Friday, 4 May 2018

Friday Books - The Square and the Tower

Once upon a time I used to, on a Friday, check out other book bloggers' shares and enjoy excerpts from the books they were reading. 

But it's been so long, I wonder if they are still around? Let's see.

At Book Beginningshosted by Rose City Reader, you share the first line, and  a few thoughts about the book.





Today I'm featuring The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson. Here's the beginning.





Subtitled 'Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power', this is not the kind of book I usually read - but it was the closest to me, since I reviewed it yesterday, and it is one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

It's about towers (hierarchies - think royalty, corporate structure etc) and squares (as in Town Squares, not nerds - although...) - think places of connection like social media, where each contributor is created equal. It questions where the power resided through history and its fascinating.

Here's page 56.



(At Freda's Voice, you'll find the Friday56, where the excerpt comes from page 56 or 56% in your Kindle.)




It's certainly not a quick and easy read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down, and it's also one I''m going to enjoy having on my shelf.


What are you reading this weekend?  Leave me a comment with what you're featuring and I'll check it out.

10 comments:

Lynn Cheryl Pool said...

This sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

This sounds interesting, and something I would watch a documentary of, but not my taste in reading. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine! https://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviews5418

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm not sure about this one, but the language in the excerpts does grab me. Thanks for sharing....and for visiting my blog.

Ronnie said...

It doesn't really sound like my cup of tea, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

My Friday post

Roberta said...

It does sound like an intriguing topic. I like to read nonfiction, too.

Kathy Martin said...

The beginning sounds great. Too bad I don't read nonfiction. This week I have a cozy mystery - Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower. Happy reading!

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

It's great when you a book you are skeptical about at first turns into a good read. Thanks for sharing this one.

Ashley Sapp said...

This sounds very intriguing. The beginning definitely grabs my attention. Hope you have a great weekend! :)

fredamans said...

Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!

Nicki J Markus said...

Sounds like an interesting read!