2011 non-fiction. Orenstein breaks down various elements of the
pink-princess culture as marketed to young girls.
1991 autobiography. Hamper writes about his life working on the GM
factory floor in Flint, Michigan.
2002 non-fiction: George Dyson, son of Freeman, recounts what can be
told of the history of Project Orion, a plan to propel spacecraft with
2009 non-fiction. Oates recounts the twenty cases in London during
these two decades which were treated as murder, but never solved.
1861 non-fiction, popular science, transcriptions of early Royal
Institution Christmas Lectures; Faraday starts from the basics of
combustion and goes on to the frontiers of nineteenth-century
2015 non-fiction, popular science; short pieces introduce the
scientific explanations for commonplace oddities.
1998, short pieces on the effects of Disney on Florida and other places.
1999 collected newspaper columns, written from 1985 onwards. Hiaasen
gets his teeth into issues of local politics, corruption, finance and
wildlife preservation, often all at once.
2013 non-fiction, an informal history of the rise and fall (sorry) of
the man-carrying balloon.
2008 non-fiction, an informal history of the shipping container. Until
the Second World War, almost all non-bulk freight was breakbulk,
loaded one piece at a time into a ship's hold. Fifty years later,
pretty much everything long-distance was going in containers. How did
the change come about?
2000 non-fiction, a collection of anecdotes by officers of the Royal
Navy's Fleet Air Arm.
1994 non-fiction, volume 10 of the Brassey's New Battlefield Weapons
Systems and Technology series. A practical primer on the design and
operation of nuclear weapons, their effects, and their simulation.
1995 non-fiction. In October 1957, the core of Windscale's Pile 1
caught fire, burned
for three days, and spread radioactive contamination across what was
then Cumberland. This is the official history of the incident and its
1978, popular history. Tuchman recounts the history of France and some
nearby countries in the latter part of the Fourteenth Century, with
particular focus on the nobleman Enguerrand de Coucy.
2014; a collection of Ben Goldacre's short writing, mostly for the
2009: Okrent examines the history of invented languages, and in
particular the rare instances that weren't immediately forgotten.
Ben Goldacre explains at length how pretty much everything about drug
research and selection is rotten.
The author of the webcomic xkcd works out
back-of-the-envelope answers to odd scientific questions.
This highly influential book on screenwriting lays out a standard
structure to which all saleable scripts should conform.
Robert Mason flew Hueys for a year in Vietnam. This is his story.
In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands; a Royal Navy task
group was sent to take them back. This is the memoir of the task
In September 1944, then-Brigadier John Hackett commanded the 4th
Parachute Brigade during Operation Market Garden. He was wounded at
Arnhem and captured, and spent several months hiding with members of
the Dutch underground.
In 1945, Britain had a large and often hastily-constructed fleet which
was clearly close to obsolete, and very little money with which to
update it. This is the story of what happened next.
Kershaw examines ten choices made during the years 1940-1941 that, in
his opinion, substantially affected the course of the Second World
This is the story of the well-known deception operation in the Second
World War: dropping a dead fake courier into the sea near Spain, in
the hope that his deceptive paperwork would be taken seriously by the
Germans and misdirect them as to the location of Allied landings in