The New Map

[abp:1594206430:c:alignright]Author: Daniel Yergin Rating: [rating: 4/5] Throughout the human history, energy discovery and access has been a major source of human progress and conflict. Oil, because of its high energy density and relatively low cost of extraction, has been the object of competition among various countries. And the extremely uneven…

Genius Makers

[abp:1524742678:c:alignright]Author: Cade MetzRating: [rating: 4/5] A good introduction of the history of Artificial Intelligence, through the stories of the major players.

Medieval Europe: A Short History

[abp:0072955155:c:alignright]Author: Judith M. Bennett & C. Warren Hollister Rating: [rating: 4.5/5]

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

[abp:0465046711:c:alignright]Author: Serhii Plokhy Rating: [rating: 4/5] The author uses the first-hand materials and previous classified documents to outline a series of events between the failed coup in August 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet Union by the end of the year. He reveals that financial difficulties and independent movements…

Silk Road

[abp:B00XST7IX2:c:alignright]Author: Peter Frankopan Rating: [rating: 4/5] An epic view of the place between the east and the west, the place that has been the center of the world for thousands of years, connected by the trade and fought by the powers, where the civilizations met and collided. I wish the…

Dunkirk

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-eMt3SrfFU Handled the intertwined story lines skillfully. Rating: [rating: 3.5/5]

Sapiens

[abp:0062316095:c:alignright]Author: Yuval Noah Harari Rating: [rating: 4/5]

The Last Place on Earth

[abp:0375754741:c:alignright]Author: Roland Huntford Rating: [rating: 4.5/5] I saw this book in the library on our cruise ship to Antarctica. I bought the book after we came back from the trip and have been reading it on and off for the next one and half years. Although Amundsen was the first…

Downfall (Der Untergang)

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp1RXmM1-60 The human side of evils. Powerful and disturbing. Rating: [rating: 4.5/5]