Friday, December 5, 2003
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Your holiday book recommendations
New month -- time to update the book recommendations.
In response to the feedback on this post about Opus and Bloom County, the "general interest" book is The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson. Of all the Calvin and Hobbes collections to have, this is the best one, since Watterson comments on the strip itself as well as his campaign to have more autonomy in his Sunday cartoons, many of which are reprinted here. There were a lot of great comic strips in the late eighties/early nineties -- Bloom Country, Doonesbury, Dilbert, Foxtrot -- but Watterson's creation stands out. If it's true that much of culture is confined to one's generation, surely Calvin and Hobbes deserves to be an exception to that rule.
The "international relations" book is Christina Davis' Food Fights over Free Trade. Davis points out that contrary to the conventional wisdom, compared to 1950 there has been significant agricultural liberalization among the developed countries. The explanation? International institutions, specifically the GATT/WTO regime. Through the promulgation of hard law and the ability to link agricultural issues to liberalization in other sectors, the United States has been able to pry open protected markets in Japan and Europe. A brief description of the book:
Chinese, Brazilian, Indian, and South African trade negotiators would serve themselves well by reading this book in order to devise a strategy to restart Cancun.posted by Dan on 12.05.03 at 03:48 PM
Calvin and Hobbes is a priceless, timeless contribution to our literary history. I always enjoyed it when I was growing up, but I never truly appreciated how brilliant it was until I had a son of my own.posted by: Catsy on 12.05.03 at 03:48 PM [permalink]
Anyone have any rousing Historical Fiction suggestions?
I recently finished Collen McCullough's series on
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