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Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

Several chapters from Charles Wheelan’s Naked Economics were required reading for a Pol/Econ class I took at work right before we left for Tel Aviv. Our economics professor recommended we read the whole book if we had time. I had time. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Wheelan‘s goal was to write a book on […]


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Ahhhhh. I passed my Hebrew language final exam (not a fun 28 weeks) and can now read freely again. First up, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the final volume in the Millennium Trilogy. The book picks up with a bang right where The Girl Who Played with Fire left off and […]



Augustus Richard Norton’s Hezbollah was on the recommended reading list of one of our Lebanon hands at work. It’s a short history, at 199 pages including all of the appendices (afterword from 2009, key Arabic words, recommended reading list, index and acknowledgments), but it’s not necessarily a fast read. Norton has a very detailed writing […]


The Yellow Wind, again

I first read David Grossman’s The Yellow Wind a little over a year ago. See brief comments here. Now we’re discussing it in our book club at work this month, so I’m back. It’s still a well-written book, filled with very disturbing stories about life in Palestine under Israeli occupation. The author, already a respected […]


The Stakes: America in the Middle East

I found Professor Shibley Telhami’s The Stakes: America in the Middle East in the Eastern Market’s great used book store, Capitol Hill Books, a few weeks ago. Then Professor Telhami started showing up on my radar, most recently as one of the contributors to Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace. The Stakes was published right as the Iraq […]