Prussia's last king and Germany's last Kaiser was born in Potsdam on January 27, 1859, the son of Prince Frederick of Prussia and Princess Vicky, Queen Victoria's eldest child. William was born with a withered arm and suffered from cerebral palsy; many historians have sought in this a clue to his behavior later in life. He was believed mad by some, eccentric by others. Possessed of a ferocious temper, he was prone to reactionary statements, often contradicted by his next action or utterance. He was rumored to have sired numerous illegitimate children and yet was by all appearances a prig. A severe Calvinist tutor brought him up, but his entourage spoiled him, allowing him to win at games an maneuvers to compensate for his deformities. This gave him a sense of inherent invincibility.
William became Kaiser at age twenty-nine. Two years later, he drove Bismarck out after the latter had blocked his social policy. He destabilized the Iron Chancellor's foreign policy by failing to renew the Reinsurance Treaty with Russia, a decision that opened the way for Russia's alliance with France in 1894. He denied that the fleet he built was targeted at Britain, but there is evidence that German domination of the seas was the aim of William's secretary of state, who was altogether less anxious to please the British than the grandson of Queen Victoria. William idolized the Queen. As soon as he heard she was dying, he rushed to Osbourne House to be at her bedside. his own daughter later said, "The Queen of England died in the arms of the German Kaiser."
William II is widely perceived as a warmonger who seemed to delight in power grabbing, blood-shed, and the belligerent aims of his staff, yet the image he carved out for himself and posterity was that of "emperor of peace." William has historically been blamed for World War I, although he made real efforts to prevent the conflict. he has been branded an anti-Semite, but ironically the Nazis wrote him off as a "Jew-lover."
I recently had the opportunity to listen to David Nasaw lecture on Joseph P. Kennedy--specifically Kennedy's time at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Nasaw's lecture was captivating. His writing is equally captivating. This is a wonderful biography of an extraordinarily complex man.
Nasaw—the only biographer granted unrestricted access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library—tracks Kennedy's passage from East Boston outsider to supreme Washington insider. Kennedy's seemingly limitless ambition drove his career to the pinnacles of success as a banker, World War I shipyard manager, Hollywood studio head, broker, Wall Street operator, New Deal presidential adviser, and founding chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. His astounding fall from grace into ignominy did not come until the years leading up to and following America's entry into the Second World War, when the antiwar position he took as the first Irish American ambassador to London made him the subject of White House ire and popular distaste.
The Patriarch is a story not only of one of the twentieth century's wealthiest and most powerful Americans, but also of the family he raised and the children who completed the journey he had begun. Of the many roles Kennedy held, that of father was most dear to him. The tragedies that befell his family marked his final years with suffering.
Nasaw delves deep to answer the many questions about Kennedy's life, times, and legacy that have continued to haunt the historical record. Was Joseph P. Kennedy an appeaser and isolationist, an anti-Semite and a Nazi sympathizer, a stock swindler, a bootlegger, and a colleague of mobsters? What was the nature of his relationship with his wife, Rose? Why did he have his daughter Rosemary lobotomized? Why did he oppose the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, and American assistance to the French in Vietnam? What was his relationship to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI? Did he push his second son into politics and then buy his elections for him?
Kennedy's life, career, and legacy span the better part of the twentieth century. In studying his life, we relive much of American history during the same period.
Good companion for study of the Book of Psalms.
Says Reardon: "It is the profound Christian persuasion that Christ walks within the Psalms, and this is the reason the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament book is most often quoted in the New Testament. When [Christ] opened their eyes to the meaning of the Holy Scriptures, the risen Lord explained to His disciples the things concerning Himself 'in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms' (Luke 24:44)."
First written in 1886, John Ker, famous 19th century theologian, presents the Psalms alongside a discussion of their relevance and stories from "modern" history that serve to contextualize the teachings. The book does not include a discussion of every Psalm, it does however contain sections on more than 150 of the poems. The stories presented alongside the Psalms range greatly in origin, from tales of sinking ships in the 1800's to an account of a third century king reading the works while on his deathbed. The author shows what he terms the 'intense humanity' of the Psalms; how they have pervaded human life, asserted their power to comfort the soul in all times of tribulation, and give wisdom to all who look for divine guidance.
Gerald O'Collins draws on the best current scholarship available for an accessible, fresh introduction to the largest and oldest institution in the world. O'Collins explains clearly and concisely where the Catholic Church comes from, what it believes and practices, the sacraments and the Church's moral teaching, and where it is heading. The book also includes a timeline of events in the history of Catholicism and useful suggestions for further reading.
Between 1926 and 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott raped and killed at least 20 young boys at a remote chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His unwilling accomplice was his own nephew Sanford Clark, who was 13 when his wretch of a mother cast him off to stay with his Uncle. Northcott brutalized, tortured and raped Clark, sparing him only because he was family. Eventually, the cops caught up with Northcott, and he was hung after a sensational trial in which Sanford was the star witness.
This is not pleasant reading, though Flacco tells the story well. Remarkably, it is a powerful story of redemption and becoming. When finally freed from his Uncle's grasp, Sanford Clark was able to put his life back together with the aid of a loving, devoted sister and a tender wife. Sadly, he was never quite free of the trauma and nightmares.
Terrific. Hal Eyring makes me want to be a better man.
Henry Bennion Eyring was born on May 31, 1933, in Princeton, New Jersey, bearing the first name of his father, who was fast building a reputation as a brilliant and famous scientist, and the family name of his mother, who didn't care for the name "Henry" and insisted that he be called Hal. In 1970, Hal received an impression to make a daily record of his activities. Years of journals form the backbone of this personal biography, a candid look at his walk through life.
"The journal shows how a good-but-imperfect man works each day to win divine approval," write the authors, and this window into Eyring's past provides unforgettable insights about the man. President Henry B. Eyring's professional, academic, and personal experiences have all combined to make him uniquely qualified for his responsibilities as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His life story vividly demonstrates the power of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Very well done.
Juliet Macur is an award-winning sports reporter for The New York Times and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. She writes the Sports of the Times column and has written extensively about Lance Armstrong, cycling and doping. Her work has twice been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing.
Rarely does a biography cause me such repugnance towards its subject. Lance Armstrong got exactly what he deserved. He is a foul-mouthed, mean, unrepentant, if not pathological, liar and bully who won't think twice about sacrificing family, friends, and fellow cyclists on the altar of his own vanity. Of course his defenders claim he didn't do anything that other professional cyclists weren't doing. But that's not a defense; it is merely an effort to deflect responsibility and accountability and, moreover, a damning indictment of the integrity and credibility of the sport he personified.
William Shakespeare’s written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that were coined or popularized by him. Some of the words never went further than their appearance in his plays, but others—like bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy—are essential parts of our standard vocabulary today.
Many other famous and lesser-known writers have contributed to the popular lexicon. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Sir Walter Scott ranks second to Shakespeare in first uses of words and giving a new and distinct meaning to already existing words (Free Lances for freelancers). John Milton minted such terms as earthshaking, lovelorn, by hook or crook, and all Hell broke loose, and was responsible for introducing some 630 words.
Lexicographer Paul Dickson deftly sorts through neologisms by Chaucer (a ha), Jane Austen (base ball), Louisa May Alcott (co-ed), Mark Twain (hard-boiled), Kurt Vonnegut (granfalloon), John le Carrè (mole), William Gibson (cyberspace), and many others. Presenting stories behind each word and phrase, Dickson enriches our appreciation of the English language in a book as entertaining as it is enlightening.
I grew up watching Rose on the field. No question he is among the very best that ever played. Sadly, Rose's true north was and continues to be money. In his case, truer words than these have never been spoken: "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." (1st Timothy 6:10)
On the unavoidable question of his suitability for the Baseball Hall of Fame, my personal feeling is that by now he has paid the price for his crimes. I support his eligibility for induction provided the ban on his employment in baseball remains in force. What say you?
Tremendous. Very, very well done.
General Tomoyuki Yamashita was one of Japan’s most accomplished military commanders during World War II. He was tried, convicted, and hanged for war crimes that he never ordered or knew of during the Japanese defense of Manila in 1945.
The atrocities of 1944 and 1945 in the Philippines—rape, murder, torture, beheadings, and starvation, the victims often women and children—were horrific. They were committed by Japanese troops as General Douglas MacArthur’s army tried to recapture the islands. Yamashita commanded Japan’s dispersed and besieged Philippine forces in that final year of the war. But the prosecution conceded that he had neither ordered nor committed these crimes. MacArthur charged him, instead, with the crime—if it was one—of having “failed to control” his troops, and convened a military commission of five American generals, none of them trained in the law. It was the first prosecution in history of a military commander on such a charge.
In a turbulent and disturbing trial marked by disregard of the Army’s own rules, the generals delivered the verdict they knew MacArthur wanted. Yamashita’s lawyers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, whose controversial decision upheld the conviction over the passionate dissents of two justices who invoked, for the first time in U.S. legal history, the concept of international human rights.
Drawing from the tribunal’s transcripts, Ryan vividly chronicles this tragic tale and its personalities. His trenchant analysis of the case’s lingering question—should a commander be held accountable for the crimes of his troops, even if he has no knowledge of them—has profound implications for all military commanders.
Allan A. Ryan clerked for Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White, was a U.S. Marine Corps judge advocate, and was Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. As director of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, he was the chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals who had escaped to America. He teaches the law of war at Boston College Law School and Harvard University and is author of Quiet Neighbors: Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals in America.
Remarkable book. Profound, yet practical.
Knowledge is important—but it is only part of the equation in our spiritual development. Our happiness in mortality and our progress throughout eternity depend on our learning to "act in doctrine," to live as we know we should live.
In Act in Doctrine, David A. Bednar shares key insights to help close the gap between what we know and how we act. "The essential first step in reducing the disparity between gospel knowledge and righteous behavior is learning about and emulating the character of Christ," he writes.
As we turn from self to to the Savior, we become better able to understand respond to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Obedience becomes "the sweet fruit of honoring covenant responsibilities—not merely a chore or an option to be performed based upon circumstances or convenience." This is a stirring invitation to all of us to learn, ponder, and Act in Doctrine.
From Gilbert Taylor at Booklist:
Kershaw’s two-volume biography of Hitler, volume one subtitled 1889–1936: Hubris (1999) and volume two 1936–1945: Nemesis (2000), ranks among the most significant of its kind; only biographies by Joachim Fest and Alan Bullock are in Kershaw’s league. For this abridgment of his opus, Kershaw stripped out its scholarly apparatus, reduced verbatim quotations from primary sources, and added an essay of reflections on his approach to the study of his infamous subject. With these changes, the abridgment retains two themes of Kershaw’s full-scale original: analyzing the political support the demagogue mustered from the populace and key institutional centers of Germany on his ascent to and exercise of power; and the decisive personal role of Hitler in instigating World War II and genocide. The narrative Kershaw constructs on this foundation is a superb organization and expression of Hitler’s chronological arc that plummeted the world into catastrophe and moral trauma, a trajectory informed by Kershaw’s attention to rationalizations by which people in and outside Germany, whether leaders or led, buried doubts about Hitler until his power was unrestrained, impossible to stop but by war or assassination. Manifestly, Kershaw constitutes core-collection material.
I was looking for a good overview of the hedge fund industry but this missed the mark. A bit dated too.
Hedge Hunters is a collection of interviews with the leading lights of the hedge fund industry (at least as of 2007). The book is focused primarily on how the industry’s top performers got to the top, what strategies they employ, how they learn from their mistakes and what characteristics they find necessary to succeed in this very competitive environment. Profiled here are: Mark Yusko, Michael Steinhardt, John Armitage, Marc Lasry, Craig Effron, Lee Ainslie, Bernay Box, Boone Pickens, Brian Bradshaw, David Meaney, Michael Ross, Alex Szewczyk, Josh Friedman, Mitch Julis, Jeffrey Schachter, Burton Weinstein, Dwight Anderson, Roberto Mignone, Bruce Ritter, Julian Robertson, Jim Chanos, Richard Perry and Daniel Loeb. While Burton provides a rare glimpse inside the world of these hedge fund managers, her interviews are too brief for those searching for inside knowledge about hedge funds. Those seeking in-depth discussions of investment techniques and trading strategies may wish that she had dug a little more deeply.
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Superb. A classic.
In this, the middle volume of William Manchester’s critically acclaimed trilogy, Winston Churchill wages his defining campaign: not against Hitler’s war machine but against his own reluctant countrymen. Manchester contends that even more than his leadership in combat, Churchill’s finest hour was the uphill battle against appeasement. As Parliament received with jeers and scorn his warnings against the growing Nazi threat, Churchill stood alone—only to be vindicated by history as a beacon of hope amid the gathering storm.
A somewhat odd and improbable story but quite engaging. Guterson' sprose is soothing. It helped that I was familiar with and have fond memories of many of the locales mentioned in the book.
East of the Mountains is the tale of a solitary, 73-year-old Seattle widower. A retired heart surgeon, Ben Givens is an old hand at turning isolation to his advantage, both professionally and personally: "When everything human was erased from existence except that narrow antiseptic window through which another's heart could be manipulated--few were as adroit as Dr. Givens."
Now, however, Ben has been dealt a problem entirely beyond his powers of manipulation: a diagnosis of terminal cancer. With just a few months to live, he sets out across the Cascades for a hunting trip, planning to take his own life once he reaches the high desert. A car crash en route puts an initial crimp in this suicide mission. But the ailing surgeon presses onward--and begins a simultaneous journey into the past. Between present-tense episodes, which demonstrate Ben's cranky commitment to his own extinction, we learn about his boyhood in Washington's apple country, his traumatic war experience in the Italian Alps, and the beginning of his vocation.
Outstanding! The best book I have read in a very long time. Incredible story, incredibly told. Brown's writing is masterful. His telling of the Olympic gold medal race is brilliant.
Brown tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.
The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.
Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.
A beautiful book, full of Yousuf Karsh's most famous portraits.
In August and September of 1988, Karsh's long-time assistant, Jerry Fielder, sat down with the master photographer and taped over nine hours of recollections of the many portrait sessions he'd experienced in one of the greatest careers in history. Karsh spoke of his sitters and his rags-to-riches life, including much that had never before been revealed or recorded. Previously, Karsh had often paired his full-page portraits with stories of his encounters with famous sitters. However, as his oeuvre grew, the photographs soon eclipsed the commentary, and his essays were often edited down to captions.
Drawing from the newly rediscovered 1988 recordings, Karsh: Beyond the Camera reestablishes the original presentation of Karsh's work, pairing each photograph with the story of its making on the facing page. Published in an affordable small format paperback with flaps, Karsh's portraits are elucidated and complemented both by his own recollections and by the text of veteran curator David Travis. The resulting book, with its chronological rather than thematic arrangement of portraits, is a study of Karsh's artistic and stylistic development, offering the reader an unparalleled tour through the greatest images of the photographer's life work.
As much as Karsh wrote about his portrait sessions, he rarely revealed what he thought about himself. Travis constructs the compelling history of how a brilliant technician behind the camera was able to go beyond the studio trappings to plumb the psychological realm all great portrait photographers must navigate and master. Although Karsh had a deep understanding of the human psyche, he worked on an emotional level rather than an analytical one. Thus, his stories seldom addressed what he thought about his artistic experiences. This essential element of Karsh's work is what David Travis locates and fills in, drawing not only from the anecdotes themselves, but from the one thing that has been missing from all publications prior to this: the photographer's voice.
Social responsibility and sustainability are the new corporate watchwords. Its champions include Nestlé, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Walmart, GE and Nike. Sustainability calls for renewable energy and sustainable sourcing, and it advocates cutting waste, reducing deforestation and limiting the use of toxins. Dauvergne and Lister argue that today, many Fortune 500 firms set the bar for sustainability and governments and nongovernmental organizations follow their lead.
Dauvergne and Lister define "ecobusiness" as the transformation of sustainability into a mechanism for corporate growth and control. Ecobusiness seeks to advance business, reduce costs, increase profit margins, improve quality, boost sales, expand markets, and create and sustain a more competitive organization. Ecobusiness enables companies to manufacture products with "less resources, energy, and waste."
You have to see it to believe it. A remarkable 24-foot long hand drawn panorama of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in this amazing panorama: from General Douglas Haigland, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en massepage booklet, The Great War is a landmark in Sacco’s illustrious career and allows us to see the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before.
Terrific and inspiring biography. Quick read. Well worth the time.
As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author. Radical Integrity is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil.
A B+ work. Interesting but distracted. I was hoping for more from Loss' securities-related work and experiences in the lecture hall.
Loss has been described as the "intellectual father of securities law." He served as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Associate General Counsel and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Committee and taught for decades at Harvard Law School.
I hope the movie is better than the book. Not bad, but not particularly captivating. A little slow.
A complete waste of time. Like reading the Enquirer.
In this insider celebrity bio, Jacobs, who served as Sinatra's valet for more than 13 years, recalls the time when Sinatra (or "Mr. S," as he called him) first hired him, then fired him in a jealous rage in 1968. Jacobs, who grew up in New Orleans, offers glimpses of Sinatra's private life-his obsession with cleanliness, his professional and personal relationships, as well as his many sexual conquests (which Jacobs sometimes recounts with too much detail). Jacobs, in sometimes overwritten prose, dishes out the dirt on everyone from Hollywood stars (he catches Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo in Sinatra's pool, swimming naked and kissing) to the Kennedy clan (future president JFK doing lines of coke with Rat Pack member Peter Lawford).
Sinatra entrusted his valet with his most private affairs-Jacobs kept his various girlfriends and wives entertained while Sinatra was busy. (It was a paparazzo's photo of Jacobs dancing with Mia Farrow at a nightclub that ignited Sinatra's rage.) Despite Sinatra's temper tantrums, Jacobs maintains that Sinatra always treated him well; and despite Sinatra's off-color jokes, he insists that the star was not a racist. (Sammy Davis Jr. "was the only person in Mr. S's world who made me aware of being black, and made me feel second-class for it.") In the end this is a mostly respectful portrait of Sinatra by a man still stung by the singer's unforgiving temper.
A page turner. Fascinating.
For nine years Aldrich Ames fed highly classified information to the KGB. Russia paid him millions of dollars – and promised millions more. He betrayed the identities of the United States' top agents. An act that led to their executions inside the Soviet Union. Never before in American history has one man done so much to sabotage our national security.
New York Times bestselling author Pete Earley is the only writer to conduct fifty hours of one-on-one interviews with CIA mole Aldrich Ames, without a government censor present. He is the only writer to have traveled to Moscow to speak directly to Ames's KGB handlers and with the families of the spies he betrayed. And he is the only writer to have had access to the remarkable CIA mole-hunting team that tracked down and stopped Aldrich Ames.
In 1963, Barbara Tuchman was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for The Guns of August. It remains one of the best books ever written on the prelude to and opening months of World War I. August 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the war and Tuchman's narrative is a timeless reminder of the genesis of many of the geopolitical realities of today's world. Her writing is crisp and brilliant. The research is impeccable. After the basic research and before beginning to write, Tuchman, following the calendar of 1914, spent the August of 1959 tracking the advance of the German armies from Liege through Belgium and France and traveling over the battle areas of the Ardennes, Lorraine, and Alsace.
Though I admire Dallek's previous profiles of Kennedy, I thought this effort was very disappointing. I came away with the distinct impression that Inside Camelot's Court was merely a repackaging of Dallek's prior work, rushed into print in time for the 50th anniversary JFK's assassination. Nothing particularly new or insightful.
Published by Britain's Imperial War Museums in honor of the approaching 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. A tremendous photographic narrative. Captivating pictures and layout. Beautifully packaged.
Excellent primer on the rising influence of the pension system on corproate governance.
While the shareholder-centric view of corporate governance is strong today, this is a relatively recent development. “Managerial capitalism” began to give way to shareholder capitalism over the past three decades. This Article argues that changes in the pension system, specifically the shift from defined-benefit plans to defined-contribution plans that began in the 1970s, have been a major force pushing the corporate governance system toward shareholder primacy. While in traditional pension plans, workers depended primarily on their employer’s ability to fund pensions, in today’s system retirement benefits strongly depend on capital markets. Shareholder wealth thus became more important for larger segments of society, and pro-shareholder policies became more important relative to pro-labor policies strengthening employees’ position vis-à-vis their employers. Consequently, shareholder primacy became the dominant factor in corporate governance debates. Managers today claim to focus on this objective and are less well positioned to take the interests of their firm’s employees or other groups into account. The political economy of corporate governance underwent a seismic shift. While it is not clear whether shareholders truly benefit from most reforms, these have been largely supported by the center-left given their apparent beneficial effects for shareholders and consequently the middle class. For the same reason, unions have been among the most eager proponents of shareholder activism.
Pretty heavy sledding, but Masouros offers some interesting insights and proposals.
Masouros argues that the shift in the institutional logics of corporate governance towards shareholder value ('Great Reversal in Corporate Governance') coupled with shareholdership's increasing short-termism ('Great Reversal in Shareholdership') have cumulatively contributed to the low GDP growth rates that are observed in five major Western economies (France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US) since the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system in the early 1970s. The two Great Reversals led to higher equity payout ratios and lower retention ratios in public corporations that in turn caused lower growth rates of (business) capital accumulation that in turn caused lower GDP growth rates. Corporate law has been an accomplice for the reorientation of corporate governance towards shareholder value, i.e. for the 'Great Reversal in Corporate Governance,' and thus it indirectly shares the blame for the low rates of capital accumulation that have thrown the five major Western economies in a stagnation mode over the past four decades. The book presents developments in the field of corporate law in the five major Western economies generating bias in favor of short-termism.
Masouros's theory of 'Long Governance' emerges as the only way by which corporate law can fight stagnation. It is a management theory that calls management to set as a benchmark for its actions the long-run interests of all the shareholders who hold, have held, or will hold stock in the firm and also a legal concept requiring directors' duties to be discharged towards the maximization of long-term corporate welfare. Long Governance encourages also the provision of incentives, so that a class of long-termist shareholders, which can subsequently be empowered, can be created.
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The New Mormon Challenge is a response to the burgeoning field of scholarly Mormon apologetics. Written by a team of respected evangelical Christian scholars it is generally free of the caricature, sensationalism, and diatribe typically put out on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by the publisher, Zondervan Press, and its allies. In this respect, The New Mormon Challenge is a worthwhile reference for members of the Church, if for no other reason than it illustrates some of the more thoughtful objections to the faith.
Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
Tremendous piece of history. A tremendous man. Read it and be inspired. Few of us will ever know and triumph over this kind of adversity.
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, in July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948 before being arrested in August 1962. In November 1962 he was sentenced to five years in prison and started serving his sentence at Robben Island Prison in 1963 before being returned to Pretoria, where he was to later stand in the Rivonia Trial. From 1964 to 1982, he was again incarcerated at Robben Island Prison and then later moved to Pollsmoor Prison, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.
First book of 2014, and it was a doozy. I was looking for an appetizer and got a main course. Undoubtedly the definitive work on Edwards.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the 18th century. In this biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant Christian. George Marsden evokes the world of colonial New England in which Edwards was reared - a frontier civilization at the centre of a conflict between Native Americans, French Catholics and English Protestants. Drawing on the available sources, Marsden demonstrates how these cultural and religious battles shaped Edwards's life and thought. Marsden reveals Edwards as a complex thinker and human being who struggled to reconcile his Puritan heritage with the secular, modern world emerging out of the Enlightenment. In this, Edwards's life anticipated the deep contradictions of American culture.
Very well done. An excellent window into the world of business consulting.