Culture and Politics - Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc - Books
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Sun Aug 30 00:00:00 MDT 2009indianalake Rating:5.0
This is the definitive work on the Obama admiinistration to date. It is very will written and backed by references and sources. It is obvious she has done exhaustive research to reach her conclusions. A must read for all Americans. Also very frightening.
Wed May 20 00:00:00 MDT 2009dolly838 Rating:5.0
The title means "Unknown Land" in Latin. Downie certainly knows the land, peoples, and customs, of the peoples she writes about, but her characters don't understand each other. Two separate cultures, one Matriarchal (Celtic Britain), and one Patriarchal (Roman), try to accommodate their desperate superstitions, belief and political systems, laws and cultures to co-exist. Our Hero is a doctor who is fairly advanced in his attitudes and understanding of medicine. He has to deal with another doctor that appears to all to be insane, while trying to keep track of his "slave" who is now in her own territory (the land that was eventually the right wing of Hadrians Wall) and NOT considered a slave by her own peoples. Misunderstandings abound as anti-Romans conjure up old legends to unit otherwise warring Celtic tribes to destroy the Roman/Celtic peace, while Celtic "traitors" work to strengthen those very ties. Our Hero has to learn quickly, what the legends mean, how they affect his "insane" colleague, while totally misunderstanding his "slave's" actions and intents, and dealing with the political problems--all of which he hates and none of which is he very good at: both of the cultures in this "unknown land" of middle Brittain. At the same time problems "at home" in France are escalating in such a way as to totally distract him from his various now-time delemnas. This is a good read, just enough humor, pathos, intrigue, human interest, mystery and complications so it never gets dull, yet the central story and plot is never forgotten or confused. The Roman and Celtic history, customs and belief systems are excellently researched and presented in a way that makes them interesting and intelligible both to the reader who reads for entertainment and the scholar of these periods in time. I hightly recomment Downie's work. This is her second book on this period of time using these characters and it was as good, interesting, educational and fun to read as the first one. I eagerly await the next episode in this series and recommend these books to anyone interested in Roman or Celtic history, good mysteries, and good writing. Dolly838
Tue Sep 19 00:00:00 MDT 2006babadrew Rating:4.0
This whole series is unusually good for preachers who rely so heavily on the Bible and wrestling with all the complicated components- history, theology, culture, language and politics. The scholarship is accessible and the text is read-able. Very valuable volume for a church culture enamored with "leadership."
Wed Sep 16 00:00:00 MDT 2009roadrunner25 Rating:5.0
Makes you think about what is going on in politics and gives you both sides of the perspective. I don't always agree with everything that is said in the book. But at least it makes you think.
Fri Feb 15 00:00:00 MST 2008historylover Rating:5.0
Antonia Fraser is magnificent! I found the book extremely informative and entertaining. A great choice for francophiles and lovers of the culture of the Ancien Regime. I loved this work just as much as I did Marie Antoinette The Journey, also by this author.
Tue Apr 02 00:00:00 MDT 2013jills509 Rating:3.0
This was an OK book that did get better the farther I got into the book. While I was reading it, I didn't think I could finish. It was interesting and I love reading about other cultures and religious beliefs.
Sun Dec 02 00:00:00 MST 2007pchred Rating:5.0
This is an excellent example of what someone who has the passion and drive is capable of. The book slows down somewhat because of the politics of Afganistan but it is important to understand the culture. I truely enjoyed it.
Thu Jun 26 00:00:00 MDT 2008amydz Rating:5.0
Netherfield Park Revisited brings us back once again to the familiar haunts of Hertfordshire, Kent, London, and Derbyshire. In this volume, young Jonathan Bingley has grown into a fine man, an excellent father, and an earnest if imperfect husband. Like his mother Jane, Jonathan sees only the good in those he loves. And like Jane he strives to please everyone. Unfortunately, his ability to be all things to all people proves faulty. And we are then witnesses to a sad and crumbling marriage and to the concentric ripples of pain which emanate from it, engulfing his children, his parents, and even Darcy and Elizabeth. However, before we can sink too far into melancholy, our author presents us (as she has in her previous books) with yet more proof of the remarkable resiliency of the human spirit. Despite his sadness, Jonathan never loses hope that better times will come, and he continues to seek the good in all around him. Jonathan¿s spirits are continually shored-up by the strong and caring women in his life, including his mother, his Aunt Lizzy, his eldest daughter, Anne-Marie Bingley, and a new character ¿ Miss Anna Faulkner ¿ whose strength and friendship open up new worlds for him. Jonathan¿s reward is a second chance at happiness, and that candle, once lit, warms the souls of many. This time our story is set not against a backdrop of political change (although it continues to take place), but rather the changing movements in European art and culture. The Impressionist painters are making their way onto the art scene. It is no surprise that the traditionalists are unable to appreciate the interpretive lines of this new school. The realism of their age is giving way to the ideas, as expressed through Impressionism, that nothing is perfect and nothing is strictly good or bad. Rather, most things are open to interpretation, and most things are as changeable as the shifting of light and shadow. Netherfield Park Revisited is a beautiful story about imperfections ¿ even in those whose lives seem perfectly charmed. Okay, Ms. Collins¿ I¿m hooked. What¿s next in the saga?
Sun Nov 02 00:00:00 MDT 2008htrav1 Rating:5.0
This book is a call for all of who believe in justice to realize the necessity of education and to resist formal indoctrination ,religious racial or cultural.
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