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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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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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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, senator, educated in […]

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The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (1794, 1795 Parts 1 & 2) Written during the era that was characterized by scientific and philosophical enlightenment, war and revolution and moral, political, cultural, social and theological shifts, Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense along with other pamphlets wrote in the voice of the common person. There […]

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 The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt (1958) Hannah Arendt is an acquired taste. I periodically reread books that I’ve read in the past to see if I read something different in a work the second time around. Arendt’s writings in my opinion are provocative from a political, philosophical and sociological perspective but once acquired one […]

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Critical Reflections on the Paranormal, Eds, Michael Stoeber and Hugo Meynell (1996) Gathering dust on my shelf I decided to reread this slender scholarly work. Though studied by academics since the late 1800s with the founding of the Society for Psychical Research in London in 1882 and in the United States in 1885, the critical […]

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The Argument Culture, Moving from Debate to Dialogue by Deborah Tannen (1998) Written almost twenty years ago the author sought to tackle in an original voice,  “the pervasive warlike atmosphere that makes us approach public dialogue, and just about anything we accomplish, as if it were a fight.” The author maintained, “…in the argument culture, […]

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The Money Cult, Capitalism, Christianity and the Unmaking of the American Dream by Chris Lehman Much has written about the interweave of Christianity (especially Protestantism, capitalism, the industrial revolution and the American Dream). Several historians have tackled the subject such as John Kenneth Galbraith though few theologians have perused the subject in-depth without apology though […]

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My Life and Times by Henry Miller, (1971).  Having read the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer at a younger age, along with Erica Jong on Henry Miller, The Devil at Large, I thought I had pretty good insight into this remarkable and brilliant author’s mind. I purchased this book at a small bookshop on […]

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Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It) by Elizabeth Anderson (2017) This is a book that’s been long overdue. Anderson offers a scholarly and thought-provoking study of how corporate America is a form of private government. She discusses how the average employee in the private sector acts as if […]

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