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Recommended Reads, 13th in a Quarterly Series
Stuff I'd recommend from the past few months:
Sex and the Supremacy of Christ (Piper). A good, Biblical perspective on sexual sin - why it's wrong, why we do it anyway, and why and how to overcome it.
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer (Kaplan). We've all read Lincoln bios, but this one is a fun lens by which to understand the one many consider to be our greatest president, which is as a crafter of written arguments.
The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (Brands). Even though I grew up inCalifornia and studied the gold rush in grade school, I had no idea how big, how global, and how transformative it was.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (Egan). A dramatic account of a huge fire and the before and after politics of the Forest Service. .
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (Levitt). Levitt and Dubner at their best, with clever and counter-intuitive arguments culled from econometric analysis and economic theory.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Diamond). Diamond goes way way way back, and gets at the fundamental causes behind regional differences in human advancement.
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bryson). Not nearly as laugh-out-loud funny as his other stuff, but just as engaging.