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Neo-Nihilism by Peter Sjöstedt-H
Neo-Nihilism by Peter Sjöstedt-H
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beast., 4 Jan 2014
Managing to cover politics, ethics, and metaphysics, the author has given us a crash course in the philosophy of Neo-Nihilism.
Drawing primarily from Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Kant, this book reads almost like a manifesto, a call to arms for a revolt against the constraints of morality, which in Sjostedt's view is nothing more than a sophisticated tool of domination, no different in substance from organised religion.
I should point out that the book presupposes atheism, and would not be ideal as a starting point for the theist reader - unless they were hoping to confirm their own bias and get a glimpse at the frightening implications of the opposing viewpoint.
Stalin by Robert Service
Stalin by Robert Service
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort, 9 Dec 2013
Allegedly written using new and previously unused material, despite the fact that a look at the notes shows almost 80 percent secondary sources. The chapter titled "the big three" was particularly poor in this respect, as it relied almost entirely on Churchill's memoirs which if I am not mistaken were written after both Roosevelt and Stalin were dead, thus making it a suspect source of information by itself. The book is a biography NOT a general history of Soviet Russia, and must be treated as such, however I would have liked more detail regarding the second world war which seemed very briefly dealt with.
The book goes into great detail when it comes to his youth and his earlier… Read more
The First World War by John Keegan
The First World War by John Keegan
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancel it out, 2 Jan 2013
Two people here have given 1 star ratings based upon their seller experience and problems with kindle.
Just giving a 5 star rating to cancel out those effects somewhat and give it a fairer total rating.

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