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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
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Kennedy is the man. There's not much else to say. Sure, the thesis is "simplistic" or "schematic" or "deterministic" or whatever other bombastic term pseudo-intellectuals (and legitimate intellectuals alike) choose to use, but one has to understand t ...more
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Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution by Ian Kershaw
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This book is an excellent summary of the historiography of an extremely complex event of world historic significance, namely the holocaust and the complicity of everyday Germans in the genocide. Kershaw himself is one of the leading scholars on Hitle ...more
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The Age of Revolution by Eric Hobsbawm
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The Age of Revolution achieves that rare combination of both sweeping scope and coherent argument. Tackling the tumult of 1789 to 1848 in Europe, Hobsbawm somehow manages to summarize the transformative political, social, and economic forces that swe ...more
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Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt
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Tony Judt's final book is an extended conversation piece that is part autobiography and part history. Its title, an homage to the venerable Francois Furet's seminal work "Penser la Revolution Francaise", gives one an idea of its scope and aim. Sadly, ...more
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Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
read in January, 2012
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I read this book in under three hours. I guess that probably means it's the most fun book per unit time that I've read in years. The humor is classic Tina Fey: often clever, sometimes potty-mouthed, always self-deprecating. It's a winning combination ...more
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Civilization by Niall Ferguson
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Ferguson’s latest book, grandiosely entitled “Civilization”, is a vapid, meandering, and mostly pointless effort that falls woefully short of its ambitious goals. His stated intention is to explain the rise of “the West” from the 15th century backwat ...more
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Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch-22: A Memoir
by Christopher Hitchens
read in October, 2011
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As usual, Christopher Hitchens delivers his views with verve and humour. Unfortunately, his life memoir devolves into such a nauseating string of dropped names and soirees that it's at times intolerable. That more or less explains my poor rating. How ...more
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On Empire by Eric Hobsbawm
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Eric Hobsbawm, one of the most prolific modern historians alive today, delivers more a series of provocative musings and observations than a unified whole in his most recent book, On Empire. The common theme throughout is the idea of empire and its r ...more
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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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