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Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
A history of a somewhat lesser known part of the world. The author seemed to get rather cranky about any iconoclasts.
The Hiding Place
WW2 biography. Think I originally got it free at ChristianAudio
The Man in High Castle
I'll rate it a solid "m'eh"
Pollution and the Death of Man
Francis Schaeffer on the environment. Seemed a little dated and a bit repetitive.
Guns, germs, and steel
Decent. Basically argues that the environment and surrounding wildlife had significant impacts on the development of human civilizations.
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
Examines the promises made at the times that various networks like the telegraph and telephone systems were invented and broadcasting launched, with promising open access but then succoming to corporate control. It suggests that government regulation served corporate profits and slowed the process of innovation. The author thinks thogh that the currently decentralized and content-agnostic nature of the internet is likely to keep that fom happening. He's a big fan of network neutrality regulations. All told a worthwhile read, although I wonder if he's a little overly optimistic about the internet.
Deadly Decisions
More of the books that later got transformed and de-Canadianized to become the TV show Bones.