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Clif rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The United States of Fear by Tom Engelhardt
The United States of Fear
by Tom Engelhardt
read in January, 2015
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The internet allows opinions to be freely expressed. It's to be expected that most opinions will be ill informed, often angry tirades that don't bear reading, products of ignorance rather than wisdom. Rarely, it's possible to find carefully considere ...more
The Unwinding by George Packer
"After hearing about this book on NPR's Morning Edition and Tom Ashbrook's On-Point, I decided it sounded like a book I needed to read. I tried to approach it with the caution that a possibly over-hyped new book about current events deserves. As I..." Read more of this review »
The Dream and the Tomb by Pierre Stephen Robert Payne
"Of all the accounts of the Crusades I've read, this one strikes the best balance between being comprehensive and being readable. Oldenbourg goes into more detail, Mackay's long chapter in Extraordinary Popular Delusions is written with more humour..." Read more of this review »
Clif and 82 other people liked Amanda's review of The Things They Carried:
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
"Awestruck may be the best way to describe how I felt upon reading this book the first time. So how did I feel upon reading it the second time? I just want to bow at Tim O'Brien's feet while muttering a Wayne's World style "I'm not worthy, I'm not..." Read more of this review »
Clif rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
read in January, 2015
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Remember Linus in the Peanuts comic strip? He carried a blanket for security. The Rolling Stones sang "Gimme Shelter" and who doesn't have anxieties from time to time? The best way to raise a child is in a secure home where self-confidence is built i ...more
Leap of Faith by Queen Noor Al-Hussein
" A great alternative would have been for her to write the book about what she would have been/done had she not been chosen by a king for his wife. "
Clif rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Value of Species by Edward L. McCord
The Value of Species
by Edward L. McCord
read in January, 2015
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It isn't often that I get the treat of having someone carefully work out the reasoning behind an argument for my reading pleasure. Most of what we call argument is the empty process of throwing dirt at others while expressing shallow opinions that ha ...more
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The Dream and the Tomb by Pierre Stephen Robert Payne
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History is filled with remarkable stories but none that I have come across tells of such an incredible adventure as the Crusades. For over 200 years starting in 1098 CE, Europeans attempted to take and hold the Holy Land from those who they considere ...more
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The Unwinding by George Packer
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George Packer is the author of the excellent "Blood of the Liberals" (reviewed). Because I enjoyed that book, I read The Unwinding.

This work is a view of the changes in American life since the 1950's, called an unwinding because of the crumbling of t
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Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko
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It all started with Nixon.

Those were the days of the supposed need for "law and order" and the White House crew that had no respect whatsoever for the law decided that the path to federal action which would impress the American electorate was by way
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