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The Four Agreements is, per the author, a practical guide to personal freedom. It presents the Toltec manner of thought regarding our reality and how to live in it without limiting ourselves or letting others limit us.

The Four Agreements are:

Be Impeccable With Your Word

Don't Take Anything Personally

Don't Make Assumptions

Always Do Your Best

There are some inspiring passages in the book and the author has a unique (Toltec?) way of looking at things. In some ways it reminds me of The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav.
Diamond, here's a brief summary of a new Mosley book....

Fear Itself, A Fearless Jones Novel, by Walter Mosley
(Little, Brown and Company)
Los Angeles in the 1950s is a hard place to be, and Fearless Jones is a bad man who's done hard time and just wants to get it right. In this second Fearless thriller, Mosley's trademark hard-boiled meditations turn to class-and how those who love to lay claim to it often have none at all. Paris Minton needs the help of his old friend Fearless to find out what's happened to one of the City of Angels' favorite sons. When their quest takes them up the social ladder, they discover the truth about being bourgeois.
A technothriller is an action adventure book where there is lots of description of military hardware and new gadgets, i.e. Tom Clancy.
"Act of War" is written by a former Air Force officer who talks about some of the technology that is just around the corner, ie unmanned war planes and cybergenetic battle suits that gives soldiers five times their strength.
If you think that sounds like sci fi, I have seen documentaries which say the military is currently developing technology like this.
Crude robot vehicles were used for bomb disposal in Iraq.
Originally posted by motik:
If you think that sounds like sci fi, I have seen documentaries which say the military is currently developing technology like this.

oh I'm sure that's a reality - I wasn't sure whether you were a NeuroMancer William Gibson fan.
I personally despise the moral and conscious 'distance' that unmanned killing machines can give/allow the operator.
Australia's version of Tom Clancy is Matthew Reilly - quite a successful writer at 31yrs old.
The techno-style stories I like are more sci-fi style.
I finished "The Darkest Child" by Dolores Phillips. It was a very interesting and enlightening novel. My book club had a very heated discussion on the various characters and their situation in this novel. I thought the author did a wonderful job keeping your interest. I couldn't put the book down it really held my interest. Very good read.
Originally posted by FireFly:
Originally posted by Santana St. Cloud:
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins.

I haven't read it, but this is quite a popular in Australia... how are you finding it?

I really like it! I'm quick to believe that much of what he writes actually happened. I think some people think Perkins embellishes his story. But, if anything, it seems to confirm all the things I hate about politricks.

Also, I find it interesting how he often uses words like slave/slavery/plantation to describe how the corporatocracy exploits underdeveloped nations and their poor.
Focusing on my children...

I'm reading... (again)

The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer


The Private Eye/ (5x) Looking/Thinking by Analogy: A Guide to Developing the Interdisciplinary Mind Hands-On Thinking Skills, Creativity, Scientific Literacy by Kerry Reuf

I'm reading "Kindred" by Olivia Butler.

A sci-fi reading friend let me borrow "Parable of the Sowers" a couple of years ago. (I don't read a lot of fiction, let alone science fiction.) I finally read it earlier this year. Two days after I finished it, Ms. Butler died.


I'm on a personal quest to find recent books by black authors that aren't porn, soft porn, or just plain old junk.

Stay away from "B-Boy Blues." A co-worker recommended this one to me years ago; she loved it! Let's just say, books like that are the reason I don't read a lot of fiction. :ugh:
I've been fascinated by the events which occurred in Cambodia, and the Khmer Rouge communist regime, 1975-1979. Pol Pot, what a monster; and the role that the U.S and Nixon played in this is mind boggling. Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng, are comparable to Auschwitz, and Darfur, and..........

Books I just finished:
Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors, Dith Pran and Kim DePaul
and, The Triumph of Meanness: America's War Against Its Better Self
and, Pol Pot, Anatomy of a Nightmare

The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Poitics of Intervention

I've also been reading about concentration camps throughout history, around the world, ie.
Shark Island, or Haifisch Island, which is a small island off the coastal city of Lüderitz in Namibia which is used as a campsite for tourists.
Haifisch Island was the site of a concentration camp from 1904 to 1907 in which prisoners of the Herero and Nama tribes were worked to death and experimented on. Forced labour from the camps were used to build Lüderitz and local railways. Other camps existed throughout the then German South-West Africa and sites like Swakopmund, Windhoek, and Okahandja. The Herero and Namaka genocide was recognized both by the United Nations and Germany. (Wikipedia)

Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold: Europe's Conquest of Indigenous Peoples

Advancing the revisionist tradition, Cocker's book demonstrates the gruesome similarities among events usually seen as radically disparate: the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the British takeover of Tasmania, the subjugation of the Apache in the American Southwest and the German wars in Southwest Africa. Cocker, a writer for the British Guardian, demonstrates that in all four cases the same processes were at work, and each produced the same results: the devastation of native people (Cocker estimates that as many as 50 million were killed). He describes military efforts by the Europeans, from the Spanish conquest of the great Mexican city of Tenochtitl n to the German ambush and massacre of women and children in the tiny African village of Hornzranz. The vestiges of colonial cruelty, he argues, continue even in a world that supposedly abandoned the horrors of colonialism after WWII. "For large numbers of Europeans and those of European descent," he writes, "tribal peoples remain a defeated and immaterial branch of humanity. We have a duty to make their story part of our own." Wisely, Cocker is not solely Eurocentric in his condemnations; throughout, he acknowledges that barbarities can be found all over the globe and throughout history, giving his account greater sweep. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, this superbly written book deserves a wide readership. ( Weekly)

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