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21. American Mania: When More Is Not Enough
by Peter C. Whybrow
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Asin: 0393059944
Catlog: Book (2005-01-30)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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A doctor's bold analysis of the cultural disease that afflicts us all.

In this startling analysis of our prosperous American society, renowned psychiatrist Peter Whybrow reveals why as a nation of acquisitive migrants our insatiable quest for more now threatens our health and happiness.

Whybrow describes an affluence in America that far outstrips our need and a rampant greed spawning the addictions of consumer culture—food, money, and technology. Citing the alarming statistics of obesity, depression, and panic disorders, Whybrow alerts us to a behavior that is now testing the limits of our ancestral biology—in mind and body—and threatens to erode the very foundations of our community. Drawing upon detailed case studies, Whybrow offers compassionate guidance and a novel vantage point from which to understand some of the most pressing social and medical issues of our time. This provocative volume, grounded in science and philosophy, calls for collective action in refocusing our pursuit of happiness and enhancing America's prosperity. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars american mania reviewed
Whybrow's book does a good job of discusssing free market economies and globalization.There are several references to Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville's classic book "democracy in America." He feels that Smith would be upset with our current situation.For instance, Whybrow points out that Smith felt that potential downfalls of free markets, such as greed, would be kept in check by a desire to be accepted in the local community.Now that we live in the "global village," the checks on self-centered behaviors have disappeared.Early in the book, Whybrow discusses the biological reasons why people and specifically Americans are most vulnerable to globalization and a consumer based society.Our ancient ancestors lived through extreme periods of feast and famine.These conditions bread the tendency to over consume when the recourses were available.Now we live in a continual state of abundance.Americans are unique because they are a collection of adventurous, risk taking migrants.Most all of our families have only been in America for a few generations.It obviously takes a certain type of person to leave their country in hopes of a better life.Whybrow speaks of the brain chemistry that is present in these individuals.Levels of seretonin, dopamine and the numbers of certain receptors that can characterize personality.These characteristics can explain why we work harder, have more debt, and save less than anyone else in the world.Personally, I feel he makes good points, but neglects the effects of television and advertising.Whybrow focuses the later part of the book on the consequencies in this type of lifestye, which is not suited to our anatomy.Less time with family members and friends as well as a lack of exercise and health problems.He concludes that there is no changing the "Fast New World," but there is hope to live a healthy life outside work.The key is to set limits and make the most of your time, for it is a precious commodity.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasure seeking- and its boundaries
The thesis of Whybrow's book is one that rings true, "In our relentless pursuit of happiness, we have overshot the target and spawned a manic society with an insatiable appetite for more."He does a great job of clearly identifying the problem as he sets down an indictment of American society, suggesting America's supercharged free-market capitalism shackles us to a treadmill of overconsumption, fraying the family and leaving us anxious, alienated and overweight.

In attempting to diagnose the 'why' behind the 'what', Whybrow suggests "the dopamine reward systems of the brain are... hijacked, and genes are to blame: programmed to crave material rewards on the austere savanna, they go bananas in an economy of superabundance.Americans are particularly susceptible because they are descended from immigrants with a higher frequency of the "exploratory and novelty-seeking D4-7 allele" in the dopamine receptor system, which predisposes them to impulsivity and addiction."

I'm not convinced about this.America is too big a melting pot for such a seemingly broad-sweeping, all-inclusive answer.Furthermore, I question the science behind the assertion.

However, I believe he's spot on when he writes, "The mind is prone to addiction," Whybrow claims, "Everybody is capable of becoming addicted to something - wine, sex, food, exercise, the very pursuit of happiness.Paradoxically, freedom without restraint is enervating, not liberating. There's a difference between pleasure and happiness; happiness depends on limits."'

Here is the greatest contribution of the book.His statement is something which is unpopular, and at the same time corresponds with the human condition."Happiness depends on limits."This is where I believe Whybrow breaks through, but at the same time leaves the reader asking for more.Where are those limits to be placed?What functions in society should determine limits?Are boundaries objective - applying to all people, in all times, and in all places?Do they move from individual to individual?Does God exist?If so, does His will/perspective determine where the boundaries of the creation are set?These are the questions I wish Whybrow had explored in order to make this book so much more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Fulfillment Pales Next to Excitement
This is a brilliant synthesis of why satifaction is a distant second to gratification and why fulfillment pales next to excitement.It deserves to be read by a much larger audience than those who will likely read it.In fact those who will read it are the ones who least need to read it; those who should read it are too busy living the lives the Whybrow has described.If he writes an equally compelling and convincing sequel to this work on how getting more, sooner causes you to end up with less, later; Whybrow's thesis might make its way to the people who really need to take it to heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary and Important Book for our Time
In these troubling days of American narcissism and self-perceived supremacy, the charge of "anti-Americanism" has gone to such laughably ridiculous lengths ("Freedom Fries") that it's no surprise that such a charge would be slung toward this book and its author for daring to scientifically,psychologically -- and yes, morally and socially -- question the current status quo.

That the CITIZENS of this great nation-experiment called America were long ago renamed and reclassified as mere CONSUMERS, and by the corporate culture that now controls every facet of our lives and well being-- to ME, that is what is TRULY "anti-American," my friend. Too many of us have unthinkingly, willingly accepted it, despite the dysfunctional, personal results (obesity, anxiety, depression, etc.) that are outlined in this book.It appears that we have adapted our definition of "the pursuit of happiness" toward working our self-centered butts off, no matter the personal costs of physical or mental health, so that we can "shop till we drop" and "accumulate" -- and all the while becoming isolated from family, neighbors and community -- the very social fabric that once defined the substance and strength of this great nation.

Having rejected the current model some time ago, refocusing and recommitting my life toward active involvement in the social and community relationships that have redefined "happiness and success" for me, this book simply resonates with reality and truth.Further, and most importantly, it not only explains why, as descendants and members of America's "immigrant culture," we are predisposed to the "addiction to more" that once held me in its grip, but it proposes the very cure I discovered through my own agonized searching -- a recommitment and active involvement in neighbor/community relationships.

Dr. Whybrow states, "Ironically, the same tools and technologies that have enabled America to achieve Adam Smith's `universal opulence' have also compromised the social anchors that the old philosopher took for granted."

Yes, Adam Smith, the god of free market capitalism, wrote about more than "Wealth of Nations" -- and in fact, that entire volume presupposed a continued structure, membership, and concern with the COMMUNITY ENTITY.

" `The man whom we naturally love the most,' Smith wrote in The Theory of Moral Sentiments - the book that established his reputation as a thinker - `is he who joins to...his own original and selfish feelings, the most exquisite sensibility...and sympathetic feelings of others'."

The very fact that Adam Smith's name is more easily and closely associated with "Wealth of Nations" than with "The Theory of Moral Sentiments" is a telling indictment of our current culture.That we might, everyone, re-read "Moral Sentiments" followed by an equally careful read of "American Mania"...

"No man is an island unto himself" are words whose proof we are now living.

For those of you who are uncomfortable, but can't put your finger on "why," I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important and thought-provoking Zeitgeist book!
This is a warning-shot tome such as Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," Christopher Lasch's "The Culture of Narcissism" and Jonathan Schell's "The Fate of the Earth." It articulates what many of us have been thinking (and worrying) about, and it has the potential to shake us up and change the way we look at ourselves, how we live, and the kind of crazy, fast-paced world we've created. ... Read more

22. The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future
by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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When people in an organization or community get together and work for change, the result can be powerful. But managing group dynamics is often difficult. This unique guide showcases 18 tried-and-true methods for facilitating change in a group situation, each explained by an expert who developed or elaborated the method. The book explains what each method is rather than how to do it, with extensive suggestions for further reading. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Insightful!
This handbook of change is a must-have for any executive, simply as a primer in the language spoken by consultants. Read this book and become instantly familiar with the latest, most successful, and even the trendiest theories of change management. The editors have evaluated 18 leading change methods, as applied and tested by some of the largest corporations in the United States. They group the change methods by functional categories, making it easier for readers to go directly to the method that applies to their particular problem. Another bonus: The leading practitioners in the field write the change method chapters, bringing a unique depth of perspective. The editors also have written several excellent chapters on the nature of change. An extraordinary comparative matrix - worth the price of the book by itself - is included in the "Afterword." We [...] recommend this book to executives, managers, change agents, human resources professionals and students.

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical JIT source for comparing change processes
I'm now recommending two must-have books to internal change agents with whom I interact...and this is one of them. Collaborative change (which is what this book is all about) is the only way to sustain meaningful, long-lasting change in our communities and organizations. This book provides a snapshot for 18 of the more important change methodologies currently being used.

I got very excited over the fold-out "comparative matrix" that provides a snapshot for the 3 types of change methods that are considered (planning, structuring and adaptable).

The book is easy to navigate; references are plentiful and easy to use; comparisons, even among change processes with which I'm not so familiar, are easy to understand and capture.

This book is a must for anyone serious about initiating and sustaining organizational and community change.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too general
The book provides general information about different organizational intervention methods. Since most of the writers in this book provide only introductory information and market their method in a similar way, you can't really see much difference between them. If you want to learn how to work with any of those techniques, I suggest you buy the book that focuses on your area of interest.

3-0 out of 5 stars a good survey of change tools
This book is ok - I do this kind of work for a living so there was nothing new in it for me and I returned it - but for those needing an intro to change approaches/techniques this is a good start. My problem with books like this is that they tell you the tools and the how tos to some extent but the real value in engaging in change efforts is knowing when/where the alligator in the swamp is going to pop up and bite you. They don't lay out any lessons learned or things to watch out for so for the unsuspecting they may engage in a change effort and have it fail due to poor delivery etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good place to start for doing large scale interventions
When you want to change a company and you do this top-down, using a cascade system in which higher levels of your organisation change the lower levels, you are in for a long change process. For instance, specialists will tell you it can take 7 years before you really change a company's culture. No wonder people like Art Kleiner (co-author of "The Dance of Change") will warn you that up to 70% of your change efforts will fail. The solution comes from taking a more systemic approach, involving as much people of the organisation at once as possible. These kinds of large scale interventions often do wonders if the management is willing to work in a more participative manner. Some methods are more directed to specific change goals, whether it is to set a new direction for your organisation or redefining working relationships (re-organising the buisiness); other methods are more adaptable.

This book will help you find your way in the world of large scale interventions. The 18 proven group methods each have a chapter, written by originators and/or foremost practitioners. Each method-chapter includes a case, the explanation of the methodology, the conditions to success, the theoretical basis, etc. In the back of the book you'll find a table describing all 18 methods (explaining how many people can be involved, how lang the change process takes, how it impacts the organisation, etc.). Once you have found which method fits your situation, you'll find references to more specific books explaining a particular method. Another book painting the big picture as well is Barbara Bunker's "Large Scale Interventions".

I recommend the book as a place to start, if you are prepared to treat your organisation as having more EQ than each of the individuals.

Patrick E.C. Merlevede -- co-author of 7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence

I also submitted a "listmania" list entitled "Systemic Large Group Interventions" in which you'll find more references on this topic. ... Read more

23. Starstruck : When a Fan Gets Close to Fame
by Michael Joseph Gross
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Journalist Michael Joseph Gross takes us deep into the world of celebrities and the people who love them.

Why are we so obsessed with fame? Even if we don't read People, we all crane our necks to see the stars. As a teenager, Michael Joseph Gross amassed a collection of about four thousand autographs by writing letters to celebrities and world leaders. The collecting fever broke when he grew up, but his fascination with fandom remained.

In Starstruck, Gross travels from Hollywood to Dollywood, from Neverland to Middle Earth; he crashes a Kid Rock concert with a sixty-six-year-old fan, sprints after Mick Jagger with a professional autograph collector, gets the inside scoop from Mary Hart on covering Hollywood for Entertainment Tonight, visits the world's largest comic book convention with the hobbits from The Lord of the Rings, and discovers what fans look like from the perspective of celebrities-who, paradoxically, often seem to be among the most starstruck of us all. Sympathetic, funny, and endlessly curious about stars and fans alike, Gross gives us a winning portrait of how our dreams of fame shape our everyday lives.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Challenging, Important and FUN
Michael Gross' book Starstruck is an extraordinary compendium of not only his own experiences as a fan, but serves as a unique and important analysis of the world of celebrity. At a time when we are saturated with entertainment culture, Gross manages to lift back the veil on this unique late 20th century phenomenon to explore both the personal and the political consequences of our collective obsession with fame. From poignant and hilarious stories of his own crazy desire to be near the famous - his boyhood letters to Ronald Reagan are priceless - to his adult understanding of those who have dedicated their lives to famous people - Dolly Parton fans in particular - Gross's authorial voice is both critical and sympathetic at the same time. This book is original, engaging, and utterly compelling. A great read for those of us who flip through grocery market tabloids and those of us interested in a more serious look at cultural politics. Five stars!

4-0 out of 5 stars ****
This book was a mix of memoir/journalism/sociology/psychology, and I could have used a bit more of the sociology/psychology of fame. But it's a readable, well written and often entertaining and insightful book. And I did buy the book partly to read about Gross's incidental encounter with Mick Jagger, since I'm a Rolling Stones fan. His encounter with Sean Astin and Mickey Rourke are more than incidental, and despite their obvious differences, both Rourke and Astin have things in common: they both misread social cues--or is it they don't care about them?--seem as shallow as rain drops, and both, in their own ways, display an embarrassing--if sometimes subtle--sense of entitlement. A great strength of the book is Gross does not hold himself "above it all" but admits to his own weaknesses in the face of fame (like abandoning a high school girl friend at a party entrance when he's told HE can enter but she can't, turning back and mouthing "Sorry" to her as he's escorted up some stairs to where the beautiful are mingling). And one particularly serendipitous moment he has that could in no way be planned when undertaking such research makes for pretty gripping reading. ... Read more

24. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
by Marita Sturken, Lisa Cartwright
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book...and more...
The book Practices of Looking by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright joins philosophy and the visual world by analyzing books and essays written by a variety of scholars. Sturken and Cartwright use their theories to analyze the basic concepts under the term "visual culture." In one chapter they look at how the spectator, the gaze, the subject and institution are the basic components in mass media. They present a distinction and relationship between address, the ideal viewer's reception, and the actual viewer's response. Sturken and Cartwright present spectatorship as a theory and provide clear and concise examples and evaluations of information that could take any person several years to get through. I have looked at a handful of these sources. Sturken and Cartwright do an adequate job combining and interpreting them, however if you are really interested in the concepts presented in the book, I would recommend reading the original sources; they are more in depth and engaging.

3-0 out of 5 stars Chapter 7 Postmodernism and Popular Culture
What exactly is postmodernism? Out of all the misused words in the English language, postmodernism is used to describe anything that is not modern. Many theorists and scholars have tried to define the broad and ever encompassing theory and term of postmodernism. The most recent explanation of postmodernism that I have received is from reading the book Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright. This is not the best book on postmodernist theory in art; the most complete book on the subject of postmodernism is Postmodernism by Eleanor Heartney.
I am not an authority on the subject of postmodernism or of the readings of scholarly papers or books. I am just a college art student, an untraditional college student who's been going to school for six years. There are some major problems with Sturken and Cartwright's book. At least they're problems that I have. The first problem I have is that the book is not an easy read, it reads more like stereo or VCR instructions. The theories involved are broken down, but still take a degree of understanding and knowledge. The second problem is the images placed in the book as visual aids are all in black and white, when most of the originals are in color. It seems that if the artist wanted the people to view their work in monochrome they would have done it that way in the first place. One needs to have another book with the artworks in color to grasp the full meaning as well as Sturken and Cartwright's message. Heartney's book is the complete opposite of this, it is an easy read, so it's easy to stay interested and all the reproduced artwork is in color which is the way they were when they were created. Heartney breaks down the hard language of theorist and critics that have contributed to postmodernism in words that are easy to read and understand.
After reading this book for a college class this is what I felt I do believe there is a better book out there and many will disagree but I think that the book uses the same hard language that the essays and other writing that were used to write the book came from instead of breaking them down into easy to read chunks. I gave this book a 3 because I read it and did not burn it but I would not recommend it to a friend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Chapter Nine
As a class assignment, I closely studied chapter nine of Practices of Looking, and researched several of the listed source materials. This chapter is entitled "The Global Flow of Visual Culture" and deals with the globalization of Western media, primarily in the form of television and the internet. The authors explore such topics as the history of media globalization, its effects on non-western cultures, pros and cons of the internet, and possibilities that new global technologies afford us.
This chapter was well-presented, persuasive, and useful. It offered a cohesive and informative discussion of a broad variety of topics, dealing with each one in satisfactory depth and detail. After researching a few of the listed sources, I found that while some of them seemed to be surplus to the actual chapter content, those that were used were, on the whole, represented accurately and fairly.
I recommend this book to anyone studying visual culture, due to its detailed and informative treatment of this broad and varied topic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brief on Practices of Looking (with emphasis on Chapter 8)
In Practices of Looking, imagery in culture is shown to play on the way we perceive, initiate, and direct ourselves in our daily life. This book, indicates that we rely on imagery to guide us daily. This book explains how imagery is the most relied upon role model of today; basically, due to the fact that it is the most direct measure for a humans consumption of information. It provides input on how imagery sells goods through advertising, how images evoke personal memories, and how images can provide us with scientific data. In Society, Imagery can be found in all areas of the social arena. Influence of imagery is never counted alone in any arena. It is quoted in Practices of Looking "That images are never singular, discrete events, but are informed by a broader set of conditions and factors. The identity of science in correlation with imagery is explained in a wide spectrum of social engagements. Anything in the fine arts, film, television, and advertising, to visual data, can provide insight into the way we see things.

In Practices of Looking, written by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, mediums of influence and expression for Science and Imagery are identified in Chapter 8, Scientific Looking, Looking at Science. This chapter projects ideas with scientific imagery from the early 19th century to modern day. The chapter opens your eyes to the realization that we are constantly being fed ideas from imaging dealing with any subject matter. Whether the ideas are correct or not, most people today take the information and the images they see very seriously, especially when there are relations to science. Maybe due to the fact that science has proved itself in time, at least this is one opinion written in Practices of Looking; life science is seen as the "truth" and is accepted as objective knowledge due to the fact that doctors have a clearer understanding for the body through their experience. The understanding and the experience of Doctors is covered very thorougly throughout this chapter. It explains how imagery even comes into play in arenas we would never correlate influence from imagery, like (law and medicine). This chapter provides us with archival proof, predictions, perspective for current and past issues, time frames, and also developmental measurements. I found this book to be a great resource for understanding the influence that imagery has upon us in society. It really gives one a great look at the daily impact that imagery plays, and how it effects the publics outlook. I would definately recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about "how art and media plays a role in society".

3-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to visual culture, but with a few problems
Visual culture is one of the most difficult subjects that I have taken in four years of college. Sturken and Cartwright attempt to combine the study of art, philosophy, and sociology into a single book. Still, I feel that Practices of Looking is overall well written and does a good job at simplifying the writings and ideas of some of the centuries most noteworthy theorists. Each chapter and subject is clearly laid out and described, while examples and images are effectively and abundantly used. Although I felt that the book is a good introduction for those who have no prior background with the subject, I found there to be several problems.

One problem was that Sturken and Cartwright occasionally either contradicts themselves, or poorly phrases their ideas. For example, on pages 160 and 161, they state that "As distance transmission was facilitated through cables ... long distance broadcasting networks became a reality." However, they later say that "the emergence of cable in the USA reintroduced the narrowcast model." In addition, they state that Black Entertainment Television (received throughout the USA), and Telemundo (more globally received), are two examples of narrowcast television, even though the glossary defines narrowcast media as having "a limited range through which to reach audiences". I would hardly consider a globally received television network to have "limited range."

Another problem that I found was that there are no in text citations (aside from when a source is directly quoted). This would have been very useful in several instances, especially when I was unsure of the validity or accuracy of the information, or simply wished to further examine the subject. For example, on page 163, they state that "in Germany television was at first more frequently viewed collectively in public spaces. Television emerged during the era of Nazism as a nationalized industry that was used to forge a strong collective ideology. As such, it was a tool of mass persuasion". However, to the best of my knowledge (I may be wrong here...), television was not used in Germany until after World War II, and was only occasionally used (mostly during experiments with the new technology) throughout the world prior to and during the war.

Still, I found Sturken and Cartwright's book to be a rather good overview and introduction to visual culture and worth reading if you are interested in the subject, but do not know where to begin. ... Read more

25. Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First
by Mona Charen
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This book is a perfect example of how today's liberals have completley rewritten history to cover up their own role on the wrong side of the Cold War. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Communism: a brutal, dictatorial death machine indeed!
The Leftists and their 1-star "reviews" fail to provide any rebuttal and only spew hateful, ad hominem attacks (just like their 1-star "reviews" of Ann Coulter's excellent book, "Treason"). This book rubs the truth (and the truth hurts) right in their faces: That their side was soft on one of the most evil and bloodsoaked ideologies of the 20th century: Marxist-Leninist Communism - an ideology that has killed an estimated 100 million people, which is more than killed in both world wars combined!

Again and again Charen shows us the liberals (ya know, the so-called "champions" of "human rights") in the media, Hollywood, academia and even our own government who whitewashed heinous Communist atrocities and demonized America as some kind of international bully: I.F. Stone, Robert Scheer, Katie Couric, Andrew Young, Tom Downey, Pete Seeger, Ed Asner, Mike Farrell, Noam Chomsky, Peter Jennings and of course Walter Duranty, who denied Stalin's forced famine in the Ukraine (and pretty much every other atrocity committed in the "Worker's Paradise") and won a Pulitzer for his dishonest and disgraceful reporting, which the now discredited (thanks to Jayson Blair) liberal rag The New York Times refuses to give back. These people should be as reviled as those who would whitewash the crimes of Hitler's National Socialists!

Why is this important? Because as the saying goes: Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Mona Charen's book forces us to look at not only the horrendous atrocities, mass murders and genocides committed in the name of Marx's utopian pipedream, which have pretty much been swept under the rug by the elite media and Hollywood, but also those in the West who bent over backwards to make excuses for them.

In addition to this book I would recommend the following:

Treason by Ann Coulter (of course!)
Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million by Martin Amis
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Stephane Courtois, et al.
A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia by Alexander N. Yakovlev
Death by Government by R.J. Rummel

Such the appropriate title, and such a cool new buzzword -- even used it myself here in the office a time or two -- it doesn't just apply to politics ya know ! Most importantly Ms. Charen rights the wrongs of decades of abuse by the extreme leaning leftists. And yah, socialism imposed -- even if surreptitiously -- is still communism. Near and dear to my heart is the good ole much aligned and abused police action in Vietnam. Being a former Marine, as a young man I found a country that loathed the military, and everything we stood for, and that was tragic indeed. It was made even more so by the cowardice of political leaders, the brash lies and falsehoods perpetuated by the media, and a sympathetic group of just plain USEFUL IDIOTS who went along with their lying hype.

My nomination for favorite book of the year is Keshner's COCKPIT CONFESSIONS OF AN AIRLINE PILOT. Do yourself a favor and but this book, now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book makes a very good point that many liberals, when confronted with foreign policy, try to act like Jeanette Rankin incarnate--that is, opposition to military force at all costs. And I mean at ALL costs. It's like watching someone try to portray a hippie in a bad 60's cop show--and doing a pretty good job of it.

The left is so quick to adopt anything contrary because,a ccording to them, nothing is wrong anymore, nothing immoral. But I would argue that failing your country in a time of war, providing support to confirmed enemies of the U.S., and turning a blind eye to the ATROCITIES of communist governments is wrong in ANY age!

Peace and reason did not win the Cold War. Measured military build-up and tenacious foreign policy won the Cold War, no matter how much some people would like us to forget it. This book excels at reminding us of that fact.

Oh, and isn't it fun watching Jane Fonda get old?

5-0 out of 5 stars This History is So Imporant For Today's War on Terror!!!
Santayana once wrote "Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it". This has been a truth throughout history. With Mona Charen's book, she takes a close look at the past 50 years, examining the rise of communism and America's eventual victory. Her theme is to focus not only on the events of the Cold War, but on the positions and statements of America's liberals during this collosal struggle.

The title, attributed to Lenin when he referred to those Westerners who chose to believe his lies, is an excellent summary of the left during the Cold War. The fact is that, since the Cold War has been won, liberals want to jump on the band wagon retroactively and say they supported US policies, and played a role in defeating Communism. This book shows how this revisionist history is simply not true.

I've read a lot of political books, and Mona Charen's is one of the best. Her writing is engaging, and the history she tells is so interesting you find yourself wishing the book was longer. To make sure that no one can claim she is making the events in her book up, she documents and indexes everything very clearly, and is quite successful at portraying a divided country that still somehow managed to defeat one of the most evil superpowers in this world's history.

And the parallel's to our current struggles against terror are startling. Consider the following:

1. The liberals in the press, as well as in the halls of our government, spend their days wailing about the "dangerous and reckless policies" of conservatives who oppose Communism
2. The people hold protests to "give peace a chance" and blame conservatives for every evil in the world. If something bad has happened, it's America's fault. The war on Vietnam? The bad guys are really the good guys (Jane Fonda in Hanoi made me think so much of Sean Penn in Baghdad), and defeating America in Vietnam was a very good thing in the eyes of the liberal elite.
3. The Vietnam war was the fault of conservatives. Nevermind that it was JFK and LBJ who got us into the war and then expanded the war, and final Richard Nixon who got us out of the war...Nixon was the war criminal and JFK and LBJ were heroes. Talk about your revisionist history...
4. Celebrities spent their time on talk shows and in the press decrying our efforts against Communism. Jane Fonda even went so far as to fly in helicopter gunships for the North Vietnamese Army, imagining themselves gunning down American soldiers (Michael Moore's insane diatribes against America come to mind as a parallel).
5. According to the left, Ronald Reagan was an incompetent boob who was about to send us into some nuclear Armageddon from which there would be no salvation.

Does this sound familiar? It should, because it's being played out again with the war on terror...

Of course, after Reagan's policies brought down the Berlin Wall, the liberals were suddenly out there proclaiming how they'd supported the President all along, and it was really them who helped make the decisions that won the Cold War. What opportunists. And they'll be doing the same thing with George Bush as soon as this war is won. Wait and see.

LIberals simply refuse to learn from history (though this book could teach them if they'd only take the time to learn from it). They blame America, support the enemy, whine about how we're in more danger today than before we declared war (though, actually, war was declared against us on 9/11), and do everything possible to undermine the will of those who would seek to protect us.

Everyone who says the war on terror is a bad thing should read this book. And everyone who wants to understand what is needed to be strong as a country should also read this book. The fact is that liberals have been on the wrong side of history for the past 50 years. If they had their way, we'd be ruled by the United Nations, we would not be a military superpower, and we'd be at the mercy of evil governments everywhere. We'd also be a third rate power with no direction or morals. In short, we would no longer be America.

The liberals in this country want you to believe that they were right there shoulder-to-shoulder with conservatives in the war against Communism. They weren't. They were doing everything they could to derail it all along the way. This book shows just how far they were willing to go to blame America and try to undermine its strength.

Liberals are at it once again with the war on terror. And, like the war on Communism, they'll be jumping on the bandwagon to proclaim their contributions as soon as we achieve victory. It's always been that way with the liberals. Blame America, seek to undermine her strength, and then claim that you were instrumental in her victory. This isn't the first time that liberals have used these tactics, as this book proves. They used them in the war on Communism and they'll use them again in the future.

And they'll be wrong every time. Like Lenin said, they truly are "Useful Idiots".

3-0 out of 5 stars An Opinionated Account of Government Corruption.
Some of my favorite people (I especially like Dan Rather and Al Gore) are criticized in this book as being "liberals." I enjoyed Phil Donahue on t.v. as an intelligent host and learned a multitude of various informative subject matter from the Bill Moyers' specials on public television.

Heading the list compiled by a former speech writer for Nancy Reagan (does that make her a specialist of some sort?) is Jane Fonda. She also worked on the campaign of Jack Kemp for president -- who's Jack Kemp?!

Certainly he is no Al Gore. Just because she is a t.v. commentator on CNN (MY, that used to be Ted Turner's property, and he was once married to Jane Fonda!) doesn't give her any valid reason to call anyone "idiots."

I am not a liberal or left wing politically, but I believe the Rosenbergs were railroaded and lost their lives as a coverup for corruption of others. Ethel was guilty only of being a dedicated wife. Whittaker Chambers, it has been proven beyond a doubt, lied to save his own skin. He kept his distance from McCarthy because of his guilt and Communist inclinations.

Alger Hiss, a high-ranking state department official, was much maligned and made a scapegoat, destroying his reputation. All for what, I ask. She lays blame where history has declared none existed. Restoring old, hurtful rumors only brings us all down.

If Al Gore is a liberal, then I must be one as I believe in him. When Lott was called a racist, I told others I am more racist than he could ever be. How much intelligence does it take to be a secretary to a First Lady, I wonder.

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26. The Dharma of Star Wars
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5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining and wise
I really enjoyed this book. Matthew Bortolin uses the story of Star Wars (across all six movies) to illustrate Buddhist concepts and uses Buddhist concepts to highlight deeper themes in the Star Wars saga. The result makes Star Wars more profound and moving and Buddhism more accessible. Avid fans of Star Wars will appreciate all the detailed references provided by a true fan devoted to the series, while more casual Star Wars viewers will find the movies much more compelling after reading this book. Those new to Buddhism will learn a lot from Bortolin's accessible, human way of presenting these ideas, while those with more familiarity will likely experience new insights from Bortolin's novel approach. It's nice to read something that is funny and entertaining yet also contains real wisdom and insight. I find myself thinking about things mentioned in the book as I'm dealing with various situations in my life. And now I'm really looking forward to seeing Episode 3! ... Read more

27. Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot - And Cold - Climate Cultures
by Sarah A. Lanier
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4-0 out of 5 stars A clear, brief, practical introduction
Sarah A. Lanier, Foreign to Familiar (Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing,
2000), 128pp.

In her book Foreign to Familiar, Sarah Lanier seeks to aid the reader in
cross-cultural communication and relationships by highlighting the differences
between hot- and cold-climate cultures. While these concepts are unfamiliar to
most readers, Lanier quickly introduces and defines the categories before
discussing them in detail. Having lived in the Middle East, South America, Africa,
Europe, and New Zealand, Lanier (who is American) is certainly qualified to
address the issue. The reader gets the impression while reading that this book is
the fruit of her own experiences and frequent lectures on the subject in
different settings.

According to Lanier, "the population of the entire world can roughly be
divided into two parts. The two groups represented are 'hot-climate'
(relationship-based) cultures and 'cold-climate' (task-oriented) cultures" (15-16). Lanier
recognizes there may some overlap in the two categories, and cites one unnamed
person who suggested that she use the terms "hot/tribal" and "cold/urban"
(127). She also recognizes that personalities differ within each culture (128).
The primary distinction between the two cultures is that of relational focus as
opposed to task focus. Those in the warm-climates tend to emphasize the
relationships involved between individuals while those in cold-climates focus on the
efficient performance of tasks.

After defining the groups and explaining the primary relationship/task
distinction, Lanier spends the next six chapters explaining further manifestations
of the cultural differences. In Chapter Three, the focus is on direct versus
indirect communication. Chapter Four emphasizes the individualism of the
cold-climates over against the group-identity of the hot-climates. Privacy, highly
valued in the cold, is contrasted with inclusion as the norm in the cold-climate
in Chapter Five.

Chapters Six and Eight discuss two elements of society in which the
differences between hot- and cold-climates are very evident: hospitality and time.
Those with international travel experience will find themselves laughing with
familiarity as they read of Lanier's experiences. Of course, the hot-climates
demonstrate much more warm hospitality, while the cold-climates are extremely
conscious of time and planning.

In Chapter Seven, Lanier introduces a different distinction between cultures
which sometimes clouds the distinction between hot- and cold-climate cultures.
This distinction is between high- and low-context cultures. Drawing from
Edward T. Hall's Beyond Culture, Lanier defines the high-context culture as the
one which has a long history wherein traditions have become very formalized.
Low-context cultures are those whose history is briefer, whose population is more
diverse, and in which very few traditions have developed.

Some of the strongest points of Lanier's book are its brevity, clarity, and
engaging tone of Lanier's style. The reader is aware that Lanier is not writing
an academic treatise. Her aim is pragmatic. She delivers fully in Chapter
Nine, entitled "Practical Next Steps". Here simple steps are outlined to aid the
international traveler or other person who finds himself or herself developing
cross-cultural relationships. Perhaps the most beneficial element of the book
(whether Lanier or her publisher deserves this praise, the reviewer is not
sure) is the summary found at the end of each chapter. It is not as if the
chapters are so lengthy that this is a necessity, but the brief outline form of the
summaries makes relocating information very easy.

Unfortunately, Lanier does not point the reader to further information with
the exception of the brief mention of two sources. This is partly
understandable, in that the bulk of the book's content is based on lessons learned through
Lanier's experiences. Certainly since the time that she developed her ideas on
this subject, she has found other sources to which she could point those with
a hunger for further study. An annotated bibliography would be extremely
helpful in future editions.

This shortcoming notwithstanding, the book has made a positive contribution
to the field of cross-cultural communication. In Foreign to Familiar, Sarah
Lanier has provided a clear, brief, practical introduction to several key issues.
The book is written on the popular level, making it accessible to a wide
audience. This reviewer enjoyed the book and recommends it as a primer for anyone
involved in cross-cultural communication.

5-0 out of 5 stars Short and helpful
"Foreign to Familiar" is a short very easy toread book that really is far more helpful than I could have ever imagined.As an anglo who has had relationships with hispanics my entire life I thoughtI understood hispanic people pretty well.After reading the book I now understand why some of the most important people in my life have made such stinging criticisms of me.They believe I am selfish and egotistical, I believed that they couldn't make decisions, were foolish with thier money, and let their family take advantage of them.I now understand why my friends act the way they do and can begin to see myself through their eyes.I wish someone could have taught me this stuff 20 years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn how to communicate cross-culturally
As a college Professor, I have been using this book as a textbook to help my students learn how to communicate cross-culturally for almost 2 years now.It is a real eye openner both for students from Mid-America and for students from Latin America and Asia.It is so easy to be mis-understood. This study can heal the wounds and rejection that many people feel when they try to relate at work and in the community.Better yet, it can help us to prevent the hurts in the first place.I give it an A+.

5-0 out of 5 stars wanna work overseas, read this one
This is a really helpfull book. I suggest that everyone who works with people from other cultures shoule read it. great insight's, good story's and the book hit's the point.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for real life situations!
This book really opened my eyes to the differences in various cultures groups and why communications were sometimes muddied or difficult. My job often requires communicating by mail or email with professionals in other countries, so this book has been a tremendous help in learning how to understand people in other cultures. The author breaks down the world's cultures into two basic categories: hot climate and cold climate. She then discusses the cultural differences in these two groups including the ways they communicate. The explanations on how time is perceived differently by each group and on indirect versus direct communications were so valuable! The book has changed the way I correspond with Africans, Hispanics, and Asians totally! Thanks so much, Sarah, for knowing how important this information was and for putting it into a book! ... Read more

28. Vice Dos & Don'ts : 10 Years of VICE Magazine's Street Fashion Critiques
by Gavin McInnes, Shane Smith, Suroosh Alvi
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29. Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, with Online Learning Center PowerWeb
by JayCoakley, Jay Coakley
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Sports in Society is the definitive text for the sports sociology course. Offering a global, issues-oriented approach, this text encourages the discussion of current sports-related controversies and helps students develop critical thinking skills. ... Read more

30. Hip Hop America
by Nelson George
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A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, Hip Hop America is "an invaluable, entertaining and well-written account from one who has not only witnessed the evolution of hip-hop, but who. . . has had a hand in shaping it, as well."--The New York Times Book Review

From the award-winning author of The Death of Rhythm and Blues comes Hip Hop America, the history of hip hop from its roots in the late 1970s to its emergence as the cultural force that today influences everything from movies to fashion, advertising to sports. It's the story of a society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media--and it's very big business.

Called "the most insightful hip hop writer on the planet" by Rolling Stone, Nelson George offers an insider's tour through a multimedia phenomenon of which rap music is only the audible manifestation, and also includes drugs, fashion, incarceration, basketball, entrepreneurship, technology, and language. Examining hip hop as music, a style, a business, a myth, and a moral code, he turns hip hop over to look at the ways it has been treated by Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and Wall Street to reach not just young black consumers but all young people. Hip Hop America shows us why, against all odds, hip hop has held a steady grip on American popular culture for over twenty years.

"I love hip-hop more than I love my mother-- and Nelson George writes about hip-hop with heart, soul, and insight." --Chris Rock

"An immensely readable survey of rap and its wide cultural impact."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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5-0 out of 5 stars I rate it 6 out of 5 stars! A must-read!!!
Of all the Hip Hop related works that I've read (and that's many), none can reach the insightful level of Nelson Georges's "Hip Hop America", which not only covers the history of the culture, but more importantly, delivers the sociological aspects of it, explaining not only "when", but also "how" and "why". It made me an instant fan of Nelson George. It's a very informative, sincere and to some extent analytical book, with plenty of facts and informations and first-hand experiences from the man "who has not only witnessed the evolution of hip-hop, but who. . . has had a hand in shaping it, as well." (The New York Times Book Review).
I could really write a long review for this great book, but I'll probably do that after my second reading, which starts NOW!

4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, exciting and involving.
I am one of those people who claim to be a hip hop fan, but being only 22 years of age, and British, I can hardly say that I was around 'back in the day'. I felt that I owed it to myself to do some research into the subject so I was extremely happy to come across this book. Nelson George had interested me since I saw him on a Channel 4 hip hop documentary. After reading the book I'm still not a font of all rap knowledge, but I am onsiderably more learned in one of my favourite styles of music. It is obvious that Nelson loves hip hop more than anything else. The book is written with power and insight, as well as emotion. This emotion can sometimes blur the facts, but this is bound to happen in a book written by someone who is so close to their subject matter. The only real criticism I could level at the book is that it tails off a bit at the end, it doesn't really end with a bang. Then again, there is no real end to the story seeing as how rap is still thriving and reinventing itself. Maybe it's best to see this book as an extract, plucked from the movement at particular moments in time. And, looked at in this way, this book is a wortrhwhile read for anyone remotely interested in hip hop music. It is an absolutely essential purchase for people out there who believe that rap music begins and ends with Eminem and Tupac.

4-0 out of 5 stars Especially good on the early days of hip hop
I read this book for an African-American Studies class at UNC. At first I did not like it at all. I did not connect with George's choice of language, which seemed outdated and out of touch with current hip hop lingo.

But as I got into the book, I realized that this outdated language was not George's fault. After all, as George himself points out in a section about hip hop movies, trends and lingo in hip hop change too quickly for anyone to keep up without a very detailed scorecard. So if you can get past him using somewhat outdated language, this is a great book.

George manages to discuss a wide array of topics, from graffiti to break dancing to production and distribution of records to hip hop themed movies to hip hop lingo to the proliferation of hip hop around the world. Despite the very diverse topics, George manages to tie everything to a common theme, the impact of hip hop on American culture.

If I had to pick one aspect of the book that was especially good, I would have to choose his discussion of the roots of hip hop and its early days. As a native of New York during hip hop's formative years, George is very well informed on the topic and indeed was a witness to many key events in the early days of hip hop. He also has connections with many key figures, throughout the time period covered in the book, and he is able to recall these connections to tell unique stories you cannot find anywhere else.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of hip hop. It is a quick, enjoyable, and informative read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant review of hip hop and black culture in America
This book is as good as anything I've read about hip hop culture in America, and how it weaves into other elements of African-American culture: basketball, feminism, the ghetto, racism, the drug wars, and more. It's extremely interesting and detailed in its close look at the way key trends in hip hop have unfolded since its founding -- the key players etc. Intelligent and thoughtful. If you are interested in contemporary music, hip hop is *the* major creative force of the last 20 years. This book is the key text. Too much writing out there is very ephemeral on this subject, about the latest hot act; this is the reference. Search Google for a longer review I wrote on postconsumer dot com with the terms "george nelson hip hop america amol sarva". I can't fit it in here.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lot of memories and some intersting views
Wow! reading this book and reflecting back on much of the culture brought up from back in the days really had me feelin' this book. Although I didn't agree with all of the authors views in this book, he did bring some insight and depth to some things I really never thought of. As a whole this book was great...everything from graffiti to music buisness to hip hop moguls to politics...for this book. ... Read more

31. The Book Of Tiki
by Sven Kirsten
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5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational
It does not happen often that a new facet of American pop culture that has not been recognized before gets discovered. With his Book of Tiki Sven Kirsten succeeds in establishing a style that has been overlooked by art critics and historians alike. Through an amazing amount of visuals Kirsten proves how Tiki in it's heyday influenced every walk of American life, from architecture, design and graphics to food and drink.

In addition to the rich imagery (which affords the viewer an almost physical experience of the phenomenon) Kirsten's writing traces back the origins of the style to the Western fascination with Polynesia and, without becoming too analytical and dry, enlightens the reader on the motives for this escapism.
The chronicler's ironic enthusiasm for his subject saves him from becoming judgmental and falling for easy, politically correct conclusions.
We are guided through the history of Polynesia as an eternal metaphor for an earthly Eden up to the point where Americans fell in love with this vision.
Here Kirsten conveys how the post-war need for more moral freedom coincided with the tales of Pacific war theater veterans and the 50s idealization of Hawaii as a dream vacation destination.
In taking the guise of an urban archeologist who (as is done in classic archeology) discovers a lost culture through it's objects and artifacts, Kirsten accomplishes to throw light on a fascinating chapter of American pop that has so far lingered in obscurity.

5-0 out of 5 stars it's tiki-tastic!
What a fabulous book! The definitive book on tiki culture! I can't imagine that anyelse could ever surpass the excellent work done by Sven Kirsten. This book is truly a joy. I'll often rush through a new book but I took my time with this beauty. Entertaining, absorbing and stylish, it's just as much fun to merely look at as it is to read it. Each page is an adventure. I was impressed by the scope of the book - it deals with not just restaurants but with motels, apartment buildings, home entertaining, etc. Sven Kirsten also profiles the major innovators and originators of tiki culture. The best part is that the book is presented (tongue in cheek) as a guide to the urban archaeologist, interested in uncovering the remmnants and traces of the now-extinct tiki culture.

A must-have book!

5-0 out of 5 stars More Tiki Than You Can Shake A Torch At
Like all Taschen books, this book is visually STUNNING! Just leafing through the pictures never gets boring. The real treat is the book is also jam packed facts, folklore, drink recipies, and so much more. More information about Tiki than I ever knew existed.

Plenty of eye-candy in this book, but very well balanced with informative and fun content. A must have for the Tiki enthusiast!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Tiki, though a bit artsy
This book is a must have for anyone interested in Tiki or kitsch art. Describing themselves as "urban archaeologists" seeking remnants of Tiki culture, the authors provide a fun and informative look at this vanishing art form. The book does an acceptable job presenting the evolutionary history of Tiki, from the 1920s to the present. Key events, such as the establishment of Trader Vic's, and the Kon Tiki craze of the late 40s, are looked at in further detail. There is also a good look at the "artifacts" of Tiki art and architecture throughout the United States. The book is packed with color photos of Tiki mugs, matchbooks, buildings, and much more.

However, the book does lean a bit too much towards making the book eye candy. The Book of Tiki uses intense colors, and ultra-hip page compositions that make it difficult to read (typically Taschen, but I still found it distracting). Also, a consolidation of information would have made it easier to reference, such as a table differentiating the different "Trader" Tiki businesses. Also, some of the text ("Exotica and the Tiki style were denounced as contrived rituals of the imperialist establishment at the same time that the Vietnam war developed into and ugly mistake, with native huts and palm trees burning on TV."), had me wondering if they were being tounge-in-cheek, or were actually serious.

Nevertheless, this book is the current bible for Tiki aficionados, and is well worth having on your bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the start of things to come
This is an excellent picture book filled with great stories about the good old days. It will bring back memories of a tiki age gone. Why dont we have these kinds of places anymore? Maybe that will change soon but in the mean time this is a great book for all who love this period in our American History or for the island dreamer. ... Read more

32. The Way Schools Work: A Sociological Analysis of Education (3rd Edition)
by Kathleen Bennett de Marrais, Margaret LeCompte
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Crucial Invitation to the Lexicon of Education
For anyone interested in the philosophy, theory, and/or practice of education, this book is a must. It is one of the few texts I have found that takes an unbiased approach to the practice of schooling. It is necessary to know the language of education before moving forward with readings of pedagogy; this text provides just such a vocabulary. Offering a full spectrum of views, practices, issues, and policies, this text is an essential introduction to the world of Education.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Poor Attempt to Criticize Schools...
This book is a poor attempt to criticize schools and those who work hard everyday to help prepare students for life. If you are a teacher, administrator, or school official, do not waste your hard earned time and money with this non-sense. It provides no appreciation to the dedication of those who care, no matter their race, ethnicity, or gender.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory guide to the sociology of educatio
I have found this book to be an essential part of my collection of books on the sociology of education. As a doctoral student in the social foundations of education, I have consistently drawn on the material in this book for both papers and lectures. The book's organization and index make it an easy to use resource guide, much like an encyclopedia of the sociology of education. The text gives a general overview of the issues surrounding the historical and contemporary context of the public school system in the United States. While the book is limited in the extent to which it can talk about topics such as theories of reproduction and resistance, it nevertheless provides a starting point for further research endeavors. Don't sell yourself short on this one, it is well worth the price you have to pay.

1-0 out of 5 stars ambiguity at its' finest
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33. Reefer Madness : Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
by Eric Schlosser
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America"s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué video, or pay our kids" nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. Exposing three American mainstays — pot, porn, and illegal immigrants — Eric Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. He also draws compelling parallels between underground and overground: how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new techonology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, and how big business learns — and profits — from the underground. Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Mild Disapointment Compared To Author's Previous Book
Eric Schlosser's latest book Reefer Madness is a bit of a disappointment after his very good and very popular Fast Food Nation. Schlosser's investigative acumen is on display in this book, but what he ends up producing are three long essays that could stand alone as books in and of themselves. I think that the choice of Reefer Madness for a title was a bad decision. The notoriety Schlosser gained from Fast Food Nation could have sold the book without the rip off title. I think the long "An Empire Of The Obscene" essay about Reuben Sturman's porn empire, which totals 100 pages, would have made for a better title and focus for the book. The porn business is an interesting study in and of itself and Schlosser should have gotten his publisher to make it into a separate book. Those reservations aside, I think the book is a worth a look for somebody looking for good investigative journalism to read.

Reefer Madness is a business book that focuses on three separate sectors of the black market economy: Marijuana consumption, migrant labor in the strawberry fields of California and porn. "Reefer Madness" deals with the persecution of the users of by far and away the most popular drug in the U.S.: Marijuana. Originally smoked by poor blacks and Mexicans in the early 20th century, marijuana has become the most popular drug in the country. Schlosser traces the interesting case of Indiana biker Mark Young, who was originally sentenced to life in prison without possibility for parole for his involvement in a marijuana delivery. It was Young's first marijuana offense. He's wasn't even the grower or major dealer in the transaction he was involved in, but he refused to play the role of a snitch for the prosecution in his case and received the ultimate punishment for his "crime." Young's sentence was later reduced. Young remains an unrepentant pot smoker to this day.

"In The Strawberry Fields" Schlosser deals with the misfortune of the nation's poorest workforce: The migrant laborers in California's strawberry's fields. Schlosser focuses on the heart of the Strawberry business in Watsonville and the failed mid-90's campaign by the AFL-CIO to organize the fields in the area. The market in migrant labor is a very important study because of the profound effect it has on bringing wages down in the overall economy, thus helping fuel the black market, as people fed up with declining wages look to find ways to make money off the books. The '70s was a time when it appeared that the United Farm Workers were going to finally organize most of the migrant work force. However, like with the rest of organized labor, whatever hopes the UFW had of organizing the fields has been dashed by the aggressive union busting of growers.

Schlosser notes that while tax payer cash is lavished onto the largest corporations on a daily basis, the one sector of the economy where the "free market" has been most ruthlessly applied has been with labor. Observing the burgeoning shanty towns that have sprouted up throughout much of California to house this exploited labor force Schlosser writes, "The market will drive wages down like water, until they reach the lowest possible level. Today that level is being set not in Washington or New York or Sacramento but in the fields of Baja California and the mountain villages of Oaxaca. That level is about five dollars a day. No deity that men have ever worshipped is more ruthless and more hollow than the free market unchecked; there is no reason why shantytowns should not appear on the outskirts of every American city. All those who now consider themselves devotees of the market should take a good look at what is happening in California. Left to its own devices, the free market always seeks a work force that is hungry, desperate, and cheap - a work force that is anything but free."

"An Empire Of The Obscene" traces the rise and fall of the real "King of Porn." It wasn't porn start John Holmes, but an obscure, rarely photographed, Cleveland based businessman named Rueben Sturman. Sturman was able to fend off all federal charges of peddling in "obscenity," but in the end he was brought down, like Al Capone before him, by tax evasion charges. I hadn't even heard of Sturman before reading Schlosser's book. Porn, like with marijuana, is one of those products which Americans publicly abhor, privately adore and consume in astonishingly high amounts. Schlosser points out that the porn business has been at the cutting edge of exploiting technology to increase its size. From the VHS video tape to cable to the Internet, technology has brought porn from red light district store fronts and theaters into the homes of millions of eager porn consumers. Today, heavy handed prosecutions of the porn business are less likely, and less likely to have much of an effect on the business, than ever now the that ranks of the largest distributors of porn include major cable providers, not anti-government counter culture types like Sturman.

Schlosser reviews the economics of the economic underground. Nobody knows just how large it really is, but it could be ten percent or more of the overall U.S. economy. The reasons for the sharp rise of the black market starting in the '60s and '70s are manifold. Declining wages, regressive taxation and government regulation are all factors in this. The hippie counter culture of the '60s and the anti-tax movements of the '70s have all played a role in shaping the anti-government attitudes that have fueled the black market boom. What it all reveals is the huge chasm between what the government tells us is "bad" for us and should be banned and what we actually do consume in private. As Schlosser said in his May 19 Working Assets Radio interview, "Maybe some of these things aren't so bad afterall."

5-0 out of 5 stars three essays that should be invidual books, but worth readin
After reading the fantastic book Fast Food Nation, I'm willing to read anything that Eric Schlosser publishes. When I heard what the subject matter was for his new book (pot, porn, and illegal labor) I wasn't that interested but I wanted to find out what Schlosser had to say. In the introduction, Schlosser writes that the book is made up of three essays that are mostly unrelated, but these essays were tied together with the idea of the American Underground Economy which pervades the book. Reefer Madness is Schlosser's attempt to show how large the underground economy (meaning, non-taxed and illegal money) is in America. Schlosser discusses the laws and the social conditions that have allowed these things to occur.

The first essay is on Marijuana. Apparently, marijuana is America's number one cash crop, but it is illegal to buy, sell, grow, or possess any amount of marijuana in America. Schlosser gives the history of marijuana legislation and reveals the severity of the punishments regarding marijuana violations (even compared to murder). This essay looks at the applications of marijuana laws throughout United States history. It highlights some of the absurdly harsh penalties given for first time convictions of even trace amounts of pot; this essay also shows the disparity in verdicts for the children of politicians compared to the poor. There are comparisons with the drug laws of other nations and a discussion on the health risks and health concerns regarding marijuana. Very interesting essay.

The second essay deals with illegal labor in California. Specifically, the essay is on the illegal labor in the strawberry industry. This is the shortest essay of the three, but it does a good job in explaining the rise of migrant labor since the 1970's and why farm companies would use this labor. Surprisingly, most of America's strawberries are grown in California and at least half of the labor provided is illegal. The conditions that these workers (from Mexico) live in is horrible and the labor itself is one of the most physically demanding work that one can do on a farm. Illegal labor is becoming a larger and larger sector of some industries as these men (mostly) will work for significantly lower wages just so that they can have work. This essay had more of a human story to it and was more emotionally involving than the Marijuana essay. However, this essay didn't seem to have the societal import that the discussion on marijuana law did.

The third essay focuses on pornography. Schlosser does not touch on the morality side of the pornography issue, but instead deals with the economics of porn. Like the other two essays, this one details the history of pornography in America and happens to be the longest of the three essays. Pornography is big business and the U.S. government has been cracking down on the industry on an off for years. For many years, the leading figure in the industry was one man, Reuben Sturman. The legality of porn is constantly in question and at the base are the very hazy obscenity laws. Much of this essay is about Sturman, his rise to lead the industry and the attempt to convict Sturman.

Any one of these essays could easily become a full length book and would be very interesting individually. Taken together, the tie that binds them is not very strong and the transition between the essays feels a little jumpy. This is an extremely interesting book and one that I am very glad that I read. Individually, these are excellent essays, but when taken together, they lose some of the narrative force that Schlosser excels at. This is worth reading, without question.

5-0 out of 5 stars more, please
I now know more about drug and obscenity laws than I ever imagined I'd need the brain cell storage to accommodate ... and that's a peculiarly good thing. I came out of this book with a new set of unlikely personal heroes - men and women who first challenged the absurdly restrictive obscenity laws in order to make health and birth control information legal to ship through the US mail ... and even folks like the irrepressibly obnoxious Larry Flynt, who is in some respects our nation's last defense against enforced, legislated morality. Read about the bizarre, inconsistent and patently ridiculous drug laws that keep marijuana users under a heavier legal boot than convicted child rapists. Find out why I will never again, so long as I live, spend money at a Taco Bell. If this seems like a broad spread to cover in one book, that's because part of the beauty of Schlosser is his ability to ferret out the very real connections between legitimate business and the black markets that we (as the blindly consuming public) may never suspect.

In our present culture of conspicuous censorship and our lamely moral-high-ground-napping political climate, this is a highly instructive read. GO AND GET IT. Consider it your civic duty to educate yourself on what your government and its corporate cohorts are really up to while you're not watching.

5-0 out of 5 stars Changed my perspective!
Eric has done it again. I read his last book Fast Food Nation, and was impressed with his depth and skill at writing. This book was even better.

Eric sets up the book with a discussion on the U.S. Drug war on Marijuana. He unpacks several cases where the government has spent millions of dollars to stop something that has never proven to be lethal or dangerous to ones health. Then, he steps into the world of the migrant worker, especially those in the strawberry fields of California. Eric raises the question: Why does the government do so little for these people who are being used and abused for their cheap labor? Schlosser ends with a discussion on the pornography industry. He again refers to how the government spends billions of dollars attempting to limit something that is a freedom this country was fought to defend.

I am an evangelical pastor with a conservative, republican upbringing. This book raises major questions for some of the verbal stances I take against things such as Marijuana and pornography - which I believe are both wrong - and do and say nothing about the plight of the migrant workers and the injustice they receive every day. I don't see the justification of spending so much money trying to eliminate products of capitalism and a free nation. Even though I think that getting high and the obscene are horrible for ones are cigarettes, eating too much fast food, being lazy - but those are choices that individuals have to make, not be forced upon by a large government. Especially when women and children cannot eat because the same government will not protect the rights of these workers.

As you can see this book grabbed me. It will grab and challenge you to!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Informative Potpouri of Topics
Having read the author's previous book, and holding the same reservations that anyone would have about follow-ups (that it won't be nearly as good as the first outing), I picked up this book and set it aside for a quiet time. When I finally got around to reading Reefer Madness, I found I could not put it down. Time literally stopped, and some passages merited second and third readings. On his second try, Schlosser delivered big-time, and while more of an academic essay and an ad populum appeal to values than hard-hitting investigative journalism, it still manages to uphold the tradition of excellence in muckraking journalism.

The book consists of three extended essays on such diverse but inter-linked topics as pornography, marijuana and migrant, specifically illegal agricultural, labor. The subjects are inter-linked because first they are part of a vibrant, free-wheeling and dynamic underground economy in America, and second there have been some rather unusual linkages between the two. One colorful example of such linkages is the fact that many enterprising drug producers have on occasion used illegal migrant labor to tend to marijuana crops in out of the way places. Another very colorful (or disturbing, depending on your point of view) example is the prolific use of marijuana and other illegal drugs as inducements to get participants to perform certain acts in the pornography industry or as a means of obtaining such drugs (which for some reason, the author fails to mention, even though numerous anecdotal affirmations of this are available).

Nonetheless, each activity represents Big Business in America. One of the three, pornography, has made the transition from the fringe to mainstream business, and because of this, does not really count as a true underground activity, at least in my mind. The problem of illegal migrant labor has been knowingly overlooked as a result of a gentlemen's agreement between corporations (which would not be nearly as profitable without it) and the government (which would prefer to use as little of its resources as possible policing this problem). On the other hand, the marijuana trade has been and is patently illegal, and the author suspects that this state of affairs will change, moving towards that of pornography, or that of illegal migrant labor. The situation for each of these industries, beginning with their history, the extent of activity currently in each sphere, and the impact each has had, particularly on those who participate in each sphere, is covered in a fair amount of detail.

The book exposes how We The People really get what we want, and reveals an undisclosed truth as to how our economic and social order really maintains itself. For example, food has become cheaper over time in no small part because of our government's stance on migrant labor. Of course, there are the occasional crackdowns and sensational raids, but that merely goes through the motions and panders to the Press and flag-waving conservatives. As such, more than a few adherents of the Back to the Land Movement and Ecological Farming ideologies should take note.

It also reveals the gross double standard we apply to those who are governed and those who do the governing. American Express, I believe, once advertised its credit with the phrase 'Membership has its Priviledges'. Something similar can be said about our ruling elite, who overturn drug (and other) convictions on their relatives and cronies, but throw the book at the average wage earning schmuck.

Granted, the second chapter, In the Strawberry Fields, covers not only illegal farm labor but also the California agricultural industry. However, the industry as a whole is totally dependent on either illegal migrant labor or laborers who receive neither a living wage nor health benefits. The third chapter, An Empire of the Obscene, intertwines the growth of pornography with the exploits of perhaps the most famous elder statesman of smut, Reuben Sturman. Mr. Sturman was the most successful entrepreneur of porn, whose marketing skills and innovative insights literally formed the modern day adult industry. He also proved himself to be a very interesting character study, being an unusual blend of savvy salesman, entrepreneur, flag-waving patriot and conservative family-man. Mr. Sturman also took on the formidable federal government by becoming a most unlikely champion of first amendent rights, and won while simultaneously dodging his taxes and thumbing his nose at the IRS. This colorful character alone would make for very interesting reading in a separate book.

As a whole, the book takes a Progressive stance towards each of these activities, focusing on the effects each has on the people directly involved in the particular activity. While there exists some grousing about the free market and capitalism, particularly in the preface, The Underground, and the epilogue, Out of the Underground, the content, I believe, will provide positive reinforcement for many that are for social justice (and Pro-Pot and Pro-Porn) and will spark some heated debates. Reefer Madness definitely makes for good, fascinating reading, and I bet that if one were to lend his or her copy to a friend, he or she would never see the book again. ... Read more

34. The Cultural Creatives : How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
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Do you "give a lot of importance to helping other people and bringing out their unique gifts?" Do you "dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and 'making it,' on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods?" Do you "want to be involved in creating a new and better way of life for our country?" If you answered yes to all three of these questions--and at least seven more of the remaining 15 in Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson's questionnaire--then you are probably a Cultural Creative.

Cultural Creative is a term coined by Ray and Anderson to describe people whose values embrace a curiosity and concern for the world, its ecosystem, and its peoples; an awareness of and activism for peace and social justice; and an openness to self-actualization through spirituality, psychotherapy, and holistic practices. Cultural Creatives do not just take the money and run; they don't want to defund the National Endowment for the Arts; and they do want women to get a fairer shake--not only in the United States, but around the globe.

On the basis of Ray and Anderson's research, about 50 million Americans are Cultural Creatives, a group that includes people of all races, ages, and classes. This subculture could have enormous social and political clout, the authors argue, if only it had any consciousness of itself as a cohesive unit, a society of fellow travelers. The husband and wife team wrote the book "to hold up a mirror" to the members of this vast but diffuse group, to show them they are not alone and that they can reshape society to make it more authentic, compassionate, and engaged. It is an idealistic call for a new agenda for a new millennium. --I. Crane ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Where is the harm in the book?

I've just read some of the negative reviews of this book and felt compelled to re-post my initial review....where's the harm in wanting to do good? I can't imagine a "Mother Russia" scenario, as one reviewer suggests.

Oh, well, that's why there's chocolate and vanilla.

For my money, the 'movement' these authors highlight will most likely run afoul...there is hope for our planet.

Psychologists Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson have written a handbook for people who are working to make this world a better place. Their book, THE CULTURAL CREATIVES - HOW 50 MILLION PEOPLE ARE CHANGING THE WORLD - is a guidebook for those who are interested in saving the planet, nurturing their personal relationships, and being sensitive without being stomped on. You might be a Cultural Creative if you're into: books and music; arts and culture; stories; social causes, especially issues dealing with women and children; and authenticity. The authors have created an interesting test to gauge where you stand in the mix and use a lot of graphs throughout the book to identify cultural creatives and their issues. If you're from the '60s and you've ever wondered what to do with all the energy created during that period of our lives, this book will open your eyes. If you've sometimes felt like an alien in your own family, the authors will offer you comfort because you're not alone. Even if you're just wondering why cultural creatives are so passionate about their lives, this planet, and their causes, this book will help you put it all together. Cultural Creatives include such personalities as: Pope John Paul XXIII; Martin Luther King, Jr.; The Dalai Lama; Annie Dillard; Georgia O'Keeffe; Marc Chagall; Yo-Yo Ma; Robert Redford; Katharine Hepburn; and Bill Moyers. Pretty good company, don't you think? While the book represents a lot of research on the part of the authors, the data is never presented in a dry, boring format. I found it hard to put the book down. The information resonated with me -- I'm from the 60's -- and it gave me hope for the future of our species and our planet. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars 50 Million "Cultural Creatives" Influencing U.S. Agenda
Every decade or so a book captures the social zeitgeist, the essence of the times, reflecting us as we are and revealing who we are becoming. In the 1980s, books by Alvin Toffler (Future Shock and The Third Wave) and John Naisbitt (Megatrends) took America by storm as they presented leading edge thinking and technology, and foretold how we would live as the millennium ended.

Now, a book for the 21st Century, Ray and Anderson's The Cultural Creatives, is poised to have the greatest impact on Americans' understanding of themselves - and shaping of their future - since Megatrends. "The Cultural Creatives" is already joining the national lexicon as the name of the substantial American sub-culture - 50 million adults - that the authors identified after more than 100,000 questionnaires, 500 focus groups and scores of personal interviews.

The Cultural Creatives, who transcend normal demographic boundaries, are characterized by their values. They tend to: love nature and are concerned about its destruction; hold a holistic perspective; value relationships, psychological and spiritual development; support women's and children's issues; be optimistic about the future; be unhappy with both the left and right in politics and seek a new way that's not the "mushy middle." The authors present 18 "values statements" that tend to define the population.

The Cultural Creatives is not only an immensely important work on American culture at this critical time -- with implications for marketing, politics and most aspects of American life -- it is also a fascinating, easy and accessible read. The authors present complete profiles of America's three sub-cultures -- The Cultural Creatives, The Moderns and The Traditionals -- along with historical context for all the groups and a collection of personal stories of cultural creatives from all walks of life ... and how they found their way into this group that's intent on generating "a future that works for everyone."

Not to be missed by anyone interested in the personal and social transformation emerging worldwide.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, but not perfect.
This is a fascinating book that I couldn't put down when I first got it. Anderson and Ray write in a style that is both intellectually stimulating and easy for lay audiences to understand. As a "cultural creative" myself, the book had a helpful, optimistic tone.

But the book is far from perfect. As some other reviewers have astutely pointed out, the authors fail to take into consideration that people might overlap more than one of the three groups outlined in the book. What happens when a "modern" couple from Omaha decide they want to move back to "traditional" Grandpa's farm in the country to raise their kids? Anderson and Ray don't give fair treatment to cross-over between the groups. This is unfortunate, and gives an incomplete picture of the United States.

Next, as someone who took a good amount of sociology in college, I was disappointed with the book's treatment of how one becomes a modern, traditional, or creative. More individual case studies, instead of a macro-level analysis would have been helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want life to continue on this planet.....
Just what is a Cultural Creative? Authors Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson conducted a study for the EPA (1998) to ascertain citizen views about the environment. What they discovered was 50 million CC individuals who are changing the world one step at a time. The authors supply a test the reader can use to determine whether they are a 'Traditional' (25 percent of the population); a 'Modern' (50 percent); or a CC (25 percent).

Using their three "types" to explore cultural values, including attitudes towards the environment, the authors have uncovered a lot of good and bad news. Not surprisingly perhaps, all three groups think the environment is very important (good) while disagreeing about many other cultural issues including the best way to deal with the environmental mess that is killing life on this planet (bad). The authors suggest that while most folks are aware of the attitudes and opinions of the 'Modern' and 'Traditional' types because they can be found arguing in newspapers, on tv and in person, the opinions and activities of the Cultural Creative types are more elusive.

Ray and Anderson have assembled a huge amount of information and synthesized it into a fairly coherent package. They leave virtually no sociological source untapped as they report on everything from AIDS to Zen. Their book is nicely complemented with survey results and graphs (simple and easy to understand) and plenty of references for further reading. While I don't agree with each and everything these authors say (only 95 percent), I do believe thinking people (especially Moderns..which I used to be) need to read this provocative book.

I underlined so many passages and pasted sticky markers on so many pages I don't know where to begin to describe the content, except to say this is not a doom and gloom book that will make you want to swallow rat poison. This book offers examples of a better way to live. It offers HOPE for our planet. To put the CC message in a nutshell..if we want life to continue on this planet we must act and act now.

You may not agree with all you read, but you will probably find the authors arguments compelling and may discover you are already a Cultural Creative or on the way to becoming one through the process of self-actualization (yes, they include Maslow, Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Wicca and Catholic nuns).

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Paradigm for a New Era
I'm grateful a friend loaned this book to me. The authors' research identifies a core population that is committed to a series of interrelated movements-- ecology, human rights, glbt rights, access to health care, etc. This group, comprising 50 million, illuminates the deficiencies of the left/right political dichotomy and offers a paradigm to transcend that model. ... Read more

35. Reading Specialists in the Real World : A Sociocultural View
by MaryEllen Vogt, Brenda A. Shearer
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36. The Wilco Book (with CD)
by Wilco, Dan Nadel, Peter Buchanan-Smith
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Between all the critical acclaim, Greg Kot's book on the band, and the introspective I Am Trying to Break Your Heart documentary, you'd think that pretty much everything has already been said about Wilco. But The Wilco Book--the influential rock band's own scrapbook of photos, observations, and random notes--has more than a few revelations for fans. Here we get beautiful photographs of musical instruments (taken apart, being fixed and played) interspersed with quotes about their studio, their performance and recording habits, and their songwriting. Some may think a close-up of a Gibson guitar is a mundane affair, but to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, that tool of the trade is an important element in the music-making process, worthy of plenty of attention. In addition, there are numerous shots of the band, random images by Fred Tomaselli, a new essay on the ensemble by Rick Moody, and "The Angel Is My Watermark," a piece by Henry Miller that resonates with the group. The enclosed 12-track CD contains previously unheard tracks from the A Ghost Is Born sessions. A couple tunes ("Diamond Claw," "What Good Am I") rank with Wilco's best work, while the rest show the band in the midst of the creative process, making aural sketches. All-told, the poignant randomness of The Wilco Book unfolds like a great Wilco album: it's a wonderful mix of compelling experimentation and heartfelt sentiment. A must-have for Wilco lovers. --Jason Verlinde

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  • 37. Cannabis Cultivation: A Complete Growers Guide
    by Mel Thomas
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    Cannabis Cultivation helps budding growers maximize their yield in small spaces. With plentiful color photos and illustrations, the easy-to-follow directions will enable anyone to grow and harvest the highest-quality marijuana using simple techniques and everyday low-cost gardening tools. Perfect for beginners, the book describes both soil and hydroponic gardens. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you want to know about growing is in this book!
    This book is a MUST! If you ever wanted to know anything about everything about growing the sacred herb. This is the book. Explains everything from starting your plant to harvest. From soil to hydro systems of all types. Also includes how to make hash and other wonderful treats. This book has MORE than what your looking for. Mel Thomas is the man. You will be extremly happy with this great buy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One Of THE BEST Guides
    This is probably the SECOND definitive guide to growing marijuana indoors. Unlike most books which cover the absolute basics, this book covers a great deal of subjects, not everything you could imagine, but it is one of the best guides. For example this book has about 230 Pages, while most others have under 150. This book covers it all in a basic format, and will definately get you operational.

    Another good book I recommend in addition to this is:
    Indoor Marijuana Horticulture - The Indoor Bible
    by Jorge Cervantes

    These 2 books will have you covered if your goal is indoor cultivation. However Closet Cultivator and the original Marijuana Question? Ask Ed! book are good companions and will offer other techniques and styles and different ways to do things. It's best to have a few sources, read them all and then go with something along in the middle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me harvest a killer load of bud.
    I've grown a few times in the past and while I knew a lot of the stuff in this book it was a real lifesaver. The problem section and some of the info on getting started made the difference. I'll smoke one for you Mel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Factual Info
    Forget the bigger grow book names and get your hands on a copy of this very detailed and factual book. Like the other reviewers suggested this book contains information that is not dated and can not be found elsewhere. The writer has obviously put time and effort into the many essays on how to grow cannabis and in my opinion this is what causes the book to stand out over all the others. It is also short enough to be covered in the day or two and will benefit your grow. I like this book because it does not beat about the bush with pseudo second hand growing information. Besides the writer was once arrested for producing over £1 million worth of bud in a grow factory that he ran! How much more could you want?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for all growers.
    At the moment this is my grow book of choice. Why? Because the information is clear, concise and factual. Get this book to help you on your growing journey. The descriptions and techniques are mostly up-to-date plus you get the added bonus of being able to thumb through this book in no time. This nice factual grow book from Mel Thomas should help people add a few ounces to their harvest at the end of the day. The color section shows cloning step by step. This is not a book to overlooked for the ones with bigger names out there. Get this if you are serious about producing some budz. ... Read more

    38. Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
    by David Brooks
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    Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those visionary software companies where people come to work wearing hiking boots and glacier glasses, as if a wall of ice were about to come sliding through the parking lot? If so, you might be a Bobo.

    In his bestselling work of "comic sociology," David Brooks coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today's upper class -- those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Their hybrid lifestyle is the atmosphere we breathe, and in this witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age, Brooks has defined a new generation. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Funny, Silly, but Seriously Flawed and Misguided Book
    If the merit of a book were to be exclusively rated by virtue of readability and entertainment value, then this book is going to be a well-deserved and predictable best-seller. However, if one reads books s to become a more aware, better informed, and intellectually astute citizen, then this is a trite, superficial, and absolutely worthless tome. Like cotton candy, a sweet experience, but almost absolutely devoid of any substantive nutritional content.

    Brooks admits in the opening chapter that he considers his work an exercise in what he refers to as "comic sociology". Well, at least he got the comic part right. Please don't misunderstand me; he is obviously a talented, perceptive, and entertaining writer, and one finds the text quite readable and easy to follow and absorb. The problem here is that his analysis is too far superficial to be worthwhile. He admits, for example, that he is no Max Weber (a famous turn of the century sociologist and social theorist who was an astute and amazingly prescient critic of modern capitalist culture). Perhaps if he had read Professor Weber more closely (or at all?) he might have recognized the dangers of placing too much stress on one aspect of a complex social envionment and then overemphasizing its importance in the overall scheme of that particular cultural milieiu.

    This is the theoretical mistake Herr Weber accuses Karl Marx of making with dialetical materialism; mistaking the observable fact of the progressive alienation of workers in 19th century manufacturing factories of being alienated for being the central motive force in history. What Marx didn't recognize, unfortunately, was that all participants in large modern industrial societies are by course of the organization of that society into social institutions ritually expropriated from the means of participation in it. Thus, individuals can express their talents and capabilites only though participation and cooperation with large-scale social institutions (read bureaucracies here).

    Moreover, this is exactly what Mr. Brooks does, mistaking some colorful and paradoxical symptoms of the critical breakdown in the integrity and cohesiveness of modern society and its accompanying cultural ethos for a new culture ethos itself. Indeed, his choice of books for reference here is telling, all dated in the unusual and historically atypical period of the the Affluent society of the 1950s. He studiously ignores a plethora of more traditional and more recent and relevant monographs, such as "Technopoly", by Neil Postman, "The Power Elite" by C.Wright Mills, and "The Cult of Information" by Theodore Roszak.

    In essence, Brooks seems amazingly ignorant of the fact that with the rise of a number of related cultural phenomena in the last forty to fifty years, the majority of urban and suburban Americans (especially those who are habitually electronically connected to the media) are deeply confused and disoriented in terms of their cultural orientation. In fact, most Americans feel no cultural constraint to be consistent in terms of what they believe in each of the various aspects of their lives, seeing them as completely disconnected and absolutely independent phenomena.

    This is, in fact, the end-point of the alienation process predicted by Marx, Weber, and Durkheim long agao, and is often referred to in more recent terms as "individuation", or absolute cultural fragmentation, disintegration and dissipation into irrelevancy. In this manner we can say that these citizens don't have an integrated cultural ethos so much as they have a grab-bag of ideas, opinions, and views that they feel no need to better understand and integrate into anything approaching a coherent and intelligent world -view.

    The main culprits in this evolution has been 1) the rise and domination of dissemination of public information by the electronic media, 2) the segregation of Americans by virtue of income and lifestyles, and 3) the progressive vitiation of all integration and meaning in our cultural values with the astounding confusion and disintegration of all our social institutions as a result of the ongoing changes associated with the technological revolution.

    Seen in this way, reading this slim and silly volume is like spending an afternoon watching old Sylvester Stallone movies; entertaining but unconsequential in terms of what one learns from the time so spent. The real danger with watching such movies, of course, is that one may begin to believe that Sly's problem-solving approach as depicted in Rambo is an accurate model for how to conduct one's own life. Here the danger is that too many gullible bozos will read all about bobos and believe it is an accurate depiction of the cutting edge of America's upper class.

    Shake off the demons, friend, and pass this one by. This book is, in my opinion, silly and specious nonsense written by someone so insulated in his experience and so lacking in socio-historical perspective that he has little or no idea of what he is talking about. No doubt, however that this book will become a smash best-seller and be the talk of the nation for the next several months. I expect to see Mr. Brooks on Oprah any day now. But then again, as our old amigo Arlo Guthrie would say, "That's America". Go figure!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Boomer Bliss and Other Mirth
    This book looks at the affects of universal education and the universe it has brought, from a pop culture point of view. I love the opening chapter where Brooks does an analysis of New York Times wedding pages over the decades. His description of the Bourgeois over time is funny with just a touch of affection. His writing picks up the essence of Bohemians so the reader gets the sense of their personal meanness. One wishes this part of the book could go on, but it is just a pier to launch his main idea - the creation of Bobos, the Bourgeois Bohemian. This is the person who defies labels of conservative or liberal, instead life-smithing a unique, undefinable reconciliation of the two lifestyles. Intended to celebrate the individual, Bobodom is sometimes irritatingly conforming. We have the democratization of higher education (colleges and universities at the undergrad and grad level, as well as professional schools, i.e. doctors and lawyers) to thank for this.

    Brooks has to convince us Bobos exist and he accomplishes the task. From there he goes on to describe Bobo behavior and codes of conduct in various realms of life - consumption (noteworthy to mention this is the first evaluative chapter of the book), work, play, sex and the spirit. He hilariously finds the herd mentality in all this individuality. I thought his analysis of Bobo consumption was alittle too bitter and condemning. He also dwells on it too much. I expected more from the chapter on work, but he hits that nail by identifying the transformation of a job from a means to survive to a means of self expression. Brooks has a wholly white, male point of view, however. Some of his application misses the mark entirely because of his perspective. Americans of color do NOT fit the context Brooks creates for Bobo behavior. Believe me, they are definitely still Bobos. Finally, I thought the book was on track when I least expected it - in the chapter on spirituality. The biggest missing chapter in the book was on family. There are some thoughts tucked into various parts of other chapters. But, Bobos are raising kids and it occupies a sizable chuck of their lives. That is why we have SUV's, baby joggers and parent fights at Little League sporting events. What are these Gen-Y's like? because Bobo attitudes towards parenting and family life are not the same as the World War II Generation. I guess that's the topic of the next book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Upbeat Criticism
    Brooks appears on Matthews show, and seems intelligent. That's why I bought the book. Generally, this book hits all the high points of American intellectualism. He tosses out the right names. The book is sort of satiric, and sort of serious.

    Since it was written in the Bubble period, one can be charitable. Maybe this was the most criticism one could offer up. Now things are more serious. The discussion of how elite universities, how they held their power, could be channeled to ask why academics were so wrong in Iraq? Why are America's ideas, like neo-conservatism, so, um, lame? Is that the word?

    Brooks gets into a very long discussion of moral absolutes. It's kind of a "Well, if you aren't on the plan, why aren't you going to Hell?" approach. It's a little breathtaking. One can argue that religions differ on the standards, the absolute standards, so if we are here to reconcile religious differences, life is going to be very bloody. He doesn't seem to accept this point, which is fine. Unfortunately, it devalues his idea of moral relativism and the Bobos, though he doesn't use that term, as I recall.

    I guess it turns out that being shallow, a bit insipid, and totally materialist has a downside. A lot of the poor world tends to hate you, and wants to destroy you. Oh, dear. What a drag. So many snags.

    So, his point about academia and top schools is interesting, as history, but what are these schools really churning out? Why do we have such a large income disparity? Why are we working so hard to build an elite? It's like Brooks is saying the elite is good enough, why sweat it, but I'm not really in it for vague and undefined reasons.

    You have to be bright to pull it off. One could ask why anyone would want to pull it off? To have a bestseller?

    4-0 out of 5 stars An intriguing study of the "new meritocracy"
    While it may not be as catchy as "preppie" or "yuppie," in "bobo" David Brooks has coined a new term for a newly visible and significant segment of society. A Bobo, he claims, is a hybrid of the bourgeois and the bohemian--a "new meritocracy" or "educated elite." Bobos are the new movers and shakers of American business--in banking, law, the media, anything connected to the high-tech industry, even Hollywood. And like the preppies and the yuppies before them, they're making their mark on the rest of us: Starbucks, for example, was specifically envisioned as a Bobo hangout.

    Brooks claims that Bobos despise yuppies, but a close study of his book will show that the two groups have several significant things in common. Both are educated professionals (though many Bobos, especially those in computer-connected fields, are college dropouts or never-wents, Bill Gates being the most obvious example) pulling in high salaries (from a minimum $100,000 annual gross to several million); couples are always dual-income. Both are comfortable with high tech in all its latest manifestations. Both take conscientious care of their bodies--no smoking, no drugs, only moderate alcohol consumption, health-club memberships, toning sports like running, skiing, and racquet games. Both are attracted to highbrow culture (Bobos are mad for museums and listen to NPR). Both enjoy vacationing in remote, out-of-the-way spots that don't expose them to the thundering herds of "fat tourists" pouring on and off busses. Both are entranced by "professional-grade" kitchen appliances and want to own a restaurant's worth of lesser tools and equipment. Both are happy to spend prodigious amounts of money on "things that used to be cheap"--everything from T-shirts to bottled water to coffee to food staples. Both think it important to expose their young to lots of broadening experiences, including, of course, private schools. Both are (or claim to be) in love with and consumed by their work. Some Bobos--those who are veterans of SDS or Woodstock--may even have done a turn as yuppies in the '80's before they discovered their true identity. But there are also important differences. The yuppie is a city dweller; Bobos prefer the suburbs (albeit high-end ones)--or small towns like Burlington, Vt., to which many of them eventually move to start up their own little dream businesses, often connected with food. Yuppies are conventional Organization Men and Women; Bobos value creativity, flat hierarchies, and a boss who gets right down in the trenches with his employees instead of issuing edicts from an ivory corner office. Yuppies love sleek, smooth, hard-edged decorating schemes; Bobos choose the country/rustic/ethnic look. Yuppie couples often consciously decide not to procreate, and when they do they confine themselves to one child; Bobos often have two or three (albeit well spaced apart). Yuppies boast about how exhausted they are by their work; Bobos seek balance.

    The chief fault of this book is that Brooks can't seem to decide whether he comes to mock the Bobos or to praise them. In several of his chapters he adopts a wry voice, as when he discusses the seven rules for spending money, the most favored vacation destinations, or the REI store in Seattle where Microsoft staff loves to shop for explorer-type gear. But as he reaches the "intellectual life" section of the book he waxes sadly sympathetic toward the financial plight of the dual-income couple earning $180,000 a year and trying to send three kids to private school (the oldest is in Stanford). And in explicating the religious and political views of his subjects, he is completely serious; many readers, Bobos or not, will recognize themselves in his descriptions. He closes with a ringing call for the Bobos to assume a position of leadership and guide America "into its next golden age." All in all, it's an interesting book about a group many of us may not have really noticed up till now, but one which has a great influence on our lives.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Flavor of the Times Without Exactitude
    David Brooks is a fine writer. I have always enjoyed his articles in the Weekly Standard, the Atlantic Monthly, and currently his column in the New York Times. He is a whimsical observer of American life. His writing has an inductive quality about it. He writes about slate shower stalls, cappuccino bars, eco-tourism, and the like. Pretty soon he has painted a landscape of American cultural trends. In the introduction of "Bobos in Paradise," Brooks describes his method: "The idea is to get at the essence of cultural patterns, getting the flavor of the times without trying to pin it down with meticulous exactitude" (pg 12). In the book with which Brooks will always be associated, he allows us to taste the surprisingly pleasant combination of bourgeois and bohemian cultures.

    Being a pastor, I was especially interested in reading Brooks' observations on the spiritual life of the bourgeois bohemians. Bobos, according to Brooks, crave "freedom and flexibility on the one hand and the longing for rigor and orthodoxy on the other" (pg 224). Spirituality, like other areas of Bobo life, seems to display itself in utter contradiction. Frankly, the observation rings true. I see the same conflict in the lives of my parishioners. However, the observation rings too true. I wonder if these conflicts are inherent in human nature rather than particularly Bobo nature. Perhaps, Brooks would see the rich young ruler who desired eternal life, yet could not give up his wealth as the first Bobo (Luke 18). Nonetheless, this observation does not distract from the book since Brooks' intention is to make an impression not a necessarily win an argument.

    The book has one major drawback. Brooks is a master as an author of articles. The book, however, has the feel of several articles strung together. After reading his acknowledgments, I realize that is exactly how the book developed. As a result, the flow is different from chapter to chapter. The reader sometimes has difficulty making the change. If you can suffer the disjointed feel, then you will enjoy a clever perspective of early twenty-first century life. ... Read more

    39. Positively Fifth Street
    by James McManus
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    Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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    In the spring of 2000, Harper's Magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker, in particular the progress of women in the $23 million event, and the murder of Ted Binion, the tournament's prodigal host, purportedly done in by a stripper and her boyfriend. But when McManus arrives, the lure of the tables compels him to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. This is his deliciously suspenseful account of the tournament--the players, the hand-to-hand combat, his own unlikely progress in it--and the delightfully seedy carnival atmosphere that surrounds it. Positively Fifth Street is a high-stakes adventure and a terrifying but often hilarious account of one man's effort to understand what Edward O. Wilson has called "Pleistocene exigencies"--the eros and logistics of our competitive instincts.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Talk About Sensory Overload.....Wow!
    What a wild, rollicking ride of a book! We jump right in with a detailed re-creation of the murder of an heir on one of Las Vegas' great fortunes. It's not just any murder...not when sex, handcuffs, Xanax, heroin and a turkey baster are involved. The victim is Ted Binion, son of Benny Binion, founder of Binion's Horseshoe, the last family-owned casino in Vegas. His accused killers are his live-in girlfriend and one of his employees.

    Call it fate, or perhaps irony, but it turns out that the conclusion of the Binion murder trial will overlap with the 2000 World Series of Poker, which is the Horseshoe's signature event and the richest, most prestigious of the many stops on the big money poker circuit. Enter our hero/author, who is also an avid amateur player. He wrangles an assignment from Harper's magazine to cover the tournament and the trial.

    Although the parallel is inexact, McManus then decides to pull a George Plimpton and use his advance from Harper's as seed money to enter the tournament itself. Only through actual experience, he reasons, can he accurately convey the full sensory impact of this adrenaline-charged event. He resolves to school himself in the subtleties of the no-limit game, though he entertains no illusions about his chances against the experienced pros he'll be facing.

    Without giving anything away, it's fair to say that a combination of luck and skill carry Jim much farther along the road to glory than even he could have imagined in the beginning. And when the trial concludes almost simultaneously with the final hands of the tournament, the whole story seems to come together in one big, gaudy package.

    Along the way, McManus manages to weave in the history of poker, even of the deck of cards itself, autobiographical slices, observations on the poetry of Sylvia Plath....So, this is a book about poker, and about sex. It's also about life, death, love, lust, greed, hopes and short, it's about just about everything that makes us who we are.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad, worth reading overall.
    Jim McManus, Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2003)

    Jim McManus made the final table at the World Series of Poker.

    That alone should make any poker player want to pick this book up and read it immediately. It gets better when you realize that McManus went in as the rankest of rank amateurs, the guy whose previous poker career revolved around the $3-$6 Hold 'em game at the local VFW. Yes, folks, Jim McManus is living proof that anyone CAN do it. And, as This American Life host Ira Glass says on the back cover, the poker writing to be found here really is some of the best sports writing you are likely to ever see; McManus' descriptions are easily the equal of Laura Hillenbrand's race descriptions in Seabiscuit (and this is high praise indeed). Its when McManus gets off the subject of poker that things tend to go downhill.

    Unfortunately, this happens often. McManus was in Vegas for the purpose of covering the Murphy/Tabish trial (Murphy and Tabish were accused of murdering Ted Binion, wayward son of the owner of the casino where the World Series of Poker is held*), and much of the book details McManus' attempts to get at the meat of the psyches of Binion, Murphy, and Tabish, in order to write the article. Despite the tenuous connections McManus makes between murder and poker towards the end of the book, these are two separate pieces, and should have been treated as such.

    Worth reading for the cards. Skim the rest. ***

    * For the sticklers in the audience: yes, "is" is the correct tense. Binion's reopened on April 1, 2004.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Stream of Consciousness
    McManus' Harpers article was supposed to do three things: Cover the World Series of Poker; more specifically, cover female professional poker players; and cover the Ted Binion murder trial.

    The first ten pages cover the murder; and there are approximately five more pages throughout the book that are really relevant to the trial. There are maybe a total of three pages in the book that talk about female poker players, and the vast majority of that is descriptions of their breasts. I am not making this up.

    There *is* poker in here, and it's pretty entertaining. However, here's my reconstruction of how this book was "designed". McManus went to Vegas, and kept detailed stream-of-consciousness notes. When he got home, he filled out the notes with research... and left absolutely *nothing* out. The result is unbelievably boring. Boring history of cards, for no reason; boring life stories of several poets, for no reason; ridiculously puerile comparisons between poker and sex, for no reason. On and on and on and on. I would not have thought it possible for a description of a lap dance to be tedious. Turns out it is quite possible.

    The only way to have a positive experience with this book is to leaf through it, and read only the passages describing actual poker play. Even then, you have to be prepared for obvious errors in terminology (e.g., according to the Appendix, a "blank" is the same as a "rag," false) and betting sequence (according to the seating chart, McManus must already have acted, but he has himself fold later in the round).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Premise - Disappointing Results
    "Hey," I thought when I saw this book at a local store - "What a neat idea for a book!" Interested in gambling and all things Vegas, I bought it. The author is a good storyteller and he weaves adroitly between the tales of his unexpected run at the World Series of Poker and the trial of the two people charged with murdering casino operator Ted Binion, whose Binion's Horseshoe Casino hosts the annual WSOP.

    For poker fans, including the thousands (millions?) of new enthusiasts introduced to the game by all the recent televised poker, it's a good read. The author also provides a decent account of the trial and the events leading up to it. But where he fails is in his interjecting of his own strong personal views about the principals involved. His blatant dislike of the defendants (he finds them both "guilty" in the book's opening pages), their attorneys (including the mayor of Las Vegas), and others, taints the story and attemtps to influence opinion instead of just presenting the facts. I was further disappointed at the author's political railings, which are totally unrelated to the story, at the end of the book.

    Nonetheless, the poker and courtroom action are quite revealing and interesting. If the author had stuck more to the tournament and the trial and less to his political beliefs and family history, this could have been an even better read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
    I was skeptical when i first noticed this book. I skimmed through it and still wasnt sure. But when i actually purchased it and started reading it, i got into it. Alittle uninteresting at first but when i got to the part where he describes his experience at the WSOP i couldnt put it down!! A well put book when suspenful poker action ...A must read at an inexpensive cost! ... Read more

    40. Celebrating the Third Place: Inspiring Stories About the "Great Good Places" at the Heart of Our Communities
    by Ray Oldenburg
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    After a long day at work or a lazy afternoon at home, many of us seek solace and distraction in a place where the magical combination of comfort, familiarity, and good company transform an ordinary hangout into our special "third place." In his landmark work, The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg identified, portrayed, and promoted those third places. Now the time has come to celebrate the many third places that dot the American landscape and foster civic life. Celebrating the Third Place brings together nineteen firsthand accounts by proprietors of third places, as well as appreciations by fans who have made spending time at these establishments a regular part of their lives. The scope of places profiled—from an historic tavern in Washington, D.C., and a garden shop in Massachusetts to a coffeehouse in North Carolina and a bookstore in Michigan—make Celebrating the Third Place a must-read for everyone who has or wants a third place they can call their own. ... Read more

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