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121. Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
by Dave Hickey
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Asin: 0963726455
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Art Issues Press
Sales Rank: 33336
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss "Air Guitar"
This book made me want to call everyone I knew and tell them to read it--and better yet, it made me laugh! alot! "Air Guitar" is an optimistic and witty book about one man's parallels between art and life. Hickey writes brilliantly. I admit I skipped the commentary, but it was few and far between. This is a really good, optimistic book from one of the only influencial people involved in the visual arts who actually has his head on straight. If you skip this one, you're missing a refreshing group of essays and a very, very well-written book.

5-0 out of 5 stars From the Sublime to the Ridiculous ... & Back
I love Dave Hickey. And not just cause he's some rich culture nut [with] on a MacArthur Genius Award. I loved him before he won it - when I first read this book - before some sleaze stole my copy & I had to save up to buy another one.
Regardless of whether you are, at any point, in agreement or disagreement with Dave (I call him "Dave"), his prose always elicits an admiration for its tingling velocity. Veering from the microscopic details of his tawdry life to his grand generalizations to the pompous rejection of Cezanne and ridiculous idolization of Chet Baker, Dave is a crash-test culture dummy.
Bravo for courage. He even re-invented "Beauty" (without whispering).

1-0 out of 5 stars uh, now what
I'm ready- couldn't wait. Finished a book by Leo Marks who was codemaker for SOE during wwii which was very interesting and surprisingly compelling- even when he described the basics of codes and betrayals. But it tired me out in alot of ways. So Hickey seemed a good way to go: clear and noncant according to reputation. Plus I read an interview Hickey gave to a colorado newspaper where he was spot on even if his stevedoreness was a little droll coming from a man obvious bored with small pieties. Started it last night and I'm already wavering. My initial enthusiasm is slightly dampened by his repeated use of the word "quotidian" and his p'haps too obvious placement of himself as heavy meta dude who hangs with grass in Mexico and in the next breath is able for instance claim that Norman Rockwell is, in fact, a great democratic artist with impressive technical skills. He claims too that every artist he knows admires Rockwell. I always thought it was schlock- I could be wrong- (I think Rockwell leads to Tarantino) but what worries me is that Hickey seems willing to take a perverse position for the pleasure of taking a perverse position. Well that's OK but he isn't Panofsky. He's acrobatic and synthetic- but afterwards like any dance by Arthur Murray you wonder what you have experienced and when.
The book cover is terrible, almost the worst I have ever seen which again suggests a willful postmodern banality offered w/o irony which is the hippest position possible. Says Sean Puffy Combs, Puff Daddy, P Daddy, P Diddy: "its all good." He's a genius too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I Read All Year
A chain of family and friends recommended this book to me--first my niece, then a younger brother, then an older brother, an age range of more than 25 years. I'd like to have a box of the books by my front door so I could give one to everyone who comes and goes, including the Fedex man, the mailman, friends and door-to-door salesmen. It is wonderful, intoxicating, and hilarious. Sometimes too wordy, but when it is, it is a little like Moe slapping Curly and then poking him in the eyes. Hickey always brings you back to earth after zooming around the clouds. The book should be required reading for academics and artists alike--you'll never think about what you do in the same way after reading this book, which in some ways might be characterized as a love song to life. Utterly delightful. I drove my wife crazy raving about it, now I have to get her a copy, since mine is all marked up with exclamation points.

5-0 out of 5 stars even if you don't know about postmodernism, etc.
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122. Life: The Movie : How Entertainment Conquered Reality
by NEAL GABLER
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Catlog: Book (2000-02-29)
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"A thoughtful, in places chilling, account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life." --The New York Times Book Review

From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author of Winchell, the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance-from news and politics to religion and high culture-into one vast public entertainment.

Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in the medium of life that dominate the media and the national conversation for weeks, months, even years: the death of Princess Diana, the trial of O.J. Simpson, Kenneth Starr vs. William Jefferson Clinton.Real Life as Entertainment is hardly a new phenomenon, but the movies, and now the new information technologies, have so accelerated it that it is now the reigning popular art form.How this came to pass, and just what it means for our culture and our personal lives, is the subject of this witty, concerned, and sometimes eye-opening book.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Scratches the Surface
Neal Gabler merely scratches the surface as he describes the integration of media and entertainment into 20th Century culture, particularly 20th Century American culture. Gabler concedes at the outset that the book is diagnostic rather than prescriptive and he leaves few suggestions and little hope for a cure. The most disturbing part of the book is the final chapter, entitled The Mediated Self, in which he illustrates the degree to which many people have come to define their lives in terms of entertainment value.

Parts of the book are priceless. One should read it with a highlighter or a pencil and capture the more descriptive gems for future attribution. As an example, describing the propensity of '80's and '90's middle class Americans to videotape family events:

"Weddings, baby showers, bar mitzvahs . . . even surgeries, all of which had traditionally been undramatic, if occasionally unruly, affairs, were now frequently reconfigured as shows for the video camera complete with narratives and entertaining set pieces throughout. Sometimes a hastily edited version of the tape, complete with musical soundtrack and effects added to boost its entertainment value higher still, would be shown at the climax of the occasion as if the entire purpose of the celebration had really been to tape it."

One senses that Gabler, taking leads from Marshall McLuhan, Neil Postman, Richard Schickel . . . even Andy Warhol, is on to something very big, if not overarching. Gabler deals with the subject in a mere 244 easily read pages, but I was left wanting more and feeling that the subject had been dealt with somewhat superficially. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who can stand to add to their level of cynicism.

4-0 out of 5 stars Read it and you'll never see things the same way again!
This book is simply incredible. A more stimulating book I couldn't imagine! It's not that it told me so much I didn't know intuitively, but seeing it written so distinctly in black and white really hit home. This is one to read if you really want to get a sense of just how dramatically the world has changed. Neal Gabler, tells it like he sees it and has a lot of research to back up his views. I love that he doesn't make judgements or try to press an opinion on the reader. It's left up to you to decide how you feel about it all. I find myself thinking of points he brought up throught the day and seeing just what he meant by experiencing it in "real" life. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because I wish it was a bit MORE in-depth. It's so engaging that I can imagine an entire college course being made from this book. It is a book that's as entertaining as it is informative, and that's the whole point.

4-0 out of 5 stars "When I Crashed the Car It Was Just Like a Movie!"
A good, often acid analysis of "entertainment state," Gabler's main thesis is that under the influence of the movies and the concomitant rise of the consumptionism, we have created an entertainment state where everyone is constantly considering how their performance is going -- which amounts to a new kind of discipline as Foucauldians might say. Further, these "roles" require props (material goods), which in turn supports the consumer society and the entertainment state at the expense of nearly everything else. To lay the basis for his theorectical claim, he cites the early 1960s thinking on the phenomenon of celebrity and the changes it has wrought in the American psyche. Here cites Boorstin's "The Image," and Riesman's "The Lonely Crowd." But he's not averse to cites postmodernists to serve his thesis, Umberto Eco, and Baudrillard come in for brief insights, too.

Some might say Gabler overstates his case. Have we really become so infused with "lifies" projected at us on a billion screens that we no longer know where we begin and where we end? Compared to the post-mods who can't resist hyperbole and grand gestures, though, he grounds his case historically, culturally and economically. Moving from a quick periodization of the rise of mass entertainment in the U.S. in conjunction with Jacksonian era during which elitist amusements were challanged and overthrown -- in 1849 29 b'hoys in NYC were killed during a riot where protested the English actor MacCready's reading of Shakepeare as a disparagement of the American style of Edwin Forrest -- he shows how entertainment has always been contested terrain. He also suggests that popular entertainment and diversion are as American as apple pie with supporting examples of the popularity of the political speech, the Great Awakenings, the Lyceum and Chatauqua.

Most chilling is his description of the two Americas: those who live behind the glass (TV) and those who don't, and how those who don't know that because they don't live behind the glass are lesser citizens. That people fight to obtain some type of stardom, or at the minor forms of celebrity, that CEOs now bestride the world like Hollywood stars of old, that brands now have personalities, are cited as evidence of celebritization of the world. The section of the dark side of celebrity-seeking -- e.g. Mark David Chapman, the Unabomber, and Arthur Bremer -- is effective in showing how these individuals' quest for celebrity was rewarded by the media in wall to wall coverage. The slippage of mainstream media into the gutter once occupied by the tabliods is also of related interest, though it cites the usual examples: e.g. Gary Hart, Monica, O.J.

Gabler's larger point is that all these "lifies" take up space in our collective consciousness, that they distract us, circumscribe our lives by setting norms, casting us in roles, and both limit and expand whom we might be and how we might behave: the affable talk show host, the news anchor, the family man, etc. These norms and role models now live behind the screen, he says. There is no "backstage" where we think our private thoughts and a "frontstage" where we interact with the world. It's all "frontstage." Observe an average Californian for awhile, he suggests. Steeped in movie and entertainment culture, they have no "backstage."

Gabler cites evidence that those who have ability to positively delude themselves, to "act" as if they are the center of our own postively scripted, headed- toward-a-happy-ending movie, do better in their lives and occupations. He notes that Prozac's popularity may be connected with this phenomenon. All in all a good, solid, and dare it be said, "entertaining" book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Another flop of a Life
Remarkable and lamentable by what it manages to ignore this work
is more an example of what it tries to describe than an implement
for its understanting! That Gabler manages to write a book about
the spectacular engulfing of the everyday without engaging the
views of Guy Debord, Herbert Marcuse, Goddfrey Reggio, Georges Perec, Vince Packard or David Riesman is in itself a testemonial of how entertainment effectively compresses the depth of any analysis of its effects to a waffer thin prespective! What is advertised as revelatory soon is revealed as the author's emphatuation with his own subject. Wwept by the uncontainable wave of superficiality that he purports to denounce, Gabler is already a stand-in in the movie called Life, the delusion he
fully welcomes in his naive reconning...

5-0 out of 5 stars Pillar to understanding society
Along with Paul Fussel's Class, these books are provocative views of modern society. Like "Class", Gabler doesn't really tell you anything that you don't really know but he does lay it out in a manner that I, at least, had never considered deeply. In doing so, he revealed a weakness that I recognize in myself and in much of the people in this society. Weakness? Gabler doesn't judge. He presents the case and steps back but there is some amount of consternation. How else can you view it? When a person's life becomes nothing more than fulfilling a part in the play? Is that good? Or is it the natural outcome of a society that finds itself more and more removed from the constraints of Mother Nature? ... Read more


123. Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism
by Sean Hannity
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Catlog: Book (2002-08)
Publisher: Regan Books
Sales Rank: 1767
Average Customer Review: 3.09 out of 5 stars
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As Americans, we face two fundamental questions:

First, are we truly prepared to fight this new war to wipe out terrorism and terrorist regimes, and win it decisively -- no matter what sacrifices it requires or how long it takes?

Second, are we once again prepared to teach our children the fundamental principles and values that make this country great -- the values that make this country worth fighting for, living for, and dying for?

Sean Hannity is the hottest new phenomenon in TV and talk radio today. His gutsy, take-no-prisoners interviews and commentary on the Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes have made him one of cable television's most popular personalities. And his ascendance to the top of the talk radio world with ABC Radio's The Sean Hannity Show has won him a huge and devoted following that includes not only conservatives but anyone else who values straight talk over pandering and excuses.

Now, in Let Freedom Ring, Sean Hannity offers a survey of the world -- political, social, and cultural -- as he sees it. Devoting special attention to 9/11, the war on terror, and the continuing threat we face at home and abroad, he makes clear that the greatest challenge we have to overcome may not be an attack from overseas, but the slow compromising of our national character. And he asks why, particularly in this time of war, should we entrust our future to the voices of the Left -- the very people who have spent decades ravaging so many of our core values and traditions?

Our nation, as Hannity reminds us, was founded on the idea of freedom. And in order to protect our freedoms, he argues, we must stand vigilant against liberal attempts to compromise our strengths. From our military and intelligence forces, to our borders and airports, to our unified commitment to root out terrorists at home and abroad, he reveals how our strongest lines of defense have come under attack -- by left-wing voices within our government, media, schools, and elsewhere. And he shows how even domestic issues like taxation, education, patriotism, and the family have been exploited by liberals with their own agendas -- with potentially disastrous results.

Filled with the commonsense commentary and passionate argument that have made Sean Hannity the most compelling conservative voice since Rush Limbaugh, Let Freedom Ring is an urgent call to arms. For, as Hannity warns, "We are engaged in a war of ideas. And civilization is at stake."

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2-0 out of 5 stars Yeah, that's right! It's THEIR fault! the left-wingers!!
I reading the first nine pages of this book I was already noticing the distortions and half-truths. After Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter, and O' Reilly, I was hoping that Hannity would deliver a reasonable conservative outlook of post-9/11 America. Boy was I wrong.

For this next part, owners of this book may follow along.

At the bottom of page 5, Hannity describes how he gets angry when he views all the footage of the planes ramming into the WTC and the reports of the Pentagon crash. He emphatically uses "I get angry" for the beginning of the next 4 sentences. Let's take a look.

"I get angry because I'm convinced the Clinton-Gore administration never truly focused on protecting the American people from terrorism in general and Osama bin Laden in particular."

Always got to blame the political enemy, eh? And when Bush entered the White House, did he INCREASE investigation and "focus" on protecting the American people? Did he? Or did he remove intelligence agencies from Afghanistan, catalyzing the chances for a terrorist attack on America. Which one was it Hannity?

"I get angry because it is now clear that [Clinton's obligation to protect the U.S.] took a backseat to his personal and political pursuits. Instead of leading an all-out war against those whose express goal was to murder innocent Americans, he wasted precious time and resources fighting with federal prosecutors, federal courts, and Republican Congress-over sins and crimes he committed."

Is he talking about the Lewinsky scandal? The one that the REPUBLICANS felt obligated to bringing into the spotlight? That their sworn obligations took a backseat to their personal and political pursuits to get Clinton removed from office over PERJURY?

Lead an all-out war over an organization that hasn't had an extremely legit attack on us yet? (THis is before 9/11)
1993 WTC was a tragedy, but you increase intelligence services, not lead an all-out war you neo-con hawk.

"I get angry because for decades the Left in America has foolishly...."

Stop right there Hannity. You watch the archival footage of 9/11 and get angry at Liberals? Hmm. I think you're cutting corners for your own personal and political pursuits.

Now, to page 8:

"[Liberals teach] multiculturalism rather than American culture"

Now that's odd. America is a melting pot. We don't have a distinct culture. You're making no sense.

"Liberals preach that there is nothing wrong with education..."

two letters....B S

"[Liberals teach] revisionist history rather than American history"

How so? Prove it. In the recent Iraq war, I think it's the right wing that's being the revisionist historians, telling the whole country that Saddam gassed the Kurds and the Iranians, yet omitting that Bush Sr. supplied Saddam with WMD when he was head of the CIA and Reagan also supported Saddam. AND the very next day after Saddam gassed the Kurds, Donald Rumsfeld gave him a warm hearty handshake. That's not revisionist history, that's the stuff conservatives don't want people to hear.

"[Liberals] train our young to criticize America, not celebrate it."

Give me a break. Liberals train our young to criticize Conservatives when they deserve it, because we need BALANCE in our country, but after flipping through this book Hannity obviously wants nothing but conservatives running the country. More on that later.

"They teach us that 'God is Dead' and 'Christianity is for losers'"

I'm guessing those are quotes from somewhere. You mind showing me where the Liberals actually accuse people like myself, A strong Christian, as being losers?

"and that evangelical and Catholic conservatives are more dangerous than radical Islamic militants."

That one isn't a quote, because he can't quote anybody on it. A ridiculous manipulation at best.

I stopped after that page and flipped to the index and looked up key items. Abortion. Rush Limbaugh. Iraq. Here's some more lies.

page 110:
"During the Clinton-Gore adminstration, weapons inspectors were kicked out of Iraq."

They were actually removed by the UN in preparation for the U.S. attack.

page 170:
Summary:
Pro-choice folks are anti-choice for people in many other areas of politics: education, purchasing a handgun, personal retirement accounts

I could make the opposite argument if I wanted: Pro-life folks are anti-life and support the death penalty. Since Hannity is very religious, he should take note that Jesus would probably oppose the death penalty. (note the story of the Jewish zealots wanting to stone the prostitute) (Just for the record: I AM PRO-LIFE)

page 259 is the worst page in this whole book:
He claims that FOX NEWS surpassed CNN and MSNBC because of its "Broader range of viewpoints" vs. "the liberal bias dressed up as news" Unbelievable. He then glorifies Rush Limbaugh, who, like Hannity, distorts facts constantly. What is redeemable about Limbaugh, who described Chelsea Clinton as "the white house pet" and made fun of AIDS victims?

I could go on forever, but I won't. Just for your information, I am a moderate. I don't take sides. I want a different President and a different California governor. I like to balance my political intake. But 9 pages into this book I could see I would be balancing it far too right. It gets 2 stars for Hannity's religious convictions, which include Creationism deserving to be in schools, which I support, because I'm a Christian.

Overall, Hannity thinks this country can thrive without an opposition to it. He thinks conservatives represent this country and liberals are practically aliens. In the last year FOX NEWS and Hannity let Bush get away with an unjust war. And the LEFT is now holding Bush accountable. What would have happened had their been no left?

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Make no mistake, Sean Hannity is very conservative both socially and politically. But in his own words, Hannity is a conservative first and a Republican second, and this book remains essentially true to his self-description. On no issue is Sean Hannity anything remotely close to "radical" - he is a conservative. The only thing for sure is that Hannity is stark raving mad at the left, and in this book Hannity takes dead aim on some of the less-sophisticated left-wing ideas.

The book is unabashedly and unashamedly conservative. It is destined to anger modern liberals, as a languid perusal of other reviews demonstrates more than adequately (although I seriously doubt most of those submitting harsh reviews actually read the book). The substance of the book is Hannity's stance on contemporary (2002) issues, the trend of American society in general, the left's bizarre infatuation with destroying the CIA, the left's insistence on the irrelevancy and uselessness of maintaining a strong military, the Pledge, parents and education, abortion, irrational environmentalism, explosive government and the taxes required to fuel it, etc. etc. etc. My personal favorite part of the book covered the rise of conservative media. In all, this is a nice exposition of one conservative viewpoint.

But perhaps the largest contribution Hannity makes to the conservative movement is his final chapter, "What Really Matters," for he nails down precisely what drove me personally from an Independent to the Republican party - the left's insistence upon defending the Clinton administration no matter what the rational cost. Indeed, Clinton's disgraceful tenure, 9/11, and the left's frail stance on the War on Terror drove me - and a LOT of people I associate with - into the arms of the Republican party, despite our pro-choice et. al. social philosophies. Politics is politics, to be sure, but at the present juncture the rubber has met the road. Failure to recognize the distinction between good and evil has now taken center stage.

One thing I didn't like so much, however, is the serious, serious religion that spills out in the closing chapter. While it is certainly true that a great deal of Christianity coincides with the good and right ways to live in civilization as we know it, such can be achieved by other means. (Of course, Hannity's conservativism is a Christian one, so I can't blame him for being a member of that particular faith - the point is that one can be a perfectly good secular conservative.) Other than that, the only other thing I'd have liked to see would be more precise citations, perhaps in footnote form.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sending a Boy to Do a Man's Job
This book was given to me as a gift by a friend, because "you're a conservative, Rob." Indeed, that I am, so it would seem that this was quite an apropos present.

However, I remember a time when conservatives were farther and fewer between, and nascent Generation-X'ers such as I were drawn to the movement by the likes of Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and William F. Buckley. The sci-fi aficionados among us came to it by way of Robert A. Heinlein and Ayn Rand. Ronald Reagan was seen by us as a politician who had absorbed their ideas and distilled them into a populist message that could speak to the average American. We were proud to be labeled as conservatives, because we were at the forefront of a movement that was both scholarly and intellectual yet passionate and emotional.

Now, a quarter century later, we are being asked to regard this baby faced Bush leaguer (pun intended) as some sort of leader of our movement? It's enough to drive a thinking man's conservative into the Democrat party, just for some sorely needed cerebral stimulation.

Don't get me wrong: I agree with Hannity more often than not. In fact, I agree with him much more often than I agree with his liberal better half, Alan Colmes. However, Hannity brings to his Fox News cable show what he brings to his radio program: The Republican Party Line, presented in schematic form, with all the dots from A to Z connected by Hannity's deftly-wielded Crayola crayon.

And that is what this book basically is, a Chilton's manual of the conservative positions, so un-intellectually argued and reasoned that a half-wit can put them together. Perhaps when this book finds its rightful place in the bargain bin, it may see new life in a reprinting as "Conservatism For Dummies."

From whence did Hannity come? He makes no bones that he was drawn to talk radio by the likes of Rush Limbaugh. But, Limbaugh is a far different breed: The scion of a legal family, surrounded by high-minded dinner table conversation, Limbaugh's first love was Top 40 radio. Put the two together, and you've got an intellectually-based mix of highfalutin ideas as made palatable for the Casey Kasem crowd. Even Bill O'Reilly has a much more analytical background, having paid his dues as an investigative TV reporter for ABC and earning his master's degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

What does Sean Hannity bring to the table? Hannity got into the racket as a caller who so loved calling in to talk radio programs that he figured out the perfect formula to ensconce himself at the other end of the mike. Sort of like how Eve Harrington took over Margot Channing's role in "All About Eve."

But, that is the extent of Hannity's talent and intellect. Whether on radio or TV or in this book, you can guess each and every single statement that will come from Hannity's mouth or pen. All you have to know are what the Republican party talking points are for the day. You can see Hannity coming a mile away. He so predictably telegraphs his positions that he makes the crude and bombastic James Carville come off like a thoughtful and nuanced Christopher Hitchens by comparison.

Hannity's main asset is that he has the courage of convictions. Yet, that is all that's there, are convictions. Read Hannity's prose and you will have a new dictionary definition for "knee jerk reactionary." I challenge lexicographers to top that one.

And, perhaps this is why Hannity is so popular with his doltish audience -- having shorn himself of the duty of having to think his positions through (he leaves that to Colmes, who blows Hannity away in the erudition department) -- because his opinions can be readily grasped, without the laborious and time-consuming process of mental digestion. Hannity's mantra is Soylent Green and Metamucil all rolled into one convenient Fruit Roll-Up.

I must admit that I agree with Hannity's critics who find he's preaching to the choir. The problem, though, is that the homily is not being delivered by a cardinal or even a circus-tent preacher, but a goody two-shoes choir boy whose pre-pubescent voice hasn't even yet broken.

With conservatives pundits like these, who needs liberal nemeses?

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent satire
The author, calling himself "Hannity," offers a pretty good satite of the neo-con media personalities such as Rush Limbaugh. He places himself ridiculously to the right of even Limbaugh, lampooning his jingoistic views. I laughed a few times, but started to lose interest in later chapters when "Hannity" rambled on about his insistence that Elvis is still alive and that there really IS a Loch Ness monster. Yes, we get it, conservatives are ridiculous. It's kinda funny, I guess the author just got a little to repetitive for my taste. It is, after all, an easy and obvious point to make, that the neo-cons in the media are demogogues and liars.

As for the identity of Mr. "Hannity," of course that's actor Gene Montreau on the cover there, but as to who really wrote the book? I'm guessing Al Franken, who often spend the second halves of his books relentlessly pounding away at relatively obvious information. It could also be Ted Rall, I suppose, probably the most caustic liberal (professional)journalist working today. Whoever it is, I give him (or her?) an extra star for creativity, for writing under the guiseof a fictional neo-con pundit. I was just dissappointed by the redundant second half.

5-0 out of 5 stars On Target
As expected, Sean Hannity confronts the liberals with their hidden agendas to try and fool the uninvolved and uninformed. From his discussion on the problems with our public schools and the Nat'l Education Association to the attacks on Christianity which our out of the mainstream of America, Sean lays it out in a logical but non-offensive manner. The chapter on sex-education in our public school systems is all of the justification one needs for school vouchers. As a fellow Irish-Catholic, I wish all liberals would meet with him and try to violate his logic. He shows how the liberals who present themselves as being inclusive of everyone, try to exclude the majority of the people in the US. Although I enjoyed "Deliver Us from Evil", I thought this book was better. ... Read more


124. Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks (Keyworks in Cultural Studies)
by Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Douglas Kellner
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Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks is a comprehensive anthology of the most significant theoretical readings on critical approaches to media culture and communications. The volume brings together what are considered the KeyWorks of current theory and method for the study of the abundance and diversity of culture and society in the present age.

Spanning the gamut from the writings of Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School to recent essays on identity, race, gender, and the postmodern turn, this book offers a range of core texts that have never before been collected into a single volume. The editors' introduction provides an in-depth analytical overview of critical media studies, and each section is fully contextualized.

Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks is an indispensable scholarly and pedagogical tool, which fills a longstanding gap in the literature of this area. It will be essential reading for scholars and students in cultural studies, media studies, sociology, and related disciplines. ... Read more


125. The Verse by the Side of the Road : The Story of the Burma-Shave Signs and Jingles
by Frank Rowsome Jr.
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Catlog: Book (1990-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating story of one of advertising's greatest triumphs
With the low-brow humor of "whazzzzzup" and high-speed editing of MTV-style ads dominating the landscape, it's almost hard to imagine how memorable the quaint multi-sign Burma-Shave ads were. The combination of clever verse and brilliant exposition -- stretching along the wide-open road until the punch line could be delivered -- is unlike any other ad delivery in history.

Author Frank Rowsome, Jr. tells the story of the campaign's creation and life, and provides a listing of all signs from the first in1927 ("Shave the modern way / No Brush / No Lather / No Rub-in / Big Tube 35-c Drug Stores / Burma Shave") through their last in 1963 ("Our Fortune / Is Your / Shaven Face / It's Our Best / Advertising Space / Burma-Shave"). In between is an amazingly clever collection of poems, including contest winners, shorter signs for smaller displays, spin-off tooth powder and lotion jingles, and regional ads.

Great reading for those remembering the signs as well as those who just want to get a smile from some great advertising - one of the USA's most underappreciated art forms.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of nostalgia
I read this book twenty odd years ago, and I loved it. It brought back such fond childhood memories of my days on the farm in Belsano, PA, where a set of the signs stood soldier-like in the lower field of my grandad's farm. I heard from the grown-ups that someone paid him to put them there, and money was scarce in those days.

I was always intrigued by those signs, so when I saw the book advertised for the first time, it was a must-have for me. I cherished owning a complete set of the verses, most of which I'd never seen.

The book is well-written in that it has a lot of historical fact, loads of humor, and the story-telling holds your interest to the last page. One of those "can't put it down" types.

Somewhere in my travels, I've lost my copy and have mourned it's loss. Thanks to Internet, I will once again have my own cherished copy of "Verse by the Side of the Road."

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for old car buffs!
If you currently own a car built before 1965, there's a pretty good chance you remember driving past those wonderful Burma Shave signs.

How delightful those signs were as we went on Sunday drives with Mom and Dad. Here is not only the complete history of the company but also ALL of the rhymes.

4-0 out of 5 stars I relived excellent memories of childhood travels in the car
Being raised in the midwest, and traveling through Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin where they seemed to be on the roadside every 20 miles, our family used to read them and then one of us would have to try to come up withour own. We came up with some good ones of our own. I recommend this book to anyone who traveled and enjoyed these pieces of Americana.

4-0 out of 5 stars delightful book - brings back a flood of memories
This book tells the story behind those great and now gone Burma-Shave signs that so many of us remember seeing along the highways from the late 1920's to the early 1960's. When we were kids we read the signs but now it is fun to learn some of the events that took place "behind the scenes". Included in the back of the book are all the verses that were used and listed by years. A great gift! ... Read more


126. Godzilla on My Mind : Fifty Years of the King of Monsters
by William Tsutsui
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This year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his first appearance on the screen, the original, uncut version of Godzilla was released in American theaters to the delight of Sci-Fi and B-Movie fans everywhere. Ever since Godzilla (or, Gojira, as he is known in Japan) crawled out of his radioactive birthplace to cut a swath of destruction through Tokyo, he has claimed a place alongside King Kong and others in the movie monster pantheon. He is the third most recognizable Japanese celebrity in the United States, and his fan base continues to grow as children today prove his enduring appeal. Now, Bill Tsutsui, a life-long fan and historian, takes a light-hearted look at the big, green, radioactive lizard, revealing how he was born and how he became a megastar. With humorous anecdotes, Godzilla on My Mind explores his lasting cultural impact on the world. This book is sure to be welcomed by pop culture enthusiasts, fans, and historians alike.
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127. Making Friday The 13th: The Legend Of Camp Blood
by David Grove
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Publisher: Fab Press
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The definitive history of the world's most popular horror film franchise! Fresh light on a cinematic phenomenon that's still going strong a quarter of a century after its debut, this an exhaustive detailing of all eleven Friday the 13th films, including * detailed production histories of each film * rare anecdotes * scores of previously unseen photos from private collections * hundreds of rare interviews featuring, among others, Kevin Bacon, Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, Robert Englund, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer and Tom Savini * iconography, including Jason, the hockey mask, and a body count in the hundreds ... Read more


128. The Video Game Theory Reader
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In the early days of Pong and Pac Man, video games appeared to be little more than an idle pastime. Today, video games make up a $20 billion dollar industry that rivals television and film, and their influence is felt throughout all aspects of popular culture.

The Video Game Theory Reader brings together exciting new work on video games as a unique medium and nascent field of study--one that is rapidly developing new modes of understanding and analysis, like film studies in the 1960s and television studies in the 1980s.This pioneering collection addresses the many ways video games are reshaping the face of entertainment and our relationship with technology.In the volume, leading media studies scholars develop new theoretical tools and concepts to study video games.Drawing upon examples from widely popular games ranging from Space Invaders to Final Fantasy and Combat Flight Simulator, the contributors discuss the relationship between video games and other media; the shift from third- to first-person games; gamers and the gaming community; and the important sociological, cultural, industrial, and economic issues that surround gaming.

Accompanied by an extensive listing of all gaming consoles developed over thirty years since the birth of the video game in 1972, The Video Game Theory Reader is essential reading for scholars, gaming enthusiasts, and anyone interested in understanding the ever-changing world of digital entertainment.
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129. The Third Wave
by ALVIN TOFFLER
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
I was recommended this book by a collegue. This is a very influencial book in terms of 'future thinking'. I'm told that one should read Future Shock first, but I started w/ Third Wave and managed along just fine.

As was stated by another reviewer, it shouldn't be a must-read b/c it requires vast patience at times to get through tome of information he writes about the first two "waves", but it is worth-while checking out if you're interested in seeing how someone in 1980 could have accurately predicted many events in the past 20 years.

Being 22, this book did open my eyes quite a bit though, and I've bought several copies to give to friends b/c it was pretty influencial to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's like someone turned on the light - amazing!
This book is one that makes you hit your head and say "Why did'nt I see that". This should be required reading for anyone in management or in the IT field. It brings everything into focus as to why things are happening. I was amazed at the keen perception the author has. This is a must read. Worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge!
Perhaps the reason that Alvin Toffler's classic book feels so relevant some 25 years after its initial publication is the fact that he wrote it in a time which, in retrospect, was not so different from our own: The world was trembling before the threat of terrorism embodied, in Toffler's age, by Iranian terrorists, and radical new technologies, in the form of powerful and increasingly affordable computers, were drastically altering business and society. But probably, the book resonates simply because he was right about almost everything. For that reason, we from getAbstract recommend this book as a basic requirement for any professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Broad Vision of the Potential for Individualization
I decided to reread this book after 20 years to see how accurately it represented the experiences of the past 20 years. How nice a surprise I received when I found that the broad themes were beautifully portrayed against the background of the prior agricultural and industrial economies. This long term perspective made the articulation of the future vision clearer.

Particularly impressive in retrospect is the description of a forecast for mass customized products. The customer "will become so integrated into the production process that we find it . . . difficult to tell . . . who is the producer." One might be reading about someone ordering a computer on the Dell Web site.

Almost equally impressive is the appreciation of how electronic connections will establish horizontal connections. "Even a partial shift towards the electronic office will be enough to trigger an eruption of social, psychological, and economic consequences." "It promises to restructure all human relationships and roles in the office as well."

Key insights related to:

(1) Companies needing to take on full responsibility for the consequences of their actions on society and the environment;

(2) Companies becoming much more important social institutions of change;

(3) Information moving to the center of major decisions;

(4) Government spreading its influence so that business and politics become inextricably entwined; and

(5) Institutional ethics coming to more closely reflect social ethics.

In fact, this is the first book I have located that sees the business organization as the critical institution in making ecological, moral, political, racial, sexual and social change, as well as the usual transactional ones.

The fundamental vision of humanity as seeking a more appropriate civilization that is built around individual choice in coordinating social interests is a remarkably accurate description of the evolution of the free market democracies over the last 20 years.

Realizing how hard it is to forecast anything, one comes away with a remarkable appreciation for Alvin Toffler's fundamental estimation of human potential. He took that understanding, tied technology to it, and found the answer quite well.

After enjoying this remarkable book (for the first time or) again, I encourage you to consider how these same human characteristics will take us forward in the future. How can you facilitate this felicitous development?

Make your actions and those you cooperate in serve everyone's best interests!

1-0 out of 5 stars Tired Trilogy
Toffler's Third Wave uses a bizarre expression of Marxist theory to interpret the obvious: that societies differ in their stages of development and progress in ways that put them in conflict. Readers would have been better served had he condensed the many hundreds of pages into a short story or op-ed article. The analysis is shallow. ... Read more


130. Sexuality (Key Ideas)
by Jeffrey Weeks
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An indispensible introduction to the sociology of sexuality, discussing its cultural and socio-historical construction, its relationship with power and the State's involvement in its rationalisation and regulation. This new edition is completely updated to include new material on AIDS, postcolonial perspectives on race and developments in queer theory. ... Read more


131. Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation
by Don Tapscott
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-09)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Trade
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The bestselling book announcing the arrival of the Net Generation--those kids who are growing up digital--now in paperback. Heraled by Library Journal as one of the Best Business Books of 1997, Growing Up Digital tells how the N-Generation is learning to communicate, work, shop and play in profoundly new ways--and what implications this has for the world and business.

Growing Up Digital offers an overview of the N-Generation, the generation of children who in the year 2000 will be between the ages of two and twenty-two. This group is a "tsunami" that will force changes in communications, retailing, branding, advertising, education, etc. Tapscott commends that the N-Generation are becoming so technologically proficient that they will "lap" their parents and leave them behind.

The book also demonstrates the common characteristics of the N-Generation:
acceptance of diversity, because the Net doesn't distinguish between racial or gender identities, curiosity about exploring and discovering new worlds over the Internet and assertiveness and self-reliance, which result when these kids realize they know more about technology than the adults around them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for those Working with Today's Youth
Tapscott does a phenomenal job of explaining how a new generation is growing up in a digital world. He explores how they think, play, learn, and interact differently as a result of being immersed with technology all around them. He mixes a decent amount of research along with examples and stories to illustrate various points.

Teachers, marketing reps, and anyone else that wants to reach out to today's young people should read this book. It stands alone in terms of its research and the comprehensiveness of its coverage. A number of insights I've already applied and use for reference. There are few other books that explore the Net Generation in how technology is impacting their lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Teaching in the 90's: Rising with "The Net Generation"
Don Tapscott announces the arrival of the "Net Generation" or "Baby Boom Echo" in Growing Up Digital: The Rise Of The Net Generation. For the first time in history the generations are turned backwards. The children truly teach their parents and grandparents. Businesses, schools, and governments all are relying on the expertise and ease with which this generation adapts to technology; that is, if these young people are part of the economically advantaged - those with the means to have technology available in their schools, homes, and entertainment venues. Tapscott contends that the net-generation is actually more active than the tv generation. Since tv is passive, it allows for little or no participation. The net, however, requires searching for information rather than just accepting others information. In this book, Tapscott outlines ten themes: fierce independence; emotional and intellectual openness; inclusion; free expression and strong views; innovation; preoccupation with maturity; investigation; immediacy; sensitivity to corporate interest; and authentication and trust. For the most part, he outlines the advantages of each of these themes. Below find his ideas marked with an asterisk. The ideas without asterisk are arguments he fails to emphasize or note. 1. Fierce Independence Advantage: Active role in learning*Disadvantage: Separation from institutions and creative autonomy* 2. Emotional and Intellectual Openness Advantage: Self-expression*Disadvantage: Can be taken advantage of by unscrupulous entities 3.Inclusion Advantage: Students have a global orientation*Disadvantage: None apparent 4. Free Expression and Strong ViewsAdvantage: Range of ideas* Disadvantage: Exposure to radical or inflammatory ideas 5. Innovation Advantage: Creativity* Disadvantage: Overload of ideas 6. Preoccupation With Maturity Advantage: Writing skills advanced to make it seem they're older.* Disadvantage: Predators 7.Investigation Advantage: Strong ethos of curiosity,investigation, and empowerment to change things.* Disadvantage: Exposure to too wide a range of information 8.Immediacy Advantage: Light speed* Disadvantage: Deemphasizes long-term goals, fosters impatience 9. Sensitivity to Corporate Interest Advantage: Makes them wary of intentions*Disadvantage: Lack of Trust 10. Authentication and TrustAdvantage: Makes child aware of rumors and inaccurate information* Disadvantage: Knowing it's impossible to guarantee truth*

Tapscott also addresses "The Digital Divide": the inequality of access to the internet. He points out that schools in wealthier communities are more likely to have internet access, and that access alone is not enough. Teacher training and increased community access are among his suggestions for improvement.Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation deals with many of the concerns and the joys of the new age. For the most part, it gives fair evaluations of its themes. The inclusion of many personal examples helps the reader through the maze of the new technology. Charts which spell out everything from "Cyber Smileys" to internet availability in schools helps the reader visualize the information. The notes and bibliography are an aide to anyone wanting to follow up and/or to present inservice information. The best about the book is that it clarifies and puts into perspective the change that has overwhelmed most educators. It takes away the mystery and fear that have paralyzed some adults. At best, it trains a few teachers to pass the information and spirit along. At worst, it passes over many of the dangers inherent in its freedom and trivializes privacy rights anf parents' right to know what is being taught.

1-0 out of 5 stars N-Geners are Heroes
This book will definitely appeal to young people. The author creates the term 'N-Generation' obstensibly because Generation-Y was owned by another author. The book creates a super youth culture that is underappreciated and misunderstood. If you want to write a book that will appeal to young people and get a good rating on the college campus ... just trash the previous generation and the youth will scramble on board the turnip cart. This book does a disservice to youth and to the previous generation by promoting stereotypes, underscoring obscure opinions, and understating the contributions made by the Boomers.
The author should keep in mind that the N-geners didn't create computers and for the most part, they are clueless when it comes to coding. They do not qualify as experts ... not by a long shot. To encourage youth today to believe that they are experts in computers ... and the people who designed them are not ... is setting them up for real disappointment.
The author's opinions on TV and media are also absurd. He creates a model in which the state of everything that is not N-Gen is fixed and unchanging ... while the opposite is true for his heroes. Perhaps the most convincing argument that can be made against this author's opinions is that a good deal of his computer-based examples are already 'off-the-air'. Moreover, his characterization of the pre-web media era as being fearful of the new technology is way off base ... and today's integration of technologies is proof of this.
The book was written to promote sales rather than good, usable, and thoughtful ideas. Young people will adore this author ... not because he makes a good case ... but because he writes what they want to hear ... and makes them feel the way they want to feel ... like heroes.

4-0 out of 5 stars A slanted perspective on it...
When I first read it years ago, and rereading it today, I find a lot in this book that is insightful and, moreso, true. The author gives a look into the trends, ways, and lives of the N-Gen that is intriguing. Being one of this generation, it is like looking into my past and recalling my childhood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the best.
This is absolutely one of the best researched, most interesting, well written, and easy to read books on this topic. A must read for educators of Info-Age youngsters. It will enlighten the pre- Info-Age generations to a whole new world and way of thinking! ... Read more


132. Science and Citizens : Globalization and the Challenge of Engagement (Claiming Citizenship)
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This volume brings together authors from diverse experiences and analytical traditions, encouraging a conversation between science and technology and development studies around issues of science, citizenship and globalization. The book reflects on the nature of expertise; the framing of knowledge; processes of public engagement; and issues of rights, justice and democracy. Different case studies cover issues ranging from medical genetics, agricultural biotechnology, occupational health and HIV/AIDS in settings including rural Sierra Leone, urban Britain, China, South Africa, India and Brazil.
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133. See a Grown Man Cry, Now Watch Him Die
by Henry Rollins
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Hour
Being a long-time admirer of Mr. Rollins since his Black Flag days, I was compelled to look into some of his work other than music, which leads me to reading this book.

"See a Grown Man Cry/Now Watch Him Die" encompasses Henry's personal reflections of his life and touring throughout the 1988-1992 period. Mr. Rollins' book is comprised of writings taken from his personal journal and poems that he wrote during one of the darkest periods of his life, including witnessing the murder of his best friend, Joe Cole. Reading the first half of this book, his poems, leaves the reader with a taste of Henry's lonely and depressed feeling of obscurity. His poems not only reflect the dark side of his life, but also the tender and vunerable side that often causes him pain. . . one would think that Henry's often suicidal view is a cry for help. But in reality, he choses to hang on as shown by his defiant attitude towards life. The second half, comprised mostly of journal entries while touring, reflects the often angry Henry who wants nothing more than to spit in your face and to be left alone. At the same time, he wants everyone to know who he is and where he's coming from, yet needs the loneliness of his existence--one can only feel that Henry's expressions are nothing more than a contradiction: he desires success and fame, but agonizes over what comes with the territory of being famous (having fan recognition and having to do interviews).

The book is a true, sometimes brutal account of Henry's life and what he has endure during this dark and depressing time. I can appreciate his straight forwardness, honesty and defiant attitude towards life because we all share a painful period in our lives; some more than others. At the same time, I feel that while he deserves success, he does not necessarily deserve total kudos for his achievements, although I shall continue to respect his work.

Overall, I would still recommend it to fans of Henry Rollins. WARNING: Do not read this book if you're expecting a happy ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars His seminal work?
I've read much of Henry Rollins' work, but 'See a Grown Man Cry' is the one book I keep picking up on a regular basis, as evidenced by my completely tattered copy. It is a completely engaging text. The emotion is so very true and real, reading this book one feels like they are inside of Henry's mind, feeling his emotions. Anytime I recommend his work to someone, I recommend 'See a Grown Man Cry' and then 'Now Watch Him Die'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honest Writing
There is so much farcity in the world today that it's so good to come across a writer like Henry who's willing to show everyone what he thinks, how he feels, what his life is like and how he perceives the world around him.

This book is very brutal and honest, which I think always makes for good writing. He has a very clear perception of the people around him and how they think, which lets him view the world from all sides including his own. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to open their eyes to someone else's reality.

5-0 out of 5 stars The world's most powerful book
7 years ago, a friend of mine read me a poem from "Now Watch Him Die" (They were seperate books back then). It's the one on page 164 of this volume, the one that starts with "I love you and you'll never know." Since then, I have not gone anywhere without a copy of these books close at hand. They are an all-encompassing chronicle of one man's solipsism, isolation, desperation and depression. This may not sound fascinating, but that man happens to be Henry Rollins, who has a talent for intensity and a command of words rivaled by no one of this era. Not since Bukowski has someone used so little to say so much. If you are ready for a descent into a maelstrom of anger, violence and pure, blinding pain, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for something sappy, sweet and redemptive, then try Oprah's Book Club instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent albeit depressing work
I bought this book on a whim one day from a local bookstore and wasn't able to put it down. It's a brutally honest rendition of a life filled with tragedy, depression, doubt and one unsuccesful relationship after another. It's one of the more depressing books I've read, but I pick it up even when I'm feeling down. The intense emotion is almost palpable, you'll feel every bit of rage, heart-ache and frustration, loneliness and confusion. See a Grown Man Cry is worth every penny you pay, every minute you read and every pang of grief you feel for the suffering Mr. Rollins. If you ever by a book by Henry Rollins it should be this one. ... Read more


134. The Face Of Human Rights
by Walter Kalin, Lars Muller, Judith Wyttenback
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There is a remarkable paucity of pictorial material to draw on when discussing human rights and the way they are respected or infringed, yet we are deluged everyday in every medium with images that openly show violence. The result is a surfeit of cynicism.

Visualizing Human Rights presents no such exotic cruelty; rather, the photographs it gathers together capture injustice and evoke real feelings, inviting the reader to participate in an emotionally and intellectually sincere manner. Images of normality in a peaceful world complete the picture and, though they risk losing the reader too tuned into spectacle, they are worth the risk.

Visualizing Human Rights takes a novel approach to a critical topic, interspersing a visual interpretation of individual legal aspects with textual collages from historical and current human rights discussions. It offers facts and figures, and acknowledges the efforts governmental and non-governmental organizations are making to defend human rights and stamp out their infringement. This publication is intended to help an international public to understand the complex demands, connections, and obstacles involved in a just and fair life together for all human beings.

300,000 children under the age of 18 serve in government forces or armed rebel groups / there is no country in the world where women's wages are equal to those of men / the U.S. government confirms that over 200 inmates have been wrongly convicted since 1973 / average life expectancy in the world is now 66 years, 20 years more than in 1960 / 1.3 billion people still lack access to safe water and 2.3 billion to sanitation / the adult literacy rate worldwide has increased by more than one-third since 1970, but 70% of illiterates are women / over a quarter of the world’s people do not get enough food / approximately one in every five black Americans is jailed at some time during their life.

Edited by Lars Müller and Walter Kälin. Paperback, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 600 pgs / 300 color and 200 b&w. ... Read more


135. Elvis & You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan
by Laura Victoria Levin, John O'Hara
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Catlog: Book (2000-07)
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Elvis and You is the all-in-one, hands-on, resource guide to the universe of Elvis and his fans.It's a comprehensive guide to visiting, navigating, and understanding the world of the King.You'll discover the many pleasures of Elvis-things to do, places to go, activities, projects, and adventures-all kinds of ways to experience the King.

Here's some of what's inside Elvis and You:
* 545 photographs!Many photos of Elvis never before published
* Essential Elvisology: facts, stats, and trivia every Elvis fan
* needs to know
* Locations of annual Elvis fan gatherings and conventions
* nationwide
* How to throw an Elvis party or Elvis wedding
* How to build your Elvis "shrine"
* Fans' personal Elvis stories and testimonials
* A guide to Elvis in cyberspace: web sites, chat rooms,
* newsgroups, and web rings

If you're only now discovering Elvis and don't know a thing about the Elvis fan world, or if you've been wild about him since the 50's, belong to a fan club, and travel to Graceland twice a year-whatever type of fan you may be-this book is for you.

In the spirit of Elvis and his philanthropic nature the authors will donate a portion of their royalties to charity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR ALL ELVIS FANS!
I JUST RECEIVED MY COPY OF ELVIS & YOU AND I ALREADY LOVE IT! I GIVE THESE AUTHORS (5) STARS! I HAVE AN ELVIS KING CREOLE FAN CLUB OF MY OWN AN I LOVE IT! THIS BOOK TO ME IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS ABOUT ELVIS' FANS! THANK YOU LAURA & JOHN & ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HELPED THEM OUT WITH THIS GREAT BOOK! I CAN'T WAIT TO FINISH IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Elvis & You", Recommended!
"Elvis & You", A comprehensive book like this deserves just a short review as it contains within it vast scope it's own recommendation. Elvis fans will be delighted with it's in-depth research, and the less scholastic will enjoy the eccentric humorous nature of the book as a whole. A work to explore at leisure and delve into for those important links to all things Elvis. A bargain for the photos alone!

As a discerning fan of the late Elvis Presley since 1957 yours truly has read a library of Elvis books-this one is amongst the very best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't go to Memphis without this book.
I finally got my hands on a copy of this amazing book. It has lived up to everything I've heard about it from my fellow Elvis fans. First of all it's huge. It's 626 oversized pages of nothing but Elvis. It has over 500 photos ( I stopped counting at 500). Many of the photos were completly new to me. If you were from another planet and didn't know anything about Elvis this book would bring you up to speed. I predict this book will become "the bible" of Elvis fans all over the world.

The book is divided into 33 chapters. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of Elvis and his fans. Some of the chapter titles: Elvis music, Elvis and family, Elvis and the Army, Elvis and romance, Elvis and the martial arts, Elvis and food, Elvis impersonators, Elvis and animals, Elvis in person, Collecting Elvis, Elvis in cyberspace - It's sort of a "how to" book on being an Elvis Fan. It's like a Peter Guralnick book with a sense of humor and a lot more photos.

Not only does it tell you everything you want to know about Elvis himself, it tells you about what has emerged in the 25 years since he's been gone. At the end of every chapter is a section called " The Elvis and You Experience." This is where the author's suggest things to do to enhance your enjoyment of Elvis. The suggestions are a lot of fun. Some are really silly. Just like Elvis!

My favorite chapter is "The Pilgrimage". It lists all the important places to see in Memphis during tribute week. A lot of stuff only Elvis insiders know. I'm studying up to get ready for Tribute week 2002. If you're going to the 25th anniversary Elvis week in Memphis this August. I have one thing to say about this book. Don't leave home without it!

5-0 out of 5 stars ElvisNews Review
Probably because the book is this massive it is printed on very thin paper. Especially because this guide will function as a reference book often, this is a pity. We bet there will be only a few in perfect condition after a couple of weeks. Also a lot of the pictures used in the book deserve more than the exposure they get now, also due to the poor paper-quality. On the other hand: this work on quality paper might hardly be affordable for a lot of people, so the choice is understandable. Let's see if the content is good enough to hope for a "deluxe version" someday.As we always do with new books, we thumbed through it looking for new pictures. On first sight it looked a little complex, with a lot of repeats, we thought. Well, we weren't completely wrong about that, but starting from the beginning we soon found out it has a reason, and a well considered one. All chapters are build in the same way: a more or less short essay about the subject, facts ("Essential Elvisology"), references ("Your Elvis Education") and tips how to enrich your own experiences regarding the subject ("The Elvis And You Experience"). This consistent design makes it pretty easy to find what you want, most of the time. Unfortunately there is no index to this guide, so when you are looking for something really specific... it can be a very hard job.During the acknowledgements it becomes clear that the book has "a heavy Internet base". The reader familiar with the Elvis-scene on the Internet will recognize a lot of the names. Of course this results in a lot of references to the Internet throughout the book.The book is split up in 33 chapters, starting with the man himself: a short biography, mainly a time-line of important dates, his death, his records, his movies, his TV-work, his shows and his personal interests. There are a couple of chapters that are devoted mainly to the fans: Collecting, The Pilgrimage, Your Elvis Shrine, Impersonators and such. As stated before, all chapters start with an essay. Those essays are very well written, and even though nothing new comes up, the point of view from the authors makes them very enjoyable. The guide part of these chapters is very good, directing the reader towards the more important available works. Because the Internet-addresses (the so-called URL's) are often very long and hardly readable, the references to the sites look pretty cluttered. A better solution would have been to list just the site-names, with an alphabetic overview including the URL's in the back of the book. Since this book has its own site (that is: they are constructing the site, so far it looks like they only registered the URL), it might be a nice idea to include all links used in the book on that site, if possible per chapter. Since the Internet is evolving constantly, this might be a good idea anyway. Before such a list returns from the printer it may be outdated already.In general we can say the Elvis part of the guide is reliable, there are some mistakes, but they are in every book it seems, and we didn't find real major misses. The "You"-part is often going towards the ridiculous, especially the chapters we mentioned before. This certainly doesn't mean you can easily skip them. Again, the essays are well written, including a lot of wit and the "tips" are often so ridiculous it gets really funny (e.g. the "Dos and Don'ts of Impersonation" and "How to get started impersonating"). Having met all kinds of people ourselves (especially on the Internet), we know it's not complete nonsense written in those chapters, but sometimes we can't help but think it's too crazy to be true. In opposition to the main media, that love to use those exceptions to stereotype the average Elvis fan, this book shows it in a light-hearted, funny way. Probably the poor souls suffering the "handicaps" in these chapters won't even recognize it and take it seriously, so they'll be happy too.  Our conclusion is that this guide is really what it claims to be: "the guide to the pleasure of being an Elvis fan". Interesting, well researched and very enjoyable, thus it gave a lot of pleasure. We can only say that supported by a well maintained website it certainly deserves a "deluxe edition". "So now let's have a tremendous hand for a very nice book"

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
One of the most useful, fun and interesting Elvis books around. A must-have for Elvis fans and scholars because of the breadth and depth of its information. The photos are great as well. This book will be read and used for a long time. I only wish it had been around when I wrote my Elvis book - would have made my work much easier! ... Read more


136. Bomb the Suburbs
by William Upski Wimsatt
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5-0 out of 5 stars try it, you'll like it
If you know nothing about hip hop, if you're white, if you don't live in the big city (like me), this is a good book to read to find out more about the other side from a point of view that is neither condescending and fearful nor filled with undue awe. It deals with the past, present, and hopeful future of hip hop culture, and also gives some really surprising insights into how blacks in the big city perceive whites. The author is courageous, honest in his own views, and extremely objective during his interviews with others. It's an amazing amount of wisdom packed into a small space, definitely something to pass on.

4-0 out of 5 stars Makes me wanna read No More Prisons
Tell you what, this cat Upski knows his stuff. He's been around for a bit and around the corner a few times and comes to tell you what's right and what's wrong with hip hop. There's some good points made, some of the interviews give you a first hand insight into the culture. If you ain't bout it and wanna learn what it's REALLY about, not just guns blazin and hoe slappin crap you hera on the radio then I suggest you read this book. So cop it, read it, and expand your puny mind. It'll open your eyes to a lot of the hypocricy in the world, although there are some weak points, but what good book dosent' have atleast a couple? Overall it's worth your money and time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Catching up with this late.
Listen, I'm not particularly interested in writing a soliloquy here so I'm simply going to tell you what I think. Many of my close friends read this book when it came out in 1994. I blew it off wholesale, because I didn't think I needed someone else to tell me about hip hop culture. As it turns out, I was wrong again. What this book does best is shine a light on the contradictory forces regarding race relations in the US. Upski's greatest asset, in this context, is his honesty. He expresses dismay at the current state of hip hop culture (music, graf, dance, etc.) yet he knows that his legitimacy (as a white participant) is in question. It's really quite fascinating. Upski very clearly cares about the subject matter; his feelings virtually bleed onto the paper. But what kind of power does someone his position have in this case? The answer, of course, is: both more and less than you'd think. This book questions legitimacy, the suburban view of the "ghetto", the "real" ghetto, graffiti's place within the hip hop canon, and, of course, the white presence in hip hop culture. Anyone intersted in this topic should read this book. No one is asking you to agree with the views expressed inside. We are, however, asking for you to participate.

4-0 out of 5 stars word upski...what else is there to say
i bought this book knowning about hip-hop very intensly (not to be confused with rap, kid). after reading this book i got an old schoolers take upon hip-hop today and what it was like back in the day. this dude is right, at least on most things. he is right that hip-hop isn't what it should be. he is right that now adays hip-hop has become a "money cash, hoes" complex, whereas it use to be about the "renagades of funk". he also is right about how hip-hop now is only MCing, whe that is only 1/4 of what it really is. the other three aspects, graffing, breakin' and beat boxing are gone. as sad as this is, its true. and who is to blame for this, you, all the Ja fans out there. so cop it, and stop it.

5-0 out of 5 stars get it... don't think... just get it.
the book is awesome. really interesting and full of a lot of good writing. definitely buy it. ... Read more


137. That Book : ...of Perfectly Useless Information
by Mitchell Symons
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You hold in your hands the ultimate trivia guide. Organized in thematic sections, That Book covers a world of learning by an author whos developed game shows (he was the creator of the first "fastest-finger" game-show quiz) and was one of the original contributors to the international editions of Trivial Pursuit. Want to know which U.S. president is a descendant of King Edward III? Or which famous people lived to read their own obituaries? That Book covers these inessential facts and more ...

Not since Schotts Original Miscellany has there been such a delectable feast of useless information. That Book is an encyclopedia of honest-to-god facts from the bizarre to the mundane that will have you alternately shaking your head in wonder and holding your sides in laughter. Bathroom -- or bedside -- reading just doesnt get any better than this -- or That.

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138. Culture and Society 1780-1950
by R. Williams
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Acknowledged as perhaps the masterpiece of materialist criticism in the English language, this omnibus ranges over British literary history from George Eliot to George Orwell to inquire about the complex ways economic reality shapes the imagination. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A World in Transition
Raymond Williams discusses how the idea of "culture" and "society" evolved in England when two forces (democracy, industrialism) were undermining traditional notions of both. Williams is a Marxist and it is clear that his analysis of Burke, Coleridge, Mill, Carlyle, Newman, Arnold etc... is directed by Marx's theory of class relationships. The book, therefore, is both an analysis and an argument.

The analysis/argument is that democracy and industrialism broke down old relationships and initiated new ones. While this shift was occuring a new kind of writer was born: the cultural critic. The major theme of this book is the evolution of the word "culture" . Before the period in question (1780-1950) the word "culture" was used to describe art and literature but beginning with Burke and Coleridge the word begins to be used to refer to a "whole way of life". Coleridge makes the key distinction between "civilization" and "culture". Coleridge uses the word "civilization" to describe the "general progress of society" and he uses the word "culture" to express a standard of perfection independent of the progress of society that could be used "not merely to influence society but to judge it." Coleridge envisioned a class of men or "clerisy" whose sole task would be to tend to the cultivation of society. The great fear in the minds of nineteenth-century educated Englishman was that democracy would lead to a dumming down of public life and that what society really needed was some class of educated individuals(Coleridge) or some heroic individual (Carlyle) to insure the continued cultivation of society.
Raymond Williams is writing from a working-class perspective but he is a working-class kid who also happened to attend Cambridge. Writing from this unique perspective allows him to identify with both the great cultural thinkers of the past and with the "masses" that they feared. Coleridge and Carlyle felt that the masses were incapable of governing themselves and contributing to the continued cultivation of society(a notion that continues to inform much of modern conservastism). Williams suggests that it is a mistake to think of men as "masses" and that for society to grow it must remain open, and that society must encourage individual effort from all segments of society while continuing to value and cultivate a collective way of life. Exactly how society is to do this is explained only in vague platitudes.

The best and strongest part of the book is the early portion that examines the definition of "culture" as opposed to "society". The argument gets fuzzy around the time of Matthew Arnold who could not quite decide just what constitutes "culture". In the nineteenth-century "culture" is tied to religious tradition in the minds of Burke, Coleridge, Carlyle and Newman. Beginning with Arnold, however, cultural critics attempt to define "culture" without reference to religion. This proves to be difficult as "culture" describes not only all the best that has been thought but also refers to a body of values that have been passed down and religious institutions are just as powerful, if not moreso, than economic institutions. It is at this point when one begins to question the materialist approach to history.

In his conclusion Williams discusses democracy as if it were the natural substitute for religion or even a new kind of religion. He is not altogether successful and for me the concluding chapters were much less satisfying as cultural history than were the early chapters. This does not take away from the exceptional clarity of those early chapters.

The book is an excellent study of what it means to live in a world in transition and how difficult it is to properly define a "common culture" in a world that regularly undergoes cultural shifts. Society struggles on between two cultural ideologies; between the religious conservatives and the liberal-democrat reformers. In the best portion of Culture and Society Williams describes how J.S. Mill tried to find some way of melding the two ideologies into one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Williams examines the development of the English novel (and the language itself) as a means to socio-political criticism. The section on the Romantic Period is excellent, as are the sections on Eliot and Orwell. This isn't your typical "critical theory" work: Williams doesn't use the ridiculous theoretical schemes often found in the field. Also, while his analysis is ultimately radical left, Williams remains undogmatic and clear-headed throughout (also a rarity), attributable in part I think to his working class background (this is really one of the themes of the work itself - upper middle-class liberalism and "radicalism" versus working-class radicalism).

Don't be put off by the claim that this is a "materialist analysis." Yes, he describes the creation of the author as the result of an economic/social process, but this isn't the main thrust of the work.

If nothing else, read this book for Williams's sensitivity to the origins and meanings of the "keywords" of the English language. ... Read more


139. Secrets of Style: InStyle's Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day
by Lisa Arbetter
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but still...can we afford to have those clothes?
Í worked as a fashion writer for a women's magazine, and I think this book really gives us what we look for: a guide. You know, you and I can't dress up as Catherine Zeta-Jones, or Nicole Kidman, so what's the point of looking at their great Versace's dresses? We can't afford it.

This book gives you clues about basic clothes for your closet, but I still think it exagerates how much we can spend on clothes. You know, it's o.k. if you want to update your wardrobe, but some pages need to come down to earth.

Still, I think it's useful because it gives advice for each kind of body, I'm pettite and always find trouble chosing pants and skirts: the tips about heels, colors and leghts are great and I guess this book will be useful for my daughter, .... when she grows up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Style: InStyle's Complete Guide to Dressing Your
This fashion manual is written with the same exuberance and focus on practical advice as In Style magazine. With its index and tables, it is a user-friendly guide rather than a fashion book, though it does contain information on fashion history (e.g., "A Short History of Khakis"). The book's goal is to help readers develop a personal style that works with their body type, and, with more than 150 photographs and 100 illustrations, anyone is sure to come away with a better sense of which fabrics, cuts, and colors best highlight assets and downplay weaker features. Aside from the basics such as suits and dresses, the book features sections on what items to invest in, how to shop for vintage items, the best time to shop the sales, and how to use a personal shopper. Though geared toward women, this shoppers' bible will also benefit men. A timeless work that focuses on style and classic pieces rather than fashion trends, this will be a valuable addition to any public library

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Wardrobe-Building Information for 20-Somethings
In Style is a good, current magazine brimming with ideas, and this book also has a very inviting look. It seems best suited to the Twentysomething generation of women who are bridging between studenthood and professional adulthood, interested in how clothes make up an image investment and not just a current fashion statement. The book contains useful information about building a wardrobe based upon (your) wearable neutrals; buying classic items clothes and accessories (and identifying what the classics are); judging material and tailoring quality, and adding a bit of individuality to the mix. It isn't a manual of comparisons, like "What Not to Wear," and it's not an analysis of what works and why about celebrated womens' styles. For instance, you won't find why Jackie K.O. wore sleeveless shifts and large sunglasses, or why Nicole Kidman chooses particular types of gowns, and how to apply that knowledge in your own case. All in all it's a good book if you're a bit overwhelmed by all the choices out there (and who isn't, when you walk into some stores :-), but if you've been reading a variety of women's magazines over the years or have seen fashion spin a few rotations, you may have already absorbed much of the information.

2-0 out of 5 stars Secrets of Perpetuating Self-Hatred
Like most women's magazines, this InStyle book makes the twisted assumption that all women hate the way they look and must "camouflage" their countless flaws. Its persistent notion that anxiety is our key motivating force is, in a word, depressing.

As well, in an effort to be a comprehensive primer, it tends to be patronizing and ridiculous. We KNOW what a turtleneck is, thanks.

I was amused to see the rave review here from "Tracy Lawton" who is obviously related to InStyle's editor, Charla Lawton.

Disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Staceys Secrets of Style review
I love this book, it is the fashion bible. It shows you how to look and dress better for your body. ... Read more


140. The Beatles As Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology
by Walter Everett
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Serious about Beatles Music?
Everett's study is a superb guide to the Beatles' music for those seriously interested in the architecture of the songs. Reading Everett as you listen to the music opens up new vistas -- you'll hear things you never noticed before. The study is meticulous and insightful. Even when Everett describes theoretical aspects of the songs, he writes with such clarity that the muscially illiterate (such as myself) can appreciate his argument. This is the best study of the music since MacDonald's Revolution in the Head. I would think that this book, Revolution in the Head, and the Beatles Anthology would be essential for anyone seriously interested in the Beatles as artists and not simply as pop icons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best study of the Beatles' music
A goldmine for anyone interested in the Beatles! By far the best study of the Beatles' music, indeed of any repertory of popular music. Everett includes technical analyses that will assist and inform musicians and scholars. BUT the general reader must not be scared off by the technical sections! If you're not familiar with music theory, skip the technical parts and you still have the best coverage of the Beatles as composers, with historical and personal details accurately recounted for each song and album. Impressed by Everett's work, the Beatles gave Everett unprecedented access to sketches and other unpublished material.

Both author and publisher deserve 10 stars for this magnificent effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
The author knows his subject and, when considering the market for the book, must have decided not to "dumb it down". Good work!

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative, if a little stuffy
The author recommends the reader have several years of college-level music training. He uses harmonic/melodic analysis as one would use in dissecting W.A. Mozart, et al, in theory class. This is an interesting and insightful approach that sometimes gets a bit too clever, given the subject matter. The author demonstrates genuine admiration for the Beatles as composers/poets/performers, but occasionally becomes condescending, perhaps a product of his academic background. On the other hand, he seems to be very precise regarding who played what on which track--that's interesting for a musician at any level. All in all, an engrossing work. The more knowledge of music theory the reader possesses, the more he/she will enjoy this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars For musicians only
I am a moderate guitar player ( with a Hamburg type Rickenbacker guitar) and wanted to learn a little more about the guitar cords used in Beatle songs. I am not afraid to tell that I don't understand anything. If you haven't learned music theory for at least some years at school this book could be a dissapointment for you as it turned out to be for me ... Read more


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