Reading List

I was looking around at Amazon.com to pick up a new book to read during my commute. Here are the books that I was looking into, maybe you can suggest something.

The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer. I has been three years since American forces bagged Baghdad, Americans are still dying in Iraq. The number of dead American service men has by now surpassed the death toll in 9/11 while the number of dead Iraqis is many times that of the American losses. Iraq is in the verge of a civil war as Shi’ite and Sunni struggle for control of the country. This book talks our role in Iraq, although right now I am more concern about Iran’s role in Iraq.

Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, by Bruce Bratlett. Impostor is a critique of the Bush Administration’s policies from the right, that is his republican minded supporters. This books seems to have a lot of positive reviews and I recently saw the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Bushwacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose. This book has a lot of positive reviews. From the reviews, this book goes over Bush’s first term including the Enron bankrupcy.

The Bubble of American Supremacy: The Costs of Bush’s War in Iraq, by George Soros. I feel that we as Americans are living in an illusion of supremacy, just as conquistadors conquered and exploited and converted other peoples in the name of God and civilization we tend to do so with in the name of democracy and world order. The truth is that we can easily maintain a hundred year world against sheep herders in Afghanistan but the whole world would come crashing down in a few days if China and the US go at it. I am actually a more concern about our economic supremacy; congress recently increased the US debt limit.

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