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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Marci San Francisco, November 7, 2013

Read this book. Read it if you already doubt the nature of American foreign policy in Asia. Read it especially if you cannot fathom why anyone would question the rightness of American foreign policy in Asia. Read it if you just want a fascinating read. Wonderful writing: articulate, intriguing, suspenseful. And amazingly brief for the punch it delivers.
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The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions by Marwan Bishara
The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions

Marci San Francisco, September 18, 2012

I stumbled upon this book in the "new non-fiction books" section of a library in a city other than my own, and the title intrigued me. Marwan Bishwara was not a familiar name to me, but the title, and the credentials of the author, led me to take the book with me. I am so glad I did. Whether or not one agrees with the author, his voice needs to be heard. My ignorance of the history of the Arab nations and their histories is unfortunately not unique among my contemporaries and Americans in general. Bishwara provides an excellent brief history of the Arab countries counted among those which experienced the "Arab Spring". He also provides a recommended reading list for those of us wanting more detail. He spares no one in his critiques: the post-colonialist demagogues who betrayed their subjects are skewered as well as the (we) Americans who supported them, ignoring the oppression of their subjects, until it was obvious that the winds were blowing in a different direction. His open admiration for the youth who risked and gave their lives to change the direction of their countries is, frankly, thrilling. He is convincing in his belief that there is no going back, that the break is permanent, however uncertain the future may be. Highly recommended.
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An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
An Equal Music

Marci San Francisco, August 4, 2012

I did not want this book to end. For a novel to be set in three of my favorite cities (London, Vienna, and Venice)and to be written in prose so beautiful it is both poetic and heart wrenching is an enormous gift. Although my classical musical knowledge was insufficient to fully appreciate many of the references, An Equal Music was a magical read. I will search out every other book Vikram Seth has written in hopes of similar joy of reading.
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The the Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World by Jeremy Rifkin
The the Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

Marci San Francisco, March 2, 2012

The Third Industrial Revolution is the most important book I read in the past year. Yes, some of the science is a bit intimidating to those of us who are not scientists, but overall the book is not only very readable but also exciting and hopeful about the future...if good policy choices are made and implemented in a timely manner. Rifkin does a good job of briefly reviewing the first and second industrial revolutions as they relate to his proposed third revolution to help the reader put his proposals into context. He also does an excellent job of bringing international efforts into view in a very personal way, raising awareness of some encouraging and exciting alternative energy work being done off shore which is not generally covered in mainline media. I found it a terrific introduction into the conceptual idea of creating a world-wide energy web to match our existing communication internet, with enough information about what will be required to bring that about to give me hope for a continued future for humankind.
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Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
Sex at Dawn

Marci San Francisco, January 3, 2012

Sex at Dawn was referenced in an article in the New York Times, otherwise I would probably not have ever heard of it. Why not? It challenges most of our culture's most cherished beliefs about the historical primacy of monogamy as the natural, normal, moral choice of male/female relationships. And it naturalizes homosexuality within a historical context. No wonder we have not heard more about it! I note that the authors are not American...one wonders who would have published this work in the U.S.A. It is intelligent, well researched, very readable by a layperson, and totally outrageous, in a good way. For anyone who has been dismayed and bewildered by the state of sexual relations in this (U.S.) culture, and who feels there must be a more honest and wholesome way to relate to our fellow humans, this book is a revelation. Whether or not the reader agrees with the authors, their writings are a brilliant introduction to the REAL history of human sexuality and how it has evolved (or devolved?) over time. Highly recommended.
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