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Member: Miro

CollectionsYour library (2,100)

Reviews301 reviews

Tagsunread (1,022), american literature (952), british literature (737), first edition (131), psychology (97), military (89), children's books (88), history (83), autobiography (80), economics (80) — see all tags

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About meI'm a regular reader happily living without a TV.
My personal star guide:
5 stars: An exceptional book. Maybe the best of its kind.
4 stars: A very good book, perhaps flawed in some way. Bad writing OK in an interesting work.
3 stars: A good solid work with some major distortions or omissions.
2 stars: Something seriously wrong. May be AGITPROP.
1 star: Often dishonest, AGITPROP or vacuous, cute and pretentious and I wish I hadn't bought it.

About my libraryThey are all physical books on shelves. I like the quality of paper, bindings, printing and artwork and am not attracted to audio books, Kindles etc.
Its heavy on economics and history although I read novels from time to time which often turn out to be more enjoyable than I anticipated. I sometimes buy first editions if they are fine/near fine, and as a general point, I´m very impressed by the quality of recent fiction and non-fiction.

GroupsAncient History, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Book Care and Repair, Books Compared, Economics, Libertarian and Market Liberals, Memoirs and autobiographies, Military History, Physics!, Science!show all groups


LocationCalpe, Spain

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Member sinceSep 25, 2005

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Thank you--I am awed that someone looks to my reviews to determine what to read.
When reading your review of Roy Jenkins' bio of Asquith I found your site, and was amazed to see that I am the weighted no. 1 of your library. I don't think I have ever seen myself as such on any other library, so I am taking the liberty of marking your libaray as interesting. Are you native to Spain or just temporarily there?
Do you happen to have a list of the best 10 books you have read? I would like to see it if you do.
Thanks again, Miro, I have always been fascinated by medieval history and been haunted by the 14th century, esp. the Black Death, which must surely be the single most cataclysmic event in European history, I would argue, even more so than WWII.
Thanks for showing interest in my library, Miro. Like you, I also acquire books significantly faster than I have time to read them! John
Hi Miro

Glad to see you like my library. When I get the time I will start to do as you suggest. I'm still trying to get the time to add all the books in my library.


Thanks for the recommendations. Hayek's Road to Serfdom is definitely on my list to read eventually, but I hadn't heard of Muller's The Mind and the Market, so I'll have to add that one to my list. I've read Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, and found it witty and well-written, but I nevertheless actually rather disliked it---possibly because of Bulgakov's convoluted views on good and evil. But maybe I'll give Heart of a Dog a shot.
Just wanted to say I enjoyed your review of The Origin of Species.
New review up. Thanks.
Thanks. I just wish my LT catalog was in better order. The tags, especially for my economics and politics books, are somewhat incoherent. I am slowly working on it, but it seems to be an endless process. I find it odd that there aren't more people with books by Hayek and his friends. I don't feel like I really deserve to be the Hayek champion--if indeed I still am. It seems that non-fiction people are not as interested in LT as one might think they should be.


Thank you for adding my library to your interesting libraries list. I am impressed that, among the books that we share, there are a large number of books that I admire, for example those by Hayek, Mises, and T. E. Lawrence.

yes, I think Dawkins is brilliant. (Although I do not entirely agree with some of his views). I have been trying to get "The Extended Phenotype", doesn't seem to have an indian edition
I read your review of the The meme machine. It was very good. Right from the time I read The Selfish Gene, I have been wondering about this concept of memes as replicators. Thanks to your review, I planning to pick up this book.
Welcome to Books Compared. What an interesting and thought-provoking group of books you've reviewed - I hope you'll contribute a comparison review for us soon.
The Road Past Mandalay was recommende to me by GEN William Crouch (USA, Ret) when he was the senior mentor to a training exercise I was on. It took me about 6 months to track down a copy, and I was blown away. I found it to be absolutely brilliant and a work that I revisit every year or so.
Miro -- Thank you for joining the Political Conservative group! And thank you for your debut post -- a real winner! Road to Serfdom is high on my list to read, but not yet on my shelf. First up for me is Capitalism and Freedom, because I own it now. Then probably Free to Choose, because I just gave a copy to my dad and will borrow it back. I'd be interested to know how you compare the two Friedman books, if you've read the other one.

You are our first international member, by the way.

Just read your estate agent's review of no logo. Well written, well said! I like the cut of your jib sir - you deserve a wider audience.

thanks for the comment. I spent a year reading accounts of the ten month campaign in NW Europe. I think it was as dirty a war as the Eastern Front. I have read some Glantz - he is clearly the english speaking authority on the Russian Front. However he is hard to read. You should consider Anthony Beevor's "Stalingrad". Very readable (I think he is a Brit). Your collection is impressive, more literary. I have read a fair amount of fiction but rarely keep the books.
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