The World is Around You, but You are in Your Car
William M. Trently

Yes, You Are Home
Peter Marsh

Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2024

5.0 out of 5 stars  Zoa's Arks

A Powerful Tale about the Oneness of Life

Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2024

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My first thought after finishing this book was I hope there will be a sequel!

At the end of the book, all the animals on earth had been saved from a flood of human abuse by traveling on spacecraft to an interstellar place free of humans in a rescue operation put together by Zoa, an animal protectionist with unlimited resources, hence the book's title. A sequel could tell how humans fared without animals (and they without us). It could also answer a question the book's protagonist, Bilal, had asked himself: if people treated other animals with more compassion, would they treat other people with more compassion, too?

One of the book's central themes was set forth by a friend of the protagonist who told him: "Yes. So every animal, plant, human, and everything had a role to get us from the beginning, thirteen billion years ago, to where we are now by how they happened to influence and interact with each other. All of these made history, and this unites us in a historical oneness. We share that history. Everything is linked, interconnected, all playing a role in the past, present, and future, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant."

As you may have noticed from this excerpt, this book is very well written, communicating profound ideas in simple language. This, too, has made me hope that there will be a sequel.



Zoa's Arks
James glover
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2024
Zoa's Ark is a remarkable tale that delivers a profound message about the treatment of animals and how humans treat each other. Bilal's journey into the world of animal rights sheds light on the appalling treatment of animals worldwide and how it affects our human relationships. Despite feeling helpless due to the lack of progress, Bilal's unwavering determination brings a monumental change that alters the course of human relationships with animals.
Snapshot: Ship's Dentists
       Review by ScubaRT,
Interesting Take. This a unique perspective of the USN and the rare glimpse into the world of naval dentistry. It was throughly enjoyable.

The World is Around You, but You are in Your Car

Review by Jane  E Harper on January 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
“The World is Around You, but You are in Your Car” begins with a retrospective history from the year 3000 CE. I rather enjoyed “looking back,” as I often ask myself how future generations will regard us.   A pivotal concept discussed is freedom. Freedom is responsible for the economic prosperity of the U.S, as people are motivated to work hard for a better life. However, at this point in history, this has morphed into what Trently calls “the relentless pursuit of the perfect life.” Trently has summarized well our current fix—this “hyperrelentless pursuit of wants,” and the expectation and demand for perfection. “In the course of the cultivation of this attitude, [U.S. citizens of the 21st century] came to believe a flawless life—one without any obstacles or obstructions—was absolutely owed them, was automatically supposed to be had, was deservingly theirs to possess.” (p. 5)   The fruits of this belief are disease, depression, and even frivolous lawsuits. Additionally, as we collapse ourselves into our individual pursuits, becoming more and more self-centered, our connection to the world, and each other, becomes strained and even severed.   To address our current crises, Trently brings histories great philosophers and prophets (what he calls the “Great Minds”) to the year 2008, in order to advise anyone interested how to slow down this relentless (and ultimately destructive) pursuit. It is a wonderful device, to not only bring these men to the present, but to make them thoroughly modern as well. (Envision Aristotle sipping an espresso, or John Stuart Mill drinking a can of Coke.) Disposing of the historic/culture gap makes these men more approachable.   Some of the solutions offered are the cultivation of external and, more importantly, internal restraints (you’ll have to read the book for details), agreeing to participate in the solutions, and finding the common ground that unites us.   While short, this book is deep, original, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. Don’t think you’re going to blast your way through it. This book would be great for a discussion group, especially any group interested in solutions to contemporary problems.   Trently’s voice, which is rational, kind, and good-hearted is an important addition to the dialogue about contemporary problems and solutions that are more than just a band-aid.



Yes, You Are Home                                                      4.0 out of 5 stars For people who like to thinkOctober 1, 2014

"Yes You Are Home" is presented in a series of fictional stories from three different perspectives—a long-lived alien observer, an early human ancestor, and a modern man. Trently has a gift for distilling information from a wide variety of disciplines and weaving them into a remarkably concise history of the world. I think what I like best about Trently’s timeline is how well it gives a real sense of the newness of Homo sapiens to this planet.

Trently proposes that as each person participates in building the “knowledge” road, humanity as a whole will progress toward wisdom and maturity. The destination of the knowledge road is the “Realm of Absolute Knowledge, the place where people would know everything.” He acknowledges that we may never attain absolute knowledge, but we still must strive, for humanity has to potential to get much closer in the future. At any point in time the road is a measure of collective knowledge. Every person is important in the building of this road, and even seemingly small contributions can have a large impact.

Whether intentional or not, I couldn’t help notice how love weaves its way through each story. If knowledge is the goal of the road, love is certainly its bedrock. This is what makes Yes You Are Home more than just an intellectual exercise.

As with Trently’s last book," The World is Around You, But You Are In Your Car", I found it both thought- and question-provoking. It especially got me thinking about what we call knowledge, the many ways we come by it, and my responsibility to others. Anybody who likes to think about things, and try to understand the meaning of existence, will find this a valuable contribution to their explorations.
Snapshot: Ship's Dentists
      Review by Mark L. Blei on September 6, 2012
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While this book is very thick with information on advanced dental practices, it's also an extremely interesting memoir on the life of a medical professional in the Armed Forces.  The author went to naval officer candidate school and practiced dentistry on land at military naval bases and at sea on large aircraft carriers. I found the difference in officer training for medical practitioners versus more standard officer training to be highly interesting . I was unaware that as medical practitioners according to the Geneva convention, they are not considered armed combatants. While the narrative , if you're not very interested in advanced medical technology and or about learning about these types of technologies can certainly seem dry at times. If you find that you are like me, and are generally interested in learning new things. It's certainly interesting , and more than worth sticking through the book. I quite enjoyed it even though I'm sure the author wrote it for people who had a more general understanding of dentistry.The autobiographical nature was for me, someone who is very interested in various different ways people live their lives at sea, more than worth the seven or eight dollars I paid for this book for Kindle.


Snapshot: Ship's Dentists 
      Review by Jeffy J on September 12, 2013
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After years of private practice, I have applied for Navy service as a dentist. I found the book informative and relevant. Now looking forward to serving more than ever.