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  1. Reviews of Children's Books (
      Reviews children's books by title, topic, or grade level. 09-09

  2. Book Reviews - Multicultural Books (Mele)

  3. Book Reviews by Reading Level (Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County - BookHive)
      Provides reviews of books for children, including younger children. 5-00

  4. Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors (New York Review of Books)
      Reviews the book, Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors, by Agha and Malley. It provides a detailed explanation why Camp David negotiations failed. The failure of the negotiations led to the removal of Barak as Prime Minister and to the uprising of the Palestinians.

      "The Palestinians' overall behavior, when coupled with Barak's conviction that Arafat merely wanted to extract Israeli concessions, led to disastrous results. The mutual and by then deeply entrenched suspicion meant that Barak would conceal his final proposals, the 'endgame,' until Arafat had moved, and that Arafat would not move until he could see the endgame. Barak's strategy was predicated on the idea that his firmness would lead to some Palestinian flexibility, which in turn would justify Israel's making further concessions. Instead, Barak's piecemeal negotiation style, combined with Arafat's unwillingness to budge, produced a paradoxical result. By presenting early positions as bottom lines, the Israelis provoked the Palestinians' mistrust and by subsequently shifting them, they whetted the Palestinians' appetite. By the end of the process, it was hard to tell which bottom lines were for real, and which were not." 1-03

  5. Buckley, William F. (National Review)
      "Editor-at-Large William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review magazine in 1955. He is the author of more than 40 books, and was the host for more than 30 years of the television show Firing Line. His newspaper column, 'On the Right,' is syndicated to more than 300 newspapers. His most recent books are Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches and the novel Elvis in the Morning." 11-06

  6. Review of "Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years" (New York Times)
      "A word of disclosure: I am an Episcopalian who takes the faith of my fathers seriously (if unemotionally), and I would, I think, be disheartened if my own young children were to turn away from the church when they grow up. I am also a critic of Christianity, if by critic one means an observer who brings historical and literary judgment to bear on the texts and traditions of the church."

      "I mention this because I sense a kind of kinship with Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the church at Oxford University, who has written a sprawling, sensible and illuminating new book, 'Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.' A biographer of Thomas Cranmer and the author of an acclaimed history of the Reformation, MacCulloch comes from three generations of Anglican clergymen and himself grew up in a country rectory of which he says, 'I have the happiest memories.' ”

      "Questions of meaning — who are we, how shall we live, where are we going? — tend to be framed in theological and philosophical terms. But history matters, too, and historians, MacCulloch says, have a moral task: 'They should seek to promote sanity and to curb the rhetoric which breeds fanaticism.' " 04-10

  7. -05-19-10 Movie Review: How Wall Street Robbed the World (
      "The central part of Inside Job details the history of deregulation, from Reagan to Clinton to George W. Bush, and the rise of financial instruments like derivatives and credit default swaps. Much of this material is familiar, both from news reports and books on the crisis and from earlier docu-blasts, particularly Leslie and Andrew Cockburn's American Casino and Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story. In a way, Ferguson is the un-Moore: he's off-camera, asking questions, not front and center; his tone is serious and precise, not comedic-bombastic. Nor is Ferguson, who earned his Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T., a knee-jerk anticapitalist. In the '90s he and a partner created a software company, Vermeer Technologies, which they sold to Microsoft for $133 million. Unlike Moore, he's more at ease talking to the powerful than to the tearfully dispossessed. Inside Job contains just one brief interview with a woman who lost her home; the other conversations are with the articulate elite of bankers and professors." 05-10

  8. Kindle Fire Review (New York Times)
      "The Fires are intended to tap into Amazon’s ecosystem of music, movie, TV and e-book stores — which they do exceedingly smoothly. Movies, books and even certain games remember your place as you move from gadget to gadget. Anything you buy from Amazon is stored online, for redownloading whenever you like. And Amazon’s Prime membership ($79 a year) gets you a free book a month, 5,000 free streaming movies and free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases."

      "Over all, the tablet feels professional and elegant, but it still exhibits a few of the goofy hardware design decisions that have plagued Amazon since Kindle 1.0. For example, the tiny volume and power buttons are black like the case, unlabeled and flush with the edge so you can’t feel them. When you want to change the volume, you have to turn the tablet on edge to study them, preferably with a flashlight and a map." 09-12

  9. Book Reviews (American Library Association - Booklist)
      Provides reviews of best selling books. 8-00.

  10. History of Afghanistan (New York Review of Books - Mishra)
      Describes the different political and military movements in Afghanistan in the 20th century that led to the current war. Published in 2001.

  11. Erasing Death (National Review)
      "The mind may be able to function with no brain at all. Parnia’s overall goal in writing the book is to improve and standardize care after cardiac arrest." 02-13

  12. Book Reviews for Preschool to Kindergarten (
      Reviews children's books. 09-09

  13. Book Reviews by Reading Level (Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County - BookHive)
      Provides reviews of books for children, including younger children. 09-09

  14. Book Reviews (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
      Provides book reviews for teens. 10-04

  15. Compare Cars (Kelley Blue Book)
      Provides MSRP and invoice values of new and used cars. 12-09

  16. Wealth and Democracy ( - Phillips)
      Provides a controversial book which warns against too much concentration of wealth in a few, resulting in corruption of the democratic process. According to reviewer, McNamee, "Most American conservatives take it as an article of faith that the less governmental involvement in affairs of the market and pocketbook the better. The rich do not, whatever they might say--for much of their wealth comes from the 'power and preferment of government.' So writes Kevin Phillips, the accomplished historian and one-time Washington insider, in this extraordinary survey of plutocracy, excess, and reform." 7-02

  17. Foreign Policy Analysis by James Mann (
      Shawn Carkonen reviews the book Rise of the Vulcans by James Mann. Mann describes foreign policy through describing an alliance of key advisors for President Bush.

      "This core group, consisting of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice, has a long history together dating back 30 years in some cases. Dubbing themselves the Vulcans, they have largely determined the direction and focus of the Bush presidency. In this remarkably researched and fascinating book, Mann traces their careers and the development of their ideas in order to understand how and why American foreign policy got to where it is today."

      "As Mann makes clear, there has never been perfect agreement between all parties, (the relationship between the close duo of Powell and Armitage on one side and Rumsfeld on the other, for instance, has been frosty) but they do share basic values. Whether they came from the armed services, academia, or government bureaucracy, the Vulcans all viewed the Pentagon as the principal institution from which American power should emanate. Their developing philosophy was cemented after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and is best reflected in the decision to invade Iraq. They believe that a powerful military is essential to American interests, that America is ultimately a force for good despite any negative consequences that may arise from American aggression, they are eternally optimistic about American power and dismiss any arguments about over-extension of resources, and they are skeptical about the need to consult allies or form broad global coalitions before acting." 3-04

  18. Buckley, William F. (
      "William Frank Buckley Jr. (born November 24, 1925), is an American author, conservative journalist and commentator based in New York City and Sharon, Connecticut. He founded the influential conservative political magazine National Review in 1955 and hosted the award-winning television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999. In articles for the National Review and in personal correspondence, Buckley signs his name as 'WFB.' "

      "Buckley is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist whose work appears in more than 300 newspapers and has also authored many books, both fiction and non-fiction." 11-06

  19. Helping Children With Dying: Floating Away (New York Times)
      A review of the children's book, Floating Away, by Chris Raschka. "[Michael] Rosen turns his grief into a two-way window. Children see his sadness and somehow, miraculously, it feels as if Rosen also sees theirs."

      "If [Chris] Raschka’s writing doesn’t have this kind of transformative power, his illustrations often do. They tell the story of a balloon whose strings are intertwined with many others, and who then finds his string tragically, inexorably disentangling. The text does not tell this true, hard story — but the pictures, fortunately, do." 05-07

  20. Family Unschooling Network (
      "The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. If you are an unschooler, homeschooler, self-directed learner, or just learning in general, then this is the site for you! You will find newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts." 02-06

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