William Gibson, Burning Chrome (1986) – Short stories from 1981-1985. An alternate history of Vancouver? Not who we were but who we thought we couldn’t help but end up as?
John Doyle, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (2005) – “As much post-McLuhan fable as Irish memoir”
Douglas Hunter, Double Double: How Tim Horton’s Became a Canadian Way of Life, One Cup at a Time (2012) – I’ve written before about Tim Horton’s at Kandahar, a perfect little synthesis of mythmaking. What a pile of garbage it all is.
James Gleick, What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier (2002) – Essays from The New York Times on computers from an amazing decade, 1992-2001. US History #1
William Gibson, Count Zero (1986)
Mark Leibovich, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital (2013) – US History #2
David Aaronovitch, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History (2010) – US History #3
Patrick Tyler, A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East – from the Cold War to the War on Terror (2010) – US History #4
Annie Jacobsen, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base (2011) – US History #5 (and a counterpart to #3)
Steve Coll, The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century (2008) – US History #6