Current reading


This is a sample of the books I am reading at present. I have a lot of books going, some of them I read a little bit at a time, others I read more properly. But I normally mix and walk between them.

Neal Ascherson, Black sea : the birthplace of civilisation and barbarism, 2007

A part of my preparations for this coming holiday when Turkey is an option.

William J. Baumol, The free-market innovation machine : analyzing the growth miracle of capitalism, 2004

Fascinating! The best I have read about innovations. Baumol claims that it is the normal on-going innovation activity in the firms that makes capitalism so vigorous.

Anthony Everitt, The first emperor : Caesar Augustus and the triumph of Rome, 2006

I have just begun it.

Ann Dumas, Norman Rosenthal et al., From Russia : French and Russian master paintings 1870-1925 from Moscow and St Petersburg, 2008

We saw the exhibition recently!

Jacob Heilbrunn, They knew they were right : the rise of the neocons, 2008

A good read when you wonder and want to understand how USA can be as it is.

Stuart Kelly, The book of lost books, 2005

Borrowed from Hessle library, entertaining.

Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons : The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, 1999

A new perspective on “the tragedy of the commons”.

John Krige and Dominique Pestre (eds.), Companion to science in the twentieth century (London: Routledge, 2003).

A very heavy and thick book, not suitable for bedside reading, but interesting. It is a collection of chapters written by a long series of outstanding historians of science and collected under four themes: Images of science, science and the social fabric, research dynamics, regional and national institutions. It goes deep into the subject and various authors deal with different disciplinary and science areas.

Edwin B. Leaf, Ship modeling from scratch : tips and techniques for building without kits (Camden, Maine: International Marine, 1994).

An excellent book about the basics if you want to leave kit-building of ship models. It has also a lot of useful stuff for techniques at the different stages: selecting a project, hull construction, painting, masting and rigging, sails and display. Very useful both for reference and for reading. And it is very good also för kit-builders. A lot here I did not know or had found out: one example is how to bend wood easily. You use evidently household ammonia. He even wraps thin wood around a mast!