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February 10, 2008 by juniorannex

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princemarshes.jpgFeb 10 2008:  Spending the kids college fund on books,

Prince of the Marshes – Rory Stewart. 

Update: just finished, and it strikes me that none of the arm chair warriors who second guessed just how long it ‘should’ have taken the US to rebuild Iraq paid any attention to just how corrupt, venal and absolutely feudal a society is Iraq.  Saddam simply appears to have normalized this way of life and in the absence of his totalitarian regime, things carried on in just as violent and but now chaotic fashion.  

 I am particularly looking forward to reading this as I had just finished “Places In Between“, a fantastic book purchased and read in honour of my uncle, Christopher Brown (1944 – 2008). 

The Hidden War – Artyom Borovik.  Just as soon as I complete Stewart, above, I intend to launch into this particular gem. 


Jan 20 2008:  Juniors transatlantic reading,
savage-century.jpgI am about a third of the way through this very interesting book. Delpech treads the ‘those who fail to heed history are doomed to repeat it’ path but with strong arguments rooted in the recent European experience. Very compelling. More to follow.

Grateful thanks to Mrs Junior for an excellent Christmas gift.

Jan 04 2008:  The Christmas Book Fairy was very good to Junior,

Savage Century (see below)

The Bottom Billion (also below)

Fifteen Days– Christie Blatchford

Villa Air-Bel – Rosemary Sullivan

The Mess They Made – Gwynne Dyer


Dec 01 2007:  Junior’s TransAtlantic Readings

Nature Girl– Carl Hiaasen 


 Nov 14 2007: If Junior had any spare change, he’d be buying these:

Discovery Of France – Graham Robb;

Savage Century: Back to Barbarism– Therese Delpech

The God That Failed– David Engerman

The Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it – Paul Collier

Gates of Fire– Steven Pressfield


Nov 12 2007: Juniors Current Reading:

mudblood.jpgI usually have about two or three books on the go at any one time.  Just finished reading Mud Blood and Poppycock by Gordon Corrigan. A very compelling revisit of some of the accepted wisdom surrounding the Great War for Civilization.    For anyone with a general  interest in military history, or of the First World War specifically I would recommend this.

On the go: 

 ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities‘ – Jane Jacobs; and

Flashman and the Dragon‘ – George MacDonald Fraser.  One of my all-time favourite authors; and I do like the new cover art.


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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron'scruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C.S. Lewis


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