Age of Enlightenment


I enjoyed reading this book.  It is well written, easy to read, and interesting.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Enlightenment was born of the idea that all human beings share the same basic needs and as such should enjoy the same rights and privileges.
  • Enlightenment began around the 1680s and lasted until the early 1800s.
  • Enlightenment was the direct result of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
  • The Scientific Revolution would never have taken place had it not been for the philosophical groundwork of the Enlightenment.
  • Enlightenment was simply an idea; the idea that a better understanding of our world and the people who occupy it, could lead to the progression of our species and the betterment of the human condition on earth.
  • While the leading figures of the Enlightenment were considered philosophers rather than scientist, many of these figures had backgrounds in science.  Scientific advancement is only possible through empirical processes and rational thought, as such became strongly associated with the reason-based philosophies of Enlightenment thinkers.

Against Corruption


This is an interesting book to read, because of the differences among the authors.  They were able to discuss corruption from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds/viewpoints.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Corruption hurts life outcomes in a variety of ways.  Economically, it diverts resources away from their most productive uses and acts like a regressive tax that supports the lifestyles of the elites at the expense of everyone else.
  • Corruption incentives the best and brightest to spend their time gaming the system, rather than innovating or creating new wealth.
  • As the difficulties and risk of corrupt behavior rise, fewer people will behave corruptly.
  • While auditing doesn’t sound like a glamorous nation-building activity, it is a critical part of ensuring that governments are spending public money responsibly and effectively.
  • Corruption is a cancer.  At first, it can look small and harmless.  Before you know it, it has taken over your entire body.  Likewise, the losses from corruption can start small, but in the end the damage is enormous.

Advanced Wilderness Navigation by Jack Perry


Amazon has Advanced Wilderness Navigation by Jack Perry available as an ebook for free.  Before reading this book, you will need know how to use a compass and read a topographical map.

The book is short and to the point.  However, it is full of useful information.  It is easy to read and easy to understand.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hiking, camping, or other wilderness activities.

The Abducted by Roger Hayden


Roger Hayden’s book, The Abducted is crime novel about a serial child abductor.  During one of the abductions, the criminal killed a young police officer.  The main character, a police sergeant, struggles to deal with the guilt of losing her partner and her inability to catch the criminal.

The book was a thrilling read.  I throughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading other books by this author.

Agnes Grey by Ann Bronte


The main character of the book, Agnes Grey, works as a governess for two wealthy families.

The first family never discipled the children and even encouraged cruel behavior toward animals.  I found it difficult to read through this section, as it broke my heart.

The second family was better; however, they had no regard for the feelings of others.  They were snobbish, selfish, and viewed money as more important than character.

Agnes Grey was a religious woman and tried to teach moral values to the children she was instructing.  At one point of the book she said, “The end of Religion is not to teach us how to die, but how to live; and the earlier you become wise and good, the more happiness you secure.”

The book does have a happy ending and is worth reading.


After the Shock by Scott Nicholson


Massive solar flares hit Earth and soak the planet in radiation.  The radiation destroys all electronic devices and kills over half of the population.  The survivors fall into two groups:

  1.  People that survived the solar flares, but the radiation scrambled their brains and turned them into mindless killing machines.
  2. People that survived the solar flares and seem to be unaffected by the radiation.  They are forced to find a way live in their new post-apocalyptic world.

I enjoyed reading this book.  The characters were interesting and relatable.  Also, the story flowed well, which made the book easy to read.