I thought that the first half of this, mainly because the principles Machiavelli was discussing were not exclusive in application to princes. However,I thought that the first half of this, mainly because the principles Machiavelli was discussing were not exclusive in application to princes. However, as I got into the latter half, I found that it was more exclusive to primes,which quickly became boring....more
Before reading this, a friend said to me he had heard it was very well written and persuasive. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
It's welBefore reading this, a friend said to me he had heard it was very well written and persuasive. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
It's well written in so much as it successfully captures emotions that Marx and Engels wanted - namely fear, paranoia, hatred, and a taste for vengance. Unfortunately, that's about all. In terms of being well-written as it regards clarity, reasoning, and linguistic aesthetics, the Manifesto is rather, well, pitifull, for lack of a better word.
Having now read this, it makes much more sense why desparate oppressed people would latch on to this. Indeed, there are some people who have experienced such circumstances. It still does not seem to me to be best, but the impulse to gravitate to these ideas at least makes some sense. However, if someone latches onto these concepts without being desparate or oppressed, they probably aren't particularly discerning in their criticism of society and probably are having some kind of individuality crisis or want to appear more empathetic than those around them.
Read it over a couple days, so maybe my continuity was a bit interrupted, but Plato seems to attack in a circuitous manner, which means that it mightRead it over a couple days, so maybe my continuity was a bit interrupted, but Plato seems to attack in a circuitous manner, which means that it might be hard to fully comprehend how he makes his way from point A to point B in the overall argument. Still, very good read to observe his question-answer format of philosophy, and there are a couple funny parts mixed in. Excellent footnotes for which to understand everything fully, including background on some interesting ancient mythology....more
I've only recently been making an effort at reading consistently (a few months now). This is the first lengthy American classic I've had a go at, andI've only recently been making an effort at reading consistently (a few months now). This is the first lengthy American classic I've had a go at, and boy, this book was a really interesting read.
I had been warned of how boring this book is, and I got off to a slow start. However, I kept gathering steam as I progressed. Due to its structure and its length, (1) I am SO grateful I was not forced to read this earlier in high school, and (2) if you're going to read this, you need to let yourself get into it. By that, I mean that you need to let yourself ponder the ideas and relationships that Steinbeck poses and creates. If you don't let this happen, I can imagine this book dragging on forever and never really being of any interest.
There are a couple of chapters/passages where I was like, "Wow, this is incredible writing." Steinbeck really does just kill it sometimes - in a good way.
Along similar lines, this is also a book with which I was able to submerge myself into the give setting. In the end, (view spoiler)[ I felt like it would be raining outside when I left the building, just because it was raining through those last ~50 pages. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I would never say I enjoyed this book - it's not supposed to be enjoyed. But, it makes you think about a lot of things, it immerses you into the setting, and develops a relationship with characters in a way I imagine few books can. The command of language and poetry of the writing is hard not to be impressed by at several points. As somebody else said, this should be required reading for every American over 30.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Enjoyed this immensely. I'm not a big reader, but I really enjoyed getting through this book. A lot of it is about George Washington and his strugglesEnjoyed this immensely. I'm not a big reader, but I really enjoyed getting through this book. A lot of it is about George Washington and his struggles and accomplishments throughout the Revolutionary War, and really illuminates him as a leader. I admire him much more than I did prior to reading this book. Especially, towards the end, I wasn't able to put the book down. Really cool history that every American should know!...more
This book does a good job of explaining what healthcare systems around the world are like to live with on a day to day basis. But there is a basic misThis book does a good job of explaining what healthcare systems around the world are like to live with on a day to day basis. But there is a basic misunderstanding of the need to appreciate these systems in the context of the countries in which they exist. also, every system he looks at is only passingly mentioned to be insolvent at the end of their respective chapters. finally, the later chapters of the book are normative - which I would have logically thought should go first - and rely solely on the argument that since other foreign countries have concluded there is a moral obligation to provide healthcare that the US should do the same. no further explanation is really provided. clearly a book about healthcare by someone who is neither an expert on healthcare nor concerned with explaining his arguments (i.e. a typical "reporter")....more
Does an excellent job fleshing out arguments. Definitely shows that he's a smart guy and that he thoroughly thinks about and researches things beforeDoes an excellent job fleshing out arguments. Definitely shows that he's a smart guy and that he thoroughly thinks about and researches things before he takes a stance. He brings a lot to the discussion, and I definitely would not mind him being president after reading this book - that's not to say I'd vote for him, but I have confidence in his abilities and a lot of his priorities.
However, the book itself - the physical thing - was kind of frustrating because whoever copyedited this thing did a terrible job. About every 40 pages or so I'd come across an egregious error, like a missing period or repeated word. These are things that could be taken care of by an educated middle schooler....more
It can be dry at times, but overall there is a lot of great information here. Obviously, this book leans more libertarian, but that is because of theIt can be dry at times, but overall there is a lot of great information here. Obviously, this book leans more libertarian, but that is because of the strong evidence (numbers) that are provided. It helped a lot to inform me on big debates that are happening in our country right now, and led me to think that a lot of it is (unfortunately) run by emotion more than reason. Very informative - a good read for being actually about trade....more
**spoiler alert** This is the first fantasy type series I've ever read from beginning to end. I read the books within about 10 days after seeing the f**spoiler alert** This is the first fantasy type series I've ever read from beginning to end. I read the books within about 10 days after seeing the first movie. I had a lot of questions that I wanted answers for and knew I had to read the novels to get them.
The first book was pretty awesome, and I thought the character development was great. For some reason, though, I found myself a little confused that Katniss wasn't really into Peeta by the end of it. Cenna definitely became a very interesting character that you I thought you had to like.
I feel like I don't even remember what really happened in the second book. A couple new characters were introduced and a great connection was formed. I wish it had been clearly established whether or not the Quarter Quell was actually written down or Snow had actually just decided what it would be before the announcement. I did not like how we realize that Katniss (ie the reader) has actually been kept in the dark the whole time about what's going on.
Through the third book, I'll admit I was starting to get a little frustrated with Katniss's misery and just wanted her to snap out of it and be the hero. I wish that at the end she had some kind of meaningful role in creating a better world for everyone to live in, instead of almost inexplicably killing Coin - nobody seems to know or care why she happened to kill the leader of the rebellion and the new president, which I found rather annoying. I think that by the end the idea is supposed to be that Katniss is just too effed up to be capable of truly loving someone, and the resolution of the triangle happens seemingly out of convenience than Katniss finally being her own person.
Overall, I guess I just wanted her to achieve being her own person, the decider of her own fate. However, things seemed to just be happening to her the whole time. I didn't mind so much that things happened off-print so much, but I just wanted Katniss to really embrace her role and herself more....more
Coulter's ultimate thesis is that since the French Revolution, the liberal (in the modern sense) factions have taken after its example, displaying mucCoulter's ultimate thesis is that since the French Revolution, the liberal (in the modern sense) factions have taken after its example, displaying much what Le Bon has written on the subject of the mob and its methods. It's a good theory, and seems pretty sound, but I would just say she didn't need to make it so explicit so often - but that's a minor detail.
Unfortunately, Coulter also shows little restraint in her jokes throughout the book. Some of them are pretty darn funny, some are positively outrageous, but some hit a sour note and make ad hominem arguments all too easy, and, even so, only serve to undermine her otherwise clean arguments. In that way, she lives up to her reputation, but, I think, only serves to ultimately keep the conversation stuck in neutral rather than enabling the dialogue to advance - people on the left (or even in the middle) are probably simply unable to address any of her arguments because of the undisciplined jokes, and rightfully so, since there are enough quips just too caustic for any pragmatic right-leaner to bat away.
The best parts of this book are the comparisons of liberal taglines to the facts. They are all the better and more interesting because they are not about numbers and who is to blame for what. Instead, the examples Coulter introduces are about social issues and moments in society that show how the left survives by claiming certain views of what happened in a situation that are often the opposide of what the facts are. Coulter includes examples of various crimes that are touted as evidence of right-wing something-or-other and social policy issues (i.e. Civil Rights legislation) and shows with plain facts of these cases that they are in fact evidence of liberal's (mob) violence. The section on the history of Civil Rights legislation is especially enlightening, and reminded me of the pride one should have to be on the right in the fight for true social equality. I definitely would like to research more about it, and feel I have a good preliminary source here with Coulter's chapter on the subject....more