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Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War
really liked it
This is a clearly written, and well researched and documented, book. It should be required reading for all so-called "liberals" and "progressives" in ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 03, 2010
Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
really liked it
[Here's an excerpt from my book review in Nature. Here's the full review:]

As a child in the 1950s, Jill Tarte
Jun 2017
Apr 25, 2017
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
really liked it
I decided to read this book after hearing this Democracy Now program, which had a debate between Khalidi and Ali Abuminah from the Electronic Intifada ...more
Nov 2007
Aug 26, 2007
The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them
really liked it
This is an interesting book, and a book worth reading. It's written in an informal and engaging style, and it's a quick read. It's mostly about the me ...more
Dec 2008
May 31, 2008
The Good Soldier Švejk
really liked it
This is a well-written book, a satirical anti-war book, sort of in the style of Catch 22. It's definitely worth reading. Hasek writes the book from th ...more
Apr 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
really liked it
This book was a joy to read. It is the debut novel by Marisha Pessl. I happened across it in Antigone Books store in Tucson. I was surprised to see a ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 08, 2009
My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes: Uncensored Iranian Voices
really liked it
This is a short book, consisting of short accounts, vignettes, interviews, and stories about Iran, by famous artists and writers (like Azar Nafisi, Ma ...more
Oct 2011
Apr 10, 2011
Che Guevara: His Revolutionary Legacy
really liked it
This is an excellent book. There have been many myths and cults about Che, and the authors do a great job of describing the actual events in Che's lif ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 18, 2010
Principles of Social Reconstruction
liked it
Bertrand Russell is known for his analytic philosophy as well as his principled positions on social issues. This book explores the latter. It's a cent ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 05, 2016
Benito Cereno
really liked it
This is a very interesting book to read. It is a novella, written a few years after Moby Dick. It's based on a real-life incident, in which an America ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 20, 2012
The Fire Next Time
it was amazing
I just finished reading James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time." He writes incisively, eloquently and movingly. His powerful essay about responses to rac ...more
Nov 2016
Oct 27, 2016
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
liked it
Here's an excerpt of my book review on Inside Science News Service:

Quantum physics, cosmology, existentialist
May 2016
May 04, 2016
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
really liked it
This edition of the book began with an introduction by Ray Bradbury, which compared Twenty Thousand Leagues to Melville's Moby Dick. He also made perc ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 08, 2009
The Hour of the Star
really liked it
This is the last novel written by the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. It's very interesting to read, because it's about a poor (nearly starving) t ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 20, 2011
A Confederacy of Dunces
it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I've never encountered characters like these before in my life. Everyone should read this book.

It takes place in New Orleans.
Aug 2009
Aug 13, 2009
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
it was amazing
Manning Marable's biography of Malcolm X is insightful and fascinating to read. It is eloquently written and thoroughly researched. It is the definiti ...more
Jun 2012
May 15, 2012
White Teeth
really liked it
White Teeth is an excellent book, and definitely worth reading. It is very impressive for a first novel. Zadie Smith is obviously a very good writer, ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 01, 2009
Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Land
really liked it
Here's an excerpt of a book review I wrote on my blog:

As I work on improving my essay writing skills, I’ve at
Feb 2016
Jan 06, 2016
For the Time Being
really liked it
This is a fascinating book. It consists of a wide range of thoughts from Annie Dillard about subjects like culture, the origin of sand, birth defects, ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight
liked it
(This is an excerpt of a book review I wrote for my blog:

First came the Apollo era. Following Sputnik and Yu
Mar 2016
Jan 31, 2016
Don Quixote
really liked it
This translation isn't bad, but it's over fifty years old, and it has a few British-isms. This added some distance between me and the book. Of course, ...more
Nov 2008
Aug 26, 2007
Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars
really liked it
[This is an excerpt from the book review I wrote on my blog. If you're interested, see]

As long as humans have roamed the Earth,
Sep 2015
Jan 20, 2015
The Sea, the Sea
really liked it
This is an interesting and fascinating book to read. The is the first book by Iris Murdoch that I've read, and I look forward to more. It's very well- ...more
Jun 2011
Mar 12, 2011
Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chavez Talks to Marta Harnecker
really liked it
This was a very interesting book and I definitely recommend it. Marta Harnecker, who is a leftist and is very knowledgeable about foreign policy and s ...more
May 2008
Mar 24, 2008
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
liked it
[This is an excerpt of a book review I wrote for my blog, Science Political:]

On the one hand, we have the elu
Aug 2016
Apr 24, 2016
Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
really liked it
I don't often read biographies, but this one is definitely worth reading. It is very informative and well written, telling many interesting stories ab ...more
Nov 2011
Apr 23, 2011
What to Listen for in Music
really liked it
This is definitely an interesting book, and I recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in classical music. Aaron Copland is a composer f ...more
May 2009
Feb 08, 2009
Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
really liked it
Here's an excerpt from the review I posted on my blog, "Science Political":

First the ground shook violently,
Feb 2015
Aug 20, 2014
Between the World and Me
really liked it
I'm glad to see such a provocative, challenging, and excellently written book on bestseller lists. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Atlantic writer, is clearly i ...more
Mar 2017
Apr 24, 2016
The Sound and the Fury
it was amazing
What an incredible book. I can't recommend it enough. This is one of the books that really makes one enjoy reading. Faulkner writes stimulating and ev ...more
Mar 2013
Dec 28, 2012
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