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With my crazy schedule I seldom have time to read for pleasure, but I did mange to finish "Leadership" by Rudy Giuliani. While we are of different political stripes, I did find his ideas on crime prevention very useful.
History has much to teach us, and I am an eager student of historical fiction and non-fiction. Two of my favorite books deal with events experienced by the “greatest generation” during World War II. 1491 describes pre-Columbian civilizations with details recently discovered that are still unknown to most non-historians. Finally, Wolf Hall (winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize) is a brilliantly written account of Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell, and their struggle for power.
The Master and Margarita is a brilliant mixture of two modes of discourse that are thought to be antithetical; epic and novelistic. It is also a mixture of genres, time periods and textual strategies that combine a moving love story, scathing social satire and profound re-telling of the story of Christ and Pilate, leading the reader to examine the relative status of "great men" versus common people leading ordinary lives. It is virtually a sacred text for millions of Russians, and with good reason. There is nothing like it in world literature.