Recent Reading

I’ve been enjoying the freedom of a low-key job lately and have been doing some great reading that I have wanted to do for a long time. I finished “The Poisonwood Bible” not too long ago, and thought it was fantastic. I loved the character development and the insight that it had into cultural clashes as well as the psychology of religious evangelism. I’m reading “Guns, Germs, and Steel” at the moment, and enjoying it a great deal. The fist half of the book was really illuminating in terms of explaining how and why certain areas were better positioned to support early agriculture, technology, and writing, as well as the reasons for some of the subsequent colonization patterns. Diamonds argument falls apart a bit when he tries to push his ‘environmental causes’ theory too far and explain later cultural phenomenon and general innovative behavior, but overall it’s a fascinating perspective.

I’m looking forward to starting “A People’s History of the United States” as well as “Crime and Punishment,” though I’ve got many many books on my to-read list.

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