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Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely reminder, 14 Jan 2004
Life is short so it is up to us to make it sweet. Of course the book is not going to start any revolutions anywhere, but for people caught up in the madness of daily modern existence, this is a timely reminder of what characterizes real success and accomplishment in our over materialistic and superficial lives.
Every Brandeis graduate should read this book :-)


The Uninvited: Refugees at the Rich Man's Gate
The Uninvited: Refugees at the Rich Man's Gate
by Jeremy Harding
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little book with a lot packed in, 14 Jan 2004
Very topical subject. Without turning the subject into a melodrama or a conspiracy theory, the delicate issue of clandestine immigration is finally brought to the foreground in an objective manner. Harding also reminds us that in the midst of all the discussions about illegal immigrants and asylum seekers, we are nonentheless talking about human beings.


Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor
Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor
by John Van der Kiste
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The foregone conclusion, 30 Dec 2003
Hoping that this book would add a new angle about the origins of the first world war, I am rather dissapointed. The book actually is bereft of any central thesis. The Kaiser is portrayed as a negative character from the beginning to the bitter end. The author deliberately focuses too much on Anglo-German relations. Yet any educated child knows that its the German-Austrian bond that was the locomotive to war. I wanted more information on the dynamics of the latter relationship. Italy is almost totally ignored as a political factor and the Bulgarians, and Turks are mentioned in the margins. I was most dissapointed with the treatment of a crucial period of modern history - the countdown to war following the assassination of Ferdinand. The postscript chapter following the king's abdication is rather rushed.
On the positive side, the book does present interesting (superficial) insights on the Prussian court, the Anglo-German relationship from a monarchial perspective, the Kaiser's flaws, and the long list of characters that shaped and affected his life.
On the whole, the book elegantly reinforces prejudices about the Kaiser, and his role in precipitating the "Great War."


Dogs and Demons: Tales Form the Dark Side of Modern Japan
Dogs and Demons: Tales Form the Dark Side of Modern Japan
by Alex Kerr
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many demons, 30 Dec 2003
I actually lost the book with 15 pages to go before the end, but have not bothered to replace the book. I am usually an avid reader but this book was a long slog. Having lived and suffered in Japan, I was looking forward to some explanation for my dysfunctional experiences in the orient. Kerr is well read unlike most of the other gaijin writers is rather genuinely concerned about his subject matter. I would recommend this book to anyone contemplating a long stay in Japan but its far from being an intellectual masterpiece. Even though I had largely negative experiences in Japan, and although I did find myself nodding in agreement with most of Kerr assessments, things are not so bad in the land of the rising sun.


The Rage and the Pride
The Rage and the Pride
by Oriana Fallaci
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anger and the Bolognese, 20 Jan 2003
This review is from: The Rage and the Pride (Hardcover)
I enjoyed the author's direct comments and approach but found the syntax and word choice at times to be rather mangled. Not being Italian, or having any interest in that country its history or culture can be detrimental to most readers. While the author posits an interesting worldview she offers almost no prescription to remedy the situation she so lucidly desbribes.


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