Zealot

If there was any book better designed to initiate vapid controversy than Zealot by Reza Aslan, I would greatly like to see it. The title – sure to boil the blood of any Christian unfamiliar with the wider connotations of the word Zealot, is only driven home by the less than subtle placement of a […]

Life of a Colossus

So, it has been a while since I read a biography, and they are really starting to pile up on my shelf and Amazon wishlist. I decided to begin with the biography of Julius Caesar because he is such a looming figure throughout history and even in our modern culture. I grew up with references […]

Dead Aid

So I finally got around to reading “Dead Aid” by Dambisa Moyo, arguably her most famous wok, and one I see referenced quite often. Despite being written in 2009 (like many books that rely on economic data, it really doesn’t age that well), and despite an incredible amount of repetition (in his foreword Niall Ferguson […]

The World Until Yesterday

I decided to read ‘The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?’ because I frequently come across references to other works by Jared Diamond (especially his book ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’), but I had never read any of his books. The World Until Yesterday is Diamond’s latest publication, and was only released […]

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