Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Books By My Bed

April was a rough month for me when it comes to reading, mainly because we are doing so much moving prep.

I read two books about Russia (my country for April), finishing one and perusing the second. Whew, Russia is a big bite to chew. I was flabbergasted once more at how little I knew about the country, it's history, and it's people.

In my study of the nation, I have been pondering how gravely people are affected when they are led by evil men. Millions of people have died in Russia because of poor leadership. Leadership that made bad economical decisions, causing millions to die because of famine. Leadership that led the people into badly motivated wars, causing additional millions to die. And repeat. It's sad.

Our leadership may not always be the best here in the USA, but I am thankful for the principles our country was founded on and the checks and balances of our government. In relation to the rest of the world, we've had it good. I keep coming back to this with each country that I study!

Basic Economics 3rd Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the EconomyI currently have two books sitting beside my bed. The first is Basic Economics, by Thomas Sowell. I really don't have the first clue about economics, thus this book. It seems easy enough to read, although I'm re-reading some passages to make sure I catch the concept.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a TimeThe second is Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver.  I found this book on my bookshelf and decided to pick it up. So far, it's an easy read about a man who definitely wasn't afraid to tackle some difficult things in his life. I am sensing some humanist themes in the book so far (I'm hoping it won't be about what man can accomplish on his own strength!), but I'll let you know how it turns out.

That's all from me for now. I'm really enjoying seeing what's on everyone's booklists through Bookin' It with Life As Mom. :)


1 comment:

  1. (Visiting from Life as MOM) I just LOVE that you are continuing to learn through reading and I DOUBLE LOVE that you pick a different country to learn about each month! We've met a lot of people who know very little about the rest of the USA outside of where they live, let alone the world. Keep it up! You're inspiring me to read more about countries that I probably won't get a stamp in my passport from, but I can visit via book. Thanks!


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