(1) I have become increasingly convinced that history is the only subject of study that really matters, and progressively more infuriated about how badly it is taught in schools, by and large.
(2) I grow more respectful of historians as a class or group, to the point that my esteem for them is nearly boundless, but also increasingly distrustful of the agenda and point of view of any single historian (from any point on the political spectrum.)
(There is no conflict or even inconsistency between these two positions.)
(3) I weep with shame for ever having considered myself an educated man.
Some histories, biographies, books on current events, and general works of social science I have recently enjoyed include:
- Albion's Seed : Four British Folkways in America
- Alexander Hamilton
- American Theocracy : The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
- Born Fighting : How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
- Imperial Grunts : The American Military on the Ground
- The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
- Occidentalism : The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies
- Seven Pillars of Wisdom : A Triumph
- The Worst Journey in the World : Antarctic 1910-1913