Religion, Culture; Continent: Europe, Africa, Asia

Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad by Brian A. Catlos Terms like “jihad” and “caliphate” get batted around Western media; this book offers some context for those ideas 390 pages (324 without Glossary, Notes and Background Reading) Oof! This book felt dense after breezing through […]

A Favorite from 2012

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield 338 pages (261 pages absent the extensive notes and the index) Short sections within chapters, but pick quiet reading opportunities to really connect the dots In the sixteenth century, the Spanish conquistadors found cochineal in the marketplaces of […]