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When a great thinker despises men, it is their laziness that he despises: for it is on account of this that they have the appearance of factory products and seem indifferent and unworthy of companionship or instruction. The human being who ...more

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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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Gangster Warlords by Ioan Grillo
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Informative in the best kind of 'journalism for the good folks at home' way. The book is full of fascinating dramatic stories and eyewitness accounts of a horror in progress. The details are at a personal level which makes for a good story but a poor ...more
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The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
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Mission Critical by Mark Greaney
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An excellent Gray Man book, one of the best. This one captures a sense of duplicity and partial knowledge with deft sensibilities. Superbly memorable characters in this one. Sometimes I wonder why I ever read any other spy books, Greaney has mastered ...more
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A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
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Meh. I don't want to read about somebody's dysfunctional family.
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Dead Moon by Peter Clines
Dead Moon (Threshold, #3)
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A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
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Meh. I don't want to read about somebody's dysfunctional family.
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Attack of Shadows by Nick Cole
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Probably the best battle descriptions in any book in the series and any I can recall in science fiction. They've outdone themselves. And it's still not over. The wonderful complexity is all there, none of it forced. The entire series gets five stars, ...more
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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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P.J. O'Rourke
“Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
P.J. O'Rourke

“The most important thing in life is to be free to do things. There are only two ways to insure that freedom — you can be rich or you can you reduce your needs to zero.”
John Boyd

John  Adams
“The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife