Monday, July 6, 2009

New Books I Recommend



Welcome to the Urban Revolution by Jeb Brugmann is a detailed and careful exploration of the huge urban shift that has been occurring and how it translates to daily life and reality.

The city has become so much more than it used to be. The city itself, per Brugmann, may be used as a resource to address and solve such problems as how to respond to poverty, how to read globalism, how to react to environmental changes and so forth.
I recommend this highly as Brugmann's research seems to be vast and the form of his argument is easily decodable.


2) Alistair Horne's Kissinger 1973, the Crucial Year. I've always been fascinated by the Nixon era and the text that Nixon stood for. Another character from the time period I've always had an interest to know more about is Henry Kissinger. Something about the voice, I don't know.

In Kissinger 1973, the Crucial Year, Horne details the year most impressively thus providing a fascinating behind-the-scenes of that very important year. The arguments are well-historicized and the story-telling flows well.






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11 comments:

JJ said...

I just got done with the Flora book and was wondering about the Urban Revolution. Will check it out.
Does he come from a social sciences background or urban planning?

JJ said...

I just got done with the Flora book and was wondering about the Urban Revolution. Will check it out.
Does he come from a social sciences background or urban planning?

mary said...

noted, thx

liam said...

not that i would want to forgo all the good times of late, but i wish i could escape to another country even for just a week this summer to catch up on some interesting and procrastinated reading. distractions of the international nature are most welcome and between every eye-blink, yet somehow foreign soil tends to afford me abundant opportunities to relax and read more so than home.

Anonymous said...

Saw the Kissinger title the other day and also noted it.
Nixon's cabinet has also been receiving a lot of attention.

Shaun said...

Excellent. I get what Liam is saying about travel and reading. I read voraciously when I'm traveling as well.

Nicki said...

You got me reading Kissinger! Gluecklich?

Sean said...

The Kissinger book is interesting so far...

Sean said...

The Kissinger book is interesting so far...

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