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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,188 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 12
Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century&hellip by Jonathan Glover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, July 16 2013
Will you like this book? You will if you like to ponder thought-provoking questions. The history sections are very interesting: I especially appreciated the clear account of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the fact that the US doves insisted on discussing the ethics of attacking Cuba, to the frustration of the hawks. Do such crisis cabinets ever waste time on ethics today? There are many descriptions of the various atrocities from Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, but if you can't stomach so many, you can always skim through them. I am sceptical about philosophy generally and this book has still left me thinking that philosophers view the world from high ivory towers. However, I agree… Read more
An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch
An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch
This was my fourth Murdoch, so I'm now becoming used to the Murdoch world and know what to expect. This has the usual interesting tangle of upper middle class relationships and the usual slightly claustrophobic theatrical air of a world that is not supposed to be strictly realistic. It has a timeless air about it and seems as if it is set much earlier in the twentieth century. Murdoch takes you on a detailed, in-depth exploration of her characters' thoughts, fears and attitudes in a way that becomes addictive. To write in this way demands authorial stamina and the sort of intense concentration that you can feel radiating up from the page.

In a Shakespearian style of… Read more
Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Or&hellip by Ian Tattersall
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and readable, March 25 2013
This book satisfied a long-held longing to understand our very beginnings. He is honest about the fact that there are certain questions that the experts do not agree on and theories that are as yet conjectural. I was fascinated to read of the recent scientific work: eg the analysis of the plaque coating Neanderthal teeth. I learned so much in the course of this book. I'd had no idea that there had been so many varieties of hominid and that we are descended from just one of many prototypes. I had not known that Neanderthals had cooked some of their food. The vast expanses of time discussed here fill me with wonder, especially as I am used to dating everything within the old method of… Read more

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