My current reading is Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers. I’m facing the challenge of self-doubt as a reader. I’m swimming against a rough tide of my own ignorance, although Professor Rodgers writing is fluent and it’s meaning is easily comprehended, the historical periods covered are familiar to me, as I lived through most of them. Perhaps my own memory and the intellectually fine grained analysis of Professor Rodgers are in a low grade colflict? His grasp of a variety of topics is nothing short of encyclopedic and it is absorbing reading. I read about Age of Fracture in the TLS of July 29,2011 in a review by Michael O’Brien which prompted my purchase of the book.