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The Way of Perfection
4.32
really liked it
Saint Teresa of Avila's classic work on the spiritual life, concentrating on avoiding worldly distractions and earnest prayer. Very simple but also ve ...more
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Apr 13, 2010
 
A Russian Diary: A Journalist's Final Account of Life, Corruption & Death in Putin's Russia
4.10
really liked it
This book is indeed Anna Politkovskaya's diary; a depressing story of life in Russia during the Putin years. Politkovskaya was a journalist prior to h ...more
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Jan 18, 2009
 
The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
3.66
really liked it
This book is based on an intriguing idea, that it is possible to predict the future based on geopolitical interests. The author explains changes in 20 ...more
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Jan 09, 2011
 
The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam
4.11
really liked it
Written by an anthropologist, this book looks at tribal groups in the peripheries of the Muslim world, and how they have been caught up in the War on ...more
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Nov 21, 2013
 
The Rise and Fall of Communism
4.05
it was amazing
Well-researched and masterfully written history of communism in the 20th century. Contains solid analysis of the reasons that communism lasted as long ...more
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Dec 22, 2010
 
Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It's Not Bad to Be Good
3.61
really liked it
In this book, Wendy Shalit criticizes contemporary fashion and entertainment for young girls for its overly sexual and immodest content. She also prof ...more
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Dec 17, 2008
 
Paradise Lost: Smyrna, 1922
4.15
it was amazing
Beautiful, tragic history of Smyrna (now Izmir), the only majority Christian city in the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. The auth ...more
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Jan 18, 2010
 
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
3.89
really liked it
I had expected this book to be about the growth of radical Islam, particularly in Europe, but it focused more on Europeans themselves and why they are ...more
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May 09, 2009
 
The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century
3.56
really liked it
Michael Mandelbaum makes an impassioned defense of the classical liberal ideal of democracy, free markets, and peace. The book is mostly a history of ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
 
The Persian Night: Iran Under the Khomeinist Revolution
3.71
it was amazing
This book is a scathing review of Iran under the revolutionary regime. The author provides insight into the background of Khomeini and his revolution, ...more
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Ottomans Looking West?: The Origins of the Tulip Age and its Development in Modern Turkey
3.00
liked it
This book concerns the Tulip Age of the Ottoman Empire, a time during the 18th century when Turkish Westernization began. The book is mainly about how ...more
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Feb 01, 2014
 
Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic
3.62
it was amazing
This book analyzes Iranian domestic politics and history to provide the reader with a look at Iran as its people see it. The book challenges much of t ...more
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Feb 03, 2012
 
Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love
3.96
it was amazing
This book, written by a Presbyterian pastor and theologian, deals with unrequited love from a Christian perspective. While an unusual topic, she deals ...more
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Jan 29, 2009
 
After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World
3.87
really liked it
This book looks at the history of Britain from the turn of the 20th century until the 1950s through the eyes of famous people who lived through this p ...more
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May 24, 2016
 
Letters and Papers from Prison
4.31
really liked it
Rev. Bonhoeffer's prison writings; written while he was imprisoned by the Nazis. I would recommend any of this great man's writings. However, I would ...more
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May 19, 2009
 
The Kaiser: Warlord of the Second Reich
3.52
really liked it
Interesting biography of Kaiser William III and his times. Like many other books that deal with the Kaiser and his role in World War I, this book make ...more
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Apr 26, 2010
 
The Secret History
3.86
really liked it
A first-hand account of life under the Byzantine Emporer Justinian and his wife Theodora. The author claims to be providing insights that he couldn't ...more
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Dec 15, 2011
 
The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817
4.11
it was amazing
This book looks at the American Founding Fathers, including both well-known and lesser-known founders, and how their private and professional lives im ...more
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May 31, 2017
 
The Imitation of Christ
4.19
it was amazing
Beautiful devotional book focused on humility and sacrificial love. Truly captures the spirit of the Gospels.
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Jan 24, 2011
 
Four Cultures of the West
3.91
it was amazing
In this book, the author, a Jesuit priest, traces four cultures that he believes together make up the Western world. The first is the prophetic tradit ...more
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Jan 06, 2010
 
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church
3.97
liked it
This book looks at the results of a recent survey on American teenagers and religious faith, and seeks to make sense of the results. The author's conc ...more
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Jan 14, 2014
 
Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses
3.60
really liked it
The author presents her research on religion/spirituality and romance/sex on college campuses. She discovers a difference between colleges that identi ...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Armies of God: Islam and Empire on the Nile, 1869-1899
3.77
it was amazing
This history tells the story of an Islamist revolt in Sudan, which threatened Egypt, in the late 19th century, and chronicles the British Empire's res ...more
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Dec 03, 2016
 
The Battle Ground: Syria and Palestine: The Seedplot of Religion
3.73
liked it
Written in the mid-1930s, this book provides a religious history of Greater Syria and Palestine, beginning from ancient times, through the founding of ...more
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Sep 19, 2015
 
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
3.94
it was amazing
Alister McGrath tells the story of the making of the King James Bible and its impact. The book exhibits a sensitivity to its subject matter that is re ...more
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Nov 08, 2008
 
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years
3.77
really liked it
This book explores the history of Christianity in the 5th century, and particularly the debates over the nature of Christ that took place at that time ...more
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Aug 31, 2012
 
A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel
3.52
it was amazing
Written by an American journalist, this book chronicles Hizballah's rise and influence among the Shi'a (and others) in Lebanon. The author interviews ...more
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Dec 10, 2013
 
Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe
3.95
it was amazing
This book is an excellent history of European Christianity in the early modern/Reformation period. The book begins with an explanation of how religiou ...more
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Nov 17, 2008
 
Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns
4.31
it was amazing
This collection of hymns by a 4th century Orthodox Christian writer is beautiful in its own right, and well-introduced by the translator. I found it i ...more
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Sep 24, 2015
 
The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
3.72
liked it
This book aims to tell the story of Egypt while traversing the Nile. It is well-written, and the author is clearly knowledgeable. However, the book is ...more
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May 16, 2016
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