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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

My fun reading

I read tons of current books for my day jobs — almost all the new stuff about the military, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on. At night I try read farther afield. On the fun front, I’ve finally finished Antonia Fraser’s biography of Cromwell. I liked it but after 600 pages began to find her style ...

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I read tons of current books for my day jobs -- almost all the new stuff about the military, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on. At night I try read farther afield. On the fun front, I've finally finished Antonia Fraser's biography of Cromwell. I liked it but after 600 pages began to find her style off-putting -- she tends to explain the event before telling you what actually happened.

Following the suggestion of a comment on this blog, next up on the nightstand is The Cousins' Wars, by Kevin Phillips. Speaking of your postings, I appreciate all your comments. I read every one of them, but try to respond only when I think I've got something to say. Often I find that someone else has gotten there first with my thought, which is fine by me.    

I read tons of current books for my day jobs — almost all the new stuff about the military, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on. At night I try read farther afield. On the fun front, I’ve finally finished Antonia Fraser’s biography of Cromwell. I liked it but after 600 pages began to find her style off-putting — she tends to explain the event before telling you what actually happened.

Following the suggestion of a comment on this blog, next up on the nightstand is The Cousins’ Wars, by Kevin Phillips. Speaking of your postings, I appreciate all your comments. I read every one of them, but try to respond only when I think I’ve got something to say. Often I find that someone else has gotten there first with my thought, which is fine by me.    

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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