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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
4.12
This is a pretty good book on stress, in animals as well as humans. I like his scientific style (though as with most academics, his prose style could...more
Oct 2007
Nov 04, 2007
 
The History of Iran
3.29
A bit dry but very straightforward. Though it is predicated on the assumption that one small volume can capture the history of a nation from prehistor...more
Dec 14, 2007
Dec 12, 2007
 
The Road to Mecca
4.38
An interesting memoir. Featuring the travels of a young Jew who eventually converts to Islam, meets prominent figures in the Middle East of the 20s, 3...more
Apr 2008
Apr 13, 2008
 
The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives
3.99
Quite entertaining. Gotta love the classics.
Dec 2008
Nov 30, 2008
 
Great Britain and Reza Shah: The Plunder of Iran, 1921-1941
2.50
I would like to correct my earlier review, and say that it is an uninspiring rant mostly against the person of Reza Shah and the West (this edition: B...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
 
Architecture: The Natural and the Manmade
3.86
Ok, so when I say read, that's a little misleading. Really, I've been attending Scully's lectures, and not actually reading the book. This is essentia...more
Oct 18, 2008
Sep 24, 2008
 
The Great American Plunder of Persia's Antiquities, 1925-1941
3.50
A slightly more inspiring rant against the West, this time personified by American archaeologists. It's a justifiable polemic, but reading polemics ca...more
Dec 2007
Dec 12, 2007
 
The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
3.84
From this book I learned... That history is all sort of made up anyway, or at least the best histories admit it.
...That Victor Davis Hanson is my sec...more
not set
Oct 22, 2008
 
Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East
4.00
So far: dense, but informative. A pretty good, very modern, economic history of the Middle East, which is pretty well written, at least compared to mo...more
Mar 15, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Season of Migration to the North
3.77
On page 50: intrigued.
On page 100: wondering what's the point.
On page 150: still wondering what the point was.
On page 167: a little baffled, and a...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
 
The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations
3.74
Fairly detailed and economic. Not that it isn't well done; just not the sort of book I like to read cover to cover.
Dec 2007
Dec 03, 2007
 
Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History
3.86
Pretty good for an overview. Readable style, informative texts, good integration of images and primary sources.
Nov 30, 2008
Sep 24, 2008
 
The Mantle of the Prophet: Religion and Politics in Iran
4.08
An interesting format for learning history. Informative, thought-provoking. Pretty well written, recommended.
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
 
Stairways To The Stars: Skywatching In Three Great Ancient Cultures
3.69
In every way, much better than the Krupp! Much more readable, so far, rather more accurate too!
Feb 29, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Echoes of the Ancient Skies: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations
3.76
This book is terrible. Facile and simplistic, as well as outdated and sometimes just wrong.
Feb 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Sitt Marie Rose
3.79
Terribly depressing. I imagine the style would be better in the original French...
Apr 2008
Apr 13, 2008
 
Modern Iran Since 1921: The Pahlavis and After
3.68
I dislike his style, and I find him rather biased. Informative nonetheless.
Dec 03, 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
The Politics and The Constitution of Athens
3.78
Except when he is talking about race/women, I do find Aristotle to be very compelling.
Oct 2005
Nov 30, 2008
 
Tutankhamun's Armies: Battle and Conquest During Ancient Egypt's Late Eighteenth Dynasty
4.08
But of course! They are my professors, after all. :-)
Feb 2007
Jan 17, 2008
 
The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings
4.16
Pretty good.
Feb 29, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations
3.33
None
Apr 2007
Apr 15, 2007
 
Ancient Egypt. Anatomy of a Civilization
3.91
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not set
Sep 24, 2008
 
The Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts
4.14
None
not set
Feb 13, 2008
 
The Modern Middle East: A History
3.70
None
Mar 15, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
 
Coptic in 20 Lessons: Introduction to Sahidic Coptic with Exercises and Vocabularies
3.82
None
not set
Jan 17, 2008
 
Iran Between Two Revolutions
4.03
None
Dec 14, 2007
Dec 03, 2007
 
Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran
3.93
None
Dec 14, 2007
Nov 06, 2007
 
Wretched Kush: Ethnic Identities and Boundries in Egypt's Nubian Empire
3.75
None
Dec 30, 2008
Dec 09, 2008
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.71
None
Apr 21, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
 
Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
3.91
None
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
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