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  • What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (April 2016)

    Posted by Jonathan on May 10th, 2016 (All posts by )

    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.)

    Your book and non-book Amazon purchases help to support this blog via the Amazon Associates program. Chicago Boyz earns a percentage on all of your Amazon purchases as long as you get to the Amazon site by clicking on Amazon links on this blog (including the Amazon banner in the blog header, the link above the Amazon banner, and even Amazon links on Chicago Boyz for products other than the ones that you want to buy).


    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 Responses to “What Chicago Boyz Readers Are Reading (April 2016)”

    1. morgan Says:

      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. Mike K Says:

      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. Mike K Says:

      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. Xennady Says:

      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. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      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.