May reading / by Simmon Li

I've been reading Jeffery Sachs' Common Wealth forever now. I like the Sachs book well enough, but I find that because I've read his End of Poverty, I'm finding a lot of similar thoughts and so it's less engaging. Part of it is that, because of reading End of Poverty, I've gained some of his insights, and sometimes come to the same conclusion about issues, and so I find that it's less of a surprise, or it's somehow less exciting. His whole view on global security is interesting, and it makes sense. Impoverished people and states are a breeding ground for weak governance. Weak governance attracts those that do not want to be found. By diverting some military spending to the humanitarian effort, these states and governments could be much more effective, thus improving security for everyone. Sachs has been around the block, so to speak, so I feel that he has some very practical solutions to issues. I haven't finished the book yet, so I'll abstain from final judgment, but suffice to say: I feel that while it can be done, it will be over-budget and behind schedule, like anything else that we do. So, I've picked up "The Next 100 Years" by George Friedman from the SMC library, and I've been reading it almost non-stop in my free time today. I find that I can't put it down. Fantastic book, and very interesting insights. I wonder if his predictions will come to bare. Anyway, that's what I was reading today, but I think I should finish up Common Wealth first.

Finally, once I'm done those books, I want to take on Peak Everything. From the sleeve, it's a book about the dwindling resources that we rely on, and how the world is built on a house of cards.