Gift Guides 2016

It’s GIFT GUIDE time here at Apt. 11d ! New to Apt. 11D? Here’s how it works:

  1. I write a few blog posts with suggestions for gifts for the holidays. Most of the items are found on Amazon, but not all.
  2. You buy something on Amazon – it doesn’t even have to be the item in the blog post – and Amazon sends me a cut of the sale.
  3. After Amazon sends me the gift card, I promptly buy myself some boots. I recently got these and have my eye on these.

So, let’s do a little shopping, people!

16 thoughts on “Gift Guides 2016

  1. Well, I want some history suggestions. This year, I read: Tombs, The English and Their History; Trevelyan, History of England; Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy; Checkland, The Rise of Industrial Society; Griffith, A Short History of the Industrial Revolution; Morgan, ed., Oxford Illustrated History of Britain; and Cunliffe, Britain Begins. Also Price, Discourse on the Love of Our Country; and Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France. Santa promised to bring me McPhee, Liberty or Death (so I can decide between Price and Burke, although I know which way I’m leaning).

    Now I need some new reading ideas. Not to say that fashionable clothes don’t interest me. Should I buy a pair of monks? I have been wrestling with this for about three years.


    1. Dominican or Benedictine? I also thought that Luther put paid (you’ll pardon the expression) to the more obvious forms of buying monks, paired or otherwise.


    2. Less flippantly, it’s been a slow year for non-fiction for me: two biographies (Chernow on Hamilton and Isaacson on Einstein), four histories (The Balkans by Mark Mazower, the suddenly timely Mussolini’s Italy by R.J.B. Bosworth, The Collapse by Mary Elise Sarotte, The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth), and two on society and governance in post-Soviet Russia (Authoritarian Russia by Vladimir Gel’man, who is a friend of a friend, and Moscow in Motion by Samuel A. Greene, who is not, at least as far as I know. I’m about two-thirds of the way through Tony Judt’s Postwar, and hope to finish it by year’s end.


      1. I bought the Chernow book years ago, when it first came out. Got in about 50 pages and stopped. My wife picked it up after Hamilton came out, so at least it didn’t go to waste. I also tried to read “The Deluge”, but it started to get a bit repetitive so I never finished. I’ll try “The Collapse”. Thanks for the tip. I hadn’t heard of it.


      2. I’m thinking of re-reading “The New Meaning of Treason.” Reading about a guy who abandons a democracy to work for a foreign dictator and gets hung for it seems very cheering to me.


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