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Chinese Business Etiquette: A Guide to Protocol,  Manners,  and Culture in thePeople's Republic of China
Chinese Business Etiquette: A Guide to Protocol, Manners, and Culture in thePeople's Republic of China
von Scott D. Seligman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,90

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great introduction to working in China!, 8. Juli 2000
If you're planning on doing some business in China and are unfamiliar with Chinese customs- do yourself a favor and read this book. Concise, well written and informative, Chinese Business Etiquette is a good introduction to getting by in the Middle Kingdom.
Besides helping you to do business in China, this book can also prevent you from looking like a complete moron in a Chinese social situation.


American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Vintage)
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Vintage)
von Joseph J. Ellis
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,30

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book on Jefferson's wiley character!, 25. Juni 2000
How is it that democrats, republicans, socialist, and every other wing nut- on the left or right- can claim Jefferson as their own?
In this well written an insightfull book, Joseph Ellis does some serious mining into Jefferson's character. What he digs up is a man riddled with contradictions- that lived and governed in a land of contradictions. The fact that Jefferson has been able to repeatedly extricate himself from serious damage to his reputation is an indicator to just how big a 'sacred cow' he has become. The truth is, he did more good than bad- and no matter what anyone digs up on him he will still be America's touchstone of liberty.
I think that Ellis comes to terms with Jefferson in this book. The author, like most people who have studied his life, can't seem to help but accept Jefferson for what he was- a visionary of flawed character who was very much stuck in the economic and political realities of his time.
I think this book does a fine job of painting Jefferson in all his colors. I recommend however, that if you haven't read other biographies of Jefferson, do so before reading this one. Although it can stand on it's own, I thought that having read several other books on him first was helpful.


Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West (Vintage)
Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West (Vintage)
von John Ralston Saul
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen My Bible!, 24. Juni 2000
I'm finishing Voltaire's Bastards for the third time and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the book more, and have gotten more out of it with each reading.
This book is an attack on the rational system of thinking that has produced a world of technocrats and second rate managers, kept the United States in a wartime economy for 50 years and enveloped our government in a cult of secrecy. Saul's attacks- whether they be against the political system, modern culture or our convoluted economy- are dead on. As Jim Hoagland stated in his Washington Post review, "Voltaire's Bastards is a hand grenade disguised as a book."
Though Saul's writing style can be a tad stilted and occasionaly repetitious, this book is very well written- despite comments to the contrary in other reviews. Whatever flaws one chooses to find in Saul's writing style, they certainly don't detract from the overall importance of this major work.
I recommend that anyone who is even remotely concered with the course modern civilization is taking should read this book.


Power Game: How Washington Works
Power Game: How Washington Works
von Hedrick Smith
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,31

5.0 von 5 Sternen There's something rotten in The District of Columbia!, 24. Juni 2000
Ever wondered why as soon as a candidate takes office, their campaign promises seem to become the first casualty of their incumbency? The Power Game explains this and many other things about that plodding leviathan we call the US Government. I have never read a better book about the inner working of Washington. Nor have I ever read a better argument for campaign reform.
Kendrick Smith has spent more time wandering the corridors of power than most politicians and he sees their twists and turns with a cartographers eye.The message of this book is simple; once you've obtained a position of power it takes consistent and conserted effort to maintain it. the ultimate victim of this constant power stuggle is, of course, the democratic process. After reading this book you can't help but feel that our elected officials are minor players compared to the monied interests that consistently make their decisions for them.
At times the book can be a little bit long winded, but nevertheless, if you want to understand what your representatives are doing or where your tax dollars are going- this is the best primer you can get- It's honest, detailed, full of anecdotes, relatively unbiased and very informative.
[Sorry about the double review- but my name was left off the last one]


How to Argue and Win Every Time: At Home, at Work, in Court, Everywhere, Every Day
How to Argue and Win Every Time: At Home, at Work, in Court, Everywhere, Every Day
von Gerry L. Spence
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,66

5.0 von 5 Sternen A very useful little book!, 4. Juni 2000
Wow! Alot of folks who have reviewed this book need a hug and a valium (a potent combination I might add).
Let me start by saying that the title of this book is a bit misleading, and intentionaly so. This book isn't about arguing as much as it's about communicating. Mr. Spence useds the word 'argument' in the context that everything we articulate- whether it's a desire to teach , punish, express wants or state an oppinion- is essentialy an argument.
The twist to this little tome is that effective arguing is not a act of selfishness but a labor of love. A good argument is one in which the greatest good is served.
I particularly found the chapter on arguing with kids quite useful. I tend to be quite authoritarian and rule oriented when it comes to child rearing and this little chapter taught me that kids will grow into responsible loving adults without being constantly hovered over and corraled into so called 'correct behavior'. This chapter is worth the price of the book alone.
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked for anything in his/her life. Well hell! I must be recommending this book to everyone.


Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom
Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom
von Jack, Jr. Fruchtman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,61

5.0 von 5 Sternen The best biography on Thomas Paine!, 1. Juni 2000
Thomas Paine is one of the great unsung heroes of early American history. He didn't come from an affluent family, he never held high public office, and he never had any money. There are no monuments in Washington D.C. or Philadelphia dedicated to Mr. Paine, he's not on any currency and he's affectively been eclipsed by many other revolutionary heroes- that are quite frankly his inferiors. Thomas Paine has been shortchanged in history because he was a drunk, an atheist and an all around unpleasant person (well...if he didn't like you, anyway).
Despite his shortcomings, and the numerous attacks that have come from his critics, Tom Paine was the conscience of the American revolution. He wrote several pamphlets and articles that called the American populous to action and galvanized revolutionary thought, not only during America's fight for independence, but also for the French who were about to engage in their own revolution.
Jack Fruchman has done a fine job of giving us Mr. Paine with all his imperfections and accomplishments. I recommend that every serious student of American history read this biography of one of our great patriots, thinkers and writers. I just admonish you not to forget to read the words of Thomas Paine himself. His thinking is as important and relevent today as it was 225 years ago.


King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
von Adam Hochschild
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,68

5.0 von 5 Sternen Absorbing and horrifying!, 28. Mai 2000
One of the best indictments of colonialism that I have ever read, King Leopold's Ghost is obsensively a book about power and greed.
Leopold, a King of a small country and a man with very limited powers, decides that he desperately needs to find a colony where he can reign supreme. He finally discovers Central Africa, a place that hasn't been gobbled up by the other colonizing powers, and claims it for his own. What ensues is one of the most brutal subjegations in recorded history. King Leopold's reign in the Congo was so vicious that even the other colonial powers of the day had to condemn him.This book is the story of a man that was so greedy- even the pretext of humanitarian aims were summarily ignored during his rule.
One of the things I liked most about this book is that it deflates the hero status of people like Henry Morton Stanley- an insecure man who shot Africans for sport. In his place, Hochschild has given us people like E.D.Morel, William Sheppard, Roger Casement and Hezekiah Shanu to look up to. People who tried to make a difference when it wasn't popular to do so.
This book is the very sad story of how the ego of one puny despot lead to the deaths of millions.
Informative, honest and well written- I highly recommend this book.


A People's History of the United States - 1492-Present
A People's History of the United States - 1492-Present
von Howard Zinn
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The revenge of the marginalized!, 28. Mai 2000
A great many people who have reviewed this book seem to be surprised and appalled that Zinn has focused on the dark side of the American story. This should have been painfully obvious from the title- The 'PEOPLES'History of the United States. I'm more surprised that so many people have reserved so much invective for an author who dares to write a history from the perspective of the marginalized majority of this country- a large group who haven't always been on the recieving end of the American dream.
Yes, this book is biased, but so is every flag waving history book I was forced to read when growing up. Kudos to Zinn for providing a counter balance to tear jerking stories of honest,kind hearted pilgrims searching for religious freedom.
This book will be hard for some to swallow- especially those who have been raised on the jingoistic pap that many of our educational institutions call history. But this book is important and a must read for the serious student of American history.
The old cliche' that 'history is written by the victors' is true and this book is the voice of those who were under the boot.
Read it!


Compact Oxford English Dictionary
Compact Oxford English Dictionary
von J. A. Simpson
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 370,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The dictionary of dictionaries!, 27. Mai 2000
Wow, what a dictionary! As far as dictionaries goes, this is the dictionariest. This is the paragon of dictionaries, it's super dictionariarific. I paid almost 300 clams for this dictionary and I don't regret it. I paid 300 dollars for a root canal once and when I was done I said, "is that all I get for three hundred bucks".
I have never said that about this dictionary.
If I want to know what Boswell or Chaucer meant when they were using a certain word, all I had to do is look in this dictionary!
The only problem with this book is that the words are super small. The publishers, however, have been most charitable in adding a swell magnifing glass so you can actually read it.
I love my OED and if there were such a thing as the 'Dictionary Police' who went around confiscating peoples dictionaries...they would have to pry this one from my cold dead fingers.
This dictionary makes me want to write a special haiku in its honor.
Oodles and oodles
words poppin' up everywhere
hoodwink is a verb
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The Elements of Style
The Elements of Style
von E. B. White
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,91

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very useful, BUT..., 21. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Elements of Style (Taschenbuch)
This is a very useful little book that can help you become a better writer- read it, learn from it, master the rules... and then break any of em' you see fit.
Language mavens like Saphire, Strunk and White serve a good purpose- but don't take em' too seriously or English will end up like French; stuffy, rigid and laced with arcane rules.
If Shakespear had had a book like this when he was writing, our English lexicon would be much porer today. English is the most diverse, maleable and alive language on the planet. Let's keep it that way!


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