Some of the books I have read recently

"Trekonomics" by Manu Saadia. Unique, well done and very interesting. We would be wise to heed its message, as replicators, warp drive and transporters will likely never exist.

"Hero of the Empire" by Candice Millard. A very interesting and superbly done book about Winston Churchill and his exploits during the Boer war in Africa.

"Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren. An inspiring and important book. Unless you are already a plant scientist, you will likely learn a lot from this book. Plant a tree, if you are able to. You might just save the world.

"Rise of the Rocket Girls" by Nathalia Holt. This book is just outstanding in every respect, detailing the exceptional work of many women that made the Jet Propulsion Labratory successful throughout its history.

"The English" by Jeremy Paxman. I recommend you read this great book in any case, but most definitely before accepting a job to work in London.

"Hand To Mouth" by Linda Tirado. This is a book everyone should read, along with "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich.

"Schottenfreude" by Ben Schott. A very interesting and enjoyable adventure in creating new German words.

"The Vertigo Years" by Philipp Blom. A very engaging look at each of the years from 1900 to 1914. Well done and very enjoyable.

"Berlin Diary" by William L. Shirer. If you have ever had an interest in learning about the rise of the Third Reich, this book provides an interesting first-person account.

"Hero" by Michael Korda. If you have ever had an interest in learning about T.E. Lawrence, (Lawrence of Arabia) this book rewards the reader with its very thorough and enjoyable treatment of the subject. A great book.

"A Journey" by Tony Blair. Well worth reading, superbly done.

"Freakonomics" by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Interesting and unconventional.

"Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps" by Peter Galison. A brilliant work about the technology of clock synchronisation and its intersection with developments in physics at the turn of the 20th century.

"Goodbye Darkness" by William Manchester. I have to agree with the critics on this one. Then again, I have never read anything by Mr Manchester that was other than first-rate.

"White Gold" by Giles Milton. Like everything written by Mr Milton, outstanding.

"Big Chief Elizabeth" by Giles Milton.

"Samurai William" by Giles Milton.

"Nathaniel's Nutmeg" by Giles Milton.

"Nam-A-Rama" by Phillip Jennings. Really outstanding and entertaining work.

"Collapse" by Jared Diamond.

"Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond.

"A World Lit Only by Fire" by William Manchester.

"White Hunters" by Brian Herne. A brilliant work about the heyday of African safaris in the twentieth century.

"Uhuru" by Robert Ruark.

"Something of Value" by Robert Ruark.

"The Time Paradox" by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd. One of the most interesting books I have ever read.

"Intelligent Internal Control and Risk Management" by Matthew Leitch. This great book is an essential resource, first-rate in all respects. If you work in Risk Management, you should own this book.

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