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The Franco-Prussian War: The German Invasion of France, 1870-1871
Michael Eliot Howard
Progress: 224/512 pages
Clashes: Air Combat Over North Vietnam, 1965-1972
Marshall L. Michel III
Progress: 150/352 pages
The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
Progress: 277/928 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 672 pages.

EuroTragedy A Drama in Nine Acts - Ashoka Mody

What's emerging from Mody's book is a picture of now nationalism sabotaged the euro project. France advocated the euro as a way of shoring up their declining influence and economic standing, and Germany insisted on a monetary union without a concomitant fiscal structure because Germans did not want to finance the wealth transfer necessary to make the single currency work. It's a pretty dispiriting story all around.