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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Friendship in 18th Century France

As the author of this book tells us, “friendship was a hot topic during the Enlightenment.” Professor Jessica Fripp notes the formal definition of friendship in France, as given...

Hesiod and Pandora’s Box

Those who enjoy etymology will revel in this deeply insightful book on the ancient Greek poet Hesiod. By ancient, I mean really ancient. For those not familiar with Greek...

A Chinese Classic

I’ve always wondered why it is that modern scholars feel more certain that they know the truth about an historical event the farther away they get from it. Something...

Ray Bradbury: Beyond Apollo

In preparation for reviewing this book, the third in a trilogy, I read the first two books. A total of some 900 pages on Ray Bradbury, whom I met...

The Map of Knowledge

Whole books have been written about De rerum natura, a long poem written by Lucretius  (99-55 BCE). Its intended audience were Romans, who wanted to learn about the Greek...

The English Civil War

This book on the cultural remains of the English Civil War has many strengths and a notable weakness. The text is by Dr. Stephen Bann, emeritus professor of History of...

Ancient Cities

Thucydides, pondering the early days of Greece, suggested that in the past everyone lived as barbarians did in his day. He and other writers “shared an underlying assumption that...

Black Bottom Saints

The Black Bottom and Paradise were two intertwined predominantly black enclaves situated in the city of Detroit. The area was bounded by Brush Street on the west, Grand Trunk...

President Truman and the Cold War

Judging by the cover of Joe Scarborough’s book, one would assume this is primarily about President Harry Truman. But the old adage “one cannot judge a book by its...

A History of Vampires

Before I read classic horror stories and watched vampire movies, when I was a mere ten years old, a silly girl from my sister’s scouting troop came up to...
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