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Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century
Hendrik Meijer
Progress: 74/448 pages
Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge 1977-1981
Edward C. Keefer, Erin R. Mahan
Progress: 61/815 pages
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
Progress: 257/520 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 382 out of 760 pages.

Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman - Jeremy Adelman

Perhaps I'm too prone to making connections between what I am reading and contemporary events, but as I read the author's chapter about Hirschman's experiences as a development economist in Colombia in the early 1960s, I was struck by some of the (admittedly superficial) parallels between his subject's observations of the contemporary social reactions to the disruptive changes that the modern economy was imposing upon them and what we are experiencing today. Back then the economic transformations taking place in Colombia led to a half-century of civil war that seems only now to be coming to an end, and while I doubt things will get that bad in America I do think that a lot of what we are seeing in politics today reflects people who are reacting to economic change in a similarly anxious and frustrated way.