Origin (Dan Brown)

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Origin

“Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever.’ The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough… one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. Continue reading…

A Column of Fire (Ken Follett)

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A Column of Fire

“In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.

Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. Continue reading…

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

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Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

“From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Continue reading…

Love Story (The Baxter Family Book 1) (Karen Kingsbury)

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Love Story (The Baxter Family Book 1)

“From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters, which tells the story of how John and Elizabeth first fell in love.

From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. Continue reading…

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Anonymous)

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The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

“Curious book created in Russia and published at the beginning of the 20th century. The book describes a plan to achieve global domination by the Jewish people. Following its publication, a series of articles printed in The Times in 1921 revealed that much of the material was directly plagiarized from earlier works of political satire unrelated to Jews.”

New Books Playground says: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a book we don’t know what to think of. Continue reading…

Highlights from The Jewish State (Theodor Herzl)

Taking over the meiert​.com series, here are some snippets and highlights from Theodor Herzl’s The Jewish State (1896).

Emphasis as it appears in the original work may be missing, and our own edits, though marked, may be broad. Important: By sharing these highlights we neither endorse nor recommend respective authors and their views. Assume that we know little of the authors, and that we have nuanced views on the matter—as with all our book recommendations.

The Jewish State

[…] the childish error that commodities pass from hand to hand in continuous rotation.

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The Dawn of Christianity: People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic (Robert C. Knapp)

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The Dawn of Christianity: People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic

“Ordinary people of antiquity interacted with the supernatural through a mosaic of beliefs and rituals. Exploring everyday life from 200 BCE to the end of the first century CE, Robert Knapp shows that Jews and polytheists lived with the gods in very similar ways. Traditional interactions provided stability even in times of crisis, while changing a relationship risked catastrophe for the individual, his family, and his community. However, people in both traditions did at times leave behind their long-honored rites to try something new. Continue reading…