Happy Thanksgiving! I read 3 books in November – a decent number. Now it’s time to give a short review for each book, and post them on my list of short reviews.
A book making the case for agnostic Buddhism. BWB treats the Buddha as a historical figure, and focuses on Buddhism as a “dharmic practice” for reducing suffering rather than a monastic, metaphysical, or mystical tradition. Good for secular explorers of Buddhism, avoid if you’re a more traditional or religious Buddhist.
An engaging geopolitics book about the coming century of global disorder, and how America’s geography, demography, financial system, and growing shale capacity will turn the 21st century into a true American century. He only dedicates two pages to climate change, but there’s much in Accidental Superpower worth thinking about.
A book about an apathetic doormat, who uses nihilism to justify low standards and poor life choices. Existentialism is a powerful life-affirming philosophy; even though this is a core existentialist text, this is existentialism at it’s worst. Read if you like Camus – I’d suggest finding a better book on existentialism.