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1. Concise Rules Of Apa Style (Concise Rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style)
by American Psychological Association
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5-0 out of 5 stars Critical Information for Writing for the APA Publications
The first question you'd have to ask about this book is Why would the American Psychological Association have a style guide.

The answer is that the APA Style is the definitive guide to the style that the APA wants to see in their publications and this style is also used by a number of other publications that have adopted the APA Style.

Among the critical points of the APA Style is how to construct an error-free reference list crediting all sources properly and avoiding all charges of plagiarism. This has become extremely critical in today's world where any research seems subject to actively looking for any way they can discredit someone else rather than do their own work.

In addition the style book is an authoritative guide to how best to present the ideas and data that is so hard to gather. Being able to present data in a way that is understandable to the reader is perhaps the most difficult yet the most important part of writing a paper.

This book is the concise version. It is a small format book designed to be convenient, portable and yet complete. ... Read more


2. Understanding Social Problems (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Linda A. Mooney, David Knox, Caroline Schacht
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This is a comprehensive mid-level paperback text that takes a theoretically balanced, student-centered approach to social problems. It is unique in that it progresses from a micro- to macro-level of analysis, focusing first on such problems as health care, drug use, and family and then broadening to the widening concerns of such topics as population growth and conflict around the world. The text is also distinctive in that every chapter defines the nature of social problems in a global context as well as a U.S. context. Its micro- to macro-level of analysis is also present in the way it explores social problems and enables students to apply what they learn to themselves. On the macro level, the text explores each of the three major theoretical explanations, describes the consequences of the problem, and provides alternatives solutions and policies. On the micro level, pedagogical features such as The Human Side and Self and Society enable students to understand social problems and see how what they learn applies to themselves. This dual approach enables students to learn about social problems in a unique organized manner that facilitates learning by making it more relevant to themselves on a personal level. ... Read more


3. Social and Personality Development (with InfoTrac)
by David R. Shaffer
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The success of this best-selling text lies in the author's belief that a good text talks with, rather than at, its readers. Shaffer does an extraordinary job of anticipating students' interests, questions, and concerns while treating them as active participants in the process of learning about social and personality development. The Fifth edition of SOCIAL AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT features clearly written, current coverage of social and personality development that aids students in discovering the causes, processes, and complexities that underlie developmental change. Students learn why biological and environmental factors, contextual factors such as cross-cultural, familial, neighborhood, school, and peer-group influences cause change in children. Shaffer also explores the approaches that researchers use to test their theories and answer important questions about developing children and adolescents. This book's effective coverage of field research stands out from other texts not only for its accuracy and currency, but because Shaffer consistently juxtaposes classic research with the latest breakthroughs in a way that helps students appreciate how knowledge builds on earlier findings. This edition features a much stronger emphasis on cultural influences on development. ... Read more


4. Encyclopedia of Community : From the Village to the Virtual World
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"Incredibly, this is the first encyclopedia to focus on community as concept and experience, so stands alone in its field as the one title any library must buy to cover this topic. Essential for all readerships."
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"A timely, comprehensive, and very welcome overview of a rich and rapidly growing field of inquiry."
--Robert D. Putnam, Professor at Harvard University and author of Bowling Alone

"With every passing minute, it becomes more and more apparent that our world is one community. The Encyclopedia of Community serves as recognition of this trend and as a needed resource. The four-volume set not only explains the emerging buzz words of community such as 'social capital' or 'civic engagement' but also tells many stories of community institutions that work, such as public libraries."
--Sarah Ann Long, Past President, (1999-2000) American Library Association

"As we yearn to connect with our fellow citizens during these uncertain times, we have a unique moment to encourage greater participation in our democracy and reinvigorate our communities. The Encyclopedia of Community provides a timely, diverse array of theories and practices that will help citizens understand the value of engaging together to make the critical choices that enrich the way we live, learn, work and govern in our local communities. The Encyclopedia deserves a prime spot in the libraries, homes, and offices of all communities that want to invest in a brighter future for their residents and their children."
--Nancy Kranich, Past President of the American Library Association, whose presidential theme was "Libraries: The Cornerstone of Democracy" (2000-2001)

"American politicians often pair the word 'community' with the word 'freedom' to describe our basic values. Yet, though used constantly, the word community is defined in widely different and contested ways. Most people like the idea of community, but some intellectuals worry that it might imply collectivism. The great value of this new Encyclopedia is that it gives readers a chance to sample the many uses of the term and gain clarity about the issues at stake. It is a major contribution to a more coherent understanding of this fundamental idea."
--Robert Bellah, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and co-author of Habits of the Heart

SAGE Publications is proud to announce the Encyclopedia of Community, a major reference work that summarizes the many fascinating and important concepts of a global topic.

Community itself is a concept, an experience, and a central part of being human. Whether the reader is a student, researcher, or professional in the field of psychology, sociology, or even economics, this four-volume work will provide the necessary definitions of community beyond traditional views. Arranged in an A-to-Z fashion, the Encyclopedia can also be viewed topically via a Reader's Guide. This allows for interdisciplinary "compare and contrast" among topics such as types of communities, social capital, technology, urban life, politics and law, community design, and global studies.

Edited by the award-winning team at Berkshire Reference and assisted by an editorial board of world-renowned scholars, the Encyclopedia of Community will prove to be one of the most widely used reference works in your collection.

Key Features:

* 500 signed articles

* 4 volumes

* 2000 pages

* Reader's Guide

* Master bibliography

* 250 sidebars

Appendices:

* Resource Guides

* Master Bibliography

* Libraries Build Community

* Libraries and Popular Culture

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5. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
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6. Encyclopedia of Social Theory
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Catlog: Book (2004-08-19)
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The Encyclopedia of Social Theory is an indispensable reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses.

Theories covered include
• Critical Theory
• Enlightenment
• Ethnomethodology
• Exchange Theory
• Feminism
• Marxist Theory
• Multiculturalism
• Phenomenology
• Postmodernism
• Rational Choice
• Structural Fundamentalism

Led by internationally renowned scholar George Ritzer, the Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of over 200 international scholars covering the developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present. Understanding that social theory can both explain and alter the social world, this two-volume set serves as not only a foundation for learning, but also an inspiration for creative and reflexive engagement with the rich range of ideas it contains.

Topics Covered
• American Social Theory
• British Social Theory
• Comparative and Historical Theory
• Cultural Theory
• Economic Sociology
• Feminist Theory
• French Social Theory
• German Social Theory
• Macrosociological Theories
• Marxist and Neo-Marxist Approaches
• Method and Metatheory
• Network and Exchange Theories
• Other/Multiple National Traditions
• Politics and Government
• Postmodern Theory
• Psychoanalytic Theory
• Schools and Theoretical Approaches
• Symbolic Interaction and Microsociology
• Theorists
• Topics and Concepts in Social Theory

Key Features
• Over 300 entries from fourteen countries
• Master Bibliography
• Reader’s Guide
• Extensive biographical coverage of major theorists
• Extensive cross-referencing
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7. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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In this fast-paced information age, how can Americans know what's really important and what's just a passing fashion? Now more than ever, we need a source that concisely sums up the knowledge that matters to Americans -- the people, places, ideas, and events that shape our cultural conversation. With more than six thousand entries,The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is that invaluable source.
Wireless technology. Gene therapy. NAFTA. In addition to the thousands of terms described in the original Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, here are more than five hundred new entries to bring Americans' bank of essential knowledge up to date. The original entries have been fully revised to reflect recent changes in world history and politics, American literature, and, especially, science and technology. Cultural icons that have stood the test of time (Odysseus, Leaves of Grass, Cleopatra, the Taj Mahal, D-Day) appear alongside entries on such varied concerns as cryptography, the digital divide, the European Union, Kwanzaa, pheromones, SPAM, Type A and Type B personalities, Web browsers, and much, much more.
As our world becomes more global and interconnected, it grows smaller through the terms and touchstones that unite us. As E. D. Hirsch writes in the preface, "Community is built up of shared knowledge and values -- the same shared knowledge that is taken for granted when we read a book or newspaper, and that is also taken for granted as part of the fabric that connects us to one another." A delicious concoction of information for anyone who wants to be in the know, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy brilliantly confirms once again that it is "an excellent piece of work . . . stimulating and enlightening" (New York Times) -- the most definitive and comprehensive family sourcebook of its kind.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference Material
Want to look up cultural references in Denis Miller's rants? Can't remember what the Byzantine empire did? Feel like your loosing your memory? This book can help!

Yes, I'll admit the title does have a certain haughtiness and presumptiouness to it, but this book is packed with information. The topics covered are quite broad, and I guess it would HAVE to be if the goal is to ensure cultural literacy. Including all the things you should have learned in highschool had you been paying attention, this book is a great refresher course in everything from History, to Literature, to proverbs and idioms in the English language.

It has a bit of a western bias, which is sort of what I'm getting at when I say the title presumes alot. Perhaps an alternate title (and I mean this without cynicsm) would be "what most Americans don't know about America but should." I include myself in that category, by the way.

The best thing about this book is it's organization. At first, I was wishing it was all alphabetical, but then you realize that grouping entries in catagorized chapters is better. Additionally, the bites of data are concise and easily digested, enough to answer a question and provide enough information for you to look elsewhere if you want in depth explainations.

5-0 out of 5 stars An unlikely coffee table book.
The pictures aren't flashy. The text isn't eloquent. But, this book delivers exactly what the subtitle suggests, "What Every American Needs to Know." Full of up-to-date and well-organized content, the book provides answers to everyday questions, in addition to being a source for research. (Writers of college papers will find this a very useful tool.)

Although I am not one to pick up a dictionary and read through it, I typically cover several pages at a time when I reference this book. While reading the text of one piece, I often find myself intrigued about, and looking up, another topic.

Every home should have a copy of this book!

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5-0 out of 5 stars great investment!
I came across the previous edition of this book by a coworker of mine and have not been able to keep my hands off it! I had to get one not only for myself but for my friends and family. This book has basically EVERYTHING you need to know- from proverbs to world history to science...if you have a question, there is literally an ANSWER in that book! Personally, I plan to read the whole book! It is that great! Buy it, you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Browsers and students alike will find it handy
New Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy provides a basic, working knowledge of cultural changes and literary topics which range from concepts of the digital divide and Kwanzaa to pheromones, spam, and different cultural icons which have changed over the centuries. The chapters are organized by general topic (world history, American history, politics, psychology and sociology) and provide an A-Z reference for each chapter. Browsers and students alike will find it handy.

1-0 out of 5 stars the very first paragraph of the very first entry is wrong
The Jewish Bible and the Christian Bible are not the same book. Referring to the Jewish Bible as having/being the "Old Testament" is not only inaccurate, it is extremely disrespectful. That such a glaring error appears in a third edition should be an embarassment.

I shudder to think what errors lurk on less well known topics. ... Read more


8. The Rise of the Network Society
by Manuel Castells
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
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Contents include the information technology revolution, the new economy, the network enterprise, the transformation of work and employment, the culture of real virtuality, the space of flows, and more. Reprint. Previous edition: c1999. Softcover. DLC: Information technology--Economic aspects. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars What a great book this could have been...
The Rise of the Network Society was on my reading list for school -- and I was looking forward to reading it, not only in the context of my class, but because the subject is an important one, especially regarding the distribution of information and knowledge in our society. Unfortunately, I was soon disappointed to find that Castells, with all his remarkable insight into the arts of communication, has not been able to go beyond the oh-so cumbersome turns of phrase typical of academic writing. I find myself turned off by the lingo, where I am truly interested in the subject; I resent having to plow my way through his phraseology, while I certainly do appreciate the research and energy he has invested in his work. There seems to be an ideal to academic writing that somewhat opposes the general trend of having knowledge and information made accessible to everyone. Or is it that Castells really means to restrict his writing (and being read) to the groves of Academe? If proving himself versed in the field is more important than getting the information out there, what does he have to teach us about the implications of a network society? That we should better cling to our own in-group, to only those who speak our language, whatever that is? If that is so, what change can we expect from being related through networks? If Castells intends to put into practice his belief that *observing, analyzing, and theorizing is a way of helping to build a different, better world* (p. 4), then he might as well start with generously offering his insights to the world he wants to see changed.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Polymath Desperately in Need of Focus
Given Castells' huge range of understanding and the sheer ambition of his work, it seems a bit unfair to really criticize this book. Few writers would try to tackle the huge ideas that Castells covers here - vast theories about the state and direction of humanity in relation to the rising information society. On the other hand, theory-of-everything books like this, as frequently attempted by polymaths such as Fritjof Capra, have their own unavoidable problems which deserve to be criticized. When a theorist tries to combine knowledge of everything into a huge integrated and unified theory, the writing becomes monstrously diffuse and unfocused. That is the exact problem with this book.

Castells obviously has an understanding of all the disparate theoretical areas that would be encompassed by such a huge endeavor. As the book progresses, Castells is not afraid to move from areas like astrophysics to rural sociology to corporate architecture to programming language to everything else you could think of, often in successive paragraphs. But when describing everything, Castells eventually reaches conclusions on nothing. Bringing together disparate realms of knowledge is one thing, but reaching insights that make sense is much more difficult.

That all makes this book extremely tiresome for the reader. In that exasperating theory-of-everything fashion, Castells can't stop piling on new terminology like real virtuality, technopoles, or milieux of information (terms created by himself or others) that merely illustrate the smashing together of ideas, rather than synthesis. And whenever it's time for an awe-inspiring insight, Castells can only come up with supposedly deep (usually in italics for significance) pontifications like "space is crystallized time" or "a place is a locale whose form...[is] self-contained within the boundaries of physical contiguity." These are indications of Castells' writing style - never-ending collections of disconnected pieces of data, topped off by windy pronouncements. After so many intensive build-ups, Castells can come up with little for the reader to really chew on.

And get this man an editor, please. Extremely long paragraphs, some more than two entire pages long, illustrate a real lack of control in the writing department. Castells also has the habit of endlessly qualifying his ideas by explaining what he's NOT going to talk about and why he decided to cover what he IS talking about, to the extent that he almost forgets to make his points at all (see the early portions of chapter 4 for a good example of this). And to think that this 500+ page monster is merely the first book in a trilogy on this subject. Castells deserves credit as a polymath with huge interests and ideas. But he is sorely lacking in focus, and effective writing skills. [~doomsdayer520~]

4-0 out of 5 stars The Rise of Network Society
The Rise of Network Society brings up many important issues regarding globalization and what Manuel Castells calls the network society. He argues that the technological revolution that began in the late 70s in Silicon Valley has had a profound impact on all aspects of society. The changes, he argues are most apparent in the new relationships between the economy, state and society that have been formed. He suggests that an increase in the flexibility of management, a decentralization of production and an increased reliance on networking has caused many of the immediate changes taking place. Castells suggests that it is through the decline in the labor movement and the devaluing of the laborers that capital has become an increasingly powerful network. This, he suggests has caused networks such as labor, criminal or mafia groups, and financial markets to be realized on a global rather than local scale. By looking at how new relationships and identities are being conceived of in what he calls the informational age, Castells is able to theorize about the ways in which technology and information have will continue to transform society.
Castells suggests that as distances between places become shorter, time will also be changed. Technologies such as the internet, television and computers have decreased the space between different parts of the world to such an extent that we now have the capabilities to process information in real time. The fragmentation of the local community has led to an increasing reliance on global community organizations or the "net". People can now keep in touch with friends, date and divorce over the internet. This has caused for the increased attention on identity issues, since as Castells suggests, identity has and will continue to be an, or the fundamental aspect of meaning. Identity has been transformed from something you do to what you believe you are. Ideas about the self have become reliant upon global media and technological networks, rather than family and community. The increased reliance on social networks for identity purposes has caused identity to be vulnerable to network shutdowns. With the growing level networks and nodes for transmitting information and imaginations, people are beginning to claim increasingly specific identities that are difficult to share with others, which is sometimes related to the resurgence of xenophobia.
According to Castells, the current social changes that are taking place are due to the technological and informational transformations. Although he plainly negates technological determinism, it seems he infers something similar. He suggests that the information technology revolution that began in the late 20th century is what reshaped capitalism into what he calls "informational capitalism". Informationalism is what he believes has caused the new technological and material basis of the economy and thusly society. He distinguishes between capitalist restructuring and the rise of informationalism, but insures that they are inseparably related.
Castells' network society is based on the assumption that "development" is determined by productivity and productivity is determined by the number of consumable goods that are created with labor and matter. Since technology is what allows for matter and labor to produce consumable goods and add to the growth and development of a region, technology becomes the determining factor of a regions ability to "progress". The more technology a region is able to produce, the increased quantity and quality of products they will be able to manufacture, and the more surplus they will inherit.
Through the globalization of the production and consumption of goods, the energies going into the process have become decentralized and fragmented. This is what Castells suggests is a major factor in the uneven development of differing regions. Since productivity and development depend on symbolic communication, information processing and a technological skill, information and technology become the crucial factors in a developed society. From this, he is able to suggest that the new mode of development is informational. Rather than conforming post-industrialism as a way to describe the current period, Castells argues for what he calls informationalism. He suggests rather than being concerned with economic growth or marketing output as the industrialism was, the informationalism era is primarily concerned with technological development. Increased technological development is clearly expected to take place via increased knowledge.
Castells argues that the government or state is one of the primary motivators of technological progress. He uses Russia as an example of how stasis can cause a lack of technological development and therefore a lack of overall development. He suggests that during the 1980s, capitalism went through a restructuring that produced what he calls, "informational capitalism". He shows how the new capitalism has moved beyond the boundaries and space and time to incorporate a global economy based on technology and knowledge. Castells shows how The Rise of Network Society is based technological innovations and knowledge.

4-0 out of 5 stars Is information technology the culprit?
Many of the observations Prof. Catells made are valid, however the connection between information technology and the social problems are not very strong. The network states, global criminal society, wealth disparity, etc. are more or less the byproduct of globalization.

Yes, information technology accelerates the rate of globalization. But would those social problems exist without information technology? Mostly likely yes. These phenomena are not new, they predate the advent of the Information Age (the World Wide Web and mass adoption of internet is a post-1990 phenomenon). Multinatioal organizations (or globalization) have been around for many decades, same goes for the North-South polical economic paradigm. So, attributing all these social problems to the Information Age (at least that is the impression I got out of it) is a jump and may not be an accurate representation. Information capitalism is just another term for globalization.

Nonetheless, his trilogy does demonstrate the acute problem of a global digital divide, and he suggested some possible solutions in some of his other books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Network society: Informationalization and globalization
This is the first volume of Manuel Castells¡¯ ¡®Informational Age¡¯. The trilogy of ¡®Informational Age¡¯ is the de facto classic in the sociology of information. This volume focuses mainly on the economic feature of the network society: informationalization and globalization; the transformation of the enterprise; the flexibility in labor market; interactive media; transformation of space (or, in Giddens¡¯ term, time-space distanciation).
You might ask ¡®what¡¯s the relevance to sociology?¡¯ Naturally, it¡¯s related to question, ¡®what¡¯s the substance of sociology of information?¡¯ Our day to day life can¡¯t clearly be distinguished from the economic affairs. Almost all the resources, whether they are material or human, appear as commodity or service which are tradable. Even the culture is organized on the market. Our identity and daily time table are deeply molded by our spot in the labor market. And that, the overall dynamics of social change comes from the economy. The epochal trends, such as globalization, informationalization, have been driven mainly by the economic needs. So the network society can¡¯t be grasped without the economics. But you should not conclude that the economics is the whole story. The market alone can¡¯t sustained even itself, not to say the whole society. The economy is embedded in the society. The economy and the society are intertwined with each other, but not determined by one another. So their relation could be called as the ¡®interaction¡¯. But when it comes to IT, the things are more complicated. IT can¡¯t act by in itself. IT is the resource to be mobilized by bodily actor. IT represents the epochal change in the environment. IT is not the variable in itself. Therefore we could say that the sociology of information is about the interaction between IT, economy and society. The argument of the field is like this: our activities are increasingly organized around networks. Networks have existed throughout the human history. But IT offers unprecedently elevated material basis. It allows the network pervasively to expand throughout the entire society and the globe. Over decades, we have observed sea change related to IT in economy, politics, and society. Those shifts are the object of the sociology of information.
Castells¡¯ trilogy is about that sea change. As I said above, the first volume focuses on economic features. But Castells¡¯ work has some peculiar cast. Castells¡¯ characterizing informational society as network society makes the globalization be coalesced with informationalization. For this reason, some commentators classify Castells as a theorist of globalization. In fact, this and the second volume of the trilogy could be read as great illustration of globalization. It seems that Castells assumes that informationalization could be distinguished from globalization only on the analytical rationale. So he characterizes informational age as the network society. The term could be applied to both trends.
Before closing the review, I should warn you that if you expect the firm theoretical founding, you should read first Castells¡¯ ¡®Information City¡¯, as I mentioned in the review of the author¡¯s another book, ¡®The Internet Galaxy¡¯. For example, Castells coined the term of ¡®the mode of development¡¯ to periodize the informational age. It¡¯s not a new mode of production like the capitalism, but a new mode of development which is different from industrialism or Fordism. But anywhere is the trilogy, you can¡¯t find such a theorizing. Without that kind of founding, the trilogy can¡¯t avoid being read as interesting but bulky sketching out the current affairs. ... Read more


9. The Politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to Al-Aqsa
by Nigel Craig Parsons
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
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This book is about the development of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) from a liberation movement to a national authority, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Based on intensvie fieldwork, this book analyzes Palestinian internal politics and their institutional-building by looking at the development of the PLO. It has rare interviews with leading figures in the PLO and the PNA, the delegates to the negotiations with Israel, and the Palestinian political opposition. The author has spent more than a year in the Palestinian territories conducting his research and gathering data. It is therefore, the latest account of the situation in the Middle East, from the Palestinian political perspective. ... Read more


10. The Anarchist Cookbook (C-066)
by William Powell
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3-0 out of 5 stars Er?
Well, I read this book out of sheer curiousity and hype, after watching bowling for Columbine. Needless to say... the book is quite odd. It's informative and I guess if I was crazy enough, I could attempt to make a bomb or something then kill myself in the process. But, this was good for laughs..

I read the revised version, that the author had no part in, but I'd imagine they're related, only the revised has means and methods accepted by today's standards.

Only buy this book if you're curious; the book's practical (or impractical) uses are limited to people that know their chemicals and what not, and even if you understood it all, who would risk their lives in making a novely?

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3-0 out of 5 stars Anarchists Cookbook
I thought is was informative but in a way useless. I don't plan on making any bombs or trying any recipes for drugs,but i also found it very interesting. I enjoyed looking through it and reading recipes (in my mind making up little seanes of my enimes getting blown up) but knowing that this book was useless unless u where a junkie or criminal except for pleasure reading. So in any case i would suggest it to someone who likes reading books that are just there to shock. It was a good book,but useless.

2-0 out of 5 stars "interesting" is about all I can think of to say
I bought this book when I was about 13 years old (a little scary now, to think that the book store would sell this to some one so young). The book is an interesting read, and that's about it. The author didn't even beleive in what he was writing about, just read his review. Most of everything he talks about is idiotic at best, he makes a few good points, but doesn't even go into the real gritty world of guerrilla warfare. I was and still am dissappointed. When he talks about suppressors, he just insults the hollywood image of them and the people who think that they can be that small, he apparently doesn't know that they have it right. All the suppressor does is suppress the muzzle flash and cut down on the sound from the explosive charge that sends the bullet flying, its the sub-sonic munition that allows for no sonic boom. If he had done just a little more effort in his research, and maybe actually talked with someone who knew what they where talking about, the book would live up to its name.

5-0 out of 5 stars its a good book
this is the best book, this have old stuff in it so donot do any of it, it is a good book all together and your not in danger its like a text book so buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let me get this straight....
People are saying this book should be "burned......made illegal ect. ect.," you know someone else had this idea of burning and banning books that went against the ideals of the government and so on, the nazis, though I am not whole heartedly surpised ideas like book burning are still around (though the word nazi has been replaced with republican and the swastica replaced with an elephant, the message remains,) I can see why some people might feel this book to be inapropriate do to the content on how to make weapons and what have you, but really if your dumb enough to try them and get killed well then the world is probably best without you around. Any way, interesting book, buy it don't burn it. ... Read more


11. Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology : A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences
by W. Paul Vogt
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Popular in its first edition, Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology will help students get through a difficult journal article or passage. This useful dictionary has been revised with 600 additional new terms and definitions compiled from readers' requests and suggestions! As you've come to appreciate in the first edition, the Second Edition of the Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology contains many examples and definitions written in ordinary English. Author W. Paul Vogt pays special attention to terms that most often prevent educated general readers from understanding journal articles and books by emphasizing concepts over calculations. The level of explanation varies with the simplicity or complexity of the term defined so that more detail is offered for basic terms (for more introductory readers) while less is used to explain more advanced concepts for readers who have more background. In those instances in which it is necessary to use another methodological or statistical term in a definition, that term is cross-referenced and indicated by an asterisk.

Written in a clear, readable style with ample explanations and examples, this dictionary is a must-have reference guide for every social scientist’s bookshelf.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal reference book
This is by far the most accessible, comprehensive, and
useful stat. reference book I have ever seen. At this
writing, I am a doctoral candidate in Communication and
have taken a variety of graduate level stat.courses from
the Math Stat. department at WSU. I wish I had
discovered this book earlier, as it would have been of
immense help. I am truly impressed with the author's clarity,
and the ease with which this text can be used by
beginning and advanced students alike. My hat goes off to
Professor Vogt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful for nonstatisticians who must use statistics
This book provides the reader with short definitions of statistical and research terms in easy-to-understand language. It removes some of the mystery. I work with graduate students who are writing research proposals and either theses or dissertations. While they have completed coursework in statistics, they are unfamiliar with many of the terms that are used in journal articles and research books. This book provides a link to help them understand what they are reading and allows them to write their papers with more authority. I have recommended this book to my students, and the professors at several universities with whom I work. These professors are now suggesting their students purchase this book during their coursework to help them with critiques and other assignments. ... Read more


12. Community-Based Corrections
by Paul F. Cromwell, Leanne Fiftal Alarid, Rolando V. del Carmen
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This best-selling text focuses on forms of correctional punishments and treatment programs that are based in the community for convicted offenders. Although some offenders need to be incarcerated in prison for public safety reasons, this text argues that the vast majority of offenders can be effectively supervised in the community using a wide array of programs that meet the level of risk and needs that each individual poses. Programs that are discussed include probation, parole, electronic monitoring, house arrest, day-treatment centers, bootcamps, restitution, and fines. With a balanced approach, this text reflects a strong emphasis on practical and legal matters related to alternatives to prison and jail. This Sixth Edition features a new five-part organization, a line-by-line update, a new citation style (APA), and a wide array of ancillaries. ... Read more


13. Planning and Conducting Needs Assessments : A Practical Guide
by Belle Ruth Witkin, James W. Altschuld
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"Sometimes a book appears on your desk that successfully defines a field. You look at the book and say "thank you." Planning and Conducting Needs Assessments is such a book. . . . This book is clearly grounded in program planning and is not an afterthought or add-on to some other field. . . . I am excited to see this book appear in print. It clearly fills a niche that has been empty for some time: a practical approach to learning about and conducting needs assessments. . . . This is a marvelous book that should make a significant contribution to the field." --From the Foreword by Nick Eastmond, Utah State University "While it has the depth and breadth to be used in a classroom, Planning and Conducting Needs Assessments is written simply and directly enough to be a hands-on guide for needs assessment users and practitioners. The framework proposed by the authors is excellent in that it is readily understood and focuses attention on the most important details/issues in needs assessment practice. The fact that they also present an explanation of so many tools, including examples, makes the book required reading for anyone intending to plan or contract for a needs assessment." --John Theiss, Director of Planning and Evaluation, Texas ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Dense
It gets a 3 because it is full of information but no more because it is a dense and dreary text. Reading the postscript a few times helps put it in perspective but that is no substitute for good editing. The "practical guide" subtitle is not appropriate. ... Read more


14. Commodifying Bodies (Theory, Culture and Society Series)
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Increasingly the body is a possession that does not belong to us. It is bought and sold, bartered and stolen, marketed wholesale or in parts. The professions - especially reproductive medicine, transplant surgery, and bioethics but also journalism and other cultural specialists - have been pliant partners in this accelerating commodification of live and dead human organisms. Under the guise of healing or research, they have contributed to a new 'ethic of parts' for which the divisible body is severed from the self, torn from the social fabric, and thrust into commercial transactions -- as organs, secretions, reproductive capacities, and tissues -- responding to the dictates of an incipiently global marketplace.

Breaking with established approaches which prioritize the body as 'text', the chapters in this book examine not only images of the body-turned-merchandise but actually existing organisms considered at once as material entities, semi-magical tokens, symbolic vectors and founts of lived experience. The topics covered range from the cultural disposal and media treatment of corpses, the biopolitics of cells, sperm banks and eugenics, to the international trafficking of kidneys, the development of 'transplant tourism', to the idioms of corporeal exploitation among prizefighters as a limiting case of fleshly commodity.

This insightful and arresting volume combines perspectives from anthropology, law, medicine, and sociology to offer compelling analyses of the concrete ways in which the body is made into a commodity and how its marketization in turn remakes social relations and cultural meanings.

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15. Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World
by Kishore Mahbubani
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More than half of the world's population lives in Asia and the Middle East-and is becoming more and more alienated from America. Now a uniquely qualified Asian writer explains-provocatively-why.

After publishing articles in leading American journals over two decades, Kishore Mahbubani was described as"an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the rise and fall of civilizations" by The Economist. Trained in philosophy in North America and Asia, and well-experienced in realpolitik as a diplomat on the world stage, Mahbubani has unusual insight into America's ever more troubled relationship with the rest of the world.

In Beyond the Age of Innocence Mahbubani reveals to us the America that Asia and the rest of the world see. We are a country that has given hope to billions by creating a society where destiny is not determined at birth. After the Second World War, we created a global order which allowed many nations to flourish. But when the Cold War ended, America made a terrible mistake. We started behaving like a normal country, ignoring the plight of others, indifferent to the consequences of our decisions on others. America was imprudent in its policy towards two large masses of mankind: the Chinese and Muslim populations. Guantanamo damaged our moral authority, but Abu Ghraib, paradoxically, may have demonstrated the accountability of American institutions. Still, disillusionment with America has spread to all corners.

To allow any lasting gap between America and the world, Mahbubani argues, would be a colossal strategic mistake for America and a huge loss to the world. But there is still time for the US to change course; and in this thought-provoking, visionary book, Mahbubani shows us how. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An important book on international affairs
Singaporean scholar and diplomat Kishore Mahbubani is a great admirer of the United States.He is also a stern critic.I think these qualities are exactly what America needs now at the time of our greatest strength.What Mahbubani wants is to gently admonish the United States for acting unilaterally and without the benefit of international law, while at the same time remind us all of America's greatness and all that America has done for the world.

He emphasizes that the US is not and has not been an ordinary superpower.Unlike other great states, it has not sought empire or the economic enslavement of the vanquished.Instead it has rebuilt the enemy, as in Germany and Japan, and as it is presumably trying to do in Iraq.These extraordinary behaviors by a nation state mark the US as an enlightened nation, a nation that knows that world stability and the economic success of other nations only contribute to stability and the good life at home.

"America is...an atypical human society," he writes, "unlike any other.Until recently, it has served as a powerful beacon, pointing to a future for all of humankind.That is its essence, its real mission: to remain true to its soul and remain an extraordinary society." (p. 211)Mahbubani adds that in other parts of the world, the men who open doors for you...look down in a sort of implicit bow," but that "New York doormen never look down.They look you straight in the eye and behave as total equals...They may work...in the building" and "receive tips...but they possess not an iota of inferiority." (p. 210)He calls this "an enormous leap upwards in the human evolutionary ladder."He believes that "America has largely escaped the pernicious effects of class stratification prevalent in the rest of the world." (p. 211)

His main point, however, is that America power reaches with its tentacles, both soft and hard, into every country of the world and affects everybody from the poorest to the wealthiest. Yet the only people who have any direct say in what the US does are Americans who can vote for its leadership.Consequently there is great frustration throughout the world with a power that to some extent controls them, but that they cannot control.

Mahbubani believes that it is especially important that America use its military power wisely.If we do not, the rest of the world will view our "soft power" suspiciously "as an increasingly frayed velvet glove that covers a mailed fist." (p. 197)

As an example of the wise use of military power, Mahbubani notes that "Global trade continues to grow steadily.Many reasons explain this: technology, open markets (an ideology spread by American influence), political stability, global trading rules (another American legacy).But one important factor that is rarely mentioned or recognized is the spread of American military power around the world.American military power keeps global sea and air routes open.Any force that tries to disrupt these routes will have to reckon with America.Since no country can, global trade has flourished." (p. 140)

Consequently, Mahbubani argues, the rest of the world benefits "enormously and directly from the global American military presence, which costs American taxpayers over $400 billion a year.But other nations pay not a penny for this." (p. 141)

What Mahbubani would like to see--barring a sharing of power--is a foreign policy by the US that understands the extent of its power and uses that power wisely for the benefit of all and not just for narrow, short-term American interests.He believes that what is good for the rest of the world is good the for the US.If the rest of the world suffers because of unenlightened US policy, as it sometimes has in the past, the US itself will suffer as well.

He makes it clear that the neocon dream of an American Empire is a delusion based on an unrealistic understanding of both America and the modern world.He writes, "With all the military power in the world, America appears incapable of subjugating one medium-sized country in the Middle East because it is incapable of administering the kind of brutal suppression the British applied when they conquered Iraq in 1917." (p. 10) He adds on page 202, "If America cannot tolerate the sight of its soldiers abusing a few Iraqis, how can it build an empire?"

Then there is the question of legitimacy.Although they have no vote on who is elected president of the United States, Mahbubani believes that the planet's 6.3 billion citizens "are the ultimate custodians of legitimacy in the international environment." (p. 186)Since most Americans believe in the rule of law and in the idea that some actions are legitimate within its scope and others not, it behooves our government to act accordingly.Mahbubani's point is that if our use of power (as in the invasion of Iraq) is not seen as legitimate, we will lose prestige and credibility in the world, and with that loss, we will abdicate moral leadership and ultimately become isolated from the rest of the world.In the "Age of Innocence" that would have been okay.China existed for centuries isolated from the rest of the world as did the US (for the most part) until the first world war.However in the modern world where everyone is so closely connected, such isolation is not possible.

A note on Mahbubani's choice of title and his message: "The Age of Innocence" was before the modern age, before the globalization of the planet.There is a novel by Edith Wharton with the title The Age of Innocence published in 1920 (but set in the1870s).With every country in the world affecting not only its neighbors but countries around the globe, there can no longer be any innocence of intent in foreign affairs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A balanced and insightful view of America
This is a wonderful book.Kishore has achieved a crucial balance between personal experience and general observation (I relished the journey as a reader between these poles!) and between being critical and supportive (it is unfortunate one has to be applauded for such an achievement but 'dem's the breaks' in today's polarized environment!).

Kishore's book beautifully articulates some generally-recognized dichotomies - for instance, the tension between individual American generosity and structural institutional implacability - and introduced me to welcome new insights.I was particularly taken with the notion of the ordinariness of American national interest in the context of superpower status and the structural disregard for external consequences - both critical insights for a prolegomena for any future reform of the American role in the world.


5-0 out of 5 stars Great summary of world view of the US
I don't agree with all that Kishore Mahbuhani says, but he summaries very nicely the post cold-war attitudes that have arisen as a result of US policy, the world over.I highly recommend this book, especially to those who asked, "why do they hate us?" after 9/11.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hard truths and clear vision for US global policy after 9/11
If another Rwanda happens, the world will sit on its hands and do nothing.That's exactly what representatives of the 5 permanent members of the Security Council admitted at a private meeting.

Why is the world the way it is today?

Kishore Mahbubani offers rare insights and some sound recommendations for American global policy after 9/11. This isn't the run of the mill, former policy insider publication that sounds out the same tired refrain. What makes this book stand out is that it is written by an outsider with deep knowledge of America, its global strategy and its dealings with the world. Mahbubani is a kind of Asian Tocqueville of American foreign policy. He peppers the book with personal anecdotes and salts it with his wide-ranging diplomatic experience. He has produced a work that isn't just aimed at the policy wonks at CFR and the other high-brow institutions (although he certainly knows them), but pitched at the average American who cares about the US and its world standing, as well as all global citizens.

Thanks to Mahbubani's clear and uncluttered style of writing, we learn how America benefits and harms the world while separate chapters on America's relations with Islam and China highlight two major challenges for the sole superpower. Mahbubani speaks to all Americans honestly about the "in your face" attitude of American power, or at least one aspect of it, suggests how to better manage it and charts the way ahead for a more stable world order.

Apart from the many fascinating behind the scenes diplomatic stories, this book taught me two simple truths: First, the world can be a really nasty place. Two, only America has the power to limit its nastiness. The big question is whether it will heed the message to use its power wisely, or whether it will give in to its worst instincts.

Anyone who cares about the past, present and future of our world should read this honest and compelling book.And American leaders should read it if they want to restore the lustre to the city on the hill. ... Read more


16. Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor: The Best and Worst Personal Ads of All Time
by Laura Schaefer
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We've all been there, whether searching the personals for a romantic connection or posting an ad in hopes of luring in a new friend. A great source of entertainment, many people skim through the personals section for a quick laugh, never questioning its origin or its interesting history. Personal ads began popping up sporadically in the eighteenth century and became common by the end of the nineteenth. Whole publications devoted to romantic and marriage-minded classifieds flourished around the turn of the last century. In the last half of the twentieth century, personal ads exploded in myriad publications from coy gay ads of the 1950s to colorful ads in the alternative presses of the 1970s. Today, more and more people are paying for a chance at love. From the best and the worst, the hopeful and the hopeless, the bitter and the sweet, the romantic and the lustful—never before has a collection like this been assembled from so many decades past. By including hundreds of funny and surprising personal ads from historical newspapers as well as modern Web sites, Man with Farm will entertain and inform. ... Read more


17. Social Network Analysis: A Handbook
by John P Scott
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The revised and updated edition of this bestselling text provides an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of network analysis in the social sciences. It gives a clear and authoritative guide to the general framework of network analysis, explaining the basic concepts, technical measures and reviewing the available computer programs.

The book outlines both the theoretical basis of network analysis and the key techniques for using it as a research tool. Building upon definitions of points, lines and paths, John Scott demonstrates their use in clarifying such measures as density, fragmentation and centralization. He identifies the various cliques, components and circles into which networks are formed, and outlines an approach to the study of socially structured positions. He also discusses the use of multidimensional methods for investigating social networks.

Social Network Analysis is an invaluable resource for researchers across the social sciences and for students of social theory and research methods.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
It's the best book I've read on the subject. It's clear and wide. It could be understad as a theorical context for Faust and Wasserman book: Social Network Analisys. ... Read more


18. Sociology : A Guide to Reference and Information Sources Third Edition (Reference Sources in the Social Sciences)
by Stephen H. Aby, James Nalen, Lori Fielding
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Now in its third edition, this critically acclaimed work provides undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and librarians with descriptions of approximately 610 major reference sources in sociology, its subdisciplines, and the related social sciences. Emphasis in this edition is on works in English published in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia from 1997 through early 2004. Coverage of earlier works is included if coverage is historically important or not historically bound. The third edition has been reorganized for ease of searching, and adds over 325 new titles and electronic sources, as well surveying new editions and updates of previously cited works, making this a substantial revision and complement to the previous edition. ... Read more


19. Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Monaghan, Peter Just, John Monagham
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"If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do," write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction.This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline's guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.

Peter Just and John Monaghan begin by discussing anthropology's most important contributions to modern thought: its investigation of culture as a distinctively human characteristic, its doctrine of cultural relativism, and its methodology of fieldwork and ethnography. Drawing on examples from their own fieldwork in Indonesia and Mesoamerica, they examine specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture. Including an assessment of anthropology's present position, and a look forward to its likely future, Social and Cultural Anthropology will make fascinating reading for anyone curious about this social science. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Mired In Postmodern Rhetoric
This is the first Anthropology introduction I have read that doesn't get bogged down in postmodern academic speak. It was very clear and interesting, with good examples.

This was the first VSI I read and it made me fall in love with the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get a first impression of the field
This is a great little book to get a first impression of anthropology. The two authors present different historical developments and schools of thought. I had not know anything about this academic field before, but this book made me want to read more. Especially helpful with that were the examples that pertained to the authors' own fieldwork in Mexico and Indonesia. Reading about bee larvas and onion soup just makes the ideas presented more "real". ... Read more


20. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (Encyclopedias of Contemporary Culture)
by Sandra Buckley
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Offering extensive coverage, this new A-Z reference reflects the vibrant, diverse, and evolving culture of modern Japan, from 1945 to the present day. Over 700 entries cover areas such as literature, film, architecture, food, health, political economy, religion, and technology. Suggestions for further reading, a comprehensive system of cross-referencing, a thematic contents list, and an extensive index all help navigate the reader around the encyclopedia and on to further study. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just Pop Culture
One of this book's greatest values is that it is not merely an encyclopedia of Japanese *pop* culture. While it does cover music, film, TV and comics, it also looks at more traditional aspects of Japan in the modern world, including kabuki and noh, fishing and fireworks. These are often neglected by modern researchers, or confined to hermetically-sealed specialisations -- their inclusion here imparts Buckley's book with considerable endurability.

Popular culture often attracts the wrong sort of writer -- virgin territory may be a fertile ground for pioneers and innovators, but also for charlatans and ne'er-do-wells. Japanese popular culture has been lucky in the past, with excellent researchers like Schodt, Schilling, Powers and Kato, but also a large number of self-appointed pundits. This book, luckily, falls into the former camp more often that not.

The first thing anyone does with an Encyclopedia is look up stuff they already know -- often an unfair test of the editor's broader achievement. The first places I checked contained several minor typographical errors; Yurusei Yatsura for Urusei Yatsura, Ikeda Ryoko for Ikeda Riyoko, and the wrong release date for Neon Genesis Evangelion. The entry for Murakami Haruki notably points out that A Wild Sheep Chase was the third in a four-book series, but seems, presumably at the editing stage, to have accidentally assigned the first book, Hear the Wind Sing, as the umbrella title for the whole. But these errors can all easily be altered on a reprinting, and the size of the book makes it likely that print-runs are small, and that by the time you read these words, such minor problems will have already been fixed.

The general thrust of the articles remains objective and critical in the best sense of both words. For a Japanese scholar, this is a book that demands to be read from cover to cover, not just because you only realise what you *don't* known when you stumble across it, but also because the filing system mixes English and Japanese words with impunity. Bathing is filed under "Ofuro", but "Ikebana" is filed under Flower Arranging; luckily an index helps sort this out. Some of the choices for inclusion are also a little baffling. While it is noble to include an entry pointing out that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is *not* a Japanese product, the entry occupies the same word-count as that for the entire 40-year run of Ultraman.

With "only" 634 pages to play with (trust me, they fill up fast), the book sensibly points readers towards more in-depth studies. You may not get all the answers you want from an entry, but in most cases, you can close this book with a better idea of where you should look next. The suggestions for further reading (included in almost every entry) are an excellent addition for researchers, though occasionally of debatable provenance. The entry on pornography, for example, cites a single essay as a resource (the editor's own), but not more comprehensive works such as Japan's Sex Trade, Permitted & Prohibited Desires or, frankly, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide.

It is important to consider the ... price ... in context. When buying something of this weight, I tell myself if it costs as much as ten lesser books, it should do the work of twenty. This is certainly true in this case. I have no choice but to award this book the full five-star rating Amazon allows, since whatever niggles I may have, it is still an informative tome, liable to occupy me for considerably longer than many of its lesser brethren. ... Read more


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