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This is the second one in the series, which I ended picking up from the library, bringing it home, and then realizing it was a series. Luckily I was able to search the first in the series at another local ter I read the first book, I couldn't wait to pick up the second. I wanted Dahlia 16 and Trigger 17 to be able to be together, but their globe was so various from what I'm used too. All the clones. The belief that if something is wrong with one of the clones, they all had to is one follows Dahlia 16 and Trigger 17 as they have escaped the city. They have realized that the rest of the globe is not like where they grew up. They come from a clone farm that is mass producing servants for the ter Dahlia's 4,999 clones are recalled, she finds out she still has one remaining clone on the outside. Her duplicate, who should not exists, is Whitney Whitmore, a rich, famous teenager who has a present that info her daily life. Whitney has no idea she is a clone.I enjoyed the second book in the series more than the first, I'm not sure if it's by then I was just so into their world, or if it was the book itself. I was rooting for Dahlia. The clone aspect was intriguing. And them trying to hold Dahlia hidden since no one was supposed to know that Whitney was a clone was interesting. Whitney herself grows from a spoiled, rich brat, to somebody who cares about others: the is was such a fun series to read! I read both of these books quite quickly as they were hard to place down. I am eagerly awaiting a third book, if the author decides to write one!
I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one. I also liked the characters in this book. It was less awkward not having mostly clone conversations. IDK what it was but it felt like this book had a lot more the characters rock, there were quite a few surprises along the way, and I never got bored. While not my favorite duology by this author, this book cemented it as a amazing one. Five glittery stars!
I am a compulsive bookworm, and this was one of those books I couldn't place down. Amazing plot, well written, and full of suspense and unexpected twists. I don't wish to give anything away, so I'll just leave it at that. I finishing reading it in 2 days. Congrats to the author for a job well done. It is easily as thrilling as the top rated novels of this genre. For those who have fun this type of novel, I encourage you to check it out. You will not be disappointed. -- By the way, this is an impartial review by someone who just enjoys spreading the word about amazing work.
I'm not usually a fan of dystopian fiction, but this a amazing one. The story itself, a sequel to Brave Fresh Girl, was interesting and inventive and I had problem putting both books down. The main characters are likeable, and even though you'd expect Waverly to be too much of a spoiled princess, she really comes across as genuine. I was pleasantly surprised that the story didn't really go where I was expecting it to once I read the teaser in the first book. I'll recommend to anyone, but read Brave Fresh Girl first for a fuller understanding of this book.
I’d never think come to have fun a series about clones in a dystopian society, but I did! I was looking forward to a third book following Dahlia’s & Waverly’s fresh world. I’m also craving a bit more Lorna Whitmore’s evil genius. What else is she hiding? Hoping the author didn’t recall the series.
“It is rather alarming to search that only twenty-seven years [after writing Brave Fresh World] quite a number of those forecasts have already come true, and come real with vengeance…Some of them were foreseen, and I think some of them I didn’t have the imagination to foresee, but I t think there is a whole armory at the disposal of potential dictators at the moment.”– Aldous Huxley Known for being one of the most influential dystopian authors of all time, Aldous Huxley, who was a jack of all trades, made his magnum opus, Brave Fresh Globe in 1931, which was published a year later. Nigh nine decades later, a lot of of his ominous and scholarly insights are manifesting right before our eyes. For these reasons, Brave Fresh Globe should be read through rather carefully, for it serves as a severe warning not only about what might be coming, but what is already is particular fusion of Brave Fresh Globe and Brave Fresh Globe Revisited by Aldous Huxley truly is as fascinating as it is disturbing in scope. The former offers his vision of what a dystopian globe might be like, while the latter offers a trenchant examination of Brave Fresh World.While some may call some of Huxley’s ideas ‘prophetic’ in a sense, it’s more of a logical deduction given the available info that there was at a time. If one has a reasonable amount of quality information, one surely would be able to postulate a reasonable effect given humanity’s penchant for falling for propaganda in droves historically. After all, most nations historically don’t operate under real freedom. What’s more, a lot of ‘modern’ nations already implement a lot of of the disturbing trends written about in this sobering, if intense acc of could have happened, although in fiction, which is now turning into ave Fresh Globe has been compared to Orwell’s 1984 due to the engineered control grid – each of which carries various methods – and with amazing reason. Whilst 1984 is ruled with an iron fist, Brave Fresh Globe is ruled with a velvet one. Endless arguments have ensued in a lot of circles as to which one we are gravitating towards, and it’s definitely intriguing although distressing contemplating such xley does an outstanding job of painting a disturbing portrait within his fictional realm. The individuals within his society – who are essentially drones – have fallen over themselves for the ‘good of all’ – for the collective. The book is littered with countless examples of e individual, who is the foundation of society, is thrown aside, by the respect to this troublesome and pernicious pervasive issue, which is seen more and more nowadays, Huxley noted the following words:“Brave Fresh Globe presents a fanciful and somewhat ribald picture of a society, in which the attempt to recreate human beings in the likeness of terminates has been pushed almost to the limits of the possible. That we are being propelled in the direction of Brave Fresh Globe is obvious. But not less obvious is the fact that we can, if we so desire, refuse to co-operate with the blind forces that are compelling us. As Mr. William Whyte has shown in his remarkable book, The Organization Man, a fresh Social Ethic is replacing our traditional ethical system – the system in which the individual is primary. The key words in this Social Ethic are “adjustment,” “adaptation,” “socially oriented behavior,” “belongingness,” “acquisition of social skills,” “team work,” “group living,” “group loyalty,” “group dynamics,” “group thinking,” “group creativity.” Its primary assumption is that the social whole has greater worth and significant than its individual parts, that inborn biological differences should be sacrificed to cultural uniformity, that the rights of the collective take precedence over what the eighteenth century called the Rights of Man.”Furthermore, as Huxley notes, the:“…ideal man is the man who displays “dynamic conformity” (delicious phrase!) and an intense loyalty to the group, an unflagging desire to subordinate himself, to belong.”Talk about a conformity crisis! That’s exactly where society is torpedoing to as we speak. And it all starts in youth, through the public schooling is conformity crisis in public schooling has been spoken about at length by John Taylor Gatto in his books, Dumbing Us Down, A Various Kind Of Teacher and Weapons Of Mass Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, Gatto mentions the following explosive remarks:“Mass education cannot work to produce a fair society because its everyday practice is practice in rigged competition, suppression and intimidation. The schools we’ve allowed to develop can’t work to teach nonmaterial values, the values which give meaning to everyone’s life, rich or poor, because the structure of schooling is held together by a Byzantine tapestry of reward and threat, of carrots and sticks. Official favor, grades, and other trinkets of subordination have no connection with education; they are the paraphernalia of servitude, not of freedom.”“Schools are intended to produce, through the app of formulas, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.”“…schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the amazing enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientists are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders.”Gatto minces no words. If you want to see what is happening, right from the begin via the public indoctrination system, READ John Taylor Gatto’s work. It is HIGHLY turning to Huxley, the latter part of Brave Fresh Globe & Brave Fresh Globe Revisited also features Huxley’s letter to Orwell. Additionally, and arguably more importantly, the second book, Brave Fresh Globe Revisited is absolutely mind ave Fresh Globe Revisited contains intriguing info at length that supplements droves of added substance for the reader to familiarize themselves with some of the deeper niches of everything Brave Fresh Globe stands for. One could view it as a few various essays on a lot of of the most disturbing components and trends, featured in Brave Fresh World, which society is currently ics which are discussed contain conformity, the collectivization of society, the attack on individuals, brainwashing, propaganda, social engineering, distractions within society, chemical persuasion, possible solutions and much more. Brave Fresh Globe Revisited encompasses nigh 100 pages of extra info that should be essentially mandatory in would be interesting to see what Huxley would have thought about the precision condition that is currently taking put on a mass scale in society today. There are so a lot of angles to this, that one could write a lot of essays and analyze it in a myriad of ways. A lot of have, and rightly so.With the recipes featured in Orwell and Huxley’s books, the system seems to be changing day by day, and not for the better. Propaganda, entrainment technology, social engineering, overmedication of the population, and more, are all being used to maliciously mold society to become not only uniform, but obedient to cisive individuals who value freedom and have inquiring minds should not only create this part of their library, but should prepare for what’s already here and much of what’s coming uple Brave Fresh Globe with 1984, and you have the recipe of what the globe is beginning to look like, which is a merger of those two ideals. And that’s a very, very disturbing warned._______________________________________________________________Sources: Aldous Huxley, Brave Fresh Globe & Brave Fresh Globe Revisited, p. 257. Ibid., p. 257. John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down – The Hidden Curriculum Of Compulsory Schooling, pg. 69. Ibid., p. 23. Ibid., p. 21._______________________________________________________________If You are interested in the subject, the Book Reviews below follow as highly suggested reading:1984 by George OrwellDumbing Us Down by John Taylor GattoA Various Kind Of Teacher by John Taylor GattoWeapons Of Mass Instruction by John Taylor GattoRotten To The (Common) Core: Public Schooling, Standardized Tests & The Surveillance State by Dr. Joseph P. FarrellThe Tavickstock Institute: Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel EstulinTechnocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse Of Global Transformation by Patrick M. WoodPropaganda by Edward Bernays______________________________________________Kindest Regards,-Zy
I didn't like this book as much as 1984, Fahrenheit 451, or Animal Farm, but it might be more prescient than the others. It is deeper and more confusing. It is have the mixture of communism and capitalism that has engineered the globe so the elite don't have to worry about us proles getting to uppity. God is Henry Ford. The globe is run by people with the surname of e globe is noise and distractions. The bread and circuses that we desire. A person does not sit and ponder they need constant distraction so they don't think or create waves by having a e caste system is alive and well. You are born into what you will be. Say that isn't event today. I guess I am an epsilon plus or is it minus?The use of sex, drugs, mindless entertainment, and the erasure of history and education is scary because it is happening. The scariest part is people don't need to go through hypnopaedia, they do it voluntarily. The only thing lacking is eugenics and I see that coming voluntarily as is a scary future and unfortunately the only method out is the savages demise. People wish safety, mindlessness, and escape. They don't wish truth, hardship, or reality. I just want I could go live in the woods.A Brave Fresh Globe Revisited is even more fascinating than the novel. The author knocks the ball out of the park on what is event right now.
Our society has become very related to Huxley's vision he wrote about 80 years ago. Today people only wish to be entertained, and be constantly stimulated sexually, which allows the government to control people with small resistance. This is precisely what Huxley wrote about in this novel; that people would be so distracted with pleasure, the government would manipulate society without much fuss. This brilliant story and amazing commentary included in this book.
Aldous Huxley masterpiece, Brave Fresh World, is not just a novel, but a strong message. It's an utopic forseen of the future about how are we heading to a psychological slavery of ourselves conducted by and elite set of people. Brave fresh Globe revisited is even more important, as it explain the fundamental causes of this slavery.
This is an interesting classic. The value of this book varies greatly based on your interpretation. I've heard this described as anywhere from an interesting sci-fi book, to a clever moral classic, to a degenerate display of every hedonistic whim of the author. The author doesn't give much context to what happens in the book, so whether we are to think of the drug driven, wild orgies without consequences as his idea of a amazing time or a societally destructive evil is really up to your interpretation. Definitely an entertaining read that has aged not as gracefully as Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies.
I know I had to read this in high school, but I could not remember one bit of it when I recently decided to revisit it. Maybe that goes to present how unconscious the programming was for me back then, or conversely how well I resisted it. But from this perspective in my mid-life and 80 (!) years after it's writing, this seems an amazingly subversive book, fast and simple to read, but thought provoking and disturbing in it's implications.Of the two amazing dystopic novels/visions of the past century, it seems that the 20th Century saw the rise and fall of the authoritarian approach of 1984, with the rise and fall of communism, while the soothing ("kinder, gentler") vision of Brave Fresh Globe (BNW) appears more prescient for the 21st Century. It is actually horrifying how much the modern globe has come to reflect Huxley's vision - driven by desires for safety, comfort and conformity rather than liberty, truth and freedom - a globe where private happiness and youthfulness has become the overwhelming goal, to the exclusion of any sense of history or humility of our put in the larger scheme of things.I will not spoil the story for you if you are like me, too foggy of the info from an old reading, or if you are as yet fresh to this world. But I will say, it is a classic that is best read with eyes begin (not dulled by it being an assignment), and is more complex than it appears. Huxley, while not a amazing writer, wrote an amazingly perceptive book here. But what may be confusing (and I'm sure the basis of a lot of an assignment paper) is how he appears to be playing both sides of the game, as in critic/cynic and in programmer/designer of the BNW (which is now more openly being called the Fresh Globe Order). In other words, it appears he had a love/hate relationship with his vision, with a desire to simultaneously indulge in, and escape from e inclusion of his 1958 essay "BNW Revisited" is a nice plus, but really not essential in it's details, beside giving more insight into Huxley's background and point of view. What is does present however is that Huxley is part of the very camp (of social planners and do-gooders) he is warning us about in BNW. And that as much as he is writing satire he is also trying to search a method to solve what he sees as the issues of the globe - overpopulation/random breeding, overly organized/rigid traditions and taboos, wide-spread propaganda/brainwashing, chemical and technologic dependence and obsessive consumerism - through the very means of communo-fascist control he so vividly envisions. This is thus a fascinating aspect of the novel for me, and one that makes it all the more relevant and strong today. The street to serfdom (thank you FA Hayek), which is literally what the NWO supposedly will be, is the one which central planners make, whether they be benevolent or rhaps more than ever this book is a timely reminder of what we have to lose and look forward to if we choose the simple method out.
This book original story was first written back in 1932. I first read book back in my High School days, in my English class, on my senior year, in 1994. This book is a fantasy book about machines taking over the planet Earth later on in the future. And after I saw the android device robot, named Sophia, interview with Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith, I had to buy this book and read it all over again. Because to me, this book is no longer a fantasy story telling book, but actually a survival tutorial manual book of the future. I believe that this books describes exactly how people cannot buy or sell anything without the tag of the beat 666 on your right hand and on your forehead. The book doesn't talk about that. But it explains how the machines is going to create it difficult for use to buy and sell items in that timeline. If you read this book, is going to feel like a time traveler went back in time to escape the horrible future. Trust me. This book is worth every penny. Buy it.
Most prophetic book I've ever read. I re-read it every decade and marvel at the foresight of the 1930's author in seeing the future of our society. The story is a amazing read in its own right but the predictive power of the novel is unmistakable. The only prediction yet to be realized is the government distributions of "soma" to placate the low intellect masses. Probably will happen in a generation or two.I consider this work to be of the Atlas Shrugged caliber.
This book is one writer's view of the future. The book is dark but humorous at times, not terrifying or shocking as "1984", except maybe the ending. Written almost a century ago, the book's science is still plausible today. If you did not read the book in or a small after high school, it is never too late for this classic.
A must read for anyone thinking intelligently about our globe in 2020. Huxley published the fictional Brave Fresh Globe in1932. In 1958 he published the nonfictional Brave Fresh Globe Revisited. In 1958 he did an awesome job of anticipating the over population of our globe today and the meaningless propaganda of America in 2020.
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Before there was ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Bladerunner’, before there was even ‘1984’, there was 'Brave Fresh World'. It is astonishing that Aldous Huxley wrote this tale of technological dystopia in 1932. The social elements from the story are related to those in Orwell and Kafka and others, namely a society of obedient sheep run by the state and benevolent dictators through brainwashing and groupthink. But what’s striking about the novel is how it so astutely anticipates a society taken over by benevolent technocrats rather than politicians, a scenario that appears increasingly likely in the age of AI and genetic engineering. Huxley came from an illustrious scientific family with social connections. His grandfather was Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin’s close friend, publicist and “bulldog”, whose popular smackdown of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce has been relished by rationalists fighting versus religious faith ever since. His brother was Julian Huxley, a popular biologist who among other accomplishments wrote a marvelous tome on everything that was then known about biology with H. G. Wells. Steeped in scientific as well as social discourse, possessing a deep knowledge of medical and other scientific research, Aldous was in an ideal position to write a far-reaching is he duly did. The primary premise of the novel sounds eerily prescient. Sometime in the near future, society has been regimented into a caste system where people are genetically engineered by the state in huge state-run reproductive farms. Anticipating ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, only a select few women and men are capable of providing fertile eggs and sperm for this careful social engineering. The higher castes are strong, smart and charismatic. The lower castes are turgid, obedient and physically weak. They don’t begrudge those from the upper castes because their genetic engineering has largely removed their propensity toward jealousy and violence. Most notably, because reproduction is now the responsibility of the state, there is no longer a concept of a family, of a father or mother. There is knowledge of these concepts, but it’s regarded as archaic history from a past era and is met with is this population kept under control? Not shockingly at all, through sex, drugs and rock and roll. Promiscuity is encouraged from childhood onwards and is simply a method of life, and everyone sleeps with everyone else, again without feeling jealousy or resentment (it was this depiction of promiscuity that led the book to be banned in India in the 60s). They flood their bodies with a drug called soma whenever they feel any kind of negative emotion welling up inside and party like there’s no end. They are brainwashed into believing the virtues of these and other interventions by the state through subliminal messages played when they are sleeping; such unconscious brainwashing goes all the method back to their birth. People do die, but out of sight, and when they are still looking young and attractive. Death is small more than a nuisance, a slight distraction from youth, beauty and Neo from ‘The Matrix’, one particular citizen of this society named Bernard Marx starts feeling that there is more to the globe than would be apparent from this state of induced bliss. On a tryst with a particularly beautiful member of his caste in an Indian reservation in Fresh Mexico, he comes across a man referred to as the savage. The savage is the product of an illegitimate encounter (back when there were parents) between a member of a lower caste and the Director of Hatcheries who oversees all the controlled reproduction. He has grown up without any of the enlightened instruments of the Fresh World, but his mother has kept a copy of Shakespeare with her so he knows all of Shakespeare by heart and frequently quotes it. Marx brings the savage back to his society. The rest of the book describes the savage’s reaction to this supposed utopia and its ultimately tragic consequences. Ultimately he concludes that it’s better to have free will and feel occasionally unhappy, resentful and mad than live in a society where free will is squelched and the population is kept bathed in an induced state of artificial e vision of technological control in the novel is sweeping and frighteningly prescient. There is the brainwashing and complacent submission to the status quo that everyone undergoes which is related to the messages provided in modern times by TV, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. There are the chemical and genetic interventions created by the state right in the embryonic scene to create sure that the embryos grow up with desired physical or mental advantages or deficiencies. These kinds of interventions are the exact kind feared by those wary of CRISPR and other genetic editing technologies. Finally, keeping the population preoccupied, entertained and away from critical thinking through sex and promiscuity is a particularly potent form of societal control that has been appreciated well by Victoria’s Secret, and that will not end with developments in virtual some sense, Huxley completely anticipates the social issues engendered by the technological takeover of human jobs by robots and AI. Once human beings are left with nothing to do, how does the state ensure that they are prevented from becoming bored and restless and causing all kinds of trouble? In his book “Homo Deus”, Yuval Harari asks the same questions and concludes that a technocratic society will come up with distractions like virtual reality video games, fresh psychoactive drugs and novel forms of sexual entertainment that will hold the vast majority of unemployed from becoming bored and potentially hostile. I do not know whether Harari read Huxley, but I do feel more frightened by Huxley than by Harari. One reason I feel more frightened is because of what he leaves out; the book was published in 1932, so it omits any discussion of nuclear weapons which were invented ten years later. The combination of nuclear weapons with limitless societal control through technology makes for a particularly combustible e largest prediction of Huxley’s dystopia, and one distinctly various from that created by Orwell or Kafka, is that instead of a socialist state, people’s minds are much more likely to be controlled in the near future by the leaders of technology companies like Google and Fb who have formed an unholy nexus with the government. With their social media alerts and Fitbits and maps, the tech companies are increasingly telling us how to live our lives and distracting us from free thinking. Instead of communist regimes like the Soviet Union forcibly trampling on individual choice and liberty, we are already gently but willingly ceding our choices, privacy and liberties to machines and algorithms developed by these companies. And just like the state in Huxley and Orwell’s works, the leaders of these corporations will tell us why it’s in our best interests to allow technology control our lives and freedom, when all the while it would really be in their best interests to tell us this. Our capitulation to their inventions will look helpful and voluntary and will feel pleasurable and even noble, but it will be no less complete than the capitulation of every individual in “Brave Fresh World” or “1984”. The only question is, will there be any savages left among us to tell us how foolishly we are behaving?
Do NOT bother with the Kindle version. Specifically the one with the picture of the eggs and blood. There IS a kindle ver that is the correct text (with the title in red banner) listed for $10+. But the eggs and blood ver is completely different, simplified, dumbed down ver of the physical book. The paperback format as pictured on the product page is what I have for my physical copy and they are vastly different. I read the kindle ver while at work on my computer during slow periods and then came home and attempted to read the book ver where I left off, only to search that chapters didn't line up, there were entire pages of conversation missing towards the end of the book between Mustapha Mond and John, the Savage. ENTIRE. PAGES. Very upsetting to learn this. It shouldn't be on the same product page listed as a kindle version. It's a completely various NOT PURCHASE THE KINDLE VERSION.
The novel itself is fantastic, I enjoyed every page of is review is about the physical printed book, which is"Brave Fresh World: Unique Edition"Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing PlatformI'd say this is the worst book I ever held in my hands. It is a complete nonsense, it is created by someone who never read a book in his life and doesn't know why would other people do that. They downloaded a free EPUB from some website on the internet and turned into a printed ere are no page numbers. There is a table of contents, like Chapter One, Chapter Two, but no numbers in it nor on the e text is printed in little Times Fresh Roman with long lines and inadequate line spacing. it is almost impossible to all looks like a pirated text in an MS Word e "Special Edition" is misleading. There is zero extra content in the book, not a e original epigraph is missing.A sailing ship painting on the cover. Seriously? Do they think it is a nautical novel?I couldn't read it and I would be ashamed to donate it. It belongs to the recycle ay away from this "CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform" joke of a publisher
I bought the Kindle edition for $1.49 (the one with eggs on the cover) and it is NOT the actual, original version; it is a watered-down, summary of sorts of the actual book. It basically takes the original version, changes the prose and wording to create it more "readable" and understandable in more modern language, I suppose. If that's what you're looking for, then I recommend this edition but if you're looking for the original, you'll need to spend a small more cash to download the original with the man on the front cover. Maybe I missed some kind of disclosure but I don't remember seeing anything saying this was a various version. Even though I'm only out $1 and some change, it's still kind of disappointing that I wasted it on a book that's seemingly advertised as the original. If they'll sell a book that's not the original for $1.49, I wonder if they'll test to sell one that's not the original for $10 or $15? If you didn't know what you're looking for and didn't know this wasn't the original, you'd just think you got a heck of a deal on a classic when, in reality, you were ripped off. I don't typically give poor reviews and this review does not reflect the content of Brave Fresh Globe but rather that of the actual sale/this particular ver of the book. You can see on the pictures I've attached the differences in the wording from the original to the ver I purchased.
Aldous Huxley’s classic Brave Fresh World, written all the method back in 1931, asks a lot of the most pressing questions about western civilization that we still grapple with today. For example, what is the role of the government? What about religion? Individualism or collectivism? Test this question on for size: Does all of your technology create you any happier? Relative to readers in the 21st century, this may actually be the most pertinent question raised in the book. There’s plenty of research out there that seems to indicate that the respond is no; it doesn’t create us any happier. And maybe that sounds self-evident to you, but if that were the case, then why is it that everyone you see has their face stuck in an iPhone or laptop everywhere they go?“O brave fresh that has such people in it.”Even though the story takes put in future England, reading Brave Fresh Globe as an American in 2017 is a bit like looking in a funhouse mirror at your distorted self. It’s not quite you, but it’s close enough to appear me of the visions Huxley had for his future society haven’t yet come to pass, such as the mode of private transportation. People have helicopters and the public streets are the sky (I picture the jammed skyways of Back to the Future II). Other predictions are a bit too close for comfort. I wonder what he would think if he could see our society today, if he would be comforted by the fact that we’re not as poor as he’d imagined, or if he’d think we’re every bit the creatures he envisioned in his utopian society? Let’s see if we have fallen into any of the traps Huxley prophesied:•Taking Soma pills to avoid feelings of pain or sadness? Check.•Waning belief in natural, individual rights in favor of rights of the community at large? Check.•Pavlovian-like conditioning strategies that de-sensitize us and our kids to sex and violence (Hello, tv and video games!)? A huge ‘Check!’•Treating people who are various (whether culturally or geographically) as “other?” CHECK!And I didn’t even obtain into the genetic engineering. I’m already long-winded, but if I tried to tackle that element of the book, I’d be here all day. I’ll just note that humans are grown/cloned, kind of like in the The Matrix with a sprinkle of the collective mentality from the Borg in Star Trek, and the class system from Divergent, only with a more sinister genetic plot to hatch various classes of people with differing intelligences and abilities. So the ruling class gets all the brains and the working classes are kept dumb/docile so that they will accept their fate as the workers of society.I don’t know if Brave Fresh Globe is quite right for high schoolers as I’ve seen some people online recommending, for a number of reasons. It’s not because they couldn’t read it though; it’s written is an enjoyable prose that’s quite simple to read. I think teaching it to first-year college students would be a amazing idea, ave Fresh Globe is the father to amazing dystopian novels written in the fifties like Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (one of my favorites) and great-grandfather to a wide dozens of dystopian novels and films that are famous today, like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Gattaca, just to name a few where I can see direct resemblance. Also, there is a stage at the beginning of Chapter 17 that, if you change the names, becomes an almost excellent substitute for the stage near the end of the original Planet of the Apes (the stage where the young ape questions the Minister of “Science” about the historical facts of Earth that he’s hiding from the population).Final say: If you like science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, religion or politics, read it!
When I was in high school I read George Orwell’s seminal work, 1984, and loved it. Now, about a decade later, I finally got around to reading its oft-compared companion piece – Aldous Huxley’s Brave Fresh World. While 1984 will always keep a unique put in my heart, I must say that, in my estimation, Huxley’s vision of the future has better approximated the reality of our modern times. I must wholeheartedly agree with Neil Postman, who wrote the following about the two novels in 1985:“[A]longside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave Fresh World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Huge Brother is needed to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave Fresh Globe Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into acc man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave Fresh World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.”I also must note that this might be the first novel I have read that attacks the common assumption that attaining happiness is the ultimate purpose of life, an idea I have been quite incredulous of for some years. Huxley’s commentary on a life that puts happiness and comfort above “[the] intensification and refining of consciousness, [the] enlargement of knowledge,” was very intriguing. The final conversation between John and Mustapha is, like the concluding conversation between Winston and O’Brien in 1984, a thought-provoking treat.
I am probably the latest member of my generation to read this book, but better late than never, as they say. Of course this is a classic and I have no fresh critical insight to add. I started out listening to the audiobook ver and ended up reading it on Kindle. I am not a huge fan of it as a story. I found it really hard to relate to the characters and the storytelling just felt stiff to me. What I liked about this book is the look it gives into societal problems that have been with us forever, like discrimination, and the problems that could very soon become a reality, like cloning. Regarding the science portrayed, I think it is necessary as individuals and as members of a larger society, to consider the potential future implications of the scientific developments that seem to be coming at us quick and furious. In this book, the government has become the parents of every member of society and kids are trained to do one thing and one thing only. Is that something we really want? The idea expressed of “peace at all costs” seems to be too high a price to pay. And yet, I fear that some of our current leaders would take us down just that path. If nothing else, this book provides a jumping off point for some very necessary discussions. But most importantly, it gives a glimpse of a future that is not so far-fetched in the 21st century as it was when the e discrimination problem also stood out to me very strongly. It seems like we have been talking about this problem forever and yet it never goes away. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the employment discrimination laws passed and affirmative action go in and out of favor. I also know that one of the ways that our brains organize our globe is by “discriminating” red from blue, and apple from orange. In my opinion, it’s not the concept that’s wrong but the application. The method it is used in this story, to dictate the path of an individual’s life, is blatantly wrong and a violation of what it means to be human. The value of this presentation is that it gives the reader an opportunity, if they take it, to evaluate their own ways of discriminating and determine if they go too far. Because we are individuals, we should always be evaluating each other as individuals, not groups.I appreciate this book for the problems it addresses, and the thinking that it engenders. I think it is still relevant for readers of today and I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet picked it up to do so.
I'm reading this book for the 5th time, so this is not a critic in the content, this is my favorite book and it deserves a 5 for sure. The physical book though is not well chop at the edges, I thought it wouldn't matter much but after a bit of reading its annoying not to be able to turn the pages on the side. Other than that, the print is good, font size, paper, paper weight is good.
Rating: Place it on your listLevel: Quick, simple readSummaryHuxley’s most popular book is set in a dystopian globe roughly 600 years in the future; puns abound as the time is known as the Year of Our Ford, a reference to Henry Ford and the roll out of the Model T (all crosses at churches are chop to a ‘T’ and Ford is a used as a swear). The book explores eugenics as were feared by some at the time of the right (1932), including forced sterilization; strict classes separation for the sake of ‘order’; ‘sleep-learning’ and classical conditioning; begin sexual ‘freedom’; and most famously, self medication with high power psychopharmaceuticals, in the book known as e book is popular enough I won’t spend any more time on the summary, but will note that it somewhat kicked off an era of in which some of the most popular dystopain books of the 20th century were written. Most notability, within 20 years both 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 were written. Both Brave Fresh Globe and 1984 are widely considered two of the best books of the 20th century (though I search 451 more frighteningly accurate).My ThoughtsThis book is most famously contrasted with 1984, so I will obtain that out of the way, as the offer two competing views about books and our free time. In 1984, the government bans book, in Brave Fresh World, there is no need. We have TVs (though hilariously viewed from his time as little and black and white), unique entertainment complexes after work, orgies, and of course, Soma. Huxley’s view of the future had us seeking our own pleasure as the reason for our ong with technological issues, the other surprising thing to the modern reader might be his fear of the breakdown of the family. My copy was published in 1946 and in his forward he writes that he has heard there are parts of the US where the divorce rate is pushing 50%, of course we are now roughly that as a nation. As someone born in the 80s, after the sexual revolution and the advent of the no-fault divorce, this fear of his seems quaint and almost strange. Additionally, in the forward, he reflects that he set his globe in the distance future, but feared we’d be closer to it by the end of the century. The sex didn’t obtain quite as crazy (mostly due to his fear of what would happen with minors) as he thought, and eugenics has (mostly) fallen away, but he was correct on some level as far as conditioning goes. Though, in our current world, the conditioning comes from media and our consumerist culture than it does from government ‘learning centers’ and schools. What he did nail was ‘Soma’, the explosion of pills lit up in the 90’s, 60 years after the writing of the book, not 600 (Xanax was released in 1981, less than 50 years out).He (obliviously) didn’t obtain everything correct, but a lot of of the overall problems are still with us today, especially the method we are conditioned, often without knowing it. The writing is good, maybe not as fast and clear as it could be, but overall this is an simple and entertaining read. If you are a fan of dystopian literature, this is a must read. For everyone else, I think you need to place this on your list, if for nothing else than it’s cultural impact and significance. I think it is always fascinating to look at what those in past thought the future would be re reviews at
I happened to stumble upon this book while looking for something to read on Amazon. I was quite happy with the discovery given I studied under Professor Beezley over 40 years ago. Brought back amazing memories, and certainly the book was all I would expect from a unbelievable teacher. I highly recommend for those interested in Mexico.
The book provided detail concerning an zone of the globe which was a nearly total void in my earlier education. The history suggests several possibilities concerning why the Middle East will remain a source of a dozens of issues for a lot of years to come.
This book is a beautiful amazing intro and overview into irans history. Doesn't cover everything (no 1 book could cover over 3000 years of history) and doesn't go into extreme detail but it's a amazing begin for people who are interested in a very misunderstood country.
First rate, fascinating, lucid, and accessible scholarship, just as I would expect from Dr./Prof. Foltz. I read it in prep for a latest trip to Iran, which was a amazing method to obtain critical background for understanding the country.
This is a simply remarkable distillation. Foltz has written the best volume so far in this innovative series. This book is an extremely amazing introduction to Iran. It covers two thousand years of history of one of the world's amazing nations, a tangled and complex history, and does it very well. In addition, it covers latest decades fairly and without bias, covering the Islamic Republic (chapter 8) with flaws included. Readers interested only in current globe problems could read the latest three chapters and gain necessary understandings, although the deeper history will facilitate understanding. There are plenty of crucial facts--a quarter of the population is still Turkish and barely half speak the national language as a natal language. The origin and distinctive features of Iranian-style Islam ae covered very aspect of the book is that while Iran is a nation with definite borders, historic Persian culture extends well beyond Iran's borders and remains influential to this day. Historic Persia expanded and contracted, but often included huge locations of the Caucasus, what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan, and chunks of Anatolia (now the heartland of Turkey).The first three chapters discuss the rise of Persian culture and creation of the Persian empire and several dynasties, as well as relations with the Greeks and Romans. There was a lot of battle but also mutual cultural influence. The Parthian rulers used Greek for their coins and were influenced by Greek culture. In 529 when Justinian closed for amazing the Academy in Athens, a number of scholars sought refuges in Persia, setting up a long-lasting intellectual influence that lasted into Islamic times. There is also intriguing discussion of the rise of Manichism, and--later in the book--of the origin of the Bahais, and other religious matters. Zoroasterianism is also discussed at some apter 4 covers the arrival of Islam but note the title: "The Iranization of Islam." Persian culture has had large influence. These are complex and controversial matters, but well worth reading about. Chapter 5 covers the arrival of Turkish groups, of which one or another ruled Iran from the 1100s through the early 20th century. The book rather glosses over the Mongol era, which some books on Iran see as the most devastating happening the country has ever experienced. Also note: some of the names of tribal groups have changed spelling, reflecting latest scholarship, so they may differ from what readers apter 6 is important, covering European dominance (Britain, Russia primarily) 1722 to 1925. Some of the roots to current issues may be found here. Chapter 7 covers the Pahlevi years, and the latest chapter discusses the Islamic Republic. The closest the book comes to bias is describing the Shah, the Mosssadegh mess and the Shah's repressive regime.
Full disclosure: IMO Strieber should be considered a mystic, vs the more narrow and prosaic category of UFO abductee or whatever the phrase is nowadays; therefore I view this book (along with all of Strieber's non-fiction writing) as a persuasive challenge to mainstream suppositions wrt what is true and what is not. Strieber does not sugar-coat his experiences. He does not flinch from the weirdness; he admits that it's impossible to really pin down what this is, this phenomena that he has been encountering for so a lot of years. But it's there, it's part of our collective experience as well at Mr. Strieber's, and we owe it to ourselves to pay attention to it. I give this book five stars because after having read it (in one sitting, no less) I consider it to be a top-notch exploration of the nature of reality itself -- a revelatory text for the 21st Century seeker.
Look, years ago I decided that Strieber was either a) lying, b) wonderfully delusional, c) a unbelievable fiction writer with an unequaled imagination, or d) onto something enormous. I don't know, honestly I don't, if it's b or d, with some c mixed in. But I don't think he's lying. I don't. And much of what he reveals fits in nicely to my current view of the cosmos. But wow, is it deep and scary. His fear--and more importantly--his hope just leaps off the page at you. I don't know if he's 100% right or what his percentage is. But I think I believe him. Anyway, mind-opening book.
This is not the typical UFO book. It is, though, a focus on a wide dozens of beings associated with UFOs, a lot of of whom whose defining features are not sharply in focus.I think it is necessary not to say too much in characterizing the books content. Strieber is trying to inspire individual empowerment born through opening to and realizing the impossible-to-conceptualize currents of our typically ignored greater context of seamless consciousness/energy. The book may be difficult at times, and alot of folks may think it completely crazy, but i see it as extremely valuable. The value lies in the people who take up and live the "call-to -duty" issued therein. Which in turn can inspire and prepare others.
For over thirty years I have followed Whitley's journey as he has struggled to understand the intricate and mysterious relationship between the material globe of humanity and the ineffable presence of what he calls the Visitors. Through the decades he has used the tools of both material science and the science of the soul in his quest for deeper understanding. This beautifully written and vitally necessary book represents, I think, a near-culmination of that quest. Humanity is at a critical juncture in its history as the material globe is rapidly crumbling around us, and Whitley tells us how, by embracing a larger, greater reality, we can not only save ourselves but also enhance our existence in ways that we can now only dimly perceive. This book is truly a bonus for us all, a bonus that perhaps holds the promise of a glorious future and inspires us with the courage and the will to claim that future as our own.'
I have just completed reading A Fresh World! I must say this is one mind bending reality shifting read! I really enjoyed it! I have been reading Strieber's books on his encounters with the Visitors ever since Communion was published back in 1987. For those of you already familiar with Whitley's work this book is a must-read! This is not a rehash of the same old, same old! Whitley offers profound fresh insights and a lot of mind-bending, reality- altering surprises!
Whitley Strieber self published this book, driven by an urgent need [email protected]#$%! and obtain it into the hands of his readers. The core of the book focuses on how we can interact with and live together with those he calls “the visitors”.I’ve read everything he has written. I know he has never claimed to know what these “visitors” are. He has documented all his thoughts and experiences over the course of several books. But even with this background, I had to pay close attention to what he is saying. He takes the happenings of all of his books and presents them in a method that took my breath away. All the strangeness, spread out over a lifetime, points to a single message: we as a species do not know what is true and what is not real. On offer here is a possibility to enter into partnership with others who can support us in the here and now, and also expand on how we think about our universe and our put in it.He has never promoted himself as the bearer of a special revelation. He second guesses himself, questioning all of this assumptions. But the core notice of this book is truly unique, and of vital importance. We need their help, and they need us, too. They could have taken over our globe several times over by now. They have not. At the same time, we cannot bear to be in their presence, even though they desperately long to share life with us. It’s truly a fresh method of looking at the whole phenomenon, and of life in our all of his books, this one requires re-reading a few times. It is dense with ideas, a lot of of them promising amazing upheaval in how we think. At the same time, the book empowers us to know ourselves, to treasure the life we have, and view ourselves as worthy and valuable beings living life in a fresh method on and embattled small planet. The book asks us to stand up, in all of our glory and imperfection, and demand a partnership, one that will benefit all parties needn’t have read any other books by the author. The author expertly tutorials the reader through his life, and his evolution, to bring you to his central message. Read the book, it raises questions and provides answers, but also calls us to enter a fresh method of being, and hopefully obtain off the street to extinction that we have place ourselves on.
This book is the best that Whitley has written and, in a lot of ways, the most personal. His journey with the visitors has evolved over time and he takes you deep inside this journey and describes how it has defined his life and how it defined Anne's. Reading it is like entering an alternate reality that pulses with mystery, vitality, and such mind-bending revelations that once I started the book, I couldn't place it down.
A strange, thought-provoking book. The main thesis, as I understand, is that the "visitors" we normally call aliens are emanations from a non-material dimension--the same realm that the dead inhabit, or perhaps a realm adjacent to the dead--and that we are being invited to enter into a conscious relationship with them. We, as individuals, can create contact with them more likely (not assured, but more likely) through meditation, somatic sensing exercises, and by making our souls "stronger," though I'm not entirely clear on what Whitley meant by that. What's on offer for us is "a fresh world, if you can take it," which has a double-meaning: a fresh globe is available to us "for the taking", and/or a fresh globe might be available to us if we could bear the challenge, the risks, and the consequences. What the visitors wish in return is the experience of aliveness, curiosity, and the sense of discovery that are intrinsic to being human, which they lack. Personally, I don't buy all of this, because I think it promotes the idea that the visitors are benevolent beings who wish to support us evolve, and that ultimately they can be trusted. Whitley suggests that they may even support us to avert an ecological disaster or save us from the consequences of our mismanagement of the planet. Based on everything I've read (a mix of Whitley, Jacobs, Hopkins, and Mack), I think that the visitors can be manipulative as hell, and that they typically dissimulate their true reasons for being here, which are motivated by interests that are far from benign. In particular, I'm referring to their reproductive technologies, which as Tag Jacobs has argued, are not adjuncts to the abduction phenomenon, but front and center. I search Jacob's argument more convincing--that the reason they are here is to engineer a race of hybrids that are infiltrating the human race, with the ultimate objective unknown but probably not something that we would willingly take part in. Whitley acknowledges that communion is fraught with danger, and he addresses "the dark side" of all this to some degree, but on the whole, he sees this as something to be excited and optimistic about. I just don't share that optimism. I search the whole thing to be very alarming. Still, I search a lot of the ideas in this book very intriguing. We need to hold an begin mind about the globe we live in. Humans tend to be very literal and to think that info we keep through our senses is a gold standard for perceiving reality. What Whitley is proposing is that we develop and deepen our ability to perceive non-material reality, what is typically called the paranormal. In doing that, we can begin ourselves to contact with a wide range of entities and phenomena. That's the key notice that I'm taking from this book, even though I don't agree with all of Whitley's conclusions.
It all makes sense......at least to a high degree. What I got from the book is that:Whitley Strieber has lived a bazaar life. I believe every word that he writes. His honesty and willingness to attempt give meaning and understanding to what contact entails is truly courageous. I certainly can't grasp the entire reality of exactly what is going on or exactly what the future holds, but I sense that Whitley is on the right track. This book is not for everyone, however, for those who are deeply and sincerely seeking, one that is necessary.
After writing volumes over the years on his contact with “the visitors,” Whitley Strieber attempts in A NEW WORLD to tie things together. While doing so, he struggles openly to understand who or what the visitors really mans must consider, he says, whether we’ll begin ourselves to contact and communion with an intelligence that seeks to support us avoid the death of our planet and our destruction of each other through e visitors place amazing pressure on Strieber, he says, to write and publish the book, to support prepare the general population for a more widespread contact. Strieber suspects the visitors are the reality behind the a lot of crypto-creature humans have observed over the centuries, from fairies to djinns.He bravely contains a chapter that could sink the book’s intention. It talks about the darker side of this force and the cruelty it is capable of. But lack of full transparency is the bigger danger, he must have decided.I was thrown off by passages about things that had happened to him in late October 2019. That’s because I was reading them about 3 weeks later! I suppose we can thank self-publishing for the near- instant turnaround.What Strieber has been through in the decades since COMMUNION might be a preview of what each of us can expect to if the visitors attempt wider contact. Or maybe me of the philosophical and quantum discussions in the final chapters felt like a bit of a departure from the more concrete happenings and beings of earlier chapters. But maybe they’re the initial intimations of another book to this book. Then see me in a parallel universe. We’ll talk.
This book has some short activities that can be used to supplement a colonial America curriculum. The ideas are ho-hum, and the worksheets are too short for my fifth graders (or even third or fourth graders). Just because it addresses Comon Core material, doesn't mean it's Common Core based.
I love the series of these books. They take such a large daunting topic in History and create it simple to understand for 1st-3rd graders (well my Kindergartener was joining in too). I feel with this one, though, I was supplementing more. I think it is a amazing tutorial though and for the price it is definitely worth picking up.
The title promises more than this slender volume delivers. The book is nonetheless a useful survey. It is academic in style, and so may not be of interest to some readers. I found it best on how the zone became Muslim, and on the slave trade. There is a tendency to ignore slave trades other than the Atlantic trade, but slavery over the centuries was very significant in this zone as well. Austen estimates that perhaps 4 million people were enslaved in this trans-Saharan trade (from 800 to 1900 CE); the trade was mostly to what is now North Africa. This compares, he says, to 2 million slaves going to Egypt (from Ethiopia and Sudan) and 4 million more going via the Red Sea to the Middle East and e book is thoroughly researched. It will interest people curious about the interactions over time between peoples connected by the Sahara. I found its discussion of the other slave trade to be the most significant part, but there's more to the book than that. It's a bit dry, but provides context that will support the reader better understand the muddled and chaotic region today.
There isn't anyone to replace you."It has been almost a decade since Hurricane Katrina destroyed huge portions of Fresh Orleans while killing almost 2,000 people there and along other portions of the Gulf Coast. The emergency response of the concerned governmental agencies and leadership was famously inadequate. A huge portion of the population of Fresh Orleans was displaced, a lot of permanently, to other cities. Kaycee Eckhardt is a native of Fresh Orleans, was teaching in Japan when the hurricane struck, and decided to be part of the effort to restore the much required educational services to the students (optimistically called "scholars") of her hometown. On her first day of work, her supervisor admonished her with the topic quote, since her two immediate predecessors had quit after very brief stints on the job. And the reader will search out why.I'm not an education "professional." Most of the blurbs at Amazon are from people in the field. My interest in the book (and my method there, more of which later) are more abstract. Education, like agricultural and health care policy, is an necessary aspect of our society. Eckhardt provides a vivid report from the proverbial "trenches" of "trying to create a difference" and this book needs to be read by far more "generalists."Consider her first year, trying to support revive one of the closed public schools. Students are far below grade level, and generally quite rebellious. Some die, at times by a bullet. Eckhardt's bike is trashed, her purse stolen twice, and she receives very true death threats, all of which she relates in an amazingly low-key matter-of-fact manner. A fellow teacher, in her "stiletto heels" is having an affair with the captain of the football team. The "faculty room" is described as: "There are three sofas, 50 odd-cardboard boxes filled with brand fresh textbooks too expensive to distribute for use, a filthy microwave, two wheezing refrigerators and, when a lot of of the teachers were show together, conversations so poisonous that carbon monoxide would be preferable...the spectres of administration, rules, obstacles, and kids were hung like verbal piñatas, and bashed, bashed, bashed...I brought cold lunches and ate them, lukewarm, from my desk drawer, preferring a possible bacteria attack to facing this frigid venom." In the midst of all this there are the heart-breaking tales of what students face, for example, Robyn, who, at the age of 12, when Katrina hit, pushed her diabetic grandmother for help, and watched her die. At 16, she is pregnant, and decides to have the baby in her grandmother's honor, or, as she says: "Miss, Eckhardt, you're cool and all, but we gonna see this differently.""Sci Academy" is a charter school (and I am so much of a generalist, I am still "agnostic" as to if charter schools are the "answer.") The author signed on at the beginning, and would ultimately spend four years there, both in leadership roles and as a teacher. And she describes education policy, squad building, discipline, the success of raising reading levels three grades in one year. There remain the numerous heart-breaks, like a student who was so perceptive in analyzing stories, yet would put a gun in his mouth at khardt gave it her all for four years, working the 70-80 hours a week, being deeply emotionally involved with her mission and her students. The adrenalin can only latest so long, and she did indeed have to "fold" to preserve the other aspects of her life. And I kept thinking what an poor shame that the work cannot be more evenly distributed, since there are so very a lot of (like the telemarketer who just called me) who have no meaningful work at all. The mission of the school is for each "scholar" to be able to go to college. The school achieved some media prominence, and even obtained a million dollar award from Oprah Winfrey. But the author is wise enough to recognize, in a society in which graduates of Ivy League schools can still wind up being "au pairs" that college can also be a trap, particularly in Fresh Orleans which is a town geared to the hospitality industry that values minimum wage workers "...a town dependent on hospitality janitors, dishwashers, short-order cooks."In conclusion, two tales of sweet serendipity. Eckhardt describes herself as being a bit rebellious in school, and was failing French in college, when the student counselor, during the allocated 15 mins a quarter of talk, sarcastically suggested she study Japanese instead, which is how she got to Japan. Meanwhile, I swim my laps at the local pool. When leaving one day, I noticed that one of the fresh lifeguards was reading The Catcher in the Rye, one of the coming-of-age books of my youth. Surely, "kids nowadays" didn't still read it. But in the case of Kaycee's sister, Simone, mentioned in the book as "the Lobo," at least "one kid" still did... and she is the one who told me about the "sandcastles" that were / are being constructed after Katrina. And I am ever so grateful for the recommendation. 6-stars for this essential read.
From the first page, I was captivated by the author’s spirit, devotion, insight and superior writing skill. Katrina’s Sandcastles is a work that should be read by everyone who works with children, especially those kids whose environment has been poisoned by neglect, abuse, poverty and incompetent parenting. Kaycee Eckhardt makes a compelling case that our country, our world, can grow healthier and more stable if we would invest resources in this approach to education, and emotional help in the teachers on the front lines.
Oh man, this book created me cry. A lot. More than anything else I've read about education in Fresh Orleans--and I've read a lot on the subject--Katrina's [email protected]#$%! me in the heart, conveying what it must actually feel like to wake up and drive to school and teach, every morning, young people who've been so underestimated by their public op reading this review--go watch Eckhardt's talk on Youtube called 'Literacy in a FEMA Trailer.' Seriously. Just watch sixty seconds of it. I've never met Eckhardt, but I can tell you: THAT is what a transformative teacher looks perhaps the saddest and most shocking part of the book, for me, was the revelation that Eckhardt left the profession in 2012. Ultimately, this turns out to be a book that's as much about quitting teaching as it is about mastering teaching. Why did she quit, after consistently leading her students to 3.5 grade levels' worth of growth in a single academic year? Was it emotional exhaustion? Was she worn down by students spitting on her, destroying her bicycle, stealing her wallet (more than once), slicing the class goldfish in half and leaving it writhing in its own blood? Did the poor times overshadow the amazing ones, or was she just haunted by constant doubt about whether, despite her clear successes, she should somehow still be working harder, doing more, for these kids?I don't know. Eckhardt doesn't even seem to know. She offers no simple answers. And that's exactly why everyone in education should read this book. I'll leave you with her latest line:"Perhaps the final lesson, the one I never stayed for, was the one in which I learned how to be a teacher and love myself at the same time."Wow.
This is not a book about educational theory. It is not verbose, technical, or burdened with academic jargon. It is a book written in short story prose that appears to be almost fictional at first; yet deceptively intricate and complex in its wisdom and reflections on teaching, love, and life. It is a raw, vulnerable insight into the lives of teachers. Every word is written with intention, nuance, and passion. It is wildly creative; it has its own heartbeat. You won't just read it - I can assure you that you will devour it, savor it, and be inspired it just as I was.I leave you with my favorite quote from the book: "It was a leap of faith, of belief, and of hope to test something new, to feign expertise when my feathers quivered. I was afraid, so afraid, to fail. Yet to pause, or to hesitate, or to forget to innovate because of fear is the only moment that we might fail."
I really enjoyed this book. First of all it's an simple read - it's written in short vignettes, that create Kaycee's experiences come to life, and provide the reader multiple glimpses and snapshots. Second, I felt that Kaycee wasn't pushing an agenda or convincing me as a reader of one viewpoint of another - she simply was telling her story and that in itself was the compelling part. Overall - I really enjoyed her openness and honesty throughout and how in-tune she was during her time as a beginning teacher. I think this would be a amazing read if you're doing work in education whether or not you're a teacher.
This book is not just for teacher's, this is a must read book for everyone. While the focus is on Kaycee's development work in Fresh Orleans Sci Academy, in the aftermath of Katrina, it brings to the forefront the issues so a lot of teachers face in a crumbling educational system. The issues facing society today are minimal, compared to what they will become, if we continue downhill in educating what I will call our high risk youth. Even attempting to reach the "Scholars" depicted in Sandcastles, so a lot of more youth are falling further and further behind everyday. The more we allow this happen the poorer society will be in the future. The future will not be as amazing as it is today if every person does not take time to obtain a grasp on education and do their best to create it better. We all need to take Kaycee's lead and support our teacher's bring the level of education up to where it should be for all students. Sandcastles is an eye opener. Obtain a copy, read it today, then do what you can to support teachers create things better!.
Katrina's Sandcastles has the feel of Cisneros' The House on Mango Road meets Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase. This text chronicles Kaycee's "growing up" as a teacher through vignettes and excerpts from journal entries. The stories she tells are at times raw and searing and other times humorous and endearing. Throughout the text, readers are led to understand the nuances and complications that ravage teachers and try their passion and dedication to a profession that asks so much and sometimes gives so little. In the end, it is Kaycee's reasoning, which draws me to her book: "The kids matter. The kids are the reason to believe. [. . .] I came to teaching twice, very simply, because I felt a need to do a job worth doing." That belief resonates throughout the text. While the stories are Kaycee's, she is sharing the stories of our children, and they do matter tremendously--they are worth reading about.
Wonderfully written, I was moved to tears, laughed out loud, and shared excerpts with mates over tea. This book reminded me of the reason why so a lot of teachers go into education, and why I, myself, had to leave it. She writes candid accounts about her time in front of the classroom and even when writing about despair, manages to hold moving forward with a mission.
What a wonderful, real story. Educators, parents, or anyone who has ever been in a class should read this book!Faced with the largest challenges imaginable, this squad of teachers takes the hard core, difficult students of the poorneighborhoods to become serious students and college enrollees.
I am sure that China has all three dimensions -- China has the past, has the show and china has the future. Millions people, including Chinese themselves wish to understand China and Chinese and I believe that a lot of of them bought or will buy this influential Martin Jacques' book, because it offers views on Jacques began with the history, then continues with the show and finally he hinted the future. The book described necessary parts of Chinese history, such as connection with Japan, dealt with first connections between West and East, paid attention to Chinese ethics, including implicit one, and latest but not least mentioned politics. I can underline that China is turbulent country, it means that some facts are becoming obsolete... so readers ought to accept this info (actually it is the 2nd edition, the 1st edition was published in 2009. But now--in March 2015--also this the 2nd "greatly expanded and fully updated" edition is now partially out of date).Of course, some info can be doubtful/questionable because of obsolescence, or point of view, or because of presumption (I should mention that M. Jacques--born in 1945--was editor of the Communist Party Amazing Britain's Journal "Marxism Today" from 1977 until its closure in 1991).Well, we never forget that it is only one view from several possible views. On the other hand I declare that this book could be very useful for sinologists, ethics, admirers of East and politics as well. Martin Jacques' "When China Rules the World" offers eloquent mosaic(s) of China.
an amazingly complex and weighty tome, I am struggling with the large amount of research that has gone into the writing of this book. The reason I ranked the book with four stars instead of five is because of the seemingly bottomless amount of info which I struggle to absorb and understand. I search the best method for me to deal with the complexity of this book is to read "the hitch hikers tutorial to the Galaxy"at the same time, so that I can obtain my head undone.
I found this book to be well researched, thought provoking and very relevant for today! It’s not an simple read as it’s packed with statistics but it gives a clear idea of what is transpiring in the global economy.
The author relentlessly marshals facts and figures (the book is replete with tables and charts and comparisons) to demonstrate the awesome growth of China relative to the West that will lead to Chinese hegemony in future. Well written, the book suffers only from repetition and wordiness.
My only objection is that the book is too verbose. He could have said the same with half the words. But his points are very well taken. You sense the author's French schadenfreude as he watches the USA slide.
This book should be needed reading for all who thinks that enough politics, bureaucracy. redtape, lawyers, accountability and efficiency experts are all this country needs to remain viable in the fresh global economy. A few people who know how to count, how to judge, and how to make might be helpful... if it is not too late.
A heavy undertaking that looks at the long history of China and the things that affect their thinking. The premise of the book is that just because China is trading with us doesn't mean they will become more like us. College level reading, perfect sources, and fresh ideas that re-evaluate the Western ideas of our futurerelationships with China. Thought provoking to say the least. If you like a deep thinking book, then this one is for you!
The book is a small more than I wanted to know about the globe enonomy. It is interesting the impact of the globe economy on the United States and how we need to deal with fresh challenges ahead. Are we going to be number 1 as a global entity or are we going to fall to the economies of China and India? Time to think about that and how do we as a country deal with that azon provides amazing service in shipping the book quickly.
*The Worst Business Model in the World: A Fresh Kind of Tutorial for a Fresh Kind of Entrepreneur* by Danny Schuman is a book for entrepreneurs who do what they love and wish to build a buisness that is both soul fulfilling and is book is funny and thought provoking. It inspires you to love what you do and follow your soul. Filled with humor this book inspires you to be the best UDOT you can be. It is broken up into five sections and each has exercises to support you implement the idea (and fun illistrations).You don't have to be an entrepreneur to read this book, I'm not, and I found much of the info inspiring and uplifting. I found that some of the exercises can be used in daily life with family and at a normal job as well. I highly recommend this book it will create you laugh, bring a smile to your face, and support you be the best UDOT
I just read Danny's fresh book. In full disclosure, I worked with Danny more than a decade ago in his old gig. He was, by far, my favorite Creative Director. I loved reading his book for three reasons, two of which are relevant to you. First, it is absolutely authentic. So a lot of tip books ring false, and simply are not real. Danny speaks from his heart, from his experience, with a passion and humility that is genuine. When you read it, you will be encouraged and uplifted, and that will be e second relevant reason I loved the book was that he created it actionable. Usually, I place a book like this down and go on about my day. Not this one. After every chapter, he gives specific steps for you to take to leverage the tip or tool he provides. Pick one and do e third, an irrelevant one to you, is it brought back so a lot of satisfied memories of working with Danny to do amazing work. His passion, energy, compassion, curiosity, and intellect helped produce some really amazing ads that helped me, and my business be successful. Wait. It is relevant. Read the book, obtain a taste for who he is and what he does, and then reach out and obtain to know him. It will be worth it. Amazing luck Danny, and, GO CUBS!
I love the lessons in this entertaining and well written book. Particularly because they're suited for every kind of entrepreneur. And every kind at some point will face fear or indecision, entertain unexpected bumps that derail highly elaborate plans, or simply won't know which street to take. Having a heart-centered roadmap with actionable tools that helps you right the ship and return to your passion work is at the core of this author's message. I appreciate his honest reveal of mishaps--these created me realize I Am Not Alone despite this incredibly isolated journey but also that I'm not alone in flubbing up. I also love his cheeky style ('Play With Yourself') and grounded energy. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart but having nourishing support, fine-tuned guidance along with practical (reasonable) exercises that effectively force you to create solutions happen, certainly create this street a small less pot-hole'y. Thank you "Worst Business Model in the World"!!!
As someone who has spent years living a UDOT's existence (although I just learned the term), this book is loaded with truths and tip that I want I had known before venturing out on my own. While certainly not making it sound easy, Danny provides intuitive rules for making the leap to entrepreneurship seem less scary and more manageable than a lot of would assume.I love that Danny concludes each chapter with One Thing To Remember and One Thing To Do, making the app of his tip to your own work dead mething I continuously do is allow the stress and anxiety eclipse the benefits and joy that come from being a UDOT. My favorite quote from the book, and something I intend to write on my wall:"Why bother trying to survive all of the inherent dangers of traveling through the universe if you don't obtain to bounce up and down on the moon?"Enjoy this book and have fun your work!
I'll be honest, I picked this up when it was initially released because I grew up with the Author, Danny Schuman. I wanted to help an old mate whom I have long drifted apart from.I finally got a possibility to read yesterday and was I really impressed with it. Seth Godin has nothing on Danny. Without a doubt I am a member of his "UDOT" tribe. If you are an entrepreneur, you most likely are as well.His notice really hit home, especially for those of us who are doing some year end reflecting and goal setting for the upcoming year. For all you entrepreneurs out there, pick-up this book and give yourself a kick in [email protected]#$% and create the upcoming year super-successful! Thanks for the amazing book Danny.
If you are miserable in your current corporate job and pursuing a side hustle that you wonder if someday you could turn into something more, READ THIS BOOK. It will give you a method to think about how you pursue your dream and let you to consider joining the legion of UDOTers (Us Doing Our Thing). Entrepreneurship is HARD. This book walks in your shoes and helps you think about what it takes to truly create a success at it. I also can't remember the latest time a business book created me smile. This one did, by taking the fear out of striking out on your own with actionable steps to follow.
The Worst Business Model in the Globe has been a amazing pick-me-up in more than one way. First, it's a fast read so if you're a slow reader like I am, you feel amazing about burning through the pages. Second, and more importantly, is that the book serves as a reminder to entrepreneurs to hold moving along in your own way; be positive and share gratitude, among others.I say read it twice because it's a fun and quick read the first time through. The second go around allowed me to reflect within each chapter and participate in the writing prompts within. It's been a very helpful tutorial as I continue to grow my business and I will be using this book as a resource for years to come.
I cannot recall the latest time I read a book in one sitting, aside from Harold and the Purple Crayon (a favorite) and the like. I usually obtain antsy or bored or search some excuse to place it down. Until tonight. I finally cracked The Worst Business Model and knew almost immediately that I wanted to take it all in right away, and I is is not an "A-B-C, here's-how-to-structure-your-business" kind of business book. It's a more soulful look at the reality that a lot of of us have no clue about business basics, and offers inspiration to create it work. It's for all the UDOT's out there--Us Doing Our Thing--full of amazing tip and exercises, tools you'll wish to go back to and hold building on as you move forward.
This book is the true deal for entrepreneurs in today's modern world. I love the method illustrations and humor are used throughout the chapters to move the reader not just to the next idea, but to real action. I've been a UDOT entrepreneur for almost 9 years, but I still learned things (and smiled as I did) by reading this unbelievable book. If you're feeling a small or a lot lost, this book will support you search your way!
"The Worst Business Model in the World" has to be one of the best books written for people who wish to dive into the deep end of entrepreneurship. The wisdom Danny imparts in his book is practical, actionable and realistic all the while being presented in such a engaging, readable and yes, fun way. It's the antithesis of other books on entrepreneurship that preach, not teach. You'll definitely learn from Danny's experience. And if you weren't confident about being a UDOT before you read this book, you sure will be afterward.
What a amazing story! It's hard to appreciate how this boring, ubiquitous thing - the shipping container rapidly crept into every facet of our lives. These things are relatively fresh but they're everywhere. Levinson's book shows you how the container was developed, how it spread, and what it's used for. You'll learn about the early pioneers and the companies they spawned, some of which are still around. Just as fascinating, Levinson describes the globe before "the box" - you'll be surprised how various transportation was in the latest past. There's no moralizing here, he just presents the facts in an objective method and lets you see the globe as it is. Levinson comes across as genuinely interested in the topic and it rubs off on the reader. This is a book I've lent to mates as "you've got to read this". Everyone enjoys it. If you are a fan of human ingenuity or the history of engineering, international commerce, shipping, etc, you'll have fun this book too.
You probably never thought much about it, I would bet. Me neither. You know, those big, ugly metal boxes - take them off the ship with specialized cranes, bolt them to a truck or stack them two high on a flat bed train vehicle and obtain them where they are going. And vice versa. What could be more obvious that needing a standard to build to so all the moving and structural parts function together? Well, it may be common sense in hindsight but to the longshoremen on the piers of Fresh York who used to load and unload cargo, it certainly was nothing they ever wanted. Certainly something the trucking and train lines and competing shipping firms weren't interested in e book delves into these problems and explores the a lot of ramifications of the evolution of container shipping upon the economic, political and financial impact of the system. Fascinating items and I would have rated the book higher but it tends to be dry, repetitive items and at times the chapters seemed more like sequential essays than a book. You know it may be a bit too on the scholarly side when your kindle indicates that you are only 60% finished when you finish the latest chapter. The remaining 40%? Notes, bibliography, and index. So, looking a for a very thorough examination of the topic? This is your tome.
This book is about shipping containers, not high adventure. So you expect it to be a bit on the dry side, and this it is, there are figures provided for consideration, but it's much more than a mere recitation of figures. There are tales of happenings and the people involved, and how they succeeded in, faltered at, and in the process shaped the development of standardized container shipping in the course of 1950-2000. As the book mentions, it is sometimes hard to create direct comparisons to the amount and types of shipping, because such figures were rarely kept permanently by any central authority, and a lot of a lot of of the companies' records disappeared as those companies fell by the wayside in the sharply competitive globe of container shipping. These people may have been revolutionizing the world, but not a lot of cared about documenting that revolution. And, as revolutions went, it was somewhat subtle how it developed, so no one in the history profession really thought, "Hey, we should record this for posterity!" and rescued records from disposal as one company took over its faltering competition. So, while it is clear that changes occurred, the full magnitude of them can only be speculated on and guessed at. Plus, apples-and-oranges is a clear problem, too. Is 500 dozens of bananas the same as 500 dozens of oil? Is 100 dozens from The Netherlands to NYC the same as 100 dozens from Japan to California? It is difficult to define metrics.But the book provides an interesting overview of the early-mid days as the shipping container standardized, changed the nature of ports as well as the ships themselves, and created and broke a lot of various companies in a field where fortunes could be created and lost based on a single wrong decision about the method development would occur.
I found 'The Box' was absolutely fascinating. The story of the shipping container may have been largely ignored, but it explains so much about the onset of globalisation in late 20th century.Until the mid 1960s, ocean freight was transported in breakbulk ships; the cargo manually jammed into the ships' holds by squads of longshoremen. The process was laborious and time consuming. Major port cities like Fresh York and London were structured around their docks, with factories near their ports to minimise the costs involved with the multiple handling and warehousing involved in transporting en, a few pioneers started trying to move freight in containers. Within a few short decades, containers revolutionised globe trade. Containers of goods could be seamlessly moved from a factory, between trucks, trains, and ships to customers. Where once it may have taken months to ship a product from the US to Europe, it can now take less than a week. Global trade skyrocketed!Nobody predicted the enormous impact that containers were to have on the global economy. Once, firms concentrated their factories in one zone to minimise transport costs. With the advent of fast, cheap and reliable container shipping, component manufacture was farmed out around the globe to the cheapest supplier. The structures of port cities changed drastically, with whole longshore communities being destroyed, and factories moving to where land was cheap. Of course, countries in Asia soon became major manufacturing powers.
I have fun "how items works" books and this one delivered!Container shipping is a business-to-business technology. Few consumers have ever directly sent or received a TEU container. Thus, one of the transformative technologies of the 20th century has gotten relatively small public e technology itself is straightforward: place a lot of cargo in a huge box (20 feet or 40 feet long), seal the box, move the box over the globe transportation network (ships, railroads, and trucks), and then un-pack the box at the far end. Among other things, this system cuts down on shrinkage from e business side is more complicated. Somebody had to design ships that could carry boxes more efficiently. Somebody had to persuade ports to install fresh container-handling systems. Somebody had to tell a lot of dock workers that their services were no longer the end, most of the lower costs flowed through to shippers rather than the companies offering shipping services, That's a amazing thing.Levinson's book covers this revolution from several angles. On the down-side, there is no central heart to the book; the closest he comes is following the career of Malcom McLean, although even that narrative thread is interrupted often. On the up-side, the book is meticulously sourced, with a lot of references to original documents from ports in Fresh York Town and the San Francisco Bay Area.
You'd think that a book about the development of the ubiquitous shipping containers stacked everywhere would be boring. Far from it. This volume traces the large impact that standardization produced on everything from the longshoremen's unions to just-in-time manufacturing to large reductions in shipping e author makes a fine argument that the changes surrounding the shipping container include: (1) the development of a limited number of large ports in sometimes peculiar areas with the side result of destroying historic ports such as NYC, (2) shipping of unfathomable volumes of manufactured stuff that is So quick that production can now move almost immediately from one zone to another to take advantage of local wage rates, (3) deliveries can now be scheduled even for overseas shipments allowing for lower inventories and higher profits, (4) ships that can operate with perhaps 10% or less of the squad previously required, (5) offloading takes hours instead of days or weeks.If you've a technical or business bent, this is a terrific read. There's only one chapter where he gets bogged down in trying to explain why he lacked data on the increase in shipping volume. Skip that and you'll search this book full of "ah ha!" moments as you learn how the global economy came to be.
Vision and force of personality combined to lead one man to transform an industry and impose the standards that created modern cargo shipping possible. Malcolm McLean was not an innovator in the pure sense. He was an eager opportunity seeker who could quickly exploit trends that created a e book was well written even if a bit boring in parts. It was very informative about an overlooked innovation that changed the quality of life for millions around the world.