Monday, November 12, 2012

Reading update for the Fall

I've been doing a lot of reading lately, so here is an update of the books I have finished in the past couple of months.

  • Tank Farm Dynamo - A sf short story by David Brin.
  • Mind of War - A biography of John Boyd. This was a great book that covered a lot of what Col. Boyd had accomplished in his life, from setting up the AF fighter tactics school, designing the F-15 and F-16, and being a proponent of maneuver warfare and the OODA cycle.
  • Cybermancy - Book #2 in Kelly McCullough's Webmage series.
  • The Bitter Woods - John Eisenhower's wonderful operational history of the Ardennes campaign.
  • Sherman Invades Georgia - Part history of Sherman's Atlanta campaign, and part workbook on the modern military decision making process and its use in the study of historical campaigns.
  • Vortex - Larry Bond book about an attempt to turn back the clock as apartheid appears to be ending in South Africa. Larry Bond was a big part of Tom Clancy's early success and after the collaboration on Red Storm Rising he started to work on his own books.
  • Red Phoenix - Another Larry Bond book, this one focusing on a 2nd war in Korea late in the Cold War.
  • A Mathematician's Apology
  • Guide to the Literature of Mathematics and Physics - a book I read about on the physicsforums site. The beginning of it talks about how to go about reading these books and self study, and then the bulk of it details good books on a variety of subjects as of the year 1958.
  • Prime Obsession - John Derbyshire's book on the history of the Riemann Hypothesis.

I'm also at various stages of reading the following books:

  • The Art of Wargaming - Peter Perla's book on the history of wargaming.
  • Forward into Battle - Paddy Griffith's book on the evolution of battle from Napoleonic times to the 80s.
  • The Generals - Tom Ricks' book on American Generalship from WWII to present day, and how changes over time in the policy of removing officers has impacted the military.
  • The Signal and The Noise - Nate Silver's book pop sci book on statistical analysis.

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