Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Mini-Book Club Assignment

In a world full blogs, Facebook, television, podcasts, kindles, smartphones, Twitter, etc. What a novel concept it is to sit down and read a good, old-fashioned, paper book!

Here are some books that I would like to read:

Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
Joseph A. Schumpeter

As the title of the book suggests, this analyzes relationship between capitalism, socialism, and democracy as well as makes a bold prediction on the future of these systems. It has been given numerous good reviews and addresses specific topics interest to our group. 

The Roots of Romanticism
Isaiah Berlin and Henry Hardy

Today's lecture inflamed my desire to delve into the ideas and concepts of the Romantic movement. Of the books I searched, this appears to be a exploration on Romanticism in both length and content. 

The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)
Margaret C. Jacob

The Bedford Series books are well recommended as smooth reads that give effective historical overviews of topics as well as examples of documents of that time. The en

The Wealth of Nations (Book One) and The Manifesto of the Communist Party. A Combined Edition: The Father of Modern Capitalist Economics and the Founders of Communism
Adam Smith, Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx

What better way to understand capitalism and socialism in their historical contexts than to read the works of the those who fathered these systems.