Now that the MPRE is over, I’ve resumed my non-law related reading over the weekend.
Bertrand Russell: A History of Western Philosophy. A surprisingly readable and amusing book. I think it’s more history than philosophy, which is probably what made this book not as dry as I had anticipated. I am halfway through this book and will hopefully finish it in the next couple of weeks.
Jung Chang & Jon Halliday, Mao, The Unknown Story. The book is supposedly banned in China. And now I see why. This book is a good example of what a biography would look like if the author infuses such absolute animosity and hatred and emotion into her writing that she is willing to do anything to cram her views down the readers’ throat. The book purports to uncover Mao’s cruelties along his ascension to power, but is written in an eerily familiar, class-struggle, big-letter-poster style language that entirely undermines the book’s credibility and readability. There obviously was a lot of original research work behind this book, which is commendable, but the result of the research is interpreted for the readers in an irrational and totalitarian way that robs the readers of any opportunity to make an independent judgment. I am deeply disappointed by this book and would not recommend it to anyone.
When I tossed the Mao book aside I watched the movie 300. A very unique movie, a bit too bloody, but still well made. That concludes my weekend venture into non-law land.