[Jun. 1st, 2005|07:53 pm]

So, Summer Books entry, anyone?

Already read:

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the new Face of American War by Evan Wright.(+)
Great book. If you’re interested in war reporting or just getting a grunt-level view of life in Iraq, I highly recommend you read this book. Hell, it’s your American duty. Check it out from the library and report back to me. On the double!

To Be Read:

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer (+)
I know, I know. I should’ve read this a long time ago. Well, finally. I have it out from the library. It’s a page-turner.

Markings by Dag Hammarskjold (translated by Leif Sjoberg & W. H. Auden) (+)
I can’t remember where I read about this book now, but the sighting was rather recent — and rather critical. Whomever was writing in whatever periodical I heard about the above book in was criticizing the liberal poetic license Auden took to the work. More importantly, I should be asking you, “Do you know who Dag Hammarskjold was?” I doubt it. Don’t question my eBay purchases again.

Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elisabeth Stopp, transl. Peter Hutchinson, ed.) (+)
Ridiculous, right? Again, I can’t remember the inspiration. Maybe it was an article in . . . oh, hell, I don’t know. We get ChristianityToday, The New Yorker, Scientific American, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Sunday edition, Smithsonian,numerous political science journals from my membership in APSA, and, oh, a bunch of other newsletters from political nonprofits which include it on its member rolls and whatever else comes rolling our way. I can’t be expected to remember every source, am I? This a blog, for chrissake. Anyway, they’re maxims, mainly. Quick. Easy.

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt (+)
This was just too sweet to pass up. Or, as one person put my research paper onhaving sex with friends, “delightful.”

Islam’s Political Culture: Religion and Politics in Predivided Pakistan by Nasim Ahmad Jawed (+)
I just need to finish this one. I’ve been scribbling inside it. It’s really interesting. Especially considering the slowly shifting focus on Asia (and China, in particular) in foreign policy circles. Bangladesh (formerly a wing of Pakistan) had quite secular leanings among its populace, according to this text. Islam still reigns in Pakistan and Hinduism in India. So why isn’t the U.S. pouring billions of dollars of foreign aid into Bangladesh to foster a secular, democratic state in the region? Anyway, I bought the book for cheap at the annual UT Press book sale down the street from our apartment.

What else? (I’ll add to this as I remember books.)


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