Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds (WW Norton, 2016). Pinpoint tells the story of how the Global Positioning System began as a military technology designed for precision bombing , and evolved into something that effects nearly every aspect of our daily life. It places the history of GPS within the history of navigation and wayfinding, going all the way back to the Polynesian explorers that settled the Pacific. The book touches on the unintended consequences of our reliance of GPS, including its effect on our cognitive maps and the phenomenon of "death by GPS." It also investigates the porousness and vulnerability of GPS, and the dangers this poses for our critical infrastructure, as GPS timing is now used to regulate the electrical grid, telecommunications networks, and global financial transactions. The U.S. Air Force, which is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of GPS, calls it "the world's only global utility." This is true.
Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music (Faber and Faber, 2009).