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Goodnight Nobody,’ by Jennifer Weiner. It’s a murder mystery that takes place in a Connecticut suburb. It’s sort of ‘Desperate Housewives’-ish.”

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American Sphinx,’ by Joseph J. Ellis. It’s a biography about Thomas Jefferson.”

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The Poisonwood Bible,’ by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s about a Christian preacher who takes his four daughters to do missionary work in the Congo.”

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“Frank Miller’s ‘Ronin.’ It’s a graphic novel about a samurai who comes back to life in the near future to fight a Big Brother-type corporation.”


ms_canada 11 years, 8 months ago

Just finished re-reading What Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis, Professor Emeritus at Harvard for Middle Eastern studies. Lewis presents a very clear picture of the Ottoman Empire's rise to European prominence and it's fall at the end of WW 1. Lewis tells us of the lofty opinion that the Muslims of that time had of themselves as the only true believers and practicers of the true faith. He tells how they also believed that their society, their industry, their way of life was superior to anything in the west. It was this attitude of superiority that caused their downfall. They refused to adapt to modern war machines or industrial progress and therefore were left behind and eventually defeated. It seems to me that the attitude of Muslims has not changed one bit. They still have those old feelings of superiority and feel themselves invincible. Wish I had a crytal ball. Does history repeat itself? I wonder.

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