What books are you reading?

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I reserve an hour every day for reading, non-technical and non-financial stuff -- this is what's in the current rotation:

"The Last Cavalryman" -- a bio of General Lucian Truscott.

"The Great Escape" -- Angus Deaton got the Nobel Prize -- this book is very readable and available in paper-back. The title tropes the movie of the same name, and describes how societies improve the economic lot of their peoples, i.e. "escaping" poverty.
Just finished "The Ravenous Brain" - Daniel Bor

kinda refreshing take on consciousness and how we think we think

dovetails with some of Levitin's notes in "This is your brain on music" - but if I was able to fool myself that it was accessible enough to understand, that it must be oversimplified, or simply wrong ;)
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I just finished and can strongly recommend the "D-List Supervillan" series by Jim Bernheimer. Link here. Those of you who have worked for large engineering companies will relate to the experiences of the lead character. This stuff is fun reading when you need a break. The humor is priceless - for example, a torture technique used on a captured hero is loud repetition of Biz Markee's song "Just A Friend". If you know the song; you'll get the humor (If you don't know the song, google it. You'll still get it. :) )The author kills me with the cliffhanger endings, though.

Some years ago, I also read "Soon I Will Be Invincible" It was fun, too.

Half way through Missing 411 - A Sobering Coincidence, the 5th book in the Missing 411 series by David Paulides.
If you haven't heard of it, some of his appearances on Coast To Coast and other shows can be found on youtube.
The shows are good, but the books are even more bizarre in detail.
A Kickstarter funded movie based on the series is in the works, should be out this summer.
Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing before Cybernetics (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology)[Kindle Edition]

Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City (Metropolitan Portraits)

Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science
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"Trust me, dear Yorick, this unwary pleasantry of thine will sooner or later bring thee into scrapes and difficulties, which no after-wit can extricate thee out of.——In these sallies, too oft, I see, it happens, that a person laughed at, considers himself in the light of a person injured, with all the rights of such a situation belonging to him; and when thou viewest him in that light too, and reckons up his friends, his family, his kindred and allies,——and musters up with them the many recruits which will list under him from a sense of common danger;——’tis no extravagant arithmetick to say, that for every ten jokes,—thou hast got an hundred enemies; and till thou hast gone on, and raised a swarm of wasps about thine ears, and art half stung to death by them, thou wilt never be convinced it is so.
I cannot suspect it in the man whom I esteem, that there is the least spur from spleen or malevolence of intent in these sallies——I believe and know them to be truly honest and sportive:—But consider, my dear lad, that fools cannot distinguish this,—and that knaves will not: and thou knowest not what it is, either to provoke the one, or to make merry with the other:——whenever they associate for mutual defence, depend upon it, they will carry on the war in such a manner against thee, my dear friend, as to make thee heartily sick of it."

Tristram Shandy.

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