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Once upon a time I was a top 500 Amazon.com reviewer with a focus on digital security and technology. I used to read and review dozens of technical books per year (17 in 2000, 42 in 2001, 24 in 2002, 33 in 2003, 33 in 2004, 26 in 2005, 52 in 2006, 25 in 2007, 20 in 2008, 15 in 2009, 31 in 2010, 22 in 2011). In mid-2012 I decided that technical books no longer captured my interest, and I focused on books about history, strategy, and policy, particularly relating to China.

The Economist

I read the best international news weekly on the planet -- the Economist. I've been a subscriber since 3 May 1997, when I wrote a check for $54.50 and committed to "take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress." Given the Economist has been doing this since September 1843, they have a minor head start.