Monday, March 21, 2011

Today's discount book buys

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World (hc) by Michelle Goldberg for 3 dollars.

The Men Who Stare at Goats (pb) by Jon Ronson for 4 dollars.

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century (hc) by Philip Bobbitt for 2 dollars.

Of these, the only one I've read before is Free Lunch. However, I've been interested in reading The Gamble since watching Ricks lecture on the book.

Regarding Philip Bobbitt, I am not all that sympathetic to what I perceive to be his views on the national surveillance state, but have found myself desperate to find some intellectually challenging views that are not deranged after years of listening to AM radio and watching Fox News.


Mark Vuletic said...

With respect to Ricks, I recommend Fiasco. Also, Making the Corps is great if you are interested in Marine Corps boot camp: I read it before going in myself, and—although nothing can quite prepare one for the reality of boot camp—Making the Corps came about as close to it as a book can.

Hume's Ghost said...

Thanks. I have not read Fiasco despite having had a cooy of it sitting around in a pile of discount books for a couple of years now ... The curse of having eyes bigger than my brain.

I might look into Making the Corps. I haven't really read that sort of material since taking a sociology of war class way back in college.