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Book title: The Conquest of Cool : Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Conquest of Cool : Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism - book cover picture

An excellent examination of consumer culture and the way that corporate America has tried to deal with, understand, and co-opt youth culture (or did youth culture co-opt advertising?) Frank gets to the bottom of it all in an always entertaining look at advertising from the Madison Avenue years through the sixties. His examinations of various ad campaigns - such as Volvo who insisted in their ads that their cars were ugly and at least not as filled with defects as the cars they used to make - are insightful and well researched. In fact, this book is a necessary primer for anyone doing research on youth culture. It helped to change the way that I think about these issues and has become a text that I refer to often.

EAN: 9780226259918
Pages: 322
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Thomas Frank

Read it and laugh out loud!

Book title: Chariots of the Gods?
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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This book is a real rib tickler. One of the funniest I've recently read. I re-read it, and often read parts of it aloud with friends, so that we can all laugh together.If you read it with your sense of criticism turned on and a bit of common sense, you'll find 'witty' risable phrases and ridiculous conclusions he arrives at in almost every passage!(I don't NEED to remind you, but I will - the author was imprisoned when it turned out he pretty much forged the lot of the 'evidence' in this book. The so called 'hard' evidence. The silly assumptions, calculations and demagogy he employs, can be brushed aside by anyone who isn't reading it 'under the influence').READ IT, because it's so funny, and because it's a true comic classic. Don't take it seriously to any extent, though... (NOT to say that I mind or dissagree with anything he tries to convey in his bottom line...)

EAN: 9780425074817
Pages: 192
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Erich Von Daniken

Both in-depth and easy to understand

Book title: Dealing with Depression Naturally : Alternatives and Complementary Therapies for Restoring Emotional Health
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book covers everything, and I mean everything in the realm of non-drug and non-electroshock therapies for depression. Each chapter goes into great detail both on background and practical application for each therapy, whether it's nutritional supplements, cognitive therapy, bodywork, or medical causes and their treatments. Even if you want to continue with drug therapy, this book is useful for the "what next?" or "what can I do in addition?" stages. It's also well-written, with very human flashes of humor.

EAN: 9780658002915
Pages: 304
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Syd Baumel
Syd Baumel

A Major work of biographical literature

Book title: A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This is a great work, comparable perhaps only to Skidelsky's bio of Keynes. Most bios are of sympathetic, yet flawed figures. What is amazing is that the book is so well written and plotted that it is hard to put down, and yet Nash is a childish, inhumane and rather unsympathetic man. I have seen the hollowed figure of Nash around Princeton. He is a quiet strange and distant soul. But this work brings his genius and his flaws to a brilliant light.

EAN: 9780571197187
Pages: 459
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Sylvia Nasar

What a page turner!

Book title: Catspaw (Reissue)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I'm a new fan of Vinge, but now i'm hooked. after reading only one of her books i'm stuck - addicted even. Catspaw is a fascinating adventure with surprizes everywhere.
the premise is simple, a young man is recruited by the powerful security agency of an extremely wealthy family to protect one of its members from being killed. the young man, known only as Catis specificall chosen because he is part alien and this part gives him telepathic abilities. as Cat arrives at his destination to protect this VIP his world begins to change, and it will never be the same.
this book is fascinating, cvaptivating, and if you read it you'll never get any work done.
the entire alien blood series(Psion, Catspaw, Dreamfall) by vinge is amazing in its capacity to entangle you in a strange world that you feel you can completely relate to. i've read all three and i;m dying for a fourth to come out!

EAN: 9780446603720
Publisher: Warner Books
Joan D. Vinge

The Clever and the Quick

Book title: The Thief
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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The Clever and the Quick The leave you hanging book The Thief by Megan W. Turrner should be a favorite book of all ages. It?s about a clever thief who lands himself in jail by his bragging. The king asks the court magus if he could use Gen (the thief) as a tool to find the Hamathies?s gift, So Gen can bee freed, And the magus, Sophos, Amiadeos, and Pol can be rewarded. queen. The Thief an adventurous book of quick wit and trust. It is a recommended book of taste and opinions from the characters to the readers. When there is talk about a strange unknown artifact, characters tell the myth after that.
A reason people might not agree with the given explanation is because the book does not capture the readers? attention in the beginning. Or the reader might not understand what the characters are talking about. (But of course the myths explain it all practically. But read this over the edge book?s first two pages and see why most people do and will like it.

EAN: 9780140388343
Pages: 219
Publisher: Puffin
Megan Whalen Turner

Outstanding Work

Book title: Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America
Rating: 5/5
Binding: School & Library Binding
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I read this book a couple of years ago. The encounters of Mr. McCall were vivid and realistic. I can attest to some of the things that were going on in his life because I grew up in a big city. I think his triumphs in life were a revealing message to people that you don't have to become what your surroundings are. This book inspired me to read more books. Because of this book, I was encouraged to devote more to the community. I loved this book.

EAN: 9780613094900
Pages: 416
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
Nathan McCall

A must read for those experiencing financial difficulty!

Book title: The Richest Man in Babylon
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Richest Man in Babylon - book cover picture

Like most people, I was confused on how some people accumulated great wealth while others(including yours truly) did not. I DECIDED to do something about it and purchased this book and Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. THESE BOOKS HAVE CHANGED THE DIRECTION OF MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER! The examples given, the practicality of the theories, and the relevance to today makes The Richest Man in Babylon and Think & Grow Rich compelling reads. Changing the way you think of money, ways to attract money, and ways to build wealth are some of the key points addressed. It has opened my eyes and motivated me to become wealthy, something that I previously thought was an immoral goal or something to be ashamed of. Read it, apply it, and reap its' rewards. It works!

EAN: 9780451165206
Pages: 160
Publisher: Signet
George S. Clason

A moving journey through time and space . . .

Book title: Grandfather's Journey (Caldecott Medal Book)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Allen Say has combined his love of family history and his talent for evocative illustration to create this wonderful story to share with your own family! He retells his grandfather's story of immigration, imparting not only the wonder he experiences being in his new country, but also conveying the angst he feels at being away from his land of birth. These feelings are expressed exquisitely in the paintings which bring to mind photograhs of that period in history. In addition, there are many springboard opportunities for discussions. The photographic paintings elicit questions from your children that will begin conversations about methods of travel, different regions of our own country, differences between cultures, and differences between the time that is illustrated and the time we are living in now. A valuable book on so many levels, you will be glad you chose to share this with your children!

EAN: 0046442570350
Pages: 32
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
Allen Say

State of a Union has changed my mind about Hillary

Book title: State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I read jerry oppenheimer's book on martha stewart and was really impressed -- both with his writing and his research. this guy is one of the best pop biographer's i've ever read. I bought three bpooks last week...american rhapsody, the day john died and state of a union -- all are garbage compared to oppenheimer's. the day john died is all rehash and boring to read...american rhapsody is an lsd trip. But as a New Yorker, a Democrat and a Hillary supporter state of a union had great impact on me. it's the first i ever read about hillary's drive and ambition.

EAN: 9780060193928
Pages: 312
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Jerry Oppenheimer

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