The good news: Starting last Saturday, I suddenly had a couple extra unclaimed hours in the day.
The bad news: I have extra hours because my home internet went out. Doesn't appear to be fixed anytime soon.
Upside: more time to read, reflect, watch Alias re-runs and work out.
Downside: I was just getting back into the blogging thing.
I've got a work-around figured out (local internet cafe and a thumbdrive) but haven't ironned out all the bugs. Plus, there is all this extra time...
Daniel Drezner posted a list of Top Ten Books to Read about International Economic History. Given the Pope's recent teaching on Charity (which I am still working through) some background might be helpful.
(I whole heartedly second the recomendation of Guns, Germs and Steel as a noteworthy arguement for why the world looks like it does now. And I find it interesting that Thomas Friedman ("Lexus and the Olive Tree" is not listed. (Perhaps the book is less about economics than I thought.)