Book reviews 2017

Here comes 2017 and here we are, we have a load of books to read for the start of the year.  I am interested in the fields of history and science so there is a tendency to revolve around those subjects. I might include a few biographies and classic literature but let us see. I will update this blog once a book is finished and write down a simple review and discussion for each book. Hope you find these books interesting and if you have recommendations for, simply post in the comments sections below or send me an email at takemetothestars.astronerd2016@gmail.com.

By the way, I also blog at The Astronerd (its also in wordpress) where I usually put my astronomy related posts.

Here are the books that I have accumulated for book review 2017:

1.The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan (currently reading as of this moment)

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Peter Frankopan is a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and the Director of the Center for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. The Silk Roads attempt to view world history through the Asian perspective – either the Near, Middle and Far East. The author believes that we should view the history of the world through different perspectives, not only in the dominant Western perspective. I am a huge history buff and seriously studying it on my own. This book is a welcome break for me, in studying Western history and in observing the concurrent geopolitics of the world today.

I received this book as a Christmas gift and I was so thrilled to read this one. After I have finished reading this, I will make sure to include my learning and discoveries here.

2. Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution by Daniel Rothenberg

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David Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. As the title of the book suggests, it explores the crossroads of aesthetics, a branch of philosophy that discusses the philosophical perspective of beauty and science in terms of evolution. Its an interesting title and I have so many questions regarding the observance of aesthetics and its role to the survival of the species. 🙂

3. Dogs of Courage by Clare Campbell

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Dogs of Courage is a book dedicated to our canine war heroes during World War 2. Surprisingly, most of these dogs are pets that were committed by their owners during the war. Campbell, an author and journalist, explores how UK came up with such idea, the adventures of the dogs during the war and how the contributed to the war efforts at that time. Woof for our doggy heroes there. 🙂

4. In the Name of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy

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I also do pay special attention to military history, particularly, Roman history and the way they helped shape the world we live in today. The author, Adrian Goldsworthy, is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle and specializes in ancient history. Its quiet fascinating to learn how the Romans were able to expand their empire through military expeditions, the tales of men in the frontlines, the crucial decisions made by scholars and politicians that have led to rise and fall of the Roman empire.

5. Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock

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We all know that in studying history, one has to rely on facts. But there are certain mysteries and events in our history that attract unconventional theories too. This book, written by Graham Hancock, an author and journalist, explores a set of theories that might help us give another look into our history. If you are into speculative theories in history or capable of keeping an open mind into the different folklore surrounding our history, then this book is for you.

I am hoping to finish these books and be able to share them all with you. And in 2017, since I will be committing more to writing, I will be also committing much more to reading and sharing as well.

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