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If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates: More Political Subversion from Jim Hightower
If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates: More Political Subversion from Jim Hightower
von Jim Hightower
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Should We Cry or Laugh?, 17. Juli 2000
With an engagingly literate style, Mr. Hightower provides fact after damning fact about the sad state of our American oligarchy, plutocracy, corporate monarchy, or whatever you choose to call our ersatz democracy, which has been clear cut by the happy chainsaws of corporate cash. But Hightower calls on us for citizen action: there truly is strength in numbers, in organizing, in promoting, in--gasp--populist politics! This book is MUST reading for any citizen planning either to vote or not vote in election year 2000.


Downsize This!: Random Threats from an Unarmed American
Downsize This!: Random Threats from an Unarmed American
von Michael Moore
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I Own Two Copies!, 13. Juli 2000
Yes, after buying the Random House hardback, a year later I bought the "New Improved!" HarperCollins paperback edition--on purpose. Michael Moore is one of my heroes. He's biting, honest, clear-sighted, straight-shooting, and, as other reviewers note, he's funny as hell. Though this book now is almost four years old, its messages remain fresh (in at least two senses!). Buy the book; watch Moore's show on Bravo (THE AWFUL TRUTH); join Mike's Militia; and if you, like me, are a Little Guy, fight the Goliathans until they topple!


Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America
Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America
von Kalle Lasn
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Heart, Superficial Mind, 26. Juni 2000
Kalle Lasn is adept at marketing. He's got flair with the shocking image and the powerful sound bite. However, he's not a great analytic thinker, and his glosses in CULTURE JAM often are superficial.
His main points are valid ones, nevertheless, and much of his advice in the "Summer" section of the book is sound. His broadbrush dismissals of both feminism and The Left are not.
This book is a quick read, has its heart in the right place, and certainly says much which is accurate about our American consumer culture and our obsessions with materialism and image. If you have never thought about how stupid it is to watch four or more hours of television per day, then this book is for you.


David Copperfield
David Copperfield
von Charles Dickens
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the Greatest Novels, 10. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: David Copperfield (Taschenbuch)
What a lark to review COPPERFIELD! I've read it many times and agree with Anne Bernays that it is perhaps the greatest novel ever written. It ranks with Dostoevsky's THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, Joseph Heller's CATCH-22, and Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE: quirky, sprawling, loaded with wisdom and sensitivity and keys to reality and the human condition itself. One must experience the novel in its totality, savoring its sweep and depth and scintillating characters. I admittedly loathe Dora and David's marriage to her, yet I know the center portion of the book is a necessary link to the stunning beginning and ending. I love the line, "Only my hair looked drunk." I love the chapter "Tempest." If I had but three books with which to be marooned, this would be one: it would keep the memory of what it is to be human alive and flourishing. Read it, needless to say.


The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War
The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War
von Robert D. Kaplan
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extreme but Believable, 10. Juni 2000
I agree with those Amazonians who see this as an insightful, engaging, but limited work. Who can predict the future? However, to use an example from Kaplan himself, Special Forces members are encouraged to make judgments with only 20% of information available because the consequences for delay are too dire. Even if Kaplan, here, is only 20% correct, mainstream America needs to contend with his vision of the near future: to ignore him is too dangerous. I give Kaplan such high marks for his devotion to the art of writing, to the pursuit of wisdom, and for his seeming honesty.


Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
von Susan Forward
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5.0 von 5 Sternen From Funhouse to Freedom, 8. Juni 2000
As children, we assume that what exists in our home is "normal." Only as adults are we sometimes able to grasp the reality of what life in a dysfunctional family truly was all about. TOXIC PARENTS is a very useful guide to overcoming the often crippling effects of a childhood in an abusive family. In a society which frequently loves to blame the victim, TOXIC PARENTS can help to heal wounds inflicted on children by adults who themselves were the victims of abusive childhoods.
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Ubik (Vintage)
Ubik (Vintage)
von Philip K. Dick
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Ubiquitous Praise, 3. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ubik (Vintage) (Taschenbuch)
UBIK is one of my favorite of PKD's "alternative reality" novels. It is, in part, a metaphysical and epistemological mystery: why is reality breaking down? How can the characters know if what they perceive is really real? What is the ultimate nature of reality, anyway?
Until the very last page, where PKD plays a last joke on the reader, one cannot be certain which level of "reality" is the correct one. Meanwhile, there is the usual profusion of humor, odd characters, and psychological and philosophical insights.
We love you, PKD, wherever you are!


Mad Cow USA: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?
Mad Cow USA: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?
von John Stauber
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5.0 von 5 Sternen And the Beef Goes On..., 13. Mai 2000
Three years after this superb analysis was published, Mad Cow Disease remains an underreported and largely neglected topic (by mainstream Americans, anyway). If one checks out the Mad Cow Disease Homepage, however, one finds that the problem not only has not disappeared but also seems to be spreading throughout both Europe and the U.S. Buy this book; share its contents with everyone you love; and beware overconsumption of candy altoids (made in the UK with beef gelatin)!


Rough GT World Music Volume 1 Africa Europe & Middle East (Rough Guide Music Guides)
Rough GT World Music Volume 1 Africa Europe & Middle East (Rough Guide Music Guides)
von Simon Broughton
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A World Music Bonanza, 20. April 2000
I am biased: I love the Rough Guide series of CDs. They have opened my ears and mind to worlds I not only never knew existed but also couldn't have imagined. This revision and expansion of the original Rough Guide to World Music is dazzling in its diversity. I agree with the first reviewer about its strengths and weaknesses. However, if you love the exploration of music and are willing to acknowledge that no encyclopedic work can but scratch surfaces, you'll love this book.


Dark Rivers of the Heart
Dark Rivers of the Heart
von Dean Koontz
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Chase, A Momma, Mr. Eugenics, and Nannette Narcisist, 5. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dark Rivers of the Heart (Taschenbuch)
I picked up this novel because one of my students is a Dean Koontz fanatic and billed this as his best. I preface by saying I'm not usually a reader of thrillers, and I found Koontz's psychological and philosophical depth here to be shallow at best.
However, Koontz has written a thriller, not a study of the human psyche or soul. The novel's core is an extended chase: the bad guys pursue the good guys with all the creepy technology at their disposal. It's thrilling! It's scary! It keeps you turning the pages!
I found some of the values implicit in the text a little scary (libertarianism veering toward anarchy; conformist, homophobic views of human sexuality; etc.); but I love Koontz's reverence for the novels of Philip K. Dick!!
I suspect that if you like Koontz's other work, you'll like this novel.


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