I didn't really know what to expect with this book but I was surprisingly blown away. Junger masterfully combines a true and gripping tale on the highI didn't really know what to expect with this book but I was surprisingly blown away. Junger masterfully combines a true and gripping tale on the high seas with some of the science of the ocean. And while, like Titanic, you know most of the ending before you even start Junger still manages to make the book interesting, thrilling, informative and captures the essence of fishing culture in the North Atlantic, all while being respectful of the real men that died and their families....more
I somehow escaped reading this book in high school english. After reading it I really wished I hadn't missed out. After only the first chapter I couldI somehow escaped reading this book in high school english. After reading it I really wished I hadn't missed out. After only the first chapter I could tell that this was going to be a book that permanently impacted the way I look at the world. Of course I did not miss out on learning the terrible history of slavery, segregation and racism that we in America have. But this is probably the first book to make it suddenly very personal. The way Maya writes about how racism affects a person on a psychological and emotional basis and totally permeates who you are was deeply touching. Highly, highly recommended....more
This was a great collection of history's most impacting images. I was pleased to see that about half of them were familiar to me, mostly through seeinThis was a great collection of history's most impacting images. I was pleased to see that about half of them were familiar to me, mostly through seeing them in textbooks. It was great to learn more about the circumstances the photograph was taken in and about the photographers. In addition, there was a reasonably good variety of nationalities represented, both in photographers as well as the subjects....more
The lack of footnotes and general references in this book (about history!) is almost astounding. I realize it’s a small book meant to just introduce aThe lack of footnotes and general references in this book (about history!) is almost astounding. I realize it’s a small book meant to just introduce a reader who may know nothing about the Reformation but that does not mean you shouldn’t cite yourself! In fact it is a large strike against this book. Another strike is the somewhat biased writing instead of stating historical facts in some interesting way. While obviously this topic means a great deal to the author, a clearer disticntion between facts, conjecture and author opinion is needed. The final blow is disagreeing with Mark Noll (on its own not great but he’s allowed to do that) with hardly any good reasons why. That and the author starting to use the words evangelical and evangelicism in the latter half of the book when referring to varios reformers, they are not the same thing! Evangelicals and evangelism didn’t exist until about one hundred years later.
I think my biggest beef with this book is that while the issue of justification was the main theological point of dissention that started the reformation, it is the aspect of authority that was the real issue. Who has the authority to define christianity theologically, culturally and otherwise? Who has the authority to declare who is saved and who is not? Who has the authority period? Catholocism said(ys) on this earth the Pope and Protestantism said(ys) on this earth it is every christian using the word of God. In this way I think that while the theological issue of the Reformation is basically settled, the aspect of authority is not. And I don’t just mean that Catholics have that wrong. I think Protestants (like myself) tend to use the ‘word of God’ as their point of authority but, similar to catholics, never want to discuss the how and the why of it (ie why the bible? How is it the word of God? How do we use and view translations?). In this sense protestants need to recognize that just as the Pope does not have the whole unvarnished truth about everything, so our reading of the bible is also not errorless and without need of correction. For this I think is the greatest lesson of the Reformation; that we be continually reforming and reevaluating the way we view and practice christianity in order to navigate away from abuses of power and the corruption that is sure to follow. ...more