Monday, January 01, 2018

Books read in 2017

Not much blogging going on here still, but here's my annual list of books read for 2017. Items with hyperlinks are linked directly to the item online (usually PDF, some of these are reports rather than books, though I've made no attempt to collect all papers, blog posts, and reports I read here), with no paywall or fee.
  • Lilian Ablon, Andy Bogart, Zero Days, Thousands of Nights: The Life and Times of Zero-Day Vulnerabilities and Their Exploits
  • Ben Buchanan, The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Hacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations
  • J.D. Chandler, Hidden History of Portland, Oregon
  • Ted Conover, Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
  • Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy, Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes
  • Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby, Only Humans Need Apply: Winners & Losers in the Age of Smart Machines
  • Mike Edison, Dirty, Dirty, Dirty: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers--An American Tale of Sex and Wonder
  • FINRA, Distributed Ledger Technology: Implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry
  • Al Franken, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
  • David Gerard, Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts
  • Joscelyn Godwin, Upstate Cauldron: Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State
  • Jonathan Goldsmith, Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do They're True and Amazing
  • Heidi Grant Halvorson, No One Understands You: And What To Do About It
  • Jon Lindsay, Tai Ming Cheung, and Derek S. Reveron, editors, China and Cybersecurity: Espionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain
  • William MacAskill, Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference
  • Jane Mayer, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • Nick Middleton, An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States
  • Kevin Mitnick, The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • Andrew Monaghan, "The New Russian Foreign Policy Concept: Evolving Continuity," Chatham House, 2013 (PDF)
  • Milton Mueller, Will the Internet Fragment? Sovereignty, Globalization and Cyberspace
  • Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
  • David Ronfeldt, Beware the Hubris-Nemesis Complex: A Concept for Leadership Analysis
  • Thomas Rid, Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History
  • Gabriel Sherman, The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
  • Doug Stanhope, Digging Up Mother: A Love Story
  • Doug Stanhope, This Is Not Fame: A "From What I Re-Memoir"
  • Charles Stross, Halting State
  • Charles Stross, Rule 34
  • Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes
  • Timothy Walton, Challenges in Intelligence Analysis: Lessons from 1300 BCE to the Present
  • Kristan J. Wheaton and Melonie K. Richey, Strawman
  • Ilya Zaslavskiy, How Non-State Actors Export Kleptocratic Norms to the West (PDF)
I may or may not have made progress on a few other books (first four from 2017, next two 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):
  • Helen Nissenbaum, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life
  • Dana Richards, editor, Dear Martin/Dear Marcello: Gardner and Truzzi on Skepticism
  • Richards J. Heuer, Jr., Structured Analytics Techniques for Intelligence Analysis
  • Louis M. Kaiser, Analytic Writing Guide
  • Andreas Antonopoulos, Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies (now 2nd ed)
  • Robert M. Gates, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
  • 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 for 2017:  Rid, Buchanan, Sherman, Mayer, Clarke and Eddy, Conover, Middleton.

I completed three Coursera courses in 2017, two of which I recommend:

(Previously: 201620152014201320122011201020092008200720062005.)