Content of my reading list by amazon (part 1 of 9)

I’m starting to copy here the reading list from the older readings and moving to the most recent.
Here you can read why I’m doing this.
In some cases I had inserted in the list also books that I had read earlier when I found them interesting.
Below is the first batch of books and, when available, the related comments.

Wednesday, Jan 28 2009
Vita Activa Oder Vom Tatigen Leben by Hannah Arendt

The more I progressed in the reading the more I appreciated the genius of Hannah Arendt and her ability to foresee the dinamics that currently dominate people in the west world.
Not a book for casual reading, but worth all the effort.

Thursday, Nov 20 2008
War, progress, and the end of history, including a short story of the Anti-Christ. Three discussions by Vladimir Soloviev

I’m always fascinated by the writings of authors that were able to predict the society evolution way head of theyr time.
Even when the prediction is not about a better situation.

1994 (and again in 1996)
Conceptual Database Design: An Entity-Relationship Approach by Carol Batini, Stefano Ceri, Shamkant B. Navathe

I’ve read this book as part of my master degree, but I think that it’s a good introductory reading also for people that need to approach the subject for work-related reasons”

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Great book. Suggested without doubt to anyone interested in the field of computer science and philosophy.
I expected a lot from the author’s other books, but this one was not matched by other titles.
Not ok for a casual reading in my opinion.

Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science by D. Mandrioli; C. Ghezzi
Great book on the subject. Very technical, but with linear progression.

Friday, Nov 7 2008
Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty by Zygmunt Bauman
Comment: “A very interesting view of the status of our society.”

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
Comment: “After reading an interesting book (L’individuo senza passioni. Individualismo oderno e perdita del legame sociale, available only in italian) I become fascinated and started to read some of the sources.
While for some aspects Weber’s book may be considered dated and it doesn’t fit for casual readers it’s a very interesting reading that I reccomend.”