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Ambedkar and Buddhism by Sangharakshita
Ambedkar and Buddhism by Sangharakshita
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Everyone has heard of Gandhi, almost no one of Ambedkar. If that's true for you, then you might like to pick up this slim volume by one of Europe's most prolific Buddhist writers. In under 175 pages you will be introduced to perhaps the most remarkable man of the 20th century.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born at the end of the 19th century as the last child of 14 into a family of untouchables, the lowest caste in Indian Hindu society. The lives of untouchables were not all that different from the lives of blacks in the southeast United States at the same time. Untouchables were not allowed to drink the same water as other castes, could not walk the same streets, in fact had to… Read more
Spinoza: A Life by Steven Nadler
Spinoza: A Life by Steven Nadler
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Despite the paucity of source material, Steven Nadler's biography captures the essence of one of western philosophy's brightest minds, as well as the age and place in which he lived. With almost nothing surviving to document his early life, the first third of the book on Spinoza's formative years is largely a history of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, and the Jewish immigrant community of Amsterdam to which Spinoza's family fled. I hadn't expected to read so much about these topics, but Nadler's presentation proved engaging, as it did throughout the book, including accessible summaries of Spinoza's thought and his major works. This is no intellectual history, so ideas are… Read more
Flashpoint [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Donnie Yen
Flashpoint [DVD] DVD ~ Donnie Yen
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Flash Point does two things well. It sets up the villains as not only bad guys, but sadistic, nasty, brutish bad guys for whom you have absolutely no sympathy and every desire to see hurt or maimed. The other is deliver some incredible fight scenes, particularly the finale between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou. In fact Flash Point recently won a Hong Kong film industry award for best action choreography.

The story is typical of the genre, about a Hong Kong cop who goes to extremes in apprehending the bad guys. He is given cause and official leave to go after a group of Vietnamese drug smugglers after they blow-up a friend's dinner party, then kill all the witnesses scheduled to… Read more