Sunday, June 22, 2008

2008 Summer Book List

So many books I want to read!

Dugard, The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848; reviewed in the May 16, 2008 issue of the WSJ, W8.

Borneman, Polk: the Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America; also reviewed in that issue of the WSJ.

Riley, Let Them In: the Case for Open Borders. Also reviewed in the May 16 WSJ issue, but on page A11. The author, Jason L. Riley, is a member of the WSJ editorial board. That board is "soft" on immigration, and the title of the book immediately indicates that point of view. I am pretty confused on this issue. I know that I am much to the left of Tom Tancredo, but I don't know just how to the left I am on this issue. Many Christians are over here where I think I am. The World Magazine editorial policy, for example, to the extent that I can perceive it, is over here.

Hague, William Pitt the Younger. William Hague is a prominent MP, a Tory, and at least at one point was considered in line to be the PM should the Tories assume power. He would have been the youngest PM since Pitt himself. I wanted to read this, because Pitt was such a good friend of William Wilberforce, and I want to read Hague's biography of Wilberfource that he wrote subsequently. (See below)

Hague, William Wiberforce: the Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. This came out earlier this year. Carol and I saw Amazing Grace on DVD last night. We saw it in the theater when it first came out. It's a fine movie and even better the second time.

Fletcher, The Quest for El Cid. I am reading this now, and picked it up after reading Fletcher's Moorish Spain after our visit to Spain in April. I recommend both books.

Sides, Ghost Soldiers: the Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission. In my Saturday morning men's breakfast, we pass around books we have read, and this genre is a popular one with the men (two WWII veterans, one Korean War veteren). This one is on loan from one of those men.

The One Year Chronological Bible. Our Wednesday night men's Bible Study is reading this NIV edition by Tyndale House, and so I will continue with the readings through the summer. It has REALLY been interesting to read the Bible this way.

Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Tim Keller, that is. Sort of the Evangelical book de jour. But I read the first chapter already, and it is a fine book. It would be an especially good for a high school grad on the way to college or any bright young person, or middle aged person, or old person, although I don't know any old persons.

1 comment:

Sean Meade said...

reminder: Tim Keller is the man! ;-)