I am very much enjoying Up and Down California, by William Brewer. It is an account of his surveying trips in 1860-1864. The intermittent racism and sexism are a terrible reflection of his time, but the rest is tremendous. I wish I could see that California.
I would welcome book recommendations as well. My queue is empty. I would love books similar to these:
- Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, Sam Quinones
- The Only Rule is It Has To Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team, Lindberg and Miller
- Trustee from the Toolroom, Shute
Which, when put together like that, have a unifying theme of industrious and clever problem-solving. Perhaps I am in a mood for problem-solving.