Jared Diamond always has something fascinating to say. His most recent book, Collapse, is full of interesting stories about how past socieites have emerged and then disappeared, e.g. Easter Island, the Maya, the Greenland Norse, etc. His previous book, Guns, Germs, and Steel is equally fascinating. It received a Pulitzer Prize and was made into a PBS documentary. It answers interesting questions like why devastating infectious diseases were not passed from native Americans to Europeans in the same way Europeans passed diseases like smallpox to native Americans, and why Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro and his small group of 168 soldiers were able to defeat an army of nearly 80,000 Incas at Cajamarca in 1532.
Shake Hands With The Devil was a huge best seller here in Canada. It is the eyewitness account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide by Canadian general Romeo Dallaire who led the U.N. peacekeeping mission in that country.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax