Archive for Author 'Donald Capps', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15

by Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson

Why is this the gun we hear about all the time, and in the worst of circumstances? Who is the fellow who invented it and why? And how did a strictly military tool get into civilian hands? In calm and precise language, the authors report all the factors behind both the ingenuity and the mayhem

Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator

by Keith Houston

Do you love your pocket calculator? You should, but maybe you don’t know why. This witty and scholarly (do those words really go together?) book is as much mathematical as social history.

The Put-in-Bay Road Races, 1952–1963

by Carl Goodwin

What is old is new again. For years now vintage sports car drivers have congregated here for reunions celebrating what is now called “the island’s rich road racing history” but that in period barely made the news. This book unravels the history.

The Bomber Mafia

by Malcom Gladwell

Planning to watch the movie Oppenheimer? A nuclear bomb!? Why had other military strategies not broken Japan’s ability to fight? Because no matter what the strategists of the Bomber Mafia thought, pinpoint hits from high altitude were not achievable in those days.


by Len Deighton

This is a novel but the level of research and attention to detail Deighton brought to bear could have easily yielded a nonfiction analysis of one fateful day and night in 1943 pinning German air defenses and RAF Bomber Command against each other.

Formula 1 Drive to Survive: The Unofficial Companion

by Stuart Codling

Hindsight is everything . . . this Netflix docuseries is created at the end of a racing season and so can orchestrate its storytelling to punch up certain themes whose outcomes are already known. This book provides much-needed context and will probably achieve the same goal: create more F1 fans.

Caesars Palace Grand Prix

by Randall Cannon

Las Vegas may be popular with gamblers but it wasn’t with racing drivers. The circuit was boring and flat as a parking lot, in fact it was a parking lot. And run counter-clockwise, and, oh, that heat. There is always talk of bringing racing back to Vegas—and this time without the Mob! The Mob?

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas Ricks

Many factors affect national security. Among the less obvious, at least to civilians, is the culture of the military itself.

Return to Power: The Grands Prix of 1966 and 1967

by Michael Frostick

On the face of it, an interesting era in racing and an author who would pen many worthy tomes. Alas, this isn’t one of them.

Driven: The Men Who Made Formula One

by Kevin Eason

A colorful look by a long-time observer at the forces that turned a sport into a circus in which staggering amounts of money are to be made by those few who already have money—or genius or luck or connections—to even get a seat at the table.

1994: The Untold Story of a Tragic and Controversial F1 Season

by Ibrar Malik

A veritable Annus Horibilis. If you paid attention you probably have an opinion or three. So did the author, but he ended up revising some of them in the course of writing this book! Will you?

Cars at Speed, Classic Stories from Grand Prix’s Golden Age

by Robert Daley

Two of the serious must-have racing reads are under this author’s byline. They are among his earliest work and possibly even more thrilling to read today—because no one does it like this anymore—than they were then.