a pop-science book by matt ridley (no relation to his lordship, as far as i can tell) about the human genome. because there is no permanent room in my head for real science, because i'm an idiot, i must continually snack on hors d'oeuvres to keep up
Yeah I'm pretty deeply obsessed with the Vietnam war/era at the moment. Dispatches is another great memoir among plenty of its kind that try to paint pictures of "just how fucked up the most fucked up shit of all time was." I mean, the term "fubar" originated in WW2 but the expression doesn't cover Vietnam. Nothing does. That shit was the most fucked shit in modern history from the perspective of the American warfighter.
If you're looking for a vivid war memoir with a bonus couple layers of insight, that's a great book. Same effect as The Things They Carried.
A '56 grad from my school sang me this song at lunch earlier this month.
Edit: I could talk about this shit for literally forever. Be sorry you even got me started.