Interesting look behind the scenes of the culture that GWB grew up in. Lind makes a lot of interesting arguments about the seemingly fundamentalist basis of the Republican party and their pact with ivy-league educated neoconservatives. While his claims seem superficially credible to a non-expert reader like me, I would have preferred to get more data backing up his claim that 5% premillenial fundamentalists have hijacked the GOP because of their high turnout in Republican primaries.
Verschwoerungstheorien, Theorie-Geschichte-Impact by Helmut Reinalter (ed.) – Quite interesting look at the sociolgical fundamentals of conspiracy theories.
Geschichte des fruehen Christentms by Friedhelm Winkelmann – A brief history of the early Christianity. Too brief, for my taste. After reading „the bible unearthed“ (link below) I was looking for a book that would unearth the political history of Christianity – and I still am. Suggestions very welcome!
Has Globalization Gone Too Far? by Dani Rodrik – A Harvard economist questions some fundamental institutionalised myths of economic reality and tells his readers to think about the fact that increasing the size of the pie may not always justify the costs of the social upheaval involved in redistributing the pieces.
Wie ich Coca Cola schlug / The Futurist and other Stories by Carl Djerassi – Wonderful, funny short stories. Great Saturday afternoon reading.
The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists‘ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics by William Easterly. Good Stuff. Exciting economic history of economist’s attempts to further economic growth in developing countries in the course of the last 50 years.
Stupid White Men …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore. Ultimately bad, though partly funny book.
Weaving the Web – The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its inventor by Tim Berners-Lee. Technology in the making. Ever wondered how the first ‚http://‘ server came about?
The New Global Oil Market: Understanding Energy Issues in the World Economy by Siamack Shojai, Ed., thought it would be a good read given current the ongoing „blood for oil debate“. But it’s a bit too technical for my introductory taste.
Judentum – Ein kurze Einfuehrung by Norman Solomon. At some point I realised that I had read a whole lot about Israel and the politics of the Middle East and was somewhat lacking the spiritual context. It’s a neat, brief introduction into Judaism – but it leaves the reader with more questions than he had before…