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Swimming Dragon: A Chinese Way to Fitness, Beautiful Skin, Weight Loss, and High Energy
A bit thin.
not set
Aug 09, 2010
Rowing Faster
Very technical.
Jan 2012
Oct 24, 2012
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Breezy but worthwhile book on legal philosophy. EdX course follows it.
Apr 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation
May 2012
May 25, 2012
Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts
More torture.
not set
Nov 17, 2009
The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild
Prose poems. I have my own stories -- the local owl, snapping turtle, heron, muskrat and fisher, and like to hear his telling. Seems like it would be...more
Jun 2009
Jun 12, 2009
A Close Run Thing (Matthew Hervey, #1)
Waterloo with British cavalry. A few literary pretensions with Jane Austen references, but hey it's the first in the series.
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
I carried this around for a long time. No, Americans don't want to be "intellectuals," in the sense maybe the French do. But I'm not sure we should do...more
Jan 2005
Jan 23, 2008
The Dragon Scroll (Sugawara Akitada, #1)
I didn't find much adventure, much character, or much interest.
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
Not much interest. Seems to be written from a quest formula.
May 2011
May 23, 2011
Again to Carthage
Another running book. I read the first one.
May 22, 2011
May 15, 2011
Merchant Kings
Mostly good. This isn't Simon Winchester. I can't really warm up to any of the stories and featured characters.
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
The Iliad
Reread the Iliad for a discussion group, after a 30 year hiatus. Still mightily impressed by the power and force of it. Some think it glorifies war --...more
Jun 2007
Jan 07, 2008
An Officer and a Spy
Well written but sometimes slow going.
Mar 04, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion and Excess at San Fransisco Zen Center
Ah, bad zen. California zen has become such a cliche, sort of like a fad in grape varietals or decorating style. This is old core stuff, the Tassajara...more
Jan 2007
Jan 08, 2008
The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat
I listened to both this and Mark Felt's ghosted book, G-Man. Felt's style was wooden; Woodward's much more personal. The two books aren't really compa...more
not set
Oct 03, 2008
Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordmanship
I am learning batto, not iaido, so kata are different, but this is overall an excellent book with clear photos and writing.
Feb 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Tai Chi Dynamics: Principles of Natural Movement, Health & Self-Development
Thoughtful, useful book.
May 2012
May 17, 2012
Zen at Work
IBM as a platform for hauling water and wood. Very thoughtful, with a tone of reasonableness and respect.
May 22, 2011
May 17, 2011
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny
I actually learned to like Tony Robbins, particularly from audio series. No, I wouldn't want to go to some auditorium event and get "all fired up." An...more
Jan 2000
Feb 13, 2008
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Persia invades Greece.
Dec 02, 2010
Nov 24, 2010
Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
Healthy disrespect. See global warming. It is worth being sceptical, and noting that "consensus," real or imagined, has nothing to do with the reliabi...more
not set
Nov 30, 2008
The Whirling Circles of Ba Gua Zhang: The Art and Legends of the Eight Trigram Palm
OK book from Bruce Frantzis student. I don't really know enough Bagua to criticize or praise his technique. Was looking for a little more basics and s...more
Nov 2009
Oct 22, 2009
The Shadow Girls
I knew this wasn't a Wallander, but I expected more plot and more from the characters. A disappointment.
Dec 2012
Dec 27, 2012
As The Crow Flies (Walt Longmire, #8)
Another fine Sheriff Longmire mystery.
Jan 2012
Oct 12, 2012
Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani, #9)
Dreck. The secret language --the 3/5 rule for representation, is only secret if you slept through school and life.
Feb 2014
Mar 19, 2014
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Maybe the best-known book about the internment, and in some ways the easiest to take. I have a collection of books on internment, started when I found...more
Jan 1973
Jan 14, 2008
Our Oriental Heritage (The Story of Civilization, #1)
I bought the whole Durant series and read some of each volume, almost all of the early ones when I was doing independent study in ancient societies. T...more
Jan 1968
Jan 20, 2008
World War I: The "Great War" (Great Courses, #8210)
Comprehensive, multi-faceted view of the war and its impact on the worl.d
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
War and the Iliad
I read this while writing thesis on mutilation and recurrence in the Iliad. An excellent piece. Those who haven't read the book but seen movies or hav...more
Jan 1975
Jan 07, 2008