Non-Fiction

Reviews of books in this genre:

Science(ish) by ,

A product of a podcast of the same name, this book takes several popular movies and uses them as a backdrop to explore various topics — from time travel to robots. Most movies get a bad rap when it comes to the science they show. Storytellers take liberties for a variety of reasons — not – Read the rest of this review

A Short History of England by

I like to think I know a reasonable amount of English history. Maybe I know a touch more than average, but my knowledge is far from complete. This probably isn’t the book to round it out, but it does give you a whistle-stop tour starting around 400AD. If you’re simply looking to get a chronology – Read the rest of this review

Shoe Dog by

For those who are not aware, Phil Knight is the founder of Nike. In this book, Knight charts the history leading up to the establishment of Nike’s precursor, Blue Ribbon Shoes, through to Nike becoming an established player in the sports arena. It’s an interesting story because it was far from a straight and easy – Read the rest of this review

The Ascent of Money by

This is a history of money. Why it developed, how various financial products came to be, and the events that affected the markets. There’s some interesting tales, including a few I hadn’t heard before. Funny how money played a more significant role than you’ve been led to believe in some world events (notably wars and – Read the rest of this review

Ghost in the Wires by

I’m a fan of a book on hacking. I started with The Cuckoo’s Egg, way back when, which is still the best one I’ve read from the ‘white hat’ side, even if somewhat outdated these days. The second book on hacking I ever read was Takedown by Tsutomu Shimomura, the man who helped the FBI – Read the rest of this review