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    1. Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
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    Asin: 006073132X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: William Morrow
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    Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald's, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don't really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner's 2003 profile of Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold logic, such back-patting veers Freakonomics, however briefly, away from what Levitt actually has to say. Although maybe there's a good economic reason for that too, and we're just not getting it yet. --John Moe

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    4-0 out of 5 stars interesting, but not rocket science
    Unlike a lot of economics books this book is pretty fair and unbiased. I don't think it is as funny as some readers thought, but the subjects are interesting. Most of it is common sense. Like that teachers cheat to make their students look smarter on standardized tests and real estate agents won't necessarily being doing everything they can to help you. As a graduate student in economics, I find is reasoning for the decline in crime being attributed to abortion highly speculative. Common sense would tell you that "aborting" fetuses that are likely to become criminals will reduce crime, only if that mother doesn't have as many children as she would if abortion were illegal. The author does a good job of staying away from the politics of abortion.

    This book is good for the layman but is nothing new to the average economists. I personally think that it has been given too much praise and attention.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking but falls a bit short
    While Levitt has the propensity to ask many interesting and thought-provoking questions, his data analysis is often suspect to the same tunnel vision which he attributes to many academic studies. Levitt seems so intent on proving the "conventional wisdom" wrong that he immediately accepts data from a single source as long as it provides a sensational conclusion. For instance, just about all of Levitt's conclusions on education and parenting come from a single ECLS study conducted 15 years ago. The early chapters on information and cheating are quite solid and alone may be worth the price of the book. However once Levitt tackles education, crime, and parenting his down-to-earth anecdotal approach becomes insufficient to explain these complex issues. Freakonomics is similar to many other pop-science bestsellers in that it makes its subject more approachable through oversimplified explanations and conclusions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great, Quick Read, Perfect for Summer
    I very much have enjoyed reading this book.As a grade school teacher, it doesn't surprise me that teachers cheat on their students' end-of-the-year assessments; what is surprising is that this is rarely talked about and people seem to be shocked and surprised when, on the rare occasion, someone gets caught.With the pressure to have one's students earn high scores coming from both parents and administrators, how could it not happen?Much more is expected of teachers today, and not all are up to the hard work, time and energy.But this book isn't only about teachers--you'll learn about drug dealers and how they organize their gangs quite similar to corporations; you'll be surprised that sumo wrestlers cheat (I actually hadn't thought about them or the game, but there is a way they can cheat), among other topics. Perhaps the most controversial notion is about what brought down crime levels in the 1980s, a time when everyone predicted crime would rise.It's an interesting idea, but Levitt doesn't provide much support, which was disappointing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Layman's LanguageAnalyses of Various Social Canards
    Too often articles or books written by economists are couched in arcane verbiage and statistics.Levitt avoids this, and the result is a very interesting, though-provoking review of several social myths.

    He begins by summarizing the status of crime in the mid-1990's - high, and projected to go much higher with the coming "teenager boom."Instead, it began a long, steep decline.The most common "explanations" were "roaring economy," "gun control," and "innovative policing." Levitt then goes on to summarize data that convincingly reture them all.For example, a good economy might decrease economic crimes, but why did violent crimes drop even more?Further, why didn't crime also fall during the booming '60s?As for innovative policing, Levitt reports that the declines began prior to this initiative, and that its prime contribution was through adding policeman (accounting for about 10% of the drop).Similarly he refutes the logic for crediting increased rights of citizens to carry guns, and gun buy-backs, while the drop in crack prices is credited with 15% of the drop.

    Levitt then reports the results of Romania's strong anti-abortion posture in the 60s - a large contingent of resented children, many of whom became serious problems when they grew up.Finally, the "shocker" - Levitt presents various data that provide a solid case for concluding that the drop in crime was primarily due to Roe v. Wade making abortions available to lower-income women - many of whom would have had problems raising the unwanted children.

    Other topics addressed by Levitt include documenting cheating associated with "high-stakes" (eg. potential job loss, raises, school closure) pupil testing (estimated at about 5% in Chicago Public Schools), documenting and explaining the lack of drug traffic profits for most of those involved (rakeoffs by those at higher levels).Another interesting and useful topic covered is how society often misplaces efforts into low-payoff efforts to protect children (eg. child-resistant packaging, flame-retardant pajamas, avoiding being seated near front-seat airbags, and keeping their children out of homes with guns), instead of the much higher-payoff of keeping children away from homes with swimming pools.

    Throughout the book, Levitt carefully summarizes supporting data, while also informing readers of how similar data are often misused.His "bottom-line," so to speak, is for the reader to become more aware of the effect of incentives, and the frequent lack of factual bases for conventional thinking.

    An interesting, useful two-hour read.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Revelations?!only if you're the type to wear shades at night
    while interesting, the subject matter of this book is not sublime, the questions are not revolutionary and the 'answers' are soooo not comprehensive. though a contribution is likely, to claim that crime went down simply because of abortion is silly. and duh swimming pools are 'more dangerous' if you look at data collected from past incidences. but you cannot claim this to be true of the inherent/accidental potential for danger of a swimming pool compared to a gun. this book seems to ignore that probability is only predictive if circumstances are equal. and that sometimes a name might carry significance beyond where it can get you in life. but perhaps that one is more than what can expected of educated white men. Still... fun reading, great cover. And I'm sure levitt's classes are more intellectually engaging than this book. ah! one more thing: drug dealers live at home because 'Gator boots, with the pimped out gucci suit/ Ain't got no job, but I stay sharp/ Can't pay my rent, cause all my money's spent/ But thats ok, cause I'm still fly/ Got a quarter tank gas in my new e-class/ But that's alright cause I'm gon' ride/ Got everything in my moma's name/ But I'm hood rich da dada dada da' - Still Fly by Big Tymers ... Read more


    2. On Bullshit
    by Harry G. Frankfurt
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    Asin: 0691122946
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-10)
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
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    "One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit," Harry G. Frankfurt writes, in what must surely be the most eyebrow-raising opener in modern philosophical prose. "Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted." This compact little book, as pungent as the phenomenon it explores, attempts to articulate a theory of this contemporary scourge--what it is, what it does, and why there's so much of it. The result is entertaining and enlightening in almost equal measure. It can't be denied; part of the book's charm is the puerile pleasure of reading classic academic discourse punctuated at regular intervals by the word "bullshit." More pertinent is Frankfurt's focus on intentions--the practice of bullshit, rather than its end result. Bullshitting, as he notes, is not exactly lying, and bullshit remains bullshit whether it's true or false. The difference lies in the bullshitter's complete disregard for whether what he's saying corresponds to facts in the physical world: he "does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are."

    This may sound all too familiar to those of use who still live in the "reality-based community" and must deal with a world convulsed by those who do not. But Frankfurt leaves such political implications to his readers. Instead, he points to one source of bullshit's unprecedented expansion in recent years, the postmodern skepticism of objective truth in favor of sincerity, or as he defines it, staying true to subjective experience. But what makes us think that anything in our nature is more stable or inherent than what lies outside it? Thus, Frankfurt concludes, with an observation as tiny and perfect as the rest of this exquisite book, "sincerity itself is bullshit." --Mary Park ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Isn't it ironic?
    I read this interesting little booklet - if you will - while sipping coffee in a Barnes and Noble and taking a break from browsing other, heavier, works.It took about 35 minutes, including breaks for guffaws and note taking.And I enjoyed it.Few of us spend the intellectual capital to delineate BS from lies - but I think its worth the effort and Frankfurt has done most of the heavy lifting for us.

    Isn't it ironic, however, that this little book arguably got most of its publicity from a Comedy Central show (The Daily Show with J. Stewart) which is itself an almost perfect definition of the term BS?A fake-news show that walks the line between social commentary and information service on one hand and comic hyperbole and exaggeration on the other?And doesn't care what the truth really is - just that you keep listening to what they have to say?

    Bottom line - worth reading, but I'm not sure I'd spend $8 on it when I can read it in the time it takes to drink a Venti coffee.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pricey but interesting
    It is a quick, interesting read. The book is not only insightful, but I also like the writing style. Yes, we are surrounded with BS, and I agree with the author that BS is probably bigger enemy of the truth than outright lies. At the same time, BS is so prevalent in our society nowadays that it is almost impossible to escape it, no matter where you go...

    This is why I was very glad to find a book by an unknown author that writes in a very down-to-earth manner about so "over-BS-ed" topics as weight loss, health, and longevity. The book title is "Can We Live 150 Years?" and I do encourage anyone to compare it with many other titles in this genre (health, longevity) by all kind of well known BS-ers.

    Back to Frankfurt. I think that the price of almost $10 (or $6 plus shipping at Amazon) is a little high to pay for 80 pages. But, on the other hand, it is comparable to the cost of coffee and a snack in an average cafeteria, so it is worth the fun...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Informative, but can be hard to follow
    Of all the books I have read, none have forced me to sit down and deconstruct each line as much as this book. Truly, this book is not for the simple-minded. There are a few small errors, but it is well-written overall.

    I gave it four stars because Frankfurt gives plenty of sources and evidence, complete with lengthy quotes and footnotes. But best of all, his analytical thinking is superb. No one I know makes as well-reasoned conclusions as Harry does.

    The only reason I'm not giving the book five stars is because it reads like a thesis, and I got lost sometimes.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfactory Exegesis (maybe 2.5*s)
    It is doubtful that many readers could find this magazine-article sized book very helpful or useful in describing a vague speech phenomenon known as "bulls...". The author admits that it is a loose concept with any possible analysis being unavoidably "procrustean." His primary technique of getting at the essence of bulls... is by comparison to terms like "humbug", "bull", and "hot air", as well as to good old-fashioned lying. Most will find that the author's commentary is the typical philosophical dancing on the head of a pin: many words - no real clarity or closure.

    A main point that can be discerned is that bulls... falls short of direct lying on the truth continuum. That revolves around the speaker's knowledge of the truth and intent to distort the truth. In the author's view, to a bulls...(er) the truth is almost an irrelevancy. Furthermore, it all seems rather benign in his construction.

    It seems that a mighty wide net is being cast to locate bulls... . One example given, is that statements such as "I feel like I have been run over by a dog" by a sick person is a form of bulls... . This is an obviously nonsensical statement, issued more for colorful depiction, clear to all - both the speaker and listener. This is not bulls... . Modern advertising is also depicted as a more "careful" form of bulls... . But that invites the question: Is all propaganda bulls... ?

    Perhaps nonsensical, empty, or flamboyant speech is one side of the bulls... speech phenomenon. But the author does not address a more pernicious view of bulls... . Bulls... is often regarded as a situation or interpretation created through misrepresentations that is harmful, obnoxious, etc - not benign. For example, the arbitrary (though elaborately or legalistically justified) imposition of a set of onerous rules. Or the mounting of plausible, but phony, evidence to justify an action. The justification for the Iraqi invasion comes to mind - surely an example of bulls... or worse.

    It took a lot of nerve to publish the musings of a magazine article as a book. The book isfood for thought mostly because it is very incomplete and vague. Admittedly, the title was catchy. Most probably intuitively know more about bulls... than is located in these pages.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Drop "On" from the title
    I'm sorry to leave a poor review, under the pretext of; "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
    I felt this book was a show of Mr. Frankfurt's own intelligence. He is truly a wise man, however, skirts the topic of his book and never really points to the 'Bullsh*t'. I find that at the end of the book, the reader is just made aware of the abundance of BS in the world, and is not left with any means to regard it.

    Basically; this is book is so short because it doesn't cover anything. ... Read more


    3. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder : Savage Solutions
    by Michael Savage
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
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    Dr. Savage, sage prophet of the airwaves, has been diagnosing liberal mental illness for more than a decade. Now, in his third and most insightful book, he strikes at the root of today's most desperate issues, providing a hefty dose of his unique conservative medicine, including:

  • Homeland security: "We need more Patton and less patent leather. . .Real homeland security begins when we arrest, interrogate, jail, or deport known operatives within our own borders. . .One dirty bomb can ruin your whole day."
  • The ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, and MoveOn.org: "I believe it's time for the heads of . . . left-wing agitation groups who are using the courts to impose their will on the sheeple to be prosecuted under the federal RICO statutes."
  • Illegal immigration: "I envision an Oil for Illegals program. . .The president should demand one barrel of oil from Mexico for every illegal alien that sneaks into our country."
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Savage is truth
    Whats great about Savage is that he tells the truth with compromise or weakness.The only way to deal with the liberal threat to America is to go after them without fear or compromise.There are too many compromisers on the fringes of the conservative movement.Thats why we keep getting sold out by men like John McCain every time that we are on the brink of victory.But poor Mrs. Shaivo is dead and now the liberals can veto a fixed percentage of conservative judges.Savage knows that we can't compromise with the liberals.The system must be purged of their influence once and for all.

    Savage also bravely and forthrightly stands on the side of freedom in the middle east and Israel.Israel and Iraq are the only countries in the middle east and the arab world with any sort of freedom.The terrorists can't live next door to freedom and want to destroy it.During 1967-1985, the territories in Israel were the freest part of the arab world.The people were free and happy.But then Israel allowed the terrorists to creep in and destroy it all.Rather than finish the terrorists, Israel surrendered them to murder and madness at the hands of the PLO gangsters.All the freedom Israel had built was destroyed.

    But now America has taken up the cause of freedom in the arab world and has brought it to Iraq.General Auon will soon bring freedom back to Lebannon.All the rest of the criminals are under pressure and will soon be destroyed.And guess what?In a free middle east, we will discover that there is no Israel problem or "palestinian?" problem.All the arabs hurded into Israel and kept in prison camps at gunpoint since 1948 by the UN will be free to leave.And rather than stay in Israel, most will return to their real countries like free Iraq or free syria.Since 1917, arabs have migrated toward the freedom represented by Israel because they have no freedom of their own.With free Iraq on the rise, it is only a matter of time until all those people return home.

    Freedom is on the march at home and in the rest of the world.While many people recognize the threat the liberals pose to America, nobody wants violence against them.The Sheeple among them (the liberal drones) can be cured by showing them the truth.Many can be cured just by conservatives passing books men like Savage around.The leaders of the liberals will have to account for their crimes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Insanity is a mental disorder
    Yes, this book was better than I expected, given its unfortunate title.After all, we are all Americans here in the United States, and I think it is more productive for us all to work together than to use harsh language about people with different politics.And I certainly think Savage is unfair to liberals in general and to liberalism.

    As a liberal, I wanted to read about some criticisms of liberalism.But this book does not criticize liberalism nearly as much as it does the non-liberal policies of some so-called liberals.

    There is a chapter about the protection of our borders.Now protection of our borders, language, and culture is actually a national issue, not simply a conservative one.Similarly, human rights, justice, and truth are national issues, not simply liberal ones.I think it is better to discuss these issues in such terms.And to some extent, Savage does so.

    The author is right that the United States needs to control its borders.Now, we may disagree signifcantly about some of the details, such as how many immigrants we'll allow in.But I certainly am not going to recommend that we simply open our borders to everyone (as well as to any nuclear weapons they may be smuggling).Even if we intend to let in many of those who now enter the United States illegally, I want this done legally, with our authorities in control of our borders. Savage implies that liberals are too soft on border control, but I think this is unfair, and that border control is a national issue.

    What about Islamofascism, as Savage quite appropriately calls it?Are some liberals just a little too eager to whitewash it?Yes, some are.But the issues are of truth, incitement, human rights, and sedition, and all of these are national issues.Besides, fascism is simply not liberal.I think Savage makes some good points, but they are valid for all of us, across the political spectrum.

    The same can be said for puff pieces about Arafat.Savage lives up to his name in relating some of the more revolting paeans to this monstrous mass murderer.And I think those of us who indulge in coming up with them are not behaving as liberals.Arafat was not merely a monster, he was also an enemy of the United States and a political enemy of liberalism.I would have serious doubts about the liberal credentials of anyone who called George W. Bush the greatest President America has ever had.I have even more serious doubts about the liberal credentials of those who issue similar praise for Arafat.

    I think we liberals need to read this book.We've got enough problems trying to drum up support for rational behavior, human rights, equality, freedom, and justice.We do not need to give ourselves more problems by appearing to fight against our own principles.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Who's Winning
    I took away a star because of the title...you end up with a lot of insecure people immediately going on defensive/offensive. That said, don't read too much into the title. The title is just Mr. Savage's blend of sarcasm and seriousness, which he oft does to get your attention. It worked...another best seller.
    The overall theme of the book is simply that socialistic ideolgy and it's practices often fly in the face of what's actually good for Americans, at home and aboad. Hence, "Borders, Language, & Culture." He argues topics ranging from the family to politics & war. You won't agree with everything...I didn't.
    This book offers alternative points of views supported by real evidence that you won't find in regular news outlets or liberal/conservative media.
    Contrary to other reviewers, this book is not a denunciation of particlar people but of self-destructive politics and idelogy we continue to elect. Mr. Savage has strong options about what's right, and yes, leaves room for little in between.
    Everyone can benefit from reading this book, but not everyone will like it. Love it or leave it.


    1-0 out of 5 stars This could have been made into a booklet
    The first thing that one notices when they pick up the book is the unappealing cover. Savage looks like he's been hitting a few too many buffets in the Castro district of San Fran lately. You turn the book over and look for quotes from his peers but you find absolutely none expect from a bookclub that I've never heard of (and probably no one else either). Paging through the book it seems very thin. The lines on the pages are double spaced and about every three or four pages is a quote in bold print that takes up a good three to four inches of the page. I passed this book to a friend and just told him that it was a book I got at the library and it's a bestseller. The first thing he said was,"there's nothing to this book." I said "yeah and look at how much he's getting per copy, $25." I guess I must be the sucker for not jumping on the bandwagon and putting out a book of opinionated fluff that you could read in a half an hour. He jumps from topic to topic like a gerbil with ADD. Talking about Patton in one chapter and then about how Madonna thinks she's so holy now and then about how he's an animal lover. Do people really care about this stuff? I predict you'll see a lot of copies of this book in the bargain bin at your local discount retailer by the fall.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Self-destructive
    Savage's deep-seated hatred to the world at large has seriously afflicted his health. The front cover of the book shows an intoxicated sick man, with buffed eyelids, congested face, and poor dental hygiene. The man who accuses his opponents of being mentally sick is self-destructed by his own demons.

    As a Zionist zealot, he would sell America to the devil to defend Israel and attack Islam. He blames all Muslims for the mistakes of few radicals and describes Yasser Arafat as a butcher while dismissing the crimes of Arial Sharon during the last five decades. He dedicates his book to the American soldier as long as the later defends Israel and kill more Iraqis and Muslims.Such blind racism ignores the great perils that lie in the future of Israel amidst oceans of angry Muslims who are gaining new technologies, education, and economic powers every passing moment.

    Savage blames Mexican immigrants for the spread of leprosy and tuberculosis. Isn't that the same tactic used by the Nazi for blaming the Jews for every evil on earth?Although his parents had immigrated to America, which offered him the opportunity to graduate education, he wishes to deny others the same opportunity. Sending 150,000 American soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan, or the homegrown HIV epidemic, both outweigh the impact of illegal immigration in the spread of contagious diseases. In the era of global air and sea transportation, contagious diseases do not require illegal immigration to spread across the globe. SARS is a good example.

    Mohamed F. El-Hewie
    Author of "Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training". ... Read more


    4. Natural Philosophy: Written to Evolve the Human Consciousness
    by Ben Harris
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspriation is the kwy with this.
    Ben Harris is a master with words. This book is so unique and extraordinary. Everyone has to experience this sometime in their life. Its like watching a broadway play, or tasting a fine wine. This book is timeless, with words that will stick within your head forever. It truly does evolve your frame of mind, and will evovle your thinking about everything. The poetry is universal to us all, and is sexy in its own way. Inspirational, erotic, fiendish sometimes. But filled with dazzling truth, and perfectly written words. Astonishing piece of work, must enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great look at our thin modern world.
    Hey, I really love this book. I read it once, read it twice. And I must say, and I think I am very fond of it now. This book is like one them beautiful old paintings you would see, that you would just get lost in. This is a perfect painting of words, melodies, thoughts, philosophies. I think will put a tender place in your heart. Great read, once again...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Such outstanding beauty...
    This book has the deep love of words intertwined into its beautiful lace of truth and philosophy. If you want a religious awakening, read this amazing book. The author takes you on so many twists and turns, it will literally leave you craving more. It ponders many of the scary truths and secrets that threaten our life and soul, and provides insight and wisdom on how to live a peaceful truthfilled life. This book has not only opened my eyes, its made me think a lot as well. You must read this book, before its too late!!! ... Read more


    5. Financial Management : Theory and Practice with Thomson ONE (Harcourt College Publishers Series in Finance)
    by Eugene F. Brigham, Michael C. Ehrhardt
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    Asin: 0324259689
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
    Publisher: South-Western College Pub
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    This text remains the only text in the market that presents a balance of financial theory and applications.The authors maintain the same four goals as with the first edition: helping learners to make good financial decisions, providing a solid text for the introductory MBA course, motivating learners by demonstrating finance is relevant and interesting, and presenting the material clearly. ... Read more


    6. Economics
    by Campbell R. McConnell, Stanley L. Brue
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    Asin: 0072340363
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-15)
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    McConnell-Brue's Economics 15e is the best-selling textbook and has been teaching students in a clear, unbiased way for 40 years. The 14th edition grew market share because of its clear and careful treatment of principles of economics concepts, its balanced coverage, and its patient explanations.More students have learned their principles of Economics from McConnell-Brue than any other text--12 million of them.The 15th edition is a substantial revision that delivers a tighter, modern, Internet-savvy book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
    I am pursuing an MBA. I had no economics background, however I found this book to be easy to read, very well structured and most of all, you can find the actual applications of Economics. I highly recommend this book over Economics from Samuelson, he's a brilliant economist but he clearly doesn't explain as good. If you are going to buy only one book of economics, I recommend this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    I used this textbook in an advanced placement Macroeconomics course. Believe me the textbook itself is more interesting than the class. The text provides well detailed explainations of concepts and even provides a comprehensive glossary for those who might find the language alittle to difficult to understand. An overall great book, I've read other economics texts and this one is absolutely stellar in comparison.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good tool !!!
    I don't study Economy, but I found that this book is easily understandable for those that have at least some notions on the subject. I liked it, because it includes the main themes on which everybody should know at least something, and it is quite entertaining (for a book on this subject).

    Also, at the end of each chapter the authors include some questions that help you to understand it better. There is also a web link that provides you with the answers to those questions (so, if you are like me, and want to be sure you answered correctly, you have the opportunity to find out).

    Anyway, I highly recommend this book: it is a thoroughly good introduction to economy!!!!. And last, but not least, it is also of good help in exams, because some basic questions have a tendency to be repeated, and with this book: you have the answers!!!).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
    This definately wasn't written for the layperson, but for the college level reader/student.

    Overall, the book wasn't that bad. However, there were some instances where it just seem to drag on and on, which was a tad annoying. I think the authors could've written some things in a better way to make it more understandable.

    Although Economics isn't necessarily an easy subject, this book is considered authoritative in the feild of macro/microeconomics. The authors should've definately made it a little more easier to understand.

    Thank you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, in fact very good
    As an MBA (with a fair subject background)interested in applied economics I found this to be an impressive piece of writing. The real world examples and colloquial expression can only comfort a reader intimidated by this very complex and volumnous discipline. I was rather srprised to see some of the reviews calling this a very difficult-to-comprehend text. In my opinion even someone relatively new to economics will find his knowledge stacking up as he progresses through the text. Given that the sequencing is not classic with micro followed by macro, I feal the authors have done a good job of going against the conventional and merging the potent interrelationships of these two basic areas-after all one evolves into the other. Also the web-based material was also more than helpful. Finally a book in its fifteenth edition, read over 40 odd years better be good. ... Read more


    7. Becoming Justice Blackmun : Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey
    by Linda Greenhouse
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    Catlog: Book (2005-05-02)
    Publisher: Times Books
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    A Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent with unprecedented access to the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court chronicles the personal transformation of a legendary justice

    From 1970 to 1994, Justice Harry A. Blackmun (1908-1999) wrote numerous landmark Supreme Court decisions, including Roe v. Wade, and participated in the most contentious debates of his era-all behind closed doors. In Becoming Justice Blackmun, Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times draws back the curtain on America's most private branch of government and reveals the backstage story of the Supreme Court through the eyes and writings of this extraordinary justice.

    Greenhouse was the first print reporter to have access to Blackmun's extensive archive and his private and public papers. From this trove she has crafted a compelling narrative of Blackmun's years on the Court, showing how he never lost sight of the human beings behind the legal cases and how he was not afraid to question his own views on such controversial issues as abortion, the death penalty, and sex discrimination. Greenhouse also tells the story of how Blackmun's lifelong friendship with Chief Justice Warren E. Burger withered in the crucible of life on the nation's highest court, revealing how political differences became personal, even for the country's most respected jurists.

    Becoming Justice Blackmun, written by America's preeminent Supreme Court reporter, offers a rare and wonderfully vivid portrait of the nation's highest court, including insights into many of the current justices. It is a must-read for everyone who cares about the Court and its impact on our lives.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Blackmun maximized the product and so has Greenhouse
    Blackmun was clearly a man who maximized the product.Linda Greenhouse doesn't quite explain how this rather unprepossessing figure achieved such high office.He was bright and industrious, to be sure, but so were many others.He was not a strong personality or even particularly personable or outgoing.But in one respect at least, Blackmun seems to have been truly extraordinary--his penchant from an early age for recording the events of his life and collecting almost every note, letter or document which related to it--as if he knew and were determined to become someone of substance.Indeed, Greenhouse tells us that Blackmun's collection comprises more than one and a half million items, is contained in some 1585 boxes, and takes up more than 600 feet of shelf space in the Library of Congress.

    Greenhouse makes wonderful use of this massive collection, writing a remarkably spare yet elegant narrative of what she quite rightly calls "a consequential life," one that spanned the twentieth century and left its mark not only on the law but on American society.Blackmun's bookish reticence may not make him very attractive or interesting to the general reader, but for those seeking a better understanding of the modern Supreme Court and some of its Justices, this volume is as invaluable as it is fascinating.We see Blackmun increasingly determined to do justice as much as to apply the law, with Greenhouse focusing on his opinions having to do with abortion, capital punishment, and sex discrimination.We see Blackmun grow totally estranged from Chief Justice Warren Burger, his closest childhood friend at whose wedding he served as best man.We see Blackmun relate more closely to his young law clerks, some of whom seem to have authored the most memorable lines in his opinions.

    Someone else will have to research and interview more widely to write the definitive, full-length biography and survey Blackmun's entire judicial career.But we owe much to Greenhouse for this wonderful and most timely introduction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The evolution of a great justice
    Linda Greenhouse has written an extraordinary book about the life and career of one of the great Supreme Court justices of our time, Harry A. Blackmun. In doing so she has given us, in "Becoming Justice Blackmun", a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at not only Blackmun but the interaction among the justices of the court. She succeeds brilliantly.

    Blackmun's encounter with destiny was certainly not in the cards early on for this man from Minnesota. Greenhouse explores Blackmun's early career and most notably his longtime friendship with Warren E. Burger, with whom he would serve on the Supreme Court for sixteen years. Their friendship is a central theme in her book...a friendship that would falter and eventually dissolve. At every turn the author's narrative flows warmly and vividly as she paints a most impressive picture of the man who would become the center of controversy in Roe v. Wade. Greenhouse reflects accurately on Blackmun, a shy, soft-spoken man, whose studious manner often led to agonizing decisions. Nonetheless, those decisions were carefully crafted and always thoughtful.

    This could have been a dry effort on Greenhouse's part but she spices it up with tales of humor. Like kids at school, the justices passed amusing notes back and forth among themselves and even had a betting pool for the 1992 presidential election. It has always been rumored that the court closely follows presidential elections but I had no idea that they took it this far!

    What emerges finally is the author's extensive research and knowledge of not only the court but Blackmun, especially. Through detailed accounts of some of the most important court cases (effectively explained for those of us who are not accustomed to the law) she connects those cases with Blackmun's personal reflections about them and how he dealt with other justices. Blackmun was unflappable at times but willing to make changes in his own arguments when necessary. Greenhouse covers all of this with obvious admiration for her subject but with an objectivity that lends itself to an impartial overall view of Harry Blackmun.

    "Becoming Justice Blackmun" is a tour de force. There are few opportunities to have such a look at the Supreme Court and its inner workings and having been granted an opportunity to write this book, Linda Greenhouse has made a significant contribution to our nation's history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A marvelously insightful synthesis
    In this compact and beautifully written book, Linda Greenhouse traces the evolution and growth of Justice Blackmun through the development of several crucial lines of Supreme Court cases.Featuring seldom revealed behind the scenes events drawn from the Justice's private papers, the reader is treated to a tremendously interesting, yet easy to follow, history of the progression of various areas of constitutional law, intertwined with the fascinating disintegration of the life-long relationship between Justice Blackmun and Chief Justice Warren Burger.This book clearly merits the excellent reviews it has received.

    2-0 out of 5 stars History attempted by Journalists is always disappointing
    Linda Greenhouse has done careful research, and as she herself notes, her 264-page treatise on Harry Blackmun chooses certain foci and not others. She makes no claim to exhaustiveness.

    This notwithstanding, with the exception of a beginning that tells us rather matter-of-factly about some of young Harry's experiences, the book reads like a chronological laundy list of Blackmun's approach to issues he faced on the 8th Circuit COurt of Appeals and then on the Supreme Court. Greenhouse tries to spice it up a little by adding her take on the genuinely compelling story of the breakup of the friendship between Blackmun and his lifelong compatriot Chief Justice Burger. Even here, though, she doesn't follow any leads, doesn't bring compelling psychological realism to the page, and maintains a monotone narrative. It is a journalist trying to report rather than a historian or biographer reporting and analyzing that gives this tome it's horribly dry flavor.

    Greenhouse's book does provide useful information and is instructive, but more so to the armchair Supreme Court scholar than to any serious scholar or anyone looking for a good read. What a wonderful subject, what a compelling title, and what a mediocre disappointing little book that could have been so much better. Greenhouse should stick to reporting on the Supreme Court and stay away from longer narratives. Nina Totenberg would have done so much better!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Changed Man
    This is a remarkable books in so many ways.As other reviews have indicated this is not intended to be a complete biography but rather information gleaned from a review of the archives of Justice Blackmun

    LInda Greenhouse focused mainly on three topic.The first is the ending of a friendship between Justice Blackmun and Chief Justice Burger.The two men grew up together.Burger was the leader bringing Justice Blackmun with him. When Justice Blackmun arrived at the Supreme Court he slowly became his own man and the friendship falls apart.In her reliance on the Blackmun papers only we can only see one side of the fissure but even that shows when old friends go their own way it often is done by small slights that in each detail is irrelevant but together are significant.

    The second theme is the change in Blackmun"sattitude toward the death penalty. In small steps the responsibilities of the Court required Blackmun to more fully understand the implications of the penalty until finally he no longer could support it.Again the change is beautifully detailed and we feel from his writing as portrayed by Ms Greenhouse the depth of the change.In this portion of the book we learn how difficult it is to predict how sitting on the Court will change people.As we see the selection process for a new justices begin we should remember that people do grow with responsibilities and not to be to quick to characterize a nominee.

    The last focus and the most detailed portion of the book is the identification of Justice Blackmun with the Roe decision which he wrote. Starting from the beginning of the research at Mayo Clinic the focus of the decision was the protection of doctors.As Blackmun developed his view he became more concerned about the rights of woman.Roe became his legacy and he worked hard and even stayed on the Court longer to be sure the case was not reversed.

    The book also provides a wonderful insight on how the Court operates.Justices that have different views are friendly.The letters and the notes between the justices are fascinating.

    The theme is the change in Blackmum as he served.The lesson is that as we watch the Court we forget that the justices can change and that there is enormous pride in the institution.

    In summary this is a wonderful book by an author who obviously respects her subject ... Read more


    8. Framework for Understanding Poverty
    by Ruby K. Payne
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    Asin: 1929229143
    Catlog: Book (2001)
    Publisher: Aha Process Inc
    Sales Rank: 1330
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    A Framework for Understanding Poverty teaches the hidden rules of economic class and spreads the message that, despite the obstacles poverty can create in all types of interaction, there are specific strategies for overcoming them. Through case studies, personal stories and observations that produce some aha! moments, Payne clearly strikes a chord in her readers., and provides a hopeful message. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good starting manual for teaching those born into poverty
    A Framework for Understanding Poverty provides a structure on which to build one's teaching. The way we teach is as important as what we teach, for , as Payne makes quite clear, we will not reach all children until we can understand--and accept--their backgrounds and any accompanying privileges or limitations children carry with them to the middle-class mindset of most American schools. As a high school English teacher, I found Chapter 2, "The Role of Language and Story", quite helpful--in fact, it has changed the way I approach writing in the classroom. Even if you have read bits of this information elsewhere, the author has gathered much relevant research in an easy-to-access format that any harried teacher can appreciate. For those teachers who balk at recognizing and/or accomodating behaviors related to class, I ask them to take the "Could you Survive in Poverty" quiz on page 53. I don't have any idea how to "get and use food stamps" or "how to get by without a car"--do you? I'd love to see a companion manual to this one that lists books for students that address class differences, either fiction or nonfiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" read for teachers who teach children in poverty
    I teach in an inner-city school where poverty is prevalent in almost every family. Not until I read Ruby Payne's book did I have an understanding of the differences involved when one teaches a child who is living in poverty. The book gives specific case studies that make you think and relate to poverty-stricken people. It then goes even further and gives the teacher examples of how to use the new knowledge in the classroom. It is, without a doubt, the best book I have ever read on the subject of poverty and how it relates to school children. I learned more from the reading of this book about how to relate to the students I teach than I have from any other book I've ever read about any subject. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending this book to any teacher who truly wants to understand the individuals she/he teaches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Payne's book an eyeopener
    Payne does a wonderful job of showing how economic status influences a person's world view and affects his/her reality. She does this while allowing us to step out of our own reality and experience the view from other socioeconomic classes. For people who work with the public, it's a valuable resource.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Summarizing Anecdotes is not research
    As a psychology researcher in inner-city schools, I am drawn to the description of this book because as a field (edu. research), we do indeed lack a theoretical framework to understand poverty in relation to school achievement. But this book falls very short in presenting such a framework. The main data of the book is the author's anecdotal experience, which she summarizes in almost in-your-face presentation of poverty case studies. But a framework fails to draw on various existing well-researched directions in poverty and in education to present a coherent parsimonious way to understand complex phenomena. The conclusions drawn by this author is thinly baesd on a few limited writings (mostly on linguistics), while largely a collection of personal opinions. The author stated that the idea for the book proceeded her years of "research" experience. That may be the problem. A hindsight retrospection wears very tainted lenses. The "years of experience" is not examined in real-time with specific research questions. Rather, they are selectively drawn upon to be coherent only with the author's current thinking. The reference list in the back is more in depth than what the author actually put in text. The mostly pointless clip art inserted throughout the book made it seem like the publisher is trying to squeeze more pages into a other-wise small book. The two pages comparing classes are interesting (but by no means research or data based). They did become very stereotypical (like the local evening news). Educational recommendations are very simplistic and lack explicit logical reasoning. I question the book's treatment of poverty students as a different breed, indicating that somehow they need to be taught special rules in order to even begin learning. For example, the notion that somehow poverty students don't have a sense of choices thus fail to understand causal relationship leading from choices to consequences. What?! That's a very very broad claim that is unlikely to be measurable. In child development, there comes a certain age where many children have trouble realizing (thus having to learn) that choices are related to consequences, regardless of their race, culture, or, income. These claims are quite outrageously stereotypical. Overall, Framework for Understanding is neither framework nor understanding. It may be of some interest here and there, but its title surely over-claims the substance of its content.

    For interested readers, I recommend John Ogbu's ethnographical study on Shaker Heights, titled "Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb".

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Understanding Poverty
    This was an eye opener for me. Poverty isn't just financial as I had thought. It put into words what I had been thinking and questioning. I mentor and I wish it would have addressed more solid solutions to help with these problems of society. ... Read more


    9. West Federal Taxation 2005 : Individual Income Taxes
    by William H. Hoffman, James E. Smith, Eugene Willis
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    Asin: 0324207522
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-12)
    Publisher: South-Western College/West
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    West Federal Taxation: Individual Income Taxes, 2005 Edition continues to set the standard in introductory tax. Its Authors and editors stay on top of trends in both tax law and tax education, as a result, the 2005 Edition is thoroughly up-to-date, current in its thinking, and pedagogically advanced! No other text is as effective at helping users master the ever-changing Individual Tax Code. It provides accessible, comprehensive, and authoritative coverage of the relevant tax Code and regulations as they pertain to the individual taxpayer, as well as coverage of all major developments in federal taxation.It also adheres to the recommendations of the Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Visit the Product Website @ http://wft.swlearning.com ... Read more


    10. How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
    by Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton
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    Asin: 1595620036
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
    Publisher: Gallup Press
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    How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person-your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before? The number one New York Times and number one Business Week bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life-while reducing the negative. Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic. ... Read more


    11. International Building Code 2003
    by International Code Council
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    Catlog: Book (2003-02-16)
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    The 2003 International Building Code addresses the design and installation of building systems through requirements that emphasize performance.Fully compatible with all the International Codes, the 2003 edition provides up-to-date, comprehensive coverage that establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive- and performance-related provisions.Content is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of materials and building designs.Structural as well as fire- and life-safety provisions covering seismic, wind, accessibility, egress, occupancy, roofs, and more are included. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 49 states are now adopting this Code
    Better learn this code. Local codes are being swept away by one standard. Here is Colorado each town had its own test, amendments and licensing system. California is the only state, having revamped its code 2 years ago, to keep its system.
    I finish basements, often for homeowners who think they can do it. From Loveland, I can work any city without irate inspectors wondering why I don't know their specific requirements. Good book. ... Read more


    12. SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit: US DVD Version, Book, Training Video (DVD), Quick Reference Guide
    by Joseph Garcia
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    Asin: 1932354018
    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: Northlight Communications
    Sales Rank: 8627
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    The Complete Learning Kit-US DVD Version - includes the SIGN with your BABY Book, Training Video (DVD), and Quick Reference Guide (total of 3 component products) bundled together in one box. ... Read more


    13. A Deficit Of Decency
    by Zell Miller
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-30)
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    In February of 2004, Senator Zell Miller delivered the speech "A Deficit of Decency" on the Senate floor. The speech considered the very soul of America and generated an unexpectedly massive response from people across the nation.

    Expanding on this theme in his new book by the same title, former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller identifies a wide range of issues—from media and sports role models, to the judiciary, to the decline of traditional Christian values of the family, responsibility and sacrifice—where an absence of decency is threatening the heart of America.

    "A Deficit of Decency" addresses specific issues where Miller sees a need to return to a basic sense of duty. Miller writes in the preface, "There have been ten generations of Americans since this nation was founded….Each left this nation in a little better condition than they had inherited it from their parents. This is the first generation at risk of doing the opposite. Why? I have come to believe that it is because we failed to acknowledge and discipline ourselves with the spiritual truths that have made us great for these two hundred years—faith, family, country, values. This book is about how one man thinks they may be restored and yet save this great civilization from itself."

    In "A Deficit of Decency," Miller also speaks candidly about the values that led him to attack his own party and deliver a keynote speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention. These same values, he believes, are desperately needed at the heart of American culture. Miller explains, "There were two primary reasons I could not go where my lifelong political party wanted to take me. I seriously questioned its judgment on how to respond to the threat of terrorism, the most serious national security issue of the post Cold War era. But I also came to be repelled by the secularism that had engulfed its thinking and smothered its soul."

    Miller writes from the unique perspective of his rise to and service as Governor and United States Senator, drawing upon public service in each of the past six decades. Miller has written six books, including "Corps Values" and the New York Times bestseller "A National Party No More". ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A book with an important message
    Love him or hate his politics Zell Miller has the courage of his convictions to speak his mind. Is this book a blast from the right? No in my opinion it is a blast straight from the heart of the author and he is as mad as hell.
    Is Zell sincere? Is he a true embodiment of integrity? It is my belief that he is but I will let the reader decide
    For those who do not like Zell Miller I encourage you to read this book anyway. Forget all of the Zell bashing you have heard an approach this book with an open mind. If you cannot bring yourself to buying his book I suggest that you take it out of the library. I think a fair minded left winger will find something in this book that speaks to them. If nothing else if you are a hardcore left wing Democrat you might learn something about why Kerry lost the last election.
    More than this book being a diatribe against the Democratic party I believe this book is a cautionary tale for all of us as Americans.
    Zell Miller  points out case by case how American values have strayed. Now I am not a fan of the religious right, at least those of them that are intolerant zealots, but I do believe like Zell we need to return to our values whether they be based in Christianity, Judaism, Islam Buddhism or whatever what faithto which we ascribe.
    For even if one is an atheist there are certain core principles we all share or should share. I am not suggesting everyone should return to the Bible but it is certainly time for us to get our act together. This country definitely needs some backbone and boy do we need it now.
    The author emphasizes the importance of dutyand sacrifice. It is a message many of us in these days of instant gratification do not want to hear butit is something we must hear if we are to survive as a culture and as a nation.
    We live in some of the most perilous times this world has ever seen yet we find ourselves lulled into opinions of the mass media that many times have no basis in fact of logic. Our culture, as Zell Millerpoints out, is both crude and banal. How can anyone who lives in America argue with that?
    (Thoseideologues who wish to throw mud at the author and to point to his past with his less than an exemplary record on civil right I will remind you of one name - Robert Byrd.)
    Zell despite his former short comings is a sincere individual and a former marine you served his country admirably. He has the courage of conviction to blow the whistle on a party that had turned its bak on its former principles and turned its back on America.
    He is a true patriot and a man willing to forsake his party rather than to forsake America.

    I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican and I a leery of propagandacoming from either side. We now and always have needed  a loyal opposition.I for one am sick as hell of both parties but our President right now happens to be a Republican. Shame on the many Americans who want our President to fail. For wishing the President of our country to fail no matter what political party he belongs to is a depraved desire to see ourselves fail and to have our children be put in peril. That is a true deficit of decency. I am afraid thatwe as Americans have forgotten the day of 9-11-01.
    I am not one of those wishing to deify Zell Miller. As books have become another form of mass media I do not know enough about him from one book to make the claim that he is" a truly great man". But in this book he stands out as a champion against a current that is destroying this country.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Zell Miller is an embarrasment to
    his state, his faith, and himself. The real reason for a decline in morals in this country can be attributed to outsourcing, free trade that does not offer minimal protections to hard working individuals, lack of quality health care that not only fails to address preventative care, but also is the leading cause of bankruptcy,and finally,a lack of rules and regulations that allow for big corporations to maximize their wealth at the expense of their employees. When both parents are working three jobs to get decent health benefits, when are they going to spend quality time with the children to make sure they eat right, study right, and watch the right things on TV? The Walmartization of the workforce that the GOP desires will destroy the family and our moral values even more. What Zell also forgets to address is how the big business donors to GOP also maximize their profits by selling smut to both red state and blue state consumers. It's amazing how Zell Miller, James Dobson, and other so called Christian conservatives fail to see this. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15644-2004Dec21.html

    They solely want to maximize the wealth of the top 1 percent in this nation, and they pull it off by claiming that conservatives can best address the decline of morals in this nation.

    Zell Miller in 1992:

    "Four years ago, Mr. Bush told us he was a quiet man who hears the voices of quiet people. Today, we know the truth: George Bush is a timid man who hears only the voices of caution and the status quo. Let's face facts: George Bush just doesn't get it. He doesn't see it; he doesn't feel it, and he's done nothing about it. That's why we cannot afford four more years. If the `education president' gets another term, even our kids won't be able to spell potato. If the `law and order president' gets another term the criminals will run wild, because our commander in chief talks like Dirty Harry, but acts like Barney Fife. If the `environmental president' gets another term, the fish he catches off Kennebunkport will have three eyes. And folks, after January, George Bush is going to have plenty of time to go fishing. So much for the millionaire."

    Lets see, if I was applying for a job and someone offered to recommend me and endorse me for the position, yet that same someone 12 years ago arguably cost my father the same job by completely dismissing his performance, would I accept his endorsement for poltiical purposes. If i was a genuine Southerner who knows family loyalty is everything, then the answer would be a resounding NO. Because to accept an endorsement like that would mean to accept that man's judgment: I would never accept judgement from a person who trashed my father. Zell Miller may argue that 9/11 changed everything, but it only made Family Loyalty even more important and Bush clearly has none, yet claims to be Pro Family. If you can sacrifice your father and accept an endorsement from someone who blasted him for political gain, what else can you do for political gain.

    That is the real reason for the deficit of decency in this country.

    More on the hypocrite:

    Zell Miller:

    "In his 16 years in the Senate, John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington. Early in his Senate career in 1986, John signed on to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Bill, and he fought for balanced budgets before it was considered politically correct for Democrats to do so. John has worked to strengthen our military, reform public education, boost the economy and protect the environment. Business Week magazine named him one of the top pro-technology legislators and made him a member of its "Digital Dozen."

    and now Zell Miller bashes a man who even George W. Bush said served more honorably than him.

    I hope Zell Miller remembers the behavior of Lee Atwater in the finals days of his life. Lee Atwater became fearful of God and apologized to all the politicians with whom he had played dirty tricks with. This country might be able to eliminate the deficit of decency if it feared God throughout their lives, rather than just at their death bed. If you fear God, live like Jesus or the particular god you believe in. For Christians, living like Jesus means self sacrifice, tolerating those who are shunned by society, and caring for the poor. None of these concepts are understood by so called Christian Conservatives like Zell Miller.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Political Insight, Very Right Wing Recommendations
    This is a book that most people are going to either love or hate. The right wing will say that it is wonderful. The left will say it is a pack of lies. I guess that I'm in the middle. I don't much care for either the left or right wings.

    I do, however, find the book to be fascinating and well worth reading. His comments on Kerry and Kerry's election are the comments of a seasoned politician watching the national scene. They point out as well as anything that I've seen what Kerry did wrong, and they do so with great insight and understanding.

    On the other hand, the strong right wing stance is not a winner with me. Bush being so far right, and Kerry being so far left ignored the center. And that's why most Americans didn't vote.

    I must say that I'm also concerned about the growth of the religious right in power. They have little tolerance (although Jesus preached tolerance) for opinions not of their own. We don't want this country to become the right wing Christian equivalent of the Islamic countries.

    Read the book, but keep an open mind.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Restoring America's Greatness
    Seldom does a book move me as much as Zell Miller's, A Deficit of Decency. It made me laugh, it made me cry and, most of all, it made me tremble for my country. There is much that is good in America, but, in many ways, we are headed in the same direction as other great civilizations which have fallen.Some Americans take the great gifts that our founding fathers bequeathed to us and abuse them, and distort them into something the founders would not recognize.

    Zell Miller is like the nation's grandfather shaking us awake and warning us of the decay eating at the fabric of our society. Tolerance, which was once a good thing, has been morphed into acceptance of just about anything, no matter how destructive to our society. Courage, honor sacrifice, responsibility and decency have been lost or never planted in the minds of many. Love of country and recognition of God as our guide and our founding principle is ridiculed by many. Americans must take seriously Zell's warning that if we don't stop the partisan fighting and unite in the war on terror, the terrorists will win.

    If Democrats would let go of their anger, and their preconceived prejudice against this man, they might learn to appreciate this patriot who rose from humble beginnings, endured hardship with a positive attitude, and served his country in the military, in state government and in the U.S. Senate. You don't have to be a conservative or even a Christian to recognize that what Zell says is the truth. Every American who values family, freedom, opportunity, security, and the right to recognize God in his own way, must read A Deficit of Decency.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Zell Miller Never Disappoints
    Zell Miller is to be applauded with standing ovations for this outstanding book. The liberal Dems have had their brief moment, venting and whining about Bible thumping Christian values. Guess what! I am not one of those but I do admire a man who stands and delivers as Zell Miller has done. He makes his words count and nothing Michael Moore or other limo-libs say can discount the truth of the matter. Zell Miller just reinforces a belief in our country's worth. We are a nation of very generous people who have given the Dems too much time to get their act together. All they have done is scare those of us who were unafiliated into the "enemy camp." Those of us who cannot identify with John and Terroriza Kerry, Teddie-Boy Kennedy and Primal Scream Dean will have to find our own scene and Zell Miller will lead the way. Sorry but you Dems chased a lot of us away with your extremes. We are looking for heroes and Zell can fit the big shoes. ... Read more


    14. The World Is Flat : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
    by Thomas L. Friedman
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    Thomas L. Friedman is not so much a futurist, which he is sometimes called, as a presentist. His aim, in his new book, The World Is Flat, as in his earlier, influential Lexus and the Olive Tree, is not to give you a speculative preview of the wonders that are sure to come in your lifetime, but rather to get you caught up on the wonders that are already here. The world isn't going to be flat, it is flat, which gives Friedman's breathless narrative much of its urgency, and which also saves it from the Epcot-style polyester sheen that futurists--the optimistic ones at least--are inevitably prey to.

    What Friedman means by "flat" is "connected": the lowering of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with billions of other people across the planet. This in itself should not be news to anyone. But the news that Friedman has to deliver is that just when we stopped paying attention to these developments--when the dot-com bust turned interest away from the business and technology pages and when 9/11 and the Iraq War turned all eyes toward the Middle East--is when they actually began to accelerate. Globalization 3.0, as he calls it, is driven not by major corporations or giant trade organizations like the World Bank, but by individuals: desktop freelancers and innovative startups all over the world (but especially in India and China) who can compete--and win--not just for low-wage manufacturing and information labor but, increasingly, for the highest-end research and design work as well. (He doesn't forget the "mutant supply chains" like Al-Qaeda that let the small act big in more destructive ways.) Friedman tells his eye-opening story with the catchy slogans and globe-hopping anecdotes that readers of his earlier books and his New York Times columns will know well, and also with a stern sort of optimism. He wants to tell you how exciting this new world is, but he also wants you to know you're going to be trampled if you don't keep up with it. His book is an excellent place to begin. --Tom Nissley

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    Thomas L. Friedman's reporter's curiosity and his ability to recognize the patterns behind the most complex global developments have made him one of the most entertaining and authoritative sources for information about the wider world we live in, both as the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times and as the author of landmark books like From Beirut to Jerusalem and The Lexus and the Olive Tree. They also make him an endlessly fascinating conversation partner, and we'd happily have peppered him with questions about The World Is Flat for hours. Read our interview to learn why there's almost no one from Washington, D.C., listed in the index of a book about the global economy, and what his one-plank platform for president would be. (Hint: his bumper stickers would say, "Can You Hear Me Now?")

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    3-0 out of 5 stars The World IS Flat
    I was super excited when I heard about this book - finally something proclaiming something that I knew all along -but a little of the way into it, I got the feeling Friedman was being facetious with his title.That he didn't actually think the world WAS flat.My point is, the world IS flat.


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    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting History, But Erroroneous Conclusions
    Friedman provides an excellent summary of recent changes that have created today's intense global economy. However, his conclusion that this is good for the U.S. - based on anecdotal evidence supplied by outsourcing supporters - is dead wrong.

    Broader data show massive deterioration in U.S. workers' healthcare and pension coverage, and opportunities to use and develop higher-level skills (eg. software, engineering, production management, technical skills). The most recent data even show a decline in inflation-adjusted incomes. Meanwhile, the areas being outsourced continues to grow to now include tutors, and drug trials.

    Friedman observes that Asian competitors are quick learners, moving up the "food chain" from simple production managed by Americans to designing new sophisticated equipment and parts and then manufacturing them under local management. What he fails to note is that sooner or later they will also take over total control and financing - leaving only U.S. distribution to Americans. Thus, most of those that now support outsourcing will eventually find themselves also outsourced.

    Friedman does have a recommendation for America in the "flattened world" - substantially improve education and pupil achievement. Unfortunately, even if accomplished (30+ years of reform efforts have yet to come close), it would be of little help. Experts have concluded that Oriental IQs generally average 10 points higher than those of Americans. China alone has about four times the U.S. population, and then there's India, Pakistan, South America, etc. - earning as little as 5% of what Americans bring in. Meanwhile, eg. the number of U.S. computer science students is DECLINING - as a result of unemployment caused by outsourcing.

    In addition, American corporations are hobbled by having to pay high healthcare costs, vs. other nations' much lower costs - largely born by government. And finally there are the government restrictions on genetic research that American firms are hobbled with - possibly precluding significant participation in a potentially booming new area.

    Clearly the mathematics are against us and the inevitable result is that our standard of living is headed for a substantial fall - unless some other solution is found. Rome, Spain, and England proved that a nation's strength is not permanent. Friedman summarized the factors eroding America's - unfortunately, he failed to look clearly into the future or to find a solution. And those should be America's main concern

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    Although written in a journalistic (and enjoyable) manner, Friedman provides an excellent overview of how the adoption of new information and communication technologies, as well as supply-chain, work-flow and knowledge management, are accelerating the process of world economic integration.

    Some of the more critical aspects of globalization (e.g., environmental, labor and other social impacts) could have received more attention.

    I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting... Outstanding... Scary... Best of 2005 (so far)
    It's taking me a while to get through "The World Is Flat". This is not like some books that you can read in one afternoon or evening, such as Mark Burnett's "Jump In", just to mention another book I read recently. In fact, it's taken me several weeks, reading a chapter here and a subchapter there, and then letting it sink in for a while.

    There are some that are not buying into Tom Friedman's basic contention, which is (1) the opportunities/threats for more international competition for global trade and services are real, (2) power has shifted from states (up to 1800) to companies (1800-2000) to individuals at the start of the 21st century, and (3) the higher educational system in the US is not adequately prepared for the "quiet storm". To those that don't believe this, I feel sorry for them, for they are not in touch with the real world! My son is about to enter college in a few months, and I'm worried about the competition he will face coming out of college. I love Tom's story about his advice to his daughters: "Girls, when I was growing up, my parents used to tell me 'Tom, finish your dinner--people in India and China are starving'. My advice to you is: Girls, finish your homework--people in China and India are starving for your jobs!"

    Friedman does an excellent job in setting the table on how this all came about, in the so-called 10 forces that flattened the world, including the rise of the Intels and Googles of the world, the outsourcing and offshoring phenoms, etc. I strongly believe that, instead of trying to be protectionist for the sake of hanging on to a few more jobs for a few more years, America instead should find the inspiration to look at what's next to add value in the world economy of today, tomorrow and 20 years from now. Does anyone really believe that imposing quotas on Chinese textile imports will "save" the American textile industry (just to name one industry)? Hardly. At the same time, there are American textile companies thriving today by understanding the new global economic environment they are competing in and then taking advantage of it.

    I can't easily recall another book that has made such an impact on me. There is lots to be learned from Friedman's book, even if as you read it, it all sounds so self-evident (as I see it happen all around me). "The World Is Flat" should be required reading in colleges around the country. And this surely will be one of the best books (if not the very best) of 2005 when all is said and done. Highly recommended!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Insightful...and Unclear
    Thomas Friedman is a gifted writer. I very much enjoyed his book and learned a great deal from it. His main thesis, that the playing field has been leveled all over the world due to the rise of the machines (sorry, couldn't resist), makes a good deal of sense to me. His ten causes were clearly outlined and easy to follow. I very much enjoyed the little vignettes from the call center in Bangalore, the housewife in Utah, etc. Once I started reading I could not put the book down. Also, the cover art--mine had the ships sailing towards the edge--was outstanding!

    I do feel Friedman could have made his own point of view more clear, however. He makes it clear that technology has made outsourcing, insourcing, informing, offshoring a common business practice. He does not make his opinion of this practice clear. The huge elephant in the room is the fact that American employees are losing their jobs in this new flat world. It was unclear to me whether Friedman was somewhat neutral: "This is just the way of the world now and we must live with it and try to rise to the top of the global workplace" or whether he was making a more positive statement: "The planet has finally reached the point where we can all play ball together and isn't that just grand?"

    In other words, does Friedman view this new flat world as somehow better than the old round one?

    On another note, as one who sees middle school and high school students struggle daily to read and to write basic English, I was a bit put off by Friedman's take on NCLB and its subset, Reading First. Of course, science and engineering, math and medicine is the goal. It is definitely cause for concern that our country is creating fewer finalists in these fields and that our government is currently cutting those budgets. However, let's be smart about this: Reading comes first. Literacy is the cornerstone of a strong civilization. I did not feel that Friedman did due diligence to the magnitude and complexity of the educational crisis our country is facing. ... Read more


    15. Sunday Money : Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar
    by Jeff MacGregor
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    Author Jeff MacGregor was committed to understanding NASCAR, so instead of merely dropping in on a race or two, he traveled the nearly yearlong season in an RV with his wife, photographer Olya Evanitsky. The result is many books in one. It's a vivid history of the sport's roots, as it grows from a rowdy way for Florida good ol' boys to blow off steam to being a titan of American culture with a fan base of 75 million. It also covers a broad swath of personalities within NASCAR--from the widely loved and even more widely loathed driver Jeff Gordon to the iconic Richard Petty to Dale Earnhardt, whose mythic power grew exponentially after his death at Daytona (death is never far from anyone’s mind in NASCAR). Finally, Sunday Money is a memoir--MacGregor chronicles exactly what life is like when a married couple blows their savings on a massive RV and logs 48,000 miles within the blasting radius of race after race after race.

    MacGregor is funny, and it's interesting to watch how a man skeptical of the sport's allure at the beginning of the adventure is sucked in as the story goes along. As a writer, he's in no hurry, knocking off several paragraphs in the interest of a single whimsical analogy if he sees fit. Much of the time the diversions hit the mark, (sometimes they don't) and it's nice to see an editor let a talented writer like MacGregor run loose. NASCAR loyalists may enjoy the behind-the-scenes scoop even if they don't necessarily need to be introduced to who the drivers are. But non-fans who have been wondering why racing has become so huge so fast, may understand a little better after reading Sunday Money. It's a huge book, a massive sprawling narrative, but for a sport that is active nearly every weekend of the year and is growing ever larger and more successful, the length seems perfect. --John Moe

    Photos from the Sunday Money 2002 NASCAR Tour

    NASCAR star Jeff Gordon autographs for fans

    Tony Stewart wins the NASCAR Winston Cup

    Fans pack the stands for the Pepsi 400

    NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Ward Burton's car pits mid-race during the NAPA 500

    Cars race around the track in Charlotte
    Jeff MacGregor's Top Ten Tips for Your First NASCAR Race
      10. Day race? Bring ear plugs, hat, binoculars.

      9. Night race? Bring ear plugs, hat, beer goggles.

      8. At Daytona and Talladega, there’s no such thing as too much sunblock. SPF 45. Apply liberally. Repeat, as needed, until you slip from your seat like a watermelon seed.

      7. Yes, NASCAR is expanding everywhere and very fast, but effortful puns on the word Madagascar will only lead to embarrassment.

      6. Your copy of Sunday Money is an excellent conversation starter for making new friends at the track. Thanks to its quilted cover, it also doubles as a comfy seat-cushion and a stylish windshield sun-screen.

      5. Drivers cannot hear you yelling encouragement from the 58th row when they’re actually lapping the track. This will not stop the high school kid behind you from doing so.

      4. Like room service Eggs Benedict, the Jumbo Grilled Turkey Legs at any racetrack always sound far better than they are. Avoid them. Let them thrive in the happy hunger of your imagination, rather than deliver their sad reality to your somersaulting innards. Life bears enough disappointments.

      3. Women, despite the signs you’ll see in the third turn campground, there’s no such thing as a "Free Trackside Mammogram." Don’t let the Mardi Gras beads fool you; there are shockingly few accredited radiologists working the infield on race weekend.

      2. All-purpose, all-context catch phrase guaranteed to make a NASCAR newbie sound like an old hand? "Go, Junior!" Appropriate any time!

      1. If your tailgate margarita machine doesn’t make at least ten horsepower on the blender-drink dyno, don’t bother. Go big, baby, or don’t go.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Take a spin with Jeff and the Beep
    It is hard to describe the pleasure reading this book causes.Part of it is the sheer audacity of abandoning your comfortable life in NYC to the strict confines of motorhome living.And then reading as Jeff and his wife try to understand what they have gotten themselves into.And yet through all the noise and the smoke, Jeff seems to have crystallized the NASCAR experience for the fan and non-fan alike.His descriptions leap off the page and require you to pay attention.A must read for any fan of great writing

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wit and wisdom
    I wouldn't consider myself a died-in-the-wool huge NASCAR fan, but this book was terrific.MacGregor's style is full of wit and yet he peels back much of the unknown about NASCAR and it's followers.He more than satisfies our curiosity and, as a result, leaves us not only smarter about NASCAR, but wiser about the kaleidoscope of our society.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mainly for NASCAR fans
    I'll admit, I'm not a NASCAR fan.Nothing against it, I just don't follow the sport.

    But, I saw author Jeff MacGregor interviewed by David Letterman about this book.It was honestly one of the funniest interviews Dave has ever done.MacGregor was hysterical, talking about the events in the book. So, I rushed out to buy it.I even bought it full price from a local book store rather than ordering it at a discount from Amazon.

    The book follows MacGregor and his wife as they spend a year driving around to the various tracks in an RV.

    While MacGregor is a great writer, extremely descriptive, lively writing, the focus got to be more about NASCAR and the races, rather than the world around NASCAR, the people that follow it, which is what I thought it was going to be mainly about.I mean, he spent ten pages talking about driving a racecar, going into complete description about the experience.For race fans, this will be a great read.For me, not so much.

    If you are into NASCAR, this will be a 5 star book for you.You will LOVE it.But, as for myself, not being much into NASCAR, it wasn't for me.I would rather see a documentary on MacGregor's trip.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read It
    Perhaps a little mad himself (he and his wife cash their savings in for a dee-lux motorhome), a better author I couldn't imagine for taking me on this raucous roll around the racetracks, and through the heart of America. SUNDAY MONEY is a sexy, witty, colorful portrait of the world that is NASCAR.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Sunday Money" is right on the money!
    The roar of the engines.The roar of the crowds.You'll roar with laughter when you read Jeff MacGregor's "Sunday Money". This funny and informative book is a terrific read. You can almost taste the burning rubber and the BBQ as you race through this page turner. Mr. MacGregor and his photographer wife Olya, traveled around America for almost a year in a motorohome to create this book. The end result is a tale of the origins of NASCAR, and where the sport stands today. On any given Sunday you might find upwards of 400,000 screaming fans watching these daring young men take their lives in their hands. Six hundred horsepower cars, sometimes running three abreast at nearly two hundred miles an hour, inches away from each other. We've come a long way from the chariot races of Ben Hur. I don't think these drivers get the credit they deserve. What I liked most about this book is it gave me an insight not only into racing, but the culture that surrounds it. I wouldn't classify myself a racing fan by any means, but "Sunday Money" gave me a true appreciation of the sport, as it vividly brings to life the happenings on and off the track. Hot cars.Hot guys. Smoking hot girls! That's right. Babes aplenty. What more could you ask for? "Sunday Money" is right on the money! ... Read more


    16. Educational Psychology (with "Becoming a Professional" CD-ROM), Ninth Edition
    by Anita Woolfolk
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    Renowned for its clarity, readability, and organization, this market-leading Educational Psychology book continues to offer the best blend of current theory, research, and practice in a completely up-to-date new edition. This book provides an organizational framework that readers can immediately grasp to help them understand complex and ever-evolving theories. The Eighth Edition reflects the field's continuing interest in constructivism and authentic learning as well as other areas of growing emphasis such as students with disabilities and inclusion. Other topics that have been added or received significant updating include self-regulated learning, brain development, culturally relevant pedagogy, and student autonomy. Includes free Interactive Companion CD-ROM, featuring video clips of the author discussing important topics and instructive scenes from real classrooms; links to useful websites that deepen awareness of issues pertinent to teaching; activities that provide challenging problems and cases from which readers may gain further insight into the applications of theories covered. For anyone interested in educational psychology. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Badly dated - be afraid when educators defend this book.
    Woolfolk's book reflects educational psychology ca. 1975. She cynically - and selectively - cites references that are much more recent to give this the gloss of being current, but don't be taken in.

    This book ignores the last two decades of neurobiological research, and presents obsolete theories as still being valid. She presents Piaget's theories, then suggests they have "some limitations." I guess so - since they are almost entirely disproven by PET-scan based research.

    (Which is not meant to be a jab at Piaget per se. He did initiate much of the THINKING in this field. Subsequent research has simply unearthed different truths, based on actual neurobiopsychological evidence.)

    Woolfolk gets more than cognitive development wrong. Language development? She appeals to outmoded works of Vygotsky.

    Gender-identified differences in math skill? Due to "stereotyping in the preschool years," according to Woolfolk. No mention, not a breath of illumination, of the recent work identifying inherent differences (not deficiencies!) in spatial reasoning in young children.

    Woolfolk even opines that neurocortical stimulants (e.g., Ritalin) are "controversial" in the treatment of hyperactivity. Go to brains.org and read any of the hundreds of recent journal articles listed there. You won't find a legitimate study that suggests a "controversy."

    Beyond being dated, two things are really disturbing about this book. First, it is cynical to keep archaic views fresh-seeming by selectively citing modern writers. Other reviewers have called this "bias," which seems too nice a word.

    Second, and worse, this book suggests bad educational policy - precisely because it's ignorant of current research.

    Consider this chestnut in the chapter on language acquisition: "Learning the standard speech is easy for most children...as long as they have good models, clear instruction and opportunities for authentic practice." Ummm, NO. It is not easy. It is precisely because it is not easy that children of color are often tagged as 'slow' when they have difficulty shifting from one dialect to another.

    This book offers bad science and perniciously dated pedagogical advice. It's disheartening that it's still assigned to education majors - and appalling that it is defended by practicing educators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for education majors!
    I am not sure where people get the idea that the book is bias and that Woolfolk is living in the dark ages. This books shows updated examples and scenarios of today's classrooms. It is a reflection of what the students and teachers see and experience. It gives a lot of methods and strategies to use in the classroom and really talks about the psychology of students. It is an awesome book that has become a treasure to me. I think that the people that have been posting negative comments do not have much experience working with students or are not aware of the diversity and the differences that exist in school districts around the United States.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for some, but bias is evident
    Not a bad overview of educational psychology, with plenty of resources for existing teachers to use in their instruction. As such, the title of this book would more properly be "Educational Psychology for Teachers". For psychologists and educational psychologists, it is rather inadequate, missing many of the new ideas in educational psychology that have not yet reached the "mainstream" of teaching, where Woolfolk resides. Most distressingly, her adherence to traditional ideas in education is annoyingly pervasive and interferes with the reader's process of inquiry and the formation of their own conclusions. As an educator herself, Woolfolk should know better that this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Professor, do some research
    The author's bias is too strong for an introductory text book in Educational Psychology. I almost signed up for a graduate class in which this book was assigned. Fortunately, I read several chapters in the bookstore and did not register!

    Ed Psych is an area of education where important developments are emerging. This book and presumably the author are stuck in the dark ages of behaviorism and rationales like "Because I'm the teacher that's why." Or perhaps the more glaring deduction is that Woolfolk's books are her cash cows.... Then, bully for her and shame on the professors who continue to teach with this tripe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid fundamentals for Educational Psychology
    I am director of secondary school student teachers at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. I teach courses in Educational Psychology, Teaching and Classroom Management, and Middle School Philosophy. While I use this text in my Educational Psychology class, it has been very helpful in providing information about student development in all of my courses. The book contains a CD-rom with practice tests and useful handouts. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


    17. Conspiracy of Fools : A True Story
    by Kurt Eichenwald
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    In 2000, when The Informant was published, few would’ve imagined that a story about price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland could be as un–put–downable as the best crime fiction. Yet critics—and consumers—agreed: The New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald had taken the stuff of dry business reporting and turned it into an unparalleled page–turner. With Conspiracy of Fools, Eichenwald has done it again.

    Say the name “Enron” and most people believe they’ve heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new—and entirely gripping—material. The cast includes but is not limited to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul O’Neill, Harvey Pitt, Colin Powell, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Greenspan, Ken Lay, Andy Fastow, Jeff Skilling, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, and Michael Eisner. Providing a you–are–there glimpse behind closed doors in the executive suites of the Enron Corporation, the Texas governor’s mansion, the Justice Department, and even the Oval Office, Conspiracy of Fools is an all–true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars strange brew
    This is the book counterpart of a video reconstruction.As best I can tell from the extensive endnotes, the author did a phenomenal research job, and then (from my point of view) turned his work into fiction.Instead of presenting us with the facts (fascinating in themselves) the author presents everything "through the eyes" of the participants, pretenting to be in their thoughts, and using quotation marks with the abandon of a novelist.We all know that this is just plain made up, but by using this form of presentation, the author blurs the distinction between fact and fiction.He DOESN'T know what these people were thinking, and making it up implies that he does; requiring me to search the footnotes at the end of each sentence -- what is true and what is made up? For example, on the first page we follow Ken Lay's thoughts as he is driven to work -- the footnote shows us the source for what kind of car it was -- but of course no reference for Lay's thoughts (and even if Lay had said what he was thinking, we have know knowledge that he told the truth).Accordingly, although the book is entertaining, I demote it to a "2" for horrendously bad journalistic practice.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The End of an Empire
    I'm certain that all of us like to read a good book. One filled with intrigue, deceit, back-stabbing, illegal acts, social issues, fear, egos, greed, scandals,etc.

    All the ingredients of an interesting novel. Only it's not. It is the true story ofENRON's humble pipeline beginnings to its bankruptcy and the saga of a hidden but eventually disclosed paper trail.

    The book---"Conspiracy of Fools" by Kurt Eichenwald.

    Notwithstanding the complicated financial transactions involved, it is written in a fast moving manner by a winning New York Times writer

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you get one book this summer, this is it!
    Everyone knows the Enron scandal.The directors of the corporation have been depicted as nothing less than caricatures of corporate greed and the company itself a cliche of managers run amok.

    This book ends all that.It brings dimension and personality to everyone involved and does justice to the events that transpire in a very evenhanded way.The "fly on the wall" narrative and the incredulous attitude of the author constantly ask the question we all wanted to ask right from the start: "What were they thinking?"Even moreso, a corollary becomes "Why did everyone else just let it happen?"Hard to believe, but the problems of Enron could have been predicted back in the early 90s.

    This is a top-notch book and worth every penny.Its not particularly difficult to comprehend (the dialogue and complex schemes are broken down for laymen to understand), and believe it or not, its a quick read. Once it absorbs you, you just won't put it down.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Reads like a thriller
    I read this book in three days.I have a two year old to chase around, so that tells you just how much time I devoted to finishing it.COF reads like a thriller.I kept waiting for the bad guys to get caught and became more and more incredulous that it took so long.

    COF does an excellent job of showing what a dangerous combination greed, hubris and ignorance is and how prevelant it is in corporate America.Throw in a dash of politics and you have a national scandal.

    Eichenwald does a good job of showing us all the nuances of what happened at the executive level of Enron, but I was disapointed that we never got to see any of it from the perspective of the thousands of employees that woke up one morning without jobs or retirement funds.We also never see the impact of Enron's fall on the varous companies and local governments that invested so heavily in them.

    My last "complaint" is a silly one.There were no pictures of the principals featured in the book, which is pretty standard for non-fiction stories.I wanted to know what Lay, Skilling and the rest looked like so I could put faces with names.

    Overall, well worth the read if you want some suspense and/or an insight into just what went wrong at Enron.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST book I have read in years
    I never thought I would like to read an Enron book, but my father really pushed this on me. I LOVED it. This is the best book I have read in years, certainly since A Civil Action. It is thrilling, unbelievable, captivating. I am up late writing this because the book kept me up until 3 and now I am having trouble not thinking about it. Unlike other books of this type, the research is incredible. Anyone who reads it has to thumb through the footnotes, and see all of the documents and other information that Eichenwald pulled together. A fabulous reporter and a spectacular writer all add up to a great book. ... Read more


    18. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Asin: 0316346624
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-07)
    Publisher: Back Bay Books
    Sales Rank: 266
    Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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    "Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message--that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Insights into Mass Behaviors
    Despite an earlier reviewer poo-pooing this book for shallow insights, I beg to differ. This book is a fascinating and original take on what makes people behave in a certain way en masse. Tying together Paul Revere, Hush Puppies and many other very accessible ideas makes this book, that is in some ways very academic, read like a thriller. I read it in three sittings. It has an impact on several levels. One, as a marketer, it gave me insights into how word-of-mouth really works. I'll be experimenting with these concepts for years. Second, as a member of society, I gained insight into why I am pulled this way and that by trends. If you enjoyed this, you'll also enjoy the groundbreaking book by Robert Cialdini called "Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion." It makes some of the same points. Finally, it makes me think that some savvy activists will find some ways to use these principles to start societal epidemics that will ultimately have a positive effect. I believe Gladwell has introduced a concept, "the Tipping Point," that will have a wide-ranging impact on how we view the world and human behavior.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bowled me over.
    This book is quite wonderful, and it doesn't surprise me at all that it's getting such solid reviews here. Gladwell writes wonderful pieces for the New Yorker (and elsewhere, no doubt), and the craft of the writing here combines with fascinating material to produce a book for the lively of mind.

    What is a "tipping point"? Gladwell shows us how concepts and perceptions derived from epidemiology can provide unexpected, but highly plausible explanations for the transformation of a minor phenomenon into a major trend. Gladwell's examples are diverse, drawn from such apparently disparate worlds as policing, fashion, and medical research, but they work well to create a sense that there's a logic at play in the crazes and fads we see turn into cultural trends.

    Obviously, this book would be a good read for anyone interested in forcasting consumer behaviour, and other business concerns. I read it, though, as a person interested in culture and the trends which form the fabric of our waking lives. I read it twice, in fact, because it's very well written, and because I used it to teach theories of information to university students, who also really "got" the book. I find that concepts drawn froom the book return to me in unlikely situations, and that's a true test of non-fiction.

    My only complaint? It's not long enough!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Esoterica
    This is a fun book to read, but the dots remain uncconected.
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    I much prefer works that are more practical, and guide you directly to where you are going, instead of this very indirect analysis.
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    Some examples of this direct approach which are exceptionally well done include the CD "Voice Lessons to go" and the DVD "New Sex Now."
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    All of these are fun and enjoyable and will improve your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars does not disappoint
    I rarely pick up a book that holds my interest all the way. This book was exceptional though and I have recommended it to many of my friends. The book discusses what causes an epidemic- how one tiny product, tv show, event, etc influences so many. I was impressed by the number of case studies and research that Gladwell did to back up his point. I really enjoyed learning about the influence Sesame Street had on the literary rate of the children who watched it, while what causes problems like teen smoking and suicide. It was a very interesting read.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Tiresome and Repetitive
    Tipping Point is a painful book to read, painful especially to contemplate the patchwork of fill that turns what at best is a pop magazine article into a poor excuse for a book. Gladwell stabs at any theme he can possibly use to support his by no means new theory of tipping points. He hits one, perhaps, when he covers Rudy Giuliani's results in the City of New York, buts the rest are paler attempts. His comparison of Paul Revere with Dawes is over-romantic and downright silly. There's something profoundly patronizing about his tone of writing and his lack of any kind of wit. ... Read more


    19. Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (7th Edition)
    by William L. Heward
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    Asin: 0130993441
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-23)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 76422
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    For over two decades, professors at more than 350 collegesand universities have relied on this comprehensive, engaging book for professional research, current practice, and trends in special education. Grounded in scholarship, yet written with the human experience in mind, this best-selling book effectively conveys the stories of teachers and children in special education. This latest edition adds a focus on master teachers and integrates professional standards from CEC and PRAXIS™ to make this the best book to help you train effective special educators and to introduce pre- and inservice general education teachers to exceptional children. This book provides some of the most comprehensive coverage of the characteristics of learners with special needs, as well as some of the latest assistive technologies like hand-held PDAs, the AAMR's new 2002 definition and classification system for mental retardation.For teaching professionals in the field of Special Education. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book If You Want An Intro to Special Education
    I love this book! I purchased a used copy in 2001 to help prepare for my (then) upcoming Massachusetts State Teacher exam in special education, which I passed on my first try. It is a very useful source of information and contains a ton of facts. It presents special ed topics in a logical fashion and has a nice companion website. I practiced all the online questions since I had to learn a lot of material in a short period of time. The text is geared towards elementary education. However, I read it, even though my field is secondary SPED, because there are many things in it that relate to special education in general that I need to know about. The discussion of historical special ed legislation is especially complete. I just wish I could get my hands on the companion videos that are (or were) offered by the publisher.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Textbook
    I was astonished by both how readable this book is and how much useful information is presented. The book is designed for those entering the field of education and those studying for the Praxis II exam. While the book is targeted to the teaching of exceptional children, regular education teachers, parents and other interested parties would gain a great deal of information from this book. Our assignment was to skim the book - a task I found nearly impossible. I kept getting drawn into the interesting and vivid examples in each chapter. I found the focus questions and review sections to be particularly helpful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A text which is informative, readable and challenging
    This is a great text if you are looking for an introductory course text for special education. It is well suited for college and university students or teachers looking to learn more about children as it is easy to read and very informative. With chapters ranging from Planning and Providing Special Education Services to Students with Learning Disabilities to Gifted and Talented Students this text can be of appeal to a wide variety of those who would like to know more about children and how to help children attain their potential. I learned so much - I hope you will too. ... Read more


    20. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0071401946
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-18)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 797
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    "Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tool that gets results!
    As a coach to both individuals and groups, I see the very costly problems in the workplace that result from the important conversations that are not occurring because they are too hard or scary. The cost includes harm to relationships, careers and the bottom line. Both executives and high performance teams have been derailed by not addressing the dead elephants in the room. Crucial Conversations is absolutely the best book on the subject of difficult and critical communication. The book is very well organized, presenting clear steps to create an environment in which the hard conversation can happen. There are so many tools in this book that if it were not so well organized and presented in stages, the reader would be overwhelmed. The authors handle this very well - you can tell there was experience and expertise in adult learning informing the structure of the book. Why my clients and I become so excited about the book is its immediate results. You can start using the concepts and skills before you have finished the book! The foundations of making the environment safe - even for someone you may not like or respect is particularly effective. I have been very pleased with the results I have experienced - as well as my clients. Every leader should have this book on their bookshelf!

    A bonus to readers is the continued support from the authors on their website described in the book. There is a wealth of additional information, interactive reviews, assessments and even video vignettes that illustrate the learning points with relevance and humor. For those truly smitten, there are training courses available to assist in obtaining personal mastery or even to teach the material if desired. I recommend this book and Primal Leadership to top-level executives in the federal government and private sector. I, and they, have never been disappointed at the difference it has made. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crucial Conversations - Crucial Results
    I have read Crucial Conversations cover to cover 4 times now. The results in my business and my marriage have been amazing. The book is well written and easy to understand. It teaches step by step skills to help you master the content. Before reading this book, I thought influential people possessed a natural ability to effectively handle conflict. After reading the book, I now realize that there are specific skill sets that anyone can learn (and master) to effectively deal with these "High Stake," "Strong Emotions," and "Opposing Opinion" conversations.

    My confidence and productivity has increased in every area of my life (My business has increased by 30%-50% since I read the book the first time) and I am now effectively handling conversations with my wife that once caused constant upset.

    I would recommend this book for anyone 1) wanting increased results and 2) willing to have a profound breakthrough in how they communicate. It has made a profound difference for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, illustrated with clear diagrams
    I bought this book after I heard Dr. Glickman, the author of Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self, recommend it during an Optimal Thinking seminar. When I read that Dr. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended this book too I knew that this was going to be a life-changing book for me. I was right. This book has given me a formula for handling myself and others correctly during tough interactions. I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes yelled and degraded people when I did not get what I wanted from them. Now I use optimal thinking to put my best self in charge, start with heart, look for safety problems, make it safe, retrace my path, and take the other steps recommended in this book. The steps are simple and clear. I am not perfect at them yet, and might never be, but I have already come a long way. You can't go wrong with this book, so press the "Buy" button right now, and if you want to optimize your effectiveness in all areas of life, buy the other books I mentioned.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic common sense!
    I was lead to believe there would be some ground beaking information in this book but it's really just common sense. I think everyone knows, when they're thinking straight, that just being true to yourself, honest, and respectfull of other people while holding to your point of view is the only way to truly get things done. And this is basically all this book says. ... Read more


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