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The book is exactly what it claims to be, a book of proverbs with lovely pictures. For explanation and cultural context, you'll need to find someone Vietnamese to interpret for you. Still, for ethnic Vietnamese growing up overseas, or for people interested in Vietnamese culture, it's an interesting collection....Read more
but awful as a "reboot" of _Little Fuzzy_.
After reading _Little Fuzzy_, I felt like I'd been wrapped in Piper's warmth and been allowed to witness a precious moment. I felt enlarged, allowed to witness a moment where imperfect people did their best, stretched themselves and made a part of their universe better.
After reading _Old Man's War_, _Zoe's Tale_ and _The Last Colony_, I felt similar things, combined with a poignancy evoked by the way Scalzi gives us readers moments of intense emotional nakedness in his characters.
After reading _Fuzzy Nation_, I only felt diminished. Holloway, besides not being believable as a frontiersman, is opaque, even to himself. I felt like my brain was stuffed with fuzz and spun about. I derived no delight. While the well-crafted words and paragraphs kept me reading, at the end, I felt like my time was taken away and I wanted it back.
This book is Scalzi's weakest effort and, sadly, doesn't approach the excellence of the rest of his body of work.
Save your money. If you have to read it, go borrow it from the library.
Mead contends that American foreign policy has been the most successful foreign policy in history and this book is an exploration of what Americans need to do to continue that success into the 21st century.
Mead begins by exploring the history of American foreign policy from the founding of the republic to the present. He successfully dispels the myth that the United States spent the 19th century in some kind of virtuous isolation and places many of the political and economic events in a foreign policy context.
Just as Mead dispels the myth of virtuous isolation, he seeks a new myth to explain the success of American foreign policy. A myth, he explains, is a way of condensing complex topics into a set of notions which everyone can easily discuss in a reasonably informed manner. His myth is based on our particular strengths as a democracy, the notion that competing schools fight for control over our foreign policy. The result, he claims, is that every portion of our society is represented in our approach to the world.
The next chapters describe each of the schools in turn. Mead ends the text with a cautionary but hopeful note about where America needs to go to maintain its success.
On top of all this substantive discussion, the book is a compelling read. I cannot recommend it highly enough....Read more