What Karl's reading

After three years preparing The Triumph of William McKinley by reading very little but books, letters, articles and newspapers from the Gilded Age, I’m trying to get back into my regular routine, which I’ll chronicle here with an occasional review of what I’ve read.


I don't read much fiction but the stories, tales and essays of the Argentinan fabulist, Jorge Luis Borges, are worth reading and re-reading, as I did when I picked up a new collection of his work EVERYTHING AND NOTHING (NEW DIRECTIONS PEARLS), with stories drawn mostly from FICCIONES (English Translation).

This scholar at the American Enterprise Institute has written a spectacular must-read volume that destroys the conventional wisdom about how the United States mobilized is industrial might to build the weapons that win the greatest conflict in human history.

Having read little about Regency England, that period at the start of the 19th century where King George III sank into insanity, I learned much from this thin volume that centers on the rule by the Prince Regent (the future William IV) between 1810 and 1820.

A hard-hitting volume packed with contributions from an all-star cast of Nobel laureates, economists, business leaders and public intellectuals, The 4% Solution is a refreshing and provocative look how to advance economic growth by a greater emphasis on free-markets.

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