Art of War: Bilingual Chinese and English Text (The Complete Edition) by Sun Tzu is one of the world’s most influential books on strategy. Many thinkArt of War: Bilingual Chinese and English Text (The Complete Edition) by Sun Tzu is one of the world’s most influential books on strategy. Many think that this famous book is only about war, but truth be told, its lessons could be applied to management and management styles.
I have read several translations and treaties of the Art of War by Sun Tzu, even including a graphic novel, but this is my favorite edition so far. The book includes both English and Chinese text, as well as commentary.
The introduction by John Minford, scholar of ancient Chinese literature, is alone worth the price of admission. I learned a lot from the introduction, it was interesting and informative.
The content of the book is short, maybe 60 pages, however this edition contains 250 pages, but I enjoyed the historical context and Chinese political intrigue very much. The last 100 pages or so are “translator’s notes”. There is an interesting commentary on just how Lionel Giles, the translator, chose to translate each line of text. The classical Chinese language is very dense and many of Sun Tzu’s passages have unclear meaning. Translating is an art by itself and it was fascinating to read how Mr. Giles chose his word.
This is one book that’s a keeper, a permanent edition to my home library.
Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films (Jewish Lives) by Molly Haskell is a biography of the prolific director. Ms. Haskell is a film critic and author.
I aSteven Spielberg: A Life in Films (Jewish Lives) by Molly Haskell is a biography of the prolific director. Ms. Haskell is a film critic and author.
I admired Steven Spielberg since he burst on to the big screen when I was a child. I remember eagerly anticipating the next Spielberg flick and reading every word I can in such magazines as Starlog (when it was a great film magazine) about his projects and special effects breakthroughs.
So you can understand my delight in getting Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films (Jewish Lives) by Molly Haskell. I can say that I’ve watched almost every Spielberg film out there, many with the enthusiasm of a teenager, so the book spoke to me.
Recently I re-watched the Indiana Jones movies with my kids. I was not looking forward to it because I wanted to remember those great movies as the groundbreaking extravaganzas I remember them (I ran to the theater after school on the opening day of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom). To my great delight the Indiana Jones movies are just as good today as I remembered them. The kids loved them (my son dressed up as Dr. Jones for Halloween), and I dare say that even if they were released today, as they were released originally, they’d pass muster with the fans and delight audiences.
Ms. Haskell wrote an interesting, witty book telling stories which I thought I knew but never connected the dots. While I don’t agree with every evaluation the author makes, I appreciate the honesty and thought that went into the narrative.
Mr. Spielberg’s Jewish story is very insightful and the author is obviously very interested in his journey as a proud Jew and a genius film maker. The author connects the director’s life experiences relative to the movies he was making at the time.
This is a great film book about one of our generation’s most notable and prolific directors. The book is insightful, well written, and frankly – just a lot of fun. I listened to the audio CD, narrated by Johnny Heller and Jo Anna Perrin who did a great job and kept my interest throughout.
Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Data by Adam Tanner is a non-fiction book talking about how companies use big meOur Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Data by Adam Tanner is a non-fiction book talking about how companies use big medical data. Mr. Tanner writes about business and personal data and privacy issues.
The book is a sometimes fascinating, sometimes frightening book telling how our medical records are used to analysis and profit. The data, which strips personally identifiable information (but not really) is being collected by middle men from doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and other medical professionals one comes in touch with, and is being sold.
The public reasoning that the data is being collected is to improve our health by analyzing trends and helping doctors. The data is also collected and sold for analysis by marketing companies in order to help their bottom lines and this is where most people have an issue.
The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t really care if people have an issue with their use of the data, even though it is possible to de-identified the data (attributing it to a specific person after all personal information has been stripped out). The book asks a lot of questions but the answers are vague at best as this sensitive data is being sold, analyzed and re-sold at lightning speed.
Mr. Tanner wrote a well-researched and very interesting book which raises important issues. The answers might lie with our policy makers and I could only hope they’ll read it.
The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski is a non-fiction book which tells of the people who took it upon themselves to bring former to Nazis to justice. MThe Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski is a non-fiction book which tells of the people who took it upon themselves to bring former to Nazis to justice. Mr. Nagorski was an editor for Newsweek and is an award wining journalist and author.
The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski tells the story of the people who hunted Nazis to bring them to justice after World War II. Those of us who finished high-school probably know about Hitler committing suicide in the bunker, those of us who take the time to educate ourselves (or took some college history courses) we heard or read about the Nuremberg trials, but not much afterwards.
After the Nuremberg trials the world moved on, but not the people the author writes about. The Nazi hunters were seeking justice against those in charge of killing millions of innocent people systematically, all this while their hunt fell out of headlines and out of people’s minds who simply wanted to move on after a decade of horrors.
Mr. Nagorski makes it a point, throughout the book, that we should be careful not to label the Nazi leadership as “monsters”, but as committing “‘monstrous acts in the name of a monstrous system, but labeling him a monster lets too many others off the hook and ignores how easily tyrannical regimes can enlist average citizens in their criminal behavior.”
This is an important book, a history book which is well researched and brings forth the efforts of many people to bring justice, and not induce vengeance. The author expertly presents the reasons for each Nazi hunter to continue their difficult, and often ungrateful, task. The author profiles the Nazi hunters themselves, as well as some of the Nazi leaders who they’ve been hunting.
The book does not skip around or tell the story chronologically, but is factual, sometimes dry and academic. That is not a criticism, the book is much like reading great investigative journalism articles in newspapers, gathered together into a book. The author did a great job researching, but this is not a thriller.
The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell (translated by Henning Koch) iThe Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell (translated by Henning Koch) is a non-fiction book which tells of the efforts of the Nazis to ransack European libraries, bookshops and private collections.
The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell (translated by Henning Koch) is a fascinating look at another aspect of the Nazi killing machine, this time trying to murder culture and thought. Even more sinister, the Nazis used those stolen books to wage a war on history and even literature itself.
The author did a great job investigating the stories of looting and, eventually, the impossible task of trying to find the original owners of the books. For at least one person, a worthless book (money wise) was the only thing left from the home he was forced to leave, after many years he was touched to receive some sort of childhood memory.
This is a two part story, the first one, as the name of the book suggests, is the story of the Nazis trying to control people’s beliefs via literature, punishment and spectacles of burning books symbolizing “wrong” ideology. The second part is the painstaking cataloging of millions of books, returning what can be returned (through notes, plates and other identifying marks).
The author also gives the history of some of Europe’s most famous libraries. This book is a fascinating and comprehensive account of the subject and an excellent addition to any World War II scholarship collection.
Devil in False Colors by Jack Winnick is a novel about current events. This is the third novel in a series.
After a massacre of children in Los AngelesDevil in False Colors by Jack Winnick is a novel about current events. This is the third novel in a series.
After a massacre of children in Los Angeles Jewish day school authorities bring from FBI agent Lara Edmond and Mossad agent Uri Levin to help out. Lara tries to investigate Muslim clerics by answering on-line ads for a “blond wife”, while Uri plays an escaped terrorist to infiltrate whoever is causing the chaos.
When I got Devil in False Colors by Jack Winnick I did not know this was part of a series, however this is a standalone book and I enjoyed it nonetheless. I enjoyed the plot and Mr. Winnick’s writing, there are many twists and it is obvious that the author did his research.
The characters in the novel are interesting and genuine, the author builds them in a quick, precise manner which lets the reader understand their motivations and care about them. The novel has intrigue, mystery, suspense, and a few twists here and there just to keep you on your toes.
The novel does a good job informing the reader how terrorist organizations develop and the threats they pose to Americans and American interests. I also enjoyed the way Mr. Winnick writes about equipment and weapons. As a former gun owner I never said I have a “gun”, but a “Zig” or a “Jericho” but never a generic term.
The novel was a fast, quick and interesting read providing a fascinating narrative to disturbing events. Even though this is a work of fiction, the reader might come out with some insights about the Middle East.
Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen is a novel taking place in Norway during World War II. Mr. Kjeldsen is currently the cinema program at VirginiaLand of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen is a novel taking place in Norway during World War II. Mr. Kjeldsen is currently the cinema program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts.
Kari, a 15 year old Norwegian girl living under Nazi occupation finds a downed American pilot. It is March, 1943 and the war’s end doesn’t seem to be in sight. Kari bravely offers to escort the pilot over the frozen landscape to Switzerland.
Kari and Lance are pursued by a disgruntled German officer, Kari’s father and a Norwegian Nazi sympathizer.
Land of Hidden Fires by Kirk Kjeldsen is simply a terrific book, telling a terrific story. Mr. Kjeldsen paints with word the characters and the scenery – it’s almost poetic.
This is a short book, the narrative is tight and engrossing told in vivid detail. I loved how the author described the landscapes, the details were amazing with just enough words to create an image in my mind’s eye.
The big twist in the book comes from the characters’ actions, not a major plot twist as in many novels. The narrative moves along in a very fluid, natural manner. I didn’t feel that anything was rushed, even though the book is not very long.
I’ve read many World War II books, but I can count on a single hand the ones which talk about the Nordic countries. I’m very glad I read this one and am looking forward to read more.