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Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
Zuleika Dobson was published in 1911, a little less than a decade after the Boer War ended. It is a meditation on how beauty and love can mascarade for death: "Yonder, in the Colleges, was the fume and fret of tragedy--Love as Death's decoy, and Youth following her." There is a lot of love in the book, and a big dollop of death, too, and it remains a hilarious read.
The book is a sort of mascarade ball. It was, according to itself, a gift to Clio--the Muse of History--from Zeus, who finally gets to bed her by granting her wish to provide a historian "invisibility, inevitability and psychic penetration, with a flawless memory thrown in" to cover the events thrown… Read more
Sacred Trust: The Medieval Church as an Economic F&hellip by Robert B. Ekelund
Although "Sacred Trust" is a fascinating idea, it is not carried through in a useful or meaningful way. Perhaps, it is an interesting example of how contemporary economic models might be used to investigate organizations with stated non-economic purposes, but it definitely does not come to any useful conclusions with regard to the Catholic Church in the medieval period.
The authors state, on page 6, that they intend to "model the Church as a corporation that marketed and 'sold' a set of indentifiable 'products' in a rational, cost-concious, 'profit'-maximizing manner. ...[on the theory that] it improves our understanding of many complex (and seemingly irrational)… Read more
John Adams by David McCullough
John Adams by David McCullough
David McCullough's John Adams is a very readable life and provides, I think, a good introduction to the man and his thought. Readers, however, should be warned that the book leaves some nagging questions unanswered ranging from trivial to rather significant. The question of what folks meant exactly by John Adam's "vanity" is one, why John Adams was so solidly the number two candidate for first President of the United States is another. After all, he had been in Europe for most of the Confederation, who was doing his politicking for him? Did politicking need to be done? How was his image shaped in the public's mind during his absence?
The index and bibliography are good… Read more