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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
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
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
Sep 19, 2010
Apr 14, 2009
Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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