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The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
3.90
I sympathize with (what appears to be) Professor Sands's main goal: to counter the simplistic justifications offered by right-wing Zionists for the oc...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
 
Stokely: A Life
3.90
This book brings to life the passions, triumphs and personal betrayals of the 1960s. However, it remains mainly a biography, and readers will have to...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
 
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
3.59
This is a lovely memoir that somehow does not fully come into focus. Shadid shows us a rich, three-dimensional view of his ancestors' town, exploring...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
 
American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own
4.18
Banner's book is a highly readable survey combining the general with the specific. While he covers a wide variety of aspects and things in property la...more
May 11, 2011
May 11, 2011
 
The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making
4.00
There are several insightful reviews of this book on both Goodreads and Amazon.com. I'll just say that I wish the author put in more than two paragrap...more
Jun 2010
Jun 02, 2010
 
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime
3.62
If you don't love maps and exploration in general, you will be bored by this book. If you do love maps and exploration, you will prefer another book t...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
 
Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation
3.92
Every page of this book taught me something interesting and usually
surprising--not just about Jewish history, but about Europe and
surrounding parts of...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
3.97
I found fewer insights that I expected in exchange for reading 270 pages of graphic reports about death, burial, heartbreak and other agonies (the ter...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
Israel is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History
3.72
This book is a very personal statement, which makes it endearing--even gripping--but ultimately limits its value as either a history of the Jews or a...more
Sep 05, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
The Israelis: Founders and Sons
3.77
I learned a huge amount from this classic even though enormous transformations have taken place in the one or two generations since it was written. Th...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
 
Jerusalem in History
3.43
I learned many interesting details about life in Jerusalem through the centuries, including movements and buildings that have practically disappeared...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Moloka'i
4.13
A good novel and perhaps even a better sociological and historical study. The characters and plot are certainly interesting enough to grab the reader,...more
May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
The best indication of the power of this book is the way its grip on me firmed up over time. I started it assuming I'd read a bit for the atmosphere b...more
May 14, 2012
May 18, 2012
 
The Bookseller of Kabul
3.74
It's well worth reading this book all the way through, although some
of the themes are repetitive and parts are very disturbing. There's
plenty to make...more
Sep 07, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
 
Heading South, Looking North: A Bilingual Journey
3.78
I was moved by this tale of identity formation and acclimation to new lands and cultures, beautifully written (although with some repetition). This bo...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
3.97
A wonderfully balanced mix of history, biography, political commentary, and evocation of an era. In a comfortably short space, von Drehle introduces e...more
Dec 2009
Dec 27, 2009
 
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.81
This book was very affecting. With a nice, deliberate style that calls for careful reading, de Waal puts the reader back into the times of his ancesto...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
The Invention of Wings
4.23
Quite gripping--almost like a young adult's novel in the way the plot pushes forward in each chapter, but with quite lyrical passage to set the scene....more
May 04, 2014
May 04, 2014
 
Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
3.85
I'm not convinced that the incidents of consumer involvement cited by Jenkins have become mainstream, but it's fascinating to see that the growth of I...more
Jan 2009
Aug 16, 2011
 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
4.27
Draws you in, making you identify with and feel you are living with the main people being profiled. The book is both history and biography, and each c...more
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
 
12 Years a Slave and Other Slave Narratives
4.17
Northup was not only a resourceful and intelligent man, attuned to human nature, but also an excellent writer. There are many interesting and useful d...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
The Classical Greeks
3.61
Lots of interesting history and analysis, well-balanced. But the unusual organization does nothing to promote insight or readability. Finding places a...more
May 30, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
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