Books of the Week

Books of the Week

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How on earth has this week gone by so quickly? Well, at least I had time to read a bunch of books..

This week The Essential Books to Understanding.. covered candidate Bernie Sanders, a short collection of very interesting books that will help you understanding the man and the politician who’s running for president. (Previously The Essential Books To Understanding Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump).

Beyond politics I am a True Crime enthusiast, Dead Ends by Joseph Michael Reynolds is one of my favourite books about Aileen Wuornos. Written by the Reuters reporter who initially broke the story, in 1990, Dead Ends is the firsthand account of Wuornos’s capture, trial, and sentencing to death by lethal injection, that goes deep down where nobody ever before.

The “word of the week” has been “Brexit”. On June 23 Britons were called to vote about whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or leave it for good.  A State of Independency by Mark Brolin will give you an objective and critical analysis of what’s really going on in the Old Country and why Brexit is good.

Don’t get a job, live your dream by Scott Haug, a new sel-help book, contains 7 important reasons that will help convince you to live the life you truly want to live.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund has been a real challenge for me to read..784 pages of a really dark and disturbed psychological thriller. Epic but well written.

Something different that took me out of my comfort zone: poetry. Djinni Hunter by Thomas Kozumplik is a splendid collection of poems that I am still enjoying.

Well, readers.. that would be all for now!  As always, feel free to comment and share your best books of the week. Happy week and happy reading!

 

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Brexit? Yes, Please!

Brexit? Yes, Please!

A State of Independence: Why the EU is the Problem and Not he Solution, by Mark Brolin

It is less than 24 hours until polls open for the EU referendum on June 23. Britons are called to make a “momentous” decision about whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or leave it for good.

According to the latest opinion polls, the British public are fairly evenly split (44% remain – 45% leave) *FT Latest Developments. But in the end, will they get it right?

If following from the outside the debate about whether the UK should leave the European Union is confusing, it is quite perplexing from the inside, too. The debate itself -frankly- has been neither informative nor enlightening.

Mark Brolin –a British-Swedish Economist educated at the Stockholm School of Economics and presently a UK/EU correspondent– believes in the importance of offering an objective and critical analysis of what’s really going on in the Old Country.cover90880-medium.png

By applying a realist approach, Brolin answers some of the most controversial issues; as why is the immigration issue so toxic? or how can the same people responsible for the flagrant mismanagement of the euro project remain in charge of EU economic policies? and how has it also been possible to largely ignore the grumblings of the people despite democratic systems in all EU member states?

A State of Independence is a smart book that deserve to be read. Honest and objective -it will show you why Europe is the Problem and not the Solution.

“If still in doubt this book makes it perfectly clear that the EU of today is a pipe dream and that taxpayers money could be much better spent elsewhere”

Luke Johnson,  Chairman of Risk Capital Partners

The Essential Books To Understanding Bernie Sanders

The Essential Books To Understanding Bernie Sanders

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a celebrated socialist and one of the most liberal members of the Senate, elected as an independent to his state’s single House seat in 1990 and to the Senate in 2006. Previously he was mayor of Burlington, Vt., and worked as a carpenter and writer and taught at Harvard and Hamilton College.

On the official website berniesanders.com, senator Sanders shows his political program;  a very detailed (and long) list of issues, from immigration policy to affordable housing, racial justice, LGBT equality and social security.

Someone calls it a “populistic crusade” but  -whatever you want to call it-  America is listening.  Sanders wants people in America to take action, to fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all.

Here the essential books to understanding the man who could be the first Jewish president of the United States of America.

The Speech: On Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class, by Bernie Sanders

5147+3CYdbL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_On Friday, December 10, 2010, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked on to the United States Senate and began speaking. A very long speech, lasting over eight and a half hours. And it hit a nerve. Millions followed the speech online until the traffic crashed the Senate server. 

The speech was more than a critique, It was a dissection of the collapse of the American middle class and a well-researched attack on corporate greed and on public policy. It was a plea for a fundamental change in national priorities, for government policy that reflects the needs of working families, and not just the wealthy and their lobbyists.

Sanders’ speech is a call for action, a passionate statement informing us that the only people who will save the middle class of this country is the middle class itself, but only if it is informed, organized, and prepared to take on the enormously powerful special interests dominating Washington.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Outsider in the White House, by Bernie Sanders and John Nichols

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Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the presidency of the United States has galvanized people all over the country, putting economic, racial, and social justice into the spotlight, and raising hopes that Americans can take their country back from the billionaires and change the course of history.

In this book, Sanders tells the story of a passionate and principled political life.  

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


The Bern Identity: A Search for Bernie Sanders and the New American Dream, by Will Bunch

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Will Bunch wrote probably one of the best books about Bernie Sanders and how he made it out of the backwoods of Vermont to become a very strong contender in the 2016 race for the White House.

Sanders’ remarkable bio is interspersed with the tale of the true believers who packed hockey rinks and concrete convention floors in crowds of 20,000 or more, who tweeted incessantly and posted memes of Sanders flying in coach class, and who exploded with excitement at their hero’s call for a “political revolution” to raise the beleaguered middle class. In a time of rampant cynicism about American politics, “The Bern Identity” turns into something most unlikely – a love story, between the long-distance runner who never gave up his fantasy of real social change, and the dreamers and the radicals and the formerly hopeless who were waiting for him at the finish line.

 Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com  (eBook)


Why Bernie Sanders Matters, by Harry Jaffe

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Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics. He is also, at seventy-four, the rising star of the Democratic party, whose underdog bid for the presidential nomination has hit the marks of a serious contender. He’s closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why? Because where most candidates are calculating and rehearsed, Sanders is frank, authentic, and impassioned.

For thirty years, he has spoken out against income inequality, environmental injustice, and privatized healthcare. 

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanders’s friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, noted reporter Harry Jaffe offers an engaging, insightful portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanders’s course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond.

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)

Dear Miss Tate…You’re Fired From Millennials

Dear Miss Tate…You’re Fired From Millennials

Government Gone Wild. How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You for a Ride -and What You Can Do About It, by Kristin Tate

I like politics. I like talking about it and I like reading about it. Government Gone Wild was presented to me as a modern j’accuse addressed to our Government -written with humour and a fresh pecover84111-medium.pngrspective by the “young conservative journalist” Kristin Tate. 

Seen as  a fun way to agitate the entitled political establishment, Tate’s political action handbook is meant for a new generation of voters -the Millennials– who are afraid they will be paying for this out-of-control government their entire working lives.

I was expecting -from a journalist- a precise account of what  the Government is doing wrong; like bad administration and devilish conspiracies. Unfortunately this book is just a bunch of disconnected thoughts so obvious that is actually too embarrassing to believe they come from a 24 years old woman.

Some of her statements are borderline idiotic: in chapter one, Tate states that America has overcrowded prisons packed with people who never committed a single crime against anyone but themselves“. – I’d really like to know what prison Miss Tate visited that was overpacked with innocent people. Because the prison I visited was, yes packed -but with criminals. 

Speaking about drugs and legalization she said:  “Joints, spliffs and bongs should be completely legal” -and also- “If you want to smoke up until your eyes roll into the back of your empty skull, you should be free to do that“. According to Tate as long as we are allowed to eat junk food and waste our bodies with fat, alcohol or cigarette, we should be free to use cocaine or even heroin in the privacy of our home.

I am not the finest connoisseur of the human genre, but one thing I know is that drug addicts rarely stay “in the privacy of their own home“. Nope, they go out and mess with regular people. Like Kenneth Britt Smith, who is accused of striking and killing a bicyclist while was high on marijuana. (Northeast Portland, Dec 13, 2015). Or like David Njuguna– who is involved in the car crash death of a Massachusetts State Police trooper Thomas Clardy. Should I mention that Clardy left behind a wife and six children? And guess what? Njuguna was high on marijuana.

I would die to know if Miss Tate still believes these stoned guys only hurt themselves? Or they was just exercising their right to do what the hell they want with their lives?

And that was only chapter one!!  To be completely honest, I am so disappointed with this book, and  whilst I do appreciate Tate’s young and modern writing style, I am disturbed by the huge amount of stupidity she’s trying to feed the reader, especially because she claimed to write this book for Millennials.

Luckily there are a lot of smart Millennials out there who know how to write and how to deliver a good message. When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is a splendid example of two dedicated and brilliant young men with valid and solid plans to make America strong again. I highly suggest you to read this book! And the previous post about Millennials, if you haven’t yet.


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook) ….or not!

 

*Disclaimer* -> Luckily not a single dime has been wasted on this book by me. An advanced copy was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by FaithWords/Center Street

The Essential Books To Understanding Donald Trump

The Essential Books To Understanding Donald Trump

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Real-estate mogul and reality television star, Donald J. Trump and his huge ego are taking the scene of the presidential race. Beside he has never held political office, Mr.Trump is confident that his negotiating skills, business acumen and –as he can’t help to remind us every single time he gets the chance– his wealth, will easily make him the president of one of the biggest and powerful nation on earth, the United States of America.

Proud republican, Trump’s position is clear: he will make America great again! From his official page donaldjtrump.com Mr.Trump shares his 7 step political program:

Carpenters wanted!: he promises he will build a big, big wall -and make Mexicans pay!

Band Aid for Everybody: he will make health a business! by selling insurance across state lines!

Zài Jiàn China!: he will let China off the Hook. No, not Blac China. The real China.

Veterans of America, You Will Be Great Again: he will take good care of our veterans. This is actually an admirable gesture.

Run America Run: and better be fast! According to analysts Trump’s economic plan would double the national debt over the next decade. Of course, the tax cuts might boost economic growth but,  the economy must grow as fast as 9 percent a year for a decade to make the plan revenue neutral and 11 percent to balance the budget. Sci-fi isn’t it?

Just because you can: he will give you more arms because hey, it’s my damn right to shoot you in the a#s with my tac evo assault rifle… just because I can! (ironic)

Watch out punks! he will fill prisons up to the roof and finally make America win the first prize for the best “Incarceration Nation“. (very ironic)

Mass deportation: at a cost estimated between $100 billion and $300 billion he will arrest and remove almost 11 million undocumented immigrants, a 20-year process.

Want more? No problem, because we can always rely on him for providing us with the most ridiculous and outrageous quotes. A recent article appeared on Marie Claire Uk exposed 29 of the most idiotic ones.
But who really is Donald J. Trump? Here the essential books to understanding the man, the billionaire and the candidate.

Trump. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, the Downfall, the Reinvention by Wayne Barrett

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Barrett paints an intimate portrait of Trump himself, a man driven by bravado, obsessive self-regard, and an anxious ruthlessness to subdue his rivals and seduce anyone with the power to aid his empire.

Reckless as often as he is brilliant, reliant on threats as much as on charm, and ultimately a cautionary tale: is this the man we want to lead the world?

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com  (eBook)


Trump This!The Life and Times of Donald Trump, An Unauthorized Biography by Marc Shapiro

cover84633-medium.pngWhat guides Trump to the decisions he makes? Is his personality real or just a caricature driven smokescreen?  Like all larger than life personalities, Trump has cultivated his public image well. He’s been selective in what he’s let out and, when pressed, he’s been quick to deny.

Trump This! The Life And Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography has dug deep into the truth that is Donald Trump.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again, by Donald J. Trump

Crippled_America_-_How_to_Make_America_Great_Again.jpgIt’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners -the American people. Distancing himself from the politicians, Trump promises less talk and more action. Ready to shaking up the establishment, bring America back -respected by allies and feared by adversaries.

How to fix a failing economy; how to reform health care; how to rebuild our military and start winning wars; and how to bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


The Trump Coloring Book by M.G.Anthony

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Whether he’s playing chess with Putin, or battleship with Kim Jong-un,  see Donald Trump like you’ve never seen him before! Now’s your chance to show The Donald in his true colors!

Hilarious. Like the real Donald J. Trump.

 

 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book)


 

 

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Millennials: Are You One of Us?

 

9d861ac5027505d5d61fe9eb36448da7One of the best part of becoming a self-proclaimed “book blogger” is when authors and PR people from publishing companies reach you out asking if -by any chance- you’d like to read this or that book and help them spreading the word.

Duh!! I’m a bookworm. Sure I would like to read your new/soon-to-be-published book!!

A week ago, Jack Cahn -a first-time author and college student- offered me to read an advanced copy of When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America,  written with his twin brother David.

I knew JaWhen Millennials Ruleck and David Cahn -the Twin Titans of Stuyvesant High School– from the media attention they received in 2013 because of their involvement in school activism, and I am an avid reader of their Huffington Post posts too (read here David’s entries and here Jack’s entries).

Jack and David’s book -which I will review soon- is written by and for a specific demographic cohort called Millennials.

According to all the legitimate sources I have consulted, I am -my birthright- one of them. Yes people, I am a Millennial.

Despite there are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.* The credit of naming the Millennials goes to authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, which -in their latest book titled Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation– defined the Millennials as a “civic-minded generation with a strong sense of community both local and global“.

Pretty cool, huh? Sure is, on paper. Here comes the reality check.

o-THE-REAL-ME-GENERATION-facebookAfter further research I found out that Millennials don’t exactly enjoy widespread appreciation, nor consideration among society; lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents, tech junkies and guinea pigs for everything marketing related.

We might be more tech savvy, more entrepreneurial, more tolerant and even more optimistic about the future, but we also are the generation with the highest joblessness and debt out of school.

Statistics show that we are the best educated generation of history but -apparently- our political views don’t make any sense, our ideas are unrealistic and we will never reach higher political positions.

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We are good buyers though. No kidding. In fact, there are a lot of books about how to make us buy even more things:

  • Marketing to Millennials: Reach the largest and most influential Generation of Consumer Ever, by Jeff Fromm and Christie Garton (Book) – (eBook)
  • Your Customer is the star: How to make Millennials, Boomers and Everyone Else Love your Business, by Micah Solomon (Book) – (eBook)
  • Managing the Millennials: Discover the core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja (Book) – (eBook)

Just to name a few. That’s quite sad, isn’t it?

My question to you, brave reader, is: What’s really hiding under the sand? Who’s keeping Millennials out of the big game? Why society doesn’t give Millennials credit? Are Millennials really narcissistic personalities characterized by a damaged sense of self?

When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is an extraordinary reading that I recommend (pub.date August 2nd, 2016). If words and ideas can change the world, and if “it depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs“** than we -Millennials- have a lot of work to do.


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** President Obama to the class of 2016 at Rutger University 250th Anniversary Commencement

***This post reflects my personal opinion. I am not sponsored by none of the people mentioned above. The reason why I am  highly, strongly, shamelessy suggesting to buy Jack and David’s book is mostly because I believe in the message that carries. I will never get tired to recommend any writer who is not afraid to share good ideas and knows how to use a perfect consecutio temporum!

****If you don’t know what the consecutio temporum is…get out of here!! Kidding, just google it!

The Pornography Industry

The Pornography Industry

 

The Pornography Industry. What Everyone Needs to Know, by Shira Tarrant

The business of pornography is a major and ubiquitous multi-billion dollacover79667-medium.pngr enterprise.  Porn allegedly accounts for one-third of all internet traffic, every second there is an average 28,258 internet users watching pornography. The business is so popular because the product is made fast and it’s easily accessible.

Shira Tarrant, analyzing a wide range of statistics, goes through political controversies around the industry, the feminist war against it, the views of the religious right, legal cases and the impact that porn has on society.

While I’m not interested into knowing the industry basics I am about those important issues such as the sociological impact of pornography: does porn cause violence against women? Can people become addicted to it? How society responds to that?

“If we are going to advocate successfully for a safe and ethical world, if we care about gender justice, and if we are devoted to more fully understanding the politics of pleasure and danger, then moving past the porn wars is a welcome requirement for the future.” 

This is a challenging topic and this book will enable readers to explore these provocative issues and make their own opinion about the past, present and future of this major enterprise.


Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (Ebook)