Book List – 2018

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

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

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

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