~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
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D’s last login was Tuesday, July 22, 2008.
"Legacy Of Ashes" finally became available to me at the library. (notice received this morning). Unfortunately, I'll have to postpone reading it even longer, as tomorrow I fly to Toronto to visit friends and family. I languished on the wait list for "Imperial Life In The Emerald City" for a very long time, but did get to read it recently. Crimes and misdemeanors of the CPA in Baghdad...................................
I've been reading back issues of The New Yorker - articles by George Packer - about the invasion of Iraq.
"Maybe I could contribute to it. But first I am going to stop and ask for directions on how to get there. Us men love doing that!"
See the discussion thread called:
Global Rhythm Love Affair: Me and Pungabi Music!
Right now it's on the second page of discussions threads in DW. Thanks D!
Given that I'm also on LibraryThing, sometimes I feel as though I've been mowed down - squished flat - on the information highway. However, while over there a few minutes ago, someone recommended "The Culture Of Make Believe" by Eric Jensen, about the relationship between hate and fear, hate and power, power and fear - "a real history book on the destructiveness of our culture", according to a review on Amazon. I'm adding it to my "to read" list.
D: "Legacy Of Ashes" is proving to be a popular choice at my library. I'm on the wait list. I've read William Blum's "Rogue State" and plan to read his "Killing Hope".
My husband and I have traveled in the "banana republics" - Honduras and Guatemala. While in Honduras we stumbled upon a nutrition hospital/orphanage and had occasion to see new arrivals - young children on the brink of death from starvation.
I would take a look at Evan Thomas' "The Very Best Men" as well, it's an outstanding look at the early years of the CIA and the men who formed it.
Also, I just finished "The Best and the Brightest" by David Halberstam and the CIA comes out very well in that book; he looks at it as one of the sober, incisive sources of the period. Maybe good for some contrast.
Thanks for posting comments re "Legacy Of Ashes" which reinforces opinions I already hold about the CIA , based upon what I've been reading for many years.
Snippets of reviews on Amazon:
...."trying to change the world without bothering to understand it."
''arrogance matched only by sheer incompetence".....
"a damning indictment of American international policy"
Thanks! _Hezbollah_ was a gift, but it sparked a passion in me for keeping up-to-date with news about the Middle East. I usually just check out nytimes or globalvoicesonline, but I'll be sure to add syriacomment to my favorites--the site appears edifying.
Sorry about the late reply. I've read John Pilger's Tell Me No Lies which is a collection of a number of extracts from different books and articles. Confessions of an Economic Hitman was also an interesting read.
In answer to you question, I'm basically interested in anything environmentally or politically related (although currently I'm more interested in those books relating to modern world issues). I'm about to start Al Gore's Assault on Reason - looking forward to it. I know you've read that one already :) What did you think of it?
Accidentally stumbled across your shelf and noticed that you've read a lot of current affair books. I'm trying to become more politically aware and have just been introduced to Noam Chomsky through John Pilger's work. Which books (not just Chomsky's) would you recommend?
I just read your replies on TAG & TELL. I really liked what you said about the way you read two books at a time and how you choose them. Your attempts at being an objective, discerning reader while being aware that we all are really subjective beings with our own perceptions is commedable.
You might be interested in reading Scott Adam's God's Debris and the sequel The Religon War. They are fiction, not your favorite genre, but they do deal with awareness/perception. In addition, to get his points/ideas across, Adams' characters use science examples that are not accurate. You are probably wondering why I would recommend these two books since they are unscientific and fiction, but I think if you'd read them, you'd understand. They are both very short books that can be easily read in one sitting. If you do decide to read them, I'd like to know your reaction.
BTW, have you read anything by Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements in particular)?