NOVEMBER 2010 READING SCHEDULE
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA. ...
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November 1 & 8, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXLI: Woodward on Obama as commander in chief
Bob Woodward, Obama's Wars (Random House, 2010). — "The most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes, and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism." —Book description.
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November 15, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXLII: Standing up for justice for Palestinians is not anti-Semitic
Mark Braverman, Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land (Synergy Books, 2010). — "Explains how the Jewish yearning for safety and self-determination and the Christian effort to atone for centuries of anti-Jewish persecution have combined to suppress the conversations urgently needed to bring about peace in historic Palestine. The book charts Braverman's journey as an American Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel. Braverman offers bold, fresh insights on the realities of the conflict from his unique Jewish perspective, offering up the controversial opinion that standing up for justice for the Palestinian people is not anti-Semitic." —Book description.
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November 22 & 29, 2010: DIGGING DEEPER CXLIII: Statistical perspectives on reality
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbably, 2nd ed. (Random House, 2010; original edition 2007). — "Taleb . . . thrash[es] MBA- and Nobel Prize-credentialed experts who make their living from economic forecasting. A financial trader and current rebel with a cause, Taleb is mathematically oriented and alludes to statistical concepts that underlie models of prediction, while his expressive energy is expended on roller-coaster passages, bordering on gleeful diatribes, on why experts are wrong. . . . taking pit stops with philosophers who have addressed the meaning of the unexpected and confounding." —Booklist.
Hans Christian von Baeyer, Maxwell's Demon: Why Warmth Disperses and Time Passes (Random House, 1997; Modern Library paperback, 1999). — "Von Baeyer, a physicist at the College of William and Mary, invites the reader to travel with the illuminati of thermodynamics along their zig-zag path to an understanding of heat, energy, and entropy. . . . Von Baeyer's writing style is so compelling that it would induce even the most scientifically naive reader to care about the laws of thermodynamics." —Publishers Weekly.