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The Knowledge of the Holy
The Knowledge of the Holy
von A. W. Tozer
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,77

5.0 von 5 Sternen How big is God?, 21. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Knowledge of the Holy (Taschenbuch)
Tozier accomplishes several big things in this "small" book. First, he lays out in simple words many of the attributes of God, in relation to scripture and in terms that our modern ears can tune in to. Secondly, and just as importantly, he shows how everything in our world depends on the complete trustworthiness of God. My favorite quote: "The trustworthiness of God is the foundation of scientific truth."
Highly recommended, and will probably generate interest in other books he has written. (Try "In Pursuit of God")


Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers
von James Bradley
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 26,68

5.0 von 5 Sternen Heroes or ordinary men?, 14. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Flags of Our Fathers (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I expected a battle book, and instead I found myself taking a journey into the individual lives of six very ordinary/extraordinary men who served in World War II. Their story is the story of millions of men and women who changed the face of the world, though these six men just happened to have their picture taken at an ordinary moment which turned into an extraordinary picture.
I don't know how to adequately put into a few dozen words what Bradley needed hundreds to say. My generation cannot express enough gratitude to those who earned our freedom. They may have been fighting and dying for a small airstrip that B-29s could use, but they were fighting for something bigger than that, and Bradley puts his hands around it and cradles it without trying to pin it down to a single word.
I confess that it was slow reading, for me, in the first one-hundred pages. I guess I have that need for instant action. But by the time I got to the last page, there were a few tears on my cheek, and no war book has ever had that effect on me.
I write and teach history, and I plan to recommend and quote from this book.
Bradley points out that the six men who raised the flag would not call themselves heroes. I understand their reasons--but they were heroes!


Tales of the South Seas (Canongate Classics)
Tales of the South Seas (Canongate Classics)
von Robert Louis Stevenson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,07

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Attention all students of literature!, 2. Mai 2000
It wasn't until I had nearly reached the last page of The Wrecker that I realized R.L. Stevenson meant for the book to read as slowly as it did. Though there were sections of high drama, I had struggled with the pace to that point, viewing it as a bit staid or wordy, much more so than other works of his I had read.
In the end, though, I could clearly see his clever intentions. Stevenson's "Tell-Tale" clues indicated that The Wrecker was a response to the jerking, backwards plots of the modern mystery story. Stevenson intentionally slowed the narrative speed, blunted the sharp edges (in contrast to Poe's hard-hitting, most famous stories), and added descriptive eloquence, sometimes blatantly disconnecting it from the plot (in a mixed tribute to Dickens, perhaps). He took the reversed chronology of a murder mystery, and flipped it backwards one more time.
The Wrecker will not be a bestseller in 2000. Nor should it be. It is a masterpiece, however, and will present a remarkable view of the evolution of the modern novel from inside the mind of one of its architects to any student of literature who takes time out to read it.


The Kingdom of the Cults
The Kingdom of the Cults
von Hank H. Hanegraaff
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very informative source, 7. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Kingdom of the Cults (Gebundene Ausgabe)
While a bit conservative by some standards, the information in this text is very useful to any student of Christianity. It also provides a basic introduction to several world religions (not called cults in the book) like Islam.


Railroads of the Confederacy
Railroads of the Confederacy
von Robert C. , III Black
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 28,31

4.0 von 5 Sternen A very useful and fascinating book, 19. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Railroads of the Confederacy (Taschenbuch)
After reading dozens of scholarly books, and writing published articles related to the Civil War myself, this book was a refreshing read. It is a reminder of the enormity of the task faced by the bureaucrats and businessmen behind the Confederate armies. Yes, the tide did turn at Gettysburg.
But for those who like to play "What if?" and speculate on the fortunes of war, this book is a bleak testimony to the long odds the south confronted. The Confederate States were almost completely unequipped to fight a modern, industrial war.
One shortcoming of this book, and it is a minor one, is that the story is told primarily through the eyes of railroad tycoons, and ignores to a great extent the perspective of well-known military personalities. This stems in part from the fact that Black relies heavily on the railroads themselves (their annual reports) for his source material. More research from military source material would round the picture out.
On the whole, however, Mr. Black must be commended. As I said, "fascinating."


Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
von Antony Beevor
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Beyond War, 25. Dezember 1999
Anthony Beevor's work will certainly not be the last word on the battle for Stalingrad, but it is the first I have read that actually takes it well beyond pins stuck on maps and megalomaniacs sitting comfortably back in Moscow and Berlin. Most of the ordinary Russian and German soldiers involved died (figuratively)--hundreds of thousands of them--long before the bullets or the freezing cold got them, and Beevor conveys this slow, hellish destruction very sharply, with literary finesse.


Civil War Curiosities: Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences
Civil War Curiosities: Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences
von Webb B. Garrison
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,67

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good "lite" read for Civil War buffs, 14. August 1999
This book made for interesting reading, and was just scholarly enough to convince, without being loaded with footnotes and references. I recommend it.


The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus
The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus
von Christopher Knight
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting, but ultimately not scholarly enough, 9. August 1999
I found this book interesting, but annoying. One example of poor reasoning is this: the authors repeatedly bash orthodoxy, and accepted canon, then turn around and quote scripture like "gospel" to make their case. You can't have it both ways, gentlemen--make your case one way or the other, or clarify how some scripture is fact and some isn't.


The Army of Tennessee (Civilization of the American Indian)
The Army of Tennessee (Civilization of the American Indian)
von Stanley F. Horn
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 24,51

4.0 von 5 Sternen An oldie but goodie for Civil War historical students, 2. Dezember 1998
I still find this book useful, despite the sources that have been discovered or reinterpreted since Horn wrote his book. He blends anecdotal information with larger views on strategy and poltical conflicts. The story of the Army of Tennessee is still a story that remains largely untold, and Horn tells it very well.


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