Thursday, 19 December 2013

Summer Reading: What’s yours?

Around this time every year, I generally post a pile of summer reading I’m trying to stuff into my pack. I’ll probably do that in a few days, but in the meantime, what books are you stuffing into your pack or eBook reader this summer?

And what books would you recommend to others?


  1. Some recommended books,....

    Everything I want to do is illegal by Joel Salatin
    -a light hearted look at the rules & regulations a farmer has to face in the USA.

    The libertarian reader by David Boaz
    -covers the history of Libertarians

    Mao The unknown story by Jon Halliday
    -a very detailed biography of Chairman Mao

    Hope this helps, B Whitehead

  2. I Shall Bear Witness by Victor Klemperer (the only German Jew to have survived the Holocaust and to have kept a diary covering the entire period that Hitler was in power).
    One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    No, They Can't: Why Government Fails But Individuals Succeed by John Stossel
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made America Great by Ben Carson
    Einstein: HIs Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
    and, I suspect, out of obligation as a NZ writer: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

  3. The Great Degeneration - Naill Ferguson
    The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
    Cultural Amnesia - Clive James
    The Trial Of Henry Kissinger - Christopher Hitchens
    Arthur Phillip - Derek Parker
    George Orwell Complete Collection -by George oddly enough
    Nothing to Envy... - Barbara Demick (near finished really)
    Can recommend How China became Capitalist - Ronald Coase
    & The Mystiery of Capital - Hernando Desoto
    Rod: The Autobiography - Rod Stewart

    Kindle - which I was resistant to - is amazing; I'm blazing through books.

  4. When I left home : My Story / Buddy Guy with David Ritz.

    Johnny Cash: The Life, by Robert Hilburn

    The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War by Pugsley, C.(2001: Reed New Zealand) ISBN 978-0-7900-0941-4


  5. - The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World, Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

    - Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, Gary Klein

  6. - The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World, Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

    - Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights, Gary Klein


  7. Non Fiction: "The Bassett Road Machine Gun Murders" by Scott Bainbridge; "Old Invercargill" by John Hall-Jones

    Fiction: "Watergate: The Hidden History - Nixon, the Mafia and the CIA" by Lamar Waldron

  8. Christopher Hitchens "Arguably" (entertaining, informative and he's sufficiently right and wrong enough to be able to be critical and appreciative in even doses)

    Andrei Lankov "The Real North Korea" (few beat this Korean fluent, Russian expat historian, who cut his teeth as a Soviet student in North Korea. Insights into what has changed and the rationality of the regime for those who benefit from it)

    Structural survey for house I am seeking to buy in London...

  9. An interesting read was "The Electric Sky - a challenge to the myths of modern astronomy" Donald Scott [A5 X 240 pages, less pictures]. I'm not sure the proffered alternative of a plasma universe is correct, but author and range of web sites discredit: gravitational lensing (or microlensing); that a red shift ONLY means movement away; cosmic background radiation has better explanations than flawed standard.
    For the standard inflation/ big bang to work, you need to have had multiple mini universes bubbling off. Critics of the plasma universe don't seem to find their own ideas bizarre; like global warming, the science is of course settled

  10. Just blown the dust off "The Silence of the Lambs".


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