Flashman On The March is (probably) the last of the Flashman papers*, but it's an excellent example of the series. Our favorite anti-hero gets dragooned into taking an all-too-active part in the utterly unnecessary Abyssinian Expedition (provoked by a Foreign Office wallah having misplaced a letter from mad Emperor Theodore to Queen Victoria) and winds up tangling with all manner of Gallas, Wollos and other folk who would become known in the next century as Ethiopians. As Bill Cosby used to say when introducing the Fat Albert cartoons, "If you're not careful, you might just learn something."
A Random Walk on Wall Street is one of the books usually recommended to people who are thinking about getting into investing, and although I'm only into the third chapter I can see why. The book starts by identifying the most famous (and some less well-known) investment debacles of history, including the Dutch tulip bubble, the stock market crash of 1929, and the dot-com bust of the 1990's, and does so in clear language that leaves no doubt in your mind what happened and why. The book's main point is that the stock market is efficient, so trying to beat it with a formula or technique is bound to fail in the long term and probably cost you money into the bargain. More later when I finish it.
*Maybe they can get Christopher Buckley or someone similarly talented to take up the burden.
...and so to bed.