Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Some Interesting Books !

Ahmed Rashid.  Descent into Chaos:  The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Peter Maass (for some reason, this author's name rings bells for me, but I can't remember why).  Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil
Aaron L. Friedburg.  A Contest for Supremacy:  China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia.
Last night I saw a very interesting interview by Charlie Rose on PBS.  He talked to David Barboza, the Shanghai correspondent for the New York Times, and it was a fascinating glimpse into post-Mao, post-Communist China.  You can catch the interview at  I'm not sure that Chinese capitalism is an improvement over the People's Revolution. 
You will have to watch the program and decide for yourself.

Andrew Feinstein.  The Shadow World:  Inside the Global Arms Trade.
ISBN 978-0-374-20838-7

Steve Crenshaw & John Jackson.  Small Acts of Resistance:  How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World.

Alan Axelrod.  A Savage Empire:  Trappers, Traders, Tribes and the Wars that Made America.
ISBN 978-0-312-57656-1 
   The jacket blurb says, "The story of the role of the beaver trade in the founding of America."

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