Disloyal Book Review

DISLOYAL BOOK REVIEW DISLOYAL BOOK REVIEW​        An inflamed, regretful admission of crimes committed by and on behalf of the sitting president.   READ REVIEW DISLOYAL BY MICHAEL COHEN ‧ RELEASE DATE: sep. 8, 2020 Consider all that terrible things you’ve found out about Donald Trump. Fourfold it, and you know where this winding book starts.  […]

Intimations Book Review

INTIMATIONS BOOK REVIEW INTIMATIONS BOOK REVIEW       Tacitly amazing, deftly created essay demonstrates the veracity of the contagion of suffering.   READ REVIEW INTIMATIONS BY ZADie Smith ‧ RELEASE DATE: july. 28, 2020 Regretful, irate, deftly-made and strong reactions to unfavorable occasions.    With 2020 scarcely “mostly done,” fiction author and writer Smith offers a sharp […]

Becoming Book Review

BECOMING BOOK REVIEW BECOMING BOOK REVIEW​      A fascinating journal just as an enthusiastic treatise on what phenomenal elegance under extraordinary tension looks like.   READ REVIEW BECOMING BY BEN Michelle obama ‧ RELEASE DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 The former first woman opens up about her initial life, her excursion to the White House, and the […]

Agent Sonya Book Review

AGENT SONYA REVIEW AGENT SONYA REVIEW​       A gripping investigation of a surprisingly accomplished twentieth century spy.   READ REVIEW AGENT SONYA BY BEN MACINTYRE ‧ RELEASE DATE: SEP. 15, 2020 The awakening story of the Soviet Union’s most praised female government operative.    In the range of her long, vivid life, Ursula Kuczynski (1907-2000) rose […]

Caste Book Review

CASTE BOOK REVIEW CASTE BOOK REVIEW      An important, provocative book that uncovered an American history where only a few can be proud.   READ REVIEW CASTE BY Isabel Wilkerson ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 11, 2020  The Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist chronicles the development and fortunes of social pecking order.    Caste is mainly associated with India, […]

Too Much and Never Enough Review

TOO MUCH & NEVER ENOUGH REVIEW TOO MUCH & NEVER ENOUGH REVIEW      Trickling with snideness, vibrating with fierceness, and sparkling with lucidity—a profoundly fulfilling read.    READ REVIEW TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH BY mary l. trump ‧ RELEASE DATE: july. 14, 2020  The long-anticipated tell-all from the president’s niece, a clinical psychologist.    […]

Good Morning, Monster Book Review

GOOD MORNING, MONSTER REVIEW GOOD MORNING, MONSTER REVIEW     Smart mental lessons of unique enthusiasm to readers on helpful therapeutic journey of their own.    READ REVIEW GOOD MORNING, MONSTER BY Catherine gildiner ‧ RELEASE DATE: SEP. 22, 2020  In reviewing her long vocation as an advisor, Dr. Catherine Gildiner was struck by the strength of soul […]

THE VIRUS IN THE AGE OF MADNESS Book Review

The virus in the age of madness
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French philosopher Lévy invokes scores of eminent thinkers, including Foucault, Lacan, Plato, Pascal, Sartre, Camus, Genet, and Latour, among many others, to mount a strong, sometimes strident warning about the social, moral, and political consequences of the pandemic. Calling his book “a midpoint review,” he claims that “First World Fear” is causing a rejection of globalization and retreat into isolation, ignoring worldwide famine, poverty, and oppression. Although he concedes that sheltering in place, wearing masks, and following hygienic measures are needed to contain the virus, he advocates “examining concretely, precisely, and in detail the complexity of the measures that need to be taken, in the world now, to combine the health emergency with the protection of people’s livelihoods.” Even though he condemns those who deny science—Donald Trump, et al.—Lévy is skeptical of placing “blind confidence” in doctors. However, rather than raising questions about physicians’ current claims, he weakens his argument by citing historical instances in which doctors promoted eugenics and other “harebrained” ideas. His concern here seems, as he suggests, “far-fetched.” The author scorns those who insist that the virus is sending a message—nature’s warning against environmental exploitation or God’s wrath to humanity led astray—and similarly chides romantic narcissists who see confinement as a path to self-knowledge. “More than most,” he writes, “I am a partisan of repairing the world.” However, he sees a dark future where autocrats use the virus to enact authoritarian agendas—as is occurring in Brazil, Turkey, China, and elsewhere—and where there is “the transformation of the welfare state into the surveillance state, with health replacing security,” and the social contract replaced by “a new life contract…where you abdicate a little, or a lot, of your core freedoms, in return for an antivirus guarantee.”

Untamed BOOK REVIEW

CRIMSON CODEX BOOK REVIEW M ore life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom. In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with […]