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"Arwa - your comment is much appreciated. Last week I participated in a huge rally for Palestinians in downtown Chicago. When I go to such events, I we...more "
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The Dark Side by Jane Mayer
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At the end of WW2, Europe was devastated, Germany in particular. It had reaped what it had sowed. German prestige was non-existent after the horrors of Nazism and the prestige of the United States could not have been higher. The whole world looked to...more
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
" Current leader of the pack in "most frustrating book of 2014".

VanderMeer creates a fascinating, grotesque, brilliantly detailed world and then spends the entire book focused on the incessant navel-gazing of the most boring person in it. "The Biolo... " Read more of this review »
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
" This series has received a lot of buzz, and currently only the first one is published. The premise is that a group of scientists and specialists in their field go to investigate a mysterious Area X, which has caused previous groups to do various h... " Read more of this review »
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
" Really a waste of time. The book seems to be going for the eerie "each man is every man" type of feeling that you got from Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," in which none of the characters have names. Here we have a small group of women, among them "t... " Read more of this review »
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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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The 21st century is not the 19th. Back then there was an excitement in the air. Science was revealing secrets, the railroad and the electric light were wonders, Jules Verne was spinning fanciful tales of a future where people would travel to the moon...more
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The General's Son by Miko Peled
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This is the latest read in my pursuit of knowledge about Israel/Palestine.

The book was a surprise to me in that the father's views were not what I expected. Matti Peled, the father, a famous (in Israel) general in the 1967 war, was not a narrow minde...more
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John Adams by David McCullough
John Adams
by David McCullough
read in June, 2014
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We are so used to driving ambition with candidates/characters who would do anything short of knifing a competitor in the back to achieve the office, that a man like John Adams, a public servant who felt the need to do his best and put aside his own p...more
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Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip S. Thorne
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I had read Einstein's book "The Evolution of Physics" (reviewed) and with the introduction that he supplied, felt I was ready to fall into black holes. I had seen a cover blurb describing Kip Thorne's book (subtitle: Einstein's outrageous legacy) as...more
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