Ian’s Reading Picks

Books for the curious.

Books for the curious.

Fifty Machines That Changed The Course Of History by Eric Chaline (ISBN: 9781770850903) The title says it all: except for just how utterly fascinating this book is!

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (ISBN 9780393338829) The acclaimed author of Moneyball and The Blind Side turns his sights on the housing bubble and what brought it down. The result is a story so surprisingly riviting that it actually made me unable to stop reading about the likes of credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations: no small feat indeed.

The Peter Principle by Laurence Peter (ISBN 9780062092069) This examination of hierarchies is just as funny and perceptive as it was upon its publication in 1969.

 Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper by Geoffrey Gray (ISBN 9780307451309) Come along for the thrilling ride as Gray follows leads in an effort to uncover the identity of famous skyjacker D.B. Cooper.

Mail-Order Mysteries by Kirk Demarais (ISBN 9781608870264) The author compares the promises of the ads from the backs of comic books (for items like X-Ray Spex for example) with the reality of what you received when you actually placed orders for these items: a great idea for a book. Why didn’t I think of this?

Rip It Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds (ISBN 9780143036722)The great British music journalist explores the vibrant music of the unparalleled post-punk era of 1978-1984.



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