May 2021 Reading List
I have already written about Maxwell in Fall’s book and it is a highlight of this month. There’s not a dud here and I’d happily recommend them all. East West Street is an interesting historical exploration of genocide and families torn apart in the mid-20th century. I’ve been wanting to read an accessible account of the Cuban missile crisis for a while and Plokhy, who wrote the excellent book on Chernobyl, delivers with gusto in Nuclear Folly.
I’ve read Nutt’s book before and it is excellent, though there are some wrinkles in it. Rusbridger is his usual calm and rational self, if a little verbose, but the A to Z nature of News keeps it all moving briskly. And, The Knowledge is brilliant — an incredible compendium that shows just how far we’ve come with science and technology. It offers insights on every page.
- East West Street by Phillippe Sands
- Drugs Without the Hot Air (2nd ed) by David Nutt
- The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo M. Cipolla
- Fall by Andrew Preston
- Nuclear Folly by Serhii Plokhy
- News: And How to Use It by Alan Rusbridger
- The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell