Review: The Forever War

The Forever War
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some pretty darn good sci-fi. Haldeman illuminates the cultural and social dislocation experienced by soldiers returning home using the time dilation effects of high velocity space travel. There is also a middle section set in the distant future of 2007 (this novel was published in 1974). It’s a bit weaker than the rest of the book, but at least provides the unintentional comedy that seems to be the fate of most science fiction once the present has passed it by.

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Review: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin

The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An insightful look at the wellsprings of conservative thought.

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Review: There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction

There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction
There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction by Saul Bellow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some really good essays, but also a lot of repetition and hand-wringing over modernity. Sometimes you just want to shout “Deal with it!”.

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Review: Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics

Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics
Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for Ethics by Mark Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Johnson investigates the imaginative basis of morality and offers a thoroughgoing refutation of both absolutist and absolutely relativist moral theories as being inconsistent with the modern understanding of how people think and behave.

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