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A Theologico-Political Treatise part 1

by Benedict de Spinoza

This covers all parts of the treatise. This is essential reading for all who would understand the modern world.

It is pure genius. The treatise is a naural extention of Maimonides' M. Yorah and Guide for the Perplexed. Guide is on the internet translated from Judeo-Arabic. Maimonides' views are extentions of Akiba, best presented in the Commentaries of Nachmonides. However, one need not read any of this to see the stuff of Spinoza. "Rights" come out of power, not any abstration such as men created equal. Spinoza's view is that of the adult, not the child.

For those turned off by the logic of "Ethics" Spinoza's treatise is clear-cut.

Reviewed on 2008.11.05

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

This is a great book for teens and pre-teens. I read it at that age, cnd I loved the book.

A boy, say, nine. would love the story.

Reviewed on 2008.05.30

Alice in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

I have noticed that reviewers have not mentioned the logical absurdities and moral mockeries of this wonderful book. Take the cat that disappears such that only his
"smile" is left: Logically impossible, since a smile is a behavior, not objects that are so behaving. The walrus and carpenter, eating oysters: speculation about the moral superiority of one over the other, as one eats more, but feels deeply sorry for the oysters, and the other eats less, but feels no sympathy. I hope that parents can read the original to children. The cartoon version should be put off until the original has been read to the kids.

Reviewed on 2008.05.12

Dracula

by Bram Stoker

This is a fun book. It has a frightening quality which movies miss. Teens will love it for book reports. No big words or esoteric ideas. Just fun.

Reviewed on 2008.04.21

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