It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at  Book Journey and my good friend over at Early Nerd Special.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:

Sadly, I have failed as both a blogger and a human being (cue the Wilhelm Scream) I did not complete a new book this week. I am putting the finishing touches on my review of The Red Flag, but could not find Vienna Twilight at my local book shop. I will likely order it off of Amazon used.

Books I’m Reading This Week:

On Saturday I finally got around to picking up The Third Reich in Power by Richard J Evans. This is the sequel to The Coming of the Third Reich. Both books are part of a trilogy, with the final book being The Third Reich at War. I first read the TCOTTR when I was a Freshman in college. I had been recommended it by my advisor and as happens got busy with other things and did not keep tabs on the series.

So, what are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at  Book Journey and my good friend over at Early Nerd Special.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:

1776 by David McCullough: McCullough’s lesser known foray into the history of the American Revolution, 1776 is a concise work tracing the warring political factions and the personal intrigue that prevailed amongst America’s revoltionaries during the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The work sketched well known and lesser known characters, like Nathanael Greene, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, respectifuly. Yet the true star here is the six foot four Virginian with a flair for the dramatic: George Washington. I dont spend a lot of time thinking about the character of the “founding fathers” but if I did, this is the book I would point to in conversation.

A Review of The Red Flag will be up this week.

Books I’m Reading This Week:

This week I WILL sit down and read Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis.

So, what are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at  Book Journey and my good friend over at Early Nerd Special.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva: Silva’s books are like crack to me. Several years ago, when I was an ardent member of the Laboru Zionist community, I thought his fiction was by far some the best written work that truly “got” the Israel-Palestinian crisis. After waking up from that mindfuck of a coma I discovered that many of Silva’s characters are some of the most cookie cutter ‘lets feel bad for the Zionist enterprise’ persons in modern literature. That said, its an easy read and I have spent so much time reading all his other works I feel like I ought to at least try them as they come out.

Books I’m Reading This Week:

Still hammering away at The Red Flag, (pun intended).

I hope to start something new. What should I start with?

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So, what are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at  Book Journey and my good friend over at Early Nerd Special.  The purpose of the meme is to discuss books we are reading this week, as well as books we completed the previous week.

Books I Completed Last Week:

The American Civil War By John Keegan: I became a big fan of Keegan’s work when I was completing a paper in University about the causes and symptoms of the First World War. Keegan’s wit and insight into the minds and political attitudes of the leaders of both sides during the bloodiest war in American history is just as adept as his European studies. While I do not put as much stock in the motivational factors of the South as Keegan does (hint: its about Christianity not slaves), I do believe he understands how politics manifests itself in war. To use a tiresome analogy, Keegan writes best when he views war as, “a continuation of politics by other means.”

Books I’m Reading This Week:

The Red Flag: A History of Communism by David Priestland

I am excited to work my way through this. It came highly recommended by some of my friends in the European Left.

So, what are you reading this week?