slightly … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Poundstone’s Prisoner’s Dilemma

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

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment