David Wineberg

"David Wineberg"
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)
Always ready for a rational discussion
Top Reviewer Ranking: 78
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (214 of 250)
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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Politics, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, science, technology, internet, marketing...

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 78 - Total Helpful Votes: 214 of 250
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
+Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers by Andrew Edwards
Sicily is an alternative travel guide. It does not contain street maps, does not highlight day trips, rate transportation or list restaurants. Instead, it traces the major villages and towns of Sicily, through writers who have toured them. Many have passed through as soldiers, some were natural travelers, and some were escaping home pressures. All had a lot to say about their environs. And some got actively involved in it.

What Andrew and Suzanne Edwards have leveraged is this remarkable attraction of Sicily for writers. They have tracked down seemingly every writer who visited for three thousand years. They trace visits from ancient Greece and Rome, up to modern America and… Read more