Books

I don’t watch a lot of Television(TV).  It’s not that I don’t like TV but there’s generally not much on that I find interesting.  That’s not to say I don’t frivolously waste time in other areas like Sci-Fi books and of course <cough/> video games occasionally.  If your still here reading then your probably a reader too so I’ll get on with it, following are some of the works I find remarkable or unremarkable in some way.

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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Beautiful Evidence, Envisioning Information

These are the books by Edward R. Tufte that will forever change you thinking about how you interpret and present graphical information.  Incredibly thought provoking and great on the coffee table since they have lots of pictures.

Books of Stephen Few

I worked with Stephen some years ago on a software product called Impact.  I have not read Stephen’s books since I never realized he wrote any until recently (sigh).  Stephen was amazing so many years ago.  I’m sure his visualization superpowers are even more amazing today.  I’m looking forward to digging into these.

The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java

One of the best Java secure coding standards.  There is a website they run and keep up to date that has most of the same content as the book.

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

As a kid attending school your always wondering how is this humanities class going to benefit my engineering degree.  Riddle solved, this is the book sparked a software architectural revolution.  It’s the book that formed the basis for the seminal GoF Design Patterns book.

Design Patterns, Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Not an easy read to be sure but one of the best books in the field of software development.  The book provides are vernacular software design patterns engineers can use to communicate with one another.  There are a number of great follow-on books as well like Fowlers, Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture.

Non-Fiction

Strange how the book industry does not have a category called Reality or Truth.  Defining a category reference as a set of everything outside the parent category seems a little nebulous to me.  Then again calling non-fiction the truth could be a stretch so perhaps the book industry is more clever than we know.   Anyway, here’s my list.

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Cross an ivy league financial analyst with Indian Jones and what do you get?  A new type of mercenary with power to wage economic war on nations.

The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

A book about organization of the Federal Reserve, US monitory policy, and world-wide monitory policy and banking.  It’s enlightening.  It’s also supports the story of new confessions of an economic hitman but tells the story from the bankers and governments perspective.

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

CIA releases a cache of 22-million previously classified documents.  The book explores some of the research and the results.  At least some of the results are remarkable.  Jacobsen is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist.

Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

The story of operation paperclip is interesting.  Tremendous struggled within the many constituencies of the government.  Not everyone supported the idea of bringing Nazi scientists to the USA.  Interesting to get the facts first hand.

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base

There’s the legends of Area 51 but there are also facts about Area 51.  Jacobsen covers unclassified sources to explain the history of Area 51.

The Devil Inside the Beltway: The Shocking Expose of the US Government’s Surveillance and Overreach Into Cybersecurity, Medicine and Small Business

Disgruntled security company hurt over losing a business contract, tips off government agencies that their prospective client’s security is weak and may be harming customers.  Business form of SWATTing  harassment.

Fiction

Nothing but pure pleasure reading here but even so there are lesson to be learned.  Even though the books are classed fiction they sometimes help improve your knowledge of science, geography, significant events, etc.  And, of course, they develop your creativity.

Timeline

One of my favorite fictions of all time. The best thing I appreciate about this work is that Crichton describes the science in a way that’s believable.   After reading Timeline I read most of the other Crichton books.  Unfortunately, the movie let me down and fell far short of the images Crichton created in my imagination.

Prey

Another Crichton book about an out of control experiment.

The Chemist

Female ninja intellectual interrogator, realistic, and believable.

Digital Fortress

NSA super computer that can crack anything.  What could go wrong?

Not Alone

The day UFO’s are disclosed.  Ever wonder what would happen next?  I notice there is a follow-on to the book that I have not read yet.

Old Man’s War

Old people made young again as long as you enlist and do a tour of duty.  Yes, there a catch, and it’s not dying in combat.

Quantum Lens

A simple plot but it will not disappoint you.

Snow Crash

I know this book is super popular but I found it nuttier than a fruitcake.  I didn’t like it at all and in fact I didn’t finish it.  Although if it comes out as a movie someday maybe I would like the movie version better.

Unacknowledged: An Expose of the World’s Greatest Secret

Results of a UFO crusade by Dr. Greer.  The body of Dr. Greer’s work is interesting mostly because of the unassailable caliber of his witnesses, retired high-ranking  military, defense industry, and other noteworthy leaders.  Not only the caliber but the number of such testimonies are significant.

Classic

The Prince

I wanted to understand what people mean by, “Machiavellian”, and I thought the best way would be experience the book first-hand.  It’s a book of short stories to educate leaders on politics.  Mildly interesting at best.  The stories are period relevant, which is to be expected, but makes them difficult to understand without proper context.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Classic Dale Carnegie book.   This could have been written by Captain Obvious.  Yes, it’s important information but I’d like to think most of us know this sort of stuff but then again maybe not, that’s why it’s so popular, I’m not sure.

More to come…..