To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

By Stephen E. Ambrose

This was a welcome change of pace after Nietzsche. Ambrose's book is a bit biased, and since it was so short and covered so much he didn't have time to really delve into any of his topics, but it was still a good read and I think I can apply the highest praise that can be given to an historian: it made me want to learn more about the people and events he described.

Started: 6/28/2003 | Finished: 7/1/2003

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Beyond Good and Evil

By Friedrich Nietzsche

I read this book as a part of my continuing quest to read all the books I was supposed to have read for various classes. It didn't take me long to remember why I skipped it the first time around. Nietzsche is a racist, a chauvenist, a classist, and, in general, a jerk. I disagree with the basic premise of his philosophy--that the basic and sole important drive in people is the will to power--as well as most of the conclusions to which it brings him. Nevertheless, he was an important influence on so many thinkers, so I suppose it wasn't a total waste of time.

Started: 4/30/2003 | Finished: 6/26/2003

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By Louis Sachar

I had heard a lot about how great this book was, and I have to admit, it was a very good read. I was very surprised, though, as it was much darker than I had expected. I'm not sure I would call it a "children's" book, but I suspect you'd be more likely to find it in the "young adults" section, anyway. I can definitely recommend this book.

Started: 4/28/2003 | Finished: 4/29/2003

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When the Devil Dances

By John Ringo

The third installment of Ringo's Legacy of the Alldenata continues the series with a bang. Like a lot of military SF, the Legacy series seems to have Heinlein's Starship Troopers in mind, but it seems obvious that Ringo has a much better understanding of the military. I like this series quite a bit. It has just the right combination of blazing action, interesting plot and human interest.

Started: 4/24/2003 | Finished: 4/27/2003

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