Interesting look at recent work by prominent historians on the role of climate in history.
For the most part, these five senior historians use climate change to discuss economic and political history. Unexpected climate shifts, or brief climate shocks, brought crop failure, hunger, unrest—these arguments appear time and again in these five books. In particular, climate shifts help explain economic distress and political violence.
Kyle Smith reviews The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.
Smith's conclusion is consistent with other work I've seen: even if Scandinavians really were terrifically happy, they are key features of their societies that wouldn't transfer well to other countries, particularly the U.S.
I like Business Insider's "one sentence" summaries. They seem to be a time-saver.
I'm giving BookBub a try. So far, it seems worth some clicks.
Review of new book, Dear Committee Members, ". . . an epistolary novel consisting entirely of fictionalized letters of recommendation penned by professor Jason Fitger (failed novelist, failed husband, successful misanthrope)."
I've only read two (and seen the movie of one). Except for the Thomas Friedman, they all look worthwhile.