Alyssa A. Lappen

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (84 of 107)
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A freelance journalist, poet and editor, former senior editor for Institutional Investor, Working Woman and Corporate Finance, former associate editor for Forbes, former staff writer for The New Haven Register and former senior fellow for American Center for Democracy (2005-2008). I've written for the Washington Examiner, Washington Times, FrontPage Magazine, Pajamas Media, Revue Politique, Midstr… Read more


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Jihad by Katz  Samuel M.
Jihad by Katz Samuel M.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest, up to a point, June 26 2004
Rarely does one see a children's book so honest concerning the subject of Islamic fundamentalism. This one is refreshingly frank, up to a point.
Katz opens with a frank four-page section outlining the associations, terminology and major figures backing Islamic terror, or to be blunt, the Islamic war against infidels. The brief introduction follows, with the unflinching fact that such people are bent upon destroying all non-Muslims, as well as western civilization as a whole.
Here, kids will find an honest assessment of 20th and early 21st century Islamic terrorists, including data on some of the worst offenders, including Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, which… Read more
Big Book Of Beautiful Babies
5.0 out of 5 stars Special for being you, June 26 2004
You don't have to be an infant to love this book, as becomes clear from the delight it gives one 12-year old we know and love. But there's something very fetching about infants, even for kids bordering on adolescence.
In this case, the book may operate as something of a replacement for baby pictures that don't exist, since the child was adopted well past toddler-hood.
But the 28 pages of huge black and white photographs of infants are also in themselves a great draw, what with feet, hands, faces, and bare bottoms all thrown together with a 65-word poem, and a full-page mirror for the baby (or child) to see himself.
For infants and older kids, the message is terrific: you're… Read more
Pariah Syndrome: An Account of Gypsy Slavery and P&hellip by Ian F. Hancock
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I looked for this book for years before recently finding an excellent copy of the second, paperback edition. Alas, it proves every bit as heart-rending as I'd expected. Dr. Hancock has written an important and necessary account of the largely untold story of oppression against the Romani people, which deserves much wider distribution.
The book touches on the genocide committed against the Rom in the Holocaust, when an estimated 500,000 Romani people were murdered.
But my chief interest concerned the derivation of the Rom arrival as slaves in Europe. I had known for many years that the Rom originated in India, had been enslaved for 500 years in Europe and were emancipated only in… Read more