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These are more books that I've found amusing, enlightening, or otherwise worthwhile. Given time, some of these selections could grow into pages of their own, so be sure to check back.

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and Thought-Provokers

Our Dumb Century:
The Onion Presents 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source

T. Herman Zweibel, Scott Dikkers, Mike Loew, and The Onion
Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?
Molly Ivins
Nothin' but Good Times Ahead
Molly Ivins
You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years
Molly Ivins
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
Will Cuppy

Books by Mike Finley

Acclaimed business and technology writer Mike Finley tells you all about the corporate future and high-tech from a human point of view.

The Businessperson's Guide to Controlling Technology--Before It Controls You

Mike Finley

Why Change Doesn't Work:
Why Initiatives Go Wrong and How to Try Again and Succeed

Mike Finley and Harvey Robbins

The New Why Teams Don't Work:
What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right

Mike Finley and Harvey Robbins



Also see the Indonesia Shelf for books on Indonesia.

Japan's War
Edwin P. Hoyt

A thorough and objective view of Japan in the years up to and including the Second World War, exploring the conflicting political and social currents of the time with extensive research in Japanese archives. A complex study much different than the one-sided histories many of us grew up with.

Virtual Tibet:
Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood

Orville Schell

A history not so much of Tibet as of the West's fascination with it, from Renaissance adventurers to Hollywood celebrities.

History of the Ojibway People
William W. Warren

A history from Native America written by one of their own in 1852--a story of Minnesota and Wisconsin that is not as far separated from us as we might think.

The Twelve Caesars
C. Suetonius Tranquillus (Robert Graves, trans.)

The careers of Julius Caesar, Augustus, and the first Roman emperors, warts and all, as recorded by Suetonius, in the talented translation by Robert Graves of "I, Claudius" fame.


Arts and Culture

Look of the Century:
Design Icons of the 20th Century

Michael Tambini

More of a history of society and technology than a history of "design".

Alchemy and Mysticism:
the Hermetic Museum

Alexander Roob

A broad journey through the esoteric signs and symbols of classic European art and culture.

The Conference of the Birds
Farid ud-Din Attar (Afkham Darbandi and Dick Davis, trans.)

The very best translation of this masterpiece of world literature from medieval Iran.

Romantic Music:
A Concise History from Schubert to Sibelius

Arnold Whittall

An excellent summary of the great music and composers of the period, their relations to each other and to the world around them.

Gustav Mahler : An Introduction to His Music
Deryck Cooke

The outstanding book on Mahler's works and career, by the late musicologist who was the world's foremost expert on the composer.


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