A must for anyone with kids and a clear concience

Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
INSIDE AMERICAN EDUCATION - book cover picture

I read this book for the first time in 1993. Being a college professor for many years now, I knew there was something wrong with the American Educational System. Sowell stated it plainly. I am now a father of two and am facing the decision of how to educate my children (home, private school, public school, or charter school -- if it ever happens --). As Sowell states the American educational system is bankrupt. The definition of quality education is nebulous at best. Powerful teacher unions and other interest groups mess with our children's minds and produce intellectually lazy graduates: people who know quite a bit about self-granted rights and everyone else's obligations but little about personal obligations, responsibility, and logical and productive thinking. Anyone with school-age children should read this book before deciding which school is best for his/her children.

EAN: 9780029303306
Pages: 384
Publisher: Free Press
Thomas Sowell

A Breakout Performance by Matthew Woodring Stover

Book title: Traitor (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 13)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Traitor (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 13) - book cover picture

Perhaps more than any other book, this paperback shakes the foundations of many people's notions of Star Wars. We learn that, rather being completely absent from the Force, the yuuzhan Vong exist in a part of the force jedi cannot (yet) touch. The biggest shocker: a dramatic reinterpretation of the nature of the force. Rather than having defined light and dark sides, the force is more like a prism that reflects all colors, viewpoints,etc. It is the user who determines the Force's purpose. Some, including myself, may question whether or this conflicts with Lucas' views, but in my opinion it is a breath of fresh air. As for the characters: Jacen gains some needed depth, Nom Anor is as cunning as ever and even more stylish, Vergere forces Jacen and the reader to answer hard questions about what they believe, and Ganner, well...all i can say is NONE SHALL PASS!

EAN: 9780345428653
Pages: 292
Publisher: Del Rey
Matthew Woodring Stover

WOW! Simply a GOOD book!

Book title: Ender's Game (Ender Quartet)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Ender's Game (Ender Quartet) - book cover picture

I'm NOT a heavy sci-fi fan. "Light" sci-fi, maybe. Defiantly not deep-space/starship stuff. But I read great reviews, this book is considered a classic already, so I gave it a try.What can I say? I've swallowed this book in 2 sittings (A lot for me). This book is amazing. Although the setting is sci-fi, this book touches a lot of other human life themes. Ender's Game paces along without one dull moment, it developed a strong sense of "bonding" with the hero (Ender, a young, and VERY talented boy), has action, suspense, human insights, and yes, just the correct size of sci-fi imagination.You see, I won't repeat the plot again; I just want to get as many people as I can to read this wonderful book.

EAN: 9780312853235
Pages: 256
Publisher: Tor Books
Orson Scott Card

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Book title: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh - book cover picture

This is a great book about a rat civilization. It is interesting because it is written like it is in the future even though it was written thirty years ago. It gives specific details that make it more exciting and has a terrific plot that keeps you hanging until the book is finished. Mrs. Frisby will do anything to keep young Timothy alive for moving day. The rats come up with a couragous and generous plan to get Mrs. Frisby and her family to shelter. A great book, especially for fans of Redwall by Brian Jacques. I recommend it for grades four and up.

EAN: 9780140307252
Publisher: Gardners Books
Robert C. O'Brien

I look forward to reading the book!!

Book title: The Testament (John Grishham)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
The Testament (John Grishham) - book cover picture

I still have not read the book, but I am definately going to read it. For the time being I just wanted to say that the 'Law part' is what makes John Grisham's books unique. One reader was complaining that Grisham always writes about Law and I want to say thats the best part of all his novels. That is the reason, I make sure that I read all of his books. So Grisham give us more of those court scenes, we love them.

EAN: 9780553456356
Publisher: Random House Audio
John Grisham

Marginalization in Society

Book title: Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb (Research on Men and Masculinities Series)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb (Research on Men and Masculinities Series) - book cover picture

From start to finish, I couldn't put this book down. It was not just a story about rape, or about the in crowd vs. the losers, or about growing up in wealthy suburbs, it was a book about being marginalized in the US and a commentary about our culture's acceptance (or lack thereof) of people who are different. In fact, it showed how downright agressive and cruel we can be under shrowds of social acceptibility. I also learned a great deal about how our legal system works, though I became outraged by the process. I felt as if I was witnessing first hand behind-the-scenes manipulation and prosecution of the victim that I have heard about so often but never fully comprehended.

EAN: 9780520205963
Pages: 442
Publisher: University of California Press
Bernard Lefkowitz

More from this off-the-beaten-path economist!

Book title: Essays on Economics and Economists
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Essays on Economics and Economists - book cover picture

If you liked "The Firm, the Market, and the Law" you will like this one even more. Coase gives away insider information about some of the best economists of this century. As always his style is much too literate for an economist, but so much fun to read. Although Coase himself does not use any formal arguments, his most challenging case for an economic theory build around the concept of transaction costs seems to have been to difficult to tackle for the so-called pure theorists...

EAN: 9780226111032
Pages: 231
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
R. H. Coase

Betcha' can't read just one segment!

Book title: Walking with Christ in the Details of Life
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Walking with Christ in the Details of Life - book cover picture

Reading this book without a highlighter is like picking strawberries without a bucket. "We seek the God we want instead of the God who is", writes Morley. All too often, our "American Gospel has evloved into a gospel of addition without subtraction. It is the belief that we can add Christ to our lives without subtracting sin". Morley's beginning with this approach leads the reader into an assortment of convictions that furrow the brow with, "Wow! That's the way I feel, too." This book should be required reading for all Sunday School teachers and Pastors. The writer's insightful brevity provides exciting illustrations and supportive connections to Scripture's truths.

EAN: 9780310217664
Pages: 297
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Patrick M. Morley

Love it - love it- love it-love it-

Book title: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right - book cover picture

Al Franken, I loved this Book. I read it on my way to the Hamptons and could not put it down. I would laugh out loud driving down the highway. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for exposing the liars at FOX News. They should be ashamed of themselfs. I hope the general public gets it soon that FOX News is a direct arm of the Repulican Party. Bill O'lielly, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume are liars. Wake up America!

EAN: 9780525947646
Pages: 368
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Al Franken

A promising start to a new epic saga from TOR

Book title: Lord of the Isles (Lord of the Isles)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Lord of the Isles (Lord of the Isles) - book cover picture

I was very impressed by LORD OF THE ISLES. It upholds TOR's high standards of epic fantasy. In the tradition of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, Drake's novel is noteworthy for its interesting characters and attention to detail. I look forward to QUEEN OF DEMONS, the second volume of this epic saga. Drake has the makings of a master fantasist, though most readers probably know of him through his superb military fiction. If you're looking for something good to read until the next Wheel of Time novel is published, give LORD OF THE ISLES a try.

EAN: 9780312853969
Pages: 459
Publisher: Tor Books
David Drake
David G. Hartwell

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