The author wrote a great book with a good story. However, the book was written to explain the author's unmerciful selfishness. She takes examples of industrial production to ridiculous extremes. Then she takes the concept of humanitarianism which she twists into an extreme, self-entitled, greedy version of anyone who has needs. The author continues to press her philosophical position of extremes of producers and non-producers.
If you worship the philosophy of selfishness and greed, then this is the book for you. It says more about the author than it says about life.
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is a landmark book of its time, and it is still relevant for all women today. This book describes the early 20th century turning of women from vital human beings, who were fulfilled by higher education and work, into a mystique that proved to be a mix of self-suppression and repression, which eventually was supported by society at large and by women themselves.
How did women go from being over 50% of university educated people in the 1900’s through 1930’s to a human being who was supposed to be dedicated to others who gained her sense of self-worth and fulfillment from serving and giving up her own personhood? How did this effect the women themselves, and their family? How did it affect the age at which women married?
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, how did women, who while society was telling them that they should be happy, start breaking out of the mold of the feminine mystique.
How damaging was the illusion of the feminine mystique to women themselves, husbands, daughters, and sons? How does this affect us today?
How was this related to profit? There was a lot of profit to be made at the expense of the wellbeing of women. This is still true.
I highly recommend that everyone read this book.
I'm looking forward to the book. They take a look at the book with contemporary eyes. In the time it was written in was seen as revolutionary. But as the reviewers discuss it, it seem that they can't place themselves in the timeframe of WHEN the book was written. I think this is an important point.
For me, the 60's are memories. I look back through the years and can see the women in my life and how society molded them into tight fitting form that they desperately wanted to escape.
Today in 2015, in not sure that women have completely created themselves in their own image, but are rather they may be still struggling for equality and self determination.
2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
This is one of the books that has had a a profound affect on science fiction, and has helped humanity to dream of what could be, what might be, and the reality of what is.
This is the story of a family's adventure of learning how to live without added sugar.
Just what is sugar? Is sugar just a sweetener? Or, are there different kinds of sugar? Are there some that the human body can digest safely, and others that are as bad as cigarette smoking? It turns out that there are.
This is a story of a family and their relationship with sugar and the year they lived without it, how it affected them and what they learned.
This book was very informative. It helped me with my understanding of the current events which are reported on the news related to the discoveries in physics.
This book as very enjoyable. The making and history of alcoholic beverages from ancient to modern. Nature made booze. Man created distilling. This is a fascinating look into science and nature of proof.
Have you heard of the 7th son of the 7th son? What about the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? What about the 13th child? Is this child doomed to be evil? This is the story of the 13th child.
This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much, and I hope that you will too.
This book and it's reading were simply awful. It is the worst book that I've purchased in the last 12 months.
Although the material is a bit dated, it describes the Chinese economy and it's impact on the entire world. When the government forces even the biggest corporations to give up trade secrets, as it does to every company wanting to do business in China, it gives itself the power to produce those products on an unimaginable scale that even the originating company cannot compete with. Add to that the meaninglessness of copyright laws, and a population that is mobilized for production, it's inevitable that China will be the next #1 superpower in the world.
This story is nothing short of amazing. This book took me into the hardships and everyday life of freeborn man who was kidnapped in the the horrible world of slavery. The book was not written with hate. It was written as an account of an individuals personal experience.
I highly recommend this book.
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