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The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series)
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series)
von John Maynard Keynes
Preis: EUR 15,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The basis of modern economic debate, 2. Mai 1999
While I tend towards the opposing view of Classical economics, Keynesian economics cannot easily be argued away. Keynes' theories are the foundation of our present Federal Reserve system and remain the basis for much of modern economic thought. Definitely a must-read for any aspiring economist.

The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles
von Ray Bradbury
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 16,58

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Literary Masterpiece, 30. Oktober 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Martian Chronicles (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It has been two years since I first read THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES in my junior year of high school. In browsing your web site, I noticed that the average rating was only 3.5 stars. Considering this book is considered a classic, I was curious about why this was so. I read review after inarticulate review in horror, seeing that they were based on severe misunderstandings of the purpose and meaning behind the collection. I hope that prospective buyers will not weight their opinions too heavily.
First, the book is a collection of short stories, not a novel; the plot does not have to be constant, nor must the characters return from story to story. Readers must understand that some of the stories were written at different times in Bradbury's career and only strung together afterwards into this collection. There is however a common theme in the work, which the reviewers failed to recognize.
Bradbury is a master not because he is an excellent storyteller (though that is certainly the case), but because with his stories he enlightens us; he is an expert in stopping us in our train of thought and forcing us to consider a new idea, epiphany, or belief. These are usually not predominantly science fiction ideas. Like any author who has mastered the sci-fi genre, Bradbury uses a hypothetical future to examine the present. It is a similar tool which Jonathon Swift used to satirize Great Britain in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Our societal conventions and practices are sometimes more easily viewed through the lens of fiction or fantasy, and Bradbury knew this. Issues of whether he was accurate in his projections of human society and science are less than secondary, they are irrelevant.
I am afraid that I have made THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES seem more academic than they should be considered. The stories are often light-hearted, often wondrous. They capture so well the human desire for adventure and mystery. I don't believe that these stories will ever be outdated, as some of the reviewers claim. They are timeless.

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition
William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition
von William Shakespeare

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1.0 von 5 Sternen badly done, 23. Juli 1998
Of course, this does not reflect on Shakespeare. The binding is terrible and the publisher seems to have forgotten the well established convention of including line numbers with the texts. If anyone expects to use their volume for a class or ever expects to need to refer to a specific line in the text, you shouldn't buy this edition. Also, there are no footnotes, another convention established because Elizabethan English differed significantly from modern English. Finally, the publisher seems to have decided that it was just not necessary to leave enough space for each line, often ending a line in the space above, which is the first time I've ever seen this done. Just buy the Riverside, Folger, Yale, or Oxford Shakespeare. Don't waste your money with this.

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