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*Avinash Dixit's "Lawlessness and Economics" is a must read: it has charm, creative + simple modeling, and wonderful anecdotes.  
 
*Avinash Dixit's "Lawlessness and Economics" is a must read: it has charm, creative + simple modeling, and wonderful anecdotes.  
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*The Complete Memoirs of Serge Obolensky: One Man in His Time Paperback – January 16, 2021
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by Serge Obolensky (Author)
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Few men lived lives larger than Serge Obolensky. Born to one of Imperial Russia’s great aristocratic families, Serge had an idyllic childhood growing up at a time when his country seemed poised for an economic boom at the start of the 20th century. Coming of age at the start of the most destructive period in human history, he served as a cavalry officer on the Eastern Front of the First World War. Then, as his nation collapsed into Bolshevik tyranny, he chose to stay and fight as a guerilla for the doomed White Army.
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Eventually forced into exile, Serge rubbed shoulders with the elite of European society, wandering through the height of the Roaring Twenties and eventually landing in America. Swearing absolute loyalty to his newly adopted home, Obolensky embarked on a series of adventures in the world of high culture, finance, and industry, witnessing firsthand the growth of America from regional hegemon to global superpower.
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On the outbreak of the Second World War, Obolensky volunteered for the special forces. There he trained experimental units, developed advanced combined arms tactics, and eventually became the oldest man to complete parachute jump school. His extreme courage and skill led him to be selected for a series of seemingly-impossible assignments: first securing the peaceful capture of Sardinia with only a three-man team and later preventing the destruction of Paris’s only electric power plant during the German retreat from France.
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Books to Read

  • Manners Can Be Fun, by Muero Leaf.
  • Avinash Dixit's "Lawlessness and Economics" is a must read: it has charm, creative + simple modeling, and wonderful anecdotes.
  • The Complete Memoirs of Serge Obolensky: One Man in His Time Paperback – January 16, 2021

by Serge Obolensky (Author) Few men lived lives larger than Serge Obolensky. Born to one of Imperial Russia’s great aristocratic families, Serge had an idyllic childhood growing up at a time when his country seemed poised for an economic boom at the start of the 20th century. Coming of age at the start of the most destructive period in human history, he served as a cavalry officer on the Eastern Front of the First World War. Then, as his nation collapsed into Bolshevik tyranny, he chose to stay and fight as a guerilla for the doomed White Army. Eventually forced into exile, Serge rubbed shoulders with the elite of European society, wandering through the height of the Roaring Twenties and eventually landing in America. Swearing absolute loyalty to his newly adopted home, Obolensky embarked on a series of adventures in the world of high culture, finance, and industry, witnessing firsthand the growth of America from regional hegemon to global superpower. On the outbreak of the Second World War, Obolensky volunteered for the special forces. There he trained experimental units, developed advanced combined arms tactics, and eventually became the oldest man to complete parachute jump school. His extreme courage and skill led him to be selected for a series of seemingly-impossible assignments: first securing the peaceful capture of Sardinia with only a three-man team and later preventing the destruction of Paris’s only electric power plant during the German retreat from France.



  • Target Patton, written by Robert K. Wilcox and published by Regnery Press, runs over 450 pages, with an extensive bibliography and nearly 700 footnotes.
  • O'Brien How the War Was Won, about WW2. IN IU library.
  • Tongdong Bai, The Political Philosophy of hte Middle Kingdom. I have it now.
  • The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire by A. Wess Mitchell: Looks good and fun t read. Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library

DB36.3.H3 M58 2018

  • Good book to understand America's trajectory would be Martin Meredith's "The Fate of Africa." Tells story of end of colonial rule, withdrawal of effective bureaucrats, handover of pwr to people not ready for administration. We're doing it "democratically," but same difference. 1. The fate of Africa : from the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair : a history of fifty years of independence, Meredith, Martin. (2005) 960.32 Me
  • The Icon and Axe: An Interpretative History of Russian Culture, by James Billington
  • Richard Dawkins, Flights of Fancy.
  • 1. The making of the atomic bomb, Rhodes, Richard, 623.4511 Rho. Very good. Buy.
  • Zoning Rules!The Economics of Land Use Regulation, William A. Fischel July 2015
  • The Best of Myles. Flann O’Brien
  • Stilicho recommendations:
    • The Fall of the Roman Empire by Peter Heather. Good, but don't buy it.
    • 1. The restoration of Rome : barbarian popes and imperial pretenders, Heather, P. J. (Peter J.) (2014) 909.07 Hea. Good, but don't buy it.
    • Empires and barbarians : the fall of Rome and the birth of Europe, Heather, P. J. (Peter J.) (2010)

940.1 Hea

    • How Rome Fell by Adrian Goldsworthy.
    • The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization by Bryan Ward-Perkins
    • Empires of Faith by Peter Sarris focuses on the various states that succeeded the Roman Empire up to the rise of Islam. It strikes a good balance between narrative and explanation, it's a very good standalone work on the period after the fall.
    • History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours.
  • General View of the Criminal Law of England, James Stephen (1863).
  • Householders' Guide to Community Defence Against Bureaucratic Aggression (1972) JAY. Too expensive. $180 used. Out of print.
  • Michael Thompson’s 2005 book, Understanding Independent School Parents (co-written with Alison Fox Mazzola)
  • Memorabilia, Xenophon.
  • An Essay on the History of Civil Society, Adam Ferguson.
  • Henry Friendly: Greatest Judge of His Era, by Dorsen.
  • "The Registers of the Consistory of Geneva at the Time of Calvin: Volume 1: 1542-1544," 2002,

by Mrs. Isabella M. Watt (Editor), Mr. Robert M. Kingdon (Editor), Mr. Thomas A. Lambert (Editor).

Books I Have Read That Are Good

  • Dorothy Crawford, Viruses: A Very Short Introduction.
  • Rex Stout, The Rubber Band, The Red Box.