Andrew Howell

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The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned pea&hellip by Professor Margaret MacMillan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thoughtful., 15 July 2014
A marvellous book. At the end of the 19th century there was a very common view that we would never see a major war again. MacMillan asks not why war broke out but why peace failed and this approach, I think, is a nice way of looking at the events that shaped the war. The book is constructed around a series of in-depth essays that look at events in each of the nations who played a role in the war.

This is not a book that deals with the conflict itself. But it is one that strikes me as being very important when considering contemporary issues, such as the Ukraine/Russia disputes and tensions.
City as Interface: How New Media Are Changing the &hellip by Martijn de Waal
This is a very thoughtful book. What de Waal has done is put the 'digital' spaces of cities into a proper context and considers the development of digital and new media identities alongside much conventional thinking about planning and city development.

I'd certainly not thought of this before but space is space and de Waal shows that many of the issues faced by us ion considering digital space are simply not new. The dilemmas of public space and the values that shape it remain in the digital sphere.

Recommended reading for anyone who thinks about space and place.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the &hellip by Glenn Greenwald
There is no way that I would call this a perfect book but it is very enlightening. Even if you have followed the Snowden case closely it is very useful to have the account laid out like this. Sometimes the author's style can grate a little — he refers to a past book on the subject not just as as book but as a "bestseller" — he is not a man to undersell!

It does sometimes feel like a screenplay waiting to be produced but aside from the style (possibly the ego) of the writer this is well worth reading.

The implications of such mass surveillance are worth thinking about properly and this book lays bare the scope of US ambition. It also is quite frightening in the… Read more