The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker. Well researched survey of the ideas, trends and arguments surrounding the topic "Human Nature". The pace of each chapter is more textbook than entertainment but his style is good if dense. I found it interesting but slow going for a recreational read.
I just started this 800-page paperback: The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow. Interesting so far, but then, I have a background in History and read widely on The Gilded Age and early 19th century America (a fact my student loan payment reminds me of each month).
Not in my hands yet but I’m buying the books of Vince and David J. Gingery">. These self-described, "inventors, machinists, writers, publishers, eccentrics and geniuses at large" have a collection of do-it-yourself books for the mechanical tinkerer. The rest of the Lindsay Books roster looks interesting too. So what if my NYC Co-Op won’t let me get away with building a foundry, assembling an engine or building a vacuum forming machine in the flowerbeds behind the building, it still looks like great reading of the same stripe as the hobbyist titles of the late-1930’s, 40’s and early 50’s that were full of mildly dangerous but really interesting experiments with high voltage coils, exothermic reactions and clever machines that suburban migration and liability suits kicked in the ass. I can’t wait for them to arrive.