Weekend Reading Assignments: Mobsters, Comic Books, Libertarians and More!
Book recommendations from the staff of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
12:03 PM, Apr 30, 2011 • By THE WEEKLY STANDARD
One of these days when Hollywood needs a break from the superhero genre, they're going to make comic book movies out of Greg Rucka's fantastic Queen & Country books. Based on a small British MI6 team of agents, Queen & Country might be the most realistic spy series done in the last 20 years: The agents spend most of their time sitting around, waiting for something to happen. When missions do crop up, they spend most of their time observing. Often, whatever the situation is, it turns out to be a false alarm. And the biggest obstacles are almost always internal: fights between Her Majesty's different ministers and bureaucrats. Yet somehow Rucka makes it all grippingly awesome. Don't blame me when you wind up addicted.
One of the great perks of our business (and there are oh so many!) are the free books. They come in by the boatload—galleys, hardcovers, and paperbacks. They share the bookshelf alongside other books no longer wanted by our staff—quite understandable because if you didn’t occasionally shed books, your office would eventually resemble the hanger at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I'm working on a profile of Senator Rand Paul for the magazine. For research, I've spent a lot of time with books by and about libertarians. There's none I like better than Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement. Doherty's huge book is entertaining and informative in equal measure. You learn to distinguish your Ayn Rand from your Murray Rothbard in record time. And while I'm not a libertarian, I've gained a new appreciation for them while reading Radicals for Capitalism.