Deltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1239 times:
I seem to have alot of time on my hands as I look for a job here in Singapore for the summer, and I guess reading is one of the best ways to fill such time. I just finished "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" and found it extremely interesting and a very imformative read...does anyone have some suggestions of something similar? Id like to stay in the international 'intrigue'/relations/world politics genre for now, so if youve got a good read in that category let me know!
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2596 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1213 times:
Depends on what you're looking for.
If you want escapist pulp, I would recommend one of the books in the "Jack Reacher" series by Lee Child. It's about an ex-Army copy who lives as a vagabond and encounters very bad people on his travels. Satisfyingly violent. I just finished Bad Luck and Trouble, which was very good.
If you like whodunnits, I would recommend Reginald Hill's "Dalgleish" series. Police investigations taking place in Yorkshire. Very funny and intriguing. Any book in his series is sure to please.
If you want to do some serious reading I would recommend 2666 by Roberto Bolano. This has captured the interest of the literary world. It is not an easy read as it is dense and close to a thousand pages, but well worth the effort. Also, I am currently reading The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell. It is fascinating and has been very controversial. It is written from the point of view of an SS officer; it's like having a conversation with the devil.
FlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 637 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1178 times:
Well this might be something you're looking for. I haven't finished the book yet, I'm only halfway through it, but it's definitely got me hooked! It's Thomas Ricks' "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq." It's really interesting. The first quarter of the book or so makes you really mad because there were so many things that could have been done to prevent the current situation. Overall its' really informative and shows you what really happened from the first gulf war to now. http://www.amazon.com/Fiasco-America...tary-Adventure-Iraq/dp/159420103X.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4260 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1146 times:
"Roosevelt's Secret War" by Joseph Persico is pretty fascinating. As is "Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire" by Peter Hopkirk. Both deal with espionage type stuff and definitely world politics. Enjoyed both thoroughly.
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