What I’ve been reading

1. Rwanda, Inc., by Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond.  The positive story on that country, though I don’t buy it, given that the broader region still is not close to peace.  Governance problems will do them in.

2. Bernard Bailyn, The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675.  It is stunningly good, not just “stunningly good for a 90-year-old.”

3. Bee Wilson, Consider the Fork:  A History of How We Cook and Eat.  The first 61% of this book, as measured by Kindle, is fascinating and superbly original.  The rest is a well-done retread of other intelligent popular food books.  That is for me a high ratio of excellent to good.

4. Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds: A Novel.  Everyone else loved it, though for me it was too impressionistic.  Call it my fault.

5. Benoit Peeters, Derrida: A Biography.  An excellent book, though I find it hard to care.  Easier than reading Derrida, and the author doesn’t make the mistake of trying to tell you what Derrida is all about.

I have not yet seen a copy of Erik Angner, A Course in Behavioral Economics, but perhaps it is of interest.


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