Thoughts & Things

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

I don’t know if I can put into words the way this memoir affected me. I write this review with small tears rolling towards the edges of my face. Suki Kim is not just a remarkable writer, journalist, and teacher; she’s a remarkable person. I’m still not sure if she was aware of what her […]

The Globalization Paradox by Dani Rodrik

The Globalization Paradox reads like a straight-forward, well-written essay on contemporary obstacles to globalization. Rodrik approaches issues of economics and politics in a way that make it easy for the reader to conceptualize their fundamentals and understand their impact on our modern world, particularly the concepts of sovereignty, supranational governance, and democracy. Rodrik certainly has […]

The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis

I chose to read The Populist Explosion for a course-required book review. That being said, I may have chosen to read it on my own at some point. Since politics and, specifically, international affairs are my fields of study, I genuinely enjoy deepening my knowledge through books that pertain to them. The Populist Explosion is one of the […]

Making a World of Difference: Personal Leadership: A Methodology of Two Principles and Six Practices by Barbara Schaetti, Sheila Ramsey, and Gordon Watanabe

I had to read this book for class but it may have been one I tried to pick up on my own. In the last year or so I’ve started to really enjoy reading that allows me to think about myself and encourages emotional growth and maturity. While the title and layout of the book […]

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 21st Century by Timothy Snyder

This book was short and sweet and I truly loved every page. IMHO, it should be required reading for every American patriot and anyone else who loves their country, wherever that place may be. It has a wonderful historical approach the modern political concerns we are facing but it doesn’t just complain about the flaws […]