Sunday, July 20, 2008

Books I am reading

At home in Marianivka, I have two books on the go which I am half finished:
Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World by Margaret McMillan. One of the kids (sign it next time so I remember who gave me which books) gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago and I am just now getting around to reading.
The First World War by Sir Martin John Gilbert, which I have had for ages but never read. Now there is a new version in print. An excellent book from the British point of view but I am still looking for one from the French perspective. Are there any in the English language?

The following are books I brought to or bought in Turkey. I have read the first three and am almost finished the fourth.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley
Imperial Ambitions: Conversations with Noam Chomsky on the Post 9/11 World. Interviews with David Barsamian
What We Say Goes: Conversations with Noam Chomsky on US Power in a Changing World. Interviews with David Barsamian.

Today I was sitting in the park reading “What We Say Goes” and a pigeon pooped on the open book. Talk about political commentary! I’m sure it was a Republican pigeon as it consisted of only a right wing and an anus.

I’m saving The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beever for the week in Alanya. I read his history of the battle of Stalingrad and thoroughly enjoyed it.


  1. Ha! That's awesome. Mostly just that a bird pooped on your book. Sigh. Awesome.


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