I took two books with me to San Antone. The first was Pox Americana by Elizabeth A Fenn. Its a very interesting investigation of a smallpox epidemic that circulated all over North America during the Revolutionary War. I skipped over some of the middle chapters.Â They were a little too thoroughÂ in describing the various routes by which different groups of infected soldiersÂ took the disease to uninfected regions. Consequently, I won’t add the book to my list of completely read books. I did finish most of the later chapters however.
I was particularly interestedÂ in the ebb and flow of the plains IndianÂ tribesÂ and the impact Smallpox had on them. I was also interestedÂ to learnÂ about the brutality of the Russian fur traders. The native Americans along the coast suffered tremendously from the pox.
I also began Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman on theÂ flight back. The first two chapters were well written.Â I had recently read a fairlyÂ dismissive critique of Ehrman.Â The critique found little faultÂ with the first four chapters of his book but battered him on the rest of the book. I’ll reserve my judgement.