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A Very English Scandal by John  Preston
"Serious, but entertaining insight into one UK establishment coverup of the 60s & 70s

I remember this scandal having huge impact in the late 70s when I was a teenager. I had expected this book to be quite a dull resume of the trial and associate..." Read more of this review »
War by Other Means by Robert D Blackwill
"Geoeconomics, in this book's definition, is the use of economic instruments to accomplish geopolitical objectives. This is a woefully understated area - in my brief search, the other book-length treatment on the topic is from 1985.

Each chapter pro..." Read more of this review »
Escape from the Deep by Alex Kershaw
"If you enjoyed the movie Das Boot or U-571, this book will be right up your alley. It is an almost unbelievable WWII submarine survival story that happens to be 100% true. It is about the USS Tang and her crew, who managed to sink 33 Japanese ship..." Read more of this review »
Quiet by Susan Cain
"This book was personally vital to me. It confirmed what I had long suspected but could never really quantify or explain. I am an introvert.

Introverts are not necessarily wallflowers, but we are more willing to fade into the background at public ga..." Read more of this review »
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
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Wright’s portrait of L. Ron Hubbard shows a man best described as “malignantly narcissistic”. His creations, Dianetics and Scientology, were designed to make him rich and famous. He used his tremendous charisma for his own personal glory with no conc ...more
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Kaku puts together an accessible informative discussion of consciousness, the operation of the brain, and the future of technology applied to both. He covers a host of trendy subjects from a physicist’s point of view in his usual conversant upbeat st ...more
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“The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed."

"I suppose one could say that Hitler didn't betray his self."

"You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”
John Fowles, The Magus

Mark Twain
“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
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James Agee
“And no matter what, there's not one thing in this world *or* the next that we can do or hope or guess at or wish or pray that can change it or help it one iota. Because whatever is, is. That's all. And all there is now is to be ready for it, strong enough for it, whatever it may be. That's all. That's all that matters. It's all that matters because it's all that's possible. ”
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“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.”
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