Excellent and so much more than about fighting. EVERYTHING in this book will help you excel in whatever area you'd like to improve and this isn't a seExcellent and so much more than about fighting. EVERYTHING in this book will help you excel in whatever area you'd like to improve and this isn't a self help book. The amount of Respect I now have for people in the fight game is even higher....more
We tend to mold Heroes into our desirable image while minimizing or flat out ignoring their faults. Abraham Lincoln is an excellent example. CreditedWe tend to mold Heroes into our desirable image while minimizing or flat out ignoring their faults. Abraham Lincoln is an excellent example. Credited with freeing the slaves and portrayed as an all out good guy. We’re taught in primary and secondary school that he was an honest man, about the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address and the tragic ending of his life by John Wilkes Booth. Sadly this is an injustice to both his legacy and to the American Public and to the many people who played incredibly important roles in helping bring slavery to and end. Eric Forner’s, The Fiery Trial, in my opinion, does an excellent job in describing Lincoln starting with his background prior to becoming President of the United States of America to his the part of his Presidency focused on both the Civil War and Slavery. I learned alot from this book including the reasons why Lincoln thought Slavery was wrong (viewed them as taking away financial opportunities from whites), desired to deport freed slaves to a country they could call their own and possibly colonize them along with his flat out racism towards Blacks and Aboriginal Peoples (Native Americans). I learned that he wanted to phase out slavery and compensate slave owners for their losses even after the Civil War ended. Reading this book, You learn of his bravery in regards to addressing the Confederacy and Civil War, his transformation in regards to ending Slavery and how he seemed to hesitate on making important decisions. You will learn about the many people who were a part of his inner circle and their influence on his decisions. Sadly history barely mentions them. Abraham Lincoln was an intelligent and complex man with many flaws. Fiery Trial is a great way to find out about many of his strengths and weaknesses. DEFINITELY read the section titled "Chronology of Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation found at near the end of the book....more
Great book. I enjoyed how Stephen Greenblatt introduced us to both Poggio Bracciolini and the importance of Scribes during Roman and Medieval times. TGreat book. I enjoyed how Stephen Greenblatt introduced us to both Poggio Bracciolini and the importance of Scribes during Roman and Medieval times. The fact that Poggio was a book hunter and is credited with "scribing" "On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius is amazing. His story is one that played an important role in history and the world is better as a result of his transcribing this poem. The History, Religion, Politics and Cultural descriptions Mr. Greenblatt covers is fascinating and brings to light alot of history many of us were never taught. I and was blown away by how "On the Nature of Things" and Epicurean thought influenced many of those whom we deem great figures in history such as Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, Thomas Jefferson and to a large degree Albert Einstein. Serious range throughout history. I strongly recommend reading this one when you can.
P.S. The brutality during Poggio's time towards those whom didn't believe in religion is unreal....more
Initial review discussed my similarities but left out how I felt about the book. I think it's a good book providing insight into one part of the BlackInitial review discussed my similarities but left out how I felt about the book. I think it's a good book providing insight into one part of the Black Community from someone who grew up in the South. Her experience is similar to alot of experiences of Americans of African descent who grew up in impoverished areas.
Reads alot like my bio from growing up in Chicago during the 80's and actually helped me find answers to a few questions I've always wanted to ask. Historical references definitely bring to light the Negative impact Slavery & Racism still has on Americans of African descent*. I think of childhood friends whom lost their lives as a result of the drug trade whether it was dealing, using or both and wonder how in the Hell did I not get caught up in it** seeing how we were all from single parent low income homes and in my case a mother whom worked 2 jobs day and night which meant my brother and I spent most our time with the extended family which definitely had its benefits but not having a positive male figure in the family as a guide or mentor was definitely missed.
This book reminds me that American Males of African descent whom have managed to be successful MUST reach back and help those whom are not so fortunate and definitely help the younger kids both boys & girls. Impact that we as adults have on the kids are truly underrated.
*I use the term Americans of African descent instead of African American since I have many friends of different races and whom were actually born and reared in an African country, i.e. Asians, White and Black.
**Sports and other extracurricular activities at one the top academic H.S. in Illinois at the time definitely factored into it along with a strong desire to attend university and become a professional are the reasons why I avoided fates similar to those mentioned....more
still processing what I've read. Alot of similarities with people's lives today-on the surface but this story is so much more. Took me awhile to get istill processing what I've read. Alot of similarities with people's lives today-on the surface but this story is so much more. Took me awhile to get it and I'm not sure that I really do. I didn't plan to finish this one on the eve of Rosh Hashanah but I did and find the coincidence a bit spiritual....more
Great read and really enjoyed the mix of cultures within modern day England. Only disappointment was the book's ending. I thought that it should haveGreat read and really enjoyed the mix of cultures within modern day England. Only disappointment was the book's ending. I thought that it should have ended after the climax point in this book. ...more
"...Hannibal Lechter with a ball point pen and a Paint Brush..." Based on true and fairly recent events. Amazing how a single person can ruin the lives"...Hannibal Lechter with a ball point pen and a Paint Brush..." Based on true and fairly recent events. Amazing how a single person can ruin the lives of so many people by deception. It wasn't even about greed as much as EGO (I am). CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY. If you don't have a habit of questioning things after reading this book then you got problems. One of the greatest Cons / forgeries in the history of the Art World....more
A GREAT Book is the result of GREAT investigative reporting and this is one of those books. Others mentioned it and so will I, it's not a Diet book noA GREAT Book is the result of GREAT investigative reporting and this is one of those books. Others mentioned it and so will I, it's not a Diet book nor a how to eat properly book and it doesn't make such a claim. It does describe in part how the processed food industry works and the over reliance of the 3 ingredients in the title. The 3 ingredients have their own section clearly describing the benefits of their use to both the consumer and manufacturer. The sections are also presented in their level of "dependency" ranging from the least dependent to the most (apologies for difficulty in articulation). You'll learn alot about the industry and it's a bit scary. The part of the book that truly scares the HELL out of me deals with Nestle and how they produce some of the worst processed foods on the planet and on the other end how they're producing "food-drugs" to help deal with problems resulting from those very foods and their foray into medical industry. SICK
A few things I noticed throughout the book are:
1. All about making $$$ for these companies and nothing will stop them w/o one hell of a fight.
2. Marketing at a level many of us are not aware of nor thought was possible.
3. Despite the fact that the excellent sources he uses believe that the companies they worked for are good places, you only need to see the result of their work and ferocity they'll fight to keep those products on the market to know that these are not good caring about consumer companies.
This book will probably do more in motivating you to change your eating habits than most diet books, movies, etc..
Definitely read and share with others when you get a chance....more
An excellent source on Haitian history. Great in explaining Haiti's current economic situation. US involvement in Haiti is appalling as was both the BAn excellent source on Haitian history. Great in explaining Haiti's current economic situation. US involvement in Haiti is appalling as was both the British and the French and current involvement of NGO's in the country help in continuing hinderance of the country's Economic Development. What's truly amazing is the strength of the Haitian people. He also does a GREAT job of touching base on Haitian culture, notably Voudou which is amazing and definitely not what it's popularly believed to be. I strongly suggest reading this book. It's a true eye opener. I must also add that I thought I knew alot about Haitian History but this definitely taught me ALOT more, like Colonel Jean-Baptist Sans Souci arguably as important as l'Ouveture in Haitian politics, Jean Price-Mars (Intellectual) or Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s (author). I am truly grateful for what I've learned from this book....more
Ha, Ha but with sadness. The parallels between his essay and history within America or for the matter oppressed groups and the oppressors is frighteninHa, Ha but with sadness. The parallels between his essay and history within America or for the matter oppressed groups and the oppressors is frightening and IMO true. Self serving across the board and highlights ignorance of the general populace. Must read and one should take the time to reflect on the subject matter....more