Miscellaneous – Nonfiction

Reviews are listed by title.

I use “nonfiction” in the broadest sense — stuff the author wants you to believe.

“Raw Feeds” are essentially my lightly edited notes on a work.

4th Generation Warfare Handbook, William S. Lind and Lt. Col. Gregory A. Thiele, USMC. Review.

50 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen. Review.


Anthony Fokker: The Flying Dutchman Who Shaped American Aviation, Marc Dierikx. Review.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Review.

Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America, Alex Heard. Raw Feed.

Appearances of the Dead: A Cultural History of Ghosts, Ronald C. Finucane. Raw Feed.


Battle: A Visual Journey Through 5,000 Years of Combat, R. G. Grant. Review.

The Big Book of Jack the Ripper, ed. Otto Penzler. Review.

The Black Book of Communism, ed. Nicholas Werth et. al. Review.

The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia, James Palmer. Review.


Carl Friedrich Gauss, Tord Hall. Review.

Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth, Robert Anton Wilson. Raw Feed.

Cosmic Trigger III: My Life After Death, Robert Anton Wilson. Raw Feed.

The Crusade of Richard I, T. A. Archer. Review.


Death Rays and the Popular Media, 1876-1939: A Study of Directed Energy Weapons in Fact, Fiction and Film, William J. Fanning, Jr. Review.

The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity, Jeffrey Burton Russell. Review.

Disaster in Korea: The Chinese Confront MacArthur, Roy E. Appleman. Review.

Disputed Earth: Geology and Trench Warfare on the Western Front 1914-1918, Peter Doyle. Review.

Down from the Attic: Rare Thrillers of the Silent Era through the 1950s, John T. Soister and Henry Nicolella. Review.


Fascism: The Career of a Concept, Paul Gottfried. Review.

Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages, Doug Macdougall. Review.


Geology on the Lewis & Clark Trail in North Dakota, John W. Hoganson and Edward C. Murphy. Review.

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, Paul M. Barrett. Review.

Great Plains Geology, R. F. Diffendal Jr. Review.

The Great Siege, Malta 1565, Ernle Bradford. Review.

Gun Guys: A Road Trip, Dan Baum. Review.


A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C. — 1603 A.D., Simon Schama. Review.

A History of Britain, Volume 2: The Wars of the British, 1603 — 1776, Simon Schama. Review.

A History of Britain, Volume 3: The Fate of Empire 1776 — 2000, Simon Schama. Review.


If It Had Happened Otherwise, ed. J. C. Squire. Raw Feed.

The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance Between Autism and Psychosis, Christopher Badcock. Review.


London: A Biography, Peter Ackroyd. Review.

Lost Continents & the Hollow Earth, Richard Shaver and David Hatcher Childress. Review.


The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, Hitler, and the Nature of Leadership, John Keegan. Review.

Moment of Battle: The Twenty Clashes That Changed the World, James Lacey and Williamson Murray. Review.

Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms, Eugenia Bone. Review.


The Nazis and the Occult, Dusty Sklar. Raw Feed.

The Nazi War on Cancer, Robert N. Proctor. Review.

Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate, Rose George. Review.

North Dakota’s Geological Legacy, John P. Bluemle. Review.


Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics, John Derbyshire. Review.

Profoundly Erotic: Sexy Movies That Changed History, Joe Bob Briggs. Review.


The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Gordon S. Wood. Review.

The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life, Andy Raskin. Review.


Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, Annalee Newitz. Review.

The Servile State, Hilaire Belloc. Review.

Skull in the Ashes: Murder, a Gold Rush Manhunt, and the Birth of Circumstantial Evidence in America, Peter Kaufman. Review.

Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America, Peter Andreas. Review.

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, Patrick Radden Keefe. Review.

Swarm Troopers: How Small Drones Will Conquer the World, David Hambling. Review.


Them: Adventures with Extremists, Jon Ronson. Review.

Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius, Gary Lachman. Review.


Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr. Review.

We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism, John Derbyshire. Review.

We: Robot: The Robots That Already Rule Our World, David Hambling. Review.

What If?: The World’s Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, ed. Robert Cowley. Raw Feed.


The Years of Great Silence: The Deportation, Special Settlement, and Mobilization into the Labor Army of Ethnic Germans in the USSR, 1941-1955, J. Otto Pohl. Review.