What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (April 2016)

Below is a list of the books, ebooks, music and videos that Chicago Boyz readers viewed and/or ordered in April 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
Independence Day

Audible Audiobooks
Alexander Hamilton

Our Lost Constitution

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

American Strategy in World War II: A Reconsideration

Bitter Waters: Life And Work In Stalin’s Russia

Journey Among Warriors

Medical-Surgical Nursing: Patient-Centered Collaborative Care, Single Volume, 8e

Once an Eagle

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

The Anglosphere: A Genealogy of a Racialized Identity in International Relations

The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work

Fawlty Towers Remastered Special Edition DVD

Kindle eBooks
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World

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

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

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

No Tech Hacking: A Guide to Social Engineering, Dumpster Diving, and Shoulder Surfing

Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue

The Brothers Karamazov

The Snapping of the American Mind: Healing a Nation Broken by a Lawless Government and Godless Culture

To Sail a Darkling Sea (Black Tide Rising Book 2)

Totalitaria: What If The Enemy Is The State?

U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure

Veil of Reality (Cadicle #2): An Epic Space Opera Series

Pres De Paris

The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, Volume 1: Hard-To-Get Hot 100 Hits From 1954-1963

The Golden Age Of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, Volume 3: Hot 100 Hits From 1954-1963

Items with no orders
In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire


25 Shoto-Kan Kata

A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine

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 1914-18

A Man in Full

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

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)

A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

Adelsverein: The Complete Trilogy

After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

Alas, Babylon

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

Americanism:The Fourth Great Western Religion

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

Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The Worlds

Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2)

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

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa

Darkness at Noon: A Novel

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

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

Discovering H.P. Lovecraft

Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

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

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

Endangered: Photo Ark 2016 BoxedDaily Calendar

Every Man Dies Alone

Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin

Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

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

Herman the German: Just Lucky I Guess

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

I Never Can Relax

Infantry Attacks

It Might Get Loud Blu-ray

John Witherspoon

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


Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

Maiden Voyage

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

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

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Muscle Shoals Blu-ray

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

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

On China

On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War

On War, Indexed Edition

Once an Eagle

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

Panther vs T-34: Ukraine 1943 (Duel)

Parallel Motion: A Biography of Nevil Shute Norway

Paris Stories (New York Review Books Classics)

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

People on Sunday (The Criterion Collection)

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

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

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Rockets and People Volume I

Rome: The Complete Series (BD) Blu-ray

Rough-Hewn Land: A Geologic Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains

Rough-Hewn Land: A Geologic Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains

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

The Anabasis of Cyrus

The Anatomy of Thatcherism

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

The Art of Self-Adjusting

The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator’s Deadly Return to Suburban America

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

The Brother’s Karamazov (The Unabridged Garnett Translation)

The Chronicles of Luna City

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

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

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

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

The Economic Consequences of the Peace

The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830-1970

The Essence of Scenarios

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

The General Theory Of Employment, Interest, And Money

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

The Laughing Policeman: My Brilliant Career in the New Zealand Police (The Laughing Policeman Series Book 1)

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

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

The Snows of Yesteryear (New York Review Books Classics)

The Square Root of God

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate, 1889

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

Time’s Arrow (Vintage International)

To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 (The Penguin History of Europe)

Trinity’s Child

Twenty Letters To A Friend

Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising Book 1)


Wag the Dog: A Novel

War Stories: 50 Years in Medicine

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


Xenophon’s Retreat: Greece, Persia, and the End of the Golden Age

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

  1. My current reading: How Can Man Die Better: The Secrets of Isandlwana Revealed, by Lt. Col. Mike Snook, and Like Wolves on the Fold:The Defense of Rorke’s Drift by the same author. The first book is Col. Snook’s analysis of the disastrous British defeat at Isandlwana in current South Africa by the Zulu’s in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. On January 22, 1879, the Zulu’s massacred the 1st battalion of the 24th Regiment of Foot, inflicting some 1200 fatalities on the British and their allied native forces contingents. The attack was immediately followed by the Zulu reserves late in the afternoon, the Undi corps, crossing the Buffalo River and attacking a company-sized detachment of Redcoats at a Lutheren mission station at Rorke’s Drift. Outnumber 30 to 1, the little band held out until British forces showed up in relief the following day. A total of 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded at Rorkes Drift and a 12th was warranted but the would-be recipient was killed in the battle and there were no procedures then for a posthumous award. Rorke’s Drift was memorialized in the 1964 movie Zulu, which was Michael Caine’s breakout role. I have been to both battle sites and Snook’s grasp of the ground of both and his expert military eye give a fresh and authentic ring to both books. His writing style is superb and I can say without hesitation that these two books are the current best that have been written on the two battles–and I’ve read a lot on them. Take that as a hearty plug for both.

  2. I’m reading some additional books on genetics.

    I read (and forgot to use the blog widget) The 10,000 Year Explosion.” a book on how genetics has revolutionized the understanding of evolution.

    It is a small book but is densely packed with information of genetics and evolution. I am now reading it for the third or fourth time in a week.

    For example, American Indians have been isolated for 10,000 years since they crossed into North America. As a result they have not been exposed to the infectious diseases that became common in Europe after agriculture was invented. They have a very small number of (maybe only one ) tissue type antigens, called HLA, and their resistance to common diseases of “The Old World” was very low. Some Indian populations had 90% mortality from smallpox, which has about a 30% mortality in Europeans. That is the reason why America was so easily colonized by Europeans.

    Africa is the opposite and sub Saharan Africa was never successfully colonized by Europeans, except the far south in South Africa which had a more moderate climate.

    The book is packed with similar information.

    White skin evolved in Europe and in Asia by different mutations after man left Africa which has a hot climate and little need for clothing. Vitamin D is synthesized in skin by sunlight and wearing clothing and living in higher latitudes requires lighter skin to absorb more UV radiation. Asia has a similar pattern of lighter skin with northern people but blue eyes and blond hair never appeared. The mutation is different in Asia.

    The Romans described Scottish natives with dark skin so the mutation may have occurred in historic times.

  3. I made the mistake of recommending the book to Jill and downloading it to her Kindle. Now she interrupts me every two minutes to tell me about some new fact she has learned.

  4. The 10,000 Year Explosion is a fascinating book, and for what it’s worth I second the recommendation.

    Anyway, Gregory Cochran blogs at West Hunter

    Henry Harpending- the other author- did also, but recently passed on.

  5. For example, American Indians have been isolated for 10,000 years since they crossed into North America. As a result they have not been exposed to the infectious diseases that became common in Europe after agriculture was invented.

    The Russians have been using the die-off of native Americans to disease as part of their anti-American propaganda to claim that Americans carried out a war of genocide against them. It’s been an effective bit of propaganda too, so much so that many Americans and Russians believe it’s true. Russia, the Empire of Lies.

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