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reviewed The Moonlight Message. February 03, 2011
The Moonlight Message
Denice Barlow Brown’s “The Moonlight Message” is a great “historical short story” for young readers.  The story takes place during the opening days of the American …
reviewed A Clockwork Universe. January 22, 2011
A Clockwork Universe
Edward Dolnick’s “The Clockwork Universe” is an excellent way to learn about the invention of calculus which led to the discoveries that “exposed” the mysteries of the universe.  …
reviewed St. Pauli Girl. December 25, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
St. Pauli Girl
OK so who the heck am I to tell you what the best beer is?  Well, let me start out by saying that as a retired Army officer and helicopter pilot, “I’ve been around the world three times …
reviewed Bass pale ale. December 25, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Bass pale ale
OK so who the heck am I to tell you what the best beer is?  Well, let me start out by saying that as a retired Army officer and helicopter pilot, “I’ve been around the world three times …
reviewed Utilitarianism (mobi). November 18, 2010
Utilitarianism (mobi)
You can't beat this kindle edition!  It is FREE and is a great rendition of the book!!!      I read this book for a graduate Mill seminar in Philosophy. Recommended reading …
reviewed The Republic (mobi). November 18, 2010
The Republic (mobi)
You can't beat this kindle edition! It is FREE and is a great rendition of the book!!!      I read Plato's Republic for a graduate philosophy class. I paid close attention …
reviewed Ethics (mobi). November 18, 2010
Ethics (mobi)
You can't beat this kindle edition!  It is FREE and is a great rendition of the book!!!      I read this book for a graduate seminar on Aristotle.  I think Aristotle’s …
reviewed Common Sense (mobi). November 18, 2010
Common Sense (mobi)
You can't beat this kindle edition!  It is FREE and is a great rendition of the book!!!       This was a required reading for a graduate humanities class.  Thomas …
History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short
 “History: A Very Short Introduction” by John H. Arnold, is a good introductory survey for new students of history delineating the several different models of historicism from the ancient …
reviewed Film Noir. November 06, 2010
posted in Screen Gems
Film Noir
Andrew Spicer’s book “film noir” is the best in-depth study of this intriguing and entertaining film style.  Now, the first thing one has to understand about “noir” …
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and Selections From a Treatise of Human Nature
I read this book for a graduate seminar on ethics. Hume's Treatise of Human Nature along with his staunch empirical approach to epistemology, has garnered him recognition as a "great skeptic" …
reviewed 2010 Midterm Elections. November 03, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
2010 Midterm Elections
Nov. 2 11:00 PM EST---------------       I live in the S.E. part of Virginia although I was raised in South Beach in Florida.  My BA is in pol.sci. and my graduate degree …
A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning Into Moral Subjects
I read this book for a graduate seminar on ethics. Hume's Treatise of Human Nature along with his staunch empirical approach to epistemology, has garnered him recognition as a "great skeptic" …
On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic. By way of
I read On the Genealogy of Morals for a graduate seminar on ethics, and in particular his writings regarding the virtue of courage. I found Walter Kaufmann's translation the best of several I looked …
Sun Tzu On The Art Of War: The Oldest Military
The Warring States period Warring States Period 475-221 BCE is a history of constant warfare, of alliances and counter-alliances, and of treaties made and broken. The nature of warfare evolved during …
reviewed Film noir. November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Film noir
For most casual film goers the term "film noir" has a mysterious sound to it but they really don't know what it means. The French film critic Nino Frank in 1946 first coined the phrase "film …
reviewed The Antigone of Sophocles. October 31, 2010
The Antigone of Sophocles
I read Sophocles Antigone for graduate Humanities class. It is an essential reading to understand Greek Tragedy. It is also a foundation stone of literature in studying Western Civilization.   …
reviewed Anthem. October 31, 2010
Anthem
 read this book for a graduate class in political philosophy.      Ayn Rand (1905-1982), in this book written in 1937, expertly refutes collectivists schemes; such as, Communism …
JOSEPH CONRAD'S HEART OF DARKNESS (A NORTON
I read this book for a graduate Humanities course. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, written in 1899 is a seminal work about the ills of colonialism, as well as a postmodern look at the subject …
THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES (Bollingen Series
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities. This is a great book written by a very engaging storyteller. Joseph Campbell describes the monomyth in his book The Hero With a Thousand …
The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches,
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963) was an American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, …
Sacred Vessels The Cult of the Battleship and the
This was required reading for a graduate course in the history of American military affairs. The goal of Robert O'Connell's book Sacred Vessels: The Cult Of The Battleship And The Rise of the …
Democracy in America (The Audio Classics Series:
Alexis De Tocqueville was simply of one of the great social scientists writing about America and Democracy. From listening to the book I deduced that Tocqueville was a social scientist before Marx! He …
The Ego and the Id. The International
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities. In 1923, Freud introduced new terms in his book "The Ego and the Id," to describe the division between the conscious and unconscious: …
CIVILIZATION And Its DISCONTENTS. The
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities.   Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents," written in 1930, was his attempt at using his theories …
The Wretched of the Earth. Translated By Constance
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities. Frantz Fanon (July 20, 1925 - December 6, 1961) was a Martinique-born French author and essayist. He was perhaps the preeminent thinker …
Voltaire Candide Or Optimism, a New Translation
This was required reading for a graduate course in the Humanities. A great story and important historical work in literature. Voltaire was a Renaissance Christian humanist who played a role in the development …
Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions
Professor Mark W. Meusse's lectures are a great way to learn about an incredibly important time in world history by looking at the founding of Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Confucian …
Kautilya and his Arthashastra
Usha Mehta's “Kautilya and His Arthasastra” is a great introduction to The "Arthashastra" which was written in the 300's BCE by one of the great political figures of early …
reviewed War at Work: Sun Tzu's. October 28, 2010
War at Work: Sun Tzu's
The Warring States period Warring States Period 475-221 BCE is a history of constant warfare, of alliances and counter-alliances, and of treaties made and broken. The nature of warfare evolved during …
reviewed The road to serfdom (The case for pri.... October 28, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
The road to serfdom (The case for private enterprise)
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism …
The Road to Serfdom: A Classic Warning Against the
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism …
The Works of Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in
Alexis De Tocqueville was simply of one of the great social scientists writing about America and Democracy. From reading the book I deduced that Tocqueville was a social scientist before Marx! He compares …
Democracy in America, Pt. 1 (13 Cassettes)
Alexis De Tocqueville was simply of one of the great social scientists writing about America and Democracy. From reading the book I deduced that Tocqueville was a social scientist before Marx! He compared …
reviewed Maxims of Chanakya. October 27, 2010
Maxims of Chanakya
V. K. Subramanian's book "The Maxims of Chanakya" is a great introductory work of Chanakya's or Kautilya's "Arthashastra" which was written in the 300's BCE by …
Chandragupta Maurya and His Times: Madras
Radha Kumud Mookerji's book "Chandragupta Maurya and His Times" is an excellent book of history looking at the start of India's Mauryan Empire, the first time in India's history …
reviewed Film Noir. October 27, 2010
Film Noir
Andrew Spicer’s book “film noir” is the best in-depth study of this intriguing and entertaining film style.  Now, the first thing one has to understand about “noir” …
reviewed Bass. October 12, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Bass
OK so who the heck am I to tell you what the best beer is?  Well, let me start out by saying that as a retired Army officer and helicopter pilot, “I’ve been around the world three times …
reviewed Air Float Balloon. October 11, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
Air Float Balloon
No matter how suave and debonair James Bond is he cannot single handedly save the free world from the scourge of Commies and criminals without some help from Q and his inventive hardware. After all we …
reviewed Diamonds are Forever (film). October 11, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
Diamonds are Forever Movie Poster
No matter how suave and debonair James Bond is he cannot single handedly save the free world from the scourge of Commies and criminals without some help from Q and his inventive hardware. After all we …
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