Tag: history

Aug 03

Book Review: The Map That Changed the World

The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester I usually love books like this, and I usually don’t review books that I haven’t finished, but I don’t know if I want to waste any more time on this one. I’m 93 hard-won pages into this and I think I’m going to quit. So far …

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Oct 07

Book Review: Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright This is the funniest book about diseases I’ve ever read. That may seem like faint praise, but I have read a lot of books about diseases. I love reading about diseases because it makes me feel better about my own …

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Dec 01

Book Review: A Brief History of Misogyny

A Brief History of Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice by Jack Holland This book was really hard to listen to. As a feminist (feminist=person who believes that women are human beings entitled to full human rights) it was hard to listen to the litany of horrific abuses levied against women over the centuries, across all …

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Feb 21

Book Review: Who Hates Whom

Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up A Woefully Incomplete Guide by Bob Harris Although this book is by now almost ten years out of date, it’s a fun introduction to world conflicts for the sort of people (like me) who always feel like watching the news is like coming …

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Aug 27

Book Review: A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Just when I think I’m tired of fantasy, something like this comes along and blows me away with its fresh new look. How can you make a book about dragons feel different? How can you make another too-literate young lady of breeding in a Victorianesque England-ish country seem …

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