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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:03 pm
Stealing History

Roger Atwood - Stealing History

Roger Atwood is an American journalist who specializes in culture and archaeology. Or, in the case of this book, looting and reselling stolen archaeological treasures. The book opens with a chapter where ordinary Iraqis begin to loot the graves only the Saddam's men have been able to loot so far.

Well, this is what the yell of Indiana Jones about museums is all aboutCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:02 pm
The Medici Conspiracy

Peter Watson & Cecilia Todechini - The Medici Conspiracy
ISBN 978-1-58648-5

This book is a about a large antiquities smuggling ring that had worked for decades - and the fact that many museums and galleries know very well that they are buying stolen antiquities. But having a big collection is the priority, of course.

Theft and dublicity in the antiquities tradeCollapse )

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Mon, May. 4th, 2015, 10:00 pm
Wilderness Man

Lovat Dickson - Wilderness Man

From Britain to the wilds of CanadaCollapse )

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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2015, 11:57 pm
The Men who stare at goats

Jon Ronson - The Men who stare at goats

Now, this is the non-fiction book the movie of the same name is based (where all the real-life nonsense was apparently taken somewhat seriously).

Some people in Pentagon have taken X-Files and Twilight Zone too seriouslyCollapse )

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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2015, 11:53 pm
The Zanzibar Chest

Aidan Hartley - The Zanzibar Chest

Aidan Hartley (named after Aden) is one of those British colonials who never actually returned to Britain, even if they could regard it as "home". But they still mostly stayed where their ancestors had moved. Hartley himself became a war correspondent and wittnessed number of African conflicts, not only the most famous ones.

If you want to read happy stories about the Dark Continent, this book is not for you.Collapse )

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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2015, 11:51 pm
Declare

Tim Powers – Declare

This tale is mystic version of events that happened during the Cold War.
Muddling through mystical Cold War with stuttering PhilbyCollapse )

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Wed, Jan. 14th, 2015, 11:50 pm
Making Money

Terry Pratchett - Making Money

More economics, Discworld styleCollapse )

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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2014, 12:42 am
The Mind's Eye

Oliver Sacks - The Mind's Eye

Book is very similar to the Man Who Took His Wife for a Hat and Anthropologist in Mars and actually refers to those books several times in notes and footnotes. In fact, the amount of notes has apparently increased. One chapter can now be expanded from a fate of a single patient to numerous other historical examples.

How to see and not to seeCollapse )

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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2014, 12:42 am
Retief At Large

Keith Laumer - Retief At Large

Jaime Retief is a secondary level diplomat in the CDT - Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne - that represents the interest of Earth humans ("terries") in the galaxy. The main political opponent of humans are the Soviet analogue aliens named Groaci, who are just about as devious as you can think of.

Only competent human diplomat in the galaxyCollapse )

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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2014, 12:41 am
In Search of Memory

Eric R. Kandel - In Search of Memory (2006)

Eric R. Kandel is an Austrian-born Jewish-American neurologist and Nobel laureate. This books is his sort of an autobiography and memoir of research he has taken part of. His interest in psychoanalysis lead to research in neurological basis of memory.

Life, neurology, psychology and moneyCollapse )

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