interesting book. Gives you a glimpse of why the whiskey tax was levied to pay for the American war of independence and what a big mistake it was to do that. In general history has not been kind to anyone trying to take away a man or a woman’s drink. The prohibition in the 20s which though had a different foundation, based on morality did not last too long. The book also gives a glimpse of many interesting characters and I found Herman Husband the most intriguing. Good book. Read it.
good book where the background theme is race, the author won the nobel prize for literature in 1991. This book was published in 1963 however the theme continues today. There were several catchy lines throughout the book… some I liked ….
“if you did not find blackness abhorrent and outcast, was the only alternative the fastidious suppression of all personal responses in the common denominator of shared humanity?”
“i don’t mind him being black”
“do you mind sometimes when other people are?”
“i don’t think it’s pretty”
the mood between them was affectionate, and the mood of the evening behind them was one that suggested that men and women were neither good or bad, happy nor unhappy, but taking pleasure here, suffering there, as they tried to live; rash, occasionally exalted, often funny.
considering this is the oldest story of the world, written about 2500 years ago, predating Noah in the book of Genesis, is very interesting. Also interesting is the way the story evolves, it’s really a story told through a poem….interesting book. The essays that have been written around this story is longer than this poem…
This is a great essay. It is a narrative of a black dad to his black boy in America. It is not a rant but it may appear as rant to some who don’t have a perspective of the author’s background and where he came from (Baltimore), who his dad is (ex black panther) some of which is told in the book and some you have to find for yourself. Everyone in America should read this book, anyone involved with law enforcement definitely should, judges, cops, jury. I loved this book. The closest that I have come to reading a similar kind of book is A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James however that is based in Jamaica, close to home but not as close as this story. The other difference is the length of both books, it’s a stark contrast. Between the World and Me….it opened my eyes to a world I was so ignorant of.
This was an interesting book, an autobiography of a woman who cannot forget. It was interesting to learn about her life, quite sheltered from the outside, however what was going on in the inside, inside her head was a storm or storms. Imagine vividly living through an event of your past at the slightest stimuli which remind you of that event. Imagine going through a day reminded of hundred such events. You start wondering if memory is a blessing or a curse. Memory plays a big role in our life. Our characters are formed by memory….what kind of character would we develop if we had a fantastic or a poor memory…
The author did a good job in presenting facts but not as good a job in the analysis, I feel. At times it felt that the conclusion was made and then facts were cherry picked on to support the conclusion. Problems abound in modern western society and I am not terribly convinced that the solutions the author has proposed is the only solution and neither was I convinced that the western economy will die. It was a point of view and it was good to read that and the author certainly writes well.
An entertaining book, very interesting facts/problems are presented and unique solution to those problems presented. A $250 million solution to global warming, simple solution to stop hurricanes from occurring, doctors killing patients because they will not wash their hands, the story of the seatbelt and the car seat…..Very good book. Would certainly recommend reading this book.
what a great book. John Steinbeck travelled with Charley a long time ago. I wonder if someone was to travel, take the same path that John took, what he or she would have to say. I had picked up the book not knowing what it was going to be and learnt a few things and then was surprised, not as much by the story of the places he went through but the last place he went to. In the final chapters he delves into his experience in the deep south and his experience with race. John wrote this before the civil rights movements goals was fully realized and I would like to see if the country has fundamentally changed since, because as he says “feelings” are a very difficult thing to change.
What a book. I was looking for a book by an Iranian author and picked this up. I was trying to understand why Iran which boasted the best universities at one point, where the world gathered to study had turned into what it had and what a find.
I found Shrin Ebadi, a lawyer, an advocate for human rights who was awarded the Nobel peace prize and her story. This book is an autobiography and is a gripping story of an unrelenting activist.
Before I picked the book I had an impression about Iran which I quickly found was so wrong. Someday I would like to visit that country, a cradle of civilization.
Finally I think every activist must read this book. The price you pay for being an activist in Iran or USA or any other place is high. In her quest for fighting for human rights Shirin Ebadi probably did not lose her kids but lost everything else. A very good book. Highly recommended.
Some passages I liked…
“when justice is not available to us in this world, there is nothing for us to do but seek refuge in a higher power”
“I explained to him that I had made a pledge to myself never to receive any payment from any political prisoner. Fulfilling that pledge was like performing a divine duty for me.”
A short quick read. This book is an interesting story about slavery in new England and how one man brought his own freedom and freedom of others. Written in first person it is an interesting story of the life of an African American and his travel from Africa to the Caribbean and then to Rhode Island.