Posts Tagged ‘biblioholism’

Just a quick update on my “no buying books until I’ve read ten I already have” Long March, last updated here. Since then I’ve finished White Guilt, Betrayal: France, the Arabs and the Jews, and, just today, Ferling’s Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. All of them I highly recommend, especially Ferling’s book, and I hope to post reviews of them soon.

Regarding Roberts’ A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 … we’re still working on that. It’s entertaining, provocative, and easy reading (though I have found one disturbing gaffe in it so far), but it’s a big book, which means only reading it at home when I have the time. Likely this will the the tenth and final book.

What’s next? I’m not sure. I read mostly non-fiction, as you can see: History and Politics are often much more interesting to me than fiction, but perhaps it’s time for a change of pace. Yet there’s very little fiction on my shelves that I haven’t already read and, to fulfill the quest, I should really read something I haven’t yet gotten round to. But what?

Decisions, decisions.

Meanwhile, I should start thinking about what I want to buy as my reward…. 🙂

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It’s been quite a while since I posted anything. Sorry about that, but, if I don’t find myself interesting, why should I think anyone else does?

Anyway, it’s time for an update on the “no new book purchases until I’ve read ten that I have” pledge I made to control my biblioholism.  I’ve just finished the fourth, Goldsworthy’s Roman Warfare. It’s a good survey of the development of Rome’s army (the navy was, except for the First Punic War and the war with the pirates, negligible) from the city’s foundation through the 6th century. A short work at just a couple of hundred pages, it’s necessarily shallow, but Dr. Goldsworthy does a good job of presenting his main themes. I recommend for anyone interested in Roman History.

Oh, book number three was Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, also highly recommended to the astute reader.

Next up … I don’t know really. We’ll see what catches my eye on the shelf.

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Just to follow up on my earlier post about the Ten Book Rule, first on the list is Davis’ Look Away: a history of the Confederate States of America. I’m an avid reader of History and, like many, I have an interest in the US Civil War. This book fills a gap, since I’ve never read anything about the war from the CSA’s perspective.

Okay, and I’m cheating a bit, too: I started the book before Christmas and have only a hundred-or-so pages to go. You won’t tell, will you? Dont tell anyone


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