There's always an excuse for not reading books: an urgent task here, a rush chore there or a new draft proposal. I finally mustered the courage (and time) to renew my library subscription a month ago. The last two books I've read are highly recommended for anyone who's interested in history.
Gulag: A History
by Anne Applebaum (2003, Pullitzer prize winner)
Simply a breath taking history of one of the biggest secrets of the 20th century.
All the Shah's Men: An
American Coup and The Roots of
A true story of the plot against the first democratically-elected Iranian prime minister in 1953. While I disagree with the simplistic conclusions that historians draw from that incident and the one-dimensional presentation of the author, this is still an amazing account of an historical event that has shaped Iran, and indeed the whole world, ever since.
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