The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll

The Cuckoo's Egg By Clifford Stoll

Maybe it’s because I work in the IT space. Or I’m fascinated with those burdened with protecting us from cyber crimes [or those who leverage it against our enemies]. Or maybe it’s because Najwa has already downloaded enough stuff to give me headaches with adware, malware, maybe a virus or two, but it’s hard to tell sometimes. Whatever More...

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By David Gaines On Friday, September 14th, 2012

World’s Greatest Conqueror: Temur the Lame aka Tamerlane

I didn’t know. I’ve heard of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Ghengis Khan. The Ottomans and the Huns. World conquerors. Empires. Lords of the World. But one person slipped through the More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, August 26th, 2012

“Confessions of a Mullah Warrior” Makes You Reconsider Everything You Thought About Afghanistan

How many books are there about Afghanistan, its wars, its depressing history, its being betrayed by the entire world? And how many of those books are told from the perspective of someone who was born and raised More...

By David Gaines On Monday, July 16th, 2012

So Glad Wainaina Finally Wrote About That Place

I don’t know where to start. Binyavanga Wainaina’s memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, is indescribable. His story is beyond compelling — it entertains, it educates, it introduces More...

By David Gaines On Monday, June 4th, 2012

Kenya’s Second Largest Tribe Was Close to Being Ugandans

Kenya is a country of over 40 tribes. Before the British showed up and called them all Kenyans, these tribes were their own communities, kingdoms and fiefdoms. Those along the coast are different from those More...

By David Gaines On Friday, May 25th, 2012

Modern Romania: The End of Communism, the Failure of Democratic Reform, and the Theft of a Nation

Before we figured out we were going to Romania — the lady’s work is sending her and I’m hitchhiking — I knew virtually nothing about the country. I read a bit about the region in books about More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Steve Coll’s “Private Empire” Already Earned a Spot on My Top Shelf

The ride home was spent completing crossword puzzles, Suduko and doing everything I could to stay awake and not miss my transfer at Metro Center. When I got to Union Station, the lady was called to say More...

Airlift to America
By David Gaines On Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Who Would Be President Without the Airlift?

Every now and again someone will recommend a book for me to read. I always found recommendations a hit or miss considering not everyone has the same interests or tastes in books. Me personally, I lean heavily More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, August 14th, 2011

To Do List: Dig For Roots to the Family Tree

During Liberia’s civil war in the 1990s and early 2000s, I thought the two [or three or more] warring sides were all descendants of the freed American slaves who “founded” the country. More...

By David Gaines On Friday, April 29th, 2011

And Still Peace Did Not Come

Coincidentally as I started reading “And Still Peace Did Not Come,” a moving memoir about reconciliation in Liberia after 14 years of civil war, my Liberian friend Patricia Rogers emails me. More...