Scott Nations weaves together the history of the United States, with an eye on both economic history and cultural history, in his book A History of the United States in Five Crashes.
The book features an intriguing cast of characters, and many famous names portrayed in a new light (for those of us who are not experts). The market and business terminology can get a bit hard at times, but once Nations has provided the backdr...
Isaiah Berlin's essay The Hedgehog and the Fox was his most popular essay. It was meant as an "intellectual game" in which he expands on an old Greek fragment written by Archilochus: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."
Berlin defines a possible meaning, and then expands on Leo Tolstoy's theory of history, which he wrote about extensively in lengthy digressions in War and Peace.
Satire is the use of humor, exaggeration, or literary devices to ridicule social vices, and behavior. Satire is at it's most cunning when it is able to paint social or societal norms as vice masquerading as virtue.
Here are five great examples of the genre:
1. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb
The only film on this list. This modern masterpiece was directed and co-written by Stanley Kubri...
Patrick E. McGovern's new book Ancient Brews takes you on a journey through history in an attempt to find out about the oldest fermented beverages, and how they were used.
In his adventures, he plays the role of "part modern scientists and part Indiana Jones". Mcgovern attempts to piece together the oldest recipes in history, as he uses modern science and traverses archaeological findings to. He describes himself as being...
The second most renowned author and title on this list (the first would be hard to top). Amazon’s editorial review for the “blockbuster” history describes it as “breathtaking excitement, drama and narrative force.” David McCullough has won two Pullitzer prizes.