...the copy of The Forgotten Man on my shelf, the new Coolidge book in the bookstore.
She writes about things that interest me. She also has a different perspective and it's always good to read different perspectives.
But thankfully, Brad DeLong pulls me back from the brink.
The trouble with Shlaes is that although she writes history - and probably is pretty good at tracking down that history - she always seems to have a moral-of-the-story she wants to give you and in fact it's always the same moral-of-the-story. Having a thesis or viewpoint is one thing, but having a political statement you're always trying to get across is fairly worthless in a historian.
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