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The Concise Untold History of the United States
The Concise Untold History of the United States
by Oliver Stone
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Crucial Reading for Every American, December 18, 2015
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This is an astonishing book, absolutely crucial reading for all Americans. Stone and Kuznick review the history of the last 100 years of the U.S. and offer dismaying but critical insights into what has been both our domestic and foreign policy. This is not your grandma's history of the U.S., unless she was brilliantly incisive. Rather, the authors outline the ways in which the interests of the wealthiest Americans have guided and distorted American public policy, and how a consistently over-mistrustful and over-aggressive foreign policy has led to one disaster after another. You may not agree with absolutely everything Stone and Kuznick put forth - but regardless, you will finish this book with an indispensably deeper understanding of the United States and its role in the world. This is must reading for every American.


What We're Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice
What We're Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice
by Wen Stephenson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.24
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant, Anguished, and Absolutely Indispensable Cry to Save Our Planet, October 8, 2015
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If you care about the future of the planet - and it's hard to imagine who doesn't - this is a book that demands to be read. Stephenson - a journalist contributing to the Nation, walker to Walden, father, husband, Zen Buddhist practitioner, climate change and DivestHarvard activist - has not only studied the science, and talked the talk with us and with those who know, including the likes of bill McKibben and other climate change leaders - he has walked the walk, going out to Port Arthur, Texas, Somerset, Massachusetts, Nacogdoches, Texas - the frontlines in this country of the resistance to fossil fuels, and he has brought back to us the tales of today's climate change heroes - of which he is one - and their analyses, moral commitment, and bravery. Read this book at peril to your complacency.


Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age
Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age
by James Carroll
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.94
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Profound and Passionate Exploration of Western Civilization, December 19, 2014
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This is a fascinating, profound and passionate exploration of core themes in the history of Western civilization. Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, former Catholic priest, historian, scholar and passionate Christian, Carroll takes us on a journey to re-vision the relevance of Christian spirituality to the modern world, discovering as he does so the origins of the deep Anti-Semitic trend in Western culture. Re-interpreting the New Testament gospels in the light of their historical context, Carroll convincingly argues that Anti-Semitism began as an attempt by the Gospel authors to make sense of the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple, thus setting in motion a virulence that erupted two millenia later in the Nazi Holocaust. He paints a paradoxical yet convincing portrait of Jesus as both essentially Jewish and human, but also transcendently divine. This is a book to read, to ponder, and to learn from. For Jew, Christian, or anyone interested in understanding the times in which we live, this book will change the way you think about our modern world. A tall order indeed, and Carroll fulfills it admirably.


Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst
Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst
by Charles B. Strozier
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Biography of a Psychoanalytic Pioneer, December 13, 2014
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This is a fascinating in-depth look at Heinz Kohut, a psychoanalytic pioneer at the Chicago Psychoanalytic in the last century, who changed the body of American psychoanalysis in profound ways. Strozier, a professor of history and psychoanalyst himself, is ideally suited to the challenge of illuminating for us Kohut's true genius as a beloved and brilliant psychoanalyst and courageous theoretician, while keeping in balance the whole picture, which includes Kohut's human limitations, especially his narcissism. Strozier avoids both biographic traps - he does not idealize his subject, and does not sink to the level of chatty expose. An important, well-written and moving book about a major figure in the history of psychoanalysis.


The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love's Prophet
The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love's Prophet
by Lawrence Jacob Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.05
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB AND FASCINATING BIOGRAPHY, November 30, 2014
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This is a fascinating and outstanding biography of one of the 20th century's leading social critics, political activists and psychoanalysts. As Friedman helps us see, Fromm was a complex figure - outstanding public intellectual, analyst and teacher, but - like all of us - flawed as a human being. Friedman's achievement is to present this multi-faceted human being with both great sympathy, and yet also great objectivity. A side benefit of the book is its compelling portrait of the European and then American milieu in which Fromm lived, including a very interesting portrait of the Frankfurt School of social criticism and Fromm's complicated relationship with them. This is a superb piece of work and highly recommended.


Belle Moskowitz: Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith
Belle Moskowitz: Feminine Politics and the Exercise of Power in the Age of Alfred E. Smith
by Elisabeth Israels Perry
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and Fascinating Biography and History, June 12, 2014
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This is an outstanding biography of a fascinating woman who was an early pioneer in the development of women's political power in the last century. Like all fine biographies, however, it is so much more. It tells the story of Jewish life in New York City at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries; it explores the life of Democratic politics in the age of Wilson and Al Smith; and most of all, recounts the challenges and achievements of Belle Moscowitz, a trailblazer in what the author calls "feminine politics:" the art of women in the early 20th century exercising power while still (apparently) remaining in the shadows behind the men. Moscowitz started out as a social work reformer in the Progressive Age, then, a colleague of Eleanor Roosevelt, among many other powerful women, became Al Smith's right-hand woman. For anyone interested in early feminism, early 20th century history, and early 20th century Jewish life this book is a gripping read. No wonder Frank Friedel, the Dean of American historians at Harvard, called it "outstanding." Indeed it is.


The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
by Josh Swiller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Real Story of Africa, the Peace Corps, Deafness - and Life, June 26, 2013
This unexpectedly beautiful book is the story of the two years that the author - a partially deaf young man - spent in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. But this description is nothing compared to the book itself - a terribly moving, tragic, wonderful real tale of a courageous young man, who doesn't know that he is courageous, trying to understand his deafness, Zambia, and ultimately, life itself. Beautifully written, by turns funny and heart-breaking, Josh Swiller helps us see Africa in all her glorious, confused, paradoxical, horrifying and gorgeous truth - and in the process opens a window for those of us without hearing difficulty to glimpse what not hearing could be. This book will bring you to tears and then make you cheer, as Swiller begins, at his terribly young age, to fathom - the unheard - the true meaning of being alive. Once I started reading I was unable to stop, and you will be too.
(Full Disclosure - I am a friend and colleague of the author's father, which is how I fortunately happened to read the book - but it is truly a great book)


We, the People: A Conservative Populism
We, the People: A Conservative Populism
by Peter Bearse
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Political Activist's Guide, June 11, 2013
This superb book on political activism by Peter Bearse is a must read for anyone interested in re-vitalizing the American political system. The author is a rarity - he is not only an internationally consulting economist, but has also been a grassroots activist and office holder for many years. In other words, he not only can talk the talk, but he has walked the walk. This is evident in both his keen analysis of what is dysfunctional with our current political system, but also in the innovative and creative solutions that he offers. Bearse in addition makes it easy to read his book, writing in an informal style which does not in any way detract from his sharp analytical insights, and thoughtfully adding an executive summary as an intro to many of his chapters. If you want to see our political system transform, and want the tools to help it happen, this is an indispensable book for you.
(Disclosure - the author is a college classmate of mine - but this does not in any way detract from the great value of this book)


Sunbeam BVSBWH1001 Electric Hot Pot, White
Sunbeam BVSBWH1001 Electric Hot Pot, White
Price: $14.99
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pot, December 22, 2012
This is an interesting item - some of the reviews are great, some horrendous. All I can say is I've had this pot for a couple of years and both my wife and I love it. Boils water in a jiffy, inexpensive, very easy to use - and what I like about it is that, if I ever wanted to, I could cook soup or hot cereal in it. Definitely recommended.


Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.3 Gallon output per day
Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with 2.3 Gallon output per day
Price: $33.22
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup - Very good and inexpensive machine, March 9, 2012
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Just want to add my vote here. Bought this a few months ago after some bad experiences with the Sutphentown - think that's the name of it. Anyway - works fine, easy to use, nice shape, relatively easy to clean - agree with the major positive reviews. I agree it runs better on 1/2 to 2/3 output - lasts longer - and I don't feel the need so far to clean it as often as they say - and of course do use filtered water as they say - but overall a good machine and not expensive. BTW I think this new online review system that we've all developed in recent years is a great great help - thanks to all of us helping each other. Interesting new social structure.


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