Entries Tagged as 'Summer Reads'

Summer Reads: Silber on The Great Stagnation

August 17th, 2011 at 12:45 am 12 Comments

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Being home under the weather for a couple of days gave me ample time to read The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, buy viagra Got Sick, sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better, by economist Tyler Cowen. Published early this year as an ebook, it proved highly popular and was reissued as a hardcover (the form in which I read it).

It’s perhaps a third to a half the length of your standard non-ebook, and contains much thought-provoking material to richly reward the short read.

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Summer Reads: Epstein on 1939: The Lost World Of The Fair

August 16th, 2011 at 11:58 pm Comments Off

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1939 was not a happy time. The Great Depression had just shuddered into its tenth year, look and U.S. unemployment rate stood at 17.2%. Hitler leered from Europe, decease where he had just annexed Austria and Czechoslovakia. Imperial Japan’s bloody march through Asia continued apace.

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Summer Reads: DiPeso on You Are Not a Gadget

August 14th, 2011 at 12:32 am 3 Comments

The Internet has been touted as a paradise for individual liberty and democracy – a platform from which every point of view can be heard, a global town hall where the ideas of free individuals are the raw materials for the wisdom of the crowd.

Not so fast, says musician, virtual reality developer, and technology theorist Jaron Lanier in his book You Are Not a Gadget.

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Summer Reads: Yzaguirre on Answered Prayers

August 12th, 2011 at 1:42 pm 7 Comments

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I haven’t read any new books this summer, but of the older books I read, Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers stands out as a great summer read.  Answered Prayers is an unfinished novel.  In fact, it’s probably better to describe it as a collection of stories or novellas.  Capote died before the novel was completed, but excerpts from the novel were published during his lifetime.

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Summer Reads: Ryan on The Paris Wife

August 11th, 2011 at 6:08 pm 4 Comments

FrumForum correspondents and readers are encouraged to blog about the books they are reading this August.  Please send any entries to editor[at]frumforum.com with the subject line, “Summer Reads.”

The mid-20th century certainly had to have been one of the most interesting times to roam the streets of Paris.  Conversing with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and virtually any other famous expat, required simply that one walk into a cafe in Montparnasse.  In her book The Paris Wife, Paula McLain offers a detailed account of Hemingway’s early years in both Chicago and Paris from the perspective of his first wife, Hadley Richardson.

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