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Fiction Books Read Since 12/2/2016

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  1. Fiction
    1. Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
      1. Excellent world-building fantasy set on a planet where certain people can manipulate something akin to The Force
      2. A quest to save the soul of a woman and defeat an enemy that devours people’s souls
      3. An excellent read – first in a trilogy
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Black-Sun-Rising-Coldfire-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00452V3YG
    2. Brules by Harry Combs
      1. After the Civil War, a mountain man hunts Comanches for their murder of his lover and his best buddy
      2. Overly long but very descriptive re tracking, Indian life, buffalos, knife throwing, etc.
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Brules-Harry-Combs/dp/0440217288
    3. Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson
      1. Quite possibly, The Great American Novel
      2. An alternate history of America after 9/11, told in prose and by song
      3. The Two Towers re-appear in the Badlands and take dominion over America’s music
        1.  https://www.amaz
        2. on.com/Shadowbahn-Steve-Erickson-ebook/dp/B01IOHQ7ZW
    4. Spaceman of Bohemia
      1. Examination of the meaning of life with a bit of a sci-fi twist
      2. Description of life in Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism
      3. Derivative in parts; not original in plot points, but interesting
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Spaceman-Bohemia-Jaroslav-Kalfar-ebook/dp/B01HZFB6VO
    5. Void Star by Zachary Mason
      1. Interesting science fiction; like Neuromancer, slightly too long and over written but pulls disparate plot lines together at the end
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Void-Star-Novel-Zachary-Mason-ebook/dp/B01LZUDPGV

 Non-Fiction Books Read Since 12/2/2016

  1. America
    1. America At War With Itself by Henry A. Giroux
      1. The rise of fascism in America and Donald Trump
        1. https://www.amazon.com/America-Itself-City-Lights-Media/dp/0872867323/
    2. The Big Stick: The Limits Of Soft Power & The Necessity Of Military Force by Eliot A. Cohen
      1. Reasons why  the U.S. will continue to need to use military power in the future
      2. Deals with non-military and military means to engage in foreign policy
      3. Dealings with China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, the sea, outer space and cyberspace
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Stick-Limits-Necessity-Military-ebook/dp/B01JYX1UIY
    3. The Deep State: The Fall Of The Constitution And The Rise Of A Shadow Government by Mike Lofgren
      1. The hidden powers that run our government; the military-industrial complex and friends
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Deep-State-Constitution-Shadow-Government-ebook/dp/B00W2ZKIQM
    4. Friendly Fascism: The New Face Of Power In America by Bertram Gross

      1. How American might be ruled by a fascist dictatorship
      2. Written in the 1970’s, remarkably prescient – i.e., Trump
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Friendly-Fascism-America-Forbidden-Bookshelf-ebook/dp/B01AVTU70C
  2. Biography
    1. Norm Macdonal: Based On A True Story
      1. Somewhat amusing, little by way of real facts discussed
      2. Laugh-out-loud funny once or twice
      3. Not worth the effort except as a brief skim
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Based-True-Story-Norm-Macdonald-ebook/dp/B01B0K989W
  3. Business, Economics and Finance
      1. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money And The Quest To Bring Down The Most Wanted Man On Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatker
        1. Sort of Steve Cohen and attempt to bring down the biggest hedge fund manager on Wall Street for insider trading
        2. Mediocre inside look at hedge funds
          1. https://www.amazon.com/Black-Edge-Inside-Information-Wanted-ebook/dp/B01M0T8H53
      2. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
        1. Anecdotal description of high frequency trading and the rigging of the stock market, or any other market that can trade electronically via private exchanges
          1. https://www.amazon.com/Flash-Boys-Wall-Street-Revolt-ebook/dp/B00HVJB4VM/
      3. Private Empire: Exxonmobil And American Power by Steve Coll
        1. Excellent history of Exxon, including interactions with US Government, foreign ventures, fracking and environmental issues such as global warming/climate change
          1. https://www.amazon.com/Private-Empire-ExxonMobil-American-Power-ebook/dp/B0064W5BPM
  4. Government and Politics
    1. The Gatekeepers: How The White House Chiefs Of Staff Define Every Presidency by Chris Whipple
      1. Pedestrian stories about Chiefs of Staff – disappointing and superficial – a very quick read
      2. https://www.amazon.com/Gatekeepers-White-Chiefs-Define-Presidency/dp/0804138249
    2. Poison Tea: How Big Tobacco And Big Oil Invented The ea Party And Captured The GOP by Jeff Nesbit
      1. Account how the Koch Brothers partners with Big Tobacco to create a grass roots organization to ultimately take over the GOP
      2. Interesting, but somewhat shallow
      3. Not as good as Dark Money
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Tea-Tobacco-Invented-Captured-ebook/dp/B016ICBKAW
    3. Shattered: Inside Hilary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Johnathan Allen and Amie Parns
      1. Superficial and pedestrian review of the inside of the 2016 Clinton Presidential campaign,
      2. Disappointing – not enough inside information
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Inside-Hillary-Clintons-Campaign-ebook/dp/B01JWDWP6W
  5.  History
    1. Countdown To Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days To The Attack by Steve Twomey
      1. Excellent history of American action on the 12 days leading up to Pearl Harbor
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Countdown-Pearl-Harbor-Twelve-Attack-ebook/dp/B01CO34K4M
    2. Destined For War: Can America And China Escape Thucydide’s Trap
      1. Excellent look at US-China relations in 2017
      2. Excellent explanation of how China sees itself
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Destined-War-America-Escape-Thucydidess-ebook/dp/B01IAS9FZY
    3. Fire In The Lake by Frances Fitzgerald
      1. History of Vietnam and the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective
      2. Excellent book – winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
      3. A MUST-READ for anyone interested in the Vietnam War
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Lake-Frances-FitzGerald-ebook/dp/B0028MM2MM
    4. The General vs, The President: MacArthur  And Truman At The Brink Of Nuclear War by H.W. Brands
      1. Slow history of the two men during the Korean War
      2. does not add much to popular history – long and slow
        1. https://www.amazon.com/General-vs-President-MacArthur-Nuclear-ebook/dp/B01AQNZQAE
    5. The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan
      1. Excellent biography focusing on his federal government work form the 1970’s thru 2008
      2. Details of monetary policy and presidential adminsitrations
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Knew-Times-Greenspan/dp/159420484
    6. Rendevous With Destiny by Michael Fullilove
      1. FDR from the Invasion of Poland to the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the 5 envoys he sent on foreign missions to prepare America for the War in Europe [Harry Hopkins, Sumner Welles, Averill Harriman, Wendall Wilkie and Bill Donovan]
      2. Excellent and well-written
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Rendezvous-Destiny-Franklin-Roosevelt-Extraordinary/dp/0143125621
    7. Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin And The Enemies Of The Free World Must Be Stopped by Gary Kasparov
      1. Mediocre review of Russia from Gorbechev’s fall to 2015
      2. For skimming only – stick to playing chess and NOT Writing
      3. Yea, we get it, Putin bad and the West let him gain power
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Coming-Vladimir-Enemies-Stopped-ebook/dp/B012271KCU
  6. Martial Arts
    1. Zen In The Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
      1. Excellent account of the mental aspects of the martial arts, bringing with it life lessons
      2. Highly recommended
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Martial-Arts-Joe-Hyams-ebook/dp/B003IS764O
  7. Physics
    1. Now: The Physics Of Time by Richard A. Muller
      1. The meaning of the term ‘now’ in physics; also, special and general relativity, cosmology and quantum mechanics mysteries
      2. Excellent and well-written
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Now-Physics-Time-Richard-Muller-ebook/dp/B01BX7S14K
    2. QBism by Hans Christian von Baeyer
      1. Bayesian probability replacing frequentist probability in understanding quantum mechanics
      2. Bayesian philosophy – a measure of an agent’s personal degree of belief that an event will occur or that a proposition is true
        1. https://www.amazon.com/QBism-Hans-Christian-von-Baeyer/dp/067450464X/
    3. Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey To Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli
      1. Absolutlely excellent explanation of relativity, quantum mechanics and quantum gravity
      2. Short, precise, filled with insights
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Reality-Not-What-Seems-Journey-ebook/dp/B01FEY5E3O
  8. Sports
    1. Total Access: A Journey To The Center Of The NFL Universe by Rich Eisen
      1. Breezy insider’s guide to a year in the NFL, on and off-season
        1. https://www.amazon.com/Total-Access-Journey-Center-Universe/dp/0312369786

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