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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Freight Train by Donald Crews
Freight Train

Alfred, August 18, 2007

There are a number of authors whose every book is well worth reading, and one of those is Donald Crews. My kids wore out two copies of this book and the third is still in piece merely because they are now a bit too old for it.

The quick pace and the lovely colors will amuse any child, but will thrill the train loving child. This one should be on your new parent gift list.
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The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Alfred, August 18, 2007

This may be my favorite non-fiction book. Rhodes manages to intelligibly communicate the development of physics in the 20th century that made the bomb possible, which is no mean feat, but he also describes the the ins and outs of the race to build the bomb.

Beyond the technical aspects, Rhodes is very strong on the state of political argument about the use of extreme force, whether it be fire bombing or atomic bombing. He describes the political environment that prevented the attempts to internationalize the bomb and the beginnings of the nuclear age.

This is a very long book, but it reads remarkably easily for such a complex topic.
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Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet by Jim Mann
Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet

Alfred, June 29, 2006

Although written by a strong critic of the Bush administration this book is an evenhanded assessment of how the first term foreign policy team of the Bush Administration. It's also a great examination of how foreign policy careers develop in DC. And to top it off, it reads almost like a thriller.
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