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08-06-2017, 03:56 PM
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Finised Bauer Rethinking the Holocaust. Nothing really new in it which is nothing surprising considering how old this books is but different perspective is good thing to see.

Starting Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labor by Elizabeth Dunn.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

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21-06-2017, 04:04 AM
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Rubicon, by Tom Holland. Two military strongmen feature in this fascinating book. One, as the title implies, is Caesar. The other is Sulla, a Roman whose achievements and personality are much like that of Big J. Both are, by the moral and political standards most people in most developed countries believe in, absolute monsters. In many less fortunate countries in 2017, either one would seem to be the inspiration for whichever psychopath or psychotic is in charge.

In the case of both Sulla and Caesar, Rome had a republican constitution and the people - those who had a say - seem to have been been rather negligent and rather supine in making sure that this constitution was cherished and that deals were not cut with vicious generalissimos giving them the right to kill and terrorise at will in exchange for either past achievements or having "dealt with" the state's foes somewhere outside of Rome. In Sulla's case, his dictatorship came to an and the number of dead, mutilated, exiled or brutalised was mercifully limited by, it's presumed, self-inflicted alcohol poisoning on Sulla's part. A few decades later, Rome's citizens got the full treatment. Centuries of rule by tyrants, imbeciles and mass-murdering psychotics.

Are modern people like the people of the Roman Republic and do they, as le Maistre said, get the governments they deserve? There are plenty of modern examples to suggest that they almost always do.
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22-06-2017, 01:13 AM
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Finished Andrzej Krawczyk, Slovakia of Priest President. Jozef Tiso 1887-1947. Author try to exonerate Tiso of blame for Slovakia part in Shoah while simultaneously taking steps to hide it behind mild condemnations, like being a priest Tiso shouldn't do x. But part when he lost all credibility - for me at least, seen this work rated high - is one in which he claims that annexation of Jewish goods could be considered phenomena unique to Slovakia. Dog only knows how historian who knew and used the term aryanization could make such mistake. Suspect some agenda given that book catchphrase is Tiso gave Slovakian peasant watch and bicycle but sentence isn't finished with stolen from his Jewish neighbor whom he sent to death while spouting pity phrases about love for fellow man.

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23-06-2017, 08:10 PM
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I just started reading The Caped Crusader: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture (2016) by Glen Weldon. I'm only on the introduction, but it promises to be a great read:

"Anyone can look at Christian Bale's kevlar-suited, mouth-breathing Batman, croaking his dire threats like an enraged, laryngitic frog, and immediately recognize him as the same character as Adam West's Batusi Batman, out there on the go-go floor, shaking what his dead mama gave him."
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23-06-2017, 08:21 PM
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About two-thirds of the way through The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer by Renée Fleming. Great autobiography with a side order of technical information on singing and on the music business.

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23-06-2017, 10:01 PM
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I just got done reading "The Stranger" by Albert Camus.
Short book, great philosophical ideas, shame that a lot of people find it boring... :/
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24-06-2017, 02:15 AM
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On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics by Sheila Fitzpatrick. It has pop feel to it but seems solid enough even if it more entry level book than anything else.

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26-06-2017, 03:06 AM
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American Gods - Neil Gaiman Smile

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26-06-2017, 03:42 AM
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Finished On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics by Sheila Fitzpatrick. Despite being seemingly solid if not brilliant at first glance, later it degrades into kind of apology to clique ruling USSR. Suffering of victims of manifold atrocities is glossed over but "tragedies" of Bukharin for example are written about at length. Sure, it isn't book about Great Terror or Holodomor but I find such approach distasteful. Fact that book contain almost no new information also doesn't help it.

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26-06-2017, 07:29 AM
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I'm catching up on my ARCHAEOLOGY, SKEPTIC, and THE SKEPTICAL INQUIRER articles. Smile
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