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    1. A Child Called "It": One Child's
    2. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting
    3. A Framework for Understanding
    4. Supervision of Police Personnel
    5. The White Man's Burden: Why the
    6. Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods
    7. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's
    8. The Military Advantage: A Comprehensive
    9. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities
    10. What Went Wrong?, Fourth Edition:
    11. Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness
    12. Social Problems: Globalization
    13. Program Evaluation: An Introduction
    14. Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies
    15. Evaluating Practice: Guidelines
    16. Hope Meadows: Real-Life Stories
    17. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story
    18. Contemporary Human Behavior Theory:
    19. Social Problems, 11th Edition
    20. Developing & Administering

    1. A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive
    Paperback (01 September, 1995)
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    Isbn: 1558743669
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly, fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care, and somewhat nurturant to her children--but not to David, whom she referred to as "an It." This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the contents of his sibling's diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he had violated some rule--no walking on the grass at school!--but mostly it was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn't protect him; only an alert schoolteacher saved David. One wants to learn more about his ordeal and its aftermath, and now he's written a sequel, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a story about a young David.His life was practically perfect and then it all changed.His mother beats him from age 4-12!It's horrible, but it is such a great book.You will cry when he cries, and you will hurt when he hurts, but you will feel his angry and hate for his mother when he does!
    5-0 out of 5 stars A story about a Brave child
    I read this book in 2 days, less then 24 hours. I was so touched by David's strength that he had from a very young age. It's hard to believe anyone especially someone's mother would do the kind of things she did to David. It's sickening and sad. I am glad David decided to tell his story, as I'm sure it has helped other people. I am currently reading David'd 2nd book the lost boy and hope to get hid 3rd book as well as his brother Richards books
    5-0 out of 5 stars "A Child Called 'it' " is a good read!
    "A Child Called 'it' " is a book about a young boy,David, who is severely beaten by horrible, cruel mother.No one knew the purpose of this,(the beatings) but it maybe she was taking out her anger from her constant fights with her husband or maybe she is just very frustrated with having all the respnsobilities of being a normal,kind, and caring mother to all of David's other siblings.Although it was extremely unlikley for David to survive, his hope & faith kept him alive.
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    Subjects:  1. Abuse - General    2. Abused children    3. Abusive mothers    4. Biography    5. Biography & Autobiography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Biography/Autobiography    8. California    9. Children of alcoholics    10. Daly City    11. Family relationships    12. General    13. Pelzer, David J    14. Personal Memoirs    15. Specific Groups - Special Needs    16. Child abuse    17. Self-Help / General   

    2. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
    by Owl Books (NY)
    Paperback (01 May, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0805063897
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Essayist and cultural critic Barbara Ehrenreich has always specialized in turning received wisdom on its head with intelligence, clarity, and verve. With some 12 million women being pushed into the labor market by welfare reform, she decided to do some good old-fashioned journalism and find out just how they were going to survive on the wages of the unskilled--at $6 to $7 an hour, only half of what is considered a living wage. So she did what millions of Americans do, she looked for a job and a place to live, worked that job, and tried to make ends meet. Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Next week on The Simple Life, Barb joins Paris and Nicole for shift work at the local Wallyworld!
    1-0 out of 5 stars She Made It Even Harder To Get By
    Ehrenreich is the kind of journalist I despise. One who thinks her insights are so important that it doesn't matter how much she inconveniences others to make her point.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Bring your own grain of salt.
    This is not a bad book, but it's not a good one. Although I certainly gained some insight from reading this book, I was disappointed (and surprised) by Ms. Ehrenreich's (or the editor's?) lack of fact-checking/ attention to detail, and/or embellishment.
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    Subjects:  1. Government - U.S. Government    2. Labor    3. Labor & Industrial Relations - General    4. Labor Economics (General)    5. Minimum wage    6. Politics / Current Events    7. Poverty    8. Social Science    9. Sociology    10. Sociology - Social Theory    11. United States    12. Unskilled labor    13. Labour economics    14. Sociology, Social Studies   

    3. A Framework for Understanding Poverty
    by aha Process, Inc.
    Paperback (15 May, 2005)
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    Isbn: 1929229488
    Sales Rank: 1260
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars "Poverty" Misunderstood.
    Let me start off by mentioning all the positive elements of this work (of which there are not many). In the beginning, the author shares accurate Census figures about poverty along with insight that it is a relative condition which applies to all races and creeds. She also recommends that educators should teach and strengthen rather than praise and condemn. From here, however, the work slips into the abyss. 4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Start
    I work in a large middle school which hit the 50% level of students in poverty a few years ago. The majority of our poverty students are white, while the number of African-American students is less than 5%.The percent of Hispanic students in poverty in our school/community is growing.Ruby Payne's description of students and families in poverty fits our school to a large degree.Our entire corporation has been exposed to her materials, we've had Ruby as a guest presenter and our entire middle school staff has studied her book. We continue to incorporate much of what her materials recommend.We are having good success with this endeavor, and like anything in education, it is a work in progress.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for any...
    This is a must read for all teachers, pastors, doctors, lawyers,who deal with various social levels and just about anyone else who feels they can't understand why poor people are poor and stay that way generation after generation.
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    Subjects:  1. Poverty    2. Social Science / Poverty    3. Social Science / Social Work    4. Sociology    5. Education    6. People with social disabilities    7. Poor    8. Social classes    9. United States   

    4. Supervision of Police Personnel (6th Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Hardcover (18 May, 2000)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Supervision of Police Personnel
    Same like the Criminal Investigation book. I needed it so that I can studyfor the Sergeant exam. And was the only place that I could've order the book from. Keep selling the special books.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Must have!Must buy!... but that doesn't make it good...
    For promotion exams in my area, this is THE book that the examiners use for the supervision questions.
    1-0 out of 5 stars dry as dry could be
    This book was very dry and difficult reading due to the fact the contents could not keep my attention. The 15 questions on the sergeants exam that pertained to this book were lengthy questions that were the demise of all test takers scores. Although everyone passed the exam all test takers complained about the 15 responsibility questions. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Criminal Law    2. Criminal Law - General    3. Police    4. Police Administration    5. Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement    6. Political Science    7. Politics / Current Events    8. Politics/International Relations    9. Supervision of    10. United States    11. Police & security services    12. Political Science / Law Enforcement    13. Political structure & processes   

    5. The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good
    by Penguin Press HC, The
    Hardcover (16 March, 2006)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars "Lack of feedback is one of the most critical flaws in existing aid." (Worthy of 4 stars if not for author's quirks--see below.)
    JFK declared in 1961 that "existing foreign aid programs and concepts are largely unsatisfactory." He then stated his intention "during this coming decade of development to achieve a decisive turnaround in the fate of the less-developed world, looking toward the ultimate day...when foreign aid will no longer be needed."45 years on innumerable people all over the globe are wondering what went wrong. The author of this book, an economist formerly with the World Bank, thinks he has an answer.In his view, "the legend that inspired foreign aid in the 1950s is the same legend that inspires foreign aid today"---"that the poorest countries are in a poverty trap...from which they cannot emerge without an aid-financed Big Push."Western elitist balderdash, William Easterly, calls this notion; arguing that the economical and political complexity of any society "dooms any attempt to achieve the end of poverty through a plan," adding that "no rich society has ended poverty in this way."How then is the West supposed to wipe out hunger, malaria, AIDS, TB, illiteracy, etc. within upwards of a 3,4, or 5 dozen countries around the world, all within a ten or fifteen years, or within any specific time frame.Utopian social engineering has not, to say the least, been particularly successful in living up to its rhetoric.It ought not be a revelation, thus, that "a big problem with foreign aid has been its aspiration to a utopian blue-print to fix the world's complex problems."How many cycles of "idealism, high expectations, disappointing results, cynical backbash" ought it take for us to conclude that some things just cannot be accomplished by planning fiat.It doesn't help matters, either, that "in the typical utopian program, everything is done at once and it is impossible to learn what works and what doesn't."
    5-0 out of 5 stars Masterful combination of rigorous analysis and real-life experience
    In The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, William Easterly does a masterful job of taking the complex topics of international development and aid and making them understandable and accessible to the uninitiated.He does this not through dumbing-down the subject, patronizing his reader, or oversimplification, but through effectively lifting the shrouds of jargon, pretentiousness and mystification that drape most academic and international organization publications.Easterly seems to take delight at poking fun at the reams of incomprehensible babble and acronyms that spew out of most official documents.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This should be required reading, along with Collision and Collusion, the Strange Case of Western Aid for Eastern Europe
    I spent 5 years doing a private development project. What I learned is exactly what Easterly says and more.
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    Subjects:  1. Developing countries    2. Economic assistance    3. International Relations - General    4. Nonprofit Organizations & Charities    5. Politics / Current Events    6. Poverty    7. Prevention    8. Social Science    9. Sociology    10. Third World Development    11. Social Science / Poverty   

    6. Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods (7th Edition)
    by Allyn & Bacon
    Hardcover (18 October, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0205478093
    Sales Rank: 29001
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful Book
    I purchased this book for a graduate level course in family therapy.I found it very helpful in explaining the important theories of family therapy.It also highlights therapeutic techniques and provides vignettes of how the theory might apply in a real life situation.I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a basic theoretical background in family therapy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required text book
    I bought this book because it is a requirement for a graduate level class I am taking in the MSW program where I live, otherwise I don't know that I would have purchased it. However, it is full of good research information and practical applications with clients.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Student review
    As a graduate student, I found this book very helpful. It is a perfect introduction to the subject writen with the care that teaches well. I would recommend this for any library that needs an excellent broad overview. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Family Therapy    2. Family psychotherapy    3. Psychology    4. Psychotherapy - Counseling    5. Psychotherapy - Couples & Family    6. Counselling    7. Political Science / Social Services & Welfare    8. Psychotherapy   

    7. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
    Paperback (01 August, 1997)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars David's courage story continues
    10 stars - As with David's first book A Child called It this book is just as fabulous.It really gives readers an excellent perspective of what's it like to be a foster child.To get attached to people and then have to leave, never really knowing where your going to end up. In this book David thankfully was taken out of his mothers care and ended up a F-Child or Foster Child. In the book we see young David still struggling with what his mother did too him and wondering the biggest question why? We see David over several years go through 5 foster families each who help shape and mold his life for the better. We see him go from a scared little 12 year old to a young man who sees more for himself and has a path planned for his future.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One person's tragedy is another's miracle
    Sitting down with this book, I thought it would be just as heartbreaking as "A child called it". However, this book was inspiring and moving. David Pelzer took a tradgedy and turned it into a miracle. None the less, he managed to do this all before the age of eighteen, a challenge most adults could not take on. As David reaches his goals, he teaches all of us an important lesson, reach for the stars and never give up; there is always room for hope, love, and passion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, inspirational story - Highly Recommended!
    I wasn't a big reader until recently after finishing my Master's degree and not having anything to do with all my free time. I heard about A Child Called It from a friend and read it in 24 hours. It was a horrifying tale and I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to go through that kind of abuse and neglect as a child. Within the hour of finishing that book, I drove to the closest bookstore to pick up The Lost Boy, but I couldn't find it!!! I ordered it from Amazon and the wait was somewhat painful. I just had to know what happened next and I couldn't stop thinking about little David Pelzer until my book finally arrived!
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    Subjects:  1. Abuse - General    2. Abused children    3. Abusive mothers    4. Alternative Family    5. Biography    6. Biography & Autobiography    7. Biography / Autobiography    8. Biography/Autobiography    9. California    10. Childhood Memoir    11. Children of alcoholics    12. Daly City    13. Dysfunctional Families    14. Family relationships    15. Pelzer, David J    16. Personal Memoirs    17. Biography & Autobiography / General    18. Child care & upbringing   

    8. The Military Advantage: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits
    by Simon & Schuster
    Paperback (29 November, 2005)
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    Sales Rank: 2134
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Military ripoff
    If youspent 20 years on active duty, this book is accurate, but you got all of this information when you left the military.If you had combined active duty and reserve/Guard or just reserve/guard experience, this book is misleading at best and just plain inaccurate at worse.Unless you were injured on active duty, there are very few benefits for the reserve/guard until you hit age 60, which the book fails to tell you.Sure, you get to shop in the high-priced Exchanges and Commissaries if you live close to them, and there is a slim possibility of Space Available travel, but the inconvenience makes going commercial, even with security at the commercial airports, easier.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Great if you're active duty or a potential recruit
    I was somewhat disappointed by this book. A veteran of three military services (but not retired), I had hoped to find some information about Veterans' programs. Instead, I found about 90% of the book to be useful only for currently-serving personnel or young men contemplating a military career. For those individuals, this book is great. For those not currently serving, I found it lackluster and loaded with information any military man could find on base with little trouble. Would I recommend this book? Not really. Would I recommend the military as a career to most young men? Absolutely. Save your money. Enlist and talk with the on-base career advisors instead for much more current information.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Military Review
    Lots of good information for those that are about to retire or have questions concerning benefits. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Military - United States    2. Military Personnel    3. Military pensions    4. Personal & Practical Guides    5. Politics / Current Events    6. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    7. Reference    8. Reference And Information Services    9. Services for    10. United States    11. Veterans    12. Reference / General   

    9. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (28 February, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0143036580
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Celebrated economist Jeffrey Sachs has a plan to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025. If you think that is too ambitious or wildly unrealistic, you need to read this book. His focus is on the one billion poorest individuals around the world who are caught in a poverty trap of disease, physical isolation, environmental stress, political instability, and lack of access to capital, technology, medicine, and education. The goal is to help these people reach the first rung on the "ladder of economic development" so they can rise above mere subsistence level and achieve some control over their economic futures and their lives. To do this, Sachs proposes nine specific steps, which he explains in great detail in Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars At least it got people talking about global economics...
    I really wanted to love this book. It came strongly recommended by a good friend who is very interested in development work.Whenever I read a review I always try and figure out what angle the reviewer is coming from, so for the record I'm deeply interested in development work and I have a background in economics and environmental science, but mostly I'm just really well read.
    4-0 out of 5 stars why we lost the poor
    The End of Poverty is an excellent book. It shows how economic thinking can provide a better wealth situation in the underdeveloped world. Jeffrey Sachs describes his last twenty years on development economics. He is the driving force behind the mayor developments in Bolivia and Poland. The book contains his experiences in Bolivia, Poland and Russia. If you introduce economic measures in these countries you can take a big step to let the people help themselves. But if you go to Africa, it seams that these measures are really not the first aid you can give them.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Historic Opportunity for Our Generation
    Through clear illustrations and calculations, Jeffrey Sachs lays out a very optimistic and compelling argument that extreme poverty can be ended within our generation. Two major requirements of this plan are the rich nation's commitment to debt relief and their honoring of their promises to dedicate a meager 0.7% of GNP to Official Development Assistance (ODA). If properly invested in infrastructure, health, and education (a topic well covered in the book), these funds could put the extremely poor back on the economic ladder towards growth and development. Sachs sites numerous success stories such as the Marshall Plan and the eradication of African River Blindness and Smallpox where sufficient funding and dedication successfully accomplished development objectives.
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    Subjects:  1. Business / Economics / Finance    2. Developing countries    3. Development - Economic Development    4. Economic assistance    5. Economic conditions    6. Economics - General    7. Economics Of Developing Countries    8. Poverty    9. Public Policy - Economic Policy    10. Social Science    11. Sociology    12. Third World Development    13. Business & Economics / Economic Conditions   

    10. What Went Wrong?, Fourth Edition: Case Studies of Process Plant Disasters
    by Gulf Professional Publishing
    Hardcover (23 June, 1998)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn from other people and other companies mistakes
    Learning from other people and other companies mistakes is better than to gain experience through our own mistakes, especially if those are relate to safety.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Master Class In Hazard Avoidance And Mitigation
    "What Went Wrong?" is a well thought-out book on practical safety in the chemical processing industry. The book recounts numerous actual process plant accidents and incidents, includes causes and effects, and avoidance and mitigation practices.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Itemized Case History of Accidents in the Chemical Industry
    What I like most about this book is its index and table of contents. It is easy to find a type of accident. For example, when I turned to page 291, I found an exact, simple description of the dangers resulting from the flow of a non-conducting liquid, i.e., one with a low dielectric constant --- like toluene (2.4 compared to water with a constant of 80). "The danger is that a spark could discharge between a body of liquid and grounded metal." In other words, a high voltage shock will knock you off your feet.
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    Subjects:  1. Accidents    2. Business & Economics    3. Chemical Engineering Safety    4. Chemical plants    5. Engineering - Industrial    6. Industrial Health & Safety    7. Insurance - Liability    8. Science/Mathematics    9. Technology & Industrial Arts    10. Total Quality Management    11. Engineering: general    12. Occupational / industrial health & safety    13. Technology / Industrial Health & Safety   

    11. Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security
    by Regnery Publishing, Inc.
    Hardcover (25 March, 2003)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson was a military aide to President Clinton from May 1996 to May 1998 and one of five individuals entrusted with carrying the "nuclear football"—the bag containing the codes for launching nuclear weapons. This responsibility meant that he spent a considerable amount of time next to the president, giving him a unique perspective on the Clinton administration. Though he arrived at the job "filled with professional devotion and commitment to serve," he left believing that Clinton had "sown a whirlwind of destruction upon the integrity of our government, endangered our national security, and done enormous harm to the American military in which I served." Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You elected him, TWICE!?!
    I'm not a very political guy as a rule of thumb, so when I bought this book I was determined to read it quickly.Turns out, that wasn't a problem.I read the book, then read it a second time, then went back and read the parts I had underlined.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A tale of virtue dealing with slovens
    This book provides details about the Clinton Administration which are shocking.Indeed, they are horrifying: how could the President have delayed a critical decision because he was WATCHING GOLF?
    5-0 out of 5 stars Clinton helpedterroism flourish
    This book shows the real Clinton as eyewitnessed by one of his closest friends.Clinton used and abused his power and the people of this country while he was in office and he is still basking in the limelight.What a shame he was as he led this country down the road to almost obliteration.This is a must read for conservatives and liberals. ... Read more

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    12. Social Problems: Globalization in the 21st Century
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (28 December, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0131468952
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    Subjects:  1. Cross-cultural studies    2. Economic Conditions    3. Future Studies    4. International cooperation    5. Politics / Current Events    6. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    7. Social Science    8. Social Situations And Conditions    9. Social problems    10. Sociology    11. Sociology - General    12. United States    13. Social Science / Sociology / General    14. Social issues   

    13. Program Evaluation: An Introduction
    by Wadsworth Publishing
    Paperback (10 March, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0534508278
    Sales Rank: 225145
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    Subjects:  1. Evaluation    2. Human services    3. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    4. Social Science    5. Social Work    6. Sociology    7. United States    8. Social Science / Social Work   

    14. Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities
    by Aha Process Inc
    Paperback (10 October, 2000)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals
    I have not had a chance to read the material yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Mentoring Model
    I was fortunate to attend a workshop one year ago which included this book and two of the three authors, DeVol and Dreussi-Smith. They highlighted the content of the book, to an audience of counselors, social workers, case managers, residential treatment staff for chemical dependency recovery, and prevention specialists.This book spotlights the culture of poverty, and the distinct differences in the way in which the poor, the middle class and the wealthy view the world from their unique vantage points.I was enlightened in learning to understand the frames of references of persons without savings, present time- orientation, and the differences in the way each class views, uses and perfects the resources of each cultural status.
    4-0 out of 5 stars stimulating book/novice reviewer
    I'm currently furthering my education as an intern at a Catholic Charities branch whose Outreach Dept. -(small but succinct, assertive & powerfully proactive)- is building an 'Out of Poverty' program based on "Bridges," concomitantly constructing a more narrowily focused faith-based/interfaith version.The OR dept. received intensive & extensive training in a comprehensive & extended Bridges seminar presented -(rather dynamically I am told)- by Mr. Devol, CCDC/OCPC (I am under the impression neither Dr. Payne nor Ms. Smith MAEd/OCPC accompanied Mr. DeVol).Going from manual labor to the social services has involved much paradigmatic & theoretical integration -(& overhaul-and-reintegration)- for me as a professional; as a novice, my ruminations carry little weight.I am, however, surrounded by well-educated mentor-veterans who are dyamically implementing a variation of "Bridges" 'to the hilt.' -- I am priveleged to be a part of this pragmatic & collaborative dynamism.Whether this is ingratiative for the novice, a paragon for the veteran worker, or both, I am unsure; I can only say with infinitesimal (& anecdotal) authority that it is already helping me immensely.I am, in addition, confident that it will continue to abet my internship & catalyze my fresh work experience. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Physical    2. Poverty    3. Social Science    4. Sociology   

    15. Evaluating Practice: Guidelines for the Accountable Professional (5th Edition)
    by Allyn & Bacon
    Hardcover (15 July, 2005)
    list price: $100.00 -- our price: $100.00
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    Isbn: 0205466982
    Sales Rank: 204788
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Edition to a fantastic text
    This new edition of the text once again proves that these authors are the masters of single subject research.I have used this text for five years in my graduate methods course and am completely satisfied with their coverage of the material of single subject research design.Just when a researcher thought it could not get any better, this new edition comes along with updates to the software.
    1-0 out of 5 stars enough is enough
    I was pleased to hear that this text had been assigned in a graduate research course at my graduate school of social work. I'm seriously disappointed. I would not recommend this text's continued use. It is excessively repetitive, constantly restating previous material (commonly referred to as 'rehashing'), and, as a sidebar, i can't help but mention an irritating habit of unnecessary references to material yet to come ('we'll talk about that more in chapter 14.'). The writing style is terribly wordy, and in a weighted, clunky pseudo-conversational style that rarely is effective in a textbook. The actual technical information is obscured in a constant river of verbiage, usually in page after page of solid block text, the least helpful format when learning technical information (or when subsequently searching for specific information or techniques). The result? It serves as a strong sedative. Finally, the authors repeatedly express apologies, in what eventually (by page 350) feels like an obsequious and cloying manner, for putting forward an empirical and accountable approach to clinical practice. The worst, though, is the repetition of material, as if the reader were an idiot. The sheer relentlessness of it is what is so galling, and at $100 bucks, neither affordable nor worth the investment. There are other texts out there with clearer, cleaner, more articulate prose, that are more respectful of the reader, and at half the price, such as the classic and affordable: Single-Case Research Designs: Methods for Clinical and Applied Settings by Alan E. Kazdin. Ignore the pollyanna reviews above and below, and avoid this text, or if on the syllabus, protest and suggest an alternative.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic in Practice Evaluation
    Bloom, Fischer and Orme continue to make an unique contribution to improving practice in the human services by providing a road map by which practitioners can evaluate their effectiveness. I've been using their text book for over 15 years in teaching practice evaluation and in has been an invaluable help. The new edition has a CD Rom with SingWin, CAAP,and CAAS which I was able to install in Windows XP Home edition. You must install CAAS before CAAP for it to work. The sofware computerizes record keeping, score computation, and graph construction. I strongly reccommend this textbook for human services faculty. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Business / Economics / Finance    2. Evaluation    3. Evaluation research (Social ac    4. Evaluation research (Social action programs)    5. Management - General    6. Political Science    7. Politics/International Relations    8. Program Evaluation    9. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    10. Social service    11. Abnormal psychology    12. Behavioural theory (Behaviourism)    13. Political Science / Social Services & Welfare    14. Social welfare & social services   

    16. Hope Meadows: Real-Life Stories of Healing and Caring from an Inspired Community
    by Berkley Publishing Group
    Hardcover (03 April, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and touching- an amazing community!
    I just finished reading Hope Meadows, and I amexcited about this book, and the community it represents.The book tells the stories of children, adoptive parents, and older adults who live in a community that focuses on family.Seniors in the community volunteer to work with the kids, who, in turn, help out the seniors.Most of the children at Hope Meadows come from abusive backgrounds and have a multitude of behavioral and physical problems.Wes Smith has done an excellent job bringing these stories to life for the reader- you feel as though these are your neighbors.I HIGHLY recommend this book!....I actually cried reading some of these stories- if this book doesn't move you, nothing will!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Profiles of Caring Adults Providing Hope for the Unadopted
    I have always thought that good foster parents deserved to be viewed as heroines and heroes by our society.Those who do even more and help the children with the greatest needs perhaps qualify as saints.And if they do more than that, I'm afraid that my language skills fall short of being able to capture my full respect and admiration.Naturally, there are never enough of such wonderful people.Unfortunately, many children cannot get foster care and live in orphanages.Others are abused in foster care in various ways.Others live in homes where parents do not take good care of them. 5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, heartfelt truelife stories
    A beautifully written book by a talented author about an inspirational community started by a remarkable woman!Wes Smith's writing brings to life the story of Brenda Eheart's noble efforts to build a successful innovative alternative to foster care and adoption. As Smith so eloquently describes "It is a deceptively simple approach crafted by an improbable advocate in a most unlikely place."I couldn't put the book down! The brown-toned portraits collaged on the inside covers initially caught my eye because of their beauty, but by the end I could look at those same pictures and feel like I knew those faces, those smiles.I find myself wishing that I did know them or that I might meet them someday.Smith writes each chapter focusing on a single family/resident of Hope Meadows.Each chapter is an intriguing story in its own right, yet the stories interweave the lives of other residents as well, just as all the lives interweave at Hope Meadows to create the success of this inter-generational, inter-racial community.Smith writes in his introduction "In a world that often seems self-absorbed and hard-hearted beyond belief, it restores your faith in humanity to find that there are still people who believe they can make things better by reaching out and giving of their talents and their time." You will come away inspired by the human spirit and grateful that you had the opportunity to read this book. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Abandoned children    2. Abused children    3. Adoption    4. Children    5. Children's Studies    6. Family & Relationships    7. Family/Marriage    8. Hope Meadows (Rantoul, Ill.)    9. Illinois    10. Institutional care    11. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    12. Rantoul    13. Services for    14. Sociology   

    17. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism
    by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
    Hardcover (10 February, 2002)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars if god is what you want.
    if god is what you want, this is the book for you. If is a way to seperate your self from the horror of alcohol abuse, look else where. By reading the previous reviews, all I see is a bunch of name calling. AA members learn to seperate themselves from the so called NORMIES, and only find understanding through surrounding themselves with other alcoholics. This upsets them, and leads to the attacks you read here. Understand, this is a book review, not a whos right or wrong blog. After reading this book, I have deducted that the teachings are cult like and support no scientific fact. The version of the book has been updated over time, butstill contains the premise originally written over 69 years ago. 69 years? You are going to treat a behavior problem with a technique that old? Its like cutting off your leg to treat a broken ankle. Things have changed, along with the treatment of substance abuse. About the authors, You have the internet USE IT. William Wilson, writing the book was going through withdrawls and under the influence of a drug called belladonna. Any one would report "seeing god" under those circumstances. Wilson was unfaithfull to his wife, with new members of AA, this is called 13th stepping. Most of all he plagerised other authors to develop his program. The Steps were stolen from a man named Buchman, who wanted control through his religous beliefs. Please, if you are getting mad at my review, Check the internet or other books that support my statements. Support your recovery.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A desire to stop drinking, readiness at the bottom and the application of these TENETS has kept me sober for over 31 years.
    Have just ordered another copy of "The Big Book" as mine has about worn out. Alcoholics Anonymous - the book and program together have stood the test of time. Many tens of thousands of people have become sober long term by keeping the "Big Book" handy. Alcoholics Anonymous literally saved my life. It is a blueprint for living that could benefit anyone. The seriousness of Alcoholism can be identified as an insidious killer of person, family, friends, work reltionships and more. Keep the book around - it can work for you!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Showing Its Age
    Yes, the spiritual ideas encompassed in this book are timeless.In fact, all the principles within are found in any mainstream religion.It has been extrodinarily helpful to me in transforming my life.
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    18. Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work (2nd Edition)
    by Allyn & Bacon
    Paperback (05 August, 2005)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars good info
    the book has good information and is very throrough, but chapters are wordy and could probably be condensed. overall, the book is of good quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking book
    This is a truly comprehensive theory textbook that covers complex theories in a manner that makes them accessible to the reader. The authors are to be applauded for making a critical analysis of theory a central component of each chapter and for including theories that most other textbooks have ignored.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read
    This book is extremely challenging to get through and understand.I was lost a great deal of the time and did not learn what I had hoped.I appreciate the inclusion of the spiritual aspects of theories in the book, but the authors seemed to forget about teaching in an understandable manner. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cognitive Psychology    2. Human behavior    3. Politics / Current Events    4. Psychology    5. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    6. Social Psychology    7. Social ecology    8. Social service    9. Political Science / Social Services & Welfare    10. Social welfare & social services   

    19. Social Problems, 11th Edition
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (30 June, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0131115626
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    Subjects:  1. 1980-    2. Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare    3. Social Science    4. Social conditions    5. Social problems    6. Sociology    7. Sociology - General    8. United States    9. Social Science / Sociology / General    10. Sociology, Social Studies   

    20. Developing & Administering a Child CareCenter
    by Thomson Delmar Learning
    Paperback (11 July, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0766839265
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Anyone Starting a Day Care Center
    I'm in the middle of opening a day care center and this book was great. It contained alot of useful information and I constantly referenced themanual throughout the process.It contained all the forms that you willneed from hiring, registration to immunizations.It is a must have. ... Read more

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