Oh look, some books!

Remember when this blog used to be about more than just books I read? Oh well, here’s some more books I’ve read recently.

Irreligion by John Allen Paulos
I didn’t enjoy this one near as much as A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. The subtitle of this one, “A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up” pretty well sums up what the book is about. What I don’t understand is who this book is for. EVERYONE knows the arguments for god don’t add up – hence, faith.

The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew by cracked.com
This is a fun, quick read. It will help to undo some of the nonsense you were taught in school. If nothing else it should give you some things to think about, and maybe to research on your own. I had no idea the pyramids in Egypt were once covered in a smooth layer of limestone which made them glisten. On the other hand, their oversimplification of the cause of the US Revolutionary war (all Ben Franklin’s fault) was laughable. It ignores the Albany Conference and the British ban on manufacturing in the colonies, for starters.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military by Chris Kyle
A Christian warrior goes Muslim huntin’. A real life monster story told in the first person.
Notes on the audio edition: It’s too bad they didn’t have a woman read the parts of Mrs. Kyle. It would have been a much better experience. Listen at 2x speed or more!

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
I was led to this one not buy the recent movie (which I haven’t seen) but by my brother, and then by a mention in American Sniper. I could really give both books the same review. This is also the story of an American who goes Muslim hunting in Afghanistan and thereabouts. It takes extraordinary mental gymnastics to follow his reasoning for how he is the good guy in this story.

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