While riding in a plane a few weeks back I had a lot of time to read some books. I thought I would mention them here.
In Defense of Food-Pollan’s new contribution to our food system was mostly disappointing. I think this was because he was on such a lofty pedestal after The Omnivore’s Dilemma, but I thought this book was just plain awful. It was hard to read. It rehashed a ton of information that is already in the blogosphere, and it was not really that well written. Maybe I wasn’t the target audience, but I found myself skimming through it.
Edge Cities-I read about half of this before I gave up. This book was really, really, really dated. I think if read when it was new it would be a good book, and very informative, but now, it’s too dated. Practically all the information is irrelevant.
Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging-I enjoyed these books. Emerging is a prequel to Ecotopia. I thought it was much better. It was better written, more informative and more detailed. Some characters and subject lines weren’t even discussed in Ecotopia that get great levels of attention in Ecotopia Emerging. Either way, they are both interesting reads. You should check them out.
Band of Brothers-This is the book I most enjoyed. I like reading true military history, well, history books in general, and this one did not disappoint. Very informative. Great information about what it’s like to live life in the trenches. What real soldiers are feeling when they go to war. I think there are a few books that any new politician should be required to read, so they can understand how soldiers feel, and Band of Brothers is on this list now. (On this list also is The Long Gray Line, We Were Soldiers, A Soldiers Story, Death March: The Survivors of Bataan as well as numerous books about D-Day. I update these as I read books that I think would totally change a politicians view of war. Most are written from the soldiers viewpoint and would make any normal person think twice about war for any reasons other than self defense.) This is a good book.
(This is off the topic, but I read 1776 earlier this year or late last year, and it was a very good book. Ambrose does a great job writing (Band of Brothers too) and he does great research. I was amazed reading 1776 how many times our rebellion was at the edge of failing for want of materials and men. And the shear numbers they were talking about needing. 10K men would field a huge army and most the time they were happy with a few thousand.)
I read another book too but I can’t remember it. Sorry. It must not have been that eventful.