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This book is a long read, and I haven't finished it yet, but I pick it up every morning and have a hard time putting in down again when it's time to do something else. As always GGM's writing style is extremely engrossing and adicting. I would rank this book right up there with his best novels. Others have discussed the content, so I won't repeat what others have written. I will only say that GGM had a very interesting life, and he r...

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The Correspondence of Erasmus: Letters 1-141 (1484-1500)

The correspondence of Erasmus has never been completely translated into English, although it has long been acknowledged to be one of the most illuminating sources for the history of northern humanism and the first two decades of the Protestant Reformation. In his letters, to and from scholars and religions leaders, printers and patrons, princes and prelates in every country of western Europe, the interests and issues of that critical...

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Sigmund Freud

Consacré à Sigmund Freud, ce Cahier présente un ensemble de textes rassemblés sur la base d’une idée simple et forte, énoncée en un « argument » préalablement soumis aux auteurs sollicités, et dont voici l’essentiel : La visée est de situer les déterminants et la portée de l’oeuvre de Freud dans la culture occidentale, compte tenu du recul dont nous disposons aujourd’hui. La psychanalyse y est apparue comme un produit du 19ème siècle...

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Conversations with Jonathan Lethem ed.

Conversations with Jonathan Lethem collects fourteen interviews, conducted over a decade and a half, with the Brooklyn-born author of such novels as Girl in Landscape, Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, Chronic City, and many others. Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award, Lethem (b. 1964) covers a wide range of subjects, from what it means to incorporate genre into literature, to the impact of the death of his...

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Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland

I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a realistic tour around the former Eastern Bloc country of Poland, along with side trips to Prague, London, and Kaliningrad. The author painted nice pictures of...

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The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography

As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that included two past Presidents, Henry Adams was forever focused on the experiences and expectations unique to America. A prompt bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Education of Henry Adams (1918) recounts his own and his country's development from 1838--the year Adams was born--up to 1905, thus incorporating the Civil War, unprecedented capitalist expansion, and the...

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Polly Pry: The Woman Who Wrote the West

Fascinating biography about a woman who lived a life of adventure and did what it took to become a respected female journalist in the 19th Century. Nell, AKA Polly Pry, was reporter and an activist and lived the stories as well as write them. This book tells some of the tale behind the stories of Polly Pry as she became the the first female report for the Denver Post. And I say rabble rouser in a great way. She knew how to get the pu...

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Courage in Combat : Stories By and About Recipients of the Nation's Highest Decorations

“The entries Rinaldo includes are moving, motivating, awe-inspiring, from the heart, and replete with examples of commitment to country, mission, and fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. He set out to highlight the best of members of the Armed Forces, to stimulate patriotism, and to engender national pride. He did so, hands down. It is, however, not the interesting pieces of history this book unveils that make it a must rea...

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Louis van Gaal : the biography

Very interesting career with good insight into a very proud, driven coach. I thought his ability to deal both with his players and the various managements he has dealt with was revealing. As a professional coach myself (college level) I think I would have enjoyed the book were I to have read it when I was in the midst of handling all the various facets that coaching involves. I thought for some reason the book would delve into his fi...

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Socialist champion : portrait of the gentleman as crusader

A portrait of a man who prided himself on being both a gentleman and a socialist. An upper-class Indian Army officer who was converted to socialism in 1882, Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1929) was one of the most talented and controversial figures in the early British labour movement.