All posts by jim_admin

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Hanna Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (New York: Harcourt, 1951). I was assigned this book as a freshman in college and read the first 50 pages. Saw it in the bookstore and gave it another try. Rather long, deep and slow-reading ( I often read a passage twice). Very insightful and thoughtful analysis of the form of government of Hitler and Stalin.

Stalin, New Biography of a Dictator

Oleg V. Khlevniuk, translated by Nora Seligman Favorov, Stalin, New Biography of a Dictator (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015). An interesting medium length biography. As it is a translation it at times was like reading the news, but was generally very readable and informative.

The Ancestor’s Tale, A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor’s Tale, A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution (New York: Mariner, 2004). A rather long book. It starts with humans and goes back in time to ancestors we shared with other things that are living today. A chapter for each common ancestor as you go back in time to common ancestor of fish, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. At each chapter he uses it to illustrate some points about evolution.