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Hallgrimur Helgason’s “Woman at 1000 Degrees” – An Icelandic Superwoman”

Every so often an author comes along to overturn the tables on a nation’s culture by attacking by cutting the very legs out from under it. Writer and visual artist Helgason does such a ┬ásavage number on the male-dominant, misogynistic… Continue Reading →

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “Spring”: Living through a family crisis

Alec Ryrie’s “Protestants” – Lurching From One Crisis to the Next

The history of modern Protestantism presented here is one of moving in any number of directions in search of the ideal form of Christian worship and livelihood. Five hundred years of struggling to find that elusive religious identity that both… Continue Reading →

Alana Mitchell’s “Spinning Magnet” – A World Upside Down

After reading this book on the seismic wonders of the earth’s magnetic field, I got to thinking, perhaps, that its continual shifting and re-orienting, in relation to the north and south poles, might help explain a number of current natural… Continue Reading →

Greg Dawson’s “Judgment Before Nuremberg”

As a prominent American journalist, Dawson undertook, over a decade ago, to research the Ukrainian Holocaust of 1941-43 out of a deep need to understand what a Jewish mother’s family had to endure as Nazi Germany attempted to destroy their… Continue Reading →

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” – A Failed War Effort

I have finally found the definitive work that explains why the United States ultimately lost the Vietnam War. Seen through the prism of the extraordinary intervening actions of senior CIA operative Edward Lansdale during the 50s and 60s, this conflict… Continue Reading →

Oliver Potzsch’s “The Play of Death” – Murder Mystery Cast in the Depths of Time and Depravity

I recently discovered this author’s works while checking out a book display at my local library. As someone who likes both murder mysteries and historical novels, I find this particular story to be well-written, gripping, informative, historically accurate and, above… Continue Reading →

Ann Applebaum’s “Red Famine” – A Study about Political Repression of the most Vicious Kind

Until I read this book on Stalin’s draconian efforts to collectivize the Ukraine during the 20s and 30s, I had only a very broad knowledge of its long-standing trauma on its people. The author makes a solid case for why… Continue Reading →

Under the radar for so many years

Quite often we get away with things because nobody either cares to check us out or we go unnoticed. A lack of policy or a moral blind spot is quite often the fundamental cause where practice often becomes the norm…. Continue Reading →

Revisiting a War

Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward have written a visually compelling companion, coffee table book to the PBS series, “The Vietnam War”. For the past week I have been pouring over its written and pictorial account of that bloody conflict between… Continue Reading →

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