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22 12, 2016

Review: Being British by Chris Parish

By | December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Human Geography, Nonfiction, Politics & Government, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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being british book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Where to start, where to begin? I will say at the outset that I did not “bond” with the author of Being British. The book is neither witty, nor funny, but rather a probably accurate statement on what it is really like to be British, and that is, I admit, the entire point of the book, isn’t it?

The book reviews British culture and has 14 chapters that cover the history of Britain, downsides of British culture and its current evolution, perceptions of the British Empire and its supposed decline, national identity and patriotism, British people’s love of nature as well as the future of Britain. 

8 11, 2015

Review: The Human Age by Diane Ackerman

By | November 8th, 2015|Categories: Biological Sciences, Human Geography, Nonfiction, Science & Math, Social Sciences|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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the human age book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

If we all stop for a second and look around at our surroundings we probably won’t see anything that would strike us as having a dramatic effect on our planet. Right now, I look around and see my computer, stacks of literature, an iPad, multiple empty cups that need to go to the dishwasher and some pillows. None of that seems overly unusual, right? To Diane Ackerman, these human inventions have made an indelible mark on our natural world. The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us is a collection of intertwined narratives that uncover the ways in which humans have altered the planet.

Ackerman begins with small, recurring anecdote about orangutans that are allowed to play games on iPads. Her perspective of such an unnatural occurrence serves as a thematic reminder of the impact humans