Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History
This is an interesting book on the convergence of History and GIS. A sampling of the chapters include: The Salem Witch Trials, Dust Bowl Analysis and Mapping the Ancient World.
Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship
This is a hybrid of two my favorite subjects; GIS and History.
George R.R. Martin: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
I need a break every so often and this series is fnatastic. Martin has complex characters and plots. This fantasy series has a limited magic and closely resembles the War of Roses in English history. HBO is working on a series to bring the books to the screen.
Jennifer Greene: Head First Pmp: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam
I am a huge fan of this series of books. This book complements the relatively dry PMBOK Guide. The publisher has a PM focused website and sample online test.
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: (Pmbok Guide)
This is the main source of information for anyone working to earn a PMP. It is a bit dry and could use more real world examples. The lack of applicable examples is by design since the book is more of an overview/survey of Project Management.
Seth Godin: The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
This is a great book. I discovered it on another blog site. I am planning to read more of Godin's book. It is a short book, but sometimes short is good. I believe that the succinctness of his book is appropriate and allows him to pound one point home....when to quit. Not only is important to know when to quit but why it is vital TO QUIT. Godin writes that people cannot achieve their potential unless they discard the unproductive and unfruitful areas of their lives. Some of the best decisions I have made involved quitting dead end jobs, hopeless activities and destructive relationships. Highly recommended.
Michael Lewis: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
A great, but controversial, book about how Billy Beane reinvented the art of scouting baseball players. A good example of "thinking outside the box"
Neal Thompson: Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR
Living in Iraq means that you don't always want to read about Iraq in your leisure time. I am reading this book to remind me of home. The book is about the birth of NASCAR in the prohibition era...an era I can relate to while serving in Iraq.
Douglas Coupland: Shampoo Planet
This is the best book I have read concerning Generation X.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone (Vintage)
I have been reading to prepare for life in Iraq.