Book Review

Review of New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy Ozodi Osuji Dean, Cornelia (2013). Ed. The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy. New York: Sterling. 558 pages It is Friday afternoon. I had nothing to do and was terribly bored. I did what I do whenever I am bored: go to bookstores, especially used book stores. I went to one and did what I normally do, browse through the science section. My eyes lighted on a book called the New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy. Wow, where have I been that I have not seen…
Life And Teaching Of The Masters Of The Far East Baird Thomas Spalding (1924). Life and teaching of the masters of the Far East. Camarillo, California, Devorss Publications A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji I just read "Life and teaching of the masters of the Far East" by Baird Thomas Spalding. The author claimed to have visited India and other parts of the Far East in 1894 and spent some years there studying under those he called "masters of the far east". The book is a narration of his interactions with those alleged masters. One fact stands out in my…
Weinberg, Steven (1977). The First Three Minutes. New York: Basic Books. 178 pages A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji I have heard about this book, The First three Minutes; indeed, I have seen it at bookstores but had never had the urge to read it. I supposed that its contents are found in the various books on astrophysics and cosmology that mention it; moreover, it seemed, today, dated given when it was written, 1977. I read more contemporary books on astrophysics, so I did not feel like returning to the 1970s to find out the state of the art of…
Saturday, 10 October 2015 17:55

Is near death experiecne for real?

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Don Piper (2004). 90 Minutes in Heaven. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Revell. A Book review Ozodi Osuji I have read several books on Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and Out of Body Experiences (OBEs). Yesterday, I was at a book store and picked up yet another book on near death experience. I got home and began reading it and did not put it down until I was done with it his morning and decided to do a double take on it, review it as well as use it as a spring board to ask questions on near death phenomenon. In this particular…
The Igbo People, Culture and Character: by Okoro Ojiaku, (Bradenton, Florida: Booklucker.com, 2015), 178 Pages This book is written in the best tradition of the social sciences. It reads like it was written by a political scientist. The language is measured, detached, dispassionate and impersonal; it reads like a paper presented by a professor of political science to his fellow social scientists. The language is descriptive and not loaded with emotions (except in the last two chapters in which the author gave his personal opinions on how to preserve Igbo culture and language). It appears that the author has a…
Amit Goswami et al (1995). The Self-Aware Universe: How consciousness creates the material world. (New York: Putnam), 320 pages. Book review by Ozodi Osuji Traditionally, a new book is published. The publishers want to garner as many readers for the book as is possible; they pay book reviewers to review the book, especially in major newspapers located at major markets, such as New York, Los Angeles and London. This book, The Self-Aware Universe is not new and no one is paying me to review it so that potential readers may buy it hence make money for the publisher and the…
Byron Katie, Loving What Is. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002), 322 pages A book review by Ozodi Osuji Byron Katie Reid was a typical middle class white American woman, married with three children and living in the desert country of Northern California. Life seemed to be going well until she found herself clinically depressed. She took to staying on her bed and did not have the energy to engage in the activities of daily living, such as work, food, sports, socializing and personal grooming. She languished on her bed and like most depressed people did not see any reason…
Jonathan Gatlin, Bill Gates: The Path to the future. (New York: Avon Books, 1999)214 pages. Book Review by Ozodi Osuji This book is not an authorized biography; that is, Bill Gates did not seek out Jonathan Gatlin and ask him to write a biography of him, as Steve Jobs had asked Walter Isaacson to write his biography; Steve realized that he was dying and wanted someone to write about his history; Bill is still around and kicking and has no need for someone to write his history; his story is still a work in progress. Gatlin did what many journalists…
Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011), 630 pages Book Review by Ozodi Osuji Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are the face of the computer industry; they did for the electronics industry what Alexander Graham Bell did for telegraph, Thomas Edison did for electricity, John Rockefeller did for petroleum, Henry Ford did for the automobile industry and Boeing and Northrop did for the aviation industry. It seems that when a new industry emerges a few persons go for broke in it, throw their all into it and make it big in it and in popular culture come…
John Tataw Manga, The Dialectic of Economic Development. (New York: Xlibris, 2013) 172 Pages Review by Ozodi Osuji This book is a joy to read; in fact, it is as if the writer is proficient in literary writing and deployed that skill in his discourse on the dialectics of economic development in the southern Hemisphere of our planet. The theme of the book is technology transfer. The author, apparently, has given quite a bit of thinking to the question: why is the south not developed? By the south he is really talking about Africa, for if he includes Asian and…
There you go, Dr. Paul Komba. Border security around the Republic of Congo has been a long standing issue for military and policy. Dr. Komba weighs in with insight and solution offering a degree of hopeful outcome. From your analytic research and competence, here is a book that stands out on security issues and porous border challenges. Thank you Dr. Komba for challenging yourself to write this master piece on Security around the Congo borders. By craving to inform and solve the problems posed out there, you have offered what I will call a rare degree of solution in just…
Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice. (New York: Dell Publishing (1968)192 pages. A book Review by Ozodi Osuji I read Eldridge Cleaver’s book, Soul on Ice during my undergraduate years in the 1970s. In those days I consumed most literature on African-American affairs and did not particularly pay much attention to what Eldridge was saying, for other folks did make the same points he made. Oh, I learned from him that James Baldwin who had been my idol was a homosexual. To cap Baldwin’s absurd life style, I learned that he was living with a white man. The man I had…
The Soul’s Code by James Hillman (New York: Bantam Books, 1996)335 pages Book Review by Ozodi Osuji James Hillman’s book, The Soul’s Code is a welcome read; it is a refreshing breath of air given the aridness to which science has relegated human beings. In an attempt to reduce human beings to scientific parameters (which requires that every proposition must be observable and verifiable) Western psychology has reduced human beings to their genes and environment. Why are you the person you are? Psychology says that your biological inheritance and social experience made you who you are. You were born with…
Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer and Gregor Wurst. Eds. The Gospel of Judas. (Washington DC: National Geographic Press, 2006), 185 pages. Book Review By Ozodi Osuji In the 1970s some Egyptians discovered ancient documents that later were seen as Gnostic writings dated to the fourth century AD (other Gnostic writings were discovered in Egypt in the 1940s, the Nag Hammadi Codex; the Dead Sea Scrolls were also discovered in the 1940s). The writings comprise of three books one of which is the Gospel of Judas. That would mean that the documents have been around for 1600 years. The documents were written…
Our brother African Americans tend to place Africa on a pedestal and see it as heaven. In their presence, I am usually afraid to say anything negative about Africa because I understand why they need to see Africa as good. White men had told African Americans that Africa is the home of savages and they are trying to rehabilitate their battered self-esteem by telling themselves that the place they came from is better than the place they are, the West. One generally leaves them to live in that sweet illusion, fantasy really; why pop their balloon and tell them that…
Fidelis Ekeimo, Ndi Igbo and their communities, Umuohiagu-Ngo Okpala, Imo State as case study. (Owerri: Benstel Enterprises, 2011)216 pages Book Review by Ozodi Osuji Africans under the Sahara, especially Igbos did not have written history; they are a preliterate people. Because they did not have written history most Igbos are at a loss about their background. The only thing they know for sure about their past is what has been written down since the advent of the British in their world; that encompasses the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century. Anything that happened in their world before the coming…
Book Title: Nigeria is Negotiable – Essays on Nigeria’s Tortuous Road to Democracy and Nationhood Author: Chido Onumah Publishers: African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Abuja Pages: 460 Date of Publication: July 2013 Reviewer: Nnimmo Bassey Chido Onumah warns of the truth of this saying a few times in his book, Nigeria is Negotiable: that when history repeats itself, and it happens quite often in places where people do not learn from history, what takes place is a farcical replay of tragedy. It must be said right away that this 460-page book is a work of passion and deep…
Return to the Heart of God by Robert Perry, (West Sedona, AZ: Circle Publishers, 2007) 408 Pages A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji Whereas this piece is called review of Robert Perry’s book, Return to the heart of God, but since what Mr. Perry did was offer his understanding of A course in miracles, I will seize the opportunity to provide my understanding of both books. Chapter 1 Chapter one of Return to the heart of God is essentially an overview of A course in miracles; it introduced the concepts addressed by the book and in later chapters elaborated on…
It is a handy book that fits well into the genre of “How to Dos”, except for the fact that it belongs to the higher-level-academic/career niche, where only the best inhabit and saunter without much trouble. But apart from its academic content, the book also dwells on the peculiarities and intricacies of the country called Nigeria. It is therefore a sort of handbook on the State Of The Nation, before, during and perhaps even after the authors arrival, performance and even departure from the scene. It highlights the nature of corruption and the complexity of corrupt practices among Nigerian officials…
Arrows of Rain is a fascinating satirical allegory that reveals in gory details the terrible effect of military rule in a country named Madia in the novel, but which is, in fact, a thinly disguised Nigeria. The book opens in captivating fashion with the story of the dead body of a woman sprawled on the sandy shores of B. Beach on New Year Day. The police arrive but do a terribly patched-up work under the guise of investigation. The only person who can give a credible eyewitness account is a maverick vagrant named Bukuru; he is a highly educated former…
This book Sacred Contracts was first released in January 28, 2003 and published by "Three Rivers Press". Nevertheless, I want to make the connection by drawing from another work. Thus, in 2007, there was the Kpim Book Series in which the Father Pantaleon Foundation of Nigeria published The Kpim of Death, a book, which explored “why are we born to die?” To address the issue, scholars wrote from their field of research perspectives and experiences of life and dying in societies where they live and work. The book found out that for every human life, there is a purpose realized…
This book is a first person account of the phenomenon called near death experience, NDE. In 2008, Eben Alexander, a Harvard University Neurosurgeon apparently contracted bacterial meningitis (from E. coli) and his brain was severely attacked and he went into coma. He was in coma for seven days and was treated at Lynchburg, Virginia General Hospital. The book is an account of what he claimed transpired during those seven days when his mind, as he said, checked out of his body and journeyed to heaven. He provided descriptions of the heavenly realms he journeyed to and those descriptions are in…
Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi. (Carlsbad California: Inner Directions, 2010) 550 pages Book Review By Ozodi Osuji This book is composed of a series of talks given by the Hindu Sage, Ramana Maharishi, from 1935 to 1939. Those who compiled it say that it contains the essence of Maharishi’s teachings. The book was originally published in India in 1955 and republished in California in 2010. Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879 in India (his given name was Venkataraman). From an early age he heard one word voice, Arunachala. This word was repeated on a number of occasions and he…
 Will Durant, The Story Of Philosophy. (New York: Simon And Schuster, 1926) 412 Pages. Book Review By Ozodi Thomas Osuji Western philosophy began at Athens, Greece. So, to Greece we go. Something happened in the little Greek city states between 600-300 BC to lead Greeks to produce thoughts that the entire world has not seen produced in a corner of it, again. As if they drank some sort of wine that led to philosophic thinking, Greeks thought about everything in their world. Whereas in other parts of the world folks conformed to the religions of their people, individual Athenians questioned…
The importance of the pen, the brush and the voice of the artist as a social critic and as an interpretive lens to focus on the intricacies as well as the banalities of inter-human conflict may or may not carry less weight than they did in distant and not so distant past. This of course is a question of perspective; but even in the age of the saturation coverage of wars and insurrections by the apparatus of the mass media, the nuanced touches provided by the evocative poet and the erudite writer can give new dimensions of insight into the…