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The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem

Creation by Gore Vidal


The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk

(This is one of those books on a topic that you wonder why no one has written about, until you check the sleeve and find out its first publishing was over a decade ago.)

The City by Joel Kotkin

Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus by Robert D. Kaplan


Richard Aregood, former editor for the Newark Star Ledger and Philadelphia Daily News, now-turned freelancer writer, wrote:

“Some years back, I was one of many Knight-Ridder editors gathered to hear our CEO, Alvah Chapman, speak on the future at an annual editors’ meeting held literally in the shadow of the Spruce Goose, Howard Hughes’s amphibious folly… He told us all we should do “more with less”, illustrating with a bewildering rap about cannonballs and grains of sand. The budget cuts accelerated.”