How to Rig an Election by Nic Cheeseman & Brian Klaas
The authors take experiences in various countries (mostly recent 3rd-world examples) as to how elections are rigged. Some advice for reducing it. 8/10
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read by Stephen Fry
Once again great reading by Fry and a great story. Works very well with all Holmes and Watson action and no giant backstory. 8/10
Our Oriental Heritage: Story of Civilization Series, Book 1 by Will Durant
Covers the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China and Japan. In some cases up to the 20th Century. The book cover arts, religion and philosophy as well Kings and dates. This was written in the 1930s so has some stuff that has been superseded and out of date attitudes to race and religion in places. It long (50 hours) with another 11 volumes still to go but it is pretty good if you don’t mind these problems. 7/10
Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon
Stern was one of the originators and principal investigator of the mission so lots of firsthand details about all stages of the project from first conception though various versions.