Mac McAleer

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Josephus (Nelson's Super Value) by Thomas Nelson Publishers
Josephus (Nelson's Super Value) by Thomas Nelson Publishers
This is part of the Nelson's Super Value Series and super value is what it is. It is also good quality and one of the few places were all of Josephus' writings can be accessed in a book, although they can be found on-line (see Comments).

JOSEPHUS was an aristocratic Jew from a priestly family. He was born Joseph ben Mattathias in 37 AD. He had misgivings about the Jewish revolt when it began in AD 66, but he eventually joined it, becoming a commander in Galilee. He was taken prisoner by the Roman army, at that time led by Vespasian. Josephus then changed sides. Jerusalem was taken and destroyed in AD 70 and the Jews were finally defeated by the Romans in AD 73. In the meantime,… Read more
The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English by Doris Lessing
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short references, 19 Aug 2014
This is an alphabetically arranged doorstep of a book with over 1,000 pages consisting of short articles on writings in English. It includes articles on writers and separate articles on some of their works. As well as poets, novelists and playwrights, some literate thinkers such as Keynes (1/2 page), Darwin (3/4 page) and Hume (1/2 page) are included.

Although it cannot be completely up-to-date, the articles stretch from Beowulf (1 page)… Read more
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Ec&hellip by George A. Akerlof
This book is aptly subtitled "How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism". Much as economics would like to be a science, it is still firmly in the realm of social science. For all the econometrics and complex computer models it is still at its heart about the behaviour of people. And people are only rational and self-interested on the surface; below this are their emotions, their sense of fairness, culture, fear and greed. No economist has ever produced a comprehensive mathematical model for these attributes.

The term "animal spirits" comes from the Latin "spiritus animalis", the life force. It has been adopted… Read more