Summer Reading, Part II

July 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm 2 comments

A quick ‘Summer Reading List’ update for you all:

Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond (Finished)
Steal This Book, by Abbie Hoffman (In Progress)
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli (In Progress

“Guns, Germs and Steel” was incredibly captivating. I highly recommend it to anyone with any interest at all in history or human development.

“Steal This Book” is entertaining in that hyper-energetic, rebellious way Hoffman has, though I’m a little disappointed that it recycles some material from his book “Fuck the System”. On a side-note, how many badass points does it earn me that I read a book called “Fuck the System”?

“The Prince” is tedious, but short. I’ll probably slog through it in the end. As far as ‘historically significant treatise on conflict’ go, I much prefer “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu.

Also, I picked up “Freakonomics” at the School of Business Library today. I was pretty sure they were going to realize that I was an Arts student and then tear the flesh from my bones. Luckily that didn’t happen. Disaster averted?


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  • 1. chen019  |  June 12, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Diamond’s book is a little out of date on genetics. Recent studies have shown that there was an increase in genetic change with the development of agriculture and population expansion in eurasia. Some of these changes appear to relate to neurological function (see papers by Benjamin Voight, Bruce Lahn or Scott Williams).

    New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade’s book ‘Before the Dawn’ covers some of this, as does the more recent ‘The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution’.

  • 2. Deletrius  |  September 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I’m glad to hear your positive feedback on Guns, Germs, and Steal. I’m taking Geology at the moment, and my professor told us it would be a good book to look into. I just might have to!


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