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Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War
This is a clearly written, and well researched and documented, book. It should be required reading for all so-called "liberals" and "progressives" in...more
Dec 2010
Dec 03, 2010
The Good Soldier Švejk
This is a well-written book, a satirical anti-war book, sort of in the style of Catch 22. It's definitely worth reading. Hasek writes the book from th...more
Apr 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
This book was a joy to read. It is the debut novel by Marisha Pessl. I happened across it in Antigone Books store in Tucson. I was surprised to see a...more
Aug 2009
Aug 08, 2009
Che Guevara: His Revolutionary Legacy
This is an excellent book. There have been many myths and cults about Che, and the authors do a great job of describing the actual events in Che's lif...more
Dec 2010
Dec 18, 2010
Benito Cereno
This is a very interesting book to read. It is a novella, written a few years after Moby Dick. It's based on a real-life incident, in which an America...more
Nov 2012
Nov 20, 2012
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
This edition of the book began with an introduction by Ray Bradbury, which compared Twenty Thousand Leagues to Melville's Moby Dick. He also made perc...more
Sep 2009
Sep 08, 2009
The Hour of the Star
This is the last novel written by the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. It's very interesting to read, because it's about a poor (nearly starving) t...more
Jan 2011
Jan 20, 2011
A Confederacy of Dunces
This is an amazing book. I've never encountered characters like these before in my life. Everyone should read this book.

It takes place in New Orleans....more
Aug 2009
Aug 13, 2009
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Manning Marable's biography of Malcolm X is insightful and fascinating to read. It is eloquently written and thoroughly researched. It is the definiti...more
Jun 2012
May 15, 2012
White Teeth
White Teeth is an excellent book, and definitely worth reading. It is very impressive for a first novel. Zadie Smith is obviously a very good writer,...more
Dec 2009
Dec 01, 2009
For the Time Being
This is a fascinating book. It consists of a wide range of thoughts from Annie Dillard about subjects like culture, the origin of sand, birth defects,...more
Apr 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution
This is an interesting book, and definitely worth reading. In each chapter of Green Gone Wrong, Heather Rogers documents the successes and failures of...more
Feb 2014
Oct 19, 2013
The Sound and the Fury
What an incredible book. I can't recommend it enough. This is one of the books that really makes one enjoy reading. Faulkner writes stimulating and ev...more
Mar 2013
Dec 28, 2012
Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chavez Talks to Marta Harnecker
This was a very interesting book and I definitely recommend it. Marta Harnecker, who is a leftist and is very knowledgeable about foreign policy and s...more
May 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Smilla's Sense of Snow
Regina (whom none of you know) recommended this book to me; she started it herself while she was traveling around Kopenhagen. The book takes place the...more
Jul 2008
Jul 14, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
This is a well-written book, and definitely worth reading. Junot Díaz is a talented writer and is worthy of praise. He, like some other young writers,...more
Nov 2010
Oct 12, 2010
Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
I don't often read biographies, but this one is definitely worth reading. It is very informative and well written, telling many interesting stories ab...more
Nov 2011
Apr 23, 2011
This is an interesting and well-written book, as usual for Zadie Smith. It's different in many ways from her previous work, and it's good that Smith i...more
Dec 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Planet of Slums
"Planet of Slums" is a well-written book about an increasingly important set of issues. It might not be among Mike Davis's best work, but it is certai...more
Aug 2011
May 05, 2011
The Fourth Hand
This is a good book, and I recommend reading it. The main character is a journalist, Patrick Wallingford, who loses his left hand when it is eaten off...more
Apr 2009
May 31, 2008
Ulysses is an excellent book, and perhaps one of the best novels written in English. It is incredibly well-written, with many beautiful passages and a...more
Nov 2009
May 03, 2009
Don Quixote: Abridged Edition
This translation isn't bad, but it's over fifty years old, and it has a few British-isms. This added some distance between me and the book. Of course,...more
Nov 2008
Aug 26, 2007
A week ago I chose this over other books I want to read, simply because it is thin and easily fit into my laptop bag, which was crammed with other stu...more
Aug 2009
Jul 28, 2009
What to Listen for in Music (Revised Edition)
This is definitely an interesting book, and I recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in classical music. Aaron Copland is a composer f...more
May 2009
Feb 08, 2009
My Name is Red
This is a very interesting book to read. Every chapter is narrated by a different character! A few short chapters are even narrated by minor or seemin...more
Oct 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet
This is an interesting and important book, and it's worth reading. The first half is about major environmental problems, most of them global ones and...more
Aug 2013
Dec 28, 2012
The Sea, the Sea
This is an interesting and fascinating book to read. The is the first book by Iris Murdoch that I've read, and I look forward to more. It's very well-...more
Jun 2011
Mar 12, 2011
This book is about a man in London in early 2003, and the main character is influenced by the attacks in New York on 11 September 2001. (The book was...more
May 2009
May 03, 2009
Sag Harbor
This is an excellently written book. There are lots of popular and relatively young writers out there, but I think Colson Whitehead is definitely wort...more
May 2011
Dec 18, 2010
The Reluctant Art
This is a very good and well written book. It focuses on five jazz musicians--Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, and Charli...more
Jan 2010
Dec 27, 2009
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