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What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
What It Is Like to Go to War

eglazier, January 19, 2012

This is must reading for all those who think war is heroic. It is especially valuable for those hawks who want us to intrude everywhere without thinking of the consequences. Those who want to send young men into battle and who never have to go themselves ought to see what they are unleashing on the men and on their own world.
The writer is a decorated Marine officer who was in armed combat in Vietnam and what happened after coming home over many years to allow him to finally understand what combat does to those who live it and survive.
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Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
Guard of Honor

eglazier, January 15, 2012

This is the epitome of character description while telling an interesting story. It takes place on an Army Air Corps training base in Florida in he early days of WW II, but the most telling part of the story is the interplay between very real people. One knows these characters existed before the story begins, and they will go on with their lives after the end of the book. They are real.
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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

eglazier, October 9, 2011

i read this book when it was first published and have seen our country become more educated and less knowledgeable over the years. for most people science is a mystery, but for those who have gotten college degrees it is to them an open book, which unfortunately they do not know how to read.
in the last decade we have witnessed more hysteria and less thought about the real problems that beset us. a case in point is the mass rejection of childhood disease vaccines that have resulted in the almost epidemic rise of some of them in clusters of the well-to-do and supposedly well-educated populations. the number of children's deaths are rising. it must be rather disheartening for parents to see their child die when they know they are responsible for this.
we have a whole political party that rejects even the notion of science and they are campaigning on this idea. imagine in a world they inhabit where science is ever present and the fruits of science are keeping them alive, they reject it all.
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A Murder of Promise
A Murder of Promise

eglazier, September 4, 2011

if one likes well-written police detective novels and one wants an admixture of politics, then Robert Andrews has the right mix about a detective and a crime taking place in D.C.. This one also mixes in some cutting edge computer technical wizardry as a bonus.
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Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

eglazier, September 3, 2011

I have a somewhat personal view of this description of what ordinary German men could be persuaded to do under circumstances that were not at all threatening nor critical to their safety and security. When I read of some of the murders of Jews that took place and looked at photographs taken by the German police in this battalion, I realized that some of my family members were possibly among those bodies lying in the streets of the small Polish towns that were being made Juden frei.
The whole story is laid out from the meticulous records kept by the Germans of all their actions; even to the record of the state railroads who charged the one-way excursion fare to the German government to pack the Jews into box cars and take them to the camps to their death.
This is not a pretty story, but one showing how easily ordinary people can be caught up in a political movement and willingly do that which their ethics and religion tells them is wrong.
We should not believe that it cannot happen here because it already has in some small way.
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