What are you reading?

What are you reading, right now?

I could be described as a voracious reader, always having something nearby to read.  Food does not taste right unless I am reading, the world is out of balance if a pile of books is not at hand.  Seriously…there are books, magazines and ephemera all over my house. I recently purchased a tablet computer, and have downloaded some 60 books so far.

I need to read faster.

So here is a list of what I am currently reading,  bookmarks in place, chapter or a few pages at a time.

“Cairo:  The City Victorious” by Max Rodenbeck
Published in 1998 before the attacks on the World Trade center on 9/11/2001.  It’s a paean to the city of Cairo.  Mr. Rodenbeck seems to be one of those Brits who romanticize Egypt.  The book covers a time period of 6000 years ago to the present day. This may explain the ‘cluttered’ (but competent) writing style. Still, it covers a topic and geographic area I am not familiar with, hence interesting.

“Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, Third Edition” by Thomas Sowell
Mr. Sowell is a great writer and a great economist.  This is a must read for everyone that wants to learn about the economy.  There is a fourth edition out…which explains why I was able to buy this one at a discount.  The hazards of browsing at a bookstore.

“Ancient Warfare” edited by John Carman and Anthony Harding.
This is a collection of scholarly papers and essays on warfare.  Frankly, this book is not exactly light reading or for the casual reader.  My conclusion so far:  we don’t really have a good definition of what warfare is, much less what causes it.    Hard facts and solid evidence are quite thin.  There is quite a lot of ‘pop’ psychology in the way we describe conflicts with one another.

“Capitalism and Freedom” by Milton Friedman
“The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek
Wow.  Every page of these two books is packed with wisdom, ideas and implications.  I read a page or two and stop.  I have to let the ideas penetrate my brain and marinate there for awhile.

So what are you reading?


One thought on “What are you reading?”

  1. Oh yeah…left one out. “The Origin and Deeds of the Goths” by Jordanes translated by Charles C. Mierow in 1908. The book was written in the year 551. I was inspired to read this by a pocast “Thor’s Angels” by Dan Carlin of Hardcore History. http://www.dancarlin.com/

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