Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Recommended Reading

The current situation in Georgia (the country, not the state that is the home of the Braves) reminded me of a book I read forty years ago; The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman. It is a very detailed and well-research account of how Europe and the imperial superpowers in 1914, without really meaning to, fell into World War I and wiped out a generation of young men in the trenches in France.

In 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy recommended that his senior advisers read the book.

The parallels between then (1914), then (1962), and now may not be perfectly aligned, but once again, we can learn something from history.