A very simple and short story about a small land the government forgot. It's a true story of a small blade of land that was abandoned by warring natioA very simple and short story about a small land the government forgot. It's a true story of a small blade of land that was abandoned by warring nations who both claimed it, but neither actually ruled. The sands of time have eaten much of the story, but this book answers the question, "what would a nation without a government look like?"...more
Nietzsche is always a good read. It's like trying to read living fire. Powerful, dangerous, and yet something you can't turn away from.
The only reasonNietzsche is always a good read. It's like trying to read living fire. Powerful, dangerous, and yet something you can't turn away from.
The only reason I didn't like Birth of Tragedy as much as his other works is that it's merely a a book on how to look at art. While his ideas in this book were fresh at the time, it's something we kind of take for granted now.
The best part of this book was the it sent me running back to my old Greek mythology and reinvigorated my love for that stuff. ...more
I'm not sure why this is considered such a great book by so many. The whole book can be read during a long visit to the restroom. The ideas are good,I'm not sure why this is considered such a great book by so many. The whole book can be read during a long visit to the restroom. The ideas are good, clear, and logical. However there is NO specifics, details, or methods.
In other words, it feels like I read the cliff notes of a great book.
As Nietszche has shown, you don't need 300 pages to get your idea across, but this was a little to vague.
I would recommend it, but I think reading a review of of this book would be equally as effective. ...more
His writing is something to behold. It's hard to explain to people who have never read his works exactly what it's like.
It's as if you could take scrHis writing is something to behold. It's hard to explain to people who have never read his works exactly what it's like.
It's as if you could take screams from an asylum, and coordinate them into a perfect symphony.
Raw emotion, instinct, and opinion erupt of the page in a coherent, powerful, and electrifying display.
This book is the "Anti-Christian". He explains how in the shit bucket of lies called religions, Christianity reeks beyond them all. Christianity is explained to be lies, and a disease. A disease to yoke the strong into servitude. It's designed to turn powerful men into obedient slaves.
He even goes on to explain that other religions at least have some semblance of strength, while Christianity emerges as the choice for the weak. ...more
It's okay... The story is solid and the power of the plot is amazing. But... Something about his writing feels very grey. His descriptions and metaphoIt's okay... The story is solid and the power of the plot is amazing. But... Something about his writing feels very grey. His descriptions and metaphor are pretty bland.
The main reason for only 3 stars is that it fits into the rare category: "the movie was better than the book". While I know GOT isn't a movie, the HBO series is better....more
It's hard for me to explain what this book means to me. I'll do my best, but it may come across as a ramble-fest of verbal mist.
This book is powerful.It's hard for me to explain what this book means to me. I'll do my best, but it may come across as a ramble-fest of verbal mist.
This book is powerful. It might just be the exact point in history and literature where the industrial revolution began to transform into the modern era.
While other atheist thinkers wrote before Nietzsche, nobody dared to say it as boldly, strongly, or as enthusiastically as this man. If Hume took shots at religion, Nietzsche sailed a battleship into it's port and let loose full batteries of guns before he began the nuclear countdown.
I read a lot ABOUT this book before I read it. I listened to podcasts. I even talked with people about it. This didn't prevent me for what was to come when I cracked open this Pandora's box of powerful jubilation.
This book is purposefully written to be cryptic and esoteric. He clearly is not writing this book for the "mob", but rather for those who are on their mission to become an Ubermensch. I believe that the writing style is the biggest obstacle of the book that is designed to block out the dull people.
I also believe that thinkers will all get something different out of this book. The synopsis, or ideas that I saw professionals/scholars proclaim about this book, I found to be dead wrong. While there were some I disagree with, I think this book is designed to be an "lighter fluid" to ignite the sparks of imagination and thinking.
If you are in for a long, hard, powerful read. I can't recommend this enough. ...more
When you read Dostoyevsky, you often feel like you are handling a bomb: perhaps inert, but the strange nature of it gives you the feeling it could bloWhen you read Dostoyevsky, you often feel like you are handling a bomb: perhaps inert, but the strange nature of it gives you the feeling it could blow up in your hands. This book might be the most bomb like. From the first page, you are reading the potent words of a genius... Or a madman... The book is two books fused into one. The first part is the long and sometimes tedious rant of a misanthropic curmudgeon. He rants for a while and you feel like you are reading some basement dwellers blog. Portions of it punch you between the eyes and make you stare at the page blankly while you try to digest what you just read. In the second part you get your payoff. Those seemingly random rants click into place as the author explains why he is this way. Sympathy creeps off the page and you find yourself deeper and deeper in emotion. You ended the book as if it was your personal story: fully immersed in the thoughts of our author.
The faults of this book is in its sheer weight. It sounds droning at times. It comes across as a hissy fit at others.
While I don't see eye to eye with every idea in this book, it's worth a read to anyone who wants to understand existentialism....more
Who is this book for? That's the primary question. If you are a fan of Dickens, Salinger, or Card, this book might not be what you have in mind. ThisWho is this book for? That's the primary question. If you are a fan of Dickens, Salinger, or Card, this book might not be what you have in mind. This book is no stroke of literary genius, it's merely a romp in the world of Bretonnia in the warhammer universe.
The one thing I want to mention is Beastmen. Beastmen get very little love in the warhammer fluff, but this book is an exception. Plenty of bad ass beasts doing their dirty deeds.
Arrogant Knights battle vicious creatures. That's what this book is. No character development, no life changing plot. If you understand that, it's a good book!...more
In a strange collision of Jung and Norse mythology, a new way of looking at psychology was born in the 1900's. The emerging way of thinking was nothinIn a strange collision of Jung and Norse mythology, a new way of looking at psychology was born in the 1900's. The emerging way of thinking was nothing new, but something that had been lost since the days of Aristotle: "The mission of your life is to find happiness. Not for others, or abstract principles, but for yourself."
This "selfish" take on psychology is constantly attacked by altruists and other schools of philosophy and psychology. But does that mater? Does popular belief trump truth? That's what this book is about: should you conform to popular systems of thought? Should you devote yourself to the whims and preferences of others? Or should you serve yourself?
That's what this book deals with. From the Aristotilian school of thought, Branden reforges this into a method for the modern day. It's a powerful indictment of so much of what we are taught, and what we believe. I recommend this book to anyone who is new to the study of Ayn Rand, Psychology, or just trying to find answers. This book is repetitive for those who have already transcended popular thought to standing up for yourself. ...more
PLEASE READ: This book is without a doubt one of the best books on philosophy and government for the age group. It's highly Libertarian/Anarco-CapitaliPLEASE READ: This book is without a doubt one of the best books on philosophy and government for the age group. It's highly Libertarian/Anarco-Capitalist, and everyone who knows the name "Basitat" should expect that. This is an accurate representation of "The Law" in a children's book format. ONE BIT OF CAUTION: This book has a powerful religious component. If you are an Atheist, this book will offend. The argument of Bastiat goes like this: God gives you rights. Rights protect you. Therefore, God protects you with his gift of Rights. Of course, if you take God out of the equation, you end up with "God doesn't exist, therefore, he cannot give you rights", which renders the whole formula of the Law inert. The syllogism is flawed, but the conclusion is sound. I don't have a problem with it as much from an Atheist perspective, but from a philosophic perspective. If rights are something to be granted (by a god or government), then we must assume that humans alone don't have, or don't deserve rights. This is in my estimation wrong. Humans have rights. Not because of a God or Government, but because they exist. To point to an external entity to grant rights is dangerously flawed. Note that I gave this 4 stars. It's a good book, and has powerful and thought provoking ideas for kids and adults alike. Kids deserve philosophy and theory as much as adults. ...more
This is a powerful book. That's the most important thing about it. It dishes out powerful theory and philosophy in a significant way. The cannons of rThis is a powerful book. That's the most important thing about it. It dishes out powerful theory and philosophy in a significant way. The cannons of reason rip from these pages into your head. Most will find this overwhelming, or write it off as too counter culture. The reality is that what is seen, can never be unseen.
The basic idea of this book is an audit of common belief systems. "How do you know..." is continually repeated just before phrases like "...Your husband loves you?" or "...That your parents a good people?". Rather than taking little phrases from bathroom walls, needlepoint pillows, or bumper stickers, the author makes you ponder the powerful philosophies you take for granted every day.
There are... some problems...
This book is self published. This means that it has REAL editing/revision problems. You will find plenty of typographical errors and flat out mistakes. There are some formatting issues that would never make it past any respectable publishing house.
All that aside, this is a great book, and definitely worth a read for anyone who isn't afraid to challenge themselves. ...more
Without a doubt, this book is one of the most important pieces ever committed to print. It's short, but it's brevity is like that of a thunderbolt: PoWithout a doubt, this book is one of the most important pieces ever committed to print. It's short, but it's brevity is like that of a thunderbolt: Powerful, important, and should never be ignored.
Regardless of your upbringing, this book should be read by everyone. Drama of the Gifted Child is to psychology what the microscope is to biology: a important tool that can look directly at what we have failed to see before.
The only drawback of this book is it's title. She makes it sound as if it's a book for genius kids. It's not that at all. And she mentions it very early on. Ignore the title. That's my advice.
As a longtime Gladwell fan, I was floored by the disappointment in this book. His insights are interesting as always, but this whole book comes acrossAs a longtime Gladwell fan, I was floored by the disappointment in this book. His insights are interesting as always, but this whole book comes across as rushed. When you rush something like philosophy and history, you end up cutting corners that are essential to understanding the point.
An example of this was his desperate sprint through the bombing of London. The whole situation, the synopsis, and the conclusion was given 6 pages. I'm not sure how you do this with a straight face, but he did. To someone who doesn't understand his point, he makes it seem like getting bombed was a good thing for a segment of the population of London. I know this isn't what he's trying to say, but it seems like it.
This rushed mess has some redeeming portions, but as a whole it's a tragic book that I would recommend avoiding. ...more