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From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
von William Dalrymple
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 19,42

3.0 von 5 Sternen Political review of Eastern Christianity, 25. September 1999
This is a well written, albeit somewhat lengthy travel book. The concept has been done before: take an ancient travel text and go in it's footsteps. The book atempts to make a point: the end of eastern Christianity is near. Interestingly enough Mr. Darymple does not finger fundamentalist Islam as the major culprit, but rather gov't policies in Turkey, Israel and Egypt.Anything that contradicts this thesis is not mentioned. For example: that the Greek Christians were expelled from Turkey in the wake of their attempt to partition the country with the aid of Britian after World War One. Or that the Palestinians lost their homes after rejecting the UN partition of Palestine in 1947 and attempting to annihilate the Jews. Or that the only nation to aid the Lebanease Maronites in the eighties was Israel. I would say that this book is promoting a modern political agenda as much as describing the descendents of an ancient culture.


Swimming Dynamics
Swimming Dynamics
von Cecil Colwin
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen a labour of love, 28. Juli 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Swimming Dynamics (Taschenbuch)
This work is clearly a labour of love undertaken by one of the most learned swimming people around. Mr. Colwin undertakes to give us a grand view of swimming development in the 20th cy. He deals mostly with the crawl. There are excellent insites into swimming history and the coach-swimmer relationship. This is a very serious book - in depth and length. At times I felt that the text could have been edited without deleting anything important, particularly chapter six "30 Years of Discussions With Leading Personalities". The author is a staunch advocate of long distance training and much of the book is devoted to this aspect of the sport. If you are a swimming coach or hard core afficiendo then this book is for you. Otherwise you would do better with Mr. Colwin's previous book "Swimming Into the 21st Century".


The Sparrow: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
The Sparrow: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
von Mary Doria Russell
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen futuristic theology, 5. September 1998
A brilliant, thought provoking work. The author uses SF to examine a number of eternally relevant (especially in the post-Holocoust era) thelogical dillemas. How is God and the existence of evil compatible? Why does God inflict unthinkable suffering on the innocent? If there isn't a God than what is the meaning of it all? This novel also probes the interesting question of the status of religion after the realization that there is extra trestial life and we are not alone in the universe. The author was raised a Catholic and converted to Judaism. Her knowledge of both faiths are evident. I really enjoyed her description of the Jewish-Catholic wedding ceremony on Rakhat assisted by alien chupa holders. My only real criticism of the book is that the dialogue is a bit too 90's America. This is great SF book that will also appeal to those who are not hard core SF readers.


Total Immersion: A Revolutionary Way To Swim Better And Faster
Total Immersion: A Revolutionary Way To Swim Better And Faster
von Terry Laughlin
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen For the thinking swimmer, 29. November 1997
If you are a swimmer and you only read one book, this should be it. The author will make you rethink your swimming. His point is this: swimming is a technical and skill sport and not an endurance sport like running. If you want to improve - work on your technique and not on your endurance. The author explains his ideas and then gives drills to work on your form. He emphasizes "fish swimming", the way your body goes thru the water. The important part of the book is the first part and it should be read more than once. The book only deals with freestyle (although the author told me he is now working on a new book that will deal with the other strokes). I have been doing the drills and I see a real improvement in my swimming.


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