Mike's Recommended Reading
||My idol. P.J. O'Rourke, journalist
from Rolling Stone, who describes his transformation from drug dependent
hippy activist to alcohol dependent cynical reporter, takes on economics.
Seeking the answer to the question "Why are some places rich
and prosperous while others just suck?" he travels the world,
talks to prominent experts in the field, and outlines the basic
economic philosophies which purport to dictate how the world spends
its wealth. Insightful, witty, and at times scathing in his observations,
Mr. O'Rourke explains one of the world's most important and least
understood forces in a way that the common man can grasp. After
reading "Eat the Rich" you will no longer shake you head
in bewilderment at the concept of economics. You will shake it in
If you like "Eat the Rich", the following are also
available. The titles should give you an accurate idea of the
tone and content.
Give War a Chance : Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's
Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice and Alcohol-Free Beer
||Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence,
and a Bad Haircut
||All the Trouble in the World : The
Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic
Hatred, Plague, and Poverty
Steven Brust's tale of Vlad Taltos, an ethnic minority-a
human- who overcomes prejudice and hardship by studying witchcraft,
becoming an assassin, and working his way up the underworld ladder
of organized crime. He's really a nice guy, though. This is one
of the most unique and interesting series available in print today.
Steven Brust does Dumas in this witty and hilarious homage
to the author of The Three Musketeers.
Brust again rejects stereotype by experimenting in a radically
different style of literature, and putting a fantasy spin on it.
He stands head and shoulders above the crowd of current fantasy
||Glen Cook evokes a gritty realism
in this tale of a mercenary company in the sevice of a powerful
sorceror lord of a dark empire. Told through the voice of the cynical
and war weary veteran surgeon of the company, the story tells of
the company's campaigns against the rebels and of the Byzantine
politics of the empire, as it's ruling magicains struggle for position.
This is an excellent look at the character of professional soldiers
and how loyalty to the unit can be stonger than loyalty to squabbling
political animals who make up the ruling class. An excellent read.
Be advised, Cook doesn't pull his punches.