December 27th, 2010
Merry (belated) Christmas! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a terrific 2011. As of today, we’re exactly a month away from my scheduled c-section and can hardly wait to unwrap this very special little present.
In the meantime, we’re enjoying winter break without the constant nagging brought on by the usual backlog of homework and studying. Managed to pull straight As again this semester. Booyah! Sometimes hard work pays off.
Read on for Day 17 of 30 Days of Truth
A Book That Changed My Views
This is going to make me sound extra nerdy, but “A Political Economy of the Middle East” by Richards and Waterbury really helped me better understand the social, economic, and political dynamics at work in that tumultuous region of the world. Don’t go thinking I read this tome for pleasure. It was assigned reading for a class, but I ended up learning a great deal.
There seems to be a common misconception that religious issues are at the heart of a majority of the turmoil we hear about in the Middle East. Reading this book helped broaden my perspective and understanding of the tangled web of more practical issues (water scarcity, job migration, etc.) that actually contribute to most of these issues.
Do I recommend this book? Not really. It’s a tough read and I found myself having to re-read a number of sections because it’s such complicated stuff, and a little on the dry side, to be honest. Unless you’re really interested in the topic, like my cousin Tenny, who plans to major in Middle Eastern studies, it’s best to leave this book to Econ majors.