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Not a book review. Only what the book meant to me.

JERUSALEM, THE BIOGRAPHY (What it meant to me.)

Jerusalem_Bio 001 Jerusalem, The Biography

By: Simon Montefiore

2011

I read this book on my Kindle but after finishing I had a strong desire to own it in hardback with all its paper splendor.

Another strong desire I am developing is to produce a timeline chart which will have Jerusalem historical events; political, peaceful, war and religion on one side: maybe on the left. Adjacent to it will be the same sort of information based upon our North America. Maybe not N. America but just my home state of Georgia or maybe just my home town. I like the home town idea even though it is very limited but because after all Jerusalem is only a town and all of us live today in a manner traceable there. Okay! Not if you are a real Easterner because if you are you might be free of any enlightenment or baggage with stems to such a place. But, on the other hand maybe the world is just not old enough for the shadows of the area to reach you. Then again, I recall a time as a child that my Mother would occasionally get letters from China. The letters were written by a childhood friend of hers that had become a Christian Missionary. This would have been right after our Second World War and if you do not accept any of that war as a tie to Jerusalem then surely you can envision a shadow emanating from the religious actions of Christian missions. So, the show is not over. Continue reading

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The Prize and The Quest ( What they meant to me.)

The Significance of —— 

         The Prize and The Quest 

             By Daniel Yergin

                      ——-  To Me 

      (Not a Book Report: just what it meant to me.)

     I read The Prize only a couple of years ago even though it is a book from 1991. So, I was very late but it is the kind of book which has information so attuned to our daily lives that any late reading by me was meaningless. From the moment I started reading I saw and experienced its connections with my everyday life. The book won a Pulitzer.

     Since I am of the age group that was born during World War II I knew something of the war’s effect on my people and overall the people of my country. I was very short on understanding the power that oil played in the history of it all. I only knew the power oil brought to my transportation needs. Continue reading

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From Beirut To Jerusalem – (What it meant to me.)

The Significance of —— 

                        From Beirut to Jerusalem 

                                    By Thomas Friedman 

                                            ——-       To Me 

                (Not a Book Report: just what it meant to me.) 

            This book was written some time ago: 1989. One might think it is an excellent report on turbulent matters in human history and then even expect them to be settled and forgotten. That is not exactly the case though.

            Here in 2011 we as a global society have some bothersome questions to be attended to. Are we going to be able to have jobs for a work force which can live a life where at least most can repeat the quote I learned from a Dale Carnegie class – “Today is the best day of my life and tomorrow will be better?” Are we going to have an energy supply that will be available, affordable and secure?

             Along with questions of this magnitude we still have to drag along the question as to when will there be peace in the Middle East. When will the Palestinians have their own state and with it will they use it for their own good or for continued friction with Israel? Will this disagreement over the allotment of a small area of earth really lead in the end to a massive disagreement over an allotment of all the earth among major religious factions? Continue reading

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FEYNMAN – (What it meant to me).

 

The Significance of ——

 

                        FEYNMAN

 

                                    By Ottaviani & Myrick

 

 

                                            ——-       To Me

 

                   (Not a Book Report: just what it meant to me.)

 

            At first I was disappointed when I received the book for I thought I had ordered a serious biography of a scientist that I was aware of but only knew enough of to recognize his name and relate it to The Manhattan Project and the Challenger shuttle disaster.

            The disappointment was that the style of the book is like the newspaper comics. At least that is what it looked like at first glance. I had paid good money though and I had a perfect rainy afternoon to read so I got into it. It did not take long to see that there was going to be a reporting of substance about the man’s abilities and character. In fact it did not take long to realize that the concept of background pictures along with words of individuals being presented in the usual cloud boxes and fill in info being given in rectangular text boxes provided massive amounts of information in miniscule amounts of time: proving the cliché – “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

            I do not know if it is always the case but it seems that people that have a life which rises to the level of it becoming a biography start that life very early with focused interest of some kind. Continue reading

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Guns, Germs and Steel (What it meant to me.)

             The Significance of —— 

                        Guns, Germs and Steel

                                    By Jared Diamond 

                                            ——-       To Me

 

                There is an old saying to designate a prominent point in a given situation. It goes something like, “Where the rubber hit the road”. Mr. Diamond might refer to it as one of those “Proximate” moments of action. With this book which dates back to the mid nineties science has been connected with history in the like manner that “rubber hits the road.” Continue reading

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The Chosen (What it meant to me.)

The Significance of —— 

                        The Chosen 

                                    By: Chaim Potok

                                            ——-       To Me

            As a child and young man I was raised in a very conservative Christian religion environment. I have not remained active as far as socially active with other Christians but I know what I was taught and I know the strengths and disappointments which has come from it all.

            At this point of my life which puts me among the elderly my life is with a lady of the Jewish faith. She too cannot claim to be a highly active person of faith.

            Long ago though when I was in the U.S. military I took an interest in the battles and trials that had been taking place in Israel since the partitioning during the forties and this led me to other historical readings now and again of the Jewish struggles and advancements.

            More recently I have read some extensive Jewish literature: God, Jews and History / America’s Prophet / Where God Was Born and so on and so forth. Now I can add this book.

            There is not a close connection to the two young Jewish boys of this book and my life as a young Christian. We are though of the same age. We do share some of the connections of being faith based and living among not so much faith based peers.

            The one constant that continually gets my attention as I read any Jewish literature is the real understanding that Jesus himself was raised over a thousand years ago as a Jewish boy.

            This fact is not, or was not in my case, totally explained and I am now finding it to be an important factor to go along with what was explained. It is making for me a more complete picture.

            Maybe if I keep reading and trying to understand I will pass on something someday which will be important to another.

Hubert A. Abner

Late winter 2011

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The Fingerprints Of The Gods (What it meant to me)

             The Significance of —— 

                        The Fingerprints Of The Gods 

                                    By Graham Hancock  

                                            ——-       To Me 

           (This is not a book report. It is simply what the book meant to me.)  

            One time after I had read a binge of religious history books such as some by Bruce Feiler and a book by Max Dimont – Jews, God and History, I mentioned to my son Michael that I would like to know something about history before the days of the Bible. He fulfilled my wish by giving me this book as a gift.            During the time which I have been reading the book I have supplemented it by exploring with Google in order to gain more specific information here and there plus throughout the internet it is easy to find criticism of  Mr. Hancock’s reasoning. Also the book was published back in 1995 and it is now 2011 so there has been time for many facts to have been sorted out. The Hapgood ECD or Earth Crust Drift theory is one that comes to mind.

            The plain fact is though that Mr. Hancock thoroughly impressed onto my mind the importance which early man placed upon the visual relationships of the changing locations of celestial items in relationship to our views from here at home. I do not suppose another winter or summer solstice or a spring or fall equinox will come and go without my being attuned to it. Also at those times I will remember their significance as the ancients used them and as Mr. Hancock has used them to date the ancients. Continue reading

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