3 Books

Conrad Schmidt, Workers of the World Relax.

A compact book full of big ideas. It reads very much like a thesis, which sounds boring, but it isn’t. In fact, where it strays from being academic and allows Schmidt’s passion for this topic to show through, is the book’s weak side. This book will change your perception of what’s important in your life. Everyone should read it.

George Friedman, The Next 100 Years

Really interesting projection of the geopolitical landscape over the next century. If the world being ruled by one superpower bothers you then, Friedman, suggests you’d better settle down for the long haul, because the United States hasn’t even yet reached the pinnacle of its power. The book explains simply and logically why that’s the case and once you read it, you too, will realize that what he writes is geopolitical inevitability. After reading it I immediately started to pick up on things in the news that follow the trends and logic that Friedman lays out. It’s a thought provoking read.

Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

As one critic put it, this is an epic tale and a wonderful yarn that spans decades. It takes place a while after William had conquered England and the island is in turmoil, with several people fighting over the right to be king. Centered around a stone mason whose dream is to build a cathedral, the story moves along quickly and has the right mix of characters, good and bad, to make the story interesting and not overly complex. I enjoy the Song of Ice and Fire series more so than I enjoyed this book, but if you’re looking for an epic more based in reality and real history then this book should be right up your alley.

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