Browsing the blog archives for December, 2006

The Puzzle Palace: Inside America’s Most Secret Intelligence Organization, James Bamford

The dis-oriented author graduated from college with a degree in mathematics and computer science. I also had significant coursework in Electronics and five different foreign languages. At the time I considered whether I should apply to work at the National Security Agency. While I was not recruited by the agency, my background probably made me [...]


The Prince, Niccolo Machiavellli

The dis-oriented author remembers the Watergate hearings. My recollection is that one of the conspirators, Mitchell I think, referred to Nixon as "My Prince."  The reference to the prince of course comes from Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. I searched for the exact quote and while it fits it is likely apocryphal. I read Machiavelli in [...]


Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring, Alexander Rose

The dis-oriented author is a history buff.  Of course I have read several books on the the American Revolution like David Hackett Fischer’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Washington’s Crossing. I also enjoy reading books on the edges of history. Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies is one of those edge books. This book is not about the major [...]


Amish Confidential: The Bishop’s Son Shatters the Silence, Chris Burkholder

The dis-oriented author grew up near Amish country. I don’t really know any Amish people but I have seen their wagons on the road and their farms. I was in my local library browsing the new non-fiction books, when I came across Chris Burkholder’s Amish Confidential. Amish Confidential is Burkholder’s autobiographical narrative describing his childhood [...]