Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Some new books on the way

Here are a few books that have my eye at the moment.

Are We Rome? by Cullen Murphy. I am generally predisposed to comparing the American state of dominance to the British Empire, but that is primarily in foreign policy terms. It appears that Murphy does blends both domestic and foreign concerns in his book. There is an summary article in the June Vanity Fair, if you are interested.

In the Ruins of Empire by Ronald Spector. I know quite a bit about World War 2 and the Korean War, but I don't know all that much about what happened in between the conflicts. This book covers that era with attention paid to the Chinese Civil War, Malaya, Korea and Vietnam. It looks rather good.

Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw. This looks like it could be one of those books that argues if Hitler had preferred sausages to spinach, we would all be speaking Serbo-Croatian now. Based on Tony Judt's comments, it is more of a study of how states make decisions and the consequences of decision making styles.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica Megafauna by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Sure, this is basically more of the same from these two, but who cares? These books are awesome.

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