It’s been awhile so I’m going slow getting back into sharing some thoughts about what I’m up to. Here’s a quick post on what I’ve been reading recently.I recommend them all.
The Swerve – Ever wonder how the modern world came to know On The Nature of Things by Lucretius? This book, by Stephen Greenblatt, details the fascinating story in a narrative I couldn’t put down.
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan – The story that brought down a general. The detailed account of the inner workings and politics or a U.S. Army general fighting the war in Afghanistan.
Enemies: A History of the FBI – The detail provided by recently declassified papers in this account of the FBI is somewhat frightening and encouraging all in one. If you read it, I think you’ll understand that.
Polemics – A hard read for me but eye-opening. A french philosopher reveals in great detail his thoughts on modern politics. I don’t always agree with his take but it has spurred me to think differently. For example: “We have the riots we deserve. A state in which what is called public order is only a coupling of the protection of private wealth and dogs unleashed on children of working people and people of foreign origin is purely and simply despicable.”
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy