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Astrological World Cycles - Original First Edition, Copyright 1933
Astrological World Cycles - Original First Edition, Copyright 1933
by Tara Mata
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent commentary on Dwapara Yuga from an Astrological Perspective, 12 Feb 2008
Although occasionally dense and a little dogmatic there are some real gems and insights to be found in this short, profound work. In a sense it is a testament to her inspired strengths and human failings.

Tara (born Laurie Pratt) came from an intellectually brilliant family, related to both Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormons) and Mitt Romney, presidential candidate. Her grandfather, Orson Pratt, was the editor for Joseph Smith, Jr.

Yogananda said of Tara: "It is not necessary for her to meditate in this life. By editing my writings, and because she came here a highly realized soul, she does not require this. I have already set her place for her in heaven."


Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series
Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series
by John Berger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.48

90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read, 9 April 2005
I went to school in the UK, taking the full range of O and A-levels to go to University.

Looking back, the most memorable book that I read in school was this one.

It lived up to its title and gave me another way of seeing.

So much of school is about preparing people to lead dull 9 to 5 lives in offices, hospitals etc. as if they were working in some 19th century factory.

This book opened the door to creativity and independent thought, something that none of the other textbooks ever did.


Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: What Makes the French So French?
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: What Makes the French So French?
by Jean-Benoit Nadeau
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight, 10 May 2004
I lived in France for a number of years, coming from an Anglo-Saxon culture.

This is the first book I have seen that really gets to the heart of the differences between the two cultures and more interestingly goes into the historical roots.

The journalistic prowess and anglo-french-canadian background of the authors has really let them get to the heart of the matter.

Frankly many other books present a mythical, romantic view of the differences which is completely unhelpful if ever you hope to live or do business sucessfully in France.

Some of the themes include why the French language and the state are indistinguishable, why 1 in 4 people work for the state and how 1 in 3 have foreign roots -- touching on the thorny questions of France's collaborationist second world war, anti semitisme and Algerian War crimes and atrocities.

Understanding Napolean's rise as an Italian, non-french speaking immigrant who changed his name to fit in gives an insight on modern politics and the aspects of France that Frank and Nestor Bough seemed to omit in their televised tours in the 70's and 80's.

With the rise of Sarkozy, paralleling Napolean in many ways from his foreign ancestry to personal vigor, the book is even more relevant.


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