Read: Inside the Company, CIA Diary

Okay, “Inside the Company, CIA Diary” is dense. Really dense. A detailed nearly day-by-day, play-by-play diary of Phil Agee’s time inside the CIA. The content is fascinating but you have to want to read this. Within a few short pages … Read More

Read: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This is a beautiful book. So smoothly written it felt EFFORTLESS. The entire book is based on one conversation, in one cafe in Pakistan. In short, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is about the changing shape of humanity and the global, interconnected … Read More

Read: The Mediterranean Caper

FIRST POST OF NEW YEAR. PLEASE ALERT THE MEDIA Yes I read a Clive Cussler. Damnit there are 150,000,000 copies of his books in print, so what the Hell. I had to do it. I know what you literary snobs … Read More

Read: Notes on a Foreign Country

Really enjoyed this book. A few thoughts. 1. What we learned in history class was a version of history. 2. Americans in general lack basic understanding of American history, especially when it comes to foreign policy. 3. If you are … Read More

Read: A Short History of Nearly Everything

You thought I stopped reading? Nah. Just dug deep with some thicker books and also had both of my jobs ramp up significantly in the past few weeks. Just know I’m never far from at least one book. So Bill … Read More

Read: Solitude

I am so conflicted about this book. That’s probably a good thing. Okay, this book has many layers but I’m going to butcher a short explanation here. Guy with interesting and varied life bounces around in the world, has deep … Read More

Read: Uncommon Carriers

John McPhee is a super smooth writer. This is my second book of his, and I’ve got a third lined up on the shelf behind me, a behemoth that looks like it must be 800-pages. Having said that, this book … Read More

Read: Lighting the World

I have mixed feelings about this book, like most books. Jim Rogers, the author and former chairman of massive energy company, doesn’t provide solutions just hope and a few predictions if you will. You can’t really knock him for this … Read More

Creative: The Hollow of the Hand

Thanks to my friend Larry for sending this baby my way. My new favorite photography book. You might know musician/poet PJ Harvey, but you might not know photographer Seamus Murphy, but you really, really should. She’s been killing it for … Read More

Read: Braving It

Books like Braving It are like candy to me. You open, start eating and suddenly you are on a serious sugar high. Alaska, father and daughter, epic conditions and the ever changing land and family relationships. I did a five-day … Read More

READ: A Visit to Don Otavio

A friend gave me this book. Mexico. Travel. But don’t view this as a typical travel book because it’s not. 1940’s. A fascinating study of Sybille Bedford’s time in country. What I love about “A Visit to Don Otavio” is … Read More

Read: Maximum City

I’ve never been to India. For all I know I’ll never go to India. I want to go. And I’ve been asked to go in the past, but always short trips, like a week to ten days, and I refuse … Read More

Read: A Town Like Alice

I’m not telling you to go get this book. A Town Like Alice was first published in 1950, and subsequently reprinted many, many times, but it’s written in a very 1950’s way. You may or may not like this. Either … Read More

Read: Homo Deus

Just go get it. Get this book. I haven’t read Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens, which came out a few years ago but I’m glad I found Homo Deus. This book brings up so many things, ideas, concepts and contemplation … Read More

Read: Lost City of the Monkey God

If you can’t get excited about finding a lost city in the jungle then you might already be dead. As you know, I’ve read Doug Preston before and I will read him again. Love what he does. ADVENTURE people. It … Read More

Read: A Visit From The Goon Squad

This is quite a book. Unique in my mind. I’m not really sure how to describe it, other than it snaps you off with precision, twisting and turning with a single paragraph. One chapter, toward the back, is all diagrams. … Read More