This is a closer study of the same principles as The Tipping Point with a particular emphasis on social media and marketing. It is a must read...well...moreThis is a closer study of the same principles as The Tipping Point with a particular emphasis on social media and marketing. It is a must read...well actually, it's a handbook because you'll keep going back to it for every new media marketing campaign you undertake.(less)
I thought Herman Cain's story of growing up and making it to the top in business was an inspiring story of rhe American Dream. In hindsight, we know...more
I thought Herman Cain's story of growing up and making it to the top in business was an inspiring story of rhe American Dream. In hindsight, we know that the avalanche of accusations ended his white house bid. Still, here is an accomplished man, one of our great business leaders and a candidate that was not afraid to challenge the status quo - On policy or campaign tactics.(less)
Ms. Goodwin undertakes an enormous challenge this book is not just a biography of Lincoln but nine in one as she tracks the backgrounds and social and...moreMs. Goodwin undertakes an enormous challenge this book is not just a biography of Lincoln but nine in one as she tracks the backgrounds and social and political progress of Lincoln's chief rivals for the Republican nomination in 1860 - Seward, Chase and Bates. She does not stop with these; we learn a great deal about Stanton, the Blair family, Gideon Welles, not to mention Mary Todd Lincoln and Chases beautiful and ambitious daughter Kate Sprague.
Lincoln assembled his cabinet from all the factions in the North, save the disloyal copperheads, and the travails of the president in keeping his cabinet together reflect his struggle to keep the North united in its effort to save the Union. One cannot truly appreciate the singular ability of Abraham Lincoln to accomplish such a feat without reading this work. It is a long work, better undertaken after reading other more straightforward Lincoln biographies. Still those who make the investment will be rewarded with a better understanding of the greatest political genius ever produced by our political system.(less)
This is an enjoyable book, particularly when you look at it as primarily satire of british social class structure. You can see clearly Jane Austen's i...moreThis is an enjoyable book, particularly when you look at it as primarily satire of british social class structure. You can see clearly Jane Austen's intimate acquaintance with it and how she uses it to set up he moreomical aspects of the story. The fact that she uses english upper class society to comic purpose makes the story, which is fairly simple, a perfect vehicle for social commentary.(less)
Hillebrand's biography is a masterpiece plain and simple. It is actually four stories stories in one: Louie Zamperini's journey from juvenile delinque...moreHillebrand's biography is a masterpiece plain and simple. It is actually four stories stories in one: Louie Zamperini's journey from juvenile delinquent to world class miler; his transition from B-24 bombardier to POW after surviving in a life raft without food or water; surviving two hellish years of neglect and torture at the hands of the Japonese; and finally descent into alcholism to escape the recurring nightmares followed by redemption as he finally found peace.
This is the most riveting biography ever written about someone who was at once famous but unknown, crushed time and again but, ultimately -- unbroken.(less)
Matthew Brown misses the mark. As a mormon and a freemason with long experience with both rituals, the historical connections between the masonic lodg...moreMatthew Brown misses the mark. As a mormon and a freemason with long experience with both rituals, the historical connections between the masonic lodge in Nauvoo and the temple ceremonies introduced in Nauvoo are too obvious to ignore. Mr. Brown's scholarly research leads him to the conclusion that masonic ritual has its roots in ancient christian ritual as opposed to masonry's mythic origins surrounding the building of King Solomon's temple. This potentially true but inconclusive. Even Mr. Brown admits that there is no conclusive documentation for the origins of freemasonry.
Unfortunately, when Mr. Brown lapses into the role of mormon apologist, he leaves scholarship behind. He weakly tries to distance the temple endowment for masonic ritual by setting up then knocking down a series of "straw men". However, poking holes in the most speculative theories regarding masonry does not actually explain the connections.
I'm still waiting for the scholarly work that adequately addresses the many masonics forms and symbols that found they way, though some only temporarily, into the temple ceremony. After buying two such attempts by "respected LDS scholars", I think I'll borrow the next book first. (less)
"Victory has a a thousand fathers, defeat, a thousand pointing fingers."
This book is a great reminder of why Sarah Palin was an important and historic...more"Victory has a a thousand fathers, defeat, a thousand pointing fingers."
This book is a great reminder of why Sarah Palin was an important and historic choice by John McCain. Not a ploy or an afterthought as some have described it since.
Palin lays out a childhood and path to Vice-Presidential candidate that is so far from typical that it was bound to be controversial.
You can see in her own description of her life, the single-minded optimism that both inspired and infuriated alike.
You can also see that she is NOT the ignorant person that some have made her out to be. If you distil her implied reading list based on the people she quotes, you can tell she is no lightweight (I've read Thomas Sowell and it's not for the vocabulary challenged).
Not to say that everyone will agree with her style or worldview, but it is helpful to get Sarah Palin straight from the source instead of the pundits. Before(less)
Here is a book that every student of political science should read - not because it reaches the right conclusion, but because of Skousen's painstaking...moreHere is a book that every student of political science should read - not because it reaches the right conclusion, but because of Skousen's painstaking effort to couch his conclusions in the words of the Founding Fathers and the words of their founding fathers. It is non-partisan insofar as it doesn't hew to any ideological litmus test. Both liberals and conservatives will find something to love and hate in the book.(less)
Sometimes updated and expanded does not help, which I expect is the case here. Mr. Friedman has a lot of difficulty expanding on his original - and br...moreSometimes updated and expanded does not help, which I expect is the case here. Mr. Friedman has a lot of difficulty expanding on his original - and brilliant - description of the flatteners and triple convergence.
He gets lost in his prescription for how to deal with a flat world (more artistic engineers and other such mythical creatures). Then after returning to a pretty compelling discussion of the tensions created by the flattening world, he pretty much falls flat in his attempt to tell us what to do about. Every genius has his/her limits. All in all, a very good book. It's just 150 pages too long. Skim it first so you will know the parts you can skip without losing much.(less)
If you want to understand our countrymen who are protesting at tea parties around the country, read this book.
Glen Beck recites a litany of examples t...moreIf you want to understand our countrymen who are protesting at tea parties around the country, read this book.
Glen Beck recites a litany of examples that he says show that government, our economy and our society have broken faith with prior generations. This helps explain why the average tea partygoer is older than the average American and why they are so agitated.
When Mr. Beck moves on to diagnose the problem, he lays the blame unequivocally at the feet of progressivism - from Teddy Roosevelt to the present day.
According to Mr. Beck, Democrats are to blame for embracing progressivism and Republicans are to blame for being coopted by them. Looking around the political landscape, there are a lot of Americans reaching the same conclusion, so to dismiss his argument is unwise.
However, like Thomas Paine's Common Sense, Beck's Common Sense is a polemic work - a one-sided argument masquerading as a debate. It's gutsy for Mr. Beck to stand his work up next to one of the greatest polemicists of modern times. Paine's is still better, but I don't think Glen Beck would mind that statement.
The real shortcoming of this work is the remedy prescribed. Beck says a pox on both the Dems and the GOP. Sure. Everybody feels that way. But Beck says we should defund them both and go our own way. However, progressives won't heed that advice because they don't like Glen Beck. On the other hand, if the conservatives, constitutionalists and libertarians who like Glen Beck abandon the GOP, the result will be that the progressives will be able to enact anything they wish - an acceleration down the wrong path, according to Beck.
Maybe Glen Beck wants to precipitate a revolution. If so, he picked the right author to emulate. He just needs to step up the intellectual part of his game and hope circumstances cooperate.(less)
As a conservative republican reading a book by a liberal democrat, I first thought there was reason to hope. Now Pres. Obama spoke in sincere tones ab...moreAs a conservative republican reading a book by a liberal democrat, I first thought there was reason to hope. Now Pres. Obama spoke in sincere tones about the need to respect and engage in sincere dialogue with each other. This sounds like a great prescription for our current political maladies.
In reading the book, though I came to the conclusion that Pres. Obama doesn't know any republicans. He has only read what liberals have written about them. I found myself constantly writing in the margins "I don't know any republicans that believe that."
I was very impressed, though, with Pres. Obama's assessment of the ills of our current political culture and the many pressures that push us toward campaigns filled with sound bites instead of substance.
Finally, I was alarmed by the president's tenuous grasp of economics. I have an economics degree and Pres. Obama's mistakes were simple Econ 101 principles (I feel the man most influencing economic policy should know the difference between real and nominal income)...
Addendum: Although it may not be entirely Pres. Obama's fault given the political climate, it was disheartening to see his administration employ in 2009 and 2010, all the nasty political tactics he decries in the chapter on politics.(less)
Once you accept that the book is pure fiction wrapped around some interesting myths, The Davinci Code is a lot more fun. I enjoyed trying to figure ou...moreOnce you accept that the book is pure fiction wrapped around some interesting myths, The Davinci Code is a lot more fun. I enjoyed trying to figure out the puzzle before it is explained in the next chapter.(less)