My Amazon Wish List

    My Powell's Books Wish List

    Aeneid, Robert Fagles, translator

    Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century., Robert Kagan

    Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, Stephen Kinzer

    The End of the Poem: Oxford Lectures, Paul Muldoon

    Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome, Robert Harris

    Identity and Violence: Illusion of Destiny, Amartya Sen

    The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand

    Miracles, C.S. Lewis

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    War Like No Other, Victor Davis Hanson

    Hanson, Victor Davis- A WAR LIKE NO OTHER

    Democracy and Populism, John Lukacs


    Nell Gwyn, Charles Beauclerk

    Charles Beauclerk- Nell Gwyn

    St. Augustine, Gary Wills

    Bellum Catilinae Or Cataline Conspiracy, Sallust

    How Soccer Explains the World : An Unlikely Theory of Globalization, Franklin Foer

    St. Patrick, Phillip Freeman

    Island, Michel Houellebecq

    --, Mark Helprin

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    06 December 2006

    Two more from the LIbrary...

    05 December 2006

    Xenophon and Thermopylae hitting mainstream?

    Here's a book review from the NY Sun.

    24 November 2006


    The Economist has an article on Tocqueville here.

    17 November 2006


    The Boston Globe has a nice write-up for a new translation of the "Aeneid." Here's another from the New York Times. Robert Fagles has done it again.

    Viking/Penguin did not have the book on their site yet? I tried several searches to no avail. Here's a link to Powell's Books.

    07 November 2006

    Robert Kagan's Dangerous Nation

    The October 23, 2006 edition of The New Republic has an article from Robert Kagan. It appears to be a synposis or teaser for his Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. The Wall Street Journal has another. The Carnegie Endowment has a good site for the book's launch. There is a debate with Thomas Friedman.

    I mentioned the TNR article to my gym buddy, Dick "Doc" Delgado. Now he blames me for adding history to his usual investment reading. Anyway, he has borrowed Stephen Kinzer's Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq. He is a pretty knowledgeable guy. his interest range from his past vetrenarian career. Based on what he has told me, Kinzer breaks down our Empire-like history into chapters. He likes, and I would agree, how it is structured. Just from his description and a quick puruse at the bookstore, I think it reminds me of The Prince? NPR had a interview. Democracy Now another.

    25 October 2006

    The End of the Poem, Paul Muldoon

    The Economist ran a review of this book of literary analysis. It was a teetering one in that it at once dislikes Muldoon's method, but then admits that his writing makes one laugh.

    24 October 2006

    Woodward: State of Denial

    Just finished Woodward's new book about the Bush Administration. It seems he used parts one and two to set up three.

    I made a mistake in assuming that the writing would be great. It is not bad, but lacks something intangible. This is an unfair assessment. On the other hand, it is not as if David McCullough is writing great literature, but his "srotes" flow and engage. This book does not.

    With all that said, it is still worth a read. It details much of what the "liberal" perspective has superficially assumed. Its attack is less on Bush than on the Administration. In fact, it convinced me that Bush is not dumb, but merely intellectually lazy (he certainly lacks curisoity...remember that after announcing his presidencial candidacy he still had not bothered to learn the names of major world leaders...)