Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Train Reading

A couple of days a week I take BART under the East Bay from San Fracnisco into Oakland. It's a quick 17 minute trip. I always take a book along to read, but I don't take a Rothbard, Mises or Hayek-type book. I like to read those in a quiet setting when I have time to read through an entire chapter/theoretical argument. I don't want to stop in the middle of such an argument and try to pick it up later.

On trains and in waiting rooms, I prefer books that are filled with facts and events rather than theory. I find these easier to read in stop and go fashion.

My current train ride is Diary of H. L. Mencken.

When I finish that, my next train read will probably be Thomas Sowell's Ethnic America: A History, which appears to be stuffed with interesting facts.


  1. In his book Ethnic America, Thomas Sowell devotes a single chapter to every major ethnic group that came to America. As with everything Sowell writes, it is filled with facts and logic. There's even some humor, though probably unintended, in the chapter on the Irish.