Like all Rick Steve’s books, Rick does a good job of weaving a tale as he talks about a place. Sometimes reading the book maybe better than visiting the place..:-). Switzerland is an interesting place where 4 languages are spoken and the president of the country elected for a year. Perhaps that is what needs to happen in countries around the world.
Good Book. Mike Myers does a good job of describing Canada. For someone looking for a cursory and humorous read of Canada’s history, look no further. The book is also a memoir of Mike Myers and how far he has come from his humble beginnings, as a son of immigrants. I did not realize the large number of famous Canadians out there and the numbers of inventions that have come out of Canada. We tend to club Canadians with Americans from USA but we should not. We don’t do that with Italians, Greeks etc. so why the canuck.
Also Mike does what Canadians do best in this book, talk passionately about hockey and America (USA) bashing.
Decent book. Well written . Some of the statistics provided in the book was interesting to put it lightly. The book starts with a phone call that the author makes and ends with a phone call that the author is contemplating making. What was in between made interesting reading. The author quotes Ta-Nehisi Coates who I have read too. Unlike Ta-Nehesi Coates the author has lived a life of privilege so his experience talking about this subject comes across as a stark opposing view. There was one statement that I could not agree with the author. He thinks that the “white” reason to building a colony is “fear”. I think the real reason is “preservation” of the status quo and not to tip the balance.
I question the purpose of the book. Go ahead and try to demarcate on the world map, what the west looks to you versus east. It’ll be a pretty crazy map if you tried to follow this book. Most likely it will be the great British empire on one side and maybe the US and everyone else on the other.
Throughout the book the author cherry picked historical facts to prove a point he was trying to make. Civilization did not start in the 15th century and neither did innovation start then. The Chinese invented Gunpowder. The Mongols were not barbarians, they were the greatest & smartest warriors as were the Huns and Tartars. There is a lot of facts the author needs to learn and interpretation of facts is certainly not this author’s forte. Niall Ferguson is British and perhaps he has been reading too much Rudyard Kipling….
Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat.
Well that is just not true, You can sit on your high horse and say that but the east and west has been meeting for ever, in Greece, Egypt, ancient Persia, India…… Learn your history and in case you want to learn it from this author, take it with a grain of salt.
Good Book. I think in general, it’s a downward spiral for someone wrongfully accused even after they find their freedom. Life’s tough.
Good Book. Though this is a fictional account, I think in general, it’s a downward spiral for someone wrongfully accused even after they find their freedom. Life’s tough.
ok book. Found it to be preachy. Steps were provided on how to meditate and what to meditate on, explanation of cause and effect. Some of the inferences beyond that was hard to swallow, everyone was your brother, mother, sister, father at some point in a past life so love everyone (maybe even ISIS!!!)…. The Dalai Lama possibly is a good man (ask China) and wants good things for the people of this world however the path to enlightenment he is suggesting seems a bit shaky at least in my opinion but will meditate on that..:-).
This is one amazing book and should be mandatory reading for all Americans. I loved it. It left me, a total novice on Lincoln, with a powerful image of why Lincoln is considered one of the greatest President, if not the greatest President. This is an intriguing book which delves into Lincoln, what shaped his policies and is an honest look into the Civil War, which almost broke the country apart. The book traces the views of Lincoln and how it progressed over time. Unfortunately he had to pay with his life for his beliefs and I think the sentiments of the north and south back then are probably still in the subconscious of many in this country. There are those amongst us who still hate African Americans and will do whatever it takes to take away their rights, who still think they are inferior in spite of study after study showing otherwise. Lincoln was no exception to such thoughts initially. Great book. I highly recommend reading it.
Decent book. Interesting to read the history of money, how it has been used to fight wars, how it has evolved over time, the role it played during the recessions. However the most interesting aspect I found was the growth of the hedge funds and the fund managers, George Soros and others, the extra ordinary profits they have made. I am in total agreement with the author that everyone should educate themselves on finance and managing their finances else they will lose out.
what an awesome book. Investigative journalism at it’s best. Hats off to crusaders like Jane Mayer who report it as they see it without fear of retribution. The story of big money in politics, we always knew about, but big money influencing how we think, in education, in colleges, teaching climate change and other such thoughts are all humbug…that is a new low. Everyone does what they want to do and then justify it, the Koch brothers are no different….I hope everyone reads this book to get a perspective, get the facts on where the country is headed under the influence of dark money.