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The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr
The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

Carol, October 9, 2011

Seeing the author on a book fair panel made me realize why I didn't like this book; Chandler Burr is anti-science. In this book he promotes the views of one man on the theory of scent; these views have been discredited and are not mainstream science. If you really want to learn about the science of scent, read Avery Gilbert's "What the Nose Knows," which he wrote after becoming infuriated by the mistakes in "The Emperor of Scent."
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Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination by Laura Parker
Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination

Carol, January 11, 2010

While the book was absorbing, it is not a good, factual account of the accident, relying instead on the subjective impressions of the passengers, warped by the passage of time. If you are reading to explore an airplane accident from the point of view of the passengers, it is good... until the last chapter, which deteriorates into a religious tract. It is flawed as well by technical errors, as well as poor descriptions which don't correlate well with a real airplane. Overall, I was disappointed in the authors, and the passengers, who seemed to have learned nothing from their experience. They all believed that airplane accidents are 100 percent fatal, and as a result, were poorly prepared to do what was required to save themselves. Many were aware that they were going to land in the river, yet only two removed their life vests prior to leaving the airplane. They didn't know where the exits were or how to operate them, and instead of reviewing this information during the descent, they wailed and prayed and tried to use their cell phones. Most didn't know how to brace for impact, and they kept coming out of the brace position to look around, resulting in many head injuries. Some now confess to medicating themselves in order to fly, which further limits their ability to rapidly exit an airplane in an emergency; others mentioned closing the window shades because they were afraid to look, depriving them of information which could be vital for their survival. There is no mention about the irrationality of their fears: some drove instead of flying on other trips, thus increasing their chances of dying. This book may be enjoyed by religious readers--especially Christians--but will disappoint anyone who has hopes for humans becoming rational creatures.
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Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael J Behe
Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

Carol, September 6, 2007

This book belongs in the religion section, not biology. Behe is not an evolutionary biologist, nor do his arguments do anything to undermine evolution; far better to read books by biologists; this is a blatantly creationist screed.
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Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow's Spectacular Last Case by David Stannard
Honor Killing: Race, Rape, and Clarence Darrow's Spectacular Last Case

Carol, September 6, 2007

An outstanding account of how Hawaii was transformed from a racially segregated neo-colonial society into one of racial harmony thanks to the courage of several exceptionally courageous people. An absorbing true-crime story, it is enhanced by the larger picture of the history of Hawaii, its transformation by haoles, big business, and the influx of plantation laborers from Japan, China, the Phillipines and Portugal. Clarence Darrow makes his final appearance as one persuaded by money to defend an unjust murder. Mr. Stannard sustains interest throughout, leaving one breathlessly awaiting the outcome. A great read for those interested in a history of race relations in general, and the history of Hawaii in particular.
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Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David Von Drehle
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

Carol, June 14, 2007

A book you won't be able to put down, a respectful account of a famously tragic fire. The excellent early chapters discuss the growing freedom of women, both in dress and their opportunities in the workplace; how the labor movement created tensions between business owners and employees that led to locked doors and limited exits; and how warnings about the inadequate fire escape and lack of employee preparation all came together on that terrible day.
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