Jan Peczkis

"Scholar and Thinker"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 60% (45 of 75)
Location: Chicago IL, USA
In My Own Words:
I have a MA in Geology, a BA in Geology, and a BA in Biology. I also have a strong background in history.

"Readers are Leaders." So my mother taught me. Every few weeks, she took me to the public library to take out some books on various subjects. My love of reading never left me. I have many interests, including science, history, and theology.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 455,704 - Total Helpful Votes: 45 of 75
Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This outstanding volume presents a great deal of information formerly unavailable in the English language. It is doubly ironic to hear criticisms that this volume does not place enough emphasis on the earlier (April 1943) Jewish Warsaw ghetto uprising in view of the fact that this book's title and main topic is the Polish Warsaw Uprising (August-October 1944). Moreover, owing to the Judeocentric approach to WWII prevalent in the west, the Jewish Uprising has been well publicized, while the Polish one is virtually unknown outside of Polish circles. For the same reason, practically no one knows about the fact that the Germans murdered 3 million non-Jewish Poles during WWII, including about… Read more
The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam&hellip by Richard Fletcher
While this book is about Muslim-Christian relations, it also presents some unique information. In terms of specifics, the book tabulates the Biblical references to prayer (pp. 70-71). The postures of prayer include kneeling, standing, spreading out hands, etc. Parshall notes the irony of Muslim prayer habits often being "more Biblical" than the often casual manner that Christians pray. Although God is much more interested in the attitude of the heart than the position of the body, Parshall's analysis provides food for thought for all who would wish to re-evaluate their approach to prayer.
Death in the Forest: Story of the Katyn Forest Mas&hellip by J.K. Zawodny
This book, though now somewhat dated, provides a good summary of the murder of tens of thousands of Polish POW officers by the Soviet secret police (NKVD) in April 1940. These Poles, the flower of Polish society, had been captured by the Soviets after the joint Soviet-German conquest of Poland (September-October 1939). After Nazi Germany unexpectedly attacked its erstwhile Soviet ally in June 1941, the Soviets ostensibly had switched to the Polish side. Some, but by no means all, of Polish prisoners and exiles were released from Soviet prisons and gulags. The conspicuous absence of the previously captured Polish officers became obvious. The Polish government-in-exile at London never got a… Read more