I thought this would be an insightful analysis of the events that lead to the collapse of the market. Instead this book is a 25-hour long drivel describing in excruciating detail the daily minutia at Bear Stearns. I really don't care who plays bridge with whom or what Hank Paulson had for lunch. It is absolutely incredible how someone can write a book this long and yet make it largely devoid of content.
I rather like Tyrion. He was dealt a bad hand but managed to make the most of it. He has flaws and does not hide them. But at his core he is just, courageous and smart.
Outstanding. He captured the book's ethos perfectly.
This book is definitely NOT the Disneyland version of the medieval life -- an all too common occurrence in fantasy books. Instead, it tells a more honest tale, with all the brutality, struggle, and intrigue. Also, magic is not the central point of the book -- there is just enough of it to enable certain plot lines. This is what makes the story so captivating.
This book completely demolishes the notion that the bible is the inerrant word of good. It traces the history of the new testament through the ages and examines the many variations. It's a bit tedious but presents a huge amount of information. Overall, I liked Jesus Interrupted better, but this is definitely *the* book to give christian fundies to put them on the path to enlightenment.
Dawkins always impressed me with his logic, clarity of thought, and simple, understandable presentation. This book is par for the course. Excellent introduction to evolution for those who don't have much background in biology but genuinely want to learn.
This is more of a muslim-bashing book than a anti-theist book (half the book is devoted to specifically criticize islam). The author also completely whitewashes the US foreign policy towards the middle east, rationalizes torture, supports the invasion of Iraq, and in general sounds like a neocon. He even advocates killing people for thought crimes (how is that different from what religious nutjobs believe?).
Some good points, but overall it's garbage. I enjoyed Dawkins's books a lot more.
Those who read The Da Vinci code will have an unmistakable sense of deja vu. As far as plausibility / historical & scientific accuracy is concerned, this is no better than a tabloid.
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