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Friday, December 26, 2008

What I'm Reading: Robert Caro, Jane Jacobs, James Grant, Robert Shiller, Paul Krugman, Niall Ferguson, Dostoyevsky

1) The Power Broker: started this over the summer, and was making good progress for a couple months.  But I've been picking it up only intermittently since Sept--still a few hundred pages to go.  I'm only getting to the post-war period now.  Amazing stuff--esp to be reading it while in NYC.

2) Death & Life of Great American Cities: figured it would be a good companion piece to (1).  But similar story: been picking it only intermittently.  Last time was Oct in Philly--when I had a good day walking to Franklin, Washington, and Rittenhouse Squares while re-reading that section of the book.

3) The Trouble With Prosperity: this one I also started over the summer..slowly been absorbing it, as Grant requires a couple read-throughs to really absorb. 

4) The Subprime Solution: got this one in Oct, and finally almost finished with it.  Essential.

5) The Age of Diminishing Expectations: this one I picked at from the public library, after reading all the buzz about his new one (an updated version of The Return of Depression Economics).  A great intro to the central issues of economics.

6) Empire: this one I just started yesterday.  I bought it as a gift for my father-in-law--borrowing that copy back to read it myself.  I've been meaning to read Ferguson for a while..

The odd thing is that I used to read much more fiction than non-fiction.  The only fiction I've got going now is:

7) The Brothers Karamazov: been bogged down in this since Sept..thanks to Krops!

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