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 …

The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Test: Book Review

Book Review by Julie Sara Porter The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre We all know the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ) even if we may never have taken it ourselves. We may have described our child as “she’s such an introvert. She won’t play …

Exploring the Corporate Strategy of the Big Four: Book Review

Book Review by Julie Porter The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google By Scott Galloway We know these Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They are a part of our daily lives. We may hold their creators under suspicion and grumble about their unfair practices, but we can’t cut ourselves off from …