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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Thursday
Jun022016

Alix Christie’s GUTENBERG’S APPRENTICE

The public sale of the mechanically printed Bible and its positive reception was the outcome of many years of experimentation, hard work, political intrigue, religious subversion, even imprisonment.

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Monday
May162016

Janna Levin's BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE

Science can be a noble pursuit but the humans who “do” science are subject to the same hopes, fears, and dreams as the rest of us. Understanding something about how this is all done is one more step in understanding what separates humans from other life forms.

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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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