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Clif rated a book 4 of 5 stars
American Political Parties and Elections by L. Sandy Maisel
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Before reading this book, I had just finished reading A Very Short Introduction to American Politics and found it ho-hum, an account that was anodyne, concluding that things are just fine. This book gives a sense of the real thing. The final chapter ...more
Women are Scary by Melanie Dale
"I found out about this book from my alma mater's magazine. Melanie Dale just so happens to have graduated from the same college I went to and was featured in the magazine. Denison has many things to be proud of and Melanie is a great addition.

Thi..." Read more of this review »
The Corner by David Simon
"The Corner documents the intractability of the inner city drug culture and the pervasive hopelessness that charts the destinies of its citizens. Simon and Burns spend 1995 in a Baltimore neighborhood with an open drug market – the corner. They fol..." Read more of this review »
The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein
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"The illusionist Penn Jillette (of the team Penn and Teller) once said that he mastered the art of juggling at a very young age--adding that this achievement was another way of saying 'I have a terrible social life. I'm not normal. I spend all of...
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Clif rated a book 3 of 5 stars
American Politics by Richard M. Valelly
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This informative account covers all the bases, but it might well have been written by Pollyanna, perhaps a Professor Pollyanna who studies a subject but isn't involved with it. The great defects of American politics are only lightly touched upon, if ...more
Clif rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Politics by Kenneth Minogue
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The word political has many uses. One refers to pandering to voters. For example, we often hear someone decry an action as, "just a political move", meaning something done to appeal to voters, or we hear that something is "politically correct"; desig ...more
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Cosmos by Carl Sagan
" I participate in a distributed processing project where the time that I am not using my PC is used by the project. I chose climate modeling, but there ...more "
Clif rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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Lives can be determined by a quick decision, the lives not only of those a party to the decision but of those who have no knowledge of it. The consequences of an act ripple out through time with unforeseen results.

Each of us is a product of interacti
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Clif rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Hegel by Peter Singer
Hegel: A Very Short Introduction
by Peter Singer (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2015
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Classical philosophy is in a pickle. Religion (which is a type of philosophy) fought hard against reason and lost in the West. Then Darwin came along and put classical philosophers into a bind. Their vast systems of thought collapsed. You may have a ...more
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Socialism by Michael  Newman
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I'm hooked! Thanks to a review by another Goodreads contributor, Hrishabh Chaudhary, I discovered the "A Very Short Introduction" series produced by Oxford University. With dozens of titles covering subjects from physics to Aristotle, scholars take o ...more
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