Non-Fiction

Blitzkrieg by Lloyd Clark

Blitzkrieg by Lloyd ClarkBlitzkrieg is a book which seeks to somewhat demythologise one of the most well-known, and perhaps lionised parts of World War 2 history – the German tactics during the early years or months of the war which gave them such an advantage over their largely unprepared, or underpowered adversaries. Anyone who has had even the... Read More »

Milat: Inside Australia’s Biggest Manhunt by Clive Small

Milat: Inside Australia’s Biggest Manhunt by Clive SmallIvan Milat is an infamous name in Australian history, as probably the most well-known of Australia’s serial killers. Active throughout the late 80s and early-mid 90s, he kidnapped a number of backpackers, or hitchhikers, before taking them into the nearby Balanglo State Forest, sexually assaulting them and murdering them. The author of this book –... Read More »

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua Kurlantzick

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua KurlantzickThanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. A Great Place to Have a War is a history of the lesser-known south-east Asian conflict which took place in Laos, during roughly the same period that the Vietnam War was going on (give or take). While post-world war 2... Read More »

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim ZetterCountdown to Zero Day is the story of what is touted as the world’s first cyber weapon – a targeted computer attack against the nuclear program in Iran which was launched by operatives of the US government. As someone with an interest in computers and internet security matters in general, this was right up my... Read More »

Irregular War by Paul Rogers

Irregular War by Paul RogersI received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I Don’t Know… am really not sure how to feel about this book, and the more I thought about it, something came to mind — the delicious lyrics and worldly wisdom of Ozzy Osbourne. I would say... Read More »

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’NeilWhether we like it or not, we live in a modern age where most things are controlled in some way or another, by an algorithm, formula, or mysterious black maths box of doom, according to the author. This is known as the age of ‘Big Data’ and – again, according to the author – if... Read More »

Tastes like Chicken by Emelyn Rude

Tastes like Chicken by Emelyn RudeI don’t really know what brought me to pick up this book, other than the fact that chicken is probably my favourite type of meat, and I guess I had – somewhat naively I guess – always assumed that the path of chicken from domestication to our dinner plates has been a straightforward affair. Tastes... Read More »

Killing for Sport by Pat Brown

Killing for Sport by Pat BrownA convenient set of Frequently (Apparently) Asked Questions about the lives, loves and crimes of serial killers, as written by someone with a particular agenda to push. Littered with quotes from serial killers themselves, as well as real world examples, Killing for Sport is a somewhat blandly-written look at the world of murderers. I guess... Read More »

Code Warriors by Stephen Budiansky

Code Warriors by Stephen BudianskyI guess when reading any non-fiction work one needs to consider whether there are any hidden agendas going on behind the scenes, and evaluate the material being presented accordingly. I guess with a book about the classified world of the NSA one can only expect some sort of shenanigans. Looking at the cover the book... Read More »

The Sea Wolves by Lars Brownworth

The Sea Wolves by Lars BrownworthThe Sea Wolves is subtitled A History of the Vikings, and is an attempt at covering the influence and reach of a group of figures who have become somewhat mythologised through popular culture and society in general. I guess when we hear the word Vikings, it immediately brings to mind a particular image, and certain... Read More »

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