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This page contains lists of books that I am currently reading or have read.

Books I have read

  • Ivan's War: The Red Army 1939–1945, by Catherine Merridale, Faber & Faber, 2005.
  • The Old Way: A Story of the First People, by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sarah Crichton Books, New York, 2006.
  • The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants, Anna Pavord, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Perfectly Reasonable Deviations (From the Beaten Track): The Letters of Richard P. Feynman, edited and with an introduction by Michelle Feynman, foreword by Timothy Ferris, Basic Books, 2005.
  • A Writer at War: Wassily Grossman with the Red Army 1941–1945, edited and translated by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova, Pimlico 2006
  • THUD!, by Terry Pratchett, Corgi Adult, 2005
  • Security and Usability, by Lorrie Cranor and Simson Garfinkel (Eds.), O’Reilly, 2005.
  • In the Lion’s Court: Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the Court of Henry VIII, by Derek Atkins, Pimlico.
  • Der Brand: Deutschland im Bombenkrieg 1940–1945, by Jörg Friedrich, List Taschenbücher, 2004. A very depressing book, but also very interesting because it illuminates a side of the second world war that was unknown to me.
  • Orcs, Omnibus Edition, by Stan Nicholls, Gollancz, 2004. Yawn. I bought it because it promised something different from the usual. In the end a deus ex machina had to explain everything and the fighting scenes were horrible. Put a throwing knife into someone’s eye at thirty paces? Come on! I took it with me on a holiday trip and threw it away while I was there so I’d save some weight.
  • Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War, by Gordon Corrigan, Weidenfeld Military, 2004. The only war book that I have put aside after some pages. The basic hypothesis is that the public perception of the Great War as a useless slaughter of Britain’s youth is wrong. The hypothesis may be true, but I don’t like the smart-alecky tone, or the lack of neutrality.
  • Kindheit in Ostpreußen, by Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, btb, 1998.
  • The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks, Picador, 1986.
  • Berlin–Moskau: Eine Reise zu Fuß, by Wolfgang Büscher, rororo, 2006. A man walks from Berlin to Moscow, walking parallel to Napoleon’s army and (more importantly) treading in the steps of Army Group Centre.
  • The Second World War, by John Keegan, Pimlico
  • (Infantry) Attacks, by Erwin Rommel, Athena Press (English Edition, not available in German)
  • Stalingrad, by Antony Beevor, Penguin, 1998
  • Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma, with a new Epilogue 50 Years On, by George MacDonald Fraser, HarperCollins, 2000.
  • The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde, Hodder and Stoughton, 2006.
  • The Great Mortality : An Intimate History of the Black Death, by John Kelly, Harper Collins
  • A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies, by James Bamford, Anchor Books
  • Fiddlers and Whores: The Candid Memoirs of a Surgeon in Nelson’s Fleet, by James Lowry, Chatham Publishing
  • Looking for Jake, by China Miéville, Del Rey, 2005.
  • The Shakespearean Ciphers Examined, by William F. Friedman and Elizebeth Friedman, Cambridge University Press, 1957.
  • A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, by Captain Charles Johnson (introduction and commentary by David Cordingly), Conway Maritime Press, 1998.
  • By The Sword, by Richard Cohen, Modern Library, 2002.
  • Berlin: The Downfall 1945, by Antony Beevor, Penguin, 2003.
  • Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson, Morrow, 1999.
  • Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson, Morrow, 2003
  • The Confusion, by Neal Stephenson, Morrow, 2004.
  • The System of the World, by Neal Stephenson, Morrow, 2004.
  • Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker, by William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin and Aviel D. Rubin, Second Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2003.
  • Inside Network Perimeter Security / The Definitive Guide to Firewalls, VPNs, and Intrusion Detection Systems, by Stephen Northcutt, Lenny Zeltser, Scott Winters, Karen Kent Frederick, and Ronald W. Ritchey, New Riders, 2003.
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics.
  • Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience.
  • A Rage To Live: A Biography Of Richard And Isabel Burton.
  • sendmail, by Brian Costales with Eric Allman.
  • Das Jahrhundert der Obszönität, by Gerhard Henschel and Eckhard Henscheid.

Books currently on my reading list

These are books that I have begun to read but which I haven't yet finished. I don't complete every book that I begin to read, so some books might be here for a long time.

  • The Wars of Napoleon, by Thomas E. Griess (Ed.), Square One Publishers, 2003.
  • Römische Geschichte, by Theodor Mommsen, Zweitausendeins, new edition 2006.

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