Book Reviews

Young Sci-Fi authors challenged

Thursday, Feb, 03 at 2:53 pm,

A creative-writing competition for high school students offers prizes and possible future royalties for follow-on episodes of a science fiction novel. The purpose is to reward the 'unsung heroes' of academic success. Deadline for submissions is 15 March. Publisher: Royal Fireworks Press.

Book Review : Adults Actually Talking to Children – What a Concept !

Thursday, Feb, 03 at 9:35 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Although the word “ coach “ is not in the title of the book, I am constantly amazed by college and graduate students who indicate to me that the most influential person in their lives has been a coach- perhaps it is the informal relationship, perhaps it is the fact that a coach sees some potential in each and every student.

An Interview with Douglas E. Richards: Signing at the Site

Tuesday, Feb, 01 at 10:31 pm,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – A flashy headline for a book-signing, I must admit. The release quickly makes it clear that this “defeating of terrorists” takes place in my new middle-grade thriller, THE DEVIL’S SWORD, which is set at Nellis, rather than in real life.

An Interview with Peter Benson: Mentoring, Coaching, Parenting, Guiding

Tuesday, Jan, 25 at 3:38 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Though teachers, coaches and parents see kids every day, the pace and demands of everyday life easily interfere with building meaningful adult-youth connections. My book “Parent,Teacher,Mentor,Friend” is chock full of tips on how adults can move from short, cryptic and superficial engagement to a deeper level of connection.

Why The KGB Wants You To Join Facebook

Monday, Jan, 24 at 10:30 am,

Evgeny Morozov, a noted specialist on the use of new communications technologies to promote democratic values, has a new book titled "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side Of Internet Freedom." In it, he argues that hype about "Twitter revolutions" and the enormous potential of the Internet to promote open societies and roll back authoritarianism is naive and overblown.

Walter Williams: The State Against Blacks

Sunday, Jan, 23 at 10:38 am,

'The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do. . . . And that is to destroy the black family.'. 'Sometimes I sarcastically, perhaps cynically, say that I'm glad that I received virtually all of my education before it became fashionable for white people to like black people," writes Walter Williams in his new autobiography, "Up from the Projects."

Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students, 2nd Edition

Wednesday, Jan, 19 at 2:53 pm,

Dick Kantenberger – “Blacks represent some 20% of public school enrollment, they constitute only 4% of students who perform at the 95th percentile or above on standardized test”, says Dr. Donna Y. Ford in her recently released 2nd edition of Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Blacks, published by Prufrock Press, Inc.

An Interview with Katie Robbins: Help for Authors?

Thursday, Jan, 13 at 11:43 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – The idea for Figment was borne out of an article that one of our co-founders, Dana Goodyear, wrote for the New Yorker about Japanese cell phone novel culture.

An Interview with Jim McTevia: About Debt

Sunday, Jan, 02 at 5:18 pm,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – This is an interview with Jim McTevia, author, Grandpa, and someone with over 50 years experience of helping individuals and companies work out their debt problems.

The new book is aimed at parent's of gifted blacks, but really it's for everyone

Saturday, Jan, 01 at 2:28 pm,

Dick Kantenberger – Dr. Davis writes, "This poem colorfully and emotionally describes the love-hate relationship that we often have with gifted children. Using the metaphors of an eagle and a monster, the poet provokes us to consider whether we will love or despise the genius in our children…

Question Insanity: What to Ask Progressives

Wednesday, Dec, 29 at 12:07 pm,

Oleg Atbashian – The two women who showed up early for my book signing at a small bookstore in Houston, TX, never even bothered to open my book. Wearing knowing smiles, they engaged me in a bizarre discussion that wound up leaping all around the known and unknown universe.

Reforming Our Universities

Tuesday, Dec, 21 at 12:17 pm,

Peter Wood – A review of David Horowitz's new book Reforming Our Universities: The Campaign for an Academic Bill of Rights.

Book Review: a new oil curse

Wednesday, Dec, 15 at 12:32 pm,

Matt Beynon Rees – Robert Slater's book lifts the veil on a major shift in the oil business. Just when Goldman Sachs had you convinced that Wall Street would be the instrument of global doom, this excellent primer on the future of oil arrives to demonstrate that the specter of diminishing crude reserves could be just as lethal. And not just to the world economy.

Book Review: The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas. By Frederick M. Hess Harvard University Press 2010

Sunday, Dec, 12 at 11:34 am,

Reviewed by Michael F. Shaughnessy – The book “The Same Thing Over and Over” belies it’s title. Rick Hess’s book is much more than the same thing over and over again. It is an ambitious book, and it is a thoughtful, insightful book, which requires a good deal of concentration and contemplation on the part of the reader.

Review of “For love of Liberty.”

Tuesday, Dec, 07 at 12:08 pm,

Reviewed by Professor Donald Elder – I found the documentary to be an outstanding look at the history of African-Americans who fought for the United States. The 4-hour version goes into impressive depth about every major conflict, and examines the African-American military experience from both an individual and an overall perspective.

Superb new book and "CD" describe terrific teaching

Saturday, Dec, 04 at 3:48 pm,

Joe Nathan – Imagine someone visiting and videotaping teachers who make a huge difference with youngsters – producing very positive, orderly classrooms with large gains in student skills, knowledge and test scores.

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