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Texas Women Their histories Their lives

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An ambitious scholarly work, Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives includes almost two dozen essays detailing different aspects of Texan history. Readers may be initially perplexed by the fact that Texas Women was not published in Texas at all. In fact, Texas Women is one of a series of books on southern women published by the University of Georgia Press. As such, Texas Women places the subject in the greater context of southern society. Most of the stories show how Texas women negotiated power in their communities within the overarching patriarchal structures, norms, and institutions. Texas Women is divided into three parts, arranged chronologically. The first part covers 1600-1880, from the time of the Spanish to the end of the Civil War. Although they gloss over pre-conquest Texas, the essays cover the important nodes in antebellum Texas. Part Two covers 1880-1925, a relatively short, but critical period of time in…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Turner, Elizabeth Hayes, Stephanie Cole and Rebecca Sharpless. Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.



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Women and Education in Hard Times

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In Hard Times, Charles Dickens makes the commentary that young people need more than just “facts” in order to be considered educated.  The narrow-minded headmaster who opens the book by insisting on facts and “nothing but facts” (Dickens 1) serves as the symbol of a narrow-minded modern world devoid of soul.  For Dickens, women often represent the beauty and grace of a soul filled with life and creativity.  Yet it is this life and creativity that is driven out of the soul by the arrival of Industrialization and its brutal textile mills where women and child were forced to work by the “hard times” of the age’s social and economic conditions.  Dickens himself characterized these mills as “dark” and “satanic” (Tuttle).  In Victorian England, Charles Dickens was showing his readers that young people needed more than facts and mills:  they needed to have their hearts and minds educated and their…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Dickens, Charles.  Hard Times.  England:  Bradbury and Evans, 1854.

Pleck, Elizabeth.  “Two Worlds in One:  Work and Family.”  Journal of Social History,

10, 2 (Winter, 1976), 178-195. 

Stack, Sam.  “Charles Dickens and John Dewey:  Nurturing the Imagination.”  Journal of

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Novel Review Character Development

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Character Development: Novel Review

Novel Review: Character Development

The novels, The Red Badge of Courage' by Stephen Crane and 'The Things they Carried' by Tim Obrien, are among the best depictions of the role played by introspection in helping individuals better understand themselves. This text depicts the journey to maturity of the protagonists in both novels, and how their development contributed to the full meaning of the work.

Character Growth and Maturity during ar

In the novels, The Red Badge of Courage' by Stephen Crane and 'The Things they Carried' by Tim Obrien, the authors effectively make use of introspection to depict their journey towards a greater understanding of themselves. This text demonstrates how they were able to achieve this. More specifically, it assesses how the concept of introspection has been used by both authors, and how it affected their later actions. It begins with a brief plot summary of…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York, NY: Courier Corporation, 2004. Print.

O'Brien, Tim. The Things they Carried. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 1990. Print.
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Book Mother to Mother

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Mother to Mother by Sindiwe Magona. Specifically, it will critically analyze the book. The book "Mother to Mother" is a touching and elegant story of race relations and misunderstanding in South Africa. The author bases her book on a true incident, but looks at it from the eyes of a mother who loves her son but recognizes his inadequacies. It is a devastating look at apartheid, violence, and anger in a society long split between black and white. Well-written with emotion and pathos, it is a book that discovers the difficulties of reconciliation and continuing with life after the death of a loved one.

This emotional book looks at both sides of a young white woman's murder in a black township in South Africa. The book begins with the haunting line "My son killed your daughter" (Magona 1), and that line grabs the reader from the beginning, and makes them…… [Read More]


Editors. "Magona Gives Voice to a Forgotten Mother." 2000. 16 April 2004.

Gray, Rosemary. "An Electronic Interview with Sindiwe Magona." English in Africa. 1 May 2002.

Harlow, Barbara. "Book Review." Race and Class. 1 Jan. 2000.

Magona, Sindiwe. Mother to Mother. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.
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Review Globalization Unplugged in Globalization

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cannt be refuted withut statistical research t make an argument against
Urmetzer, and thus his arguments refuting the impact f glbalizatin n
eliminating the natin-state's svereignty are strengthened.
This sets up Urmetzer's primary pint, and the thesis f his argument-
it is a myth that because f glbalizatin "natinal brders have becme s
prus that gvernments are n lnger able t prperly manage their wn
affairs" (Urmetzer 2005: 123). In the case f Canada, a welfare state,
Urmetzer even maintains glbalizatin strengthens the welfare state. T
reach this pint, and t prve that ecnmic freedm des nt ultimately
cmpletely eliminate plitical pwer frm the ecnmic spectrum, Urmetzter
evaluates the effects f glbalizatin n the different prgrams f
gvernment invlvement within the ecnmy. Fr example, in regards t the
afrementined welfare-state services, Urmetzer ntes hw this is an ften
verlked aspect t glbalizatin (Urmetzer 2005: 142). By tuching…… [Read More]

of globalization.

Urmetzer, Peter. Globalization Unplugged: Sovereignty and the Canadian
State in the Twenty
First Century. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
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Review Holocaust by Angela Gluck

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At an arly junctur in th txt, th author provids a usful point
of considration which dos st it apart from many othr works on th
subjct. Rathr than to simply appal to th radr's sns of pity, Wood
taks on th task of dmanding admiration of th Jwish popl quit simply
for thir prsistnc to surviv as a cultur and with an intact sns of
idntity, vn if that idntity is inxtricably now linkd to th vnts of
th Holocaust. As th txt rports on anothr pag distinguishd by
complling photographs to th cas of Jwish dtrmination, "dspit th
high walls of th ghttos and th military strngth of th Nazis, many
popl in th ghttos scaps or fought in thir harts and minds. For
most, rsistanc took th form of clinging to th lov of family and
frinds, holding on to traditions, and strngthning thir hop." (Wood,
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effectively delivered in appropriate detail the realities and implications
of the Holocaust.
Publisher's Weekly (PW). (2007). Review: "Holocaust."

Wood, A.G. (2007). Holocaust. DK Children.
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Multicultural Children' Picture Books Tommy

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It is significant to note that this story was initially published during the 1970's, which was a period of relative rest and calm following the justifiable turbulence of the 1960's. Due to this publication date, this story does not reflect the current generation, but that of at least one before it. It is interesting to consider the fact that this story was not published prior to the 1970's because many of the notions and stereotypes it challenged were still too dominant during previous periods. As such, this book is able to deliver readers an unflinching perspective about what life is like for someone who is different, and teased as a result. Readers are able to ascertain just what exactly other people have to go through when they are teased. There are some touchingly poignant moments in this tale related to Oliver's differences that unequivocally reveal what life is like for…… [Read More]

Works Cited

dePaola, Tomie. Oliver Button is a Sissy. New York: Harcourt Books. 1979. Print.

Kennedy, Elizabeth. "Oliver Button is a Sissy: Overcoming Bullying." no date. Web.
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Elliot Sclar's Influential Book You

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The workers for the private firm are compensated at a level that is barely livable and these workers place a greater burden on the communities' social services.

Sclar's arguments comparing the differences between why privatization works in jobs involving low-skilled and high-skilled jobs merit some consideration and are easily understandable but there are some considerations that Sclar overlooks that should raise some concern as to the validity of his approach. As previously noted, Sclar's basic premise is that the goal of privatization is to reduce costs and that unless costs are lowered privatization has been a failure (Sclar p.63). Using this as a premise, Sclar argues that the overall benefits of privatization are largely negligible but what Sclar fails to consider is the benefits accrued due to true free market conditions existing as a result of true privatization.

Sclar's study and theorizing was done on a model where privatization was…… [Read More]

William L. Megginson and Jeffry M. Netter, From State to Market: A Survey of Empirical Studies on Privatization, Journal of Economic Literature: pp. 321-389 (2001).

Shaker A. Zahra, R. Duane Ireland, Isabel Gutierrez and Michael A. Hitt, Privatization and Entrepreneurial Transformation: Emerging Issues and a Future Research Agenda, The Academy of Management Review: pp. 509-524 (2000).

Critical Book Review
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America 1945-1960 the Book the Crucial Decade

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America 1945-1960

The book, The Crucial Decade and After: America 1945-1960, published in 1966, is about the transformation of the post-orld ar II peace into the globalization of the Cold ar. It was first written in 1956 and then edited and more sections added in 1966. Much of the material written in 1956 seems incomplete, or unfinished. The 1966 additions attempted to fill in some of the missing holes and unclear thoughts. It is mainly a historical anthology. He gives a greatly detailed account of McCarthyism. Goldman blames McCarthy for creating the cold war through protectionist politics and defensive trade positions of the between the United States. This paper will demonstrate, that while Eric Goldman is valuable as a source of details about the era, his work holds little value as a historical piece of work.

Eric Goldman was a Professor at a Princeton University who had served Mr. Johnson…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Goldman, Eric Frederick. The crucial decade -- and after; America, 1945-1960. New York, Knopf, 1966 [1960].

History Book Review
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Macho Paradox Jackson Katz's Book

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One such example is amply described in chapter 10, referring to "Guilty pleasures: pornography, prostitution and stripping." As throughout the book, the theoretical discussion is keenly doubled by lots of breathtaking examples of acts of violence.

The chapter starts in this manner with the case of a young woman gang raped and filmed while she was unconscious. The case reveals on several different levels how the underlying factors and a misogynist society are in fact the deeply rooted causes of such an event. First, there is the level of the young men who committed the crime: their acts are closely related to a culture where pornography dominates, especially at that age, the lives and, as could be seen with that case, the sexual expressions of the male individual.

However, the second level is in fact much more worrying, because it comes from the young men's lawyers and, as such, can…… [Read More]


1. Katz, Jackson. The Macho Paradox. Sourcebooks Inc. April 2006.

2. Tracy, Steven. Book Review: The Macho Paradox. Priscilla Papers. Vol. 23. No.1. 2009

Katz, Jackson. The Macho Paradox. Sourcebooks Inc. April 2006.

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Siddhartha The Book and the

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The book speaks to a kind of estern application of generalized Buddhist principles and maxims: the quest for enlightenment, the lack of satisfaction to be had from a life of material pleasures, and the importance of the individual in achieving wisdom divorced from the teachings of others. Though the film lacks much of the artistic style of the novel, it nevertheless manages to provide audiences with a loose sense of the same meaning that Hesse outlined originally in the novel. Perhaps if the film had managed to present that message and the overall narrative with more than a "plodding piety," the overall impact of the film might have achieved a similar weight as the novel still manages (Canby).

As for following the life of the Buddha, neither the book nor the film manages this save but in the most cursory fashion. Like the novel's Siddhartha, the Buddha did leave his…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Canby, Vincent. "Movie Review: Siddhartha (1972)." The New York Times 19 July 1973. 25 July 2008

Schneider, Dan. "Featured Book Review of Herman Hesse's Siddhartha." Monsters and Critics. 13 July 2007. 25 July 2008
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Flood Pantheon Books James Gleick a Unified

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Flood (Pantheon Books) James Gleick a unified essay

There are a number of fairly sensational, possibly conclusions and premises that exist within the Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, which was authored by James Gleick and was received to a host of critical responses in the early part of 2011. On a fundamental, basic level, this manuscript traces the myriad links throughout history to the beginning of the conception of the word information, and explains what it initially denotes. By applying a fairly exhausting and certainly thorough chronology of this topic, which burgeoned considerably within the midway point of the 20th century, Gleick actually concludes with a redefinition of the cultural, social, scientific, and biological significance of the term -- which naturally has certain unavoidable repercussions for those living in today's world, which is dominated by technology and the information it carries. The author is able to support his…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Carr, Nicholas. "Drowning in Beeps." The Daily Beast. 2011. Web. 

Gleick, James. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. New York: Pantheon Books. 2011. Web.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. "James Glecik's History of Information." The New York Times. 2011. Web.
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Vincent Vinikas' Review of Dominic J Capeci's

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Vincent Vinikas' review of Dominic J. Capeci's The Lynching of Cleo Wright takes a critical stance toward Capeci's account of the case of Cleo Wright, a black man who was lynched in Missouri in 1942. ather than examining the underlying causes concerning why lynching took place (particularly as late as 1942), Vinikas restricts his focus to elucidating logical fallacies that hinder Capeci's article. Vinikas argues that it is lamentable that even in books that purportedly reveal information concerning actual lynching cases, the true facts involved in such cases is never truthfully revealed, such that the public is still not privy to crucial information that colors America's history. In contrast, in her article "An Outrageous Proceeding: A Northern Lynching and the Enforcement of Anti-Lynching Legislation in Illinois, 1905-1910" Stacy Pratt McDermott applies a more comprehensive approach, determining the cultural forces that promoted lynching and made it incredibly difficult to abolish. Consequently,…… [Read More]


McDermott, S.P. (1999). An outrageous proceeding: A northern lynching and the enforcement of anti-lynching legislation in Illinois, 1905-1910. The Journal of Negro History, 84(1), 61-78.

Vinikas, V. (1999). The lynching of Cleo Wright by Dominic J. Capeci. Review by Vincent Vinikas. The Journal of Southern History, 65(4), 907-908.
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Comic Book Fun Home Fun Home by

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Comic Book Fun Home

"Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel

American writer Alison Bechdel has been known as one of the most famous writers. She is the author of world famous comic Fun Home, written in 2006. Fun Home is often referred to as Family Tragicomic. The presence of phase transitions and queerness in the comic has made it very famous among the comic with readers.

The comic has highlighted childhood and youth of the author in Pennsylvania, USA. The comic highlights the ups and downs in the life of the author surrounding around complexities in the relationship of the author with her father. Some of the main themes that have been mentioned in the book include sexual orientation, the roles of different genders, suicide, dysfunctional family and most importantly the roles that are played by the literature in understanding one's own self, life and family. More than seven years were…… [Read More]

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Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Mariner books, Edition 001 Series. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007.
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American History Books

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American History

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson is probably the most successful symbol of historiography's advancement. There are two concepts that are reflected in the book: that the main cause of war was the slavery of black people and it was not a pleasant experience. Looking at the title, it is evident that McPherson understands that black people's status was the core of the war in regard to cause and effect. egardless of the ineptness and faultiness of the trial, freedom was in jeopardy. The author therefore rejects the tacitly racist explanations that try to make the issue seem less significant in favour of explanations that were economically and culturally favourable. He places black people as the main characters, emphasizing their military role and how they contributed towards the Union's abolition and survival (Nolan, 1989).

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn -- published…… [Read More]


(n.d.). Waterstones.

Allbery, R. (2005). A People's History of the United States - Review.

Battle cry of freedom: the Civil War era - Review. (1988). Retrieved from Buffalo and Erie County Public Library:

Book Review: A People's History Of The United States. (2010, October 25). Retrieved from Grub Street:
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Papyri Awakening Osiris The Egyptian Book of

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Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian ook of the Dead

The Egyptian ook of the Dead is a western title for an ancient collection of Egyptian manuscripts, the majority of which were funerary in nature. These collected writings have also been referred to as the Egyptian ible or identified by the names of the scribes who penned them. The Papyrus of Ani comprises the most significant contribution to these texts, though there are some other minor sources which are often included. In the original languages, these works were more accurately entitled the ooks of Coming Forth y Day. One of the greatest challenges to English-language speakers when confronting all the great scriptures is the language gap. Unless one has the time and inclination to learn Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew, Greek -- or in this case, Egyptian Heiroglyphs -- it becomes necessary to read the scriptures in translation. The farther removed one's own…… [Read More]


Budge, E.A. Wallis et al. (Trans.) The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani. 

Ellis, Normandi (Trans.). Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes Press, 1988.

Seawright, Caroline. "The Book of the Dead" Tour Egypt Feature. 

Sophia Society for Philosophy. "Genetico-cognitive features of the ante-rational mind." Sophia Society for Philosophy.
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Killer Angels Michael Shaara's Novel

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On July 3, Generals Lee and Longstreet continue to face-off, creating strife within their own troops. The political problems that Lee and Longstreet embody are mirrors for the brother-fighting-brother theme that is central to any civil war. Thus, Shaara presents another paradox of war: when is it reasonable to fight and kill one's bretheren? Also, Lee is in charge of the Confederate Army but General Longstreet still has a considerable amount of clout among the troops. Both Longstreet and Lee are presented as relatively poor leaders given how far they had come by the Battle of Gettysburg, practically pushing the Union to surrender until Gettysburg changed everything. Union troops suffered considerable losses but thanks to Colonel Chamberlain, the troops succeeded and helped preserve the union. Shaara does not so much glorify the Civil War as the author does elucidate the underlying issues that pit North against South.

"General James Longstreet,…… [Read More]

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Adaptation a French Novel Zazie Dans Le

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adaptation a french Novel Zazie dans le Metro

It is quite clear from even a cursory analysis of chapters of 18 and 19 of aymond Queneau's Zazie dans le Metro, described as one of the most laughable books originally written in French (Vincendeau, 2011), that the author is describing the events that take place in them in a humorous way. As such, the reader can infer that the actions described in these two chapters, and probably through the remainder of the novel, are not literal and are meant to poke fun at a greater concept. The author's humor is certainly understated, which is why these chapters read more like a satire than a straightforward novel to produce an overall "fun" effect (No author, 1999). It is highly important that in both chapters, a good deal of the humor revolves around women. A closer examination of the author's diction and tone…… [Read More]


Armstrong, M-S. (1992). "Zazie dans le Metro and Neo-French." Modern Language Studies. 22 (3): 4-16.

McDonald, J.Q. (2000). "Zazie dans le Metro." The Thumbnail Book Reviews. Retrieved from 

No author. (1999). "The complete review's review." The Complete Review. Retrieved from 

Queneau, R. (1959). Zazie dans le Metro.
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Existentialist Perspective in the Novel American Pastoral

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Existentialist Perspective in the Novel American Pastoral

The novel "The American Pastoral" by Philip Roth represents an important literary work that basis its construction on elements of literary existentialism through the way in which characters and their universe are created. The novel is relevant for the literary world through the way in which it describes track of the human life, evolution, and eventually of its demise. The author underlines the idea of the contemporary society as a chaotic universe, despite human attempts to control it. This book employs sartrian alienation with the purpose of describing events experienced by the protagonist as he loses touch with his family, with his traditions, and with his personal identity in general.

The book offers an interesting perspective for the audience particularly because in part it represents a set of remembrances that take the reader back into the past and includes both a historical experience…… [Read More]

Works cited

Gioia, Ted. "American Pastoral by Philip Roth." The New Canon. N.d. Web, 4 December, 

Kafka, Alexander. Paradise costs In Philip Roth's world, the bucolic pleasures of American success can't muffle the terror fueled by loneliness. N.d. Web. 4 December, 2011

Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. New York: Vintage, 1998, print.

Sayers, Sean. "The Concept of Alienation in Existentialism and Marxism
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Tey Josephine Tey's 1951 Novel the Daughter

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Josephine Tey's 1951 novel The Daughter of Time is a mystery novel. Alan Grant is a Scotland Yard inspector who undertakes an ambitious project of solving the mystery of who King Richard III really was and why he had been disparaged by the Crown. Like the lead character in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Rear indow, Alan Grant becomes obsessed with the mystery because his leg is broken and he is off-duty. Grant finds a portrait of King Richard III and muses that the man's visage appears kindly, in stark contrast to Richard's characterization by Shakespeare. Shakespeare in fact called King Richard III "this poisonous bunch-backed toad," "that foul defacer of God's handiwork," and "this carnal cur," (cited by Yardley). As Remick points out, Richard III was viewed as a "wicked uncle and murderer!" Alan Grant takes it upon himself to clear Richard III's image and reputation. The title of Josephine…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Remick, Lynne. "Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey: A Book Review." Retrieved online:

Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Yardley, Jonathan. Josephine Tey, Sleuthing Into The Mystery of History." The Washington Post. March 12, 2003; Page C01. Retrieved online:
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Leadership Books Number of Different

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The passive style is described as management by exception where employees do not receive notice for their positive contributions to the organization, but instead are paid attention by their manager only when an error or problem arises. Punishment or disciplinary action is often the medium used in this approach. Active transactional leadership uses contingent rewards. With this approach, employees are praised for their performance and may be eligible for pay increases or other incentives (Bolman & Deal, 1991, p. 419). The type of leadership exhibited clearly determines the type of motivation used and often its success or failure.

The situational leadership theory of Hersey and Blanchard proposes that the optimal amount of task and relations behavior depends upon subordinate maturity. As the authors note, what the manager needs is a simple and logical framework for making decisions that will be successful (Hersey & Blanchard, 1990, p. 412). This theory prescribes…… [Read More]


Bolman, L. & Deal, T. (1991). Reframing organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bossidy, Larry; Charan, Ram; Execution, the Discipline of Getting Things

Done; Crown Business, New York, NY. 2002.

DuBrin, a.J., R.D. Ireland, & J.C. Williams. Management & Organization. Cincinnati: South-Western, 1989.
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Michael Lewis's 2003 Book Moneyball The Art

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Michael Lewis's 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a compelling narrative about the business of baseball. Yet Moneyball is no ordinary baseball story. Lewis discovered that the 2002 Oakland Athletics managed to compete at the upper echelons of Major League Baseball while maintaining the second-smallest budget in the entire league. The story focuses on the Oakland Athletics management and the strategies they used to win in spite of having a budget lower than average in Major League Baseball.

The story appeals to readers on a number of different levels. From a business standpoint, Moneyball shows how being stuck in outmoded patterns of behavior and thinking can cause failure. On the other hand, taking risks, accepting change and embracing novel ideas into the workplace are keys to success. Moneyball is also an exposition of strong leadership skills, which are a critical component to organizational success. The…… [Read More]


Ackman, D. (2003). Book review: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Forbes. May 2003. Retrieved online: 

Lewis, M. (2003). Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. W.W. Norton.

Moneyball. Feature film.
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Social World Book Summary for

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In addition to discussing how sociologists analyze current events, Chapter 1 describes how sociology involves applying a balanced approach toward morality and belief systems. For example, those with diametrically opposed belief systems often view each other as immoral, when in fact their conflicts are merely the result of the social constructs to which they subscribe. The authors state that there are two overriding principles associated with studying the "social world": first, one must have the ability to observe and express a desire to find answers (12). This definition identifies the state of inquiry that is imperative to sociology; while there is still some confusion to exactly what is meant by the term "social world," the definition captures the importance of observation in this field of study.

Chapter 1 also presents some basic facts associated with sociology; there are a number of different professions in which sociologists work, although the vast…… [Read More]

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Three Mathematic Textbooks Review

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Precalculus With Limits by on Larson

This book as well as the other two books are for college freshman level or college introductory level mathematics courses. The strengths of the book are mainly focused on its layout. For example, the book has a great way to demonstrate a varied and large amount of information easily and simply. This means that people reading the text just have to look for certain visual cues like colors or pictures that will point the information they seek. For example, the diagrams have a different background color than the text. All of this removes time spent looking for things. The use of bold also further differentiates the text, highlighting key words, phrases and things to memorize.

The weaknesses are in lack of context surrounding the topics and footnotes. Another book reviewed has footnotes and yet another provides adequate background for each topic. This book sacrifices…… [Read More]


Larson, R., Hostetler, R., & Edwards, B. (2011). Calculus I, with precalculus (3rd ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Larson, R., Hostetler, R., Edwards, B., & Heyd, D. (2013). Precalculus with limits (3rd ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Mirsky, L. (2012). Introduction to Linear Algebra. Dover Publications.
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Da Vince Code the Book

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Brown has stressed the ostensible accuracy of the book on his web site and in interviews. They have gone to great lengths to mislead people into thinking that the novel has a historical basis. They deserve especially sharp criticism for this, and when criticism is made they cannot hide behind the "it's just fiction" allegation after having made such efforts to convince the reader that it is not "just fiction. (p.15)"

Blomberg expresses that there is not a shred of historical evidence that Jesus ever married Mary Magdelene or ever fathered children. Another blatantly fictitious portion of the Da Vinci Code is the claim that "more than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament." Add up everything that was ever called a gospel in the first half-millennium of Christianity and you come up with about two dozen documents (p.2).

According to Richards, if you set out to read the…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Blomberg, C. (2004). An online review of current biblical and theological studies. Retrieved April 24, 2005, from Denver Journal Web site:

Cracking the da vinci code" (2004). Retrieved April 24, 2004, from Catholic Answers Web site:

Crais, R. (2004). The da vinci code book review. Retrieved April 24, 2005, from New York Times Best Selling Author Web site:

Cussler, C. (2004). The da vinci code book review. Retrieved April 24, 2005, from New York Times Best Selling Author Web site:
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Artforum Magazine Five-Year-Old Book About

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Allen also notes that interviews are often heavily edited, very likely to be true in the case of Artforum, where each interview hews to a standard of grammar and diction that may not be found in the speech of the interviewees.

Six people -- artists, writers -- who had known Coplans were invited to contribute to his obituary. Irving Blum's reminiscence aptly explains the editorial direction of the magazine during Coplans' tenure, and, by observation of the February 2005 issue, today as well. Blum notes that Coplans had a "bulletproof bull***** detector. He was astonishingly direct about every issue" (Banks, 2004). Blum notes that Coplans could both voice his feelings and explain why he did or did not like something, a feature of the writing in the magazine today. In addition, when the art public was giving some new ideas a lukewarm reception, and Coplans disagreed, he was not shy…… [Read More]


Allen, G. (2002, June 22) "Documents of 1960s art. (book review)"

Art Journal. Retrieved 18 February 2005 from Highbeam Research,

Banks, E. (2004, January 1) "Sum of his parts: John Coplans" (1920-2003).(Obituary)

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Sociology Summary and Critique of the Book

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Summary and Critique of the Book Streets of Hope

In Streets of Hope, Peter Medoff and Holly Sklar write about an impoverished area near Boston, called Dudley. Starting in the 1950's, people began to pull out of Dudley. The crime rate went up, the employment rate went down, and things just kept getting worse. By the time the 1980's came around, a full one-third of the land in Dudley was vacant. People began to use it as a dumping ground for everything from old autos to rotting garbage. The dumping was actually illegal, but no one except the Dudley residents ever complained about it, and no one ever got into trouble over it. Like in so many other impoverished neighborhoods, lawmakers and politicians looked the other way.

The people who live in the Dudley area finally started the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). The goal of this was to…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Kretzmann, John P. Book Review. 1997. Urban Leadership Institute. 1 December 2002.

Medoff, P. And H. Sklar. Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood.

Boston, MA: South End Press, 1994.
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Cry of Absence Psychological Book

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But this book not only chronicles the main character's inner struggles with her divided sense of her own and her society's morality, but also the anxieties inherent in black and white relationships, in terms of sexuality between black and white women. Hester is afraid of Black male sexuality -- yet also fears that her own son, the extension of her self in Freudian identity constructs, her status or phallic symbol of power in the patriarchal society of the town, had a hand in killing the African-American man. To do what is right, she must cut herself off thus from her past, fatherly sense of identity and power, and her current sense of male autonomy -- cut herself off from both the protections of race and familial maleness.

The author seems to construct Hester's struggle not in general psychological terms, but in regional terms. The conflict between Blacks and hite, and…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Jones, Marion. A Cry of Absence. Baton Rouge: University of Louisiana Press, 1994.