Review: Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism

Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism
Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism by Susan Haack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderfully clear-sighted account of science, what it is, how it is distinguished (but not separate) from other sorts of inquiry, and why it can (but isn’t guaranteed to) produce real knowledge of the world.

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Review: The Passage of Power

The Passage of Power
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what a series. I can’t believe I can’t just go read the next one, I hope it comes out soon.

This volume documents LBJ’s loss to JFK and his acceptance of the vice-presidency, a position in which he languished, miserable and powerless, for three years until Oswald’s bullet put him in the office he had been striving for all his life. The final half of the book documents what LBJ did in the next 7 weeks during the “passage of power”, a remarkable period in US history in which LBJ engineered the passage of the most significant civil rights legislation since the Civil War.

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Review: The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece by Victor Davis Hanson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An extraordinary account of the experience of a Greek hoplite during the moments of battle.

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