This book is a great insight into the horrors of war both past and present. It melds the historical accounts with the modern knowledge and gives the reader better understanding of the past and present.
I enjoyed this book very much.
This was an interesting story with constant surprise. Set in Africa, it shows that redemption comes in many forms
This was very different from my usual reads.
Maybe, I missed the point of this book, but it seemed to be more a philosophical discussion with a healthy dose of wonder tossed in for flavor.
If you were expecting learn something, don't. This book is more suited for a tabloid TV show than a learning experience.
I was looking for something exciting and insightful, but was left feeling flat.
If time travel becomes a reality, I want the time I spent with this book back.
Detective Sam Spade at his best. When a beautiful sociopath hires him to help her, they both get more than they bargained for. With very colorful characters the story unfolds with a desperate search for a missing treasure.
I recommend this book.
Pluto is a planet
Pluto is not a planet
Pluto might be a planet
Pluto might be an asteroid
Pluto might be a comet
Pluto has a moon
Pluto doesn't have a moon
Pluto is a moon
Pluto is a binary system
Pluto orbits its moon
Pluto's moon orbits Pluto
Pluto is a proto-planet
Pluto is a dog created by Disney
Pluto is Pluto is a God of death
The truth is that whether Pluto is a planet or not doesn't really matter.
By the logic of this book: if you only have one example of something, you cannot classify it. You need two of something to classify anything. Rubbish! By this logic if Jupiter was our only gas giant it would be unclassifiable.
Pluto is an excuse for snarky scientists to waste their intellect and reasoning ability.
If scientists focused as much energy on science as they do trying to tear each other down, we'd be a lot further along than we are now with our collective discovery of knowledge.
I hate snarky scientists and snarky science. But, then again scientists can't be expected to use their intelligence constructively all the time.
The book mistakenly makes a point St. Christopher no longer a saint. This is not true. While there is little known about him, St. Christopher is still a recognized saint. What was changed was that his feast day was removed from the liturgical calendar. A lot of recognized saints do not have feast days.
Had Disney not named their cartoon dog Pluto, I doubt this book would ever been written.
Also, other than the author, who ever said that Pluto or any other planet was America's favorite?
Do I care if Pluto is a planet or not. Not really.
This just gives everyone an excuse to vote funding elsewhere.
I found the book to be both condescending and snarky.
As you may already know, English is unlike most of the other Germanic languages. It has a lot of influences from Old Norse which happened during the Viking raids and the invasion of the Normans. Add to this the constant influence of the other languages in British Isles, and you get a language that is a melding of many.
This book is about the linguistic roots of English.
Book: The Age Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil
This book was published in the year 2000 and is interesting; however, in 2015 we are way behind in the books predictions. The most interesting part of the book is the possibility merging of machines and computers with humankind.
I found the predictions to be vastly overly optimistic in their timeframe. Although, I do wish we did have the technology described.
The transcendence of death by technology is the best part of the book.
I give it thumbs up based on the descriptions of hand held devices and optical glass technology.
The book NEEDS to be updated!
The Satanic Verses is a book that I can say would have not been noticed had it been ignored by those who were offended by the material at the time.
Because of my lack of knowledge, I cannot really say that I understand the complete controversy. But, what I can say is that I probably wouldn’t re-read the book again. The story is fiction. But, it’s not that interesting to me to warrant re-reading it.
I found this book to be an interesting and complex story. At first the dramatization kinda threw me, because I'm not used to that in an audiobook. Because the plot involves a heinous threat to a child who is ill, I found the book to be disturbing.
The truth about viruses is that there isn't anything we can do about them. Either we survive or we do not. There are very few medications that are effective against viruses.
What would you do?
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.
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