I am considering posting blurbs on some of the best new books by archaeologists. When I have time I will write something about this book, and maybe some others too.
Blanton, Richard E. and Lane F. Fargher
2008 Collective Action in the Formation of Pre-Modern States. Springer, New York.
If you have suggestions, please email me with book titles, or, better still, with some purple prose describing a book or two.
Sometimes this blog is like the radio show I hosted in college. You talk into the night, wondering if anyone out there is listening. Maybe no one likes my odd tastes (one of my typical playlists would include Bach, the Grateful Dead, Monty Python, Frank Zappa, and recordings of Arctic wolf calls). Then just when you think it's a waste of time, no one is paying any attention, you get a message out of the blue (a phone call to the old Brandeis University radio station) that somebody out there really likes what you are doing. But in case that brought on warm and fuzzy feelings, there was always the Station Manager who hated what I did and didn't neglect to tell me.
Anyway, pardon the nostalgia. I would really appreciate some brief descriptions of really good recent books. What are the best archaeology books today?