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user-inactivated  ·  256 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gosh darned bookthread time.

Burnt out on history and hot takes on history right now.

Since the last thread, I've read:

- Understanding Power, which is a curated collection of talks by Chomsky. Was fairly interesting, but is slowly fading away into the past. Worth it for the footnotes, and reads quickly.

- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, which was my first experience of reading about an event and going "wait, that happened how many years ago?" This one was probably my favorite out of the bunch this round. I actually checked it out along with Black Against Empire, but ended up shelving the that one a quarter of the way through once the history burn out set in.

- Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber. I'm actually not quite done with this one yet, but will be before the night is over. Unless there is a magic finish to this one, it is solidly in the "over hyped" territory.

- The War on Leakers: National Security and American Democracy, From Eugene V. Debs to Edward Snowden by Lloyd C. Gardner. Emphasis on Snowden, Debs is hardly featured. This was the most forgettable. By which I mean I forgot I about it until I was looking at my library checkout history to make sure I didn't miss anything. The writing is lack luster, and the facts it brings to the table are more or less along the lines you would suspect.

I'm a shit book reviewer. But that's ok.