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Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
If you have, like me, spent much of your life as a student and teacher in the public schools (24 of the last 28 years), John Taylor Gatto will make yo...more
May 03, 2009
May 01, 2009
Consumed - How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults & Swallow Citizens Whole
Consumed is designed as a wake-up call, however Barber will be hard-pressed to get the attention of our consumption-laden populace, who wishes only to...more
Jun 2007
Jun 10, 2007
Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye
I do not want to diss this book because it contains some salient points about the art of making good decisions, but in an attempt to be relevant, the...more
Jan 2006
Apr 07, 2007
Conservatives Without Conscience
Psychological research is typically dismissed for its lack of causal relationships between two variables. Unlike hard sciences, psychologists cannot p...more
Jul 2006
Apr 07, 2007
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
For all of the passion that this book has stirred, Christopher Hitchens has produced a well-sourced vindication for all individuals who question the v...more
May 2007
May 27, 2007
It amazes me that this book received great reviews. Not only were the characters lame, uninteresting and down-right unrealistic, the book failed to ca...more
May 03, 2008
May 04, 2008
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
This book has received much attention from the press for its thesis that the Internet is changing our brains. However, I feel from reading the book mu...more
Jul 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)
I've been reading Grisham throughout his career, and I always admire the political or historical subtext to many of his legal thrillers. This book was...more
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
Most American do not want to read Morris Berman's conclusions about the fate of the United States, but I believe every American needs to understand Be...more
Jul 2007
Jun 16, 2007
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
For the first time in a very long time, a book actually made me self-reflect upon my own behavior and my place in this world. This book is primarily a...more
May 2007
May 13, 2007
Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life
Kronman offers at times an exhaustive yet impassioned defense of keeping the humanities strong in colleges and universities. As higher education has e...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell's books, including his latest Outliers, requires the reader to shed conventional wisdom in an attempt to grasp the complexity of some...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
As Philip Roth winds his career down, his books have slimmed down but are no less effective in pentrating the psychology of American life in the 20th...more
Dec 24, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Calico Joe
I have long been a Grisham fan, and I always welcome his departure from legal thrillers. Generally, they are poorer efforts, but Calico Joe was an exc...more
May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Whether you read the first installment of Freakonomics or not, grab this book and read with an open mind. Levitt and Dubner attempt to use principles...more
Nov 24, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
The Global Achievement Gap: Why Our Kids Don't Have the Skills They Need for College, Careers, and Citizenship—and What We Can Do About It
I found this book to be extremely repetitive and highly disappointing. While I do not have all the answers and certainly agree with Wagner's stance on...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
Chris Anderson's thesis -- market niches are taking over for mainstream cultural hits -- has been quickly reaching a crescendo since this book was pub...more
May 26, 2009
May 25, 2009
Renegade: The Making of a President
I must admit that I voted and support Barack Obama, which might cloud the issue of why I read and enjoyed Richard Wolffe's analysis of his rise to pow...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Agassi is more than the title suggests. He is honest, as well as open, about his disdain for tennis, his father, the prison of Nick Bolletieri's tenni...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
This book has no direction or purpose other than to state and defend what I believe to be the truest words ever spoken about family planning: "Memory...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame
The many myths of baseball, and for that matter any institutional history, is summed up very well by Zev Chafets this way, "Who gets remembered depend...more
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
American Nerd: The Story of My People
This book had so much potential, particularly with its very original thesis. However, Nugent provides nothing more than a mishmash of unconnected stor...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox
It is not often that I pan a book, but there is some serious laziness associated with Freeman's work here. This book should win recognition for the gl...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
This book was really two plots combined into one. Dr. Peter Brown, the main character, was a former mob hitman turned WITSEC program member who earned...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University
This book is a concise look at the state of higher education from a number of angles, including the decline of general education and a look into why p...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart
Reflecting on the adage that all politics are local, Bill Bishop writes a detailed cultural, political and psychological analysis as to why Americans...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever
I'm not a big fan of memoirs because of there suspect accuracy. Most people can't remember two weeks ago, let alone when they were four years old. Thi...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
For those who followed the 2008 election closely, there is a not a whole of new information here that was not reported on during the campaign season b...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 14, 2010
Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age
I had high hopes for this book because the premise is a verification of what I experience daily as a high school teacher. Students, and teachers for t...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science
One of my biggest complaints of political partisans is that they get really self-righteous that they read some book from the other side "just to read...more
Jan 03, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
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