As we enter the new year, try to find time to catch up on your reading. Here are a few books to help you begin.
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
This is an enjoyable and educational read about the biggest forest fire in the U.S. history (in 1910). It devastated large areas of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The book is also the history of the U.S. Forest Service and the conservation legacy of Teddy Roosevelt. Very worthwhile.
Americana: A 400-year History of American Capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan
If you enjoy history, business and entrepreneurship this is the book for you. A large book but well organized into specific topical sections that provide relevant details in an enjoyable and readable fashion. You will learn a lot.
The Internationalists by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
A great history about the 1928 Peace Treaty when world leaders got together in Paris to outlaw future war. It did not work, of course but it is a splendid backdrop to current events. If you like history this is a must read.
The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos
Interested in artificial intelligence (machine learning) this is the book to read. It outlines the background of AI and what we can expect to see in the next five to ten years – especially in the health care area. This will change how you think.
Conscience of a Conservative by Jeff Flake
Senator Flake, as you may know, just resigned from office because of the current political environment. He has received a lot of press coverage as a result. This book is definitely worth reading. He outlines his view of the conservative agenda in a substantial, analytical way. You will find much you will probably agree with- even if you are a liberal. It is only 135 pages- but well written and puts much of current debate in perspective.
Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
The true story of Irena Sendler who saved thousands of children from death in Nazi occupied Poland in World War II- an extraordinary personal risk. After you read this great book you will ask- what have I done? A history and a story of courage.
Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World by Ian Bremmer
Confused by the current debate, then read this. It will help clarify your thinking, give you historical perspective and be better informed overall. It is illuminating and well written.