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message 201: by Madrano (new)

Madrano (madran) | 3034 comments Alias Reader wrote: "Deb,would it be OK if I posted your thoughts to the person who was asking about a E book?"

Yes, feel free to do so.

Connie, i agree with you. The early discussions about possible diagnoses in relation to his genius and personality were quite thoughtful. It was also rewarding to discuss that first wife, to get a better sense of what we felt was going on in her life/mind.

The personal feelings regarding the Nazis vs. his pacifism and use of his theory were insightful in this book. We don't really witness the thought process, only his words. And we can only imagine how conflicted he might have been prior to the full realization of what Hitler's government intended.

Isaacson wrote a paragraph about what Einstein seemed to have realized about the US & its politics in Chapter 25. To his son Hans Albert toward the end of McCarthism he wrote, "God's own country becomes stranger and stranger, but somehow they manage to return to normality. Everything--even lunacy--is mass produced here. But everything goes out of fashion very quickly."

He offered no judgement, at least none shared by Isaacson. I'm wondering if others felt he liked or disliked that aspect. The final point seemed more a criticism, although i think the Einstein "fashion" lingered a long time. ;-)


message 202: by Alias Reader (new)

Alias Reader (AliasReader) | 8819 comments Yes, that is a chilling quote, Connie.

I'm so glad you read a Group Read with us !

message 203: by Alias Reader (last edited Apr 01, 2012 08:50AM) (new)

Alias Reader (AliasReader) | 8819 comments We can continue chatting about this book, but I just wanted to take a moment to thank Marialyce for leading this discussion. You did a great job ! Thank you.

message 204: by Alias Reader (last edited Apr 01, 2012 08:50AM) (new)

Alias Reader (AliasReader) | 8819 comments I was looking through my book jnl and noticed that I had read two other books on Einstein back in August of 2008. They were both YA books. It's been too long ago for me to recall the books.

Albert Einstein  The Miracle Mind (Sterling Biographies) by Tabatha YeattsAlbert Einstein: The Miracle Mind~Tabatha Yeatts

Albert Einstein  And the Frontiers of Physics by Jeremy BernsteinAlbert Einstein: And the Frontiers of Physics~Jeremy Bernstein

message 205: by Madrano (new)

Madrano (madran) | 3034 comments Yes, Marialyce. You kept the conversation going nicely. And a big thank you to all who contributed. When we began i truly doubted i would finish this whopper, but the exchange of ideas here helped motivate me. Thank you.

message 206: by Michele (new)

Michele Weiner | 137 comments Ditto to Marialyce. Great job.

message 207: by Connie (new)

Connie (Connie_G) | 255 comments Marialyce did a wonderful job leading this discussion, and several other discussions in the past few months. Thanks also for all the good information that Alias posted.

message 208: by Alias Reader (last edited Apr 02, 2012 08:47AM) (new)

Alias Reader (AliasReader) | 8819 comments I hope you all join us for our MAY Group read,
In This House of Brede~Rumer Godden

I think this will be a much easier read, yet provide us with a bunch to chat about. It was selected years ago for a group read on a AOL board. I didn't read it with them but I recall the discussion it engendered was great.

So I look forward to seeing you all again in May !

Oh, and in the next few weeks I will begin the process for selecting our July read. I think doing the group read every other month works best and doesn't overwhelm us since we all have a lot of obligations reading and otherwise.

message 209: by Ruthbie (new)

Ruthbie | 4 comments Just finished this book, and really enjoyed it! I found it to be a good mix of physics (some of which I managed to get my head around!) and insights into the life and mind of Einstein. I do feel like I know him a lot better after reading this book, and that the author had some interesting insights into his life.

message 210: by Alias Reader (new)

Alias Reader (AliasReader) | 8819 comments Thanks for sharing your views on the book with us. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

We have a group read coming up in May. I hope you join us for it.
In This House of Brede~~Rumer Godden

message 211: by Madrano (new)

Madrano (madran) | 3034 comments Ruthbie, i agree. I felt Isaacson did a good job with the insights at the end of the book, particularly. I'm glad we read the book together. It's been worthwhile to see how others view the same book i'm reading. Looking forward to the Godden book, too.


message 212: by Ruthbie (new)

Ruthbie | 4 comments Thanks, if I can track down a copy of the book I'll be joining in!

message 213: by Marialyce (new)

Marialyce I am going to download the book onto my iPad and will join in as well. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I thought it was a worthwhile book.

message 214: by Libyrinths (new)

Libyrinths | 145 comments I thoroughly enjoyed the book as well, and wanted to belatedly thank everyone for the stimulating discussion, and for Marialyce and Alias doing the work to organize and enhance the discussion. As much as I loved the book, it wouldn't have been nearly so much fun without all the great insights and discussion here!

message 215: by Alias Reader (new)

Alias Reader (AliasReader) | 8819 comments I'm glad you enjoyed it, Libyrinths. You also added greatly to the discussion. Thank you.

message 216: by Madrano (new)

Madrano (madran) | 3034 comments What Alias said! :-)

message 217: by Connie (new)

Connie (Connie_G) | 255 comments I agree too. Libyrinths, it was especially good to have someone in the discussion that added to the understanding of the science in the book.

message 218: by Marialyce (new)

Marialyce Ditto on what the girls above said! Thanks Libyrinths for your science input.

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