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The Road to Character
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vocation v. Occupation, August 23, 2015
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A wonderful antidote to contemporary a American culture that glorifies money-making and business over compassion and introspection. Through character sketches, Brooks shows the many ways to live a "moral" life, none of which involve working 90-hour weeks in the financial sector or otherwise turning away from humanity in the direction of consumerism. Released shortly before the Pope's encyclical on the environment, the two are interesting to read side-by-side.


Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
by Patrick Modiano
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Events Between the Lines, August 23, 2015
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Most of the important events in Modiano's stories take place between the lines, and more still take place between the end of one story and the beginning of the next. Only when you come to the end of the trio of novellas do you realize what the author was writing about. Beautiful, elegiac, thoughtful, and oddly mesmerizing.


The Winthrop Woman
The Winthrop Woman
by Anya Seton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is She Virtuous and Tolerant? Or Scandalous andTreasonous?, August 23, 2015
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A wonderful novel for anyone interested in the settling of New England. The author focuses on the Winthrop family, the Puritans who began The Massachusetts Bay Colony to build the City on a Hill, and tells how desire for religious freedom leads to religious fanatacism and religious intolerance, and how both can lead to absolute power and despotism. The protagonist is a woman who in contemporary thinking would be considered virtuous, faithful, tolerant, giving, and humble. In Puritan New England, she was considered scandalous, proud, treasonous, adulterous and demonic. An eye-opener for anyone who still views the founding of the United States through rose-colored glasses.


Diary of a Man in Despair (New York Review Books Classics)
Diary of a Man in Despair (New York Review Books Classics)
by Fritz Percy Reck-Malleczewen
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hate Was Mutual, April 8, 2014
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A conservative German predicts the events of the end of the war with creepy prescience. Startling scenes of the aftermath of the Hamburg firestorm as experienced by average Germans. Compelling analyses of the degradation of the average Nazi and the class structure that brought a regime of insane brutes to power. Beautiful passages describing his pure hate for the Nazis and the Nazis pure hate for everyone. Powerful evidence that the average German knew full well what awaited deportees at the end of the train ride to the East. You will sit in your armchair and stare into the middle distance for a few moments after reading the last page.


The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Saqi Essentials)
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Saqi Essentials)
by Amin Maalouf
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars MORE HISTORY YOU NEVER LEARNED IN AMERICA, December 10, 2013
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This is another of the books that would comprise the reading list of that college class I plan to teach some day that will be called something like "War From The Perspective of the Losers" or "History You Never Learned" or some such. The story of the crusades told in a way that shows the arrogance and stupidity of the Catholic armies and the extraordinary cultural insensitivity that sadly presaged the European Age of Empire all too prophetically. A necessary entry on any reading list intended to examine the roots of antipathy towards the West in the Arab world.


The Doll (New York Review Books Classics)
The Doll (New York Review Books Classics)
by Boleslaw Prus
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT THE WARSAW GHETTO, December 10, 2013
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Think of Tolstoy set in Warsaw with a dash of Trollope and a pinch of Dickens thrown in for good measure.


The Odd Women (Oxford World's Classics)
The Odd Women (Oxford World's Classics)
by George Gissing
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE NEW NORMAL, December 10, 2013
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I can't believe I only just discovered this book. A fascinating 19th century look at the changing social mores about marriage set in foggy middle class London. Straight clear unadorned writing, engaging characters, and a plot that illuminated the issues in a most excellent way.


School for Love (New York Review Books Classics)
School for Love (New York Review Books Classics)
by Olivia Manning
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5.0 out of 5 stars AND THEN I SAW THE TRUTH...., December 10, 2013
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A great example of how an author can "show not tell" the story. The reader experiences the same gradual realization of the people and events around him as does the young protagonist. A wonderful read.


The Radicalism of the American Revolution
The Radicalism of the American Revolution
by Gordon S. Wood
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIBERTY AND FREEDOM ARE NOT THE SAME THING, December 10, 2013
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The best part of this work is the description of the evolution from revolution to republic to democracy with enough provocative information thrown in to make the reader wonder whether we really ended up where we meant to go after The Declaration of Independence. It also puts many of our current debates in context, such as the labor movement, public education, and civil rights. An important book to read.


The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America
The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America
by Scott Weidensaul
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN INFAMOUS BEGINNING, December 10, 2013
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The second book in my list of books that change the received wisdom of American History. The brutality and danger that characterized pre-Revolutionary America do not square with the idealism and nobility that we are taught in school. This book represents the Native Americans as the sophisticated and effective political organizations that they were, and portrays the European colonists as venal, reactive, thoughtless, and somewhat craven. But the author manages this in a matter-of-fact and seemingly non-biased manner. The facts are what they are, and that we still fight to rise above our appalling beginnings is perhaps the real and more interesting story of American history.


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