"I am a global warming, er, excuse me, "climate change" skeptic, as I actually keep an open mind on these things. Mr. Diamond manages to not come across as a Gore-like fanatic. He does present some powerful analysis on situations where poor environmental management caused societal collapse (see chapter on Easter Island). As a counterpoint, read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear.""
"Generally, I am skeptical of revisionist history due to the usual PC motivations. This, however, seems to be grounded in solid research giving a more favorable view of the Rapa Nui that Mr. Diamond does."
"Mr. Watt, co-founder of "Everything but the girl" is struck by a sudden and debilitating illness. A well written tome that reveals an unusually human side of a pop star. Moments of concern, fear, love and humor intermingle in this dark period of his life. He tells his story with little hint of despair or self pity, so don't be afraid to give this a try."
"In this world of instant communication and jet travel, it's difficult for some to comprehend just how big a deal this was at the time. Stephen Ambrose just has a way of telling a story that makes it interesting."
"One of the rare times I actually read a book after seeing the movie, but I was intrigued by why the villagers would shelter an American with the taliban threatening them. Answer: Loksay (a tribal tradition of protecting guests)and it is explained much better than in the movie."
"This is the unabridged version which may not be appropriate for younger children due to passages concerning Anne Frank's budding sexuality. One can take it as a bit of a distraction or as a more humanizing element."