Tom Holzel

Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (61 of 83)
Location: Boston, MA


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,257,513 - Total Helpful Votes: 61 of 83
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-up i&hellip by Michael Baigent
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, but nothing new in this field, April 13, 2007

This book is essentially a look from a different angle of the author's original thesis expounded in his best seller "Holy Blood, Holy Grail." In that book, Jesus survived his crucifixion by being taken down early, and traveled with his wife Mary Magdalene to southern France. His subsequent issue was protected by the Knights Templar and other secret societies through the ages. A 30's male lives in Paris today who is a direct descendent of Jesus.

In this review, Michael Baigent spends considerable space examining the activities of the Catholic church in rigorously suppressing all competing variations of early… Read more
Leni: The Life And Work Of Leni Riefenstahl by Steven Bach
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Steve Bach has done a remarkable job of painting a complex, life-like and believable portrait of Leni Riefenstahl, the (in)famous Nazi-era film director. He does so both by pointing out her many shortcomings, (not the least of which is a rapacious sucking-up to Hitler and his cronies), and also by admiring her ground-breaking cinematic genius. This is an unusual feat for a critic who is politically liberal --a rare case of someone able to separate his reflexive distaste for the many moral and ideological compromises she made to fuel her rise from being a plumber's daughter, to becoming one of the most creative film directors of the 20th Century.

Riefenstahl lived two separate… Read more
Buying Trances: A New Psychology of Sales and Mark&hellip by Joe Vitale
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This book is another of the thousands of inspirational self-help books that may seem deeply wise upon first reading, but then fade so quickly from memory, a week later you can barely remember anything the author has "discovered." Sales and Marketing is a big subject: it has to do with product positioning, advertising, sales force management, dealer networks, product fulfillment, market research, CRM, internet selling and much more. Although subheaded as being about sales and marketing, this book covers none of these subjects. Instead, the author focuses on devious copy writing tricks aimed primarily at the sub-culture of the self-help industry, vitamin supplements hawkers, spiritual… Read more