Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fourth grade was the beginning of my lifelong interest in maps. So, when I spied this book on the shelves, I had to buy it.

Tim Marshall, a journalist who has covered thirty countries, uses ten maps to explain why and how nations evolved, how rivers and mountains determined the course of history and why, today, these nations are affected politically by these advantages or disadvantages.

As he states in the introduction, "Broadly speaking, geopolitics looks at the ways in which international affairs can be understood through geographical factors: not just the physical landscape - the natural barriers of mountains or connections of river networks, for example - but also climate, demographics, cultural regions, and access to natural resources."

This is a book to keep and refer to when listening to the news of the day.

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Review: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fourth grade was the beginning of my lifelong interest in maps. So, when I spied this book on the shelves, I had to buy it.

Tim Marshall, a journalist who has covered thirty countries, uses ten maps to explain why and how nations evolved, how rivers and mountains determined the course of history and why, today, these nations are affected politically by these advantages or disadvantages.

As he states in the introduction, "Broadly speaking, geopolitics looks at the ways in which international affairs can be understood through geographical factors: not just the physical landscape - the natural barriers of mountains or connections of river networks, for example - but also climate, demographics, cultural regions, and access to natural resources."

This is a book to keep and refer to when listening to the news of the day.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Once again, against my better judgment, I fell into the trap of the best seller list. Expecting a "thriller," I found instead an annoying and quite unbelievable main character, whose outreach to every other character fails to ring true.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: The Moon Is Down

The Moon Is Down The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This short novel was used world-wide in a propaganda campaign to show the effects of an invasion by an unnamed army upon a conquered people. It was published in 1942 at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power and had an extraordinary impact as Allied propaganda. The story shows the power of ideas in the face of brutal force.

Despite efforts by the Nazis and the Fascists, it was secretly translated into French, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, German, Iranian and Russian.

Because of the current American political atmosphere, I found it particularly interesting to read how some people, even while questioning internally, follow blindly the ideas put forth by their leaders.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Commonwealth

Commonwealth Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of how six children are affected when divorce splits their families. It begins at a christening party for Franny Keating and ends more than fifty years later. In presenting each person's story, Patchett intertwines his/her involvement with others throughout the years. This is a compelling book because of its truthfulness in recognizing that life decisions are never simple, and that happiness is often elusive.







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