The success Van Reybrouck achieves here is not only by documenting a wonderful history of the Congo. What makes Congo a masterpiece is the way he weaves it together with the history of the world, bringing to light the enormous importance and influence of a nation that before reading this book, I knew not a single thing about, and the intensity of perspective that even a cursory understanding of Congo’s history can offer us all.
A Thousand Days paints a picture of Kennedy the way just one person saw him, but that person describes a lucid decision maker, principled problem solver, and a man deeply interested in international progress. In terms of global leadership, he was certainly not out of his depth. By any interpretation of this recount, it's clear the 35th President provided leadership the world desperately needed in a deeply troubling time.
There will be drama, suspense, and wild appeals. Kohli will inevitably send a decision upstairs, and we will all bite our nails and wait. A batsman will swing just shy of nicking a dot ball outside off, and we’ll all make that ‘oooooh’ sound in unison. There will be dropped catches, mix-up run-outs, ducks, and run a ball 50s. There will be cricket. David Warner and Steve Smith and that incredibly stupid decision can’t take that away from us. Cricket Australia and its stupid chaos can’t take that away from us. Nobody can take that away from us. So please, if you claim you love cricket, enjoy every ball this summer.
Simultaneously an excellent Cold War history and a gripping tale of the human experience, steeped in great research and excellent storytelling, Command and Control offers profound perspective and insight on nuclear war and proliferation that I am unlikely to forget any time soon.
There is simply no way for sex and love not to be messy. After all, have you ever seen somebody get shot without bleeding?
"Love was a passion neither of the mind nor of the flesh; rather, it was a matter of both as if they were but the matter of love, its specific substance. To a woman or poem, it says simply, 'Look! I am alive.'"
Out of Ireland is a novel by Christopher Koch; it is a diary of an Irish political prisoner, Robert Devereux, and the story of his exile in 1849 to Van Diemen’s Land penal colony for the incitement of violent revolution in Ireland. I chose to read this book purely for the reason that it was on … Continue reading Out of Ireland; getting to know Robert Devereux
Just last week, I finished reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Infinite Jest is a book whose reputation preceded it, at least for me. As year 11 double major English students, my teacher, Mr. Bibbens, assigned us the novel to study for a whole semester, under the expectation that we didn’t have to finish it. This is an … Continue reading Infinite Jest, my thoughts