Covid-19 Reading List
I was able to do a lot of reading during the Great Covid-19 Pandemic. I also watched Netflix for the first time as my daughter insisted that we get a subscription so she could watch Miss Americana. I did end up watching a number of shows on Netflix, but after a few months of Narcos, Unabomber, The Black List and others, the remaining content library has become less interesting. As for books, here is what I have been reading and this is what lead me back to blogging.
I mainly consume books on my iPad with the Kindle App. It is just easier to carry around a nice selection of books, but that does not stop me from adding to my library at home. Here is the list in order of most recent backwards to the start of quarantine:
– Life After Google, by George Gilder. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this book as it has been quite some time since I have read Gilder.
– The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer. With all protests this year, some deep thinking on mass movements was needed on the reading list.
– The Big Lie: Spying, Scandal and Ethical Collapse of Hewlett-Packard, by Anthony Bianco. I was totally surprised how much I enjoyed this read and it changed my opinion of some people in tech.
– Putin’s People, by Catherine Belton. Kind of dry and could use some better storytelling but refreshed my mind of events around the collapse of the Soviet Union.
– Losing the Signal, by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. Really enjoyable read about the collapse of RIMM.
– Faster Higher, Farther, by jack Ewing. All about the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. I highly recommend if this is a subject that you find interesting.
– An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle and The Guns at Last Light, by Rick Atkinson. Superb history of the US Army in Europe during the Second World War. Monty was so overrated and so were many of the US top Generals.
– The Long Gray Line, West Point Class of 1966, by Rick Atkinson. Emotionally gripping story. Sad. The book kind of ends on a dud, somewhat like time when the Class of 1966 was retiring.
– The British Are Coming, by Rick Atkinson. This is book one of the revolution trilogy and I am very much looking forward to the next two books. I hope Rick has been as productive as Taylor Swift during the pandemic.
– The Man Who Solved the Market, by Gregory Zuckerman. I highly recommend this book if you find quant funds interesting.
– Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson. Felt appropriate to read it for a second time with the start of the pandemic.
– The Battle of Arnhem, by Anthony Beevor.
– The Club, by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg. Started off strong, but after a while kind of felt that every year was just a repeat with different names spending more money.
In the que are Born to Run, Sapiens, the Deal of the Century and The Rise of Victimhood Culture.