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The Uses of Pessimism & the Danger of False Hope by Roger Scruton
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Liberal Review..., 13 Mar 2012
There is a lot to be said for this book, and this is coming from someone who disagrees quite a bit with many of Scruton's positions. He is ever reasonable and rarely shrill, which is perhaps as a result of years of being on the receiving end of emotive attacks, and shrill character assassinations, from what I have gathered. His writing is clear and engaging. I don't necessarily agree with many of Scruton's conclusions, but I do like the way he goes about defending our collective right to elaborate, to debate and to draw our conclusions, an old fashioned liberal value.

I found most agreeable his meditations on transhumanism. He offers the best and most eloquent response I have yet… Read more
Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America&hellip by Barbara Ehrenreich
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having just finished Smile or Die and I have to say I found it a joy to read. It is impeccably well researched and written in a balanced, engaging way. The only point I would call referee on is Ehenreich's seeming conviction that antidepressants have been perfected and that talk therapy has been finally displaced by them.

As an instance of this, I quote her on page 149 (of my 2010 UK paperback edition) as saying, "Effective antidepressants had become available at the end of the 1980's and these could be prescribed by a primary care physician after a 10 minute diagnostic interview, so what was left for a psychologist to do?" She elsewhere acknowledges that the US currently… Read more
Men's Health: 15 Minute Workout [DVD] [Region 1] [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Artist Not Provided
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work out video, 29 July 2011
I got this DVD free with a copy of Men's Health magazine (UK) some years back. I still think it's one of the best around that I've seen. Perfect for doing in the morning before breakfast when you are tight for time. It works for motivation, because you know that you'll be done in 15 minutes (and if you want to do more it'll be a bonus). There are 4 programs, each with a different emphasis (full body, lower body, strength and cardio combined and another I can't recall). So you can do a different one each day of the week or stick to one you like and hone that.

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