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January 21, 2009


The Washington Monthly reading list for Obama, which is actually a list of recommendations from 19 regular contributors to the magazine rather than the magazine's own recommendations, is interesting for its diversity.

The author who recommended Zinn's book is Debra Dickerson, who once said Obama is not "black" because he is not a descendant of West African slaves. The list of authors also includes former Republican operative James Pinkerton, who recommends a book called "The Pretense of Knowledge" by Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek.

Zinn bemoans the evils of what he calls "crony capitalism" while Hayek is best known for his defense of free-market capitalism against socialist and collectivist thought. Why am I not suprised that you did not mention the Pinkerton recommendation in your post?

I would add to the list a book I've started to read called "How Terrorist Groups End." The book studies 648 such groups that existed from 1968 to 2006. Its principal conclusion is that the most effective deterrent is local intelligence and policing rather than the use of military force, especially international military force. As such, it abjures the use of the phrase "war on terrorism."

If you are willing to buy a car, you would have to get the personal loans. Furthermore, my sister all the time uses a small business loan, which occurs to be really firm.

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