The World's Greatest Cook is watching the Oscars and I got all my Monty Warts drawn for the day, so allow me to jabber "freestyle".
I'll throw this out first, simply because I have a graphic to go with it, and I like pictures. I hate history, and I am sick to death of hearing every side's side of the freaking Middle East situation. So imagine my surprise when Michael Oren starts speaking on C-Span's BookTV and I am fascinated for an hour listening to this guy talk about history and the Middle East. I have not read the book (I just saw him on C-Span a few hours ago) and to be honest, I cannot see myself reading a 733-page history book. But I'll listen to the book-on-tape when it hits the discount racks. Meanwhile, I hope everybody who feels passionately about the Middle East and has strong feelings about Cowboy Jingoism in the 20th Century will read this book, or at least read ABOUT it or watch Michael Oren on BookTV. Or read this interview.
I think history is pretty much like current events, in that each side will see reinforcement of their opinion in it. But at least you'll know this thing goes way way WAY back beyond - well, unless you already know why that copy of the Koran was in Thomas Jefferson's study, don't assume you know.
The other thing I wanted to jabber about is this site that eeTeeD linked to. Just want to bring it up front here, out of the comments section, and second the motion that you check it out. It's always fun to listen to grouchy miserable people who hate their job and think that the industry they work in, once proud and noble, is now a cheap whore controlled by a rich pimp, churning out rancid product that the public devours greedily like a dog eating vomit.
HOWEVER! I must take exception to the popular sport of Simpsons-bashing! All of these elitists who say the Simpsons is crap now, and has been "ever since Season Whatever"...