China: History of China – History of an Empire: A Historical Overview of China & East Asia. Including: Ancient China, Communism & Capitalism (Chinese … Medicine, Mao Zedung, Confucius Book 2) by Raymond C Nelson

Title: China: History of China- History of an Empire: A Historical overview of China & East Asia. Including : Ancient China, Communism & Capitalism (Chinese…Medicine, Mao Zedung, Confucius Book 2)

Author: Raymond C Nelson

Publisher: Raymond C Nelson

Date of Publication: 26 August 2016

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 3.7/5

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“A journey of a thousand miles, / begins at one’s feet.” Dao De Jing

Raymond Nelson returns with yet another concise but detailed coverage of Chinese history in terms of its economic, political, cultural and religious heritage. The book begins with the task of clarifying the misconception that the isolation of China had made it weak and not as prosperous as its Western contemporaries. Though trading with the West had stopped abruptly during the Ming Dynasty but it only made it a strong economic driving force in the region. The book opens with a timeline of China’s dynastic leagues from the Prehistoric Times through the Xia, Shang, Qin, Xin, Sui, Liao dynasties to the modern day People’s Republic of China established in 1949. Some of these dynasties are elaborated in detail along with the workings of the famous Silk Route.

China has emerged as a modern rising nation though in the past it had to battle the invasion of Genghis Khan and his ancestors who marked a fairly long reign. Again during World War II, Mao Zedong’s Communist Party allied with the Nationalist party to take a leap forward in Chinese politics. This became a major turning point in Chinese history and can be seen as laying the ethic of combining industry and agriculture which is very inclined towards the betterment of the working classes and is anti- capitalist. Despite the ups and downs China’s significant role in the entrepreneurial global chessboard and its influence cannot be denied. The book also shows China’s remarkable online growth in spite of its state controlled media. Very summarily, it also sketches the growing smartphone and fashion industry that has been able to create rippling effects globally, making China a tough global competitor. Further, the book shows the stages of development in the Chinese language and script along with chapters on the therapeutic effects of Chinese medicinal practices. Chinese religious beliefs and cultural mores find mention in their influence, depth and far reaching appeal. An aspect of China’s outreach is its film industry full of world famous actors and composers. While their folk tales talk about the rich culture, the various tourist attractions give an idea about the beauty of Chinese landscape and makes the book a good introductory guide for those planning their next trip to China. On the whole though Nelson seems to be giving more emphasis on successful Chinese foreign policies by sketching out China’s relations with various Western (first) world countries, Nelson chooses only to dwell on the best and positive aspects. Chinese societal or environmental issues do not find any mention. The information, thus, is rather basic and generalised which makes the book a tad bit lengthy but it definitely covers most things Chinese. The lack of illustrations can make it hard to keep focus throughout but it can be a good introductory guide for those interested in China, Asia or the far East.

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Conspiracies, Bundle I: Conspiracies, UFOs and Aliens by Alex Monaldo

Title: Conspiracies, Bundle I: Conspiracies, UFOs and Aliens

Author: Alex Monaldo

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Date of Publication: 22 September 2017

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 5/5

“There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world.”

-Karl Popper

A book of intriguing facts about the secretive workings of You-Know-Who.

In a fervent attempt to uncover the truth behind some of the greatest mysteries of the world, Mondalo brings this fascinating book full of intriguing theories and factual data bound to stir the spirit. The book argues that the real functioning of the world is run by people that are hidden behind dark curtains of unknown mysteries and can never be caught. Apparently, real power does not lie with the elected leaders. The elected leaders are merely puppets in the hands of a pantheon of enlightened individuals who have distorted the Chain of Being in presenting themselves as a Godly pantheon with the power to dominate and abuse.

The book begins with the establishment of the New World Order and Freemasonry that have been inscribed in the very Constitution of American politics certain symbolic secrets. Only those who can decipher these will understand their hidden meaning. Keeping in mind the Biblical testimony of the End Times, Monaldo shows examples from religion that explain his basis of understanding and confirming these speculations. A lot of facts are supported with logical evidence but most of it seems like an educated assumption. Monaldo does not coax his readers into coming to any rigid conclusions; making the book highly autonomous. The spirit of free thinking and democracy is maintained. It is claimed that a lot of these institutions are based on occult practices that have pagan roots.

Certain assertions may come across as a little instinctive such as the idea of the Illuminati having started the French revolution although history notes the pioneers of the French Revolution to be Napoleon, Robespierre and others. However, it is surprisingly true that Freemasonry played an important role in the French Revolution which began apolitically but was radicalised by the late 18th century. Now whether one agrees to it or laughs its off as a joke, Monaldo accepts the idea that there is no denying the fact that such organisations(if at all they exist and are fully operational) are very well capable of pulling off such acts. The book further charts down a lot of recent debacles such as 9/11 attacks, spread of cancer as a man- made disease of the pharmacological industry, inner occultist functioning of the music industry and addresses their chief conspirators to be the Illuminati or its allies. Like any conspiracy theory it all sounds like a porridge of unbelievable ideas that ultimately depends on whether one believes it or not. There are endless angularities to this topic which makes it all highly controversial and debatable.

Nevertheless, the book presents some very startling ideas that are bound to rattle any reader’s mind who’s never come across this before. From false flags, chem trails, mysteries behind the 9/11 attacks, Bermuda triangle stories and the rise of militant groups, the author mentions the loopholes and inconsistencies in the investigation of these events. Every chapter ends with a “What to Believe” section that provides a balanced guidance to the reader so that they don’t get carried away by thefacts. Some ideas are bizarre and others are too strange to be processed. It might as well be laughed off as a joke entirely or ridiculed, except perhaps for some Dan Brown fans. But the book also provides proof of some conspiracy theories that did happen in real. Towards the end it becomes an index of both well known and unknown conspiracy theories. Monaldo seems to be urging his readers into becoming more diligent and to continue to remain sceptical instead of blindly believing anything and everything that is presented before their eyes(with special mention to the media).

Flashlights beam into the dark abysmal interiors of the caves as a team of forensic and legal experts make their way inside cautiously. A large white oval structure with craters the size of the moon lies amidst the rocks. The experts take out their equipment and begin to collect samples of stones, sand and rock. Suddenly, the whole place starts to shake wildly as small rock pieces drop onto the people. The egg shows cracks. Within a split second it breaks apart to reveal a large headed monstrous figure with big black eyes and tiny thin limbs. It is earless, nose less with a metallic grey skin with four fingers on its hands and radiates light from its head.  Horrifying and alien.

Such is a common description out of many Hollywood sci-fi movies that have featured alien invasions on Earth as their central themes. The book begins by sorting out common misconceptions about people who believe in aliens as they are neither lying nor Un- Christian or mad. Each chapter begins with a photograph or picture of flying saucers, lights in the sky, jet trails or funny looking confused aliens peering at the readers. Individual chapters open with bullet points about the contents to be covered in that particular chapter. Under the heading “In This Chapter You Will Learn” gives a crisp idea about what is to be expected in the discussions within the chapter. The book dissects the concept of aliens beginning from the pop culture with the oval shaped flying saucers and literary representations as seen in H. G. Well’s The War of Worlds that shows an alien invasion on London. The book goes on to index different types of aliens both good and bad. As with any other species, aliens come in various shapes, sizes and colours. Individual generic names are provided with a short write up about their characteristics. The cute alien images atop the descriptions are really delightful. These colourful images add to the amusement and interest of an otherwise contentious matter. The topic is highly entangled with various conspiracy theories. Bullet points provide information about a series of alien invasions, sightings and even abductions that have been reported. Inseparable from the UFOs, have been the crop circle mysteries that are yet to find any scientific explanation. Some ancient spiritual practices, beliefs and secret societies also worshiped alien beings and these are noted with utmost precision. A lot of facts are truly intriguing and striking but some of it, as the book itself claims, is largely unconfirmed. Whether it is considered as a natural phenomenon, a trumpet call to apocalypse, a morbid joke, a frivolous gossip or a dreadful horror, the aliens have proved to be inseparable from human life and existence. One of the final chapters provides such thirty “Fun Facts”. Monaldo even provides some Dos and Don’ts regarding the kind of attitude one should keep towards such extra terrestrial beings or happenings. With numerous uncanny twists and turns, it is truly an interesting book to be read from cover to cover.

A persuasive bundle of mind boggling facts.

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UFOs & Aliens: UFO Secrets- Area 51, Alien & UFO Encounters, Alien Civilizations & the New World Order by Alex Monaldo

Title: UFOs & Aliens: UFO Secrets- Area 51, Alien & UFO Encounters, Alien Civilizations & the New World Order

Author: Alex Monaldo

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Date of Publication: 13 May 2016

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 5/5

Flashlights beam into the dark abysmal interiors of the caves as a team of forensic and legal experts make their way inside cautiously. A large white oval structure with craters the size of the moon lies amidst the rocks. The experts take out their equipment and begin to collect samples of stones, sand and rock. Suddenly, the whole place starts to shake wildly as small rock pieces drop onto the people. The egg shows cracks. Within a split second it breaks apart to reveal a large headed monstrous figure with big black eyes and tiny thin limbs. It is earless, nose less with a metallic grey skin with four fingers on its hands and radiates light from its head.  Horrifying and alien.

Such is a common description out of many Hollywood sci-fi movies that have featured alien invasions on Earth as their central themes. The book begins by sorting out common misconceptions about people who believe in aliens as they are neither lying nor Un- Christian or mad. Each chapter begins with a photograph or picture of flying saucers, lights in the sky, jet trails or funny looking confused aliens peering at the readers. Individual chapters open with bullet points about the contents to be covered in that particular chapter. Under the heading “In This Chapter You Will Learn” gives a crisp idea about what is to be expected in the discussions within the chapter. The book dissects the concept of aliens beginning from the pop culture with the oval shaped flying saucers and literary representations as seen in H. G. Well’s The War of Worlds that shows an alien invasion on London. The book goes on to index different types of aliens both good and bad. As with any other species, aliens come in various shapes, sizes and colours. Individual generic names are provided with a short write up about their characteristics. The cute alien images atop the descriptions are really delightful. These colourful images add to the amusement and interest of an otherwise contentious matter. The topic is highly entangled with various conspiracy theories. Bullet points provide information about a series of alien invasions, sightings and even abductions that have been reported. Inseparable from the UFOs, have been the crop circle mysteries that are yet to find any scientific explanation. Some ancient spiritual practices, beliefs and secret societies also worshiped alien beings and these are noted with utmost precision. A lot of facts are truly intriguing and striking but some of it, as the book itself claims, is largely unconfirmed. Whether it is considered as a natural phenomenon, a trumpet call to apocalypse, a morbid joke, a frivolous gossip or a dreadful horror, the aliens have proved to be inseparable from human life and existence. One of the final chapters provides such thirty “Fun Facts”. Monaldo even provides some Dos and Don’ts regarding the kind of attitude one should keep towards such extra terrestrial beings or happenings. With numerous uncanny twists and turns, it is a truly an interesting book to be read from cover to cover.

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The Santa Corner by Jakie Rodriguez

Title: The Santa Corner

Author: Jakie Rodriguez

Publisher: Mascot Books

Date of Publication: 6 December 2016

Genre: Children’s Literature

Rating: 5/5

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas!

Meghyn and Gracie are very close school buddies. Meghyn loves going over to Gracie’s house at playtime. And what do two girlfriends do when they get together? Sure they giggle. And they giggle more.

Amidst the fun filled chaos of stuff toys, dolls, tents and toy trains, Gracie discovers a toy that stands out from the lot. But Meghyn won’t let her play with it. What is this toy and why does Meghyn snatch it away from Gracie? Aren’t they the best of friends ever?

A brightly coloured book of barely thirty pages, The Santa Corner is a great conversation starter with your little one about the joys of playtime, friendship and the toys they own. The book is easy to read and directed at elementary school children who may have just begun to read or are yet in the process of reading seriously in class or at bedtime. With its fabulous illustrations by the very talented Bee L Hannah, the characters of Meghyn and Gracie are brought to the forefront of a striped pink and white background. Thematically the book focuses on the idea of “sharing is caring” but it extends this moralistic indication to sharing out of and despite one’s human limitations to those underprivileged and in need. “Santa Corner” then becomes a metaphor for charity and selflessness that are to be inculcated at a young age. It does not denote merely a corner to put aside their old used toys that they do not enjoy playing with anymore. Keeping in mind the readership group, the language of the book is easy with no difficult vocabulary except perhaps the introduction of a few new words. Most pages have only 2-3 lines. The illustrations cover most of the pages and are done with such accuracy that almost every written word comes to life. “Santa’s letter” and “Santa’s Nice List” (with the names of all good boys and good girls) are put beside a roly poly Santa who sends his helpers only at night to collect the toys. So, much like the tooth fairy, he’s never seen by the kids which only gives them more reason to be curiously attentive about the entire process. Though the book is a fun read for all ages but it is more oriented towards little girls taking their primary education.

Has your letter from Santa arrived in the mail too? Find out.

Sweet, simple and splendid.

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World History: World History, Europe (World History Series Book 1) by Robert Dean and Raymond C Nelson

Title: World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History- The Events, People and Leaders that shaped Our Planet (Book 1) and Europe: European History: The Most Important Leaders, Events, & People Through “European History” That Shaped Europe and Eventually Became the: European … Napoleon, Hitler, Communism, Newton Book 1) 
3rd edition – updated and with added content 

Authors: Robert Dean and Raymond C Nelson

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 14 September 2017

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 3.7/5

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With a conversational narrative style Robert Dean deals with the history of the birth, growth and development of human kind as a civilisation. The book is an index to an otherwise elaborate topic that spans eras of inexorable evolution on the face of this planet. The book begins with the Paleolithic Age or the early Stone Age. This is followed by the Neolithic Age of human settlements that were situated beside the river banks where water served to be the most important element in sustaining life. These settlements were agriculture oriented farming families that depended heavily upon crop cultivation and cattle rearing. These indigenous primitive people were mostly a part of what is termed as the Old Age which includes Europe, Asia and Africa until the accidental discovery of the New Age by Columbus. This New World is pioneered by the advanced developments of America. The Neo Classical Age includes the Classical Antiquity of Ancient Greece that led to the Golden Age of Islam in the early part of Renaissance while the Dark Ages reigned in Europe; also marking the beginning of the early Modern Period.

The book provides a quick overview of all the stages in the development of human civilisation throughout the various ages. This sort of textbook division is done to facilitate a better understanding of the trends, patterns and impressions in the historical process. However, like all historical events, there are cross currents of several fundamental happenings simultaneously forming a dynamic history that cannot be strictly divided one dimensionally. Each chapter ends with sections such as Fun facts to shake your brain and General misconceptions of our historywhich show the contrasting ideas that ancient people held in comparison to the moderns and the extent of their ill-informed notions about social and scientific issues. If the choice were yours is an interesting way to get readers involved in imagining their role as people present during important historical happenings.

Each age is dealt with in brief key points. Learning about history and finding accurate sources is not easy. The book explains how geographers and archaeologists go about this laborious task. Bullet points with step by step detail of events in chronological order of occurrence is very useful. The clarity of perception makes the book highly informative though tediously factual. The information is neither diluted nor convoluted. No era is misrepresented over another. There is equal focus on all ages.

The book is easy to read and enlightening but may seem monotonous to those who do not enjoy reading about history at all. The lack of photographs, pictures or any kind of illustrations only adds to the tedium and is a serious drawback. It is a good handbook for introductory lessons to students of history, literature, archaeology and geography. Another interesting feature lies in the final chapters that cover both the heroes and villains that appeared in history.  Dean argues that history shows us how much we have become more and more intertwined with different races in a globalised world. Dean also stresses on the importance of studying this history which is his ultimate motive behind writing the book in order to understand where we came from and where we belong so that we may avoid making mistakes similar to those of our ancestors.

The book on European history in the bundle follows a similar framework of narration with a more or less similar arrangement of sections. It traces the history of Europe from the days of the Dark Ages, Napoleon, Hitler and Communism to the present day formation and functioning of the EU as well as the challenges it tackles in the modern world. Mention about the individual European countries and their development may have made the book more insightful and interesting though adding terribly to its length. The book also provides in detail the relationship between Europe and England which is important in understanding the association between the two in a post Brexit world.

This is a good purchase to increase one’s knowledge about history as a whole and/or a tasteful gift for any history buff.

World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History – The Events, People and Leaders that Shaped Our Planet (Renaissance, … Alexander the Great, Sumerians Book 1) by Robert Dean

Title: World History: History of the World: Ancient History in Mesopotamia to Modern History- The Events, People and Leaders that shaped Our Planet (Book 1)

Author: Robert Dean

Publisher: Robert Dean

Date of Publication: 7 October 2016

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 3.5

 

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With a conversational narrative style Robert Dean deals with the history of the birth, growth and development of human kind as a civilisation. The book is an index to an otherwise elaborate topic that spans eras of inexorable evolution on the face of this planet. The book begins with the Paleolithic Age or the early Stone Age. This is followed by the Neolithic Age of human settlements that were situated beside the river banks where water served to be the most important element in sustaining life. These settlements were agriculture oriented farming families that depended heavily upon crop cultivation and cattle rearing. These indigenous primitive people were mostly a part of what is termed as the Old Age which includes Europe, Asia and Africa until the accidental discovery of the New Age by Columbus. This New World is pioneered by the advanced developments of America. The Neo Classical Age includes the Classical Antiquity of Ancient Greece that led to the Golden Age of Islam in the early part of Renaissance while the Dark Ages reigned in Europe; also marking the beginning of the early Modern Period.

The book provides a quick overview of all the stages in the development of human civilisation throughout the various ages. This sort of textbook division is done to facilitate a better understanding of the trends, patterns and impressions in the historical process. However, like all historical events, there are cross currents of several fundamental happenings simultaneously forming a dynamic history that cannot be strictly divided one dimensionally. Each chapter ends with sections such as Fun facts to shake your brain and General misconceptions of our history which show the contrasting ideas that ancient people held in comparison to the moderns and the extent of their ill-informed notions about social and scientific issues. If the choice were yours is an interesting way to get readers involved in imagining their role as people present during important historical happenings.

Each age is dealt with in brief key points. Learning about history and finding accurate sources is not easy. The book explains how geographers and archaeologists go about this laborious task. Bullet points with step by step detail of events in chronological order of occurrence is very useful. The clarity of perception makes the book highly informative though tediously factual. The information is neither diluted nor convoluted. No era is misrepresented over another. There is equal focus on all ages.

The book is easy to read and enlightening but may seem monotonous to those who do not enjoy reading about history at all. The lack of photographs, pictures or any kind of illustrations only adds to the tedium and is a serious drawback. It is a good handbook for introductory lessons to students of history, literature, archaeology and geography. Another interesting feature lies in the final chapters that cover both the heroes and villains that appeared in history.  Dean argues that history shows us how much we have become more and more intertwined with different races in a globalised world. Dean also stresses on the importance of studying this history which is his ultimate motive behind writing the book in order to understand where we came from and where we belong so that we may avoid making mistakes similar to those of our ancestors.

Christmas by the Sea(Surf’s Up) by Beth Wiseman

Title: Christmas by the Sea( Surf’s Up)

Author: Beth Wiseman

Publisher: Beth Wiseman

Date of Publication: 4 November 2016

Genre: Short Story/ Novella

Rating: 4/5

Nature’s Fury brings together two complete strangers.

A man is drowning in the middle of a raging hurricane. His hands can barely be noticed as he tries to shout for help. As he gets tossed from one end to another by the burgeoning tides, he contemplates dying instead. It is the thought of his little son that makes Parker struggle for life. But how long will he be able to keep his spirits high while his energies vanquish under the engulfing waters?

This short novella of barely fifty pages finds a relieving twist with the arrival of Alex at the rescue site. She makes frantic efforts to call 911. With gushing winds tearing at everything around, she can only manage to guide the operator to her location before the lines go dead. Racing against time and the final cries of a helpless man, she locks her car and decides to dive into the reckless waters only to realise that it is of little use trying to battle a furious Mother Nature. The story gets dense as they get to know and take a liking towards each other while trying to keep alive. The scenic descriptions and intensity of expression is commendable. What is most appealing is the emotional content of the individuals and the situation. Rescue teams eventually arrive but will Alex ever get to know whether Parker made it alive? Will Parker remember his saviour even if he did live through?

Heart touching story of life’s bitter sweet conspiracies.

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