Lots of fiction of late, particularly Frank Herbert's Dune novels, which are quite interesting. Also sitting on the nightstand is Martin Meredith's The Fate of Africa, which seems quite good from what little delving I've done into it. Of a different flavor, Michael MacCambridge's America's Game features the interesting story of how the NFL surpassed the National Pastime (my review here).
Oh, I forgot that Adrian Goldsworthy has a new biography of Caesar out. Everything Goldsworthy has written has been good, and it just got a good review in the WSJ (past couple days, I think). His Punic Wars is also strongly recommended.
The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier by John Grenier
Just started it last night and it is excellent. It looks at the military tradition from the 1600s to about 1814 that involved three main elements, extirpative warfare, the development of ranger units using Indian tactics, and scalp hunting as a means of privatizing war (bounties were offered for scalps, so ranger companies were often created as economic enterprises.)
The Birth of Fascist Ideology: From Cultural Rebellion to Political Revolution by Zeev Sternhell.
Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery by Sam Calagione
Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World by Ken Wilbur
Sam Adams: Pioneer in Propaganda by John Miller
Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in WW2 by Bernard Wasserstein
# posted by Anonymous : Thursday, 26 October, 2006
I read the "Diamond Age" because of your post about it a while back Lexington.
Tom mentioned "The Fate Of Africa", which is excellent reading as well.
Storm of Steel was a memoir by a German officer about his war experience. It is the antithesis of All Quiet. Junger found the war a basically positive experience! I found the book at once insane and mesmerizing. By the way, the argument that the British Army was inept will find no support here. Someone is being blown to bits by British artillery on virtually every page.
Barone's Our Country is an under-appreciated classic.