Category «Book Reviews»

History, Jews and Germany. Book Review

History, Jews and Germany: Book Cover

The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis By David E. Fishman Reviewed by Julie Sara Porter The Holocaust is a time when many people took courageous risks to save lives. There were just as many stories of people who took courageous risks to save not only human …

Pablo Picasso-Gertrude Stein: Correspondence. Book Review

Pablo Picasso-Gertrude Stein: Correspondence; Book Cover

Pablo Picasso-Gertrude Stein: Correspondence Edited by Laurence Madeline and Translated by Lorna Scott Fox Reviewed by Julie Sara Porter The early 20th century saw the rise of Modernism, a movement in art, literature, philosophy, architecture and culture which found new ways of self-expression. It was partly inspired because of the rise of urban living and …

Jean-Paul Sartre: Nausea. Book Review

Emptiness

One of the representatives of the new functionalist paradigm in the philosophy and culture of the twentieth century is Jean-Paul Sartre. Nausea, his novel from 1938, describes an individual who becomes aware of the metaphysical crisis that follows the end of substantialism. He expects to see essences, the truth, the old truth, but he sees …

What Is the Creative Process? Book Review

Book Cover The Creative Process

The Creative Process: Reflections on Invention in the Arts and Sciences Edited With An Introduction by Brewster Ghiselin Reviewed by Julie Sara Porter What does it mean to be creative? What is the creative process? Where does inspiration come from? Where do the great thinkers and artists get their ideas? How does someone take an …

A Woman’s Life During the Gilded Age. Book Review

Cover of the Book 'The Richest Woman in America'

The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age By Janet Wallach Reviewed by Julie Sara Porter Hetty Green (1835-1916) is not a well known name now but during the Gilded Age she was considered quite notorious. She was notorious partly because she was a sharp and savvy investment broker, one of the …

On the Meaning of Faith

Laughing Nuns

In his book Theology of Culture, Paul Tillich starts from a hypothetical case in which someone asks a representative of an existing religion (we may assume that he speaks about the Judeo-Christian tradition) and someone from the scientific community about the essence of religion. The first would maintain that the knowledge of God does not …

Famous Women and American History. Book Review

Famous Women and American History

Women’s Letters: America From The Revolutionary War to The Present Edited by Stephen J. Adler and Lisa Grunwald Reviewed by Julie Sara Porter Primary sources are terrific means of researching history. They are first-person accounts by the people who lived them. Among the most important primary sources are letters. Stephen J. Adler and Lisa Grunwald …

Who Are My Ancestors? History, Identity, Art. Book Review

Screenshot of the Book Cover My Confederate Kinfolk A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots

My Confederate Kinfolk: A Twenty-First Century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots By Thulani Davis Reviewed by Julie Sara Porter We all have connections to our family histories that even a DNA test can’t decipher. We may have a family story about how our ancestors emigrated to their new country. A talent or a physical mannerism seems …