Nick's Blog: 2009
"iCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business" is the biography of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. The book is written by Jeffrey Young and William Simon. They closely follow Jobs from childhood to the present, or rather 2005. His connections with others in Silicon Valley are looked at and discussed.
What if: The English Civil War, consisting of three distinct conflicts took place between the Royalist (Cavalier's) and Parliamentarians (Roundheads). The conflict was brought about, partly due to King Charles I wanting to unite England, Ireland and Scotland in to one Kingdom, which Parliament saw as a threat. Problems and differences in opinion between various issues gradually built up until Civil War broke. This conflict saw the creation of the Common Wealth of England followed by the appointment of Oliver Cromwell as the Lord Protector.
Anyone who grew up in the eighties will remember the Mysterious Cities of Gold. This is a cartoon series, set in the 16th century, and is centred on three children, Esteban, Zia and Tao. The story is about Esteban searching for one of the seven Cities of Gold in order to find his father. Along the way he makes many friends and enemies including the highly advanced Olmecs and let's not forget the Spanish.