I have a reputation of being a devourer of information, particularly books. I like leadership books but I love history books. There’s so much unconventional (to me) history that I can’t get enough of. Unfortunately, I don’t read as much as I used to, but I do spend a lot of time in planes.
When sitting in a plane for a few hours at a time, your entertainment options are limited. You can read, write, watch terrible movies, daydream, or you can listen. I love listening to podcasts like Relevant, Planet, Money, and Freakonomics. I also love listening to books on Audible. At this point, I have dozens of books on Audible and some of my fondest memories of plane rides and long car drives involve books on wars, presidents, and freedom fighters. Full disclosure, the Amazon links are affiliate links. There’s no push to pay for anything. You can sign up for a 30 Day Free Trial, get your book and cancel before the 30 days are up!
On my last trip abroad, I had some particularly long plane rides. I took this opportunity to re-listen to a book that I’ve had for some time. The book, “Invisible Nation” is about the Kurdish struggle for independence. It’s awesome. I’ve listened to it in the past, but as I was there sitting in the plane, with the most random and terrible selection of movies in front of me, I decided to forgo the other books (although this one tempted me) in my collection and give this one another go. I’ve been wanting to visit Kurdistan and Iraq for some time now. Being American, I have a positive view of the Kurds, although this book made it clear that they’re no boy scouts. It also made it clear that for decades they’ve been fighting for their freedom, oftentimes against seemingly insurmountable odds. This book has espionage, Washington wheeling and dealing, double crossing, shaky alliances, and off the wall characters. Best of all, it all really happened, it’s history! If you’re interested in Kurdish affairs or are curious at how the American invasion of Iraq affected the region, you’ll love this book. Pick it up!