Donald Lee Ravey - 22 July 1929 - 22 August 2014
Reading
My bookshelf
I enjoy reading books, mostly nonfiction, and certain technical magazines
This page contains some recommendations from my viewpoint.
You may or may not find that my selections are pleasing to you.
 

The Imperial Cruise
by James Bradley
In the summer of 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched the largest diplomatic mission in American history. Led by Secretary of War (and future president) William Howard Taft, the group traveled thousands of miles across the Pacific. Along for the ride was Teddy's daughter Alice. She was not there by accident: her father knew that Alice would be an effective distraction for the reporters covering the journey. And Roosevelt had very good reason to keep his true motives concealed.
Prisoners : A Muslim & Jew Across The Middle East Divide
by Jeffrey Goldberg
"Despite their fears and prejudices, they began a friendship — and now a remarkable book. It is a book that confronts head-on the issues dividing the Middle East, but one that also shines a ray of hope on that dark, embattled region"
The Assault On Reason
by Al Gore
"The inherent value or validity of political propositions put forward by candidates for office is now largely irrelevant compared with the image-based advertising campaigns they use to shape the perceptions of voters."
Count Down
by Steve Olson
A wonderful mix of an entertaining narrative, the history of math learning, especially in the U.S., Japan and Eastern Europe, some DARNED HARD math and thought problems (with solutions in the Appendix), a balanced view of some psychological and sociological research that has been done on talent and so-called gifted children, and also an easy read (except for the math problems!)
My Father Was A Cropduster
by Bert Atwood
True story of my friend Bert's father and his cropdusting business in Central California in the 1920's-1930's
Seize the Daylight
by David Prerau
The curious and contentious story of Daylight Saving Time
The Making of the Wizard of Oz
by Aljean Harmetz
Movie Magic and studio power in the prime of MGM - and the miracle of Production #1060
Stiff
by Mary Roach
The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - "droll, dark, and quite wise" - "the funniest science writer in the country"
The Last Grain Race
by Eric Newby
If you like tales of sailing ships, you'll love this first-hand narrative of a round-the-world voyage in 1938-39. Filled with nautical terminology
Eyewitness to Power
by David Gergen
From Nixon to Clinton, in the words of the man who served four presidents
The Elegant Universe
by Brian Greene
Superstrings, hidden dimensions, the search for the universal theory
The Code Book
by Simon Singh
The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography
Weaving the Web
by Tim Berners-Lee
The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the WORLD WIDE WEB by Its Inventor
Where Wizards Stay Up Late
by Katie Hefner & Matthew Lyon
The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the WORLD WIDE WEB by Its Inventor
Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy
by Robert Jourdain
If you are curious about how our brains process music, or like to read about the lives of famous musicians, read this
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran
To my mind, one of the most beautiful books ever written
Tuesdays With Morrie
by Mitch Albom
A touching story about an old, dying professor and his former student
Longitude
by Dava Sobel
The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time
Last Chance To See
by Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine
The saga of a series of expeditions to see nearly extinct animals, told by the author of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe
     
, one of the most beautiful books ever written
Tuesdays With Morrie
by Mitch Albom
A touching story about an old, dying professor and his former student
Longitude
by Dava Sobel
The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time
Last Chance To See
by Douglas Adams & Mark Carwardine
The saga of a series of expeditions to see nearly extinct animals, told by the author of A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe