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October 23, 2005

Book Reviews

The following members reviewed the books indicated. The meeting was well attended (17 members and one guest)--not unusual for a Book Review meeting. A more complete report will appear here when time permits.

Jerry Douglas

John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights, by David S. Reynolds.
Cloudsplitter, a novel narrated by a fictionalized version of Owen Brown, atheist son of John Brown, by Russell Banks. 

Carl Seratt
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond.

Leon Lefson
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II--Updated Through 2003, by William Blum.

Jerry Bachman
Marx for Beginners, by Rius.
Before Adam, by Jack London.
Hume, by Anthony Quinton. This book is about David Hume (1711-1776), the famous Scottish philosopher.
Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology, by Louis Pojman. (This book is the basis of a symposium Jerry attended at the CSUS School of Social Work. Jerry also mentioned that the symposium leader, Prof. Tony Platt, will shortly be publishing a book called Bloodlines.)

Bill Potts also read some of the entries from his upcoming book, Bushopedia.

Needless to say, all four reviewers recommended the books they reviewed. Synopses and/or readers' reviews can be found at

Interim report prepared by Bill Potts

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