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Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies

[Longhorn Review] Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies

Material Type: All, books — Tags: conquests, evolution of societies — Posted on April 2, 2009, 8:18 am

By: Jared Diamond

This Pulitzer Prize winner addresses the question as to why human development
proceeded at different rates on different continents and why some groups of people
came to dominate others. It asks the question: "Why did wealth and power become
distributed as they are now, rather than in some other way?" The author examines
interactions among disparate peoples at various times in history, and proposes that
the answers lie not in inate ability, but in the early domestication of wild plants
and animals and other benefits of environment and location. Not only is there an
advantage gained by feeding nonfarming specialists for scholarship, government, and
the military, but the nasty germs developed by those who lived with livestock became
very potent weapons when the "civilized" came into contact with the
"primitive."

Reviewer: Bill Grosskopf

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The printmaking bible : the complete guide to materials and techniques

[Longhorn Review] The printmaking bible : the complete guide to materials and techniques

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks, printmaking, prints, technique — Posted on March 16, 2009, 12:02 pm

By: Ann d\'Arcy Hughes & Hebe Vernon-Morris

A resource for inspiration as well as a review of technique. This book has it all
for the contemporary printmaker.

Reviewer: Laura

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Les poètes maudits : Tristan Corbière, Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé

[Longhorn Review] Les poètes maudits : Tristan Corbière, Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé

Material Type: All, books — Posted on March 16, 2009, 8:45 am

By: Verlaine, Paul

Edition originale Very rare book: unfortunately, i don't have this book in my
collection:)

Reviewer: Hervé VILEZ

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Texan tells a true story of the famous Mier Expedition into Mexico

[Longhorn Review] Texan tells a true story of the famous Mier Expedition into Mexico

Material Type: All, books — Tags: Military, Texas, War — Posted on March 11, 2009, 8:24 am

By: Alexander, John Rufus

Short, actually 24 pages, not 23 as catalogued, account of the Mier Foray into
Mexico. As Alexander is elderly and 50 years removed from the expedition when this
was written/gathered, the accuracy comes with a caveat emptor, but the writing is
excellent, and details seem to accord with history. this is a gripping, fascinating
and somewhat depressing military piece, covering this deadly event. Color, details
and memories that are unique as presented, a must for any serious student of this
era, or Texiana per se.

Reviewer: Valhalla Booksellers

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Por favor, no empujen

[Longhorn Review] Por favor, no empujen

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: cuentos, fiction, novel, novela, peru, stories — Posted on March 11, 2009, 8:11 am

By: Gonzlez Nohra, Fernando

La primera publicación de Fernando González Nohra se compone de seis relatos. Lo
curioso es que puede funcionar como una novela elíptica, plagada de silencios en los
que el lector es envuelto y las respuestas le son concedidas en pequeñas referencias
que interconectan temporalmente los cuentos. Así, vemos una evolución temporal de la
obra como un sucedáneo de capítulos que no traicionan el sentido de ninguno de
ellos. Por ello, a diferencia de otros libros de estilo semejante, es preferible
leerlo en el orden trazado por el autor y no adelantarse «… para no perder el paso».

En Por favor, no empujen el humor ácido es el pretexto para mostrar la verdadera
soledad de Gonzalo, personaje principal y narrador de sus desencuentros, que vive en
una ciudad como Lima, donde es testigo a diario de «cómo la neblina que subía por el
acantilado se iba tragando de a pocos la ciudad». Un lugar en el cual todos parecen
caminar en su contra: «Los pocos que caminan en mi dirección lo hacen tan lento que
se convierten también en un estorbo, tengo que esquivarlos para no perder el paso».
Un reflejo vital de lo que significa vivir en un país divorciado de sí mismo. Donde
los conflictos no sólo habitan en lo hondo de la pobreza, sino que se presentan a
cada esquina como reiterando, una y otra vez, que permanecerás «vivo y vacío»
(paráfrasis usada por Gonzalo con respecto a Henry Miller).

El estilo narrativo del
autor es frugal; no ahonda en extravagancias. Su lenguaje transmite el habla limeña
sin ambages. Para el autor es vital que se deje hablar a los personajes, y esto se
logra en Por favor, no empujen. Gonzalo jamás deja de ser él, jamás permite que la
vida y los personajes estrafalarios —sátiras de una sociedad exagerada como la
limeña— mellen en él. Seguirá intentando escribir, que en este caso es lo mismo que
intentar sobrevivir.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Handbook of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

[Longhorn Review] Handbook of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

Material Type: All, books — Posted on March 11, 2009, 8:08 am

By: Rowland, David L.

To say that diversity in sexual identity is caused by a disorder is wrong and
offensive. The author should reconsider the implications of his syntax.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Historia moderna de Mexico.

[Longhorn Review] Historia moderna de Mexico.

Material Type: All, books — Posted on March 2, 2009, 2:23 pm

By: Coso Villegas, Daniel

This is a great acheivement of mexican historiography, took several years and a
team of first rate historians to complete. Unfortunatelly this catalog does not
allow to look up individual volumes by author, The complete work is posted under the
name Historia moderna de Mexico but each indivdual of the 8 volumes has a specific
titles, they should be listed individually as well. The work covers all apects of
mexcian economic, political and social life between 1857 an 1910.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

[Longhorn Review] The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: warren buffett — Posted on February 24, 2009, 2:36 pm

By: Schroeder, Alice

My Dad gave us three "kids" this book for Christmas; said it was "an important
book" for our times. I have now--2 months later--completed the book. All 800+ pages
of text plus some of the footnotes. Thanks Dad! While I agree Warren Buffett is an
important man, I must (respectfully, of course) disagree that *this* is an important
biography. For all but the most detail-minded, this book is skimmable or
excerptable. Dip in to a chapter here and a chapter there. My favorites and somewhat
representational of the whole would be: one from the early years, one of the
chapters on Buffett’s relationship with Kay Graham of the Washington Post, one on
Mrs. B. and one on Geicko, and one or two on Buffett’s ongoing relationship with
Bill Gates. Or browse the index for topics and, and read selectively. Then call it
done.

Why, you may ask? On p.478, the author--who had complete access to
Warren Buffett for years-- wrote: "Buffett had the energy and enthusiasm of a
restless teenager; he seemed to remember every fact and figure he had ever read…”
With few exceptions, the endless repetition of those details in the book, to the
point that it seems the author is reciting from Buffett’s calendar, do not make a
good biography. Telling us over and over, year by year, what Buffett had for lunch
at each meeting – or more annoyingly what he would NOT eat – or reciting entire
lists of attendees of each meeting and dinner, do not for the most part add to our
knowledge of Buffett as a person or how he thought and made decisions. It does not
make for interesting reading. In short, an important man, a skimmable and exhausting
book.

Reviewer: Shel

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Power and the Press: Controlling the Media and Information During Conflict

[Longhorn Review] Power and the Press: Controlling the Media and Information During Conflict

Material Type: All, books — Tags: media — Posted on February 16, 2009, 9:16 am

By: Davis, Caleb Andrew

A topical analysis juxtaposing various information strategies of WWII and
Vietnam. Masterfully written and crafted. Quick Read.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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The music of Joni Mitchell

[Longhorn Review] The music of Joni Mitchell

Material Type: All, books — Tags: criticism, falstaffpicks — Posted on February 13, 2009, 12:11 pm

By: Lloyd Whitesell

A good, perhaps overly detailed, analysis of Joni Mitchell's works, from the
beginning of her career through the most recent. Many of the descriptions of
specific songs reminded me of my first connections with them - um, a few years
ago!

Reviewer: Danny

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