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rated 5 topics.   December 06
posted "In the long run, the trench wins" about The Long shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth CenturyThe Long Shadow.   December 06
In the long run, the trench wins
With the assassination of a mid level royalty in a mid level city in Eastern Europe, entangling alliances and inept political decision making sent the
rated The Invention of Air a 5.0.   December 05
posted "A Comet in the system of science, politics, and faith" about The Invention of Air.   December 05
A Comet in the system of science, politi
After reading Johnson's latest, How we got to now,  I found this book from 2008 on the shelf in my excellent local public library, and discov
posted "Science at the intersections" about How we got to now: Six innovations that made the modern world.   November 26
Science at the intersections
Johnson is a master of popular science writing (see The Ghost map and Everything bad is good for you as examples) and hits this minor classic with the
updated and rated How we got to now: Six innovations that made the modern world a 4.0 while posting the review:   November 26
Science at the intersections
Johnson is a master of popular science writing (see The Ghost map and Everything bad is good for you as examples) and hits this minor classic with the
posted "With God on our side" about Fields of blood: Religion and the history of violence.   November 24
With God on our side
Armstrong traces the relationship of the spiritual to the justification and use of violence through the history of human patterns of civilization from
added and rated Fields of blood: Religion and the history of violence a 1.0.   November 24
posted "What's so funny bout peace, love, and understanding?" about The Humor code: A Global search for what makes things funny.   November 17
What's so funny bout peace, love, and un
Comedy, like pornography, is notoriously hard to define, but you know it when you see (or read, hear, or watch) it.  McGraw, a psychology profess
added and rated The Humor code: A Global search for what makes things funny a 3.0.   November 17
posted "Lost without a map" about The Map thief: The gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps.   November 15
Lost without a map
E. Forbes Smiley is the subject of Blanding's true-crime tale of missing maps.  While he was once a big-time dealer in rare early maps of Nor
posted "Restoring the meaning of death" about Smoke gets in your eyes & other lessons from the crematory.   November 13
Restoring the meaning of death
Death means the end of life.  It means separation from loved ones, the end of life's work, entrance into eternity.  It is universal, it
added and rated Smoke gets in your eyes & other lessons from the crematory a 3.0.   November 13
review of A Laodicean (Penguin Classics), "Lukewarm" was complimented.   November 13
rated A Laodicean (Penguin Classics) a 2.0.   November 12
posted "Lukewarm" about A Laodicean (Penguin Classics).   November 12
Lukewarm
In a retrospective edition of his collected works near the end of his life Hardy classed A Laodicean as one of his "Novels of Ingenuity" and
posted "Historiography of the long Nineteenth Century" about The Transformation of the world: A Global history of the Nineteenth Century.   November 09
Historiography of the long Nineteenth Ce
Historians sometimes talk about the "long" 19th Century, marking its start with the bang of the Age of Revolution in America and France in t
posted "Sketch comedy" about Sketches of young gentleman and young couples with Sketches of young ladies by Edward Caswell.   October 13
Sketch comedy
This slim volume is nearly as interesting for its history as for its literary value.  Published under the pen name Quiz, Sketches of young ladies
posted "Money murder mystery" about Money: The Unauthorized biography.   October 12
Money murder mystery
Martin's expose of money may take readers by surprise.  It isn't about coins and bills and inflation, although those are elements of the
rated Money: The Unauthorized biography a 3.0.   October 12
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