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Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity
Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity
by Frances Moore Lappe
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food First by Lappe, Feb. 23 2004
This is an excellent work which discusses the negations involved
in major agriculture. The author explains how an increase
in food productive capability can result in greater unavailability of foodstuffs for the needy. For instance,
the following consequences may follow increases in land
o land values increase forcing tenants and small farmers elsewhere
o payments in money become the rule although money buys less
o control of scarce land becomes concentrated in fewer hands
o even communal lands are expropriated by powerful individuals
o peasants are trapped into debt bondage
o quantity and market value rather than nutrition become the
formula for agricultural planning
The author explains negations in the Philippines, Bangladesh,
West Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Surprisingly, some researchers have found that a country's
decrease in export earnings may make people better off.
In such circumstances, tenants are better able to enforce their
demands for land and for permission to grow subsistence crops.
This work is an important treatise on the economic aspects
of agriculture. It complements works by David Ricardo and

Learn To Relax Proven Techniques For Reducing Tension
Learn To Relax Proven Techniques For Reducing Tension
by Eugene Walker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to Relax by Walker, Feb. 23 2004
This book focuses on specific relaxation techniques which
help individuals to cope with daily stress. For instance,
the author describes specific breathing exercises as a coping
mechanism. In addition, expectations should be realistic and
there should not be overconcern about the perceptions of others.
The book describes a distraction-continuity phenomenom wherein
the subject takes simple tasks and contemplates them. In the
center of the work, the author describes a dozen or so behaviors which lead us to irrational perceptions and behaviors.
He asks us to place these perceptions in proper perspective
in order to control them before they do damage to us.
The work is an important contribution to the behavioral
sciences. As such, it is worth the purchase price to add
this work to the personal library.

Statistical Problems and How to Solve Them
Statistical Problems and How to Solve Them
by L. H. Longley-Cook
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Statistical Problems and How to Solve Them by Longley-Cook, Feb. 22 2004
This is an excellent reference work. It's use would be to
support or supplement a standard collegiate text like
Kachigan or Farber.Each chapter contains a fair amount of
explanatory material followed by a series of solved problems
and sample problem sets. There is good coverage of frequency
distributions, the mean of a distribution, median, mode ,
dispersion, moments, skewness , kurtosis, the laws of
probability, curve fitting, time series, index numbers,
regression/correlation, sampling theory, estimation and
decision theory. The decision theory includes the tests of
hypothesis, the null hypothesis, level of significance,
Type I and II errors, Chi Square tests, contingency tables,
the coefficient of contingency and the correlation of attributes.

How to Build a Second Income Fortune in Your Spare
How to Build a Second Income Fortune in Your Spare
by Hicks
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Build a Second Income Fortune in Your Spare Time, Feb. 22 2004
This book by Tyler Hicks contains pertinent details for
building a small business in your spare time. In fact, the
author mentions quite a few small business ventures for
enterprising entrepreneurs. Here are samples:
-car rentals
-floor waxing
-furniture polishing
-handbag design
-language instruction at home
-formal lecturing
-mail order sales
-notary public
-proofreading for publishers
-puzzle solving for businesses
-rental libraries
-thesis writing
-tool and appliance rental
-specialty manufacturing
-mail order vitamins, furniture, auto parts, correspondence
courses, special diets
An excellent reference is Chapman's Mail Order for beginners.
This book is an excellent rendition on the dynamics of
wealth-building and supplementation in your spare time.
It is perfect for middle-aged and retired persons seeking
to supplement their income. The presentation is geared for
a general readership. i.e. It is not too technical or laden
with legalese or complex computations.

David Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding: A Critical Edition
David Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding: A Critical Edition
by Tom L. Beauchamp
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inquiry Concerning Human Inquiry by David Hume, Feb. 22 2004
Hume's work on the dynamics of causality and human reasoning
met with a good deal of support and controversy. For instance,
John Maynard Keynes wrote:
"Hume's skeptical criticisms are usually associated with
causality; but arguments by induction-inference from past
particulars to future generalizations-was the first real
object of his attack. Hume showed, not that inductive methods
were false, but that their validity had never been established
and that all possible lines of proof seemed equally unpromising."
Keynes wrote further that:
"Hume has pointed with infallible finger to those passages which,
in the eyes of posterity as well as those of the author 'shake off the yoke of authority, accustom men to think for themselves,
give new hints which men of genius may carry further and, by the very opposition, illustrate points wherein no one before
suspected any difficulty."
The work is an important contribution to economic and political
theory, propositional logic and the historical development
of formal logic systems and arguments thereof.

Penguin Classics Germinal
Penguin Classics Germinal
by Emile Zola
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Germinal by Zola, Feb. 22 2004
Published in the 1880s, this book was one of a series of
works which Zola created over a 25 year period. It depicts the
struggles of coal miners in a classic pitting of the interests
of owners as against the workers. The author puts the
controversy well when he asserts that "the worker is the
victim of the facts of existence-capital, competition,
industrial crises ...
In the late 1860s, Zola set out to document societal conditions
in a number of important contexts including the principal
professions, trades, classes, political, religious, artistic
and so on. The idea was to craft a scientific or rationally
documented picture of every level of society during the
French Second Empire which ultimately lead the writer to
develop the character of Etienne Lantier. Zola's object was
to study the coal miners and extrapolate inferences for the
working class conditions in general. In the process, the author
attempted to draw fine distinctions in the historical
clashes between capital and labour. Zola commences with the
first days of work in the life of Etienne including a
description of the mining pits, the plight of workers, living
conditions and a wide circle of circumstances which beset
everyday miners in the conduct of their work. Zola is not
happy with merely demonstrating the dynamics of a socialist
theory of trade unions. He attempts to draw a universal theory
about human nature, the dynamics of self-interest, survivalist
motives and self-preservation which concern social scientists
up through Maslowe. Zola attempts to be fair. He criticizes
both rich and poor for laziness, bad faith and uncontrolled
vices. The book ends almost as it begins with a description
of Etienne travelling through a coal-mining territory in the
hustle and bustle of the early morning.
The book would be important reading for literary critics,
historians, economists, political theorists and a wide
constituency of readers in formal academia. It is
geared for students in late high school or early collegiate
studies in world literature or foreign language studies.

The Functions of the Executive: 30th Anniversary Edition
The Functions of the Executive: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Chester I. Barnard
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Functions of the Executive by Chester I.Barnard, Feb. 22 2004
The author attempts to develop a comprehensive theory of
organizational behavior. I doubt that such a thing exists;
however, his work provides a better perspective on existing
behavioral theories in organizational settings. It is well
researched with quotations and mention of Mayo, Taylor,
Fayol, Pareto, Holden, Koontz, Likert, McGregor, Simon, March, Learned, Sloan and Drucker-to name just a few of the many
authors cited. The work is divided into :
o a theory of cooperation and organization
o the functions and methods of executives in organizations
The author has some interesting perspectives. For instance,
he defines persuasion as:
" a-the creation of coercive conditions b) rationalization
of opportunity c) the inculcation of motives."
The work could delve more into the dynamics of the corporate
culture, goal incongruencies and random events which interfere
with even the most carefully construed goals and plans
of implementation.
This work could be a helpful research for a thesis or major
paper in organizational structure/design or the dynamics of
organizational behavior/psychology.

Thomas More
Thomas More
by Raymond Wilson Chambers
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas More by Chambers, Feb. 22 2004
This review is from: Thomas More (Paperback)
Thomas More links the Middle Ages with more modern times.
The treatise contains a Prologue, the Lawyer of Lincoln's Inn,
The King's Servant, The Lord Chancellor and an Epilogue.
The Sursum Corda summarizes the beliefs of More as follows:
" More believed, as Socrates believed that 'the god had given
him a station'. And he strengthened himself, as Socrates had
strengthened himself, with the conviction that no harm can come
to a good man after death, and that the gods do not neglect him
or his affairs. In Utopia and on the scaffold we have those two great articles of More's creed."
This is an important literary paragraph which encapsules
More's positive view that destiny will be sealed with
a Divine intervention on his behalf.
More was a scholar of great standing in the community.
"More had to answer extempore to the eloquent and loyal orations of the universities, and he missed no chance of attending and
joining in the official readings and disputations. His services
to Oxford varied from those of Sanitary Inspector in time of
plaque, to the defence of Erasmus and Greek against preachers
who attacked both."
The contents of this rendition of More has been debated
for centuries. It is still fascinating to literary and
theological scholars. I'm certain that the work will be
debated far into the future. The writings of More are an
important bridge between Middle Age life and the intellectual
underpinning of the industrial revolution.

Mastering Executive Arts and Skills
Mastering Executive Arts and Skills
by C. Parris
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering Executive Arts and Skills by Parris, Feb. 21 2004
This is an excellent work on how to maximize one's effectiveness
as an executive. The author transcends pure academic theory
to describe practical strategies for getting ahead in the world
of business. He explains that the organized executive does
the following:
o Does more and does it better
o Finishes tasks sooner
o Foresees outcomes
o Makes wiser decisions
A good executive is organized. He or she welcomes responsibility
and masters problem-solving techiques and processes. The wise
executive learns from mistakes and creates a "success climate" .
The author provides important guidelines for effective leadership and supervision. These are:
o Having thorough knowledge of the job
o Recognizing that your authority is limited
o Respecting worker rights
o Plan efficiently
o Delegate and monitor effectively
o Develop group incentives
o Set the pace for work and achievement
o Stick up for subordinates
o Follow up without giving the impression of snooping
o Record performance
This work is a practical guide for survival in the bureaucratic
environment. The author advances tested strategies which have
been proven to succeed.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Vol. 1B, The Sixteenth Century/the Early Seventeenth Century, Seventh Edition
The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Vol. 1B, The Sixteenth Century/the Early Seventeenth Century, Seventh Edition
by George M. Logan
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Norton Anthology of English Literature by Abrams et al., Feb. 21 2004
This is an excellent reference guide for the English Literature
of the 1600s and 1700s. There is an exhaustive coverage of
the following works:
o Caedmon's Hymn
o Beowulf
o Geoffrey Chaucer
o Middle Age Lyrics
o Sir Thomas Mallory
o Medieval Attitudes Toward Life on Earth
o Christopher Marlowe
o Sir Thomas Moore
o Shakespeare
o Sir Walter Ralegh
o John Donne
o Robert Herrick
o George Herbert
o John Milton
o Richard Lovelace
o Samuel Butler
o Jonathan Swift
o Alexander Pope
o Samuel Johnson
o James Boswell
o Restoration Literature of the 18th Century
Here is a paragraph from "The Wife of Bath's Tale":
"The wise astrologen daun Ptolomce,
That saith this proverbe in his Almageste:
' Of alle men his wisdom is the hyeste
That rekketh nat who hath the world in honde.
By this proverbe thou shalt understonde."
This work is perfect for majors of English literature and
college courses in literature. A beauty of the work is that
it is written in the original English dialect of the
centuries represented. Critiques of this work alone could
fill a dozen or so academic dissertations.

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