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Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (Business Books)
Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (Business Books)
by Don Tapscott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Letting down the Generation X-ers, 11 Feb. 2009
The Generation X-ers amongst us are probably cheering and clapping at the push towards a sea change in pedagogy. Years of passive learning and regurgitation via exam left us cold. And whilst the suggestion that Net Gen-ers need a different way of learning is refreshing, it doesn't necessarily translate well to the workplace where Gen X-ers, used to working hard and to deadlines, are not used to long lunchbreaks using Facebook or afternoons playing volleyball. Besides we Gen X-ers are the ones doing the hiring...so who are we going to choose; someone who puts in a 12 hour day or someone who wants the flexibility to play WoW during lunch?

Let's not blur the boundaries between how children learn and how the world of work er...works.


Deer Hunting with Jesus: Guns, Votes, Debt and Delusion in Redneck America
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Guns, Votes, Debt and Delusion in Redneck America
by Joe Bageant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, 28 Nov. 2008
I really wanted to understand, in greater detail, the reason for the solid Republican vote which is still evident in the southern USA and this book looked to be just what I wanted.

Bageant understands the reasons because he was brought up in the south - he can talk to people who live within southern right-wing God-fearing gun-toting communities and gain their trust, and therefore their honest thoughts, on why they vote and live the way they do; the issues and problems these communities face (literacy, history, political marginalisation), and which the liberal elite are quick to dismiss.

Bageant isn't patronising, but neither does he condone the more fanatical wing, and is able to present clear reasoning to the reader without trying to elicit sympathy.


Will America Change?
Will America Change?
by Ziauddin Sardar
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start, 18 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Will America Change? (Paperback)
I'm always keen to understand how the rest of the world views the West; specifically the US and UK, and this book looked ideal. It starts off well, providing a fascinating analysis-by-metaphor of how television inaccurately - and sometimes dangerously so - portrays the US and its foreign policy aims through shows such as the West Wing, before going on to look at how the reality of US foreign policy is seen by the Middle East/Eurasia. This, along with the USA's belief that it has THE historical monopoly on morality, seems to be a reasonable starting point for understanding some of the issues that it has faced and how it can begin to heal the rift with some of its allies in that region.

However, towards the end of the book I feel that this measured analysis is thrown out of the window and it becomes almost hysterical with blame, placing almost all of the pressure to repair broken alliances on the US and leaving out a) the part which needs to be played by other European nations and b) the part to be played by the Middle East/Eurasia. We are all to blame, at the end of the day, and must all be involved in the process.

Having said that, if you can put aside your indignance enough to get to the end of the book, I'd say it is definitely required reading; and I look forwards to reading more of Sardar's work.


The Political Brain The Role Of Emotion In Deciding The Fate Of The Nation
The Political Brain The Role Of Emotion In Deciding The Fate Of The Nation
by Drew Westen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, 22 Oct. 2008
I'll never see a political advert in the same light again; Professor Westen uses his experience in the field of clinical psychology to dissect how the campaign ad and the political speech affects the average Jane Winebox. Westen makes some important points relating to how elections can be won or lost on the language used in and delivery of these two mediums.

It's a compelling read, and a crucial one at that - given the impending US elections. Even if you're not usually one for political non-fiction, I would recommend you give this book a go.


Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me: A chef's stories and recipes from the land
Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me: A chef's stories and recipes from the land
by Denis Cotter
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, p(l)eas(e), 28 Feb. 2008
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Cotter's book is completely absorbing, from his stories of a childhood which sparked a passion for well-prepared veg to the recipes which are so simple to follow and foolproof enough for the less experienced cook. Some of the ingredients are impossible to find in the local supermarket but sound intriguing enough to warrant an attempt at growing in the garden; but don't let a lack of green fingers stop you - there's plenty of recipes which can be made using staples from the fruit and veg section.

Especially straightforward and tasty are the watercress soup with walnut and red pepper salsa, the aubergine and halloumi parcels and a wonderful layercake of aubergines, potatoes and goat's cheese.

Definitely worth a look.


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