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The Road Less Traveled
The Road Less Traveled
by M. Scott Peck
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Uber-Self-Help Book, January 25, 2002
This review is from: The Road Less Traveled (Paperback)
M. Scott Peck's brilliant description of the human condition is the uber-self-help book. If you want to know why the world today (and twenty some-odd years ago when the book was written) is awash with narcisists, liers, responsibility shirkers, loveless relationships, and instant gratification consumers, this is the book for you. And yes, you will find that you exhibit some symptoms of every problem he describes. But how do we combat our own weakness? He explains all. As Dr. Peck says (paraphrased), "Why do people lie? To avoid pain." Simply stated and direct, he writes with a style that exposes the elephant in the room. Every person owes it to themselves to read this book and look in the mirror. This book is not a substitute for therapy, or a spiritual guide. This book is an eye opener, to show you the way towards a healthy mind and spirit...hence the title. Highly recommended.

by James Clavell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true epic., January 16, 2002
This review is from: Shogun (Mass Market Paperback)
The size and scope of this book is breathtaking. Clavell's tale of feudal Japan and the "barbaric" Europeans who land on its shores is a classic. The story is inserted nicely into that mysterious and pivotal time period when countries began to break out of their boundaries with ocean exploration. While some criticisms exist that claim Clavell was a little off on his "Japanese culture portrayal", I must say he held true to his depiction throughout the whole book. Some authors let their culture values bleed together. Clavell presented a Japan that was alive with culture, grace, violence, and tradition. He did a good job presenting the varied European groups as well, pitting the English against the Portuguese and Spanish. I was also intrigued by the presentation of the Church (possibly a little over the top, but fascinating nonetheless). I couldn't put this book down once it got going. Highly recommended.

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
by John le Carré
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best, January 11, 2002
Arguably the best spy novel ever written. It was out of print for years. I envy the readers who can now buy this newly printed copy. I had to make due with a decades old moldy copy that fell apart as I read it. Not that I'm complaining--I loved the book! Le Carre knows his spy stuff. This is not some techno-filled, action-packed, lets-throw-in-a-plot-twist-for-the-h@ll-of-it book. This is a tightly-packed page turner that will lead you by the hand in the beginning and then drop a piano on you at the end. Le Carre's heroes are not Bond, they are overworked, overweight, underpaid, highly intelligent characters who love their country. This book was one of Le Carre's first books, and I feel his very best. The "winners" and "losers" are blurred in the spy game, and this book clearly illustrates that point. If you want to get a feel for what real Cold War spy work was all about, read this book. Highly recommended.

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