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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
3.98
really liked it
The first part: simply a random string of inflammatory, sarcastic statements. Not particularly well-crafted. However, it grew on me. Extremely informa ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
 
What We Leave Behind
4.09
I don't think I agree with Howard Zinn that this book is a "guide" to any kind of living. For me, it presents two main problems:

1. I could give it all
...more
Sep 19, 2010
Apr 14, 2009
 
Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art
4.32
it was amazing
Part biography and part catalog, this book is quite a find. Carrington is a major imaginative force in both visual art and literature, and she deserve ...more
May 03, 2011
Jul 19, 2008
 
Letters to My Mother
3.43
it was amazing
Se puede leer esto en una hora. Realmente vale la pena; ademas, saber que ha pasado en las vidas de Ingrid Betancourt y sus familiares es, en su maner ...more
Jun 27, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.92
really liked it
Extraordinary in scope. Makes the news far more interesting even than it already was. However, I withhold star 5 because someone should have run the m ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
The Western Illusion of Human Nature: With Reflections on the Long History of Hierarchy, Equality and the Sublimation of Anarchy in the West, and Comparative Notes on Other Conceptions of the Human Condition
4.18
it was amazing
Very, very good. Very good indeed. A bit involved at times, as one would expect, but mostly fairly easy reading. Calls into question just about everyt ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Coming Community
4.11
really liked it
yes! in a bound of fabulous fortune, i am reading agamben directly after _zen mind, beginner's mind_. i'm not sure that i could handle agamben's prose ...more
Apr 06, 2008
Nov 09, 2007
 
The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism
3.80
did not like it
I read fairly happily until page 31. I thought, until that moment, that perhaps the translation was inadequate to convey the subtleties of Bruckner's ...more
not set
Aug 18, 2011
 
On Certainty
4.16
it was amazing
I don't much care for the format: the book consists simply of 600-700 numbered aphorisms, or in some cases simply statements, of Wittgenstein's. There ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.81
it was ok
Larson approaches his subject with both encyclopedic knowledge and flair. For my taste, however, the flair (in this case, largely provided by unnecess ...more
May 05, 2013
Jan 07, 2012
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