Friday, October 31, 2008

Ongoing Reading List

An incomplete tick list of some different books I wanna read. This is in no particular order, just some books I've heard about and would like to read.

1. Ruby Payn- Understanding Poverty.
This one was recommended to me by former colleague and friend Jeff Wallick. Should satisfy my interest in sociology and economics.

2. Iris Chang- The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.
By all accounts, a sensational and graphic report of what happened in China. This is one of those books on the unofficial JET Programme reading list.

3. Khaled Hosseini- The Kite Runner.
This book and his other work, A Thousand Splendid Suns have come highly recommended by everyone I know who read it. Probably the only work of fiction on here.

4. Noam Chomsky- Hegemony or Survival.
Always nice to curl up by the fire with some hot apple cider for a little Chomsky, as he skewers the worst of American foreign policy.

5. Barack Obama- The Audacity of Hope.
Our new president's second book about changing American Politics. Hopefully he'll have some more concrete specifics than his stylish, yet sometimes empty rhetoric. Nevertheless, Obama is an interesting character, whatever your political persuasions.

This list is of course incomplete, and I may edit it from time to time. Still, if you're looking to buy me a birthday present, this wouldn't be a bad page to bookmark.

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