Excellent little book about empowering those we are trying to help, not just putting band aids on societal problems. Quick read. Good examples. ThoughExcellent little book about empowering those we are trying to help, not just putting band aids on societal problems. Quick read. Good examples. Thought provoking. ...more
Well, I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but you can't with Goodreads, so I didn't downgrade him. :-) It's not that I didn't like it - I did. He's aWell, I would like to give this 3.5 stars, but you can't with Goodreads, so I didn't downgrade him. :-) It's not that I didn't like it - I did. He's a very good writer, very vivid storytelling, and I listed to it as an audiobook and he was the narrator - so I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed very much the section about his time at Howard - as with most Howard grads I know, they view their time there with something akin to fanaticism. The book revisits the Prince Jones murder, and reminded me how easily we forget the bad things that have happened, and continue to happen to black people at the hands of the police, and how, given that Prince died in 2000, nothing much has changed. He reminded me that I need to get up and act.
People on Amazon have given it bad reviews because he's an atheist. Lol. He makes no secret of that. I actually picked it up because he's an atheist. People also don't like the fact that he doesn't feel that the 9/11 police and fire officers are heroes. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Give it a read - I think you'll appreciate it. He's definitely hot on the circuit right now....more
I inhaled this book over the last two nights. It's amazing, powerful, eyeopening, guilt-inducing, makes-you-angry, makes-you-cry. Bryan Stevenson descI inhaled this book over the last two nights. It's amazing, powerful, eyeopening, guilt-inducing, makes-you-angry, makes-you-cry. Bryan Stevenson describes his work seeking justice for the oppressed as he tells the stories of several prisoners for whom he and EJI sought release from prison (for wrongful convictions) and reduction in sentences (for horribly cruel and unusual punishments, especially those forced on children). The details of prison life are horrific. The details about law enforcement in Monroe County, AL, and their complete disregard for justice will sicken and disgust you. But the book will leave you hopeful. EJI has done and continues to do AWESOME, AWESOME work, and their success shows that if we keep fighting, we CAN implement change, a little at a time. One of my favorite sections in the book is when Stevenson contemplates giving up, after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for one of his clients, and he had to share this info with the man, about an hour before he was scheduled to be executed. His discourse on brokenness and why we ALL need to acknowledge that we have received mercy and therefore should be quick to extend it should change the mindset of anyone who reads this.
Read this!!! With the current climate in our country regarding police shootings and #blacklivesmatter, and people wondering whether there is still a need to talk about race, this book will show you that race and poverty will never go away. Let's just stop pretending that they will, and instead, look for ways that we can, like EJI is doing, do something about them....more
The book is titled "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" - so you know he's going to die. But you spend the entire book rooting for him and wishThe book is titled "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace" - so you know he's going to die. But you spend the entire book rooting for him and wishing that he wouldn't make the choices that eventually led to his death. It's very easy to be judgmental and say "what a waste", but what can I, as a child who took her first plane ride at three months, and hasn't stopped flying since, and had a mother who worked at the schools I attended so she could be there to chauffeur me to all of my extracurricular activities, and a dad who worked and was around in our lives - what truly can I saw to Rob Peace about how he should have lived? This book should inspire all of us to do whatever we can to battle the poverty and crime that continues to destroy our brilliant black boys. I cannot imagine the amount of interviews Jeff Hobbs had to do to complete this book. It speaks to the testament of Rob's friends and family that they were willing to share his story with us. Read this one....more
This was my first Gladwell book and I loved it. The Kindle store had the most popular of his titles on sale and I bought them all, after listening toThis was my first Gladwell book and I loved it. The Kindle store had the most popular of his titles on sale and I bought them all, after listening to about an hour of this one! Lol.
Going to be lazy and not write a detailed review. Will just say that he definitely challenges you to think about how you view advantages and disadvantages in life. I listened to this as an audiobook and didn't check how I was moving along as I was listening, so the end came a little "abruptly" to me. Not sure how "readers" felt. ...more
I enjoyed this book. I debated getting it because many of the reviews I read were so extreme - people loved it, or they eviscerated her for being richI enjoyed this book. I debated getting it because many of the reviews I read were so extreme - people loved it, or they eviscerated her for being rich successful and attempting to write a book about women struggling in the workplace. We can be so mean. :-) It was a good read - I thought she did quite a bit of research (maybe the last 1/4 of the book are the notes from the research she referenced). But what I will forever be grateful to her for is pointing out the two things that women deal with that we don't always own up to - fear and fraud! She hit this early in the book and I felt like she was speaking my life. So many times, in my career and in personal projects, I have been afraid. I have been afraid to rock the boat, afraid to say how I really feel. I am relatively successful in my career (definitely not aspiring to leadership positions), and there are many, many occasions when I've felt like a fraud - feeling that for whatever reason, I wasn't supposed to be leading the project, or making the speech or doing whatever. She shut that down for me. Her advice was - look at what you've done to get wehre you are. Did you work hard? Did you study hard? Did you do the best you could do? Then heck yes - you deserve to be doing what you're doing. I remember distinctly like the day after I read that section of the book, I was on a conference call with a particularly aggressive customer - they had been pushing and pushing -and that day I pushed back. And felt great! The other piece of the book I appreciated was the section that described how women are apt to think they we are not qualified for a particular job because we haven't done all of the things the job requires. Men don't think like that! In talking with a few of my girlfriends about this, we saw how true that was. Guys just go - we hold ourselves back for whatever reason. And that's something we need to stop doing. I loved the section on how we fight among ourselves (it's awful), and could relate to the working-mommy vs stay-at-home-mommy debate. We really need to get it together and stop hating each other. So overall, I enjoyed it. Would give it three and a half stars if I could....more