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The Fifty Book Challenge has welcomed a goodly number of new members, and some of them have been ambitious at getting their fifty books for 2012 read in the first quarter.  I continue to play along, and there's a realistic hope of fifty by the end of the year, but if not, well, that's a mountain I've already climbed.  Herewith the first quarter summary, with links to detailed reports at the Challenge.  Some books are particularly good (+), others particularly bad (-).

  1. Locked On11 January 2012.
  2. Death of the Liberal Class12 January 2012.
  3. Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All29 January 2012.
  4. Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education30 January 2012.
  5. A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing12 February 2012.
  6. Five Days That Shocked the World: Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the End of World War II3 March 2012 (+).
  7. The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters13 March 2012.
  8. The Hunger Games Companion23 March 2012.
  9. Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter29 March 2012.

I'll start a new bookworm.


(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops and European Tribune.)



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