Reading: 2003

The first book I finished in 2003 was Alex Kerr’s Dogs and Demons…

  • Alex Kerr – Dogs and Demons
  • Michael Lewis – Liar’s Poker
  • Peter L. Bernstein – The Power of Gold
  • Erdmann & Stover – Beyond A World Divided (A defence of the scientific theories of Roger Sperry, whose theory of “emergent causation” seeks to resolve the facts/values dichotomy of science and religion.)
  • Peter L. Bernstein – Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk.
  • Graham Greene – The Lawless Roads
  • Graham Greene – A Burnt-Out Case
  • P. J. O’Rourke – Eat the Rich
  • Paul Hirst – War and Power in the 21st Century
  • John Henry – Knowledge is Power: Francis Bacon and the Method of Science. (This is my second reading of the book. Read my review .)
  • Diane Dreher – The Tao of Personal Leadership
  • B. Ifor Evans – Science and Literature
  • Hugh Kenner – The Mechanic Muse
  • Ian Kershaw – Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris
  • George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia
  • Anthony Beevor – Berlin – The Downfall 1945
  • Ian Kershaw – Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis
  • Kurt Vonnegut- Slaughterhouse 5
  • Grahame Greene – The Power and the Glory
  • Zadie Smith – The Autograph Man
  • Shusaku Endo – The Sea and the Poison
  • Mark Shand – Travels on My Elephant (A delightful read. Something I found on the ¥100 shelves of a second-hand bookshop in Hiroshima.)
  • John Keegan – The Battle for History: Re-Fighting World War II
  • Sebastian Haffner – Defying Hitler
  • Lothar Machtan – The Hidden Hitler

Poetry 2003

  • John Milton – Sonnet XVI: To the Lord General Cromwell
  • Lord Byron – The Sea (Gerald Abrahams, in his book Chess – see below – borrows a line from this poem: “Time writes no wrinkles on [thine azure] brow.”)
  • John Dryden – Absalom and Achitophel (Well, I was writing a review of Greene’s The Lawless Roads when I began to do some online research about the Catholic church and Tudor state politics, but got carried beyond that subject and arrived at The Popish Plot during the reign of Charles II, which led me to read about the machinations of Shaftsbury – the “Achitophel” of the poem…)

Essays 2003

  • Jonathan Swift – A Modest Proposal
  • Francis Bacon – Essay 42: Of Youth and Age “A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time.”
  • Michel de Montaigne – I am dipping into the collection translated and edited by M. A. Screech for Penguin.

Manga 2003

  • Saifu Umi/Hoshino Yasushi – Tetsuya, Vol 1
  • Saifu Umi/Hoshino Yasushi – Tetsuya, Vol 2
  • Joe Sacco – Palestine Guardian review.

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