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1. Applebee's America: How Successful
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2. Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity:
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3. Manufacturing Consent: The Political
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4. Catalytic Leadership (Jossey Bass
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5. A Man without a Country
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7. Running for Office: The Strategies,
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8. Democracy in America
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9. The O'Reilly Factor: The Good,
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10. The Paranoid Style in American
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11. Middle Church: Reclaiming the
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12. We the People:A Call to Take Back
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14. Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly
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15. Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats
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16. Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism:
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1. Applebee's America: How Successful Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community
by Simon & Schuster
Hardcover (05 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Megachurch Movement Gains Stature--Maybe
Chapter 3 on religion (mostly megachurches) is worth the price of the book. The authors call it the third side of their triangle, and perhaps the best "example of how to appeal to anxious Americans in this era of change."A sidebar, "Selling Coffee and God," describes a Vienna, Va., in-church Starbucks.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Contemporary, Inspirational and Thought-provoking Book that Everyone Should Read

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2. Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel--Why Everything You Know is Wrong
by Hyperion
Hardcover (09 May, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, not too indepth, but Stossell entertains for sure!
John Stossel's Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity is a great book in which the 20/20 anchor tackles myths that prevail in society and are often taken as fact and refutes all of them with facts of his own.The chapters are broken down into myths about health, medicine, government, relationships, business, etc.These myths aren't just those such as you shouldn't swim after you eat (although that is in there.)Stossel tackles myths that cost money and lives and have been around so long they have been accepted as truth.For example, malaria, a desease that takes thousans of lives in Africa, could be easily combated with the Pesticide DDT.DDT was banned many years ago because fraudulent data reported it as cancerous.Food could be much healthier if it was treated with radiation, but radiation sounds bad so minority special interest groups have fought to have it banned.
5-0 out of 5 stars Forget much of what you think is true!
John Stossel's first book, GIVE ME A BREAK,got me thinking about
3-0 out of 5 stars Clear, excellent example of bias
I love this book.I teach a class that includes a component on critical thinking, and I've had trouble finding clear examples of authors who are able to all of the following in one argument: (a) use bias in choosing the facts they present, (b) mischaracterize the meanings of these facts, (c) mischaracterize counter arguments, AND (d) reason incorrectly about what their already selective premises.But now I've found plenty of examples here.
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3. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
by Pantheon
Paperback (15 January, 2002)
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An absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief. Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard-bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free-market economics model of media leads inevitably to normative and narrow reporting. Whether or not you've seen the eye-opening movie, buy this book, and you will be a far more knowledgeable person and much less prone to having your beliefs manipulated as easily as the press. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars More conspiracy theory propaganda
Wake up and understand who controls the media and who they vote for.Why would these Dem voting owners and employees possibly push a Republican Agenda?Can you possibly answer that?
5-0 out of 5 stars ed herman's a genius
Ed Herman has often written quietly behind Chomsky's bigger name but he's no less important a messenger and translator of American media and foreign policy bias and hypocrisy. Manufacturing Consent is a withering analysis of these "inconvenient truths."Herman and Chomsky's important writings, both as collaborators and individuals, have been largely ignored by the mainstream press for the last 40 years, affirming, ironically, their very thesis. If you read this book undefensively, putting aside your biases, you will experience Kierkegaard's "fear and trembling." If you read Ed Herman's other books, you'll appreciate why he's not more widely known, but should be.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very important book
In Manufacturing Consent, Hermann and Chomsky present a very powerful institutional analysis of the media.The authors put forth a "propaganda model" which outlines various ways in which the media filter information to serve the interest of the powerful elites.Although the propaganda model makes sense from a logical and theoretical standpoint (given the economic constraints faced in the news industry), the real power of the book are case studies that provide near bullet-proof support for the model.In fact, the model is introduced in the first chapter, while the remainder of the book is a series of case studies.Even the most skeptical reader (as I was) will be pretty hard pressed to poke holes in the model after the gauntlet of case studies it is put through.Because this book tells us so much about the objectivity of the news we receive from the agenda setting news sources, I honestly believe that Manufacturing Consent is one of the most important books ever written.
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4. Catalytic Leadership (Jossey Bass Nonprofit & Public Management Series)
by Jossey-Bass
Hardcover (29 January, 2004)
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5. A Man without a Country
by Seven Stories Press
Hardcover (15 September, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars An elegiac last call from the greatest American author
Kurt Vonnegut has his detractors, some of whom can be found reviewing this book, but thankfully he also has numerous fans -- and you can put me at the forefront of his supporters any day. In this work (which will most likely be the now eighty-four year old author's last) Vonnegut looks back at the life he has lived, the people he has met, those who have influenced him, the world he has inhabited, and reflects on where the human race seems to be headed. Surely there will be people who disagree with Vonnegut's politics, but what he is preaching (if anything) is the importance of kindness -- and, really, who could possibly find fault with that? He challenges his readers to stand up to the political machines, the corrupt corporations, et al and to hold on to their integrity in a world that no longer rewards honesty and hard work. Vonnegut certainly has no love for President Bush and the current administration -- which naturally provokes a knee-jerk defensive position from the conservatively inclined reader, but if you take the politics out of the equation you are left with what Vonnegut recommends to a man on page 107: "There's only one rule that I know of: Go****mn it, Joe, you've got to be kind!" Again, who could argue with that? Wouldn't the world be a better place -- and wouldn't life be a lot easier to live -- if we just made the modicum of effort that it takes to be nice to each other? Perhaps, being apolitical myself, it's easy for me to put aside my differences with Vonnegut and focus on what he is trying to say. There are also those who complain that Vonnegut is overly simplistic. Well, if I've learned anything it's that oftentimes the most obvious things are the hardest to see -- and if everyone already knew what Vonnegut is saying the world wouldn't need much fixing in the first place. Turkish author Orhan Pamuk just won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, and I'm sure that he deserves it, but it just stupefies me that Vonnegut has never been honored with that prize during his long career. With a canon that includes "Mother Night" (my favorite Vonnegut book), "Slaughterhouse Five", "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater", "Breakfast of Champions" and so much more he just seems like a great choice. And at eighty-four Vonnegut has lost none of his mental prowess and signature wit. If this elegiac work proves to be Vonnegut's last it would be a fitting, melancholy note to end his career on. I just can't help but selfishly hold onto the hope that he will be around a while longer to entertain us with his unique blend of comedy, tragedy, and poignant themes. God -- or whatever is out there -- bless you, Mr. Vonnegut.

3-0 out of 5 stars A master writer but not at his best
I have long been a fan of Kurt Vonnegut.Yes, he is a socialist and, yes, his writing is not balanced.He is espousing a point of view.Nothing is masked.I accept that and appreciate the wit and originality for what it is.He has written masterpieces of American literature and this is written as the words of an aging great man.
1-0 out of 5 stars ICONOCLASM TRUMPS TALENT
Not having read any of Vonnegut's work for 30 years, I opened A Man Without a Country and remembered why I'd SO assiduously avoided him. As a natural conservative I much enjoy the thrust and parry of lively political debate. But KV, like almost every socialist I've ever met, doesn't do debate, preferring mockery, innuendo, myth and wilfully distorted facts. It's the superior sneer of the self-styled intellectual who doesn't know what he's talking about. His unwavering belief in doctrinal socialism brings to mind a line from Emerson: "Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
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6. How to Run for Local Office : A Complete, Step-By-Step Guide that Will Take You Through the Entire Process of Running and Winning a Local Election
by R & T Enterprises, Incorporated
Paperback (12 April, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book for local elections
I've read quite a few books on running for office and this is the best one I've seen for running for local elections. If you are running in a County, City, Township or Village race, this book has a wealth of real, usable information. The book is easy to read, has real-life examples that you can understand and is the best book I've seen for people running in smaller, local races. I personally have given it to candidates and recommend it to all candidates. Great, useful book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A very nice, concise, no-frills primer

5-0 out of 5 stars I lost EVERY battle but I won the WAR!
My opponent was the favored incumbent.She received the endorsement of the local newspaper AND her name was listed on the ballot before mine.All of these small things added up to sure and sudden defeat, right? Well, not so fast! Read more

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7. Running for Office: The Strategies, Techniques and Messages Modern Political Candidates Need to Win Elections
by M. Evans and Company, Inc.
Hardcover (25 September, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource For The Modern Campaign!!!
Ron Faucheux does an excellent job of laying out what you need to know when you are running for office. You can be assured that every word in this book comes from working on over 100 campaigns.
3-0 out of 5 stars Any more reviews of this book out there?
I'm curious about this book, but I'm wondering why three of the four reviews were posted from San Diego, why two of those three were by the same person, and why two of those three (not by the same person) were posted on the same day.
4-0 out of 5 stars Lists for the candidate to work through
The book provides a long set of lists for the potential and declared candidate.There is no mention of getting along with your political party.
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8. Democracy in America
by Signet Classics
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5-0 out of 5 stars Relevant

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This edition should be a must read for all.
5-0 out of 5 stars Democracy in America
In truth I haven't read the book as of yet, however, it was purchased to read De Torqueville thoughts of democracy and how both countries could profess democracy and uphold slavery.
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9. The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life
by Broadway
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5-0 out of 5 stars Redeeming Factors
Like it or not, producer and anchor of "The O'Reilly Factor," Bill O'Reilly tells it like it is and how he sees it during his "no spin zone" portion of news at Fox.His writings in the book, "The O'Reilly Factor:The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life," is more of a look into abiding social issues than late-breaking news, but if you like his show and his outspoken candor, you are sure to enjoy this book as much.Especially because he is able to "talk" more in-depth in this book, without the time cues of the show.I agreed with 85% of what Mr. O'Reilly had to say.With sharp wit and humor, parts of this book had me laughing out loud (especially his short story of meeting Elton John for the first time).Outlined in pith, are the chapters:
4-0 out of 5 stars To the point with a chuckle!
This is witty commentary on O'Reilly's basic pet peeves in American society.It is brief and not too heavy. Here are some pet peeves from a reader and viewer of Bill's:
4-0 out of 5 stars uplifting
Generosity, patience, honesty, and tolerance ( but not of evil).Truly American values.I'm glad I read this book, as I did find it uplifting.The values Mr. O'Reilly espouses are to be strived for, especially if America is to remain the great country it is, now and in the past.Thank you Mr. O'Oreilly for writing this book, and the O'Reilly Factorfor Kids which I also found to be an excellent read and an important one for a new generation of Americans. ... Read more

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10. The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays
by Harvard University Press
Paperback (01 February, 1996)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Differentiating Conservatism from Fringe Lunacy
During the fifties, and up to the time of his death in the sixties, Richard Hofstadter was one of America's most renowned historians with two Pulitzer Prizes to his credit.He was at his intellectual peak when, as one of America's eminent authorities of his country's political ideologies, he tackled the developing phenomenon of the early sixties' right wing extremism under the guise of conservatism.He differentiates between the traditional American conservatism espoused by the likes of President Herbert Hoover and Senator Robert Taft alongside the venom of Robert Welch's John Birch Society, in which, as the group's idea man, Welch referred to Dwight D. Eisenhower as a "dedicated and conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy."4-0 out of 5 stars Devastating, yes; clairvoyant, no
Granted that Prof. Hofstadter's evaluation of the "pseudo-conservatism" of the Goldwater campaign is rather patronizing, and that, too optimistically, he predicted that the paranoid style was condemned to permanent minority status. Otherwise, the book is a prescient and devastating analysis of the breathless mindset on display, mainly from the Right, over the last ten years or so. Just last November right-wing commentators asbright and well-educated as George F. Will were fulminating against Gore's "slow-motion coup" in Florida, and lesser conservatives were passing the word that President Clinton was about to seize dictatorial powers.The fact that the most conservative president since Reagan--maybe since the Roaring 20s--is currently sitting in the Oval Office, courtesy of a hypocritical decision by a quintet of conservative Supreme Court justices, means nothing to the conservatives immersed in the paranoid style.THEY didn't subvert the system; they saved the U.S. from the liberals, the liberals, the liberals.5-0 out of 5 stars The perennial work in the field of American paranoia
Though wacky folks here and there may be offended by Hofstadter, social and political scientists recognize this work as the perennial analysis of American paranoia as a social phenomenon. ... Read more

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11. Middle Church: Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from the Religious Right
by Simon & Schuster
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12. We the People:A Call to Take Back America
by Coreway Media
Paperback (07 May, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm So Proud of Thom Hartmann!
With the slow (yet too fast for me!) and frightfully real unraveling of this country's constitution by Bush, neocons, "christian" extremists and rapturists, republicans, some dems, and those corporate terrorists...and the list goes on, We The People gives me the push to get involved to take our country back!
5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and well thought out explanation of the 'real' conservative agenda!
Explaining the original intentions of the Founders in regards to corporate personhood and the conservative agenda to turn America into a new feudal society, all in graphic novel form? --Priceless.
5-0 out of 5 stars Buy, read, pass it on
I recently heard Mr. Hartmann's radio show and was so impressed with him I had to purchase one of his books for my own enjoyment. That is what I discovered this book to be, enjoyment. I've never had so much fun reading such serious subject matter. He outlines for the reader the parts of our history our corporate media would have us forget. He shows us some things that have gone wrong, and where they've gone wrong in our country. He really leaves you with a sense that we can win this battle against corporate personhood by giving a clear method to reclaiming American democracy and personal rights. This book cuts through the nonsense our leaders are throwing in our face and shows us the enemy, which we now can target, and possibly win this battle. ... Read more

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13. Democracy Under Pressure (with PoliPrep)
by Wadsworth Publishing
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14. Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly
by Nation Books
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1-0 out of 5 stars The Author Lets his Obsession do all his thinking
Books like this show the clear difference between those authors who have a positive idea to share with the world with the experience to back it up, andthose who are merely fullfilling their own juvenile fantasy.The author here clearly had no other agenda than to "stick it" to Oreilly out of whatever "how dare Oreilly disagree with me" justification that was conveniently available at the time.The attacks are all predictibly by the numbers and standard issue "I hate oreilly" slams that one could find on any number of websites (for free).In fact anyone who frequents the usual websites will find everything in here to be extremely old news, with the same information one could gleen from even a superficial examination of the internet, very shallow.The author seems more interested in engaging in cackling self-congratulation about how (not so) witty he himself is, than doing anything that hasnt been done (better) before.
1-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
What a joke. Liberals are wonderful people, really. Ha, NOT! They can't argue good politics so they attack someone who can. Nice..what loosers

1-0 out of 5 stars EXACTLY part of the stuff wrong with this country and world
Hmmm,Ann Coulter is just as bad at representing the "right" as these dorks are representing the "left".I'm a conservative,but there are some liberals that I do like and some that I don't.If you "hate" Bill O'Reilly,there is something wrong.If you disagree with him a lot,there is something correct about that.If you drink the "kool-aid", you probably really hate yourself more than those you think you hate.Hate and nastiness is the very quality that has put this world in the hell that it is in and these guys are just throwing gas on the hate fire as does Ann Coulter.Bill is out there trying to get facts and put both sides under the microscope.Does he favor the right?Well,he favors conservative and traditional values,but so do a lot of democrats and even liberals.I also promise you that the vast majority of democrats are going to label this stuff as the garbage that it is. ... Read more

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15. Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South
by Simon & Schuster
Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Haven't read it, but heard an interview with the author.
I haven't read this book yet, but I heard an interview with the author last night on NPR.In that light, I can't comment on the book or it's proposals, but I can say that the author sounded very knowledgeable and his arguments well thought out and supported.I am in the middle of the road politically, and the author is clearly a passionalte liberal, but the book sounds as if it would be an interesting look into the next presidential election for people on both sides of the political spectrum. ... Read more

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16. Pakistan's Drift Into Extremism: Allah, The Army, And America's War On Terror
by M.E. Sharpe
Paperback (30 September, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Hassan Abbas has written this book in a interesting way such that it is fun to read. However, the intended audience of this book is mostly the American scholars/students as they will find this book somewhat along the lines of what they hear on TV but not too radical, however there are other realities which are not mentioned in this book which are extremely important. It does provide a good picture of politics in Pakistan but not the complete picture.
5-0 out of 5 stars Very relevant to what's happening today in South Asia/Pakistan
Very intriguing and bold work - exposes how religious bigots and fundamentalists have entrenched themselves in Pakistan. It doesn't spare anyone - Pakistan army and its intelligence, American foreign policy blunders, Indian intransigence and failure of Pakistan's political elite - a very balanced treatment. I read the book as a required text for a course on South Asia and conflict resolution and its best part is that its written in a story like fashion, so its actually fun to read the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Informative but slightly tilted
This novel is basically written as two different nonfictional thrillers in one. The first is the historical upbringing of a young nation and the events that led to the aggressions between Pakistan and India. In my opinion this part of the book is nicely written and is more of a historical outline rather than an opinionated article, even though the authors do put some witty comments explaining these past events. The second part of the novel is a little more opinionated, explaining the current drift of Pakistan with religious factors involved. This part of the book seems a bit one sided and doesn't put all the perspectives on the table. I have lived in Pakistan and the religious extremism is defiantly does not represent the majority of the country. This is a good reference book to read in order to understand the current situation with Pakistan and the American so called War on Terrorism but is defiantly not the only source on should use to understand such a deep topic. ... Read more

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17. Hardball : How Politics Is Played Told By One Who Knows The Game
by Free Press
Paperback (02 November, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Officially My New Favorite Book
Hardball was extremely interesting, kind of like a modern-day Prince (Machiavelli) mixed with a little of Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card); it's like Ender's Game in that it really holds your attention while giving you key rules of thumb.
5-0 out of 5 stars Chris Mathews Book Hardball
This book is a must for anyone running for election or for anyone working with a candidate. It is full of practical do's and don'ts..things that are obvious when they are read, but that do not come to most people spontaneously.
3-0 out of 5 stars Business politics vs Politics
From my blog.
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18. The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations
by Doubleday
Hardcover (25 May, 2004)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Little more than a collection of anecdotes
Intrigued by the relative frequency of citation of this book in the new "web 2.0" universe, I was disappointed to find only a sequence of factoids on social experiments and little in the way of analysis.From the very beginning of the book the reader is invited to agree with the central thesis (that a crowd of independent individuals does better than a smaller elite group) and it very much feels like evidence is carefully selected to reinforce the author's argument.The book could have been twice as thin without losing much of its substance.I would qualify it as a light business read, entertaining but not quite convincing if you're not part of the choir.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on human behavior!
If you want to know more about the importance of shedding all political alliegences and affiliations, read this book. What a wonderful body of knowledge with just the right stories to highlight the profound insights into the recesses of our heart.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why do the Crowds buy this book if they are so Wise?
This book is basically a magazine article that has been expanded to fill out an entire book (this has been noted by others)
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19. No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog
by Peachpit Press
Paperback (11 August, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great writing motivator, and a cockle-warming read!
What I most love about this book -- aside from the writing, which is toothsome and smart, and aside from the breadth and creativity of the suggestions that the author, Margaret Mason, comes up with -- is that it's also a tender love letter to blogs themselves. Many of the Ideas featured in this book offer examples from actual bloggers, from well-known cewebrities to people I have never clicked on before. And these bloggers that the Maggie has currated together, they're doing such wonderful things. Their writing, photos, films, drawings, childhood mementos ... it's all so inspired and inventively assembled. This book is the perfect reminder that good people are out there doing great things, and that you, too, might even be able to join them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little book, for newbies or veterans alike
I have maintained my blog at [...] for over four years now, so I can tell you it doesn't matter if you've been a blogger for a while: you will find this book useful. It should be noted, like other reviewers have pointed out, that it's not just about blogging (though some of the tips offered pretty much are ideal for a blog as a content vehicle). The book offers the reader 100 ideas to avoid "me-too syndrome" as the author puts it. The result, cleverly conveyed by the title, is broken down into sections, from ideas that will take the blogger fifteen minutes to write about, all the way to involved projects that will take time to gather and publish.
5-0 out of 5 stars New blogger finds much needed help
I am fairly new to the whole blogging thing, so this book couldn't have come at a better time.It's an easy and fun read and has convinced me to let down my guard a bit, not to mention provided me with some great leads.I would recommend this book to anyone -- seasoned blogger or novice like me. ... Read more

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20. Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World
by New Society Publishers
Paperback (01 September, 2004)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Party's Over...
While Heinberg summarizes the lit. on oil depletion and fuel shortages, this book branches into imagined political outcomes--basically, the demise of liberal culture, the individual, and our civilization.(Examples: no oil, little fuel, population decline to 3.8 billion humans, etc.)He offers "rational" alternative end-games and scenarios, but his thinking predicates that human beings and societies are and can be "rational."If you accept that, then, OK, this analysis is for you.
5-0 out of 5 stars Heinberg Reports, You Decide
Heinberg writes as friend who has the regrettable task of informing us our way of life is over.He gives a concise, readable account of why change is coming.In short, the age of cheap oil is soon to end and viable substitutes (if they are to appear at all) are decades away.We are now at the point, or we will soon be at the point, where supply cannot keep up with demand.Demand is rising (thanks in part to the industrialization of China and India) and supply is at its peak. This new reality will have disastrous consequences for our economic, political and social institutions."It literally changes everything."
4-0 out of 5 stars Better than the Long Emergency
Very concise review of alternative energy options, and why repair, re-use, maintain will become very important as we learn to live with energy resource limitations.Its not as alarmist as the Long Emergency (James Howard Kunstler), but puts the onus on policy makers to make hard choices now, or be faced with some unwinnable strategies,e.g. "Last One Standing" which appears to be the policy of the Bush administration, perhaps unconsciously.I enjoyed it.Very well written, well researched, and easy to understand. ... Read more

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