On Sundays Ace of Spades HQ ( @aceofspadeshq ) has a book thread, I always think I should do something similar but I always forget. I have my currently reading list but those are all long term projects... Anyway picked up a couple books and they both seem topical to today's world so I am just throwing them out there:
Rise and Fall of American Growth - Heard the author on the Freakanomics podcast. His ideas seemed interesting and I wished to subscribe to his news letter, instead I was at the mall and saw the book so I bought it.
In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years. Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth provides an in-depth account of this momentous era. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end?
Gordon challenges the view that economic growth can or will continue unabated, and he demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 can't be repeated. He contends that the nation's productivity growth, which has already slowed to a crawl, will be further held back by the vexing headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government. Gordon warns that the younger generation may be the first in American history that fails to exceed their parents' standard of living, and that rather than depend on the great advances of the past, we must find new solutions to overcome the challenges facing us.
A critical voice in the debates over economic stagnation, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.
I know most conservatives will dismiss this immediately upon seeing the words "rising inequality" but there is something to the idea that as capital flows out of the middle class, there is less there to support and expand it. That doesn't mean I am going full on Picketty but maybe we need to reevaluate, as a society how we value certain contributions.
Foundations of Modern Networking - What can I say I am a moron so I have to study to try and stay somewhat current in my field. By the time I finish this book I will only be 7 years behind the curve.
Foundations of Modern Networking is a comprehensive, unified survey of modern networking technology and applications for today’s professionals, managers, and students. Dr. William Stallings offers clear and well-organized coverage of five key technologies that are transforming networks: Software-Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Quality of Experience (QoE), the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloudbased services. Dr. Stallings reviews current network ecosystems and the challenges they face–from Big Data and mobility to security and complexity. Next, he offers complete, self-contained coverage of each new set of technologies: how they work, how they are architected, and how they can be applied to solve real problems. Dr. Stallings presents a chapter-length analysis of emerging security issues in modern networks. He concludes with an up-to date discussion of networking careers, including important recent changes in roles and skill requirements.
So there you have it my knock off book thread. Not anywhere near as interesting as the one over at AoSHQ but it's free so shut up and like it.