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This book is not a memoir of Machiavelli life, but covers his political views, liberal beliefs and his reasons to why Italy failed to progress in terms of personal greed. His comparison with Roman empire draws a conclusion on how religious institutions have played to promote their civic culture and suggests to implement the same strategy on Italian socialism. Why do I find Machiavelli’s fancies the constitution of Rome instead, whereas minimal with the barbarians in Italy? Historical facts are argued enough, apparently one sided so it is hard to conclude but good to hear their thoughts.

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I was expecting introduction of the medieval era of philosophy with a scoop of positivism which apparently was not the scenario rather a subliminal drag on the inclination of other standing philosophies. The ideology of Averroes on single minded self is an unwarranted strike on the main stream thinkers. His statement that “All humans share a single mind” smells of Edmund Husserl principles of consciousness. But have to blow author had rushed up his points at the end of the book with attacks on how lopsided medieval philosophy had been. It is significant to get the right historical data irrespective of sidelining its prominence which is an irrevocable hiatus for overall educational and political growth. So relieved to see author voice on this topic and hope its essence is thoroughly exhibited.

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How do you unlock the memories that have strong connections, values and well acquainted surroundings. Well, Lampedusa does exactly that with finest details available at his disposal. The intimate descriptions of his aristocratic country homes, estates, rooms, maids and valets are furnished to feed the onlookers. I can only imagine, how luxurious the life must have been for the prince and the perks are visibly natural. Discovering the nuance of reading skills is like mastering the art of learning which is what prince has acquired from his genetic disposition. For someone who admires solitude and the company of their own accord this book gives a sense of satisfaction in lively living.

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This is a magnificent portrayal of Peter Handke’s mother whose suicide raises many questions of her despondent outlook on life. His visions of finding the mystery are sculpted with at most precinct amid this faded world. Every word of his mother pierces the fainted-heart and flashes the fate of a purposeless existence with agonizing attributes. In all of this Handke’s revelation about his mothers keen on reading books evokes necessary muse. I feel sorry for those who had to face the wrath of Nazi political party and make sense of how this could have impacted normal lives of certain people. Totally dashed by the author for his true insights and writings which could have been buried, forgotten if not for his efforts to bring it up. It deserves more applause, standing ovation and many recognition to reach wider audiences, this is what I honestly hope for this confounding book.

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I came across this book after watching TED talk by the author about the link to menopause and the brain. It was an eye opener for many burning questions that I had and happy to have found a book that explains the interesting details. The starting talks about the importance of hormones followed by the repercussions of taking the antidepressants, cough medications and hormonal supplements which alters the brain chemistry in the long run thus paving for welcoming Alzheimer’s disease. Whenever menopausal women discuss their hot flashes as main issues never imagined to be a problem originating from the brain since the phenomenon is termed as vasomotor for a reason. In all this, points towards the tasks and activities one may need to slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s is worth the read and the recipes at the end of the book gives us the completeness one wish for. Try it to see it for yourselves and do not forget to share your views.

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