The Tell Tale Brain, V.S. Ramachandran. An evolutionary appreciation of the human brain.

Morning of Fire,
Scott Ridley. Its hard to imagine a young, struggling United States trying to make a place in world wide commerce so the emerging nation can survive. This story of a bold trip around Cape Horn to open new avenues of trade starts on Cape Cod and ends in what is now the state of Washington.

Olympos and Ilium,
Dan Simmons. A couple more wild space operas with strange and familiar planets loaded with characters from classic literature.

The Last Mohican
, James Fenimore Cooper. A friend gave this to me so I could read something “American.”

The Winds of Dune,
Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. I liked this add on to the original trilogy. This is much better than some of the prequels that have been written about the Dune books.

Mason and Dixon,
Thomas Pynchon. The Mason Dixon line and lots of celestial and philosophical cogitation.

Strong Men Armed,
Robert Leckie. Started reading this while watching The Pacific series.


The Wise Men,
Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas. A history of five friends who helped create the post WWII world.

Against the Day,
Thomas Pynchon. Ahhh for the Chums of Chance and a long trek through the Balkans.

Excession
by Ian M. Banks. Power relations in a future galactic society. It’s an old theme, a higher civilisation visits, or in this case places an object of interest just to see what we do. There are inter species machinations, chest thumping and conspiracies. We fail the test due to our belligerence and inability to see the whole picture. The higher civilisation goes on to other things. This was an interlude while reading Against the Day.

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, Steve Coll
If you want to understand what is going on over there, read this book.

The Terror, Dan Simmons.
Based on the Franklin Expedition in 1845, this is one of the best fiction works I’ve read in a long time. Stick with it to the end for nice reward.

The Return of History and the End of Dreams. Robert Kagan & The Post American World. Fareed Zakaria.
We’re going through a world wide shift of power and international relations right now. I put these two together because they give parallel and complimentary explanations of what we are going through.

Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45. Max Hastings.
A great history of the Pacific Theater campaigns in World War II

The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson
History of finance over the past few thousand years, with some good explanations of the bond, derivatives, hedge fund markets. You will learn why we are now in the mess we are in.

Victory was Beyond Their Grasp, Douglas Nash
Tale of the 272 Volksgrenadier Division of the German Army during the last months of WWII. Very much like what we saw in
Letters from Iwo Jima, it's good to get the story from the other side.

A Most Wanted Man, John Le Carré
I think its his most accessible work in years. For me it was difficult to put down.

The Hyperion Series, Dan Simmons
A space opera in four Volumes. In the first, a group of pilgrims tell their stories just like those of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. At the end, they all march off to their potential doom singing “We're off to see the Wizard ...” from the
Wizard of Oz. In later volumes, an alliance a future permutation of the Catholic Church and an artificial intelligence born of the Internet rule a piece of the known galaxy.