The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. If it wins a Pulitzer Prize, it goes on my reading list. The hunt for ancient manuscripts and the state of publishing before the printing press were my favorite sections.
Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistanby Sean Parnell, John Bruning. Books like this are becoming of more interest to me in recent months. This was written about America’s operations in Afghanistan in 2006. The view from then and the expectations of what will be happening with the U.S.’s role in the country through 2014 leaves unanswered the question of if it mattered.