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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
it was amazing
Sagan shows why learning to think in a contingent universe is ... well ... absolutely necessary. My reaction first reading the book was, "I've known f ...more
Jan 1998
Apr 18, 2008
John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights
it was amazing
The postmodern critique has brought us the "cultural biography," which in this work aims to show three things: 1) how John Brown was a part of the cul ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
The Emperor
it was amazing
The Emperor baffles any ready description. A Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski, renders an account of the last schizophrenic years of Ethiopia’s ...more
May 21, 2009
May 13, 2009
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
it was ok
The story of sulfa drugs makes for good reading, but the author’s fascination with the scientist behind their discovery turns this book into an un-ask ...more
Sep 14, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
liked it
My rating is a split verdict: the author has a good yet poorly written argument, but neither element should be decisive in convincing potential reader ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Erotism: Death and Sensuality
did not like it
You won’t stick your hand down your bathing suit ever again after reading this. Bataille will see to that. And yet this author's misgivings about the ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge
liked it
Political thought since the Enlightenment has turned largely on an apparent opposition between society and the individual. From this has emerged a lib ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
How Fiction Works
really liked it
Once it came out in paperback I didn’t wait to buy this book. This writer does what the title suggests – he tells his readers how to direct attention ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
The Unconscious Civilization
it was amazing
The denial of the public good in favor of private interests is a theme which gives this book as much relevance now as when it first came out. In this ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality
really liked it
The title says it: Identity has replaced economic insecurity as the issue modern liberalism embraces. For that very reason, conservatives also embrace ...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey
liked it
Written before September 11, Ajami's ever-relevant book asks why modern Arab society thinks so differently from others. This wasn't always so: Today's ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
liked it
Of the four main strands of Christianity prevalent before the fourth century, only one had what it took to emerge as the religion we know today. Theol ...more
Feb 27, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
The Fall of Berlin 1945
really liked it
It sits at the top of the human drama, and every so often I have to go back and read about World War II. This book looked like a good chance to revisi ...more
May 31, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
it was ok
The book best suits history buffs and fans of biographies. The writing itself, while clearly that of an educated man with a point of view to put forth ...more
Feb 2007
May 13, 2008
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
liked it
It’s in a everyone’s interest to learn about the people in society who take more out of it than any other group – who take and take, in fact, and neve ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
On the Natural History of Destruction
really liked it
You would think the massive air raids on Germany in World War II, the most dramatic experience the German people have ever gone through, would be a su ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 11, 2010
Life and Fate
really liked it
This is the best book I've read by a Russian author during the time of the Soviet Union. Grossman changes out socialist realism for a less socialism a ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Feb 05, 2013
The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America
it was ok

What readers will think about this book depends on what they already know. I thought it was okay; it's not that it didn't read well so much as how I'v
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics
it was amazing
There's little need to add anything of my own to the review written here:

I recommend this to anyone looking fo
Apr 18, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
The Great War and Modern Memory
it was amazing
Fussell’s “elegiac commentary” unearths the cultural terrain of the Great War to find out what made the war distinct. Doing this means properly locati ...more
May 25, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
The Reshaping of Everyday Life 1790-1840
liked it
This popular history rates well and does just what the title implies – it chronicles the changes that affected everyday life in the early 1800's. I no ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Young Men and Fire
liked it
Young Men and Fire recounts the Mann Gulch Fire, a forest fire fought in the 1940's by one of the first teams of Smokejumpers to actually parachute to ...more
Oct 22, 2009
Nov 04, 2009
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
it was ok
This characterization of our self-presentation as analogous to a theatrical performance has a few interesting points to make, but the examples are dat ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
Fact In Fiction: The Use Of Literature In The Systematic Study Of Society
liked it
I read this book, though it’s out of print, because other books published in the seventies refer to it. The author here examines the play between fact ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
liked it
This summary of trends in higher level criticism of literature sets aside the basics to focus on what’s sometimes called the postmodern critique. That ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
Hitler Moves East 1941–1943
really liked it
This book details invasion of the Soviet Union with a level of description immensely satisfying to fans of World War II history without becoming too t ...more
Jan 1991
May 01, 2010
Heidegger and Nazism
it was ok
This exciting title delivers as promised -- it's a documentation of the philosopher Martin Heidegger's lifelong sympathies and connections to the Nazi ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
liked it
The basis of this pop psychology book is real. Essentially, much of our mood swings, the author says, stem from distortions of reality that lie within ...more
Jan 1999
Apr 27, 2010
For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence
liked it
More and more these days the mavens of American opinion have taken pains to frame the Declaration of Independence as either a rhetorical relic or a na ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
Homage to Catalonia
liked it
If once you had walked into an egalitarian utopia of brotherhood, you could only have been in Catalonia, the sole territory on earth ever to try to im ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 12, 2008
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