Friday, January 01, 2016

Books read in 2015

Not much blogging going on here lately, but here's my annual list of books read for 2015:
  • George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation & Deception
  • Jeffrey S Bardin, The Illusion of Due Diligence: Notes from the CISO Underground
  • Bill Browder, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton
  • Gabriella Coleman, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
  • Karen Dawisha, Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?
  • Laura DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance
  • Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind
  • Mary Douglas and Aaron Wildavsky, Risk and Culture: An Essay on the Selection of Technological and Environmental Dangers
  • William J. Drake and Monroe Price, editors, Internet Governance: The NETmundial Roadmap
  • Jon Friedman and Mark Bouchard, Definitive Guide to Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It
  • Marc Hallet, A Critical Appraisal of George Adamski: The Man Who Spoke to the Space Brothers
  • Shane Harris, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
  • Peter T. Leeson, The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates
  • Reed Massengill, Becoming American Express: 150 Years of Reinvention and Customer Service
  • James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers, and Guests (two new chapters)
  • David T. Moore, Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis
  • Richard E. Nisbett, Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking
  • Tony Ortega, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper
  • Whitney Phillips, This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture
  • Joseph M. Reagle, Jr., Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web
  • Jon Ronson, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
  • Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed
  • Bruce Schneier, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
  • P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • David Skarbek, The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System
  • Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries
  • Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
  • Richard H. Thaler, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
I made progress on a few other books (first two last year,  next four from 2014, next three from 2013, last two still not finished from 2012--I have trouble with very long nonfiction e-books):
  • Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce, editors, Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations
  • John Searle, Making the Social World
  • Peter Gutmann, Engineering Security
  • 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 2015:  Browder, Chernow, Coleman, Ronson (Shamed), Schneier, Phillips, Nisbett, Ortega, Miller and Shales, Thaler. I bought and read Bardin's book because Richard Bejtlich identified it as a "train wreck," and it was.

(Previously: 2014201320122011201020092008200720062005.)