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From Fascism to Populism in History by Federico Finchelstein  (2017) Finchelstein, Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City offers brilliant and provocative ideas and insights into the nature of fascism and populism and the historical underpinnings and connections. He notes in the introduction, “Fascism […]

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The Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate by Sue Scheff, Melissa Schorr (2017) With a forward by Monica Lewinski. My take: This work serves as a thought-provoking idea resource to those who wish to counter online hate. Anonymous hate filled trolls have ruined the lives and careers of people. Hate is a growing […]

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The Devil in the Holy Water or the Art of Slander from Louis XIV to Napoleon by Robert Darnton (2010) My perspective: This is an enormous book of scholarship by Professor Robert Danton, Harvard University Librarian. It’s both lengthy and substantial. The book had been sitting on my shelf for over five years in which […]

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Power, Politics, and the Making of the Bible, An Introduction, by Robert B. Coote & Mary P. Coote (1990) Some thoughts: This book written almost three decades ago was considered a paradigm shift towards a sociopolitical analysis of the Old and New Testaments and away from traditional historical analysis. The implications of Robert and Mary Coote’s […]

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff and David Corn My perspective: Father Tikhon Shevkunov, the self-confident and self-serving “confessor of Vladimir Putin,” reputedly told Putin a year or two before the turn of the century that he (Putin) was on a divine mission. Putin […]

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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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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 the publisher Ralph Ginzburg […]

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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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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 a useful reference to […]

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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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