Daily Archives: 12/24/2010
I really enjoyed this, and would recommend it.
I was (and am) a big Star Trek fan, and I knew Shatner mostly from that. In fact though, as my well informed readers know, he’s done a lot of other things, many of them since the show. Some of these things were less known to me. Also, he’s lived a very interesting life.
In the book he uses all of this as great raw material. He discusses his triumphs such winning an Emmy for Boston Legal. He spends a lot of time on Star Trek of course, and you learn some things you may not have known about Leonard Nimoy as well, such as his growing up as a Jew in Boston and struggling with Alcoholism. He also discusses his four marriages, including his third that ended with his wife’s death by drowning in their pool.
The book is very honest. He is shamelessly, but with a wink engages in self promotion, à la price line. But he also, discusses his failures and some regrets. Regrets such as hunting down a bear with a bow and arrow, only to realize why kill such a noble creature.
Finally, William Shatner is a very funny guy. Read the first chapter if you can and you’ll see what I mean. If you can get the audio book. Shatner reads it in his “Shatnerian” style.
A couple of brief observations:
1. The 1998 elections also indicated unpopularity of the direction of the party in the power. It was a rare case where there President’s party (Clinton’s Democrats) gained seats; and
2. However, the size of the loss of the majority was a lot smaller, and the Republicans did mantain a majority.
“Europe knows nothing of liberty and freedom” was asserted in a comment on another blog.
The Magna Carta? The American revolution was at least part driven by colonists feeling they were being deprived of their rights as Englishmen.
France played a crucial role in the success of that revolution.
Thousand of Germans risked their lives to escape across the Berlin wall.
Greece is the birthplace of democracy.
Many Hungarians risked their lives in a hopeless and short lived revolution against the Soviets in 1956. I could go on but I think you get the point.
Obviously in Europe’s long history there are a lot of couterexamples such as Nazi Germany, Napoleonic France and Soviet Russia. In fact that should remind us that freedom can be lost.
But I don’t think it follows that Europeans are just mindless, weak and willing pawns of the state, so as soon they do something that proves it’s a bad idea, or at least inconsistent with “freedom”.
Read some of the comments on this. The comments on Jim Wheeler’s blog are always good.