I've been tempted to buy Victor Davis Hanson's Carnage and Culture. Anyone read it yet?
I haven't read this specific book, but I can recommend Hanson. I read parts of/worked with several for his other books on Ancient Greece and used them for my thesis last semester: They are decently written, easy to understand and have tons of qualified information. It's like Keagan: You can't really do something wrong by buying one of his books.
I just finished reading "2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America" by Albert Brooks. It's set in 2030, cancer has been cured, the US is essentially bankrupt and there are generational conflicts between Baby Boomers, who are called 'olds' here, and younger people who can expect to work longer and harder for less pay to support the older generations. There's a huge earthquake in California, the damage bill is twenty trillion dollars - which the government doesn't have - and so the government approaches China for a loan. China says no, but has an alternative solution, and it gets kind of interesting from there. I liked the book well enough. It was kind of depressing, and there was a lot of exposition, which is to be expected in speculative fiction I guess. My only complaint is that the exposition seemed to take the place of developing the characters, and the ending was unsatisfying.
Now I'm reading "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein and loving it. The story is great and the use of language is really interesting.
And I just finishedThe Saint, the 2nd Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus, by Dan Abnett. Was okay, hated how he used a character to kill off a few other notable ones. I know he has no qualms doing so but I felt it was sorta weak in how he used one character to kill off a few others.