Category Archives: Book Review

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, a Biography by Simon Callow

Book Review Title: Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World Author: Simon Callow Published: Vintage 2012 Perhaps no one alive today has done more to shine a light on Charles Dickens, the man and his works, than Simon … Continue reading

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The Leopard, a Novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Book Review Title: The Leopard Author: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Publisher: Pantheon Books (Paperback), New York (1960) ISBN-13: 978-0-679-73121-4 Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard follows the life of Sicilian Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, around the time of Garibaldi, mainly … Continue reading

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Autobiography of World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal

Book Review Title: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal Author: Mikhail Tal Publisher: Everyman Chess (London) Date: 1997, 2015 Mikhail Tal’s autobiography is in the form of an interview,

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Wright on Wittgenstein

Book Review Title: Wittgenstein Author: Georg Henrik von Wright Published: University of Minnesota Press 1982 Ludwig Wittgenstein was G. H. von Wright’s professor, mentor, and friend. After Wittgenstein died in 1951, Wright became literary executor and spent thirty years collecting, … Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of Codebreakers

Book Review Title: The Secret Lives of Codebreakers Author: Sinclair McKay Published: Penguin Group 2010 Recently I saw the 2014 film The Imitation Game about British Intelligence’s codebreaking of German communications during World War II. The movie was interesting enough … Continue reading

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The Education of Henry Adams

Book Review Title: The Education of Henry Adams Author: Henry Adams Published: Modern Library 1931. Originally published 1918. Privately circulated 1907 Last December I wrote about Adams’ earlier work, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, which I recommended for its rich blend of … Continue reading

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Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

Book Review Title: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Author: Henry Adams Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (June 3, 1986). Originally published 1904. Henry Adams toured French mediæval gothic architecture, and apparently took a lot of notes, focusing on the Grande Cathedrals of … Continue reading

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Persian Carpets

Book Review Title: The Root of the Wild Madder Author: Brian Murphy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, 2005 There are plenty of dry histories of Persian carpet making, and sterile picture books of Persian carpets, but too often … Continue reading

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Pearls from Sand

Book Review Title: Pearls from Sand Author: Karl Wiegers Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (August 1, 2011) People in the software industry know that Karl Wiegers has a wealth of experience in software engineering, quality assurance, and SDLC in general. But … Continue reading

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Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide

Book Review Title: Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide Author: Karl Wiegers Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 2, 2001) Karl draws from his wealth of experience to give examples of productive peer review process in action. He talks … Continue reading

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