Book Review Of The Killer Angels - 559 words
Between the days of July 1, 1863 and July 4, 1863, the Civil Wars outcome was decided. These four days have been known as the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the war. In The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara brings us a vivid image of what the battle was like. Shaaras work is very impressive. He is able to capture how things were during the Civil War. The fate of the country was resting on that war so the novel adds a great deal to the readers mind. Shaara was able to bring to the reader a little of the war. The book also gives you a feel for some of the important characters of the battle, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, ...
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In Search Of Excellence Book Review - 711 words
In Search of Excellence is a book dealing with many different principles of economics and what makes big business' excellent. The first idea that Peters discusses is his chart of the McKinsey 7-S Framework. The graph is very simple but the ideas are fairly complex. In their research, they found that their philosophies were too hard to explain and easily forgettable. They made this Framework to deal with strategy, structure, style, systems, staff (people), skills, and shared values (culture). This has 7 S's (easy to remember) and a graphical representation to visualize. This shows the businessman that the intractable, irrational, intuitive, and informal organization can be managed. For exampl ...
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Book Title: Adolescence The Survival Guide for Parents And Teenagers Authors: Elizabeth Fenwick and Dr. Tony Smith This book is exactly what it says it is a Guidebook or Manual for both parents and teens that offers insight and advice on a wide range of adolescent developmental concerns. Organized into convenient topical sections for both parent and teen readers, the text can be easily consulted when seeking advice on a particular issue, or simply read cover to cover. Either way, the reader will find a wealth of practical advice for both parent and teen. The authors approach their subject in a sympathetic and sensitive manner in an effort to ameliorate typical parent/teen confrontations. S ...
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Book Review A Farewell To Arms - 446 words
A Farewell to Arms is about Frederick Henry, an American second lieutenant in the Italian army who falls in love with an English volunteer nurse named Catherine Barkley during the first World War. After Henry is wounded, he is sent the hospital where Catherine is stationed. This where their love affair begins. After healing, Henry returns to the war effort, only to later desert the Italian army. He escapes with Catherine who becomes pregnant with his child. She dies due to complications during birth and Henry finally realizes that death is the end of all things: something that we learn Catherine already knew but Henry was unwilling to acknowledge until after his love was gone. As far as bein ...
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Book Review Of Jackie Robinson - 1,439 words
The great American pastime of baseball has had its share of amazing athletes that not only dazzled fans with their play, but revolutionized the sport with their personality, charisma, and courage. Babe Ruth, with his charm as well as his bat, gave baseball a personality, Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, gave baseball a tough image, and Joe DiMaggio, with his 56 game hitting streak captivated the entire country. In a similar way, Jackie Robinson added diversity to the game of baseball by breaking the color barrier. However, in his case, the story is much different. When Babe Ruth was on route to hitting 60 home runs, nearly all the baseball world supported him. When Joe DiMaggio got hit after hit, ...
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Book Review On Public Administration - 1,441 words
H. George Fredericksons The Spirit of Public Administration is an informative yet drab look at motivating public administrators. Frederickson discusses a wide variety of topics that would be useful to any public administrator, but the verbiage used is a bit difficult for an individual that may be entering into the service field The Spirit of Public Administration is broken down into three parts. These parts are: Part I: Governance, Politics, and the Public Part III: Ethics, Citizenship, and Benevolence in Public Administration Frederickson did take the initiative to explain public administration and some of its functions before going in-depth on different facets of the role. Some great topic ...
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Memoirs Of A Geisha Book Review - 878 words
Beneath the concrete layers and behind the flashing neon signs lies a memory of another Japan, one defined by scented fans, mannered dances and the haunting echo of a shamisen stringed instrument. Arthur Golden, author of the meaningful book, Memoirs of a Geisha, offers readers an entry to this old time. Golden's novel actually takes place in a country rapidly industrializing for the coming World War II. Like a geisha who has mastered the art of illusion, Golden creates a isolated floating world out of the engines of a modernizing Japan. And this sleight-of-hand is what draws us into the book and keeps us thoroughly absorbed. The novel, as a whole, kept me completely enthralled due to both i ...
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... ing spirit of the Russian people, and their kind-hearted, loving, and accepting characters shine through in her writings. She is dealing with an area that has not had much coverage in the media or in history because of the political structure of the Soviet Union. Until recently the United States was engaged in a Cold War with the Communist Soviet Union, and access to these types of interviews, documents and experiences was unthinkable. She has brought out a new way of looking at the recent events that took place in the former Soviet Union by giving an in-depth examination of the man behind them all. The coverage given to Gorbachevs life is in-depth, well organized, and quite enjoyable to ...
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Book Review On The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - 1,328 words
Book Review on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Love, suspense, thrill, and adventure. Well its definitely not anything we can find in a history book. It is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain. This novel is about a young boy named Tom Sawyer who has been following a pretty monotonous life until recently. He sees and falls in love with Becky Tatcher, the new girl in town. He goes out with his fellow rebellious friend Huckleberry Finn and witnesses a murder scene. With this valuable information the boys finally tell someone and become temporary town heroes. Tom finds himself lonely without the companionship of Becky and with his friends, hike to Jackson Island. Many adventures unf ...
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Killer Angel Book Review - 1,381 words
Drive half an hour north of Washington, D.C. and you will find verdant rolling hills and flat, rich farmland, broken here and there by granite outcroppings and dark poplar forests. A place of great beauty and serenity. Close your eyes a moment, efface the houses and stores and gas stations from your mind's eye, and it looks pretty much as it did in July, 1863. That summer its green fields were stained red with the blood of 50,000 Americans dead and wounded. 50,000. In just three days of slaughter in Eastern Pennsylvania, fully one-third as many casualties as during the three years of the Korean War. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-4, 1863, was America's Armageddon, the single, blazin ...
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House Harkonnen, the meanest, wickedest, and richest house in the Imperium is lead by none other than the malevolent Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who has a hunger to rule the entire known galaxy. Dune: House Harkonnen by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is a timeless tale of good verses evil in a quest for excellence and dominance of the precious spice Mlange and ultimately the Imperium. The novel was written as a prequel to Dune: House Atreides to provide background information and answer pressing questions that the novel created. The authors of this novel use the characters to convey classic aspects of the human psyche. Reban is the personification of pure evil. He is a ruthless and vengef ...
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Book Review of Slavery in Ancient Greece, By Yvon Garlan, 1988 It is obvious from the beginning that, Slavery in Ancient Greece, was written to the authors colleagues (Garlan). The language, content, and style are noticeably academic and complex. The body of the text is devoted to a historical study of the different types of slavery existing within the Greek society of antiquity. The chapters are constructed to identify and define the different types of slavery and the practices associated with them. It is not until the conclusion of the book that the reader becomes aware of the authors intention to address several questions, which have apparently been hotly debated in the historic academic ...
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Debroah Tanne Book Review - 899 words
Deborah Tannen's book, The Argument Culture is full of many arguments, some more intriguing then others. In this book, she tackles everything from politics to the Internet, and everything in between. I was especially taken by the gender issues that she addressed. Such issues were approached in nearly every chapter, it did not seem to matter what the topic was; she always managed to bring the battle of the sexes into it somehow. One chapter was dedicated strictly to this very topic: Chapter 6, entitled "Boys Will Be Boys: Gender and Opposition", was among my favorite parts of the book. She really tackles the differences between boys and girls, which start at a very young age. I was awe-struck ...
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Origins Of World War Ii - Book Review - 930 words
World War II was much more than battles, statistics, politics, and opinions. The things that contributed to its beginning, what happened during the war, and the effects of the war are still being debated and discussed. Patrick Finney assembles some of the best writings for a number of subjects relating to World War II. First the reader is introduced to the basic views, where they originated, and why they are still discussed today. The truth is, even fifty years after the end of the war, it is still very much part of our lives. Finney's first collection of readings are written on the subject of what contributes to the war. Two of the authors have very different opinions on Chamberlain, and th ...
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Book Review Of The Name Of The Rose: The Name Of The Truth - 799 words
Imagine a medieval Benedictine monastery, with cellarers, herbalists, gardeners, librarians, young novices. One after the other, half a dozen monks are found murdered in the most bizarre ways, and the reader very quickly finds out that the monastery, supposedly a place of piety and tranquility is the place of sin and corruption. William of Baskerville, a learned Franciscan who is sent to solve the mystery finds himself involved in the frightening events inside the abbey. This is the story of "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco. It is the year 1327 when William of Baskerville and his young scribe (Adso of Melk, who narrates the story many years later) arrive at the monastery. The monastery ...
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Howards End: Book Review - 1,286 words
Howards End by E. M. Forster deals with the conflict of class distinctions and human relationships. The quintessence of the main theme of this lovely novel is: "Only connect!Only connect the prose and passionand human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer." This excerpt represents the main idea that Forster carries through the book: relationships, not social status, are--or at least should be--the most important thing for people. Howards End was written in 1910. That explains the naivete and idealism that permeate the atmosphere of the novel. Written in the beginning of the twentieth century in England about the beginning of the twentieth century in England it reflects ...
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Runnin' Down Some Lines: Book Review - 1,343 words
Deprived of opportunities for advancement in mainstream society, [black ghetto] teenagers elevate their personal style into a philosophy of life. Their exemplars are pimps and gangsters.... Gangs develop to bolster self-identity through psychological control of the streets; hip "threads" and "freaked out" cars also serve as outward signs of inner creativity. Both sexes consider coitus ("doin' the do") a natural and desirable part of adolescence; soft drugs, primarily marijuana ("tea"), also offer a temporary alternative to the harsh reality of ghetto existence. But embracing all of these is the vernacular itself - in its grace, flexibility, and strength it is a valuable tool for "gettin' dow ...
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Runnin' Down Some Lines: Book Review - 1,398 words
... n. But for now, it's just a big dream, 'cause I find myself in the place where I'm last seen. My thoughts must be relaxed. Be able to maintain, 'cause times 'is changed and life is strange. The glorious days 'is gone, and everybody's doin' bad. 'Yo, mad lives 'is up for grabs. Brothers, passin' away, I gotta' make wakes. Receivin' all types of calls from upstate. 'Yo, I can't cope with the pressure. Settlin' for lesser. The god left lessons on my dresser (Wu-Tang Clan 1993). For many, the ghetto mentality revolves heavily around the principles of every man/woman for him/herself. Due to the fact that everyone is in a very poor economic situation, there is an understandably universal striv ...
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The Speckeld Band - Book Review - 361 words
1. Name of book? The Speckled Band. 2. Author of book? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 3. Setting? The story took place in Baker Street London, and in Stoke Moran. April of 1883. 4. Identify the theme of your book? It is about a detective who helps find murderers and helps in saving other people's lives that without him would be victims. 5. Story. Helen Stoner a frightened woman knocks the door of the famous and best detective in the world Sherlock Holmes. Shaking with fear she asks him to help her find out who killed her sister Julia two years ago. She feels the danger approaching her now and Mr. Holmes calms her down asking her to tell him her story. We understand that she lives with her stepfathe ...
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Message In A Bottle - Book Review - 458 words
Have you ever read that book that you just cant put down? Nicholas Sparks Message in a Bottle is definitely on that would be classified as that. This book has adventure, excitement, and most of all a true romantic tale. After watching the movie, many told me the book was even better. I had my doubts, but Sparks delivered everything promised and much more. The book begins as Theresa Osborne, a reporter for the Boston Times, finds a glass bottle with a message inside while on her vacation. After reading the message, Theresa was touched and later agrees with her boss to publish it in her column. Many replies were made to her concerning the touching letter. One reply was something that would be ...
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