read and rested this weekend..
Liar's Poker" by Michael Lewis - sad tale of a newbie learning the ropes on Wall Street. If accurate, it's as bad as we all think. So intriguing and conversationally written it's hard to put down.
"5000 year leap" by W C Skousen - An easy to understand and well written narrative covering basic principles of US constitution. Draws liberally from writings of our 'Founding Fathers', old Greek, French and British philosophers, even Moses, whose names we all know but whose thoughts i'd sure never tied together.. He does an amazing job of weaving a tale of how five thousand years of ideas came together.
First couple chapters sound like he's campaigning for organized religion and it was tempting to put it down. But "In God We Trust" is on our seals and money because in God those guys DID trust ; religion (read ethical behavior) was their check and balance on the volatile combination of human nature wth liberty. Author soon moves on and his skill at teaching rivals Asimov's..
First time i understand why they had senate appointed by legislatures. Many such epiphanies in the book, it really lifted my spirits. Definitely a book worth sharing and i just mailed it to my socialist stepson (who's mellowing now he's entered the workforce and beginning to pay taxes
Cogito ergo doleo.