Non-Fiction

Reviews of books in this genre:

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with The Cuckoo’s Egg, way back when, which is still the best one I’ve read from the ‘white hat’ side, even if somewhat outdated these days.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

Never Split the Difference by ,

This book sells itself as all about negotiation, and I think most people would see that as aimed at salesmen or corporate bigwigs working on multi-million dollar deals. It’s not though. We negotiate pretty much every day in some capacity — whether it be with a spouse, your children, or your boss. I always assumed – Read the rest of this review

To Pixar and Beyond by

In 1994, Pixar was owned by Steve Jobs, who had been ejected from his first stint at Apple and hadn’t yet made his return. He had bought it from George Lucas when it was spun out of Lucasfilm. At the time Levy joined, Jobs had already pumped $50 million into the business to keep it – Read the rest of this review

A Man & His Watch by

So, I’ve developed a bit of a watch habit over the last year. I’ve always liked watches but never been that worried about the details. I stuck this on my Christmas list as it sounded interesting — a collection of photographs and stories about watches and their owners. It’s more of a coffee-table book if – Read the rest of this review