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The Handmaid's Tale
it was ok
Not a very well written book. The writing itself is clumsy. It doesn't feel like you're reading a story; it feels like you're reading a piece of writi ...more
Jan 2005
Jun 07, 2007
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
did not like it
I don't understand why I keep reading these books when they're poorly written, poorly plotted, sexist, shallow, and insulting to my intelligence. Kvot ...more
not set
May 28, 2011
Religion and the Decline of Magic
really liked it
Probably every historian of the Reformation (Protestant, Counter-, or Catholic) knows the contents of this book, even if they've never read it. And it ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Two Solitudes
really liked it
A little too pat and melodramatic, and far too self-consciously political in a way that no longer resonates, but I couldn't stop reading it.
May 15, 2011
May 13, 2011
Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350
it was amazing
Argues that European dominance of the modern world system (dated to the 16th century) was not the result of any particular qualities inherent in Europ ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
really liked it
Probably a bit biased going into it, having absorbed much of the criticism against it by cultural osmosis, but a very interesting read. Methodological ...more
May 2008
May 17, 2008
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
it was ok
This book makes me think of Edward Said's Orientalism, in the way that it is now generally accepted that trying to construct religious or ethnographic ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 07, 2007
Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft
really liked it
This book is on a reading list for the class I TA, so the copy I read has evidently been used by a whole generation of undergrads, with the marginalia ...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Autumn of the Middle Ages
did not like it
Severely dated, conceptually stunted, and deeply methodologically flawed. Burckhardtian in its attempt to capture the "mood" of the late middle ages, ...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400 1680
really liked it
This cover is... questionable.

That said, the book is nowhere near as racially dodgy as the cover might suggest. First part aims at a Braudelian total
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
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