Books of Summer
That means I get some reading done. With Kindle, you can read old stuff, new stuff, all sorts of things.
1. The Code: Baseball Ross Bernstein. Solid, interesting, but mostly stuff I knew.
2. The Code: Hockey Ross Bernstein. Fascinating, partly because I don't know much about hockey, but also because there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Some of the chapters are good enough, in terms of institutions, to be used in the sort of class where you talk about Olson, Ostrom, Leeson, and Skarbek. Really, really great.
3. Three Nights in August Buzz Bissinger. The story of a series between the SL Cards and the Chi Cubs, in 2005. Probably more, and deeper, stuff about how baseball works and how pitchers protect their teams than the Bernstein book. But then maybe I just like it because it is a story of how the Cards beat the Cubs, back before the Cubs starting sucking so bad that this outcome is a near certainty.
4. Havana Nocturne TJ English. How the Mob tried to run Cuba, and how Castro ran out the Mob. As interesting and vivid a history as I have ever read, and gives one sympathy for poor Cuba. Recommended by T. Pino; thanks!
5. The Economics of Beer Edited by Johan Swinnen. A bit academicish, but some great stuff on beer's history and economics. The chapters on beer in China, the largest beer consumer (total, not per capita) alone are worth the book. And John Nye's chapter on beer and wine in England is a classic.
1. The Code: Football Ross Bernstein. Can't blame Bernstein, and football is useful as the missing case in the instiutional story in his triloogy of "The Code" books. Query: What happens when there is no code, because players are allowed to cheat and take cheap shots, because they are wearing protective equipment that covers their entire bodies, especially their heads and faces? Answer: Football. Hockey and baseball have codes to prevent violence. Football just promotes violence, and that's all there is to it. Boring, repetitive account of injuries and mayhem without form or control.
1. Just got The Story of Spanish JB Nadeau and J Barlow. Spanish is the second most frequently spoken language on earth, after Mandarin. Why?
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