Adventures in Boundary Conditions

Permeating the World in a Particularly Unsubtle Way

Book List

Table of Contents

Last updated: 2018/04/07

1 2018

The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff
Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language Richard M Roberts
Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service, Third Edition Harry W. Kopp
Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror Helen C Epstein
The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda Ali H Soufan
Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq's Oil Weath Eric Banco
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962 Alistair Horne
A History of the Middle East Peter Mansfield
Dear Committee Members Julie Schumacher
Memories of Theoretical Physicist Joseph Polchinski
Alone in the Ocean Slava Kurilov
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty Daron Acemoglu
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History Thomas Barfield
The Ghost Map Steven Johnson
Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State Justin Jacobs
Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict Marieke Brandt
Foreign Devils on the Silk Road Peter Hopkirk
On Gravity: A Brief Tour of a Weighty Subject A. Zee

2 2017

When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi ★★★★★
Law's Abnegation Adrian Vermeule ★★★★
High Performance Browser Networking Ilya Grigorik ★★★★★
Zero Day: The Threat in Cyberspace Robert O'Harrow Jr. ★★★
Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World Haruki Murakami ★★★★
Paper Tigers: China's Nuclear Posture Jeffery Lewis ★★★★★
Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World Trevor Paglen ★★★★
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right Angela Nagel ★★★★
The Field Study Handbook Jan Chipchase ★★★★★
The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century Adam Kirsch ★★★
The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen Atossa Araxia Abrahamian ★★★★
Why Wall Street Matters William D. Cohan ★★
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Joushua Foer ★★★
Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish: Essays Tom McCarthy ★★★
Outpatients Sasha Issenberg ★★★★
A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen Basharat Peer ★★★★
Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters Harold Evans ★★★
Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia Anne Garrels ★★★★
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change Elizabeth Kolbert ★★★
Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade Haley Sweetland Edwards ★★★★★
Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism Nato Thompson ★★★★
Blind Spot Teju Cole ★★★★
Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia Alexander Cooley ★★★★★
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino ★★★★
Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and The Chinese Dream Clay Shirky ★★★★★
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software Charles Petzold ★★★
Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and the Aftermath Annel Garrels ★★★★★
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest Zenyenp Tufekci ★★★★★
The Song of the Dodo David Quammen ★★★★
Coup d'État Edward Luttwak ★★★★★
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes Anad Gopal ★★★★★
Listening in: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age Susan Landau ★★★★★
Letters from Burma Aung San Suu Kyi ★★★★
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read Pierre Bayard ★★★★
Children of Paradise: The struggle for the Soul of Iran Laura Secor ★★★★★
Above the Timberline Gregory Manchess ★★★★

3 2016

The Nature of Code Daniel Shiffman ★★★★
Introduction to Modern Cryptography Jonathan Katz & Yehuda Lindell ★★★★★
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Apporach F. Kurose James ★★★★
Playing Dead: A Journel Through the World of Death Fraud Elizabeth Greenwood ★★★
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan ★★★
The Stormlight Archive Brandon Sanderson ★★★★