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Gainesville, FL, US
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An intimate but very relevant portrait

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Reviewed: 12-17-18

I learned much about the Obamas and their version of the presidency and the White House. I suspect the great shock White House staff went through when their new residents arrived.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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There are no words

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Reviewed: 11-26-18

Nutrition facts.org is a lifesaving institution. This book attempts to distill all the wisdom they have reviewed and published over the years. It is a great read, but it is also an evidenced-based reference for living healthy.
The missing element as far as I can see is how do we get people not currently interested in a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle to give it a shot. That would change our world dramatically, maybe more than the internet has.

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Inspiring

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Reviewed: 10-06-18

As a physician trying to compensate for my poor nutrition education, and as person seeking truth and health, I found Dr. Campbell’s work honest and brilliant.

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  • Suicide of the West
  • How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg

Intellectually honest

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Reviewed: 08-15-18

I am clearly on the socially liberal part of the spectrum and I found this book compelling and honest. It did move my opinions more toward the middle and gave words too much of my unease toward certain aspects of the progressive movement. The author also gave me hope that working relationships are still possible among people in power across the political spectrum. I think he missed an opportunity to address market distortions perpetuated by the elite in more depth. He seems to throw the towel on that one. If smarter and more accountable government is not the right response to all powerful global corporations bent on cheating the free market, which is an argument I am eager to hear, then what are the other options. More churches and civic organizations will hardly do.

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Couldn’t put it down

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Reviewed: 06-25-18

Trevor Noah’s book is not about becoming famous. It is about apartheid, domestic violence and coming of age. It is done well, and strikes me as genuine. The book is not always flattering, but his kindness and wisdom is ever present.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Franken Awesome

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

The book is funny, but more than that, it is educational and inspiring. I specially appreciated the details of his life as a senator. Al Franken is the perfect person to be a US senator. He’s smart, honest, earnest, confident, caring and funny. The fact that he barely scraped a win on his first run as a senator says as much about our ineptitude as voters in judging character as Donald Trump being president.
His book and recent events lead me to think that any good politicians we have recently elected have been a fluke. We are currently mesmerized by ideologues and cynical profiteers. It might be scarier than that. Such poor judgement of leadership qualities might be our default as a species.
Al Franken’s ultimate point is that none of us are above the dirty, mostly unappreciated work of being a responsible human being and citizen. We must do as much as we can, and then some more. Despite their flaws, people deserve it, our planet requires it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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My favorite senator

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Reviewed: 10-08-17

I get it now. Warren comes from a very different background than most of her peers. It is not just that. She’s brilliant and altruistic. What a shame there are so few like her representing us in D.C. The book is engaging, instructive and inspiring. I will fight harder for a better world after reading her book. Warren needs a hand.

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Important book, not a happy one

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Reviewed: 07-16-17

Orwell's story made her harder for me to suppress the fear that the summary of our species will be one of horror and waste. Is that the price of being awake? Is the mirth and tenderness we find nothing but crumbs? Is optimism regarding our current path nothing but a form of enabling?
I highly recommend the book, but it is not a happy story.

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Very engaging synthesis of the human condition

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Reviewed: 04-28-17

I could barely manage to put this book down. The biases of the author are my biases. We want to understand, to synthesize information, to process the present and make sense of it. It is precisely this pursuit what the author focuses on. Where will all this data gathering take us? What futures can we expect? How much are we in control of the ride? Enjoy.

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Engrossing journey

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Reviewed: 12-28-16

Mr. Cronin weaves a terrifying but wondrous, grandiose but intimate tale, a mirror indeed that we can hold out and ponder.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful