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A Review of Ron Chernow’s House of Morgan

Ron Chernow is likely more well known today for his biography of Alexander Hamilton, which was adapted by Lin-Manuel Miranda into the musical Hamilton. However, I find his account of the Morgan banking dynasty in The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance far more compelling; indeed, I would say it is a “must-read” for anyone seeking to understand the history of Anglo-American finance.…

Reading Lions of Al Rassan in Spain

I first read Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan as a teenager. I knew, even then, that this was a novel I would not easily forget. Indeed, the passage of time has borne that out quite well. When I visited Madrid and Granada earlier this month, it was Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan rather than any other novel about Spain that I took with me to read on my solitary sojourn.…

Why I Read Science Fiction

I read science fiction. I read it voraciously (and somewhat indiscriminately) as a boy and later as a teenager, devouring—among others—Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick, Dan Simmons, C.J. Cherryh, Celia S. Friedman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cordwainer Smith, Gene Wolfe, Frederik Pohl, and Robert A.…