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Introducing Psychology
Introducing Psychology
von Nigel Benson
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great for Beginners Knowledge of Psychology, 5. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Introducing Psychology (Taschenbuch)
Personally I have to say that this is one of the better books on psychology written specifically(hence the title "Pyschology for BEGINNERS). To illustrate, the book is 176 pages with a fairly good index and some interesting and quite explanatory pictures and lots of good information on different psychological tecnhinques. It starts out explaining what psychology is and what it is NOT. It goes back to the philosophers to find its origins(psychology) and traces to the future where we learn and know more about genes, our brain. The book tackels subjects, whcih are quite controversial in teh psychological industry quite tamely and does give different points of view. Like on the nature-nurture debate. It explains some of the new techniques psychology uses and used to classify behavior. It, the book, gives information on psychological and psychiatric associationn. The book explains the courses to take if you want to major in psychology. There are also lots of good graphs showing different information on different behaviors. The author's explantions are interseting and simple even for the layman reader. Some words can be quite techniquel but in all in all, its quite manageable. The author profiles different people and psychologists providing a paragraph to a couple of pages on the figure depending on improtance. The book also gives a good explanation of Freud's theories though does not delve into Jung as much. But thats good. Cause getting into Jung or other psychiatrists would have been to techniquel and not for the "beginner." Buy the book if you are interested in psychology. You will not be disappointed.


Art of Russian Cuisine
Art of Russian Cuisine
von Anne Volokh
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen An INCREDIBLY Conscise and Detailed Russian Cookbook, 30. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Art of Russian Cuisine (Taschenbuch)
First allow me to say that I am a person who grew up in Russia so I have to say that I am speaking with some authority. I came here when I was young and I have tried many of the foods in this book and I must say that this is the best and most conscise cookbook on Russian Cooking.
The book is very fat and thick but that is exactly why it is so good for its wealth of differnt varities of food for different occasions, from weddings to Easter(Kulichi). The book is 632 pages long including the index. The book is constrcuted in different chapters depending on what you want to cook. It also gives the americanized phonetic saying of how to say these foods in Russian which in my opinion would be very useful for both cultural and traveling reasons if you want to order the food there. The book has many chapters as I said earlier among them are "Fish" "Soups" and "Meat."
Among the most convenient things is the details told in teh making of the cookings. The details are so detailed stricken that it is impossible to go wrong.
There are many foods here that Americans remember as being Russian among them "borshcit" which are told here to make.
Plus some of the best thigns about this endeavor is the fact taht the recipe is written by a Russian Women which means that she knows how to cook this. This isnt' simply a book written by a visitor the country, this is written by a woman who grew up in the Soviet Union, having been a food critic for a very high circulating gazzette. The recipes are sometimes simple and sometimes a little bit more hard just like in any cookbook. Plus one of the other enticing features of the books contents is the fact that the book includes recipes from different Russian cultures, such as the Georgians and Ukranians and Belorussians. That is an incredible brush of stroke since many great "Russian Foods" are not russian at all but come from different Russian cultures.
In the end, in my opinion this is the most detailed and conscise book on Russian cooking I have looked over yet. The thickness of the book says it all. The book includes a americanized way of pronouncing the cooking in Russian and is very detailed in its description of the food. Buy the book if you want a sort of "almanac" of Russian Cusisine.


Woreld of Ideas
Woreld of Ideas
von Bill Moyers
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Insightful Book on New and Useful Ideas, 30. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Woreld of Ideas (Taschenbuch)
The book is roughly 512 pages long. It is formatted as an intervirew that Bill Moyers, the host has, with some of the most intellectually enlightening people of our generation. The book is divided into two sections: Our changing American Values and American Values in the New Global Society. The topics discussed usually correspond to thetheme of the section. The book is culiminated from the TV of the same name that ran on PBS for a time. Among the people profiled are Noam Chomsky, arguable one of the most important intellectuals alive, Isaac Asimov, (1920-1992)an extremely prolific writer of science and science fiction, E.L Doctorow and Joseph Heller, who sadly died in December of last year.
The book is essantially Bill Moyers talking with men and women on the topics on which they usually major or like to discuss in. For example, Bill had a candid interview with Chomsky on the idea of democracy and how propoganda is used in it. He discussed with Steven Weinberg, an influential scientist, some of the ideas behind behind science and how truly beutiful science really is. And others from Isaac Asimov talking about the future to a couple of different black writers and acadamians talking about the role of racism in society and how it can be overcome.
This book is great for many reasons. One of them is the fact that it does, in my opinion of course, portray not just one side of the argument but in some senses it brings differnt people of different views and let them in a sense talk about things and look at things in a different way from what the other person said. There is a wealth of information. Plus, this book isn't "liberal" or "conservative." Its a book that presents a lot of different views. Most importantly it allows people to get and understand new ideas that could help them understand the world around them more and especially from people who have spent their whole life devoted to that topic. This book is like a dinner conversation with some of the most genius men of the past 20 or 30 years.
The ideas covered here are ideas from how life is led, to the problem with our educational system. It aint just about boring things that "an average Joe" wouldn't care about. I believe that this book can be very insightful even for the average intellect reader.
So buy this book and prepare to be immersed in incredible ideas and thoughts that could help you support or maybe change your own.


Six Easy Pieces: Essentials Of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher (Helix Book)
Six Easy Pieces: Essentials Of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher (Helix Book)
von Richard P. Feynman
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ideas of Physics explained in a simple manner, 28. Mai 2000
As an avid admirer of intellectuals(Gertrude Stein, Einstein, Chomsky, Goodman,Said, et al)I couldn't have been happier finding out a new one, this being Richard P Feynman (1918-1988) and his book Six Easy Pieces. The book is divided into 6 or 7 chapters explaining different ideas of physics, this ideas being very simply, hence the same six EASY Pieces. The book doesn't use any equationis accept very elemantary ones. The first chapter devotes some time to the theory (or fact, whatever you prefer) of atoms, explaining how it works. Feynman also talks about,in different chapters, about the relation of physics to other sciences and ideas.
Feynman's gift is very simple. He understands physics. Not just the ideas of physics but how it relates to life and how it came about. Feynman knows how to use simple examples in life to make a point clear. Feynman also explains a mistake that a textbook makes in showing how atoms are seen through a microscope. It is just this kind of experience and truth that makes Six Easy Pieces a book that is incredible good. In the book Feynman talks about Newton's ideas of Physics and Kepler's thoughts and ideas of the orbit of the planets. Buy if you want a great explanation of the basic elements in physics.


Ex-Friends: Falling Out With Allen Ginsberg, Lionel & Diana Trilling, Hanah Arendt, Lillian Hellman, and Norman Mailer
Ex-Friends: Falling Out With Allen Ginsberg, Lionel & Diana Trilling, Hanah Arendt, Lillian Hellman, and Norman Mailer
von Norman Podhoretz
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great But WIsh It Could Have Been Longer, 2. Februar 2000
This book reads like one of those "steamy novels." There is everything here. Sex, drugs, poetry, homosexuality. You name it, you got it. The book basically is Norman Podhoretz and he basically devotes each chapter to a person or people in a group known as "The Family." The list of characters includes Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Lionel Trilling and Diane Trilling, Lillian Hellman, and some other ones. Podhoretz basically tells us their personalities and how come he finally realized that liberalism is "wrong." The book is his personal "memoir" on how to became disenchanted with the left. One of the good parts of the book is the fact that it shows such admired figures such as Lillian Hellman and Norman Mailer in a light that hasn't been bestowed on them. The majority of the works on these people almost always paint them as geniuses. But Podhoretz shows us much more in the process. This book will be good 100 years from now to establish fact from fiction on characters. People such as Norman Mailer and Allen Ginsberg who are considered geniuses who fight for what they believe in are portrayed in a different light. The book shows more of their "dark sides" than other books. Podhoretz writes in a very good way. His voice seems to come of the book and you can actually hear him talking to you. I do wish it could have been longer and in some parts he could have been more sensitive but all in all it was good. This book tells a lot about the generation that made up the intellectual sixties and fifties.


How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable
How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable
von Zagat Survey
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,49

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Culmination of Ellis's Rational Emotive Therapy, 1. Februar 2000
The book is basically 200 pages long and it's basically tells you how to be less disturbable which is basically what Ellis' idea of happiness is. To become more disturbable is to be more happier. His whole theory is that basically, it is not what happens to us, but how we interpret it. If we interpret something as bad then it is bad. If we interpret it as good then it is good. The reaosn we interpret things as bad or good is because of our belief systems. For example if you believe that you must be liked by everybody who you feel affectionate for then you will feel depressed if you don't get that love. The book basically first of all explains to you that the reason you get depressed is because of your feelings and expacations for the world. Then part 2 is basically how you can change these beliefs using thinking ways, behavioral ways, and emotive ways. This book is basically a culmination of all the methods that you can use to defeat your irrational beliefs. The book is very, very good because it written in a very simple language and you can acutally feel the author is right there talking to you. He explains concepts in very easy ways. His therapy is hard-nosed but optimistic. He doesn't make promises that he can't back up. The last chapter is devoted to self-actualization. The reason why I said it was a culmination of rational-emotive therapy is because the basically new thing that I have learned from this book (after reading 5 of his earlier one) is basically new ways I can dispute my beliefs. You should also read A guide to rational living and A Personal Guide to Happiness. The books are a little bit older but they still tell you how to apply it even more to different situations.
In conclusion, the book is very good and has very good explanations of the theory. Its best part is the many ways he tells you how to dispute your irrational beliefs. No other book that he has written, at least I think, has so many methods as this one on how to defeat your irrational beliefs. It is written in plain style and I believe that it can help people.


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
von David D., M.D. Burns
  Taschenbuch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Probably the Best Book Aimed at Depression but Too Long, 30. Dezember 1999
This is a book by David Burns, a psychiatrists who has treated many depressed patients. The book starts out with a special test you can take to see if you are depressed.
After this test, he shows you some basic concepts on how your depression starts. To answer, the depression starts because you have irrational beliefs that cause you to interpret events as being bad without really thinking about what you are thinking. For example, if lets say your teacher screams at you, you might get depressed because you think you're a worthless, horrible, person who doesn't deserve to live. This belief causes you to feel depressed instead of just disappointed or frustrated.
So, CBT(Cognitve-Behavior Therapy, this books type of therapy)attmepts to make you realized how back your beliefs are by making you draw columns where you state your irrational belief then describe what kind of an irrational belief it is and then write what kind of belief you should have instead. The book has many charts and pictures of techniques of taking away your irrational thoughts such as overgeneralizing things and all-or-nothing thinking.
This book was voted best book on self-help depression a person can buy by over 100 psychologists in the"authoritve guide to self-help books"( I recommend you read it.)
My problem with the book is that it was too long. It was just to long. The book is about 665 pages long. For goddsake, make it atleast 200 pages. I couldn't finish the book, I just skimmed and got a lot of information from that skimming. The book, if short could have been better in the sense that it wouldn't sometimes be so confusing on what means what. Basically, the book needed to be shorter but the content was very good.


A Guide to Rational Living
A Guide to Rational Living
von Albert Ellis
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,20

5.0 von 5 Sternen The SIngle Greatest Self-Help Book Ever, 30. Dezember 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Guide to Rational Living (Taschenbuch)
I have in my short life have read maybe 200 or 300 self-help books. Thse books vary from "The Power of Positive Thinking" to "How to Win and Influence People." Throught all these books, I have never seen a real good method to be happy. TO be really happy.
This book is the excpetion. This book can help almost any person to be happy.
The basic idea of the book is this: People have certain beliefs about things. For example you might have the belief that you must be liked by everybody. Beliefs like this cause you to become very upset when you realized that this belief is being broken and twisted by the world in which you are living. For example, if you believe that the world should be fair, then anytime the world treats you unfairly, you will very depressed. Or if you believe that you must be liked by people, then anytime somebody insluts you, you might become depressed.
So point A= Our beliefs cause our distresses and emotional problems. Eg. if I want everybody to like me, I will feel depressed when someone doesn't
To stop these "irrational beliefs" you have to put in place of them "rational beliefs" such as "I want people to like but if they don't it's ok and I should rather accept myself as I am." When you have rational beliefs than you will not feel depressed at all.
The book talks about ways to refute your irrational beliefs and uses examples from case histories on how this can be done.
The point of the author is to make you understand these irrational beliefs and dispute them using various methods. Once you do that, then you'll be happy.
The authors, want you to be rational in your living.
I also recommend that you read; Feeling Good, books by John Sarno, and books by Aaron T. Beck and other Cognitive Therapists.


Saussure for Beginners (Writers and Readers Beginners Documentary Comic Book)
Saussure for Beginners (Writers and Readers Beginners Documentary Comic Book)
von W. Terrence Gordon
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Good Book for Understanding Saussure, 30. Dezember 1999
First I will talk about the content and then I will say what I think about the book in all.
The book is 122 pages long including the index. It basically talks about this man Saussure (1857-1913) and his theories of language. The book starts of with a brief history of "linguistics" and briefly explains how the word linguistic came about. The book also talks about the way people studied languages before Saussure.
The book then gives a brief biography of Saussure and how his works were put together. The rest of the book is devoted to his ideas. The book is formated in certain pages so that a question is on the top and the answer is the entire page. For example one of the question is "how come nobody studied the language the Saussure did." The book then tries to answer that question on one page. The book defines certain terms of what you need to know. It tells you what a SIGN is and what ARBITARY is.
The majority of the book is formed in the folowing style: A statement in black letters is on the top of the page. For example a statment might be like this: All sings are arbitary. The entire page is then devoted to explain that. I think the book is pretty good but it can get very confusing and you should use extra sources in the definitions that they try to explain. For example, I couldn't understand what the heck a sign was in terms of linguistics. So I consulted an internet dictionary. The book is very good for somone who is taking a course which includes Saussure. The book is for a realtively familiar beginners with linguistics and I am not one so that is why I was confused. But all in all, it is probably the best book on introducing Saussure.


Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot
Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot
von Al Franken
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,15

4.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty Funny Book and Good Observation, 30. Dezember 1999
The book "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot is by no means hilarious, that I can tell you. For some reason, the jokes that Al thought were funny, actually seemed so, dare I say it, lame. I mean he had that joke about how Bob Dornan shoudn't lead a mental health commitee because he is so stupid. No offense, but that's the kind of joke a kid will do when he runs out of crakcs. I also didn't understand what ws so funny about the joke about Newt Gingrich counseling his daughter on her "infection" (actually her period. That was a little bit funny but not that much.
But the book did have its moments. One of the funniest pieces of literature that I have read was the short story in the book about Rush Limbaugh, Dan Quayle, and other crackheaded right-wing nuts in Vietnam. That story was really funny. I also liked the part about him making fun of Pat Robertson and when Geoff wrote those little essays.
The book is basically made up of 4-5 page essays about certain subjects. It starts about by making fun of Rush Limbaugh' weight which had its moments in hilariousness. The other parts of the book talk about AL Franken's mom and dad and how they influenced him to be intereseted im politics. They book also talks about how he went to a Christian Coalition Meeting and got a "throbbing headache," which was really lame.
I liked his chapter on Reaganomics, which he shows wasn't all that good. He uses a chart to explain how Rush Limbaugh distorted the facts. He also makes the case for Clinton being the best post-war president. He talks about the Renascance Weekend and talked about how he won the game, which wasn't funny.
But the book was good in its observation about the Republicans and how they are sometimes hypocritical. It also provided some information about current issues.
All in all the book was So-so in its jokes, but it was pretty good in the kind of jokes that make you groan a little bit and it has some good points shown in good ways. Read it for entertaining political jokes.


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