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Wild Ride by Adam Lashinsky
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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After qualifying for the financing necessary to get tickets to the Hamilton show, it struck me that I should break down and read the Chernow biography, so that I would know what to expect in the show. It is a good book and well worth reading.

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Churchill and Orwell by Thomas E. Ricks
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Thomas Ricks has written some of the best books about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While I have read a lot of modern English history, the intuition for a joint biography of Churchill and Orwell was not obvious. One was tall and the other short. ...more
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The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen
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This book by a Russian journalist presents a highly critical look at the rise of Vladimir Putin and an examination of the autocratic gangster state that has developed in Russia under his leadership. I was drawn to this book by the recommendation by G ...more
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Deng Xiaoping by Alexander V. Pantsov
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Deng Xiaoping is arguably one of the pivotal individuals in the world history of the second half of the 20th century. He led the development of China out of the Maoist era and into a period in which China's rapid growth and industrialization has chan ...more
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Red Fortress by Catherine Merridale
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Deng Xiaoping by Alexander V. Pantsov
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Black Wind, White Snow by Charles Clover
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This is a good book about some strange people and some stranger ideas. It is the intellectual history of "Eurasianism" that has developed as an expansive mutation of Russian nationalism and came into vogue to support the consolidation of power and fo ...more
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Faster, Higher, Farther by Jack Ewing
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This book is a largely journalistic account of the Volkswagen (and Porsche and Audi) emissions scandal in which VW adjusted its engine software on its diesel cars sold in America to fool the emissions testing without actually controlling emissions of ...more
A History of Warfare by John Keegan
" This is a thoughtful book. I am neither surprised nor troubled that people may disagree with him on Clausewitz, since that is what people do with book ...more "
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