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Don MacLean

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Don MacLean holds graduate degrees in political science and environmental studies. He is a staff writer with an interest in politics, economics, the environment and books. He can be reached at dmaclean19@gmail.com
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Book Review: The Return - Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

Book Review: The Return - Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between By Hisham Matar Hisham Matar’s memoir is a beautiful and heartbreaking read. On September 1, 1969 Libya’s first post-colonial head of state, King Idris, was overthrown in a coup by General Mohammad Qaddafi. Like the Arab spring [...]

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Brace Yourself (Book Review: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari)

Brace Yourself (Book Review: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari)

Consider some of the recent and dizzying developments from the world of science and technology. Google and Tesla have prototypes for self driving vehicles. Soon - if not now - there will be artificial intelligence (AI) that can design infrastructure - bridges, buildings - in ways that humans cannot even [...]

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An Eerie Glow:  By Gaslight is a Masterpiece of Storytelling

An Eerie Glow:  By Gaslight is a Masterpiece of Storytelling

By Gaslight By Steven Price Book Reviewed by Don MacLean Steven Price’s remarkable new novel By Gaslight opens with a Dickensian depiction of London. It’s January 1885 and the great city is steeped in a swirling, ominous fog. Like a debilitating virus, the coal soaked air serves to make anyone sick [...]

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Book Review: Mothering Sunday

Book Review: Mothering Sunday

Graham Swift’s latest novel explores the mystery of a woman discovering herself The premise of Graham Swift’s slim, new novel Mothering Sunday is familiar: the arc of a human life is sometimes altered by the most innocuous and unexpected of developments. It’s March 1924 and Jane Fairchild is a [...]

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An Imperfect Offering

An Imperfect Offering

Some Rain Must Fall By Karl Ove Knausgaard Reviewed by Don MacLean Why has Karl Ove Knausgaard’s 5 volume autobiography made him an international literary sensation? Karl Ove Knausgaard begins the fifth volume of his autobiography Some Rain Must Fall with a surprising admission.  The volume will cover [...]

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A Good Life, A Flawed Novel

A Good Life, A Flawed Novel

A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson Reviewed by Don MacLean June 2016 Kate Atkinson likes to write about ordinary individuals swept up in extraordinary circumstances. In two separate but companion novels, Life After Life and A God In Ruins, Atkinson tells the stories of Isabel Todd and Teddy Todd, respectively. The [...]

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The Walk of Life

The Walk of Life

Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah Anna Badkhen Riverhead Books, New York, 2015 Reviewed by Don MacLean May 2016 Anna Badkhen’s wonderful book Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah documents her journeys with members of the nomadic Fulani, [...]

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History of Medicine and Science

History of Medicine and Science

Wounded British soldiers, 10 April 1918. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  Felix d’Herelle and the Discovery of Therapeutic Viruses Felix d’Herelle was a Canadian scientist who co-discovered bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are viruses that thrive on and kill disease and infection causing bacteria. [...]

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Black in America

Black in America

Between the World and Me By: Ta-Nehisi Coates Reviewed by Don MacLean In the October 6, 2014 issue of the New Yorker Jennifer Gonnerman tells the remarkably tragic story of Kalief Browder, a Black 16 year old male living in the Bronx. On a Saturday evening in May 2010 Kalief was walking home with a friend. [...]

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Review: A Neurosurgeon’s Challenge

Review: A Neurosurgeon’s Challenge

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery Henry Marsh St Martin’s Press, New York, 2014. Reviewed By Don MacLean Consider, if you will, the delicate surgical task of removing a pineocytoma, which is defined as “an uncommon, slow growing tumour of the pineal gland.” The patient is a young [...]

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