Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mas Libros

From the guys at our Friday Morning breakfast:

Veith, God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life. (Juan)

Orr, The Last of the Horse Soldiers. (Can't remember who recommended this one.)

Etheridge, Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul. (Mike)

Zaffron and Logan, The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life. (Will)

Cloud, Necessary Endings: the Employees, Businesses, and Relationships that All of Us Have to Give Up to Move Forward. (Will, again)

From the WSJ's Five Best Column (I think the Weekend issue of May 14-15): in this one entitled "Essential Reading on WW II," Richard Snow, a former editor of American Heritage magazine, and author of A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II gives his choices:

Lukacs, The Duel: the Eighty Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler.

Wouk, The Caine Mutiny: a Novel. I wasn't yet a teenager when I read this one in the 50s. I saw the movie with Juanita when I was five or six years old, and still remember scenes in it vividly. Herman Wouk is a hugely successful and respected author of fiction, and I read a number of his other books growing up.

Cawthon, Other Clay: A Remembrance of the World War II Infantry.

Weinberg, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II. According to Snow, this "is still the best single-volume history of the war and likely to remain so for a long time."

From the same WSJ issue, another review, this one by James A. Ceaser, professor of politics at UVA:

Wood, The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States. Ceaser writes, "Mr. [Gordan] Wood is our premier student of the Founding Era. He has been writing history for about a half-century, roughly a fifth of the days since the origin of the republic. He has scrupulously avoided appropriating his subject for modern-day political purposes and instead tried to understand it on its own terms and as a whole." Sounds good to me.

OK, so that takes care of the first month of summer reading.

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