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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
This Springsteen lyric came to mind when reading Diamond's environmental history of major societal collapses.  From his study of ancient collapses like Easter Island, the Mayan empire of Central …
reviewed The Book of English Magic. October 31, 2010
The Book of English Magic
It's an accessible history, guidebook, and how-to compendium. In a friendly, yet cautious, manner, the writers encourage readers to learn more about the traditions of England, as well as forms invented …
A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, 1974-1982
Why did punk implode so rapidly? Why did its bands flare up and fade out? And, how did this movement resist yet revamp the hippies they rushed to replace?      Rombes, a professor …
reviewed Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Ge.... August 07, 2010
Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius,
If you're like me, and you've read Erik Larson's fine work The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, you'll feel a bit of deja vu at reading this book. …
Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius,
This book was billed as the next Devil in the White City. It does have a lot of interesting historical information about the development of Flushing Meadows Park in New York that would generally interest …
reviewed 1959: The Year Everything Changed. July 14, 2010
1959: The Year Everything Changed
I am from Generation X, so 1959 is decidedly before my time. It is a year for which I feel no kinship or nostalgia. Yet I was captivated by the title of book, which beckoned me to investigate the events …
Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties
This is a book that gives the casual reader a snapshot of the decade of the 1920s through chapters which dal with specific people or topics. I was amazed, and shocked, at the self-indulgent hedonism that …
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern
"Cheating Rumors Fly About 'The Bachelor''s fiancĂ©e": this pops up as I log on to type this. Why do Jake and Vienna spark headlines-- until the next couple, next week? What lures them to stray? After …
posted a Quick Tip about Railroads in the African American Exp.... July 01, 2010
Railroads in the African American Experience: A
My grandfather absolutely loves trains. i got him this book for fathers day and he hasn't put it down. And I can't get him to shut up! He has so many stories about the rail systems that run through and …
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
It was all so long ago.  I had completely forgotten that the accused assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had used several different aliases.  Likewise, the fact that …
posted a Quick Tip about Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... June 23, 2010
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Collapse, is a great look at what can happen when a society forgets to respect the earth that sustains them.
posted a Quick Tip about Zinn for Beginners. June 11, 2010
Zinn for Beginners
Awesome book and history, Good read.
reviewed Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival:.... May 25, 2010
Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The
If you are like me, you will be surprised to learn that there was a Woodstock before there was "Woodstock." Decades before the massive music event now known to history as "Woodstock", there was a thriving …
reviewed Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roa.... May 11, 2010
Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties
This is not a serious history of the 1920s. In fact, it really isn't much of a history at all - more like a collection of vignettes. Much to her credit, the author acknowledges up front that the book …
A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century
In A History of Histories, British historian John Burrow sets himself a nearly impossible task in the title of the book alone. Impressively, he succeeds, describing the general form of history in the …
posted a Quick Tip about Zinn for Beginners. February 09, 2010
Zinn for Beginners
Zinn for Beginners (David Cogswell) is an easy to read biography of historian Howard Zinn. A first-class piece of writing.
reviewed Zinn for Beginners. February 09, 2010
Zinn for Beginners
This is a short and very readable biography of Howard Zinn, historian and author of the classic A People’s History of the United States. He was born in 1922 in the Lower East Side of New York. His …
reviewed Snapshot: The Visual Almanac for Our .... December 23, 2009
Snapshot: The Visual Almanac for Our World Today
Circa. "Snapshot", Michael Beazely, 2009.    A Reference Book of a New Kind    Amos Lassen      "Snapshot" is a reference book of …
reviewed Snapshot: The Visual Almanac for Our .... December 18, 2009
Snapshot: The Visual Almanac for Our World Today
The modern world is a complex entity, so no single book can contain a complete description. However, this one comes as close as possible to the ideal. Using a minimum of text and a large number of charts …
reviewed Railroads in the African American Exp.... December 05, 2009
Railroads in the African American Experience: A
Theodore Kornweibel Jr. has had a fascination with railroads all of this life.  While studying for his PhD in African-American Studies at Yale in the late 1960's Korneweibel worked as a volunteer …
reviewed Railroads in the African American Exp.... November 04, 2009
Railroads in the African American Experience: A
This hefty book - over 500 oversize pages - is a fascinating compendium of information about the railroad business and how it affected the lives of African Americans. By extension, it is a wonderful window …
reviewed 1959: The Year Everything Changed. July 29, 2009
1959: The Year Everything Changed
It's pretentious to have a subtitle to this book that says "The Year Everything Changed". It's silly, too. Every instant of every second changes the universe in ways both subtle and major.    But …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... June 02, 2009
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
The main theme of this lengthy and substantial book is that human beings invariably leave too great a footprint and that, given current human population levels, we've now just about infested the entire …
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
I read Diamond's new book before reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel," so I did not know what to expect. I was thoroughly impressed with Diamond's ability to muster evidence for a simple yet important thesis: …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... March 21, 2005
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. Among his many awards are the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, Germs and Steel," the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, …
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