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The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
by Peter F Drucker
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drucker is a must-read for practical and reflective business types, April 27 2015
This is a practical business book that will please the philosophical and reflective as well. Good book to read if you want to know what all the fuss is about Drucker. He may not be right about everything, and his approach is well-supplemented by a well-researched approach from Jim Collins. For people who want to be effective in business, Drucker remains a must-read

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars This classic flopped for me, April 27 2015
This review is from: The Grapes of Wrath (Paperback)
This classic fell rather flat for me. Perhaps it was the dialogue which seemed more affected than real. The story itself is a rather meandering, atmospheric thing that isn't really headed anywhere. Instead, Steinbeck gives us a fully drawn imaginative picture of the Depression-era south. The same thing could have been accomplished in half the space in my opinion. To be fair, Steinbeck does paint a fairly unique and vivid portrait in these pages, so depending on your tastes you might be ready to take the full journey with him. I wasn't. I've enjoyed other Steinbeck novels, but not this one.

Historical Reliability Of The Gospels, The
Historical Reliability Of The Gospels, The
by Craig L. Blomberg
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview and explanation of historicity in relation to the Gospels, April 24 2015
This is a one-stop accounting of the reasons that many (not all) scholars rely on the gospels as historical documents. Blomberg will take you through the reasoning and tackle various issues regarding historical Jesus studies and the rest. Pretty much everything Blomberg discusses could be debated at greater length, and there will undoubtedly be readers who leave unconvinced. Nonetheless this is a pretty powerful book that provides a counterweight to a more skeptical, deconstructed view of the gospels as histories

Jonathan Edwards: A Life
Jonathan Edwards: A Life
by George M. Marsden
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful biography, April 23 2015
This biography is masterful in every way. Marsden gives us a full picture of Edwards and his times. He makes the work look effortless, showing us Edwards' strengths and flaws, giving us a rounded picture of the relationships and conflicts in Edwards' life. Where Edwards butts heads with contemporaries, Marsden succeeds in helping us understand and sympathize with both sides, while perhaps being somewhat partial to Edwards in most matters. This is an extremely important work that will immerse you in the era and thought of Jonathan Edwards, helping you understand, as Marsden states his goal, Edwards on his own terms. It is difficult to imagine how this book could be bettered, it's that good.

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
by Jeffrey Liker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.16
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4.0 out of 5 stars An approving and thorough overview of Toyota philosophy, April 14 2015
This book gives a systematic and approving appraisal of how Toyota has built a successful company over the years. Undoubtedly if you want to gain insight into how Toyota thinks and works, this is a book you need to read. If anything is wrong with this book, it is perhaps a lack of understanding of Toyota's shortcomings. There's nothing in here to show how Toyota might have stumbled or where it might have fallen short next to a Honda, for example. Nonetheless, this book will give you a good framework to understand how a Toyota philosophy might apply to other fields.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
by Chris Hadfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.06
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4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and sometimes inspiring read, April 13 2015
Hadfield's book is engaging, relatable and has enough unique stories to keep you engaged with what might otherwise seem a technical and over-your-head drag. Definitely worth a look. Hadfield has worked hard, is very smart and yet clearly aspires to humility and sharing the credit. Perhaps you'd call him prototypically Canadian but I don't know how many Canadians are actually like this. Definitely a very Canadian role model.

The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair And The Origins Of The Apache Wars
The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair And The Origins Of The Apache Wars
by Terry Mort
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.62
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4.0 out of 5 stars A misleading title for a book of background and context, April 6 2015
The title is misleading - this is a book of context and background, rather than an exciting war narrative. Those who expect an action-packed account of the Apache Wars will be disappointed. Rather, this book sets the stage by providing a full background. Those who are buying this book ought to be aware of what they are getting into. This background study actually turns out to be fascinating and utterly worthwhile. By the end we have a transformed understanding of what went on the Bascom affair, the clash and misunderstanding of cultures. Most notably, Mort avoids sanctifying one side or the other. Rather than pursuing a "noble savage" or "barbarian" trope, Mort gives us a valuable understanding of both cultures, good and bad. He makes the obvious, but easily forgotten, point that Cochise may have been a different person at the beginning of the conflict than at the end, when he was tired of the cycle of violence and ready for peace. At the beginning, he may have been and probably was as treacherous and violent as anyone.

In short this book is well worth reading, but not for the reason the title infers

American Mennonites and the Great War: 1914-1918
American Mennonites and the Great War: 1914-1918
by Gerlof D. Homan
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable study of Anabaptist experience in US in first world war., April 6 2015
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Homan's study of the Mennonite, Amish and Hutterite experience during the First World War is a valuable journey through these nonresistant groups' attempt to navigate the patriotism and war-fever of a different age. There was a price to be paid for standing against the tide of war in that age and many of the Anabaptists paid it - some even died. This book also looks at without fully answering the question of how prepared these people were for what was coming. Not prepared enough, seems to be the response; nonetheless many stood firm - and of course a significant, although unknown, number did not.

Standing against the tide of a complex social phenomenon, in this case the full mobilization for war, is never easy and it is valuable to get a realistic glimpse of what it was really like in the moment

Enough Bull: How to Retire Well without the Stock Market, Mutual Funds, or Even an Investment Advisor
Enough Bull: How to Retire Well without the Stock Market, Mutual Funds, or Even an Investment Advisor
by David Trahair
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.77
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alternates between lucidity and paranoia, April 6 2015
Informative and frustrating at turns, this book gives you a nice contrarian view of how to save for retirement. On the good side this book provides lots of information about how CPP works that you won't find spelled out elsewhere. Also it does give you permission to delay your RRSP, especially if you have a mortgage and other debt to pay off. Paying off debt will give you a guaranteed tax-free return! However, Trahair slams mutual funds and the like using straw men - of course you shouldn't invest in your RRSP instead of paying down your credit cards, anyone who tells you otherwise is an idiot. And his depiction of investing strategies bears little resemblance to what I do (dollar-cost averaging in index funds), so I'm not sure why I would change based on his paranoid fear-mongering. Of course there has been far too much rosy fairy-tale telling about mutual funds and the stock markets - you can lose your shirt. So take Trahair's advice and don't set yourself up for potential financial ruin just because you have a buddy who sells investments.

Overall, this book is just too uneven to recommend. Lucid in places and paranoid in others, it also emphasizes the horrible year of 2008 without mentioning that if you'd held your investment it would have recovered by now. If you had other funds available to invest, it would have earned a good return by now. Don't invest all your money in one thing and don't invest everything you've got all at once for pity's sake.

Look elsewhere for a common sense investing guide.

George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father
George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father
by Thomas S. Kidd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 41.06
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5.0 out of 5 stars A readable, accurate biography of a reasonable length, March 31 2015
Thomas Kidd does an excellent job with his subject matter, providing an engrossing and informative biography of George Whitefield in under 300 pages. Kidd deftly handles his narrative, showing Whitefield's power and importance in the Great Awakening and in the history of Methodism while also showing his less appealing aspects, namely his approval of slavery and his treatment of his wife. This is the book that gives us an academically rigorous account of a evangelical itinerant preacher that also takes seriously said preacher's faith. Thus we have a readable biography of a reasonable length that provides an accurate portrait of an important religious figure. An outstanding achievement

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