I finished Rick Pearlstein's Nixonland at the start of the month. Found it an enjoyable read though it frequently made me mad as all hell. Partially due to my politics, mostly due to my enforced hatred of Richard Nixon. I found it a very good overview of the period but wished it had lingered on Johnson and McGovern more. After that I read Philip II of Macedonia: Greater Than Alexamnder by Richard A. Gabriel. I had been looking for a good text on Philip's life and this was the only affordable option for my kindle. At $10 I'm very happy for my purchase. It is a concise (less than 300 pages) military and political biography of Philip. Chapters are arranged to give particular emphasis to history of ancient Macedon; Philip's military innovations and improvements; the reorganization of the Macedonian military; the expansion and security of Macedon; the Sacred War; the War with Athens; Philip's brilliance with regards to using politics instead of warfare; and finally his historical importance. Gabriel is one of the rare breed of military historians who knows that an economy of words is more likely to convey a point and while he does repeat things upon occasion the narrative structure of his book is always moving forward. Tooting my own horn I think it's the perfect follow along guide to my Hegemony: Gold LP.