So, I figured since it is fast approaching the Holiday/ Gift-giving time and in recognition of the general smarty-pants nature of the contributors here, that I would start a book recommendation thread. I think perhaps it would be interesting to see what people are reading, and perhaps it will allow people and excuse to buy a good book for themselves or loved ones. It many also get some people to read more, which is always a good thing. I am currently reading MEDITERRANEAN WINTER: THE PLEASURES OF HISTORY AND LANDSCAPE IN TUNISIA, SICILY, DALMATIA AND GREECE by Robert D Kaplan. Kaplan is one of my favorite authors, a long time contributer to Atlantic Monthly, and the writer of several Travel/Foreign Policy Books covering the Balkans, the Caucasus, the ME, North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. This current book describes his traveling experiences as a youth and how they helped mold his opinions and methodologies in viewing and experiencing the world. Heavy on beautiful encapsulation of the scenery of the Region and sprinkled with ancient Literary references. I have more recommendations, but what about the rest of you?