"This scholarly research study brings some dispassionate cool to a red-hot social issue: the plight of student-athletes the National Collegiate Athletic Association has long treated like chattel in the name of “amateurism."
"The author offers a jumble of ideas in his book, that seem more like repetitious ramblings than useful counsel. Despite a few illuminating moments, it's a challenging read overall. While the author may feel he has unlocked valuable wisdom in his own head, he has failed to focus his ideas. His thoughts don’t translate well to the written page."
"The book is well-organized and user friendly, offering a year’s worth of provocative entertainment. As it gently urges readers to approach life with humor, thought and care, it provides an utterly charming selection that would also be a welcome gift book for friends and family."
"A cooly elegant writer, Vivo surveys the enduring horrors of war-related slavery and racism, and he invokes thinkers from Hammurabi to Frederick II of Sicily, from Gandhi to Eisenhower to Nelson Mandela, in building his case for peace...Students, world leaders and ordinary citizens would do well to absorb, and act on, Vivo's quiet rage."
"Slatyer’s charts are absolutely fascinating, taking traditional historical timelines and interspersing them with climate events which, he argues, seminally affected the history of that culture or nation. The result is a completely different chronology of political, social, and economic history than is available in other texts."
"Whether readers appreciate this look at the modern political scene very much depends on their politics: For the most part, C.W. Griffin will delight Democrats and rile Republicans..as a consequence of name-calling, Griffin emerges as yet another strident voice in today’s increasingly polarized political debate, albeit more informed than many."
"Like many grand philosophical syntheses, the book’s sweep is very broad, and many arguments are unsubstantiated when examined in detail. However, the book is well-organized and evinces a considerable intellect."
"Readers who have decided to use a firearm for self-defense, and who can persevere through this book despite its narrative challenges, are likely to avoid becoming one of the all-too numerous statistics on gun mishaps and can even learn something that might save their lives."
"...For Inserra, this is also a warm appreciation of his C-1 colleagues, whose names abound here. But his loyalty to the agency can cloud his judgment. For example, he never mentions the bitter antagonism between FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and U.S. Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, or Hoover’s decades-long reluctance to go after the mob at all."
"Will Slatyer begins his three-chapter study of Cyclic history with an interesting survey of recurrent patterns found in nature, religion, the weather, and economics. The survey, however, ends abruptly, with no conclusion (or notes or bibliography), so readers aren’t privy to the author’s views on his own evidence."
"An idealistic manager contends with ingrained forces of corruption in this fervent novel of ideas.Taking aim at the skewed values of a world where “name, fame, and a lot of money” are the only measures of success, Jasswinder sometimes overstates his case, but his passion will sweep readers along for a satisfying reading experience."
"While the content is dense, Bancroft’s style is so well organized that many will agree with his conclusion that there needs to be a “tolerance of uncertainty” when investigating the unknown.. Those who enjoy science, philosophy, history, even socio-cultural studies will appreciate reading the theories he lays out in this intriguing book."
"This book covers extensive ground—so extensive, that it devolves into mere listings of aspects, rather than engaging in philosophical arguments. This book is ambitious and could be a comprehensive assessment of fear in all of its ramifications, the book would need some rewriting before it could fully realize the potential of its scope."
"The volume is simply a compendium of assorted elements without a connecting thread, and the mystical and prophetic messages prove to be too ethereal for full comprehension."
"Vale argues that “free will” is a harmful notion because those who believe they are the cause of their own failures inevitably feel bad about themselves. But this emotional reaction isn’t a necessary result of the acceptance of free will."
"Frustratingly, he offers no discussion of issues or policies and no ideas for our evolution toward greater consciousness, just an admonition to stop voting for and supporting the two major political parties… Perhaps some reader can relate to this bizarre collection of words, but most will find the book baffling."
“Udeozor…spent nearly a decade in custody on charges he and his wife held a teenage Nigerian girl in involuntary servitude in the U.S. for five years…(the) case is interesting, but his writing tends to wander into extraneous ruminations and repetition as he tries to justify his behavior.”
“While McCartney claims to be comparing New Thought to existentialism, his book is clearly skewed in favor of New Thought, and consequently fails to explore some important existential concepts such as angst…(however many) may find food for thought in these pages.”
… windy parables, overwritten dialogue and a writing style reminiscent of 1930s pulp sci-fi [make] it difficult to persevere to the end.