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Leaving Berlin: A Novel (English Edition)
Leaving Berlin: A Novel (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 15,99

2.0 von 5 Sternen Boring..., 20. März 2015
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This is one of the (thankfully) very few times I regret spending money on a book. I downloaded this book based on the reviews here at Amazon. What a mistake! I am now about 40% through the story and bored stiff. The characters are forgettable and I have not been able to find a storyline. I truly enjoy period novels like this one; "Leaving Berlin" was a waste of money and time. Thus I left...


Vor deinem Grab (Ein Jan-Tommen-Thriller 2)
Vor deinem Grab (Ein Jan-Tommen-Thriller 2)
Preis: EUR 2,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolute Leseempfehlung, 16. Februar 2015
Vorab muß ich sagen, daß ich recht selten deutschsprachige Bücher lese. Aufgrund der Rezensionen und weil seine Bücher bei Kindle Unlimited gratis erhältlich sind, habe ich zugegriffen. Was für eine Entscheidung: die Richtige!!
Ich habe das erste Buch verschlungen und bin mitten in diesem Buch. Unglaubliche Spannung, interessante Charaktere, witzige Dialoge und gräßliche Morde (auf die ich verzichten könnte, aber dann hätte Jan Tommen ja nichts mehr zu tun). Absolute Leseempfehlung auch meinerseits.
Wann erscheint ds nächste Buch, Herr Hartung?
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Wahnsinn am Airport
Wahnsinn am Airport

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Viel gelacht, aber..., 23. November 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Wahnsinn am Airport (Kindle Edition)
Ich kann dieses Buch nur bedingt empfehlen. Ja, es ist sehr lustig, aber die Rechtschreibung ist katastrophal. Ebenso das Layout, das nervig ist mit den vielen Bindestrichen, die Wörter abrupt teilen, halt nicht am Zeilenende.
Schade um eine gute Geschichte.


Shock and Alarm: What it was really like at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq (English Edition)
Shock and Alarm: What it was really like at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 9,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Indeed stranger than fiction..., 15. Oktober 2014
I was privileged to meet the author recently at a conference in Washington DC, where we chatted about Iraq. I was intrigued by his story as I spent part of my childhood in Iraq and wanted to hear more about what it was like now.

Well, suffice it to say, the madness has grown. Nothing has really changed, and Hugh's stories transported me back in time, not only to Baghdad, but also to Kuwait, where I lived for nearly four years. Yes, life in these countries in indeed "stranger than fiction". Believe me, fiction can never match life in either Baghdad or Kuwait.

Kudos to the author for not only describing the madness in this part of the world, but - even more important - taking the time to try to understand the reasons for this madness. The Koran was a good starting point. Thank you, Hugh, for caring about the plight of Christians in Iraq. Perhaps some of the professional understanders of Islam (Ben Affleck comes to mind) should spend some time at the Embassy compound.

(Disclaimer: I was given the book free of charge.)


Veep - Die komplette erste Staffel [2 DVDs]
Veep - Die komplette erste Staffel [2 DVDs]
DVD ~ Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Preis: EUR 9,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Bissig und slapstick-mäßig, aber..., 13. November 2013
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Ich sehe mir derzeit die erste Staffel dieser Serie an. Was mich am meisten verwundert, ist die Sprache. Wenn man bedenkt, daß diese Serie für Kinder ab 7 Jahren freigegeben ist, so stört mich die andauernde Vulgarität. Dagegen wäre nichts einzuwenden, wenn die FSK höher wäre. So muß ich 2 Sterne abziehen. Ansonsten finde ich die Dialoge sehr witzig, mehr aber nicht.
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Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics
Islam and Human Rights: Tradition and Politics
von Ann Elizabeth Mayer
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 36,22

4.0 von 5 Sternen Islam and (Western) Human Rights.... do not fit together, 9. Mai 2013
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As someone who deals with this subject on a daily basis, I was curious to get my hands on the latest edition of this treatise. The author is to be commended on her effort to shed light on the topic of Islam and human rights. However, her mention of the word "Islamophobia", a word that has no legal definition and is used extensively to denounce those who dare to criticize Islam, was off-putting, especially in light of Ms. Mayer's legal background. She of all people should be aware of the concept and its misuse by both Muslims and non-Muslim (apologists) alike.

It is with this knowledge that the contents of this book are to be taken. The question remains: Is Ms. Mayer an apologist or does she indeed see the glaring incompatibilities of Islam and the Western notion of human rights (or better: the Bill of Rights).

Nevertheless, an important and useful book.


The Color of Law: A Novel
The Color of Law: A Novel
von Mark Gimenez
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Leaves a smile in your face..., 24. Oktober 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Color of Law: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Seldom have I read a more satisfying novel by a newcomer (the very first Grisham comes to mind), but this one really rocks.

Much has been written already about the story. However, I will point out the witty dialogs, especially the yardsale scene in which Boo and Pajamae do their best to raise the prices; the Saul to Paul transformation that Scott goes through; the entire story that focuses on "good things happen to good people, just not always right away."

All this means that I will now have to read the sequel right away...


The Overton Window
The Overton Window
von Glenn Beck
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,62

3.0 von 5 Sternen Not my cup of tea, 8. Oktober 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Overton Window (Taschenbuch)
While I like Glenn Beck and appreciate his candidness, I simply could not get into the book. I found it tedious to read, and more than once did I want to put it aside. Not a good sign... The characters are one-dimensional and boring, the storyline has no line to it, and at the end of the day I just don't know what Mr. Beck intended to tell me.

I do agree that there is such a thing as the Overton Window, and it is being applied daily, but what of it? The book doesn't really delve into the matter sufficiently. Perhaps a non-fiction book would have been better in this case because people do need to know the tactic of the Overton Window.


Amsterdam 2012 (English Edition)
Amsterdam 2012 (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 2,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a book! Read it now... a glimpse into our future, 24. September 2012
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Die Geschichte klingt super spannend. Ich will dieses Buch unbedingt lesen, habe aber kein Kindle. Was kann man tun? Kann jemand helfen? Gibt es eine gebundene Ausgabe?

OK, I have now bought a Kindle and read the book. And what a book it is! This is truly a glimpse into our future. And it is not a pretty one. I have been saying the same as Ann and her brother for years, the only exception being that I turned into the "new" Ann years ago already. I knew what was in store, and I acted upon this knowledge.

This book is a wake-up call. Much of the story has already taken place, other parts will certainly come into being. Read Amsterdam 2012 NOW. Wake up NOW. And save your country and your way of life NOW.


Saving Democracy From Suicide: How government by the people leads to bankruptcy and dictatorship.
Saving Democracy From Suicide: How government by the people leads to bankruptcy and dictatorship.
von Robert H Lee
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,68

5.0 von 5 Sternen Fjordman reviews "Saving Democracy From Suicide"..., 5. September 2012
Saving Democracy From Suicide is a brave book about what has become a very controversial topic in the modern West. We live in an age were merely asking some modestly critical questions about democracy of universal suffrage, which even the ancient Greeks never had, is seen as a sign of "Fascism." But serious thinkers throughout European history, from Aristotle to the American Founding Fathers, have always been able to spot flaws in pure democracy. It is not rational to place this system above debate now.

It is important to stress that this book does not claim that democracy is exclusively "bad." Rather, it argues that democracy, like all human systems, is flawed since it was made of flawed human beings. In order to safeguard the best features that a democratic system may have and sometimes does have, we must also rationally deal with its potential weaknesses. Perhaps having some democratic element of genuine influence and power is both good and necessary in a healthy political system, in order to counterbalance an always present potential for cruelty and despotism among unaccountable rulers. In the case of the European Union, one could for instance argue successfully that precisely the near-total lack of democratic accountability in the system, apart from the weak European Parliament, is one of its critical flaws, making the EU less free than Switzerland, which has a substantial element of direct democracy through the frequent use of referendums. This title might have benefited from analyzing this line of thinking a little bit more.

The strongest section of the book is when it links potential flaws inherent in the democratic system to the observable problems experienced by many democratic states today. At the time of writing, most Western democratic countries are witnessing an escalating debt crisis that is threatening to spiral out of control and cause serious social unrest. Admittedly, several possible causes for this may be highlighted. One of them is arguably a system of financial speculation by a few powerful players who are unfairly bailed out by the tax payers and central banks when they get themselves into trouble instead of facing the consequences of their own actions, as they should do in a capitalist system.

However, is it possible that some of the present debt problems are caused by flaws in the democratic system itself? Lee argues that it is, and he can be quite persuasive when doing so. Ever since ancient Greece, critics of pure democracy have pointed out that the productive and dynamic will always be outnumbered by unproductive and lazy people. If all adult males and females have the vote, this means that a majority can vote itself into the possession of the money of a dynamic minority. Does this mean that a democratic society will have a built-in tendency to move in the direction of Socialism? Perhaps. Another inherent flaw in the democratic system that has always been commented upon by critical thinkers is its short-term focus. Too few people in positions of power will think more than one or two election cycles ahead, that is, maybe five to ten years. By contrast, it ironically appears to be easier for some non-democratic societies to plan ahead for generations, and to think about what will be good for their country 50 or 150 years from now.

How to solve these problems? This book does not provide all the answers to this question although it does provide a few practical suggestions. Yet Robert H. Lee courageously asks some difficult, but necessary questions about whether the Western political system is functioning as intended today. We would be wise to seriously consider some of the issues he raises in this text. Those of us who want to preserve the best components of a democratic system have to face up to some of its flaws as well; otherwise we risk seeing a collapse of the entire system at some point. There are already a few warning signs that we are moving in just such a direction.


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