ECS 188 – Example Books for Book-Based Projects

These books are only examples; there are a lot listed here, but you are in no way limited to them.
  1. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore (2017)
  2. When Google Met WikiLeaks Paperback by Julian Assange (2016)
  3. Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci (2017)
  4. Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher (2017).
  5. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose — Doing Business by Respecting the Earth by Ray C. Anderson (2009)
  6. Engineers for Change: Competing Visions of Technology in 1960s America by Matthew Wisnioski (2016)
  7. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech (Franklin Foer) (2017)
  8. Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy (Jonathan Taplin) (2017)
  9. Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (Fred Kaplan) (2016)
  10. @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex (Shane Harris, 2015)
  11. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Hardcover (Adam Alter) (2017)
  12. The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists Psychiatrist (Colin Ross) (2006)
  13. Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology (Gart T. Marx) (2016)
  14. Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age (Sven Birkerts) (2015)
  15. Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist (Alston Chase) (2003)
  16. The Search for the “Manchurian Candidate”: The CIA and Mind Control: The Secret History of the Behavioral Sciences (John D. Marks) (1991)
  17. Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Michael Moss) (2014)
  18. Rise of the Robots (Martin Ford) (2015)
  19. The Second Machine Age (Brynjolfsson and McAfee) (2014)
  20. The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars (John Tirman) (2012)
  21. Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotocs and the Myths of Autonomy (David A Mindell) (2015)
  22. Who Owns the Future (Jaron Lanier) (2013)
  23. Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu) (2008)
  24. Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Bernard Harcourt) (2015)
  25. This Machine Kills Secrets (Andy Greenberg) (2013)
  26. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Naomi Klein) (2014).
  27. The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem (Ethan Gutmann) (2014)
  28. Reclaiminging Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Sherry Turkle) (2015)
  29. This Machine Kills Secrets: Julian Assange, the Cypherpunks, and Their Fight to EmpowerWhistleblowers (Andy Greenberg) (2013)
  30. The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality (Luciano Floridi) (2014)
  31. One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society (Herbert Marcuse) (1968)
  32. Little Brother (2008) and Homeland (2013) (Cory Doctorow) (an experiment; I don’t usually allow fiction. Must read both and provide an insightful analysis)
  33. No Place to Hide (Glenn Greenwald) (2014)
  34. Mediactive (Dan Gillmor) (2010)
  35. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency (Micah Sifry) (2011)
  36. Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins (Andrew Cockburn) (2015)
  37. The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones (Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum) (2015)
  38. Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution (Richard Whittle) (2014)
  39. Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. (Medea Benjamin) (2013)
  40. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin) (2006)
  41. The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition (Richard Rhodes) (2012)
  42. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism (Evgeny Morozov) (2013)
  43. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation (Dan Fagin) (2013)
  44. Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (Ozzie Zehner) (2012)
  45. Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us Or the Environment (Michael Huesemann, Joyce Huesemann) (2011)
  46. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Naomi Oreskes, Erik Conway) (2011)
  47. Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon DisasteRun to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaste (Abrahm Lutgarten) (2012)
  48. Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health (Joseph Dumit) (UCD author)(2012)
  49. What Technology Wants (Kevin Kelly) (2010)
  50. Pandora’s Seed: Why the Hunter-Gatherer Holds the Key to Our Survival (Spencer Wells) (2011)
  51. Our Final Hour (Martin Rees) (2004)
  52. The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction (John Leslie) (1998)
  53. A Short History of Progress (Ronald Wright) (2005)
  54. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (Jared Diamond) (2011)
  55. Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts (Latour and Woolgar) (1986) (classic STS work)
  56. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas Carr)
  57. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (Hannah Arendt) (1963), or The Human Condition (Hannah Arendt) (1998)
  58. Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact (L. Fleck) (1935/1981)
  59. Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (David Sanger) (2012)
  60. An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (McNeill, McNeill, and Kennedy) (2001)
  61. Climate Change: A Wicked Problem: Complexity and Uncertainty at the Intersection of Science, Economics, Politics, and Human Behavior (Frank P. Incropera) (2015)
  62. Storms of My Granchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity (James Hansen) (2009)
  63. Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress (Daniel Sarewitz) (1996)
  64. Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion (Daniel S. Greenberg) (2003)
  65. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (Christopher R. Browning) (1993)
  66. The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide (Robert Jay Lifton) (1988)
  67. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You (Eli Pariser) (2011)
  68. The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Tim Wu) (2017)
  69. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Sherry Turkle) (2015)
  70. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom (Evgeny Morozov) (2012)
  71. The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (Paul Edwards) (1997)
  72. The Myth of Digital Democracy (Matthew Hindman) (2008)
  73. Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston) (2009)
  74. Inventing Accuracy: A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance (Donald MacKenzie) (1993)
  75. Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Joseph Cirincione) (2007)
  76. To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design (Henry Petroski) (1992)
  77. Our Stolen Future: How We Are Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival (Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, John Peter Meyers) (1997)
  78. Living Downstream : A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment (Sandra Steingraber) (1998)
  79. The Technological Society (Jacques Ellul) (1964)
  80. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (Neil Postman) (1992)
  81. Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry (Albert Borgmann) (1987)
  82. Animal Liberation (Peter Singer) (1975)
  83. The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (Peter Singer and Jim Mason) (2007)
  84. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America (Leo Marx) (1967)
  85. America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism (David Noble) (1977)
  86. Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention (David F. Noble) (1997)
  87. Technics and Civilization (Lewis Mumford) (1934)
  88. Myth of the Machine, vol. I: Technics and Human Development (Lewis Mumford) (1970)
  89. The Myth of the Machine, vol. II: Pentagon of Power (Lewis Mumford) (1974)
  90. Code: Version 2.0 (Lawrence Lessig) (2011)
  91. Among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence (George B. Dyson) (1997)
  92. Ethics in an Age of Technology: Gifford Lectures, Volume Two (Ian Barbour) (1992)
  93. Reinventing the Wheel: A Buddhist Response to the Information Age (Peter Hershock) (1999)
  94. The Rise of the Network Society (Manuel Castells) (2000)
  95. Does Technology Drive History: The Dilemma of Technological Determinism (Merritt Roe Smith, Leo Marx) (1994)
  96. Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction (James E. III McClellan, Harold Dorn) (2006)
  97. Technology in World Civilization: A Thousand-Year History (Arnold Pacey) (1990)
  98. Sakharov: A Biography (Richard Lourie) (2002)
  99. Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (Sissela Bok) (1989)
  100. Questioning Technology (Andrew Feenberg) (1999)
  101. Thinking Through Technology: The Path Between Engineering and Philosophy (Carl Mitcham) (1994)
  102. The Ethical Brain (Michael Gazzaniga) (2005)
  103. Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America (Wesley Smith) (2000)
  104. Medical Ethics: Accounts of Ground-Breaking Cases (Gregory Pence) (2016)
  105. Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth (John Robbins) (2012)
  106. Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life (Haider Warraich) (2017)
  107. Connection on the Ice: Environmental Ethics in Theory and Practice (Patti Clayton and Charles Masson) (1998)
  108. For the Good of Mankind: A History of the People of Bikini and their Islands (Second Edition) (Jack Niedenthal) (2001)
  109. The End of Poverty: Economic Possiblities for Our Times (Jeffrey Sachs) (2005)
  110. Five Past Midnight in Bhopal (Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro) (2003) and some selection from Elusive Justice (a symposium on the Bhopal gas disaster after twenty years) (2004)
  111. Trespass Against Us: Dow Chemical and the Toxic Century (Jack Doyle) (2004)
  112. The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age (Hans Jonas) (1984)
  113. The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? (David Brin) (1998)
  114. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for Freedom and Power in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism Hardcover (Shoshana Zuboff) (2018) (would need to obtain a draft copy from the author)