Escanaba, MI, The Upper Peninsula -- August 10, 2007

Reading The World is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman. The premise of the book—Columbus sailed around the world to prove that it was round. The author went to India to prove the world is flat.

Recently he read Barak Obama’s, The Audacity of Hope. Is that his candidate? He’s undecided but definitely intrigued.

Other books he’s read--Fiasco, by Thomas Ricks, about the Iraq war.

His favorite book? He doesn’t have one. He reads nonfiction to learn. He reads history...which makes think about what have we really learned? We keep repeating the same mistakes.

If he were to write his own book it’d be a take-off from Freakanomics, by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt, about the severe misuse of data in general. He likes the idea of thinking. We too often, he said, look for easy answers.

He really liked a book he read about Abraham Lincoln, called Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which was about how, after Lincoln won the presidential election he added his rivals to the cabinet. He thinks that, too often, these days, we surround ourselves with people who are like-minded, that we need to have our perspectives challenged.

He and his family are from Minesota and just passing through Escanaba to let the kids play in the water, breaking up their drive.

(Minesota is spelled wrong above so that it doesn't get picked up with the Minesota search in the blog sidebar...sometimes my spelling is terrible, but this is actually intentional!)

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