My Copy: 9781442265684 (image from bn.com) The title pretty well says what this book is about, and goes through the increasingly-combined issues of conflict, genocide, and climate change in spades in these 158 pages (not counting notes). This is NOT a book detailing how humans are creating climate change, but rather a book that explains … Continue reading Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, by Alex Alvarez
My copy: 9781593859862 (image from amazon.com) I think this is a book everybody needs to read and keep in mind, because the more I got into it, the more I realized we're NOT very good listeners for the most part. At least, I know I certainly am not, and neither are a lot of the … Continue reading The Lost Art of Listening: How learning to listen can improve relationships, by Michael P. Nichols, PhD.
My Copy: 9780316256575 (image from goodreads.com) Well, somehow I knew I'd enjoy the hell out of reading this book. It's about 300 pages long, and while that might be a little off-putting for some casual readers, it's really a book full of useful, practical wisdom about our own presence in the world and how to … Continue reading Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy
My Copy: 9781635653366 (image from rodale books) A lot of what we're seeing in the news today has a lot to do with dangerous personalities, and it's a plus to read a book like this. Now, this 2017 edition does briefly mention a certain political figure, but he's not diagnosing him. If anything, clinicians apparently … Continue reading Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People, by Joe Navarro
My Copy: 9780312422196 (image from amazon.com) For a thin work, it's complex as hell. Regarding the Pain of Others is a book for anybody who questions the use of photography in art or media, photography that can show cruelty and violence, and what we're supposed to take from it in our society. I've bumped into … Continue reading Regarding the Pain of Others, by Susan Sontag
I guess we could call this Part 2 of my question about the value of life. And, not to be an arrogant ass, I feel like I've bumped into an invisible elephant in the room regarding our discussions about mass killings. I've had this weighing on my mind for years, and it hit me today … Continue reading #058–In the eyes of the law, what does “insanity” mean? And where does that fit in with “mental issues” and gun violence?
My Copy: 9780807014295 (image from amazon.com) Maybe it's the "December Dumps" that have been hitting me hard, or it's the crazy work schedule that's made me lose sight of the things I'm trying to work toward. All I know is when I picked this book up Christmas Eve and started to read, I have to … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
My Copy: 9780195042368 (image credit to abebooks.com) "We had known. The world had vaguely heard. But until now no one of us had looked on this. Even this morning we had not imagined we would look on this. It was as though we had penetrated at last to the center of the black heart, to the … Continue reading Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans & the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps, by Robert H. Abzug
It's all too common for Americans to see or hear about robberies, workplace violence, school shootings, terrorism, etc. What's perhaps hardest is hearing from those close to the perpetrator state that they couldn't believe this had happened. While the rest of us scoff in disbelief at how someone couldn't know, let's face it, most of us wouldn't recognize the warning signs without some help...
When the book was being written in the late 1990s, stalking laws all over the country were being overhauled or just implemented to make it a much harsher crime on the books. The book's a time-capsule in one sense, showing the early days of recognizing an old nuisance for the possibly dangerous crime it is.