I have to say, when I heard about this book on Self-Publishing Podcast, and it was described as Downton Abbey with Robots, I was expecting... somethinI have to say, when I heard about this book on Self-Publishing Podcast, and it was described as Downton Abbey with Robots, I was expecting... something different.
What I got instead was this brilliant piece of political crime fiction that happened to be told from the point of view of, well, robots. It was just genuinely awesome. I suggest it for anyone wanting something a little different in their robot fiction than the typical "DESTROY ALL HUMANS" genre....more
War is hell, and these marines know that better than anyone. Generation Kill is Evan Wright's narrative of his first hand experience during the openinWar is hell, and these marines know that better than anyone. Generation Kill is Evan Wright's narrative of his first hand experience during the opening invasion of the Iraq War riding along with 1st Recon's Bravo Company.
As a person that pretends to be a warrior on weekends, this book made me realize how big a freakin' wuss I actually am, and let me have a little bit more appreciation for what our soldiers do for us.
They don't get to debate about whether or not a war is right. There isn't time for that. There too busy dealing with the realities of it, from the enemy bullets whizzing by one minute, being greeted as heroes the next, or trying to compartmentalize the death of children they don't have the resources to help while dealing with the rotten skin on their feet peeling off in droves.
War is hell, alright, and this is the story of the guys that keep us from knowing that. ...more
Mooney is honest in his statement that he is biased because he is a liberal. Still, he does a pretty good job of looking at the psychological scienceMooney is honest in his statement that he is biased because he is a liberal. Still, he does a pretty good job of looking at the psychological science of politics and ultimately draws the conclusion that the personality traits being studied are necessary on both ends of the spectrum for healthy politics. His ultimate finding is that conservative and liberal ideology held too tightly is damaging to America and humanity as a whole.
I encourage anyone to read this book, as it gives a new insight into the human mind. Liberal or Conservative, you'll learn quite a bit about both your strengths and weaknesses from the research. As Mooney says early in the book, if it weren't for his motivational reasoning bias, this book could just as easily been called The Democratic Brain, The Science of Indecisive Ego.
I think the conclusions drawn in the end have a significant insight into the current psychology of the political spectrum, especially in that we all have a lot to learn from each other.
As Mooney's research shows, the same personality traits that drive the Mentally Conservative to deny Science on a political level are the personality traits that make them better leaders and friends. The psychological traits that drive the Mentally Liberal to be more truth and fact oriented are the traits that lead them to being chaotic and bickering in nature.
We could all benefit from a little more compromise and conversation, and a little less ideological stubbornness. ...more
This book is a must read (it's a fast read, and the audible book is only about an hour long). It was simply a great look some of the things we take foThis book is a must read (it's a fast read, and the audible book is only about an hour long). It was simply a great look some of the things we take for granted in the modern world. ...more