I research, consult, and write about big dataproject managementnew mediastandardsmobile technology, and collaboration. Occasionally I review books and movies. I’m also a volunteer with the Alexandria Film Festival.


BOOK REVIEWS

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Tuesday
Apr262016

Shelby Foote's THE CIVIL WAR: A NARRATIVE, VOLUME II, FREDERICKSBURG TO MERIDIAN

One of the people I would like to meet in heaven and have a beer with is author Shelby Foote.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Robert Harris’ DICTATOR

As the old saying goes, power corrupts. In this book we see how all can become ensnared by its tendrils, even those who like Cicero profess to aspire to higher ideals.

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Saturday
Jan162016

William Bixby's GALILEO AND NEWTON

This short Kindle book, divided into two parts, provides just enough information to help the reader understand where Galileo and Newton stand in the evolution of Western scientific thought and practice.

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Tuesday
Jan052016

Marie Brennan's A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS

This is a work of imagination. The story is clever, the prose is well written, and for this audiobook Kate Reading’s “performance” is impeccable.

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Friday
Dec182015

Bill Yenne's THE AMERICAN AIRCRAFT FACTORY IN WWII

As a lifelong fan of historic aircraft, reading details of how and where the B-17s, the B-24s, and P-51s were developed and manufactured provides a useful insight into what “mobilization of the homefront” meant.

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Monday
Nov302015

Roger D. Launius and Dennis R. Jenkins’ COMING HOME

COMING HOME is another well-illustrated NASA e-book containing much detail about an important topic of aerospace history. This time the subject is the safe return of space vehicles to earth.

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Wednesday
Oct212015

Peter W. Merlin's UNLIMITED HORIZONS: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE U-2

Did Kelly Johnson and the people at Lockheed, the CIA, and the U.S. Air Force realize they were developing a “platform” whose utility would extend over decades? Probably not. Aeronautical history of the time is littered with failed jets and engines designs. Survivors are few and the U-2 stands out.

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Thursday
Oct152015

Edward O. Wilson's THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE

This is a profoundly entertaining and thought-provoking book.

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Thursday
Sep172015

Mary Roach’s PACKING FOR MARS

Somewhere in NASA and there must be an office plotting ways to replace human space explorers with machines. Reading this book explains why.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Michael Harris' ATOMIC TIMES

A lot of this book makes for unpleasant reading but it is an important record of the times, told by the author from an older and wiser perspective. He is lucky to have survived.

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