Book List 2018

Here is a non-exhaustive list of books I read in 2018. Almost all books I read electronically, the odd one I listen to as an audio book. I’d rather read the real thing, wouldn’t we all, but I consume so much material that it is just cheaper and easier to use my Kindle app. I’ve given away hundreds if not thousands of books over the years and every time it breaks my heart a little. These days I am judicious in the books I purchase in hard copy and keep on my tiny book shelf, if I really love one I read on Kindle I will buy it and add it to the collection.

January

The Bushman’s Bible – Dave Baldwin

Operational test: Honing the edge – David Gledhill

How to win friends and influence people in the digital age – Dale Carnegie (audio)

F-4 Phantom: A pilot’s story – Robert Prest

A modern classic of aviation, highly recommended? Prest writes beautifully. 

Anti-natalism, rejectionist philosophy. From Buddhism to Benatar – Kenneth Coates

The miracle of Dunkirk – Walter Lord

How the mind works – Steven Pinker (audio and digital)

February

The selfish gene – Richard Dawkins

Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman

The Falklands War – Martin Middlebrook

Hostile Skies – David Morgan

RAF Harrier – ground attack Falklands – Jerry Pook

Forgotten voices of the Falklands War – Hugh McManners (audio)

March

Scram – Harry Benson

To few too far – George Thomsen, Malcom Angel

Artemis – Andy Weir (audio)

Falklands Commando – Hugh McManners

Fighter Pilot – Robin Olds

April

War – Sebastian Junger

The Dead Hand: The untold story of the cold war arms race and its dangerous legacy – David E. Hoffman

This is a must read for anyone interested in the existential threat of nuclear war. 

Raven Rock – Garret M. Graff (audio and print)

May

Why we sleep – Matthew Walker

Crime and punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn (print)

The Big Picture: On the origins of life, meaning and the universe itself – Sean Carroll

June

438 Days: An extraordinary true story of survival at sea – Jonathan Franklin

Bringing Columbia home: The untold story of a lost Space Shuttle and her crew – Michael D. Leinbach 

The happiness curve: Why life gets better after 50 – Jonathan Rauch

July

Raven One – Kevin Miller

High desert reflections – Kevin Miller

Declared hostile – Kevin Miller

August

The limit: Ejection over the desert – Robert Prest

The man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sacks

Wider than the sky: The phenomenal gift of consciousness – Gerald Edelman

Second nature: Brain science and human knowledge – Gerald Edelman

Brilliant air brilliant fire: On the matter of the mind – Gerald Edelman

We were soldiers once and young: Ia Drang – the battle that changed the war in Vietnam – Harold Moore

American sniper – Chris Kyle

The last punisher: A SEAL team three sniper’s true account of the Battle of Ramadi – Kevin Lacz

September

The operator: Firing the shots that killed Osama bin Laden and my years as a SEAL team warrior – Robert O’Neill

Fight Fight – Kevin Miller

Lone survivor: The eyewitness account of operation Redwing and the lost heros of SEAL team 10 – Marcus Luttrell

The regiment: 15 years in the SAS – Rusty Firmin

Kisses from nimbus: From SAS to MI6 an autobiography – P. J. Riley

There is so much about this book I am sceptical of but it was an enjoyable read.

October

Foxtrot in Kandahar: A memoir of a CIA officer in Afghanistan at the inception of America’s longest war – Duane Evans

Guadalcanal diary – Richard Tregaskis

Tinker tailor soldier spy – John le Carré

Escape the wolf: Preemptive personal security handbook – Clinton Emerson

November

Discipline equals freedom: Field manual – Jocko Willink

Fields of fire – James Webb

Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine – Derren Brown

The dichotomy of leadership – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin