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Davidtk20

Davidtk20

Joined March 2018

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Slavery Capitalism presents new research about the instruments of capitalism in slavery and how they shaped the burgeoning economy of the new republic. The book, composed of multiple essays from different authors debunks myths about antebellum America such as the separation of the economies of the North and South. It also offer new and convincing evidence about how slavery was foundational to the global economy in the early nineteenth century.

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Based on his credentials, Hendricks attempts to give a balanced and thorough commentary on some of the divisive issues in this country, such as welfare, gay marriage, gun control and abortion. Though I agreed with a majority of his points, there were some chapters, the evidences for his claims weren‘t convincing to me.

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The prose is very academic; almost like a treatise or a manifesto.
Giroux highlighted important neoliberalism and how this toxic market system is disrupting civic responsibility and social democracy.

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What am I driving at? At this idea: that no one colonizes innocently, that no one colonizes with impunity either; that a nation which colonizes, that a civilization which justifies colonization—and therefore force—is already a sick civilization, a civilization which is morally diseased, which irresistibly, progressing from one consequence to another, one denial to another, calls for its Hitler, I mean its punishment.

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Very short and insightful book about how people in mostly western countries and recently the rest of the world, have restructured their communities around consumerism and it‘s toxic effects in their lives and the environment. It also talks about the lack of fulfillment consumerism provide and how that void can be filled.

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A very compelling book about how the society we currently live in is organized. Korten goes to great lengths to show the destructive and suicidal nature of the current capitalist market-based economy and how we can free ourselves from its authoritarian grip. Highly recommended.

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“Davos Man”, an euphemism for the ultra rich elite of this world, who have been able to hoard the wealth and capital of this world but managed to convince everyone else that all is well, and that everyone will partake in their riches when in reality, they are struggling to make ends meet.

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Kilgore highlights the major issues with mass incarceration; how it came to be, the movements and coalitions formed to end it and the steps on how those ends can be met. He doesn‘t delve much into any subtopic so if you need just a primer on this issue, this is a good starting point.

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Unworthy Republic discusses the expulsion of native tribes, mostly the Indians in Southeastern US to west of the Mississippi. Claudio examines the fierce debate in Congress on the “Indian Problem” and how the removal of Indians from their native lands was essential for slavery, as planter-politicians need new fertile lands to grow cotton.

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Interesting and gripping book, I couldn‘t put it down when I began to read it. It is packaged like a bunch of essays narrating the journeys of some of the most important discoveries in physics and chemistry by top scientists in the last century. A couple of the stories were really odd but later did I find out that they are part fictitious.

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Eyal described in luring detail the thankless jobs we remove from our minds and set them at the fringes of society that keep the country humming along. It is a fantastic treatise on the effects of capitalism on a class of people who are caught in this situation and the limited options available to them to escape it.

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Mark Charles goes to a great length to expose the lies and myths mostly White Christian Americans use to shield themselves from the trauma of past atrocities committed by the government and their ancestors. Its a fascinating read. He focuses on the concept of the Doctrine of Discovery and how that was used to steal Native American lands. Furthermore, he explains the racist rationale on which it is based.

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I‘ve always understood racism as a toxic made up system that divides America. Wilkerson pushes this notion further, examining the underlining structures and institutions in place that keep racism and all its prejudices alive. The caste system, developed before America‘s founding, spawned all these forms of prejudices that divides us. She expertly illuminates Caste and all its manifestations so well in this book. I couldn‘t recommend it enough.

Nute Excellent review! I agree. Thinking of this through scripture, “a house divided against itself will not stand.” 10mo
Davidtk20 @Nute definitely. We can‘t keep going on like this. Our society will remain unstable and unsustainable if it is hierarchical. 10mo
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I knew our justice system needs reform but not this severely

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Excellent account of Burma from colonial era to modern times by Thant Myint-U. All throughout the book, you could see the effects of crony capitalism and the legacy of colonialism on the ethnic and indigenous peoples of Burma. The problems they face aren‘t unique to them but rather, they add a tinge to them, especially in light of the Internet and the Information Age.

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All Things for Good | Thomas Watson
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As a Christian, gaining assurance that not all bad things end in suffering is so comforting because, as Thomas Watson lays out so well, out of our tribulations, the wonderful plans God has for us can emerge out of it.

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Fascinating narrative of the rebirth of the Jewish nation. The book begins with the Jews at the first Zionist Congress who sought a return to their ancestral homeland in Israel in the late 19th century and journeys to the present. Daniel Gordis was able to some extent convey the joy, pain and worries the new nation had to deal with as it was and still is surrounded by enemies determined to erase it from the map.

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The True Christian | John Charles Ryle
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Listened to these collection of sermons from J. C. Ryle and I had to pause on numerous occasions to take notes. He speaks with conviction and vigor about the doctrines and truths in the Bible yet humbly presents the Word of God as a messenger. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is new Christianity or anyone who has been in the faith for a long period of time.

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Most likely one of the finest books I have ever read on Christianity. My whole perspective on what it means to forgive and repent has changed.

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This book mainly explores the intersection of faith and sexuality of black women. The lives of these women narrated in this short story may be different, but their experiences have similar motifs of pain, acceptance, touch and family, something almost ubiquitous to the black psyche.

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Interesting and fascinating work from David Jeremiah. Not only was this book authoritative, quoting from scripture every claim he made, it was also very informative and educative, expanding my wisdom and knowledge of the messengers from God.

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Somewhat with a misleading title, Graham Allison lays out the conundrum a ruling power faces when a rising power attempts to displace it in “Destined for War. ” Quite the fascinating read.
Time will tell how the saga between America & China ends.

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China in Ten Words | Yu Hua, Allan H. Barr
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Funny, engaging and informative about the life and culture in contemporary China. Now I want to read Yu Hua‘s novels.

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The introduction for each chapter is captivating, as it should be. It makes you wants to know more about how each technology went awry. Pandora‘s Lab is an excellent book with a gripping prose and a clear message.

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The American Revolution: A World War | David Allison, Larrie D. Ferreiro
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I am honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. After reading it, I became surprised of how biased and little information I knew of the American Revolution. This book is composed of multiple essays, highlighting the international scope and grandeur of the war. I‘m so glad I came across it.

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We talk about the wickedness of slavery but we far often talk less about a more sinister practice prior to that; the slave trade itself. In this book, Rediker delves into the practice, examining how the operation unfolded from the capture of Africans on the coast to mainly focusing on the hardships the captured Africans and sailors endured during the middle passage.

The only problem I had with this book is how the information is organized.

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Perrin presents a new paradigm in the meaning of the Biblical Exodus and Passover and how it relates to Jesus‘ mission, his last supper and his death and resurrection. I wish the book was a little longer but I guess this is all he has to say on the topic.

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Michael Guillen provides ten fascinating reasons in this book about how science and Christianity lines up and support each other. Great book and a quick read

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Tyranny of the Urgent | Charles E. Hummel
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“Nothing substitute for knowing that on this day, at this hour in this place we are doing the will of our father in heaven. Only then can we contemplate in peace so many unfinished tasks.”

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An incredible novel from Stephanie Storey. When I started this novel, I didn‘t know what to expect. By the time I was through with it, I had fallen in love with Renaissance art. The novel was kinetic, captivating, witty and imaginative. Highly recommended! 🙌

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Great book from John Bunyan on the “Fear of God”. He explained in great detail the importance of the fear of God and it‘s centrality in the Christian faith.

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The Pirate | Harold Schechter
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Short story about one of the most barbaric crimes on the high seas. How this criminal was captured after his crimes truly had the hand of Providence.

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The Problem of Pain | C. S. Lewis
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It was very difficult to process the philosophical themes in the earlier chapters but by the end of the book, I was enthralled. C. S. Lewis provides insightful knowledge on what it means to be selfless and to love God fully and committed to him. It amazes me how someone could possess this kind of wisdom.

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The culture of universally cheap water also means that water systems worldwide rarely charge enough to sustain themselves—whether in Delhi or Washington, DC. They perform worse and worse over time, which not only erodes confidence in the system but also creates resistance to the very price hikes that would help solve the problem.

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“Stamped From the Beginning” is a voluminous and dense magnum opus, that explores racism and racist ideas from its infancy to modern times. A highly recommended book for shedding light on the root causes of some of the race problems in America.

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The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister | Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Ross Tomlin
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Powerful account of a young woman‘s live in Communist Russia and Nazi Germany. Individual experiences in the second world war such as Nonna‘s story is important for keeping the memories of those who suffered under such cruel regimes alive. It is heartbreaking and moving. You get to really see the worst parts of humanity at times of war.

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I naively believed that the democratic experiment in this country is foolproof and that nothing can ever precipitate its fall. How wrong was I. Reading this book, I have come to the conclusion, that there are so many loopholes and fissures that can easily rip our country apart. This presidency is elucidating how vulnerable we and our country are. It is up to us to stay vigilant and be engaged. This book shows us how we can keep our country safe.

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An important revelation about the German scientists behind the US space program and Medical sciences. There were so many characters and intersecting timelines in this book that I had difficulties keeping track of who‘s who and when and what is going on.

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There is so much beauty in diversity

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John Quincy Adams: A Life | Harlow G. Unger
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America has had incredible national leaders and John Quincy Adams ranks among the finest. Who would have thought that his rise to fame will come after and not during his presidency? His enduring legacy came during his time in the House of Representatives. Harlow Giles Unger synthesizes a phenomenal biography of the former president with some materials drawn from his correspondences with his family members and his personal diary.

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“Unless Christians demonstrate truth with our lives, what we say about what we believe will sound like empty advertising slogan.”

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This book is transformative. It fully details the new system of control of African Americans, specifically young male African Americans through mass incarceration. It a system of control that has been easy for us to overlook due to its nonracial outlook but on the other hand has been systematically being dismantling African American communities and families under the disguise of war on drugs.

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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Time catches up with kingdoms and crushes them, gets its teeth into doctrines and rends them; time reveals the foundations on which any kingdom rests, and eats at those foundations, and it destroys doctrines by proving them to be untrue.

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The book is insightful but too dry. However, it has interesting information about Ralph Lemkin and his contributions to the Genocide Convention

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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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O Hamilton, the great statesman who had been so misunderstood has been vindicated by the legendary Chernow. I hope his legacy continues to grow and be remembered as one of America‘s foremost founding fathers; upon whose work the United States government was formed

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This book has been carefully crafted to show how state sanctioned segregation has perpetuated throughout the 20th century and inversely affected African Americans. It is a must-read for all Americans. Our understanding of how housing today is so shallow and flawed that it prevents the remedies required to eliminate the systemic abuse enacted on African Americans

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This book is a powerful and well-researched counter-narrative to American exceptionalism and triumphalism. It explores an important aspect of Christology, the call to lament, that is often ignored in Christian church services and liturgy. He details the importance of it in our communities and how it should balance praises to God.

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Openness to international markets and corporations tends to leave developing countries in despair Like Latin America
“It seems that openness to the international economy has carried a significant cost for Latin America, along with its failure to control capital and the rich, not just labor and the poor.

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Before reading this book, I leaned towards the abolition of the death penalty. But after reading this book, as a Christian, I am moved and compelled to fight for its abolition. In the death penalty, the cure is as bad as the illness. We have better alternatives than the death penalty

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This book surveys the church‘s complicity in racism and how it plays a part in keeping the problem alive. In light of what happened in Minneapolis and what keeps happening in America, this book sheds light on the systemic inequalities among the races and classes and provides solutions to fix the problems. If you want to be a part of the solution instead of the problem, especially for Christians, this book will guide you