This is a powerful book. Broken into 3 parts, it deals with the history of our approach to marijuana use; our use of illegal immigrants, specificallyThis is a powerful book. Broken into 3 parts, it deals with the history of our approach to marijuana use; our use of illegal immigrants, specifically in the strawberry fields of California; and the development of porn in our country, how it grew, and how our government's attempt to suppress it only continued to spark the flame.
Eric Schlosser's meticulous research is written in an easy to understand form. He states the facts without any bias. For instance, you'll learn that a young man, with no prior record, arrested for marijuana possession can receive a longer prison sentence than a convicted murderer or rapist. And, while our country is in an uproar over illegal immigrants, our government allows these people to be used like slaves when convenient. When they are no longer needed, they are rounded up like cattle and sent back to Mexico.
In the end, whether you agree with his conclusions or not, a new light is shed on a world most of us pay no attention to. And perhaps tells us that we need to get more involved....more
This book has received some bad reviews here. I have to disagree. I enjoyed this book. I thought it was well-written, in simple language that anyone cThis book has received some bad reviews here. I have to disagree. I enjoyed this book. I thought it was well-written, in simple language that anyone can understand. (Unlike many books written by psychologists.)
Obviously you cannot expect to purchase and read one book and suddenly become an expert on diagnosing sociopathy. However, I found the information extremely interesting. Martha Stout gives us great insight into human nature. ...more
I received this book as an early review copy. Whether you are religious or not, and no matter what religion (if any) you choose to follow, John Avant'I received this book as an early review copy. Whether you are religious or not, and no matter what religion (if any) you choose to follow, John Avant's message is one we should all pay attention to. Throughout the book, his main point is that we need to start caring more about each other, no matter what color, religion, or economic background we come from.
The author addresses the fact that most Christians do not follow Christ's path. People go to church as a routine but they don't live their lives any differently than those who don't go to church. There is no doubt that Avant believes strongly in God, Jesus, and the Bible. But he quite honestly (and commendably) admits that our current churches are not working. Religion is becoming a business.
I don't think that Avant is going to turn any nonbelievers into believers. His arguments are not that strong or that original. He chooses his Bible quotes carefully and does not address things in the Bible that nonbelievers struggle with. However, believer or not, his message is one we should all learn from. Living a little more like Jesus, whether you believe he was real or not, isn't such a bad idea....more
The author is a retired homicide detective and knows his facts. He writes in an easy to understand, conversational style. While the author does cite nThe author is a retired homicide detective and knows his facts. He writes in an easy to understand, conversational style. While the author does cite numbers to back up his arguments, Frank does not get bogged down with statistics. Instead, he takes his readers on a journey of understanding.
I found this book engaging and hard to put down. Marshall Frank's blunt honesty about what works and what doesn't, as well as his suggestions for change, make for a thought-provoking reading experience. A must read for anyone interested in our "justice" system or, for that matter, anyone living in the U.S. Our justice system is failing miserably, yet no one seems to talk about it. Hopefully Marshall Frank's book will help rectify that. ...more
David K. Shipler tackles this difficult subject with compassion and honesty. This is not one of those books that is boring to read, with endless factsDavid K. Shipler tackles this difficult subject with compassion and honesty. This is not one of those books that is boring to read, with endless facts and figures. Shipler engages his readers with his conversational style of writing. He introduces us to some of the working poor, tells us of their hardships and their victories.
Most people are not poor because they are stupid or lazy. Many of us, in fact, are one bad choice or one serious illness away from being part of the working poor. This book sheds light on a subject that has too long been swept under the carpet. I believe everyone in the U.S. should read this one....more
Most people think they make their decisions based on facts, research and personal feelings. We believe our choices are, for the most part, rational. AMost people think they make their decisions based on facts, research and personal feelings. We believe our choices are, for the most part, rational. And most of us like to think that we behave spontaneously, in a way unique to each of us. Dan Ariely shows us just how predictable - and irrational - much of our decision-making truly is.
Ariely has an easy, conversational writing style. While filled with facts and research, there is nothing dry or dull about the content. This is a well written book that should give us all something to think about....more
I've noticed a lot of readers have given this book a negative review because they didn't like the author. I admit the woman has her share of flaws. BuI've noticed a lot of readers have given this book a negative review because they didn't like the author. I admit the woman has her share of flaws. But her honesty in writing about them is a big part of what makes this book so interesting.
Julie Holland does not claim perfection. She struggles with her emerging roll as a psychiatrist in the admissions section of one of the busiest psychiatric hospitals. She acknowledges she did not always handle patients as compassionately as she should have. And, as she shares some of the stories of her nights at Bellevue, we see why it's sometimes necessary for doctors to harden themselves against the constant heartbreak of mental illness.
Holland also shares bits of her personal journey, because, without that, the book would be nothing more than anecdotes of a steady stream of patients. We have to get to know the author on a personal level, in order to fully understand her experiences at Bellevue.
We don't get to know any one patient well. This book isn't about specific patients. Instead, this is about the system in general, our treatment of the mentally ill and the difficulties doctors have in navigating the system. Overall, I found this book a compelling read. ...more