David Wineberg

"David Wineberg"
Always ready for a rational discussion
Top Reviewer Ranking: 76
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (216 of 252)
Location: New York, NY USA
Web Page: www.wineberg.com
In My Own Words:
"Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, religion, all in one." John Ruskin.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 76 - Total Helpful Votes: 216 of 252
Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger
4.0 out of 5 stars Caution: Genius at Work, July 30 2014
Caution: Genius at Work
I can honestly say Ive never read a biography as gripping as Michelangelo. His life was a constant controversy. He made enemies, he dodged (metaphorical) bullets, and he made art. He was an unpleasant misogynist who ironically adored nothing more than portraying the human body. He was universally recognized as the greatest, within his own lifetime. He lied and embellished, but his art speaks for itself. It all makes for a great read.

He was doubly cursed; he lived in interesting times, and was an interesting character. Michelangelos greatest achievement was to fuse the artist and his work. That is a huge transition point, centered on Michelangelo in… Read more
A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the H&hellip by Gordon Corrigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Proudly Biased, July 15 2014
What was wrong with the French? Why didnt they just let the English take over their lands? Why did they have to keep fighting? Why did they want to push the English back across the Channel? These are the puzzling questions that led English kings to keep crossing the Channel for over a century to try to get the French to let them rule. All they wanted was everything. Three million Brits wanted control over 16 million French. King after king led sorties and sieges - that succeeded. But the English never consolidated their victories by occupying and administering (until about 90 years into it). They swept through the land, destroying anything that was not sufficiently defended, and moved on,… Read more
Celestial Revolutionary: Copernicus, the Man and H&hellip by John Freely
3.0 out of 5 stars Pivot Man, July 10 2014
Nicholas Copernicus was an oddity. He moved from school to school, city to city, to Italy and back to Poland, never causing much of a stir or gaining fame or fortune. He was a competent, journeyman canon and physician to a bishop (his uncle) in Poland. He loved astronomy and built his own setup at his own expense. He came to many of the same conclusions as others had before him  the earth was not immoveable at the center of the universe. He devised a rational, elegant theory and structure out of it that worked and made sense. Copernicus dismissed the Aristotelian model of earth-centric spheres in favor of a sun-centered universe, but was unable to fully shake the concept of spheres. He was… Read more