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Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows
Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows
by Isabel Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.09
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3.0 out of 5 stars Censored so far in Brazil, June 18, 2015
I just learned that this book, in english, cannot be sold and read in Brazil. No bookseller dared because it was considered by the Safra family demeaning to them. That was supported by brazilian law and it was overturned these days at our high court. So we are supposed to be able to sell the book in english and also to get a portuguese version for the curious.


God's Avatars: The Betrayal of Belief
God's Avatars: The Betrayal of Belief
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religion, used for power and money, March 20, 2015
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Gary Beene, again, wrote a great book. I have read the modern atheists: Dennett, Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens, Zuckerman, Allen Paulos. With different emphasis they dissect religion. Gary Beene enters this set with a new vision, concentrating in the misuse of faith. Religions still thrive, sects multiply and the reasons are many. More recently we remember the Bosnian murderous conflicts heavily seasoned with religion and the atrocities committed by the radical groups that want to create a medieval-style caliphate. Most people, familiar with contemporary religions that now preach and practice tolerance and solidarity, are shoked by present-day extremists that anchor their brutal practices in a holy text. Gary's book will astount almost everyone by showing history proves that almost each and every religion, has been used by their prophets, representatives or political leaders to secure power and justify expulsion, theft, torture and murder in the name or approval of the sect's deity avatars. The scale and extent of the examples that the author aligns is staggering. This is a seminal book when civilization confronts extremism and reminds us that almost all faiths have a tribal heart and, in their holy books, accept or recommend the elimination of believers in rival creeds. Fortunately, the murderous passages extant in their holy texts are being ignored by moderns. Unfortunately some followers of Islam still accept the calling for world dominance using force and murder that one can find in many suras. Thanks Beene!


The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery
The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery
by Wendy Moore
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!, March 1, 2015
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This extraordinary book is a gift to anyone interest in an engaging story, a reading difficult to stop. Also very appealing to learners because the true-to-life plot traces a lifeline of conquests for the science of medicine. John Hunter, unfortunately little known, did with his dissections what Vesalius left untouched: link the structures with function and disease at a time when there was practically no medical science. In fact surgery developed from the good old common sense of cutting, and sewing. But Hunter moved to experimentation and had the courage and daring to face the immense and backward medical establishment. I learned that one of the champions of medical treatment, Edward Jenner, the inventor of vaccination, was one of his favorite pupils and learned from Hunter how to advance biological knowledge. Thousands of others were also inspired by Hunter's approach to medicine and biology. His immense interest in comparative anatomy led to a spectacular museum of animal and human material. Additionally, she presents us the blunt, honest, generous man, devoid of small vanities, always curious to phenomena, always ready to share his knowledge and discoveries. Parkinson, who described the shaking palsy, also was an avid listener to his courses. The encounters with great men like Hume, Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, his colleagues at the Royal Society, color his life and times. The text is extremely well researched but Wendy Moore never failed to merge harmoniously all that information in a text that flowed effortlessly. Nevertheless the writing is sofisticated. Not being a native to the language, I was frequently meeting new words and running for the dictionary. What a book, what a life! We own that to Wendy Moore.


To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
by Henry Petroski
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars To stumble is innevitable, February 2, 2015
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The book by Henry Petroski taught me important notions: designs constantly evolve to structures bigger, more elegant, more efficient, more economical. And this innovation always involves risk because the changes carry with it conflicting demands of safety factors versus economic considerations. Failure must be anticipated and successful design owns more to failure than success. He correctly points out that failure is also linked to our humanness. His citation of George Santayana is a great final thought: "We must welcome the future, remembering tha soon it will be past; and we must respect the past, knowing that once it was all that was humanly possible."


The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels
The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels
by Thomas Gold
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daring and essential, February 2, 2015
Thomas Gold, that I met through the books of Freeman Dyson, elucidated the role of the ear in tone discrimination, the nature of quasars and the quick 90 degree movement of the poles to the equator 600 million years ago. This book is his passionate and well debated argument for a new explanation for the origin of oil and gas, the origin of life within the earth and new ideas about the genesis of earthquakes. All very valuable for the layman, to feel the pulse of a really inquiring brain and for the student of geology to inspire him toward new and promissing studies and research. A fascinating book by a creative scientist that dares to challenge apparently settled knowledge.


O Que Sei de Lula (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Que Sei de Lula (Em Portugues do Brasil)
by Josť NÍumanne Pinto
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, May 7, 2014
This magnificent book by NÍumanne, in brutal realism, exposes the larger than life political figure that rules PT in Brazil: his enormous talent, his immense luck and the potential danger that his leadership style carries to the open society and democracy.


Dads of Disability: Stories for, by, and about fathers of children who experience disability (and the women who love them)
Dads of Disability: Stories for, by, and about fathers of children who experience disability (and the women who love them)
by Mr. Gary M Dietz
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stories, April 5, 2014
I was lead to this valuable collection of stories, written by Gary Dietz, after being captured by Andrew Solomon's "Far From the Tree", the book that opened my eyes to the drama of the unusual and their families. Gary took a particular decision: focus on the impact from the father's side. It is common knowledge that the modern trend for father involvement with their kids is increasing constantly. This book does not foster uniformity in the accounts. I am sure that any curious mind interested in the universe of human diversity (in adversity) will appreciate. But the book is particularly sooting and helpful to people that struggle with similar situations.


The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist
The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist
by Reviel Netz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real detective story, April 1, 2014
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This is a wonderful book for anyone fascinated by science and its heroes. The hunt for one of the lost works of Archimedes is full of surprises and its complex solution demands the assistance of an army of dedicated experts using the most sofisticated science. Science that exists because Arquimedes laid the foundations. Archimedes continues the tradition of the pre-socratic Greek philosophers the most relevant possibly being Anaximander whose achievements were recounted by Carlo Rovelli in another remarcable book.


Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
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Price: $13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome sensibility, February 18, 2014
Here I met for the first time the mind of Andrew Solomon. What a revelation! What a contribution! How daringly he challenges our concepts, our peace of mind, our un-examined assumptions, our automatic revulsions. His first chapter is a gospel of explicit diversity, a hymn to human adaptability and a tool for expanding the meaning and scope of human dignity. Everywhere you are bound to learn the task of being more human and unlearn limitations. Your psychological universe expands. It is an objective and researched "receptivity manual" as the author says. He gives flesh and bones to concepts like empathy and compassion. If you are open to learning, read!


How To Write a Book: The Simple System for Writing a Nonfiction Book in 30 Days or Less
How To Write a Book: The Simple System for Writing a Nonfiction Book in 30 Days or Less
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly simple, January 4, 2014
Joel Orr generously sent me this book. As many avid readers I sometimes fantasize about writing a book. Orr's book is certainly quite useful. He lays out a few concepts and suggestions that will help very much the beginner. So far, I only wrote research papers with my collaborators, a few book chapters and letters. There are so many interesting books published and coming out that I still wonder if I'll ever find the ability to fill a notch in the knowledge landscape. If I venture there I will no doubt rely on Joel's advice.


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