Currently i’m re-reading The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Munro Clark. If you are at all interested in history this is a fantastic book.
What about the rest of the year?
- This is a big, deep, thought provoking book. Fukuyama’s writing is accessible and I found it highly relevant particularly with the current economic and political crisis in Europe. It’s a book i definitely want to go back to at a later stage. I’ve also added the prequel to this, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the Industrial Revolution, to my to-read list.
- An eye opener which made me question my knowledge and beliefs on the war on drugs (along with El Narco below), cannabis but especially with regards to alcohol. The final chapter titled, What should i tell my kids about drugs, is outstanding.
- Another highly relevant book. There were a few chapters where my attention waned significantly (e.g Culture and Faith) but it was an interesting book on a current issue which i only know about through newspaper headlines. The plan was to read El Narco as an introduction, to prepare myself for the book i’m more interested in, Narcoland by Anabel Hernandez.
- This was the most tough to read. It was a combination of the subject and his writing. I would loved to read this if it was better edited and significantly shorter. Chapters such as Suicide, Addiction, Politics were all interesting but there’s so much stuff thrown in there i found myself losing focus and interest at time. The worst was the section spent on the drugs and their side effects. Difficult to recommend unless you are very interested in the subject but it’s a book i would go back to and read bits and pieces.
- There’s nothing new here. I should not have read this. It’s a written version of a TED talk she gave. Watch that instead. She is a terrific writer though as you will see from my Fiction Books post.