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  •  Not counting those that bored me too much? (6+ / 0-)

    Frankly a lot of philosophy strikes me as so much hot air. I ask myself what it has to do with the life of a woman who works for a living?

    But be that as it may...

    God Created the Integers by Stephen Hawking. A long hard schlog through the history of mathematics.

    In freshman year of high school I read Bernard Fall's Hell in a Very Small Place, about the siege of Dien Bien Phu. I had reflexively opposed the Vietnam war on humanist grounds, this book, not easy for a 13 year old, gave factual basis.

    •  Tecolata, kudos to you for that long hard schlog (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Brecht

      through the Hawking book.  You have my admiration.

      That's interesting that you read a book about the siege of Dien Bien Phu. Not many people I know have heard of it.  My late father often told me about the time when he and my mother sat tensely by "the wireless" in Singapore in the early 1950s, and heard the announcer's voice say slowly, "Dien Bien Phu has fallen."

      Still gives me the chills when I think about it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:55:19 AM PST

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