Bill:  I just recently re-read the Clan of the Cave Bear series to the end at the Shelters of Stone.  It’s still a very good read and great research and development.  The very last book read was Persuader by Lee Child.  Still a good read for the purpose of getting away from reality for awhile.  Lots of action and the good guys win after giving the bad guys adequate punishment for their actions not seen in the real world.   Fiction Auel.

Daniel:  I am currently reading two books concurrently (trying to keep events somewhat chronologically in order to compare the two versions). Book one is Pride and Prejudice in which I am constantly looking at a dictionary to truly comprehend dialogue in context (who talks like this anymore?). Book two is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I find totally amusing (what a jarring difference to find Elizabeth Bennett to be an accomplished martial artist easily dispatching and decapitating the undead). Both books are available in our system. The second book lists the authors as Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. I am of course enjoying both versions.    Fiction Austen,   Fiction Grahame-Smith, S

Eugene:  With official unemployment in California running at over 12%, and with relatives in Oregon looking for jobs, I couldn’t resist reading Paul Krugman’s book “The Return of Depression Economics: The Crisis of 2008”. 

A professor of economics at Princeton University, a columnist for the New York Times, and the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, Krugman writes about economic crises in various countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and how lessons learned there should have prepared our own government for a similar crisis in 2008.  The book gave me a better understanding of the regulated banking industry, the non-regulated shadow banking industry, and the effects of financial globalization.  

Krugman’s conclusion is that “anything that has to be rescued during a financial crisis, because it plays an essential role in the financial mechanism, should be regulated when there isn’t a crisis so that it doesn’t take excessive risks.”   330.9 Krugman

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