New Books, April 2014

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Scott McCartney, ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World’s First Computer (1999) – “A real-life techno thriller” it says, which I doubt. Still more to pile on to the ‘HISTORY / COMPUTERS’ stack.

Harry Thurston, A Place for the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh (2004) – “Few pleasures match the closely observed account of a year in some particular place.”

Fred Moody, I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year with Microsoft on the Multimedia Frontier (1995) – ‘Multimedia,’ among other words we have abandoned along the information superhighway. Microsoft Encarta on CD-ROM and other anachronisms.

Frederick Taylor, The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 (2006)

John Banville, The Infinities (2009) – This was just $1.50 at a thrift shop, my fourth beautiful John Banville novel, of which I have read just one, long ago, in 2009.

Giles Slade, Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America (2006) – For filing between my computer/history books and my sociology/garbage books.

Dana Thomas, Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster (2007) – A supplementary text to Cheap, which I read in April. “Globalization, capitalization, class, and culture”

Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War (2001) – Germ warfare and what to do about it.

Susan Delacourt, Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them (2013) – Not quite my day job, thankfully. Susan Delacourt wrote what is maybe my favourite book about politics in Canada: Juggernaut: Paul Martin’s Campaign for Jean Chretien’s Crown.

Bob Stanley, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop (2013) – 700+ pages about pop music from 1952 to 2000, written by 1/3 of my favourite pop band, Saint Etienne. What a tremendous thing.

Jeffery Kluger, Moon Hunters: NASA’s Remarkable Expeditions to the Ends of the Solar System (1999) – All about moons: how cool they are and how we found out about them.

Lucien Bouchard, On The Record (1994) – Who is Lucien Bouchard, and how did he move from Mulroney’s cabinet to the Bloc? I remember him as the ultimate political boogeyman in the early 1990s.

Dick Cheney, In My Time (2011) – My third book about Dick Cheney – by Dick Cheney. The most plainly evil man to seek and achieve high office in my memory. Did you know, they had to disable an function of his new pacemaker to prevent it from being ‘hacked’?

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Olivia Manning, The Balkan Trilogy (1960; 1962; 1965) – “Unanimously acclaimed” it says, which again I doubt. “A vivid and exciting re-creation of civilian life in wartime Europe” to pose against Helen MacInnes, Eric Ambler, Alan Furst – what people did if they stayed out of war. I’ve known about this collection for years and finally found it for $4 at the Salvation Army in View Royal.

Mike Harcourt and John Lekich, Plan B: One Man’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph (2004) – For the library.

David Spaner, Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest (2003) – A reference text; not something I can imagine ever wanting to sit down to read, but part of a BC library nonetheless.

Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm, and Jeffery M. O’Brien, Making the World Work Better: The Ideas that Shaped a Century and a Company (2011) – A corporate history of IBM, not for sale or extra-corporate distribution, judging by the lack of a barcode or ISBN number. These were distributed to employees in 2011 on the company’s 100th anniversary, according to the letter inside; “Dear Canadian IBMer.” From the Value Village.

Matt Hern, Watch Yourself: Why Safer Isn’t Always Better (2007) – the surveillance society, from East Vancouver.

Mike Aspey, What’s All This Got To Do With The Price Of 2x4s? (2006) – All about forestry in BC, for a former Forests DM and head of CoFI.

Anne Edwards, Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women about Politics (2008) – An anecdotal history of BC women in politics.

Pratap Chatterjee, Halliburton’s Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War (2009) – How evil does evil get?

Sherry Turkle, The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (1984) – The prequel to Life on the Screen and Alone Together – making a nice triptych over 30 years.

Richard Rhodes, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (1995) – The sequel to The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which I still have not read.

Harry Swain, Oka: A Political Crisis and Its Legacy (2010) – “The definitive history of the uprising that laid open the rot of Canadian Indian policy” written by the then-DM of the Ministry of Indian Affairs. Precisely the sort of book that more people in politics need to write.

Dick Spencer, Trumpets and Drums: John Diefenbaker on the Campaign Trail (1994) – Three more books about politics, from Value Village.

Michael Bryant, 28 Seconds: A True Story of Addiction, Tragedy, and Hope (2012) – The former Attorney General of Ontario, reframing his career for a comeback after he killed a guy on a bike.

Sasha Isenberg, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (2012) – It’s all in here, guys, really, it’s all in here, isn’t it?

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15 books from BC Book Day at the Legislature and two books for my birthday from one of my favourite – and one of BC’s very best – MLAs who will have his own book in a similar stack one day.

Truman Green, A Credit to your Race (1973) – A novel.

David Chariandy, Soucouyant (2007) – Another novel.

Danda Humphreys, Government Street: Victoria’s Heritage Mile (2013)

Arno Kopecky, The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway (2013)

Harold Kalman and Robin Ward, Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide (2012) – The third in a series: 1970s; 1990s; 2010s.

ed. Trevor Carolan, Making Waves: Reading BC and Pacific Northwest Literature (2010)

Kate Braid, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World (2012) – I attended a talk of hers at the Surrey Writers’ Festival in 1999.

Andrew Burtch, Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence (2013)

Jack Lohman, Museums at the Crossroads? Essays on Cultural Institutions in a Time of Change (2013)

ed. Jane Wilde and Lou Allison, Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love, and Survival on British Columbia’s North Coast (2013)

Rick Hudson, A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone, and Mineral Sites of British Columbia Volume 1: Vancouver Island (1997)

Gordon Hak, The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle (2013)

Sean Kheraj, Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History (2013)

Daniel Francis, The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture (1992; 2nd ed. 2011)

George Bowering, Baseball Love (2006)

David Ricardo Williams, Mayor Gerry: The Remarkable Gerald Grattan McGeer (1986)

David Stouck, Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (2013)

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