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With Fire And Sword
With Fire And Sword
by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but the translation could be better, Dec 22 2003
This review is from: With Fire And Sword (Hardcover)
I've read Kuniczak's translation of the Trilogy and greatly enjoyed it. It was my introduction to Seinkiewicz. However, while reading it, it seemed somehow incoherent, like something was missing. It also seemed impossible that the companions of Zagloba would be so credulous of his boasting.
I went and found a copy of the 1890 translation of the Trilogy by Jeremiah Curtin. What a difference! Though the language is somewhat archaic, the story flows so much better and the character of Zagloba is much more believeable. There is more context to his antics, and his companions are presented as far more skeptical of his boasting, making the story much more realistic.
Kuniczak seems to have omitted and simplified much that appears in the Curtin translation, to the detriment of the story. Many believe the Kuniczak version is superior, and maybe it is more accessible, but I recommend you find the old editon in the basement of the local library and read it first.

The New Passport to Survival: 12 Steps to Self-Sufficient Living
The New Passport to Survival: 12 Steps to Self-Sufficient Living
by Rita Bingham
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good general introduction marred by new-age hokum., Oct. 14 2003
Not the last word by any means, the book offers a broad, easy to digest introduction to disaster planning in the context of an extended personal or civil emergency rather than an end of the world scenario. In that vein, it offers much to those who haven't considered the problems they may face when the electricity goes out and the grocery store shelves are empty. For truly comprehensive advice, however, you need to look elsewhere - this is no bible on the subject.
The most glaring flaw of the book is its new-age style food and health advice. It perpetuates junk-science claims about the alleged superiority of "live" foods, toxic effects of meat protein, suppression of the immune system by sugar, benefits of enzyme supplements, etc., etc. And she really flogs the unsubstantiated claims regarding the antimicrobial effects of grapefruit seed extract and the efficacy of homeopathic remedies.
Overall, I would award the book four stars for those who have never before considered disaster preparedness planning; and for those who have, just one star because it would add nothing to your knowledge. Two and one half stars is the average, knocked back to two stars for not sticking to proven fact. An emergency is no time to start experimenting with unproven, unsubstantiated "contemporary wisdom" regarding nutrition and health matters.

The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
by Bjorn Lomborg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful splash of cold water, Jan. 24 2003
right in the face of environmentalist hysteria. The author, who makes no bones about NOT being an environmental scientist, presents an analysis of environmental trends using the science he knows- statistics. He argues that many of the statistical trends he reveals stand in direct opposition to the common wisdom that the earth is in peril.
He raises questions, a lot of them, about the real state of the environment. He defends his view that the earth is in better shape than what others say it is and pokes holes in the histrionic assertions of the environmental movement that all is woe. He questions the motivations of such pronouncements of doom and gloom and wonders aloud if they can be believed.
The environmentalists are, of course, livid over this challenge to their litany and have descended in force to criticize and critique the work as being scientifically dishonest. Their charges are based on the fact that the book does not adhere to the standards of publication of a peer reviewed scientific journal. But the critics miss the mark - the book is not a scientific paper (just as most pronouncements from the enviromentalist movement are not), and does not attempt to hold itself out as authoritative on any of the subjects it discusses. It only expresses the opinions of the author, who is advocating his view in the debate over the true state of the planet.
Whether or not you agree or disagree with the author's viewpoint, the book is topical, thought provoking and well-substantiated. Read it, discuss it, and be critical of the "truth" you are told by people with an agenda.

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