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Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs

Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs My rating: 5 of 5 stars (This review is an edited version of a blog-post I wrote on the occasion of the death of Jane Jacobs in 2006.) The first I … Continue reading

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the most important books of the 20th century, Campbell’s breakout text transformed the word myth from denoting something antique, primitive, and false into … Continue reading

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Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you want to make your life more meaningful and more fulfilled, this book gives you a powerful and specific means to do it. I … Continue reading

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The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World by Mortimer J. Adler

The Great Ideas A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World: I (Great Books of the Western World, #2) by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 5 of 5 stars The 2-volume “Syntopicon” of Britannica’s Great Books of the Western … Continue reading

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The Great Conversation by Robert M. Hutchins

The Great Conversation: The Substance Of A Liberal Education by Robert Maynard Hutchins My rating: 5 of 5 stars This slim opening volume of the Britannica Great Books of the Western World contends that liberal education, an unquestioned necessity for … Continue reading

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A Study of History 1 by Arnold J. Toynbee

A Study of History 1: Introduction; The Geneses of Civilizations, Part One by Arnold J. Toynbee My rating: 5 of 5 stars This first volume of Toynbee’s 10-volume investigation of how civilizations arise, flourish, and die provides a fresh and … Continue reading

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Human Action by Ludwig von Mises

Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig Von Mises My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the most important books of the 20th century, not yet as influential as it deserves to be. I was brought to this … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s not how much you read, but how well–and this book gives you specific, step-by-step techniques to get you to read as well as possible. … Continue reading

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Story by Robert McKee

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you’re a writer of drama or fiction, you need to master these rules before you consider breaking them. I knew from … Continue reading

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Having posted to this blog so far only by way of writing book reviews at Goodreads.com, I’ll now jump in and try writing a post from scratch. In trying to come up with where to start, the expression landmark books … Continue reading

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