Autobiographies and Biographies

At a very young age, I remember my father telling me about books and genres he loved to read. He has a strong affinity for ancient history and archeology, the bible (old testament), and how it relates to the history of the Jewish people. He is also a doctor, and when he’d want to learn about a disease, he’d go read the contemporary writings of physicians and others at the time that disease was discovered. After all, what better way is there to learn to diagnose someone than by understanding what symptoms tipped physicians off way back when?

Basically, my dad likes going back in time and getting to the source of any account. As for history, his favorite way to learn it – whether historical events or the history of thoughts and ideas – was to read autobiographies and biographies. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading “Autobiographies and Biographies”

Administrative law

We like to think we live in a just society. We like to think the political system is a transparent one. For all their faults, we like to think that we elect legislators who enact laws strictly in line with their published party platform, predictably and benevolently. And due to the separation of powers, the executive only acts within the limits set by these laws.

Well, let me clue you into a little-known fact… that ain’t the way it works, buddy! Continue reading “Administrative law”

Other classifications

To make things easier to find, I created a few groupings that allow you to narrow down certain topics that include a large number of named individuals, geographical locations, or geopolitical entities. So in addition to the detailed name of the person, group or location I created the topics: people and groups; areas and nations; economists; and politicians (who, within it, include also nation state leaders and US presidents).

You can always use the search bar to look for a particular person or country. The autocomplete function will bring up the search results immediately as you type. But if you just can’t remember the name of the person or if you want to get some ideas by searching the broader category (e.g. “let’s see which economists have something written about them…”) this would be a great way to do it.

And sometimes you might just want to read a book that seems to have a wide variety of topics, like a primer on some broad topic or a book that will help you answer every question under the sun. In that case you may just want to filter with the word smorgasbord and see what books come up.

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This concludes the series on Recommended Starting Points. I hope you found some useful content in here or, better yet, know that these posts exist so you come back here again when you start over looking for new topics to explore. And as always, thank you for reading!