Friday, 14 August 2009

End of summer reading list...

The end of summer is rapidly approaching, but you still have a few weeks left to catch up on some long overdue reading. I highly recommend picking up the following books before you head to the beach:

Shakedown, by Ezra Levant, examines in detail Canada's Human Rights Commission. This book is not just for Canadians - if you love and value free speech you need to read this book. Levant examines the structure of this system, how the process works (and he knows having been put through the wringer himself) and details some incredibly bizarre cases that leave you shaking your head.

The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, examines events in Africa over the past fifty years. In its 700+ pages this book delves into every corner of the continent and provides valuable insight into the Africa of today. Martin Meredith's narrative is easy to follow and this books makes you think (it might also leave you feeling a little depressed). He carefully details recent events, and looks at the role humanitarian groups play in helping and hindering progress in Africa.

Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad, written by former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton who people love or hate. Whatever your politics, this book is a very interesting read. Bolton reviews his time at the UN (outlining its inefficacy) and provides an inside look at key events during the George W. Bush presidency. Although I found some parts of the book a bit dry, it is definitely worth reading and I highly recommend it.

If you need some mindless entertainment I recommend The Negotiator by Christian author Dee Henderson. It is a clean, fun read.