Posts tagged 'reading'

"Nonrequired Reading"

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On my desk stand three books that 2501 was kind enough to let me borrow. 2 psychology, 1 management and 1 rethorics. As I was skimming through them I realized something.

Imagine this: These are books that contain secret knowledge. Not everyone can get their hands on them ...

"Book Review: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt"

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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

This mountain of a biography chronicles the life of Theodore Roosevelt before he became president at the age of 42. It is inspiring, insightful, and exceedingly well documented (over 100 pages of notes).

TR was noted for his integrity, personality, and masculinity ...

"Book Review: Brave New World"

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I think what is most remarkable about this book is that it foreshadows the world we live in today on several levels. From anti-depressants to age-defying creams to manipulating the gender of an unborn baby, Huxley is probably looking down on us saying, "I ...

"Book Review: Call of the Wild"

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

It took me an impressively small amount of time to read this book partly because of short length, and partly because it is one of those books you just can't put down to save your soul.

The Call of the Wild ...

"Book Review: The Grapes of Wrath"

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

What a novel that rings home with relevance in today's America! Written in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of an Oklahoma family who is suddenly uprooted from their home and, unable to find work, moves to California where landowners ...

"Book Report: The Picture of Dorian Gray"

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

What I love most about Oscar Wilde--and I'm not alone--is his impeccable sense of wit and sarcasm. There is something about his light-hearted writing combined with a sort of philosophical depth that gives me a sensational thrill. This book, in particular ...

"Book Report: For Whom the Bell Tolls"

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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway tells the tale of a rouge U.S. citizen aiding the Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War. The novel hits strongly on a man's rationale when facing a hard situation.

The protagonist demonstrates admirably level-headed thinking when carrying out ...

"Book Report: Wealth of Nations"

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Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations--yes, that's the full title--is one of the first pieces of literature written on economics (which technically was not even a field at the time). Adam Smith takes a 1700's world ...

"Book Report: The Catcher in the Rye"

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

What struck me most about_Catcher in the Rye_ was how closely my teenage self could have related to the main character of the story. I remember, as a younger person, referring to things I didn't understand or want to accept ...

"Book Report: The Brothers Karamazov"

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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

You'll have to set aside some serious time for this one. Brothers Karamazov is a loaded book with tons of ironies and questions to ponder. I've been eyeing this member of my "list" for some time, and was not disappointed.

Dostoevsky weaves ...