Saturday, June 14, 2003


Via Virginia Postrel, I see that Brink Lindsey has put up a post listing all the books he's read in the past 12 months. Interesting idea. Here's a partial list of the books I've read in the past year, in alphabetical order by author's last name. (It's a partial list because I know for sure that I've read library books during the past year but can't remember all of them offhand):
Hadley Arkes, First Things

Hadley Arkes, Natural Rights and the Right to Choose

Hadley Arkes, Beyond the Constitution

Hadley Arkes, The Return of George Sutherland

William Buckley, Overdrive

Martin E. Cave, Sumit K. Majumdar, and Ingo Vogelsang, editors, Handbook of Telecommunications Economics, Vol. 1

Ronald Coase, Essays on Economics and Economists

Ronald Coase, The Firm, the Market, and the Law

Ann Coulter, Slander

Joseph Epstein, Snobbery

Farid Gasmi, D. Mark Kennet, Jean-Jacques Laffont & William W. Sharkey, Cost Proxy Models and Telecommunications Policy: A New Empirical Approach to Regulation

Harry Jaffa, A New Birth of Freedom

Gina Kolata, Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth About Exercise and Health

Larry Lessig, The Future of Ideas

Brink Lindsey, Against the Dead Hand: The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism

Bridger Mitchell and Ingo Vogelsang, Telecommunications Pricing

Jennifer Roback Morse, Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work

Laurie Mylroie, The War Against America: Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center Attacks

Richard John Neuhaus, As I Lay Dying

Richard John Neuhaus, ed., The End of Democracy

Richard John Neuhaus, The Best of The Public Square

Michael Novak, The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Richard A. Posner, Natural Monopoly and Its Regulation

Roger Scruton, The West and the Rest: Globalization and the Terrorist Threat

Jean Tirole and Jean-Jacques Laffont, Competition in Telecommunications

Gerald Wegemer, Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage
In compiling this list, I also noticed that there are way too many books that I've started reading and have yet to finish, for one reason or another. I didn't realize there were so many in this category until I started scouring the house for partially-finished books. I think what's happened is that, since having children, my time for reading is often limited to about 15 minutes before going to bed at night. This means that it takes a couple of weeks to finish a book that I previously could have polished off in an afternoon. And when I've been reading the same book for an entire week, I have an instinctual urge to move on to something else. Thus, lots of unfinished books. Here they are:
G.E.M. Anscombe, Intention

Anselm of Canterbury, The Major Works

Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

Robert George, In Defense of Natural Law

Robert George, A Clash of Orthodoxies

Thomas Howard, On Being Catholic

David Lowenthal, Present Dangers: Rediscovering the First Amendment

John McWhorter, The Power of Babel

Anne Roche Muggeridge, The Desolate City: Revolution in the Catholic Church

Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon

Richard John Neuhaus, The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World

Josef Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues

Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge

Andre Previn, No Minor Chords: My Days in Hollywood

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King [I've read this several times before, but am in the middle of re-reading with my wife.]

Oliver E. Williamson & Sidney G. Winter eds., The Nature of the Firm: Origins, Evolution, and Development
Finally, there are quite a few books that I've bought recently but haven't started reading at all. Here they are:
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Dino Bigongiari ed., The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

Jeremiah Curtin, Myths and Folklore of Ireland

Will Durant, Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization

Charles Freeman, The Greek Achievement: The Foundation of the Western World

Thomas L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree

Miriam Joseph, The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

Saul Kripke, Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language

Paul Lendvai, The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat

Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose

William Morris, The Well at the World's End

William Morris, The Water of the Wondrous Isles

William Morris, The Wood Beyond the World

John Peddie, Hannibal's War

Oliver Williamson, The Mechanisms of Governance

Brendan Wilson, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: A Guide


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