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  • What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (November 2014)

    Posted by Jonathan on December 12th, 2014 (All posts by )

    Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos ordered in November 2014 by Chicago Boyz readers via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon book purchases is here.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you enter the Amazon site via the Amazon links on this blog (including the Amazon banner in the blog header, the link above the Amazon banner and any Amazon links on this blog for products other than the ones you are buying).


    Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters

    Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (P.S.)

    Herman the German: Just Lucky I Guess

    How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It

    How to Learn Any Language

    Illinois, A Great Future

    Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

    The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution

    The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life

    The Frontier in American History

    The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich (Modern War Studies)

    The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbollah, and the Iranian War Against Israel

    The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan

    The Year of The French

    Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

    Love Letter

    Kindle eBooks
    A Time of Gifts

    Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries Book 1)

    Going For Infinity: A Literary Journey

    Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster

    Lone Star Sons: Being The Entertaining and Mostly If not Always True Adventures of Texas Ranger Jim Reade and his Blood Brother Delaware Scout Toby Sh

    South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

    The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 Conservative Writers on Why the Virtuous Life is Funny as Hell

    The Year of the French (New York Review Books Classics)

    Items with no orders
    Nabisco Club Pack Sandwich Cookies, Nabisco Oreo Chocolate, 52.5 Ounce [Why no order?]

    The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World (Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

    A Man in Full

    A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

    A Perfect Life: A Novel

    A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics Book 1)

    A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics)

    A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America’s War on Terror

    A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II

    Adelsverein: The Sowing

    Advice to War Presidents: A Remedial Course in Statecraft

    After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000

    Alas, Babylon

    Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History)

    America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century-Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come

    America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century?Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come

    American Singularity: The 1787 Northwest Ordinance, The 1862 Homestead And Morrill Acts, and the 1944 G.I. Bill

    American Slavery, American Freedom

    American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant

    American Strategy in World War II: A Reconsideration

    Americanism:The Fourth Great Western Religion

    An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America

    An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths

    Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

    Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

    Battle Tactics of the Western Front: The British Armys Art of Attack, 1916-18

    Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates (New York Review Books Classics)

    Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Middle Danube to the Iron Gates (New York Review Books Classics Book 2)

    Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives – Journal Article

    Beyond the Revolution: A History of American Thought from Paine to Pragmatism

    Blacklisting Myself: Memoir of a Hollywood Apostate in the Age of Terror

    Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World

    Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World

    Bowie: A Biography

    Britain and the Origins of the First World War: Second Edition

    Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM Lens (OLD MODEL)

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4X Optical Zoom (Grey) (OLD MODEL)

    Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition

    Churchill: A Study in Failure 1900-1939

    Comanches: The History of a People

    Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

    Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

    Common Sense


    Copse 125: A Chronicle from the Trench Warfare of 1918

    Cultured Food for Life: How to Make and Serve Delicious Probiotic Foods for Better Health and Wellness

    Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes


    Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer–and the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets

    Defying Hitler: A Memoir

    Depression, War, and Cold War: Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity (Independent Studies in Political Economy)

    Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam

    Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)

    Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence In America

    Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present

    Every Man Dies Alone

    Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond

    Fire Power: The British Army Weapons & Theories of War 1904-1945 (Pen & Sword Military Classics)

    Forge of Empires: Three Revolutionary Statesmen and the World They Made, 1861-1871

    Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives)

    Free: The Future of a Radical Price

    Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

    From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present

    From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

    Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-Up of Gulf War Syndrome

    Generational Dynamics: Forecasting America’s Destiny

    Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069

    Global Catastrophic Risks

    God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

    Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography

    Havre de Grace

    Helping Humanity: American Policy and Genocide Rescue

    Herman the German: Just Lucky I Guess

    How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It

    How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times

    Hurricane R4118: The Great Battle of Britain Survivor

    I KNEW HITLER: The Lost Testimony by a Survivor from the Night of the Long Knives (The Third Reich from Original Sources)

    I Never Can Relax

    Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy

    Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy

    In Tearing Haste: Letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Infantry Attacks

    Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count

    Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

    Japan Through the Looking Glass

    Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases

    Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller (Mitch Rapp Book 2)

    Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne 1918

    Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam

    Leon Russell

    Life and Death in Shanghai

    Life of an American Workman

    Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster

    Little Man, What Now

    Lone Star Sons

    Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    Lucifer’s Hammer

    Lucifer’s Hammer

    MacArthur in Asia: The General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea

    Maiden Voyage

    Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

    Managing in the Next Society

    Many Unhappy Returns: One Man’s Quest To Turn Around The Most Unpopular Organization In America (Leadership for the Common Good)

    Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought

    Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

    Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Penguin Classics)

    Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command

    Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too

    Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too

    Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy

    Monstrous Stories #1: Night of the Zombie Goldfish

    Mr. Churchill’s Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the “Special Relationship”

    Mud, Blood and Poppycock: This Will Overturn Everything You Thought You Knew about Britain and The First World War (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

    My Forty Years with Ford (Great Lakes Books Series)

    Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist

    Nice Work (King Penguin)

    Night of Thunder (Bob Lee Swagger Novels)

    Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny

    Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue

    Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue: How Politicians Caused the Financial Crisis and Why their Reforms Failed

    On Artillery

    On War, Indexed Edition

    On the Beach

    Once an Eagle

    Osama Bin Laden in Jihad Against the Us: Intelligence Report (World Business Information Library)

    Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding Fathers

    Over Here: The First World War and American Society

    Pafko at the Wall: A Novella

    Parallel Motion: A Biography of Nevil Shute Norway

    Paris Stories (New York Review Books Classics)

    Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the Tactics Behind China’s Production Game

    Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines

    Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776

    Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War

    Python in Practice: Create Better Programs Using Concurrency, Libraries, and Patterns (Developer’s Library)

    Quest for Decisive Victory: From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940

    Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1)

    Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

    Recollections of a Rebel Surgeon, Annotated

    Resilience Engineering: Concepts And Precepts

    Rockets and People Volume I

    Roger Williams

    Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty

    Romans and Aliens

    Romans and Barbarians: Four Views from the Empire’s Edge, 1st Century AD

    Rome and the Enemy: Imperial Strategy in the Principate


    Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd (Strategy and History)

    Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd (Strategy and History)

    Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd (Strategy and History)

    Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914-15

    Shanghai: The Architecture of China’s Great Urban Center

    Ship Killer: A History of the American Torpedo

    Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

    Sony BDP-BX58 Blu-ray Disc Player 3D Built-in Wireless

    Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)

    Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries, No. 3)

    Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World

    Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

    Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

    State of the Union: A Thriller

    Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You

    Storm of Steel (Penguin Modern Classics)

    Stormtroop Tactics: Innovation in the German Army, 1914-1918

    TRENCH WARFARE 1850-1950

    Tennozan: The Battle of Okinawa and the Atomic Bomb

    That Hideous Strength: (Space Trilogy, Book Three) (The Space Trilogy 3)

    The 47th Samurai

    The 480

    The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

    The Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society

    The Age of Longing

    The American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest ‘Turnaround’ Nation Will Do It Again

    The Anabasis of Cyrus

    The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century

    The Art of Self-Adjusting

    The Art of War (History and Warfare)

    The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart

    The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” (Incerto)

    The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce

    The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (New York Review Books Classics Book 3)

    The Caine Mutiny (Combat Classics)

    The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology)

    The Death of the Author (The Contemporary Art of the Novella)

    The Devil’s Garden: Rommel’s Desperate Defense of Omaha Beach on D-Day

    The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)

    The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

    The Double Comfort Safari Club: The New No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Novel

    The Economic Consequences of the Peace

    The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America, and the Third World (Cambridge Studies in Population, Economy and Society in Past Time)

    The Essence of Scenarios

    The Essence of Scenarios: Learning from the Shell Experience

    The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics: How Conservatism and Liberalism Evolved Within Humans

    The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

    The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians

    The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)

    The First World War

    The First World War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

    The First World War: An Agrarian Interpretation

    The General Theory Of Employment, Interest, And Money

    The Generation of 1914

    The God of the Machine (Library of Conservative Thought)

    The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive Chronicle of History’s 100 Worst Atrocities

    The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe)

    The Handbook of 5GW

    The Human Face of War (Birmingham War Studies)

    The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

    The Jackals of Babylon

    The Jewel in the Crown (25th Anniversary Edition)

    The John Boyd Roundtable: Debating Science, Strategy, and War

    The Killing Ground: The British Army, the Western Front & Emergence of Modern Warfare 1900-1918 (Pen & Sword Military Classics)

    The Landmark Thucydides

    The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards

    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour

    The Life of Thomas More

    The Lives Of Others

    The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600

    The Memoirs Of Herbert Hoover 1874 – 1920 Years Of Adventure

    The Middle Parts of Fortune (Vintage Classics)

    The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times

    The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself

    The Origins of English Individualism: The Family Property and Social Transition

    The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, 1964-1976 (Pitt Latin American Studies)

    The Pity Of War: Explaining World War I

    The Quivera Trail

    The Radetzky March (Works of Joseph Roth)

    The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)

    The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope

    The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

    The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy

    The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community; with a Retrospective Essay

    The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It

    The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

    The Shipkiller: A Novel

    The Shirley Letters: Being Letters Written in 1851-1852 from the California Mines

    The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron

    The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry

    The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

    The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition

    The Ultimate Resource

    The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

    The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries (ColumbiaHurst)

    The Volunteer

    The War of the World

    The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949

    The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor

    The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919

    The Wisdom of Crowds

    The World of Yesterday

    The World of Yesterday

    The Writer and the World: Essays

    The cruel coast

    The true blue;: The life and adventures of Colonel Fred Burnaby, 1842-85

    They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45

    Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

    Time of Gifts (Transaction Large Print Books)

    To Make and Keep Peace Among Ourselves and with All Nations (Hoover Institution Press Publication)

    To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander

    Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth

    Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity (Study Guide Edition)

    Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 911

    Travels With Zenobia: Paris to Albania by Model T Ford: A Journal

    True Crime: The Novel

    Trumark Slingshots Normal Pull Slingshot

    Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity

    Twelve Days on the Somme: A Memoir of the Trenches November 1916

    Twenty Letters To A Friend

    Two Years Before the Mast – Full Version (Annotated and Illustrated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 93)

    US World War II Amphibious Tactics: Mediterranean & European Theaters (Elite)

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Dover Thrift Editions)

    Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society

    Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge

    Upon the Types of the Old Testament (2 volume set)

    Wag the Dog (New Line Platinum Series)

    Wag the Dog: A Novel

    We the Living

    Who Are We: The Challenges to America’s National Identity

    Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compasionate Conservatism Who Gives, Who Doesn’t, and Why It Matters

    Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism

    Wilderness Run: A Novel

    William the Silent

    World War One: A Short History

    World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

    You Still Don’t Understand

    Young Hamilton

    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future


    9 Responses to “What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (November 2014)”

    1. Lexington Green Says:

      Weird about the Oreos.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      I deleted other non-book stuff from the list.

    3. Mike K Says:

      I ordered zero to one but can’t tell if the blog got credit. I’m still trying to figure out the link. If I ever do, I spend a lot at Amazon.

    4. Ginny Says:

      In terms of gift cards, does the credit come with the buying or the using or neither or both?

    5. Jonathan Says:

      Michael, thanks. I don’t think the blog got credit.

      Ginny, thanks for asking. I don’t know the answer. I’m guessing it’s either buying or neither.

    6. Mike K Says:

      I was looking at a laptop for a granddaughter. It would be a help if the blog had a clear link without prechosen items.

    7. Jonathan Says:


      In the blog header, click on the “Click here if you don’t see the Amazon banner” link. It should now do what you need.

    8. Mike K Says:

      I did and bought some stuff. I do almost all shopping on-line.

    9. Jonathan Says:

      Much appreciated.