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But disillusionment followed, not suddenly or dramatically—the small realities slowly took over uninvited. The realization that people are an unreliable, dishonest, self-centered, self-absorbed, backstabbing, violent, sly species that lie, ...more

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Spirit of Fire by Ursula King
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A fascinating journey. In high school, being a somewhat sanctimonious little shit and having become entranced by the romance of archeology, I naturally stumbled over the career of Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit whose works challenged some of the more ...more
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The Complaints by Ian Rankin
The Complaints
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Complaints in Scotland are the equivalent of Internal Affairs here. Inspector Malcolm Fox is a Complaints detective who has just finished an investigation into a corrupt cop. The his sister's husband is killed. Then he's asked to investigate another ...more
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MI6 by Gordon Corera
"The problem with real spy stories is that spies tell so many lies, you end up wondering what's true and what's not. The first half of this book covers mostly the 1950's and 1960's, during which time there was the major disaster of Kim Philby's def..." Read more of this review »
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman
"While many of us have heard the stories of Soviet moles wrecking disaster on US intelligence like Aldrich Ames, Alger Hiss, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Robert Hanssen there is the other side of the story, Soviet citizens and officers that saw..." Read more of this review »
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman
"‘The Billion Dollar Spy’ is an insider’s book. It is well-written. It does ends in tears. And it is all true.

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Robert G. Ingersoll
“The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellowmen.”
Robert Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Ray Bradbury
“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
Paul Terry

Garrison Keillor
“Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.”
Garrison Keillor

Richard Dawkins
“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”
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Letter to the Editor of Bookmarks Magazine (Nonfiction)
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