Favourite reads 2022

The books and articles I found most enjoyable and had the most impact on my own thinking in 2022 and earlier years:

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume 1) (Gibbon, 1776 )

The Black Death: The Intimate Story of a Village in Crisis, 1345-1350 (Hatcher, 2008)

The English Civil Wars 1640-1660 (Worden, 2009)

God’s Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution (Hill, 2019)

Britain in Revolution 1625-1660 (Woolrych, 2003)

The Travels of Marco Polo (Polo, late 13th century)

The Corn Supply of Ancient Rome (Rickman, 1980)

China’s Last Empire: The Great Qing (Rowe, 2009)

The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China (volume 1) (Ronan, 1978)

The Ancient Greeks (Finley, 1963)

The Economic History of World Population (Cipolla, 1960/1972)

Roman Roads in Britain (Davies, 2008)

From Trackways to Motorways: 5000 Years of Highway History (Davies, 2002)

Sea Coal for London: History of the Coal Factors in the London Market (Smith, 1961)

The Coal Industry in the Eighteenth Century (Ashton, 1964)

London’s Docklands: An Illustrated History (Marshall, 2018)

Monopolies, Cartels and Trusts in British Industry (Levy, 1927)

Home Fires Burning: The History of Domestic Heating and Cooking (Wright, 1964)

Electricity Before Nationalisation: A Study of the Development of the Electricity Supply Industry in Britan to 1948 (Hannah, 1979)

Probable Developments in Iran through 1953 (NIE-75) (Central Intelligence Agency, 1953)

Top reads from 2021:

Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (Findlay and O’Rourke, 2009)

The Bleak Midwinter, 1947 (Robertson, 1987)

Free Trade Nation (Trentmann, 2008)

The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders who Barter the World’s Resources (Blas and Farchy, 2021)

God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan (Spence, 1996)

Britain’s War Machine: Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World War (Edgerton, 2011)

The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective (Allen, 2009)

Trading and Price Discovery for Crude Oils (Imsirovic, 2021)

Diffusion of Innovations (Rogers, 2003)

Studies in Frontier History (Lattimore, 1962)

The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India (Stern, 2012)

Nations and States: An Enquiry into the Origins of Nations and the Politics of Nationalism (Seton-Watson, 1977)

Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific (Thompson, 2019)

The Medieval Super-Companies: A Study of the Peruzzi Company of Florence (Hunt, 1994)

Lessons from the Edge: Inspiration Tales of Surviving, Thriving and Extreme Adventure (Kane, 2021)

Strength of Mind (Smith, 2021)

Top reads from 2020:

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present (Snowden, 2020)

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread – And Why They Stop (Kucharski, 2020)

Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers (Trentmann, 2016)

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth Century History (Edgerton, 2018)

The Political-Economy of Decline: History of the British Coal Industry 1913-1946 (Supple, 1988)

Turning Points in Western Technology (Cardwell, 1972)

The Rise and Fall of American Growth (Gordon, 2016)

The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress (Mokyr, 1990)

The U.K. Regional-National Economic Problem (McCann)

Royal Commission on the Distribution of the Industrial Population (Barlow/HMSO, 1940)

Oil: A Study of War-Time Policy and Administration (Payton-Smith/HMSO, 1971)

Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation (Howes, 2020)

The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649 (Rodger, 1997)

Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1949-1815 (Rodger, 2004)

Standards of Living in the Later Middle Ages: Social Change in England 1200-1520 (Dyer, 1989)

Global Energy Politics (Van De Graaf and Sovacool, 2020)

Living Through the Blitz (Harrisson, 1976 and 2010)

The Black Death 1346-1353: The Complete History (Benedictow, 2004)

Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (Cronon, 1991)

Mass Mediated Disease: A Case Study of Three Flu Pandemics and Public Health Policy (Blakeley, 2006)

Nuclear War in the U.K. (Young, 2019)

Sparta: Rise of a Warrior Nation (Matyszak, 2017)

The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data (Spiegelhalter, 2019)

Top reads from 2019:

Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age (Platt, 2018)

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West and the Taiping Civil War (Platt, 2012)

Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World (Moore, 2018)

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (Scott, 2017)

Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries (Kander et al, 2013)

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation (Frey, 2019)

The Chimney of the World: A History of Smoke Pollution in Victorian and Edwardian Manchester (Mosley, 2001)

The Politics of Clean Air (Ashby and Andersen, 1981)

The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World (Allen, 2012)

Admiral Byng: His Rise and Execution (Ware, 2009)

Sir Francis Drake (Sugden, 1990)

Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve (Morris, 2015)

From Steam to Diesel (Churella, 1998)

The Pirate Coast (Belgrave, 1966)

Forests and Sea Power: The Timber Problem of the Royal Navy 1652-1862 (Albion, 1926)

Report of a Study on Intelligence Judgments Preceding Significant Historical Failures (CIA, 1983)

A History of the Bible: The Book and its Faiths (Barton, 2019)

Consumer Expectations: Micro Foundations and Macro Impact (Curtin, 2019)

Medieval Economic Thought (Wood, 2002)

The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City (Cavert, 2016)

The East India Company: The World’s Most Powerful Corporation (Roy, 2015)

Labour Migration in England, 1800-1850 (Redford, 1926 and 1976)

The Smoke of London: Energy and the Environment in the Early Modern City (Cavert, 2016)

Energy and the English Industrial Revolution (Wrigley, 2010)

The Motorway Age: How Post-War Governments Responded to Rapid Traffic Growth (Starkie, 1982)

Top reads from 2018:

Factfulness (Rosling, 2018)

Why the West Rules – For Now (Morris, 2010)

Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap? (Allison, 2018)

The Transport Revolution from 1770 (Bagwell, 1974)

Heat, Power and Light: Revolutions in Energy Services (Fouquet, 2008)

The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself (Pettegree, 2014)

The Region of the Eternal Fire: An Account of a Journey to the Petroleum Region of the Caspian in 1883 (Marvin, 1891)

Russian Rockefellers: The Saga of the Nobel Family and the Russian Oil Industry (Tolf, 1976)

Lords of the Desert: The Battle Between the United States and Britain for Supremacy in the Modern Middle East (Barr, 2018)

Buraimi: The Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil in Arabia (Morton, 2013)

Evolution of Futures Trading (Irwin, 1954)

On Escalation: Metaphors and Scenarios (Kahn, 1965)

Major Changes in Cyclical Behaviour (Zarnowitz and Moore, 1986)

An Analysis of Speculative Trading in Grain Futures (Stewart/USDA, 1949)

Energy and Civilization: A History (Smil, 2017)

Fuel Wood used in the United States (Reynolds and Pierson/USDA, 1942)

Step By Step: The Life in My Journeys (Reeve, 2018)

The South Sea Bubble (Carswell, 1960)

John Law: The History of an Honest Adventurer (Hyde, 1948)

Top reads from 2017:

The Growth of Economic Thought (Spiegel, 1991)

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (Paine, 2015)

Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices (McNally, 2017)

Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (Wiener, 2013)

Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond? (Epstein/Atlantic, 1982)

From Horse Power to Horsepower (Morris, 2007)

Collective hallucinations and inefficient markets: the British railway mania of the 1840s (Odlyzko, 2010)

The Royal Navy’s Fuel Supplies 1898-1939: The Transition from Coal to Oil (Brown, 2003)

Bursting Boilers and the Federal Power (Burke, 1966)

The Great Salford Gas Scandal of 1887 (Garrard, 1989?)

Characteristics and Types of Price Discrimination (Machlup, 1955)

The English Common Law Concerning Monopolies (Letwin, 1954)

Burning to Serve: Selling Gas in Competitive Markets (Goodall, 1999)

The Social History of Lighting (O’Dea, 1958)

The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus (Blanch, 1960)

Crisis Management in the Power Industry: The Inside Story of an Industry in Crisis (Jefferies et al, 1994)

Prophets and Emperors: Human and Divine Authority from Augustus to Theodosius (Potter, 1995)

Top reads from 2016:

Strategy: A History (Freedman, 2013)

Nelson: A Dream of Glory (Sugden, 2005)

Nelson: Sword of Albion (Sugden, 2012)

Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects (Smil, 2010)

Energy and Society: An Introduction (Schobert, 2014)

Essentials of Petroleum: A Key to Oil Economics (Frankel, 1946 and 1969)

OPEC: The Inside Story (Terzian, 1985)

Princes, Brokers and Bureaucrats: Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia (Hertog, 2010)

Saudi Arabia: The Making of a Financial Giant (Young, 1983)

Oil Strike North Sea (Shepherd, 2015)

A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford (Reeves, 2008)

History of the Peloponnesian War (Thucydides, 410 BC)

Public Opinion (Lippmann, 1922)

The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service since 1945 (Jinks and Hennessey, 2015)

Two Kings in Arabia: Sir Reader Bullard’s Letters from Jeddah (Bullard, 1999)

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia: Personality, Faith and Times (Vassiliev, 2012)

The Caravan Goes On: How Aramco and Saudi Arabia Grew Up Together (Jungers, 2013)

Top reads from 2015:

Belly Up: The Collapse of the Penn Square Bank (Zweig, 1985)

The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes (Burrough, 2009)

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety (Schlosser, 2013)

Blood and Oil: A Prince’s Memoir of Iran from the Shah to the Ayatollah (Farmanfarmaian, 1997)

Hell’s Half Acre: Early Days in the Great Alberta Oil Patch (Finch, 2009)

Superforecasting: the Art and Science of Prediction (Tetlock, 2015)

Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy (Perlin, 2013)

The Big Smoke: A History of Air Pollution in London (Brimblecombe, 1987)

Fightin’ Oil (Ickes, 1943)

Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines (Smil, 2010)

Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents (Reason, 1997)