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RBHolb has commented on (9) products.

In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria

RBHolb, June 2, 2015

An excellent discussion that does not (unlike other books on this topic) patronize the reader. There is no preaching, but there is a very well-reasoned presentation.

I recommend this book for parents of college-bound students and for the students themselves. I especially recommend this book for older students returning to or starting college after some years away. In my experience, many of these students resent the idea that they have to take classes outside their main field of interest. Mr. Zakaria lets them know why these subjects are just as important as anything else they may study.
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

RBHolb, January 2, 2013

Every bit as good as The Orientalist.
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Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen
Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

RBHolb, January 2, 2013

Mr. Petersen has the outlandish notion that one can ride one's bike for pleasure or commuting without spending hundreds of dollars on accessories and nutritional supplements. Apparently, wearing spandex is also optional. Where he gets these ideas is frankly beyond me.
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State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America

RBHolb, January 2, 2013

Some of the essays were very good. A few of the contributions raised my eyebrows: Could they not find a capable writer who spent more than a fortnight in South Dakota? Was Anthony Bourdain really a good choice for New Jersey? Why does everything written about Minnesota have to pay homage to Garrison Keillor?
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Defending Jacob by William Landay
Defending Jacob

RBHolb, May 7, 2012

This is much more than another crime novel or courtroom thriller. It's a series of questions we all want to avoid. What do you think when your child is accused of an unspeakable crime? What do you think when all of the evidence makes him look guilty? And what do you think when your spouse has been hiding a horrible secret about his family--the kind of secret that may have made you run the other way, if you had known about it before? Defending Jacob puts the reader in the shoes of people who are--ready or not--given those questions to deal with.
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