The Last Samurai

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Nathan Algren has decided to join Katsumoto’s resistance after perceiving that the Emperor is sort of puppet to Omura.

Self-discovery is a mystery. We can never know where and when we will gain understanding about our own character. What is left for us is a painstaking and endless effort to get the outcomes since, basically, everyone is blessed by the courage to claim his birthright. One thing for sure, no revolution occurs during steady moment; mainly due to an anxious personality will not be able to establish peaceful situation surrounding him. The journey of self-discovery is the main topic in The Last Samurai, a film starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe as the leading characters released in 2003.

The Last Samurai is opened by a scene in which Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is about to demonstrate the newly invented rifle. The man has very low self-esteem caused by his past actions as officer of the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment to Indian people. He has no friends but alcohol and regret until the day when he has Col Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), an active army officer, and Omura (Masato Harada), a Japanese Read more

My Promised Land

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My Promised Land: A non-fiction book by Ari Shavit

Since ancient times, Middle East has never slept. Social unrest, political turmoil, riots, birth of new religion and war have characterized the area. The conflicts have been more intense after the establishment of a country named Israel in the middle of 20th century. None of us knows the future of a single country in the world. We can’t also predict the future and fate of a country since its establishment thanks to its complex dynamic. Chapters, stories and records in My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel provide historic accounts about Israel so far and give a glimpse for us to imagine the future of the country.

The book is written in form of personal narrative history of the state of Israel. It deals with the existing internal and external pressures in Israel which suggest that there are some existential crises within Israel. Consists of 17 Read more

The Legend of Tarzan

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The legendary Tarzan is John Clayton III a.k.a. Lord Greystoke, the husband of Jane Porter.

As a movement, human rights is something rather new. It takes World War II, in which persecution towards Jews in Europe took place, to introduce the concept globally. However, only a few realize and remember what European countries did (and do?) upon the third countries and the rest of the world for centuries prior to the world war happened. Colonialism, persecution, slavery, mass murder and ethnic cleansing are among cruel and nasty things they did in the past. Such inhuman and immoral conducts gave birth numerous famous legends worldwide, which is The Legend of Tarzan is one of them.

Tarzan (Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård) is John Clayton III or Lord Greystoke, a British nobleman of the Greystoke’s who is raised by gorillas in the African jungle. As he is introduced to human civilization and Read more

The Black Swan

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Black Swan-The Impact of the Highly Improbable: A non-fiction written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It is not an exaggeration for saying that Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable should be considered as one of the most important books in the 21st century. Since we are now living in era in which data, statistics, empiricism and their derivatives play important role in shaping our behavior and the way we think, the book provides insightful remarks on the danger of having such paradigm. It is quite difficult to categorize the book. Its psychological approach upon understanding human behavior has made it impossible to put Black Swan into the class of philosophical book. On the other hand, the presence of superb elucidations on risks and some key concepts in mathematics and statistics makes Black Swan different from a typical book of essays. Indeed, it is a serious book. However, I could say that Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an amazing writer since he is able to Read more

Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband

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Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband A biography of Ali bin Abi Thalib a.s. by H.M.H. Al Hamid Al Husaini

Ali bin Abi Thalib is placed second among the list of important figures in Islam. The cousin of Mohammed the Prophet has tremendous and outstanding role on the spread of Islam and and Islamic teaching. History has provided us the fact that Ali bin Abi Thalib is among the first believer of Mohammed – and the youngst of all. When teens of his age were very busy, Ali bin Abi Thalib had surrendered himself to Islam, by taking risky acts to protect the life of Mohammed the Prophet, his own cousin. Such brave attitude gets stronger by the time he is getting older. That is why Mohammed the Prophet loves him very much, and commences him as military commander in some battles. In addition to his magnificent strength, Ali bin Abi Thalib is considered as the most intelligent among his contemporaries. For that, Mohammed the Prophet said that if Mohammed is the city of knowledge, then Ali bin Abi Thalib is the gate to the city. There is no single knowledge Mohammed the Prophet possesses that is not passed and Read more

Bernanke’s Test: Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and the Drama of the Central Banker

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Bernanke’s Test: Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and the Drama of the Central Banker A non-fiction by Johan Van Overtveldt

Alan Greenspan’s era is now over, and new guy must lead Federal Reserves. A man named Benjamin Bernanke – simply called Ben Bernanke – is appointed as the new leader of the most prestigious and dominating central bank in the world. Raised in a Jewish family, the MIT professor on economics has to cope with the declining economy of his country as the result of the work of Alan in the past.

Indeed, Bernanke’s Test is a book about economy, especially banking. However, what makes it interesting, according to my opinion, is the way the book presented. This book is truly educational one. First, it is published not to commemorate or Read more

Schindler’s List

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Schindler’s List: A fictional biography of Oskar Schindler by Thomas Keneally

The name Oskar Schindler will never be forgotten, especially among Jewish community. Prominent German industrialist who made fortune during World War II, Oskar is highly praised for being the first businessman to perform practical philanthropy in modern world by saving the lives of Jews from further horror: death. It was something dangerous, especially for a member of Nazi party like him.

Written by Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List serves as a fictional biography of the honorable live-saver. It took years for Thomas to complete the book. But, he got assistance and support from the descendants of the Schindler Juden who had given him resources needed. The hard work finally paid off since Steven Spielberg put the Read more

Bhagavad Gita

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Bhagavad Gita: A religious book by Vyasa

The name Bhagavad Gita is widely known, especially among those who embrace spirituality, wisdom, and religious life. The book is ranked among the greatest religious books worldwide. In India itself, its position is next only to Upanisads. There is a commonly famous verse that says, “All the Upanisads are cows, the milker is Sri Kresna, the calf is Arjuna, the enjoyers are the wise ones, and the milk is the fine nectar that the Gita is.”

Bhagavad Gita is so important in India that almost all the religious leaders have interpreted the Gita according to their own schools of thought. Some prominent persons Read more

A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind: A non-fiction by Sylvia Nasar

The life of the late John Nash (1928-2015) is a vivid example of the transformation of rumor into world legend. There was a time in Princeton University people, who did not know his undertaking during his youth, called him ‘Phantom of the Fine Hall’. Died last May in a car accident with his beloved wife, Alicia Larde, whom he met while was in MIT, his existence has inspired many. It is easy to understand and follow the rise and fall of a businessman. But, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the rise and fall of a genius. Nash, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in 1950s, sparks controversy when Nobel committee refuses to grant him the prize. It takes 45 years for him to Read more

Why Nations Fail

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Why Nations Fail: A non-fiction book by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

The idea to make a review about this book came after watching Benicio Del Toro’s Sicario. However, this book doesn’t deal with drug cartels or homicide or corrupt police. It’s a book on political economy, instead, which elaborates possible reasons of the rise and fall of a nation, why some countries fail while some are so successful though they live in adjacent territory. The movie itself portrays a lot about life around the U.S. – Mexico border in the area of Nogales. The border divides Nogales into two different worlds – Nogales of the U.S. and of the Mexico. Just like Berlin Wall divided Germany into East and West Germany in 1960s.

In this book, Daron Acemoglu has established himself as a distinguished political economy theoretician. The MIT professor on Economics gives thorough introduction supported by historical facts on the evolution of governments. Reading Read more