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A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East–from the Cold War to the War on Terror

…If you’re looking for a well-written book on this very painful subject, A World of Trouble is a good place to start… […]


The Looming Tower

I picked up a copy of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Vintage) this weekend in Santa Fe. Started reading it just to fill in a few minutes, then couldn’t stop reading it. Apologies to all those who’s earlier recommendations of this book to me went unheeded […]


The World Is Flat

Our book club is discussing Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (TWIF) this month. I read the 2005 edition of the book, so I’m not sure about the contents of the 2.0 and 3.0 updates. The first half of the book describes ten “flatteners” that have […]


Inevitable Surprises

The friend who recommended Peter Schwartz’s The Art of the Long View lent me his copy of Schwartz’s Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence. This book was not about scenario planning, but it provided data for a scenario planning view. You do not have to have read The Art of the Long […]


The Dust of Empire

For months, I have been scavanging the shelves of my area’s largest used book store, trying to find a copy of Peter Hopkirk’s The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia. I finally broke down and ordered a new copy (pre-reading thanks to Dan C. and Meghan B. for the ringing endorsements). During […]