Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson is a solid read. No doubt some will be offended by his overt support of the benefits of the British Empire. However, I give him credit for the effort to present an assessment of the pros and cons of the Empire even if it will no doubt be unpopular with some people. I found this to be a very solid history, and I recommend it for anyone interested in world history.
The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobsen is well researched, but the author’s political agenda detracted from the book. I think we all understand that DARPA’s primary goal is to design weapons for the US military. I am not sure the DARPA deserves to be presented as a villain for an issue with which society as a whole needs to grapple. However, I do give the author credit for her efforts to inform that public debate, and she does make a good point that the development of these systems does not get the public discussion that it merits.
Just finished Machine, Platform, Crowd by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. Very good read as an overview of current trends in technology and their impact on society. If I fault it for anything it was that it really covered a lot of common ground. However, that could be that I have already read a bunch of books in this genre.