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Byzantium: The Empire of New Rome
Byzantium: The Empire of New Rome
by Cyril A. Mango
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and Murky look at the Byzantium, April 17 2004
Apparently, retired Oxford Professor, Cyril Mango is extremely well respected in his field so I was surprised when I read the first chapter of this book for a humanities class and found it tedious and inaccessible. Perhaps the rest of the book is written in a more eludite style, but chapter one was a blindingly "rapid tour" of Byzantium in 586 AD (Mango never explained the significance of the date) that is little more than an inventory of the regional tribenames and their languages. I have a passion for history, but found chapter one a total bore. I couldn't help but think of people who dislike history because it's "just a bunch of names and dates." Mango certainly managed to reduce a fascinating period to nothing more than a list.

What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response
What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response
by Bernard Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative But Hard Work, June 7 2003
The book reads like a series of academic lectures patched together--Lewis jumps around. It is certainly not a light summer read--a pity as Westerners could profit from Lewis's expertise. A good editor would have made the lessons more comprehensible. Hope American statemen and Bush (yes, mutually exclusive) are studying these same issues since after reading the book and understanding how deep the gulf is between the two worlds, it is apparent that shoving democracy and Westernization down Islam's throat is a recipe for disaster.

Money Culture
Money Culture
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Lewis Fan, June 6 2001
This review is from: Money Culture (Paperback)
Lewis' sharp wit and effortless writing style does not come through in Money Culture. This string of dated articles seem thrown together--perhaps in an attempt to make a little money between books? However, after reading Liar's Poker I would forgive Lewis anything. It was a great inside look at bond trading. I loved it so much that I plan to read The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story--even though I have minimal-to-no interest in the IT world.

Land Of A Thousand Hills
Land Of A Thousand Hills
by Rosamond Carr
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A less ordinary life, March 15 2000
I really enjoyed this book. To say Rosamund Halsey Carr is resilent is an understatement--founding her orphanage after turning 80. The book had value to me for two reasons--Ms. Carr is extraordinary in her own right and the glimpse she gives to a very different culture as it evolves from colonialism to independence.

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