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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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The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
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You know the old saying - better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it. It's as true as ever but these days Americans are finding it both hard to keep the mouth shut and demand that, fool or not, they be heard. " ...more
The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand
" I am astounded at what genetics can show, even to the point of determining when a group came out of Africa and the direction of migrations. It's fasci ...more "
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The Rise & Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
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Published in 1987, this is a must-have reference for anyone interested in European history over the last 500 years and American history in the international context up until the late 20th century. It is a comparative anatomy of nations.

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All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
" The Dulles brothers. Those two could probably have taught young Dick Cheney a thing or two...maybe they did! "
All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
""All the Shah's Men" serves as the second book I have read by Stephen Kinzer, and it was full of intrigue, micro-histories, and biographies that left me with the desire to research and read more about the Middle East as well as additional books by..." Read more of this review »
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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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This story of a man obsessed with love for a woman, centering on the turn of the 20th century in Colombia, easily meets the test of a good novel - the reader gets lost in the narrative out of empathy for the characters.

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Marx by Peter Singer
" The book sounds like something Goldilocks would call "just right". I looked for it on Amazon and discovered that there is an entire series of "Very Sh ...more "
Marx by Peter Singer
"A book about Marx and Marxism, more about Marx than Marxism. OK, OK, you got that from the title, I just wanted to underscore the point that the book is a cross between a short biography and an introduction to Marxism, which I think is the winning..." Read more of this review »
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