I can't say whether or not I agree with Prof. Reich's opinions, but they are well laid out and they make you stop and think.
The authors appear to have written this is a textbook for college students, but I don't know any college students -- or high school students or even middle school students -- who enjoy being talked down to.
I applaud the authors' desire to get readers to be more open minded about the Middle East, but I think the wrong way to go about it is to say
This is a brilliant blend of science, history, fun trivia and human interest stories. Much of what is in this book was unexpeted and a wonderful surprise -- like wandering around a museum and stumbling upon one riverting piece of art work after another.
I look forward to reading Mr. Kean's next book. No matter what the subject, I expect it to be fascinating.
Leave the first sentence of each chapter, cut the rest, and end up with the exact same information in under five minutes.
Perhaps the problem is Ran'd philosophy itself, which, depending on your take on modern physics and neurology, is either tautologically true and thus a waste of brain cells (
Puts a new perspective on the financial crisis -- and the cultural psychology that made it inevitable.
Some parts are quite graphic, but they are integral to the point that Prof. Pinker is making. This is one of those books, like The Omnivore's Dilemma, that makes you stop and reassess how you interpret the world around you. All of Pinker's arguments are well defended and seem obvious in retrospect, thanks to the clear layout of this book.
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