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Mindful Politics, A Buddhist guide to making the world a better place. Ed., Melvin McLeod (2006) Decades ago I experienced the nature of Buddhism from living in Japan to studies and work in India. It’s not something you only read about. To understand and appreciate one needs to experience. This book has been gathering dust […]

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The Prehistory of Sex by Timothy Taylor, Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture. (1996) When I first purchased this work over two decades ago while working as a library director and reviewing any number of works in ancient history, archaeology and anthropology, I read this book  as a comparative study and gave myself time […]

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NPJ Book Review – The Housewife’s Handbook on Selective Promiscuity, Definitive Edition by Rey Anthony (2012) The author, Lillian Maxine Serett wrote this in the late 1950’s and originally published it in 1960. The United States Supreme Court indicted the author for distributing obscene material through the mail under the Comstock Act of 1873. And […]

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The Transparent Self by Sidney M. Jourard Revised Edition (1971) Self-disclosure. How much actual self-disclosure is there today? This thought-provoking book is well over 40 years old but feels relevant at this juncture of “now.” I purchased it decades ago and periodically return to this and other works for a better understanding of human relationships. […]

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American Oligarchy, The Permanent Political Class by Ron Formisano (2017)  Formisano is a scholar who takes no prisoners regardless of political affiliation when it comes to America’s rising exclusive aristocracy. Wealth has the final say in the power structures of government. The public is spoon-fed what the power structure wants the people to know. In […]

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Jerusalem The Holy City in the Eyes of Chroniclers, Visitors, Pilgrims, and Prophets from the Days of Abraham to the Beginnings of Modern Times by F. E. Peters   (1985) I read this monumental work in the early 90s and having stayed in the Old City of Jerusalem for a spell (longer in my mind then the […]

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The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 by Tina Brown  (2017) Diaries have a historical quality and are seductive. This is not a “historical diary” as such but it does capture Brown’s “presence” as CEO at Vanity Fair. The cast of characters the author knew, with opinions about and how she perceived her role at the magazine and […]

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Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky  (2016) My take: Noam Chomsky is provocative and insightful, albeit selective and scathing, as he distills and articulates in readable fashion the manipulations of corporate America and the US government who have merged interests whereby all significant decisions are effectuated in large part by the wealthiest power brokers. His […]

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NPJ Book Review – Desert Wisdom by Neil Douglas-Klotz (1995) This is a thought-provoking, scholarly and very accessible study of “Sacred Middle Eastern Writings from the Goddess through the Sufis.” The writings include translations, commentaries and body prayers. The author strives to “cover both wisdom and spiritual practice from the native Middle Eastern tradition.” It’s […]

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Arab and Jew, Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, Revised & Updated by David K. Shipler (2015) Some works are read over weeks and not days. This is one of those journeys. It’s a substantial, poignant, disturbing, accessible work that reads like a journal. It’s in the category for which Pulitzers are given and been […]

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The Philosophy of the Bed by Mary Eden and Richard Carrington (1961) I’ve been reading this book while sleeping in different hotel beds. This is one of those books I classify as a gem and I brought along from my personal library for some insights into the sensuality and the realities of the bed throughout history. […]

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Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech by Cass R. Sunstein 1995 Sunstein’s work is a reference tool to be intellectually chewed in morsels and perhaps roused to apply James Madison’s constitutional thoughts about free speech and democracy. The words of the First Amendment remain essentially as articulated in the draft of the US Constitution. […]

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Citizens, A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama (1989) “In some depressing sense, violence was the revolution itself,” Schama states in the opening pages. Simon Schama’s work is that of not only an expert, but so devoted to his subject and guided by the opinions and ideas of the day in the streets […]

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The Manipulated Mind by Denise Winn (2000)

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NPJ Book Review: Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, translated by David R. Slavitt (2008) This is one of several, and my preferred translation, of this brief but substantial work between a man, awaiting execution in the year 524, and his intimate yet dispassionate conversation with an imaginary woman, Lady Philosophy. Boethius was a Roman patrician, […]

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