I’m a little late on this one – Usually I put it up in January, but never late than never!
It seems like I read less this year than in previous years, but a lot of what I was doing was working through coding exercises. Also, we moved in the middle of the year, and a whole lot of bad stuff happened too. At one point I was working two jobs. So, life happening plus less time to read combined with working through coding textbooks meant this year was anemic when it came to books. Still, I hope you find some value in the list below. There are books on history, international affairs, religion, mathematics, epidemiology, and of course, many fiction books.
Another year, another book list. I read less book this year than last, but over two thousand more pages! Here’s the list:
78.) Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla – David Kilcullen
It’s that time of year again. My reading was down a little this year due to the fact that I was working full time and reading some longer books.
This weekend I read Ralph Peters’s book Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World. In the tradition of Robert D. Kaplan, he combines travel writing with political commentary. The major part of the book is given over to his travels through the former Soviet Union in the mid-90s, and includes insight into Georgia,Azerbaijan, and Armenia. His prose is beautifully written, and his insights into the situations there, although influenced by hindsight, are thought-provoking. Later he recounts his involvement in the drug war in South and Central America as well as Thailand. The book ends in 1998, when he retires from the army and becomes a civilian. I’m hoping there will be a sequel. Peters is a commentator on Fox news, and it should be noted that he has very strong opinions about things. Overall, I think it’s worth a read for anyone interested in travel, COIN, or international security.