Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Back in late 2004, a friend gave me his copy of Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World and told me that the story was fascinating.  I’ve been not reading it ever since then.  I picked it up again a few weeks ago to find out more about the man and […]

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World on Fire

Amy Chua’s World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability is our book club’s fourth title to discuss.   Part One  defines a Market-Dominant Minority  (MDM) and then gives examples of MDM’s in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Russia and Africa.  Part Two describes the three types of political consequences of […]

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Reluctant Fundamentalist, On Chesil Beach, Evolution for Everyone, Watchmen and The Way of the World.

On the way to and from Allentown, PA in early March, Ramona and I listened to the unabridged recording of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I was glad we listened to it, because I enjoyed hearing the frustration in the narrator’s voice. The title is a play on words, or at least a play on expectations. This […]

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A peace to end all peace

Right after Orientalism, I read David Fromkins’ A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East . Fascinating. This detailed work covers everything leading up to, through and right after the First World War, related to the Middle East. Fromkin is a very engaging […]

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