I finished reading the Krugman book yesterday. I was on the train, and it was windy. Krugman laid out several arguments against the Bush administration’s failings on economic issues, however, reading them in 800-word columns didn’t tie everything together that nicely. It’s sort-of like me publishing a book of my blog entries. On second thought, maybe that would not be a bad idea. I’d call it, “The Tautology of Polemics.” Or, “A Polemic Tautology.” I’m not sure which one I like better, but I should register a domain name soon.
And now some history. The creation of Iraq; the restoration of Poland. So much happened at the Treaty of Versailles, and many aspects had huge implications for decades (e.g., Yugoslavia, the purportedly-related rise of Hitler, even Vietnam). Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan.
I think I bought this in a Barnes & Noble (those still exist?) a few years back. The cover certainly looked cool, and the content intrigued me. I was actually looking for a different book on my shelf this morning — another history book — but I couldn’t find it. I have a series of historical books in the hopper, and this one fits the bill, plus the politics involved should be captivating, even with regards to present-day policy and reality.