Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I found Fooled by Randomness interesting and provocative (even when scoring points against people I know) and a nice followup to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success.
Smiley’s book I found very helpful, especially concerning the “depression within the depression.”
Among the books I’m enjoying now is Robert Gellately’s Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe, which I bought in the Warsaw Airport during a layover between St. Petersburg and Munich.
Gellately helps to make clear the central role of Lenin in the development of the totalitarian terror-state and undoes the myth of “the Good Lenin.”
(I’ve just finished a review of James C. Scott’s remarkable book The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. I’ll post a notice when it’s published.)