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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
A very disturbing read even with the positive ending. As someone who has taught History and Politics since the 1970s this book made sense of a lot of ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 08, 2007
The Rise and Fall of Australia
Fantastic read. Probably the best thing I have read on contemporary Australia for many years. A really interesting view from both inside and outside o ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Really enjoyed this book. Although he was preaching to the unconverted as it were, it really firmed up my feelings about the interference of religion ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 27, 2008
They Found A Cave
This is the first book I can ever remember reading. I got it from the Glen Dhu Primary School library on my first day of grade 3 in 1965 and I have be ...more
Mar 1965
Aug 28, 2008
The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe
What a tragic story! Einstein said that he thought the only to things that are infinite are the universe and the capacity for human stupidity, althoug ...more
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
The Bad People Stole my God
This short treatise was very interesting. I am sure it is a common enough story but was interesting reading from the point of view of an old atheist t ...more
Dec 09, 2012
Dec 08, 2012
Fly Away Peter
This is a beautifully written novella which uses bird imagery to capture the horrors of WW1. It is superb in describing the strange ambivalence that A ...more
Jan 1995
Sep 05, 2007
Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles, #5)
I just loved this story. I don't think I can wait another year! Beware the cliff hanger at the end will kill you!
Apr 13, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
The Problem of Pain
Reading this now for the third time, still trying to make sense of the tortuous prose and flawed logic. This adds nothing useful to one of the more in ...more
May 2011
Sep 17, 2012
The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Condensed and Updated Edition
This was a very interesting read. As a lifetime atheist I have read a lot of Christian texts which attempt to come to terms with the theory of religio ...more
Apr 09, 2015
Apr 04, 2015
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
I loved this! A classic whodunnit. If she can sustain this she could end up right up there with the Cobens and Billinghams of this world. Can't wait f ...more
Oct 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
A terrifically entertaining read. I would love to teach History using this text in my class. It would be a fascinating exercise in source examination ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Sep 15, 2014
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
This was a very good read and so much better than the movie version. Could have been shorter as some of the escape/capture stuff became a bit repetiti ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
The Bitter Shore
This is one of those books that you wish everyone would read. Certainly every Australian should read it! It focuses on the story of an Iranian refugee ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1)
Good storyline. I can see why some people objected to the "American propaganda" aspect of the story. It was jingoistic in a Tom Clancy sort of way and ...more
Feb 09, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
I can see why this is so well regarded. I thought I had read it years ago but as soon as I looked at it I realised that I hadn't. Glad I went back to ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Aug 29, 2007
The Magdalene Legacy
Very interesting read. Much more accessible than the voluminous "Holy Blood and the Holy Grail". Well researched and argued and based very strongly on ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Sep 13, 2012
Fall Of Giants
Magnificent! I love historical novels and Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favourites. I think this is as good. WW1 is such great pickings f ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware, #1)
I quite enjoyed this. I have only read one of his before and was not impressed but this was a good first novel. Might pick up a few more in the series ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
£99 to Hong Kong (Fred's Diary 1981)
I am not sure what I expected but it was just a diary. Funny that! Not especially interesting or well written, just a diary. I think you had to be the ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead
I really enjoyed this book but mainly because it backed up my own opinions of the disastrous economic direction we have going in the West for much of ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
Very interesting read. I passed this over in the late 70s because books like Schumacher's "Small is Beautiful were more my style. I found the info abo ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
This was a really tedious read. At 300 pages I was sick of it and didn't think I would finish it. but it became marginally interesting at about 400. T ...more
May 17, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
Dancing for Your Life: The True Story of Maria de La Torre and Her Secret Life in a Hong Kong Go-Go Bar
Quite sad in many ways but also very interesting. The men who frequent these bars come out of it badly. No surprises there. The wormen who run these b ...more
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless
Quite entertaining. Not particularly well written and definitely showing its blog origins but I enjoyed the wry humour and the occasional outrage. I n ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
This was very entertaining to read. From my days working with Community Aid Abroad (Oxfam) in Australia, I have always viewed her with some negativity ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Jan 27, 2008
The Stalking of Julia Gillard
A sad read. Like other readers I found the blog style annoying at first because of the anachronistic time references, but I got used to it. How the po ...more
Apr 02, 2015
Aug 17, 2013
Why Evolution Is True
This was a really interesting read. The book is a fairly concise compilation of the main areas of evidence for evolution and natural selection. Some p ...more
Apr 24, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
A very powerful read. At times throughout this book I got so angry that I actually cried. To read about what can be done by one person it sickened me ...more
May 2008
Apr 06, 2008
Junk Science: An Overdue Indictment of Government, Industry, and Faith Groups That Twist Science for Their Own Gain
Certainly one of the most depressing books I have ever read, but one that really needs to be read more widely. It really highlights the damage done to ...more
Nov 23, 2012
Oct 20, 2012
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