Why BOOKPOODAH Is
Over thirty years ago I was a callow fellow working on an image processing project. The leader of the project was a woman I will call "Dr. Bernice". She advised me that no one could consider himself educated until he had read "On Growth and Form". Having read about half of it, I agree, and can thus consider myself no more than half-educated. What I did read changed the way I see (and understand) the world.
Not at all a screed on masculine superiority. It was written long ago when "man" meant humanity. It is an astounding condensation and explication of human history.
I had to buy this book in college for a course in Economics. I read the required parts for the course. After graduation I read more. But I never finished it. Lately it has become something of a cult book for free market partisans and Libertarians. Great book.
The books above are all magnificent books. I read about half of each, set them aside because something else had caught my eye, and never got back to them. I regret never having finished them.
I tried to read this book in the original German. I still have it, but managed only about, once again, half. The copy I have is named "Wo Warst du Adam?" and it is by Heinrich Boell (the best I can do with the umlaut problem). I think it is probably hard slogging even if you are not handicapped by lack of fluency. Never tried it in English. I am ashamed that I didn't finish it because it seemed an excellent book and it would have been the only full-length work I had read in German outside of class.
I'll add some E.A.Poe links as soon as I can resolve this perplexing communique.
If you are looking for informal, non-professional, irreverent and entertaining investment advice, check out the "Drooling Oatmeal Investment Club". Poodah (of this site) contributes occasional pieces there, such as this: "The Miracle Yoda Stump"