Category Archive for: Books

Book review: Cicero: Life and times of Rome's greatest Politician

I really never knew much about Roman history; just never did, wasn’t terribly interested in it. Then I read somewhere (I can’t remember where) that sometimes we in western civilization are not able to see past our Greek and Roman influenced thinking and come to any real new understanding or paradigm.  The idea being that the…

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Book – A history of knowledge

I started this “A history of knowledge” – thought it would be fun way to get an overview of history. Well – if you like Western arrogance around what is knowledge, no scholarly references (or any for that matter) and dumbed down writing – then this is a good one.  I had to stop before I…

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Book – Mayflower

Just finished….  If ever there was a myth-busting book of the founding of America, it is Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick.  Lucid, devastating, sometimes darkly humorous, he details the first 50 or so years of the Pilgrim’s landing, subsequent “Indian” slaughter and founding of New England. He also gives service to the European plague that wiped out…

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The Road

It was a great father’s day; spent it with our big little family at the pool and went out for Italian.  My boys (well, my wife) gave me a beautiful picture set from our vacation, a watch and a great book.  And part of the great Father’s day was that I got to read that book…

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Vacation books….

Just came back from a much needed vacation – and right in the middle of getting ready for a release. Either I am crazy or I trust my team to deliver. Or both.  In either case, I like to read – a lot. Mainly non-fiction these days, but on vacation I do enjoy some good escapist…

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Professor and the madman

I just finished The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.).  Great true story of a couple key figured in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Easy read, good overview, seemingly well researched (primary research) and interesting context.  I love these types of…

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Who Wrote the New Testament?

I am just finishing Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth, by Burton Mack. For the uninitiated (that’s me) in the early history of Christianity, this book is pretty revealing/apple-cart-spilling. Mack’s whole proposal is that the books and letters of the Christian Bible were written by specific “Jesus” and “Christ” communities who had specific…

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