Reading Round-Up

The last couple weeks have been out of routine, which in some ways is routine. I want to at least share a quick up-date on the books I’ve been able to finish over the last couple weeks. So far the majority of the reading has been for fun, but I’m in the midst of a few  more serious books as well. So more coming from those in the days to come as well.

Here is a brief description:

The Tehran Initiative by Joel Rosenberg

The second book in a series centered around Iran and their efforts to get a nuclear bomb and how Shi’ite eschatology might look like as it influences current events. It is a work of fiction (and pretty good fiction in my opinion!) but raises a lot of interesting questions and has plenty of potential realism. It is written by a Christian and that shapes some of the authors perspective and the themes addressed. Really enjoyable and exciting to read with plenty to chew on along the way! Joel Rosenberg has written quite a few books and some of them with surprising insight into events that would end up coming true. He also has written a few works of non-fiction. I haven’t read them but think his is a voice that is worth considering.

Lincoln’s Diary by DL Fowler

A girl with a somewhat troubled past learns about a diary her grandmother was given that is rumored to be Lincoln’s and may raise questions about the plot that ended his life. She then sets off on a journey to track down where the diary is and what it actually says. It ends up plunging her into a web of mystery that reveals some surprising details about her past. A decent story line but I struggled to get through it. I was never really grabbed by this book. The characters never really grasped me. It  would not be one I’d recommend and if I had paid for it I would be disappointed. Nothing really wrong with it other than it wasn’t all that enjoyable and that is a big factor for me when reading fiction.

The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been . . . and Where We’re Going by George Friedman

This a book about the American Empire, that he argues exists whether it is desired or not, and the kind of leader it would take to manage it while maintaining the values of the American Republic. He looks region by region at American interests and gives a suggested strategy for shaping the coming decade. He argues that largely the USA should be concerned with promoting a regional balance of power that keeps different powers competing among themselves and acting in accordance with American interests but through more sophisticated methods than “boots on the ground.” In his book The Next 100 Years he looks at trends but in this one he is concerned more with individuals. An interesting read, certainly one that makes plenty of claims that could be debated, but worth reading.

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