Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

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

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.