About me: Elder millennial in the American Pacific Northwest. Making CNC programs for money, reading and exploring for fun.
Currently playing: Dark Souls 3, PS4
Currently reading: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, Neil Sheehan
Recently finished: The Long Southern Strategy, Angie Maxwell & Todd Shields; Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name, David M. Buerge; White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, Kevin M. Kruse; The 9/11 Commission Report, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks; Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, Kevin M. Kruse & Julian E. Zelizer; The Forever War, Dexter Filkins; Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond; Apollo's Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live, Nicholas A. Christakis; Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond; Atomic Habits, James Clear; Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen Ambrose; The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein; The Gunslinger, Stephen King; Truman, David McCullough; Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell; Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975, Max Hastings; Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, Max Hastings; Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner; Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Vol. 2, James McPherson; The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer; Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Vol. 1, James McPherson; Grant, Ron Chernow; The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright; 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari; Alexander, Theodore Ayrault Dodge; The Vietnam War: An Intimate History, Ken Burns; Leningrad, Anna Reid; The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman; Gulag: A History, Anne Applebaum; The History of the World, John Roberts & Odd Arne Westad; Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari; 1493, Charles Mann; 1491, Charles Mann
Many city libraries loan audiobooks! I am unreasonably happy about this.
Medieval technology could raise marvels of architecture 200 feet in the air, it could conceive the mechanics of a loom capable of weaving patterned cloth, and of a gearshaft capable of harnessing the insubstantial air to turn a heavy millstone, but it failed to conceive the fore-and-aft rig and swinging boom capable of adapting sails to the direction of the wind. By such accident of the human mind, war, trade, and history are shaped.
--Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
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