What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (January 2016)

Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos that Chicago Boyz readers viewed and/or ordered in January 2016 via Amazon links on this blog. (A cumulative list of Chicago Boyz readers’ Amazon purchases is here.)

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Amazon Instant Video
Rocky IV

Two Swords

(THE HELLHOUND OF WALL STREET) How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance by Perino, Michael(Author)Hard

Between the East and West: Across The Borderlands Of Europe

Concept of the Corporation

Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management

George Washington’s Generals and Opponents: Their Exploits and Leadership

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

On Economics and Society: Selected Essays (Phoenix Series)

Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American

Star Wars: The Essential Atlas

Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse Of Global Transformation

Rome: The Complete Series (BD) [Blu-ray]

Time Warp: Season 1

Time Warp: Season 2

Kindle eBooks
At the Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition (Modern Library Classics)

Defensive Chess Patterns, playing from an inferior Position: one Piece down, so what?

Discovering H.P. Lovecraft

Encyclopedia of Chess Patterns, part 1: 101 PATTERNS

Field of Blood: A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery 9

Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (movie tie-in) (Movie Tie-in Editions)

The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

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

The Rational Optimist (P.S.)

The Square Root of God

The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Tactics: The U.S. Naval Institute Wheel Book Series (The U.S Naval Institute Wheel Book Series)

USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser: Guadalcanal 1942 (Duel)

War Music: An Account of Homer’s Iliad

When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without

Items with no orders
25 Shoto-Kan Kata

A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine

A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping

A Fatalist at War

A Gossip’s Story (Valancourt Classics)

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918

A Man in Full

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

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

A Terrorist’s Call to Global Jihad: Deciphering Abu Musab al-Suri’s Islamic Jihad Manifesto

A Tour of Washington, D.C.: Travel guide for the unique stories behind the monuments, museums & neighborhoods

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

Adelsverein: The Complete Trilogy

Alone: Book 1: Facing Armageddon

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 Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

American Slavery, American Freedom

American Strategy in World War II: A Reconsideration

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

And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side

Best Easy Day Hikes Washington, D.C. (Best Easy Day Hikes Series)

Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe

Bitter Waters: Life And Work In Stalin’s Russia

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

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

Bowie: A Biography

Breaking Stalin’s Nose

Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2)

Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Charles Darwin: A Biography, Vol. 1 – Voyaging

Charles Darwin:The Power of Place

China’s Examination Hell: The Civil Service Examinations of Imperial China

Climate Change: The Facts

Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students

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

Concept of the Corporation


Darkness at Noon: A Novel

Day of Wrath

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

Death Is Lighter than a Feather

Defying Hitler: A Memoir

Eggs are Expensive, Sperm is Cheap: 50 Politically Incorrect Thoughts for Men

Every Man Dies Alone: A Novel

Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture

First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps (Bluejacket Books)

Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

Generational Dynamics: Forecasting America’s Destiny

George F. Kennan: An American Life

Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

Godel’s Proof

Gone Like The Cotton

Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography

Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for my Pillow (Bantam War Book Series)

Herman the German: Just Lucky I Guess

How to Read and Why

Ice Cold in Alex

In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks: . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government

India: A History

Infantry Attacks

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

It Might Get Loud Blu-ray

James Madison

Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe

Last to Die: A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the Last American Killed in World War II

Little Man, What Now

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry

Maiden Voyage

Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition)

Modern Classics Storm of Steele (Penguin Modern Classics)

Moment of Truth in Iraq: How a New ‘Greatest Generation’ of American Soldiers is Turning Defeat and Disaster into Victory and Hope

Muscle Shoals Blu-ray

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

Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories By Richard Matheson

No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb

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

On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance

On the Rails: A Woman’s Memoir

One Year After: A Novel


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

Over Fields of Fire: Flying the Sturmovik in Action on the Eastern Front 1942-45

Patton’s Air Force: Forging a Legendary Air-Ground Team

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

Radical Son: A Journey Through Our Times from Left to Right

Ravens in Winter

Rebel Private: Front And Rear: Memoirs Of A Confederate Soldier

Red Sky, Black Death: A Soviet Woman Pilot’s Memoir of the Eastern Front

Rider on a White Horse

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

Rockets and People – Volume I

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

Romans and Aliens

Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar

Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible

Shakespeare After All

Ship Killer: A History of the American Torpedo

Silent Mountain

Sound City Blu-ray

Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Submission: A Novel

Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism

Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism

Sunset & Steel Rails

Sword at Sunset (Rediscovered Classics)

Ten Years’ Captivation with the Mahdi’s Camps: Essays on Muslim Eschatology, 2005-2015

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

The Bell Jar

The Book of Fires: A Novel

The Book of Five Rings

The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It

The Chronicles of Luna City

The Closing of the American Mind

The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology)

The Columbian Orator

The Decline and Fall of California: From Decadence to Destruction (Victor Davis Hanson Collection Book 2)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-6 (Everyman’s Library)

The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West

The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure

The English Spy

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 Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

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

The Great Courses: (Winston) Churchill

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust

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

The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers: The Foraging Spectrum

The Messenger (Gabriel Allon series Book 6)

The Mind and its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction)

The Old Regime and the French Revolution

The Ordeal of Change

The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm

The Pattern of the Chinese Past

The Pretty One

The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges–and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates

The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

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

The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents–The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)

The Roman Empire, 27 B.C.-A.D. 476: A Study in Survival

The Scholars of Night

The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (ColumbiaHurst)

The Social Conquest of Earth

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion

The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

The Wars for Asia, 1911-1949

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

The Wrecking Crew Blu-ray

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

The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate, 1889

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

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

This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

Tibet Unconquered: An Epic Struggle for Freedom

Twenty Jataka Tales

Wag the Dog: A Novel

War Stories: 50 Years in Medicine

War: Ends and Means, Second Edition

Washington’s Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)

Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

What is Life (Canto Classics)

What’s the Matter with Kansas: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism

Wind, Sand and Stars (Harvest Book)

Wolf Among Wolves

Women beyond the wire: A story of prisoners of the Japanese, 1942-1945

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

X-Day: Japan: Front Line Reporting at the Greatest Invasion and the Dawn of Nuclear Warfare (X-Day: Operation Olympic Book 1)

how nature works: the science of self-organized criticality

5 thoughts on “What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (January 2016)”

  1. I sat down the other night to watch the first episode of “Rome.” My wife was there too and both our jaws dropped at the opening scene of the sexual activity. I realized it must be a British series, even on HBO.

  2. All of HBO’s shows seem to include a certain amount of sex as a requirement these days. Not sure why, I don’t really think it adds anything. I will add that it’s a somewhat complex plot with a lot of characters interacting. It took me 2-3 episodes to feel like the story was really underway. I’ll also say I gave copies to my son and one of my daughters, both married and in their 30’s. Both liked it a lot.

  3. Well, it was entertaining , once the shock wore off. “The girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was pretty racy but still stopped short of frontal nudity.

    I understand a movie with actual sexual intercourse is shooting or soon will be in Hollywood. I expect the sex scenes will be shot somewhere else, of course, as Los Angeles is now requiring condoms and goggles in porn flicks.

  4. One eBook I thought I ordered through Chicago Boyz was Carlyle’s “On Heros and Heroism.” I’m half way through his series of lectures from 1840.

    This is a fantastic book! Very insightful. Not so much part of the “great men ARE history” school but it says a lot about the soul as driver of the course of human events.

    Great turns of phrases too. One example was of a decadent society – “Quacks pretending to command over dupes” – so true of today.

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

    I recently read this. The author interviews 10 former Nazis of the “little people” category. One conclusion: Hitler had a lot of popular support.

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