Not the greatest book, and certainly not the longest, but I think there are some good points and things to think about in here regarding the materialiNot the greatest book, and certainly not the longest, but I think there are some good points and things to think about in here regarding the materialism of western civilization and lifestyle choices that can lead to simpler and more meaningful relationships. I suppose this is a decent place to start reading about minimalism because to be honest, there isn't a lot of literature on the topic whatsoever as compared to others....more
This is the book by the President that we should have had and that unfortunately, he should have come out with about a year before he ran for office.This is the book by the President that we should have had and that unfortunately, he should have come out with about a year before he ran for office. This book actually lays out how to pay for all the things that everyone said were not able to be paid for in a more comprehensive way than any politician has ever done to my knowledge. The nation would not be as divided as it is, and the President would not have the historically low approval rating that he does if the Democratic Party hadn't screwed Sanders over. But that's neither here nor there.
What I do hope happens, is that a younger generation of politicians pick up where Sanders has left off and carry the torch because he's getting older and I don't know if 2020 is in the cards....more
The second time I've read this book cover to cover. Greene has written several other books in this series but this particular one is by far the best.The second time I've read this book cover to cover. Greene has written several other books in this series but this particular one is by far the best. The first time I read it I read it looking for lessons in warfare in particular, this time I looked more for business and political lessons and it's interesting what difference it makes as far as what you learn and what you take away from it. I would recommend this book to all sorts of people, but I don't want to. This should be secret knowledge and the fewer people who learn these lessons the better for me. Is that Machiavellian enough for you?...more
"The world you see outside of you is a reflection of what you have inside of you."
Someone else in the reviews said that this is the type of book you w"The world you see outside of you is a reflection of what you have inside of you."
Someone else in the reviews said that this is the type of book you write 3-5 years before launching a presidential campaign and not only do I think that they're right, I hope that they are. Cory Booker would have my vote more than anyone else in politics today. Not only is he intelligent, kind, well spoken, and charismatic, he's someone that I genuinely believe cares about the world, the country, and every human being out there.
"There are two ways to go through life, as a thermometer or a thermostat. Don't be a thermometer, just reflecting what's around you, going up or down with your surroundings. Be a thermostat and set the temperature."
Cory Booker spent much of his life in public service before politics working in Newark in bad neighborhoods, involved in community activism and grass root politics. Some of the efforts that he's spent his life advocating more than others are things that are not necessarily my highest priorities like criminal justice reform, inner city housing reform, jobs and opportunities for inner city youth and the disenfranchised. These are all great things, they just aren't what I prioritize and that's fine because not everyone can be or do everything. You have to choose and I acknowledge that his choices are still good ones. More importantly, I think that he's a great leader and someone that would go out of his way to find common ground.
Honestly, probably one of the best, most well rounded biographies that I've ever read. This book touches on so many issues from poverty and institutioHonestly, probably one of the best, most well rounded biographies that I've ever read. This book touches on so many issues from poverty and institutional racism, to domestic violence and religion, and manages to do it all in a way that will make you laugh throughout the book. This was good enough that I can see it being worked into classrooms in high school. I think younger than that and some of the material might be inappropriate but this book is truly a masterpiece of contemporary biographies and something worth reading. I'm disappointed that I haven't supported the Daily Show more in the last several years now after reading this book....more
This was a book that my Professor recommended as some additional optional reading and I'm glad that she did. I shelved this on Goodreads through my owThis was a book that my Professor recommended as some additional optional reading and I'm glad that she did. I shelved this on Goodreads through my own shelves as Science, and Zoology & Conservation. I think the connection between cognitive thresholds as Rebecca Costa calls them in this book and Climate Change is clear. Cognitive thresholds are actually one of the best explanations for societal and civilizational collapse that I've ever heard. Everything else sort of becomes the details and footnotes about the particular form that the cognitive threshold took in individual cases as it overtook the Mayans, Romans, Greeks, Persians, Macedonians, etc.
This is a book that I'd recommend for students of history, ancient civilizations, military history, conservation, climate change, and other related subjects. I think there are things of value and lessons to be learned in here for people wanting to learn more about all of those subjects and more....more
“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk t“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
One of the only books that I've ever read more than once and this is the fourth or fifth time for this particular one in my life. At some point in the next year or so I'm sure that I'll get onto the second book, The Two Towers when I need another break from heavier and more strictly educational books. This book has lost none of it's magic since the first time I read it as a seventh grader. If anything I just focus on different aspects of it now than I did then. It really is a timeless masterpiece and something that the movies, while good, could never do real justice for.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
If you call yourself a fan of fantasy and haven't read the Lord of the Rings at least once you're an amateur and just fooling around. I recommend this series to everyone, everywhere. It should be required reading at some point in some class or another because of the moral lessons, the tale of a small group of friends standing against impossible odds and evil. This particular time through for me I was able to spend more time thinking about Tolkien's influences of World War Two and how those events played out in this story. I also spent plenty of time thinking about the beautiful language he uses and his incredible skill with words.
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”...more
Seneca was an interesting person in his day and time has done nothing to change that. If anything, the increasing passage of time has presented the asSeneca was an interesting person in his day and time has done nothing to change that. If anything, the increasing passage of time has presented the astute reader with opportunities to ask themselves the same question that must have tormented Seneca and kept him awake at night.
Seneca was a philosopher in the court of Nero, the infamous mad emperor of the Roman Empire. Seneca was in fact his tutor from a young age and someone who sought to mitigate the madness of his reign. The question Seneca was plagued by was this, should he stay and help Nero and seek to influence him into a kinder and gentler rule (which was still filled with murder, rape, and other atrocities) or should he instead have left at the first opportunity and abandoned Nero to his madness. Eventually Nero was removed from power and so presumably, without Seneca's steady hand to assist him Nero's rule would have been shorter and more brutal.
Seneca, by the way, did eventually try to leave Nero but by then it was too late and Nero would not allow it. Events culminated for Seneca by Nero calling for his eventual death in one of his many purges of the elites of Rome....more
This book ended up on my reading list because I noticed that I might have been neglecting great books that had been written in other languages. SinceThis book ended up on my reading list because I noticed that I might have been neglecting great books that had been written in other languages. Since I'm strictly monolingual that left me hunting for great books written in other languages that had also been translated into English. After some digging around on Goodreads and Amazon I eventually ended up adding this and a few others that may or may not have met the original criteria to my list of things to read.
This was a pretty good book in it's own right and a decent collection of short stories compared to many of them that are out there. I have not read much in the way of Noir previously and this was my first in Akashic Books Noir series set around the world that I've read at all. I can definitely see myself reading more from the series and reading more from the seedier European cities featured in the series as opposed to the American ones.
I'd recommend this for fans of short stories, French culture, crime novels, and the blending of the three. ...more
If there is one thing that I lean towards disliking in this biography it's that the writer goes through great lengths to be neutral, but even those efIf there is one thing that I lean towards disliking in this biography it's that the writer goes through great lengths to be neutral, but even those efforts do little to hide the fact that Putin is a despotic autocratic thug. Name something unethical and it's likely that Putin has had a hand in it on his way to the top and I'm talking everything from murder, bribery, embezzlement, rigging elections, suppressing the media, selling offices, giving away offices as rewards, threatening journalists, having his political competition beaten and murdered, having reporters and citizens critical of him beaten and murdered, etc.
There is likely no more unethical world leader today. The difference between Putin and guys like Saddam Hussein is that Putin has nuclear weapons so no one has removed him, that's about it. For anyone who doesn't really quite understand why the relationship/love affair between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is so disconcerting I would highly recommend that they pick up a copy of this book.
Not only is this one of NPR's Top 100 Books of 2015, it's also written or published by the Council on Foreign Relations. I think Myers is a writer for them. I'd read something else of his, although I wish he was a little less dry....more
Not as good as his first book but still a great one to read! Bill covers everything including wind power, solar polar, climate change, electric vehiclNot as good as his first book but still a great one to read! Bill covers everything including wind power, solar polar, climate change, electric vehicles, biofuels, and nuclear. This isn't a textbook on any of them but a very readable book for a layman covering advances in all of those fields and more. This is designed to further the average person's knowledge about these fields. I'd recommend this book for every human being I know as most of us are either uninformed or misinformed about science in general once we leave school and our knowledge becomes dated. This is where you should pick up learning everything that has happened since you graduated and who better to teach you those things than Bill Nye the Science Guy!?!?...more
This book had it's moments but it was certainly no Kitchen Confidential. This is not the place to start if you're new to Anthony Bourdain. If you've nThis book had it's moments but it was certainly no Kitchen Confidential. This is not the place to start if you're new to Anthony Bourdain. If you've never seen Parts Unknown or the Layover then I would go there. If you're a fan of his and want to know more and continue to infatuation then this is probably where to go.
The one unique thing about this particular book is that Bourdain is now famous enough that he isn't worried about who he upsets in the television and food worlds which resulted in an entire chapter of him listing heroes and villains by name. Everyone from fellow chefs, to producers and food critics. He calls them out one by one and explains in some detail why should either admire or despise them. I'm sure that he made enemies after that, but when you're as successful as he is now, who cares?
All in all not a bad book and for me it was a much needed break from some pretty hefty history tomes at the moment....more