March 16, 2017

Filling My Kindle


There's lots of reading time while traveling as you're getting from one place to another (except when cycling, of course). No requirement to navigate or drive during the overland trips.  The free time allows me to fill my knowledge gaps. For example, I know very little about the civil war in Yugoslavia or the Vietnam War, therefore, I downloaded a few books on the subjects. With almost two years of traveling planned, I hope I'll be able to close some of these personal knowledge gaps.

Economics
“The Economic History of Latin America Since Independence” Victor Bulmer-Thomas
“The Great Crash 1929” John Kenneth Galbraith
“The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generation” Pew Research and Paul Taylor

Politics
“White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America” Nancy Isenberg           
“Fractured: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide” Joy-Ann Reid
“Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happen to the Party of the People” Thomas Frank
“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” J.D. Vance
 “Stranger in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” Arlie Russell Hochschild
“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” Joby Warrick

African-American
“The Mis-Education of the Negro” Carter Godwin Woodson
“Native Sons” Richard Wright
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
“No god, but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam” Reza Asian
“Souls: A Genealogical Collection” Gwendolyn J. Hatcher

Vietnam War
“Dispatches” Michael Herr
“The Things They Carried” Tim O’Brien

Former Yugoslavia
“The Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” Samantha Powers
“The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return” Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro
Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War” Peter Maass – Hardcopy

Art
“Jackson Pollack: An American Saga” Gregory Smith Steven Naifeh
“Van Gogh: The Life” Gregory Smith Steven Naifeh
“Diane Arbus: A Biography” Patricia Bosworth
“The Magic of Angel Acosta Leon” Rosa A Chediak

Entertainment
“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Díaz
“Behind the Beautiful Forever: Life, death and hope in a Mumbai Undercity” Katherine Boo
“Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” Michael Lewis
“Picture Perfect” Kordale Lewis
“Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” David Sedaris

Sailing
“Sailing for Dummies” Peter Isler and JJ Isler
“Buy, Outfit, and Sail” Cap’n Fatty Goolander

Biographies
“American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” Jon Meacham
“Hitler: Ascent 1889 - 1939” by Volker Ullrich

Travel
“Breaking Borders: Travels in Pursuit of an Impossible Record” James Asquith
“1000 Places to See Before You Die” Patricia Schultze
“Funny Boy” by Shyam Selvaduri
“Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris to Farmhouse” Ann Mah
“The Essential Guide to Being Polish” Anna Spysz and Marta Turek

Dating
“The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality” Rachel Hills
“Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game” Jon Birger
“Modern Romance” Eric Klinenberg and Aziz Ansari

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