Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Featured Book: The Atlantian Chronicles by Gary English

About the book:

What if there were still living survivors from the sunken island of Atlantis, and what if they find themselves suddenly thrust back to the surface and into a world they know little about? Survival is the force which guides their actions, and humankind only a means to an end. What will happen? Who decides who lives and who dies? Between these pages lie the answers to these questions and more. The Atlantian Chronicles is a story of survival, mystery, betrayal, and of two mismatched lovers whose accidental encounter becomes a means for humankind’s survival. The initial encounter puts the whole planet on edge, altering our concept of the world and the universe itself. What happens next may surprise you, yet one question still remains to be answered. Would you make the same desperate choices these Atlantians made in order to survive?

About the author:

Gary English spent over 10 years in the Navy where he served on both a Submarine and Destroyer. It was while he was working for a contractor in Saudi Arabia (with much time on his hands) that he wrote his first book.

Currently this 61 year old student is attending Mott Community College where is is working on updating his electronic skills and attaining a Computer Engineering degree.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Leverage Your Laziness! by Steve Bookbinder and Jeff Goldberg

Because 4 hours is just too much work!

Jeff Goldberg and Steve Bookbinder combine their wit, intellect, and common sense in this entertaining, data packed instructional manual. They draw on their personal insight, diversified experiences, and passion for life coaching in the writing and production of Leverage Your Laziness!

In this collaboration they introduce an approach designed to use leverage and laziness as a strategy for attaining effective performance with the least work and the added bonus of sensing the enjoyment of accomplishment. Steve helps the reader discover how to recognize and utilize their strongest strengths in their personal strategy for success. Jeff introduces keys to focus on those things you enjoy most in your work to increase your personal productivity with the least effort.

Sixteen principles, dozens of motivational quotes from dozens of recognized leaders, and the opportunity for individual readers to get specific in applying these principles personally make up the format of this humorous, practical, and powerful guidebook. Concise, and compact, yet comprehensive Leverage Your Laziness! is an important tool for the established entrepreneur, for successful leaders, for life coaches, and for those who "wanna be"rich and famous.

Received for review.

Despite my high hopes for this book it wasn't particularly helpful or inspiring.  It is essentially for the "lazy" high paid professional (such as lawyers, accountants, etc.) and not for the other 99.9% of the population.

It provides worn out ideas such as outsourcing everything possible to someone who will do it cheaper.  They give as an example a lawyer who makes $350 an hour making her own copies, and how she can hire an assistant to do that for her for $18 an hour.  The person who helps her realize this is her life coach who she pays $200 an hour.  So, if you are the assistant who makes the $18 an hour this book is clearly not meant for you.  The authors do not deign to address such "low paid" peons and apparently consider anyone working for that amount of money to be unworthy of their advice.

So, unless you are a lawyer or other professional looking for a collection of rather standard advice on how to streamline your "tough" life to slip into your Birkin bag then give this a pass.

☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Featured Book: An African Student in Russia by Onesphor Kyara Ph.D.

About the book:

In 1975, Dr. Onesphor Kyara left Tanzanian, East Africa, for Russia. He spent one year learning Russian at Donetsk State University, Ukraine. In 1976, he transferred to Kuban State University, Russian Republic, to pursue a five-year degree in universal history. He graduated with MA (History) in 1981.

The book presents his life experience in the communist society and its education system. It includes his education both inside and outside the classroom. Shortage of goods and inadequate finances necessitated participation in the black market, relying on goods from the West. His trips to London, Stockholm, West Berlin, Paris, Rome and New York are touched upon.

Among notable observations are, ignorance is a logical legal defense; the UN should have come up with a universal language; English is a tough and polluting language; space exploration is a necessity the world cannot yet afford; original revolutions have taken place in two nations; democracy has yet to exist; communism does not work anywhere, and capitalism does not work everywhere. Super power Cold War has been replaced by "Super Religion" covert wars. Bongo (Swahili for brain, mind, and consciousness) is the ultimate creator, and destroyer. Nourishing bongo is the purpose of life. We all need to read the Bible, Koran, and Torah. Religious organizations should participate in government. Natural selection stopped with the first bullet; it will resume with the last one. The future of the world hinges on universal language, true democracy, disarmament, and Bongoism. 

About the author:

Dr. Kyara left Tanzania for United States in 1985 to pursue post-graduate studies at Brown University, Providence, RI. He earned MA (Anthropology) in 1988. He transferred to Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, for doctoral studies, earning Ph. D. (Anthropology) in 1999. He teaches anthropology, sociology, and related studies for Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ, and University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. Three Russian observers contributed toward his "energy concentration hypothesis" of race origins that stipulates humans are black, or six color reductions from it across the latitudes. Lastly, education system that is not ecologically contextualized is irrelevant.