Sunday, January 01, 2017

Books read in 2016

Not much blogging going on here still, but here's my annual list of books read for 2016. Items with hyperlinks are linked directly to the item online (usually PDF, some of these are reports rather than books), with no paywall or fee.
  • Andreas Antonopoulos, The Internet of Money
  • Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
  • Rob Brotherton, Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
  • Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, Into the Gray Zone: The Private Sector and Active Defense Against Cyber Threats
  • Michael D'Antonio, Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success
  • Henning Diedrich, Ethereum: Blockchains, Digital Assets, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
  • Martin Ford, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • Emma A. Jane and Chris Fleming, Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid
  • Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce, editors, Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations
  • Peter Gutmann, Engineering Security
  • House Homeland Security Committee, Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate
  • Dr. Rob Johnston, Analytic Culture in the U.S. Intelligence Community: An Ethnographic Study
  • R.V. Jones, Most Secret War
  • Fred Kaplan, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War
  • Maria Konnikova, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It...Every Time
  • Adam Lee, hilarious blog commentary on Atlas Shrugged
  • Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory
  • Dan Lyons, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble
  • Geoff Manaugh, A Burglar's Guide to the City
  • Felix Martin, Money: The Unauthorized Biography--From Coinage to Cryptocurrencies
  • Nathaniel Popper, Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
  • John Allen Paulos, A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours
  • Mary Roach, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
  • Jon Ronson, The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right"
  • Oliver Sacks, On the Move: A Life
  • Luc Sante, Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
  • Adam Segal, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age
  • Steve Silberman, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • Richard Stiennon, There Will Be Cyberwar: How the Move to Network-Centric War Fighting Has Set the Stage for Cyberwar
  • Russell G. Swenson, editor, Bringing Intelligence About: Practitioners Reflect on Best Practices
  • U.S. Army Special Operations Command, "Little Green Men": A Primer on Modern Russian Unconventional Warfare, Ukraine, 2013-2014
  • Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent, American Conspiracy Theories
  • Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, The Age of Crypto Currency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
I made progress on a few other books (first four from 2016, one from 2015,  next three from 2014, next three from 2013, last two still not finished from 2012--I have trouble with e-books, especially very long nonfiction e-books):
  • Andreas Antonopoulos, Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies
  • Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
  • Jocelyn Godwin, Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State
  • Thomas Rid, Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History
  • John Searle, Making the Social World
  • Andrew Jaquith, Security Metrics: Replacing Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
  • Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry, Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem
  • Steven Pinker, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
  • Richard Bejtlich, The Practice of Network Security Monitoring
  • James Grimmelmann, Internet Law: Cases & Problems (v2; v3 is out now)
  • Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander, Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
  • Mark Dowd, John McDonald, and Justin Schuh, The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Avoiding Software Vulnerabilities
  • Michal Zalewski, The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications
Top ten for 2016:  Sacks, Silberman, Jane & Fleming, Konnikova, Manaugh, Lyons, Popper, Uscinski & Parent, Jones, Lipstadt.

(Previously: 20152014201320122011201020092008200720062005.)

3 comments:

Hume's Ghost said...

Of those I've read Deyning the Holocaust and The Elephant in the Room.

Jim Lippard said...

That's a little more overlap than we had last year--but I've had Lipstadt's book on a shelf in my "to read" bookcase for years and finally decided to read it.

Hume's Ghost said...

Hey - I've got one of those too! Consisting of books that I've intended to read for, in some cases, up to ten+ years.

I'll resolve to read one of them - Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why do They Say It by Shermer/Grobman by the end of this year. (I meant to read it back when I read Lipstadt's book but didn't have access to a copy at the time.)