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Review - Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt by in60Learning

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 12, 2018

Hatshepsut: The Pharaoh-Queen of Egypt

Volume 0 of in60Learning

Hatshepsut is a figure that's always fascinated me, although she is probably not widely known, so when I saw that in60Learning had a book about her, I decided to use it to learn a little more. She ruled Egypt around 1479 to 1458 BC and is from the line that gave us Tutankhamun. The popular headline is that she was the first woman to rule as Pharaoh in ancient Egypt, but one of the big revelations of the book is that this is not exactly true. More...

Review - Alexander the Great by in60Learning

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 13, 2018

Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes

Volume 0 of in60Learning

in60Learning is a new range of books designed to provide and overview of people and events of the past in an easily digestible format. With a total print length of around 40 pages, they are meant, as the publisher's name implies, to be read in around 60 minutes. The publisher offered me my choice of books for review. I chose the Alexander biography since he is a character that continues to fascinate me. I've read a lot about him; much of it fictionalized, to be honest, but I thought I still knew enough to judge what the book offered. More...

Review - The Best Little Boy in the World by Andrew Tobias

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 17, 2015

The Best Little Boy in the World

As a very young child, the author's parents praise him as “the best little boy in the world” (BLBITW). Such parental praise may be relatively common, but our hero truly takes it to heart and spends many years trying to live up to the perceived expectations of his parents and others. When he realizes that he prefers boys to girls he sublimates those feelings, since the BLBITW most certainly can't have such feelings. It isn't until he finishes college and enters the working world that he realizes the pointlessness of denying his feelings. More...

Review - Is It True What They Say About Black Men? by Jeremy Helligar

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 20, 2015

Is It True What They Say About Black Men?

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Note: Since I've been in the same places and similar situations to the author of this book, this review will be a little more personal than usual.

Entertainment journalist Jeremy Helligar leaves his job and life in New York to travel the world. In this collection of blog posts, articles and musings we follow Jeremy as he settles first in Buenos Ares, then Melbourne, with long stints in Bangkok. As Jeremy writes about his efforts to connect to the men as well as the places he lives in, the comparisons to “Sex and the City” are obvious and not missed on the author. Where-ever he goes, one question Jeremy gets from the guys he meets is so consistent that he titled the book with it. More...

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