Friday, April 20, 2018

The Trump White House by Ronald Kessler

Wait. Before you turn away from this review because you feel it is just another poorly constructed praise job for Trump, think again.

This book is written by Kessler who for twenty years has been a friend of Donald Trump. That should be enough time to see the warts under the exterior.

This book concerns the people Trump choose to bring into the White House. It also concerns the issues he has had to face in his first year as president.

Sure, it concerns Trump. Kessler points out there are two faces to Trump. The one we see is his public face. Brash, making outrageous comments on television to get attention, a persona. The second one, the private face, is the dearest, most thoughtful, most loyal, most caring side that only insiders know.

Childhood scars. We all have some. Trump didn’t have it easy, growing up in Queens, New York. He would erupt in anger and pummel other boys or break baseball bats when he struck out. In school he often could be found in detention. He will admit that he created mischief “because for some reason, liked to stir things up, and I liked to test people.”

He seemed to have a need to be first at everything and wanted everyone else to know he was first.

We do see that in his actions today.

When he was forming his staff, he seemed to have let his family loyalties blind him. He has for some reason allowed his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared, to function on his staff.

Chief strategist Stephen Bannon has said, “They are nice people, but they don’t know anything. If their name wasn’t Trump they would be midlevel marketing managers somewhere.”.

 Neither Jared nor Ivanka have any experience in government yet they can influence his decisions. They also lack the judgment necessary to maneuver in Washington. A case in point is the firing of Comey. Both Ivanka and Jared pushed for Trump to fire Comey without understanding it would be impossible to get a new nominee through the Senate. This step Trump took opened him to the special council being formed.

Trump seems to be treating the Presidency as a business and not an office. As a businessman he would need to cower other businesses and push his brand over theirs. He doesn’t seem yet to understand how to act as a politician. Calling the leader of North Korea “Rocket Man” is not the way to gain friends and influence others.

Former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter has said, “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any president certainly that I’ve known about. I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”

Kessler with his years of knowing Trump can give us a picture and an understanding we need to fully parse this man. He used twenty-five chapters and a Prologue to do so. Chapter twenty-four is titled “Interview with The President.” This alone is a good reason to read this book.

The subtitle of this book is” changing the rules of the game.” One should read this book also to be up on what is the dream Trump has. Everyone who has ascended to the level Trump has carries with them a dream.

Random House is the publisher and the price is $29.00 retail.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Garden State Gangland:the rise of the mob in New Jersey by Scott M. Deitche

Most of us like to think that the mob is a thing of the past, that it is not here anymore. But we would be foolish to think so. The mobs are still around, just not as active.
At least, one can hope.
In this book we have Deitche tracing the mob families into the twenty first century in a certain area of the great land of America.
A welcome book for those who wish to read about the mob history in New Jersey.
Each chapter takes up a mob figure and the family they ran with. It is interesting as the reader walks the time line with the author.
There is a whole section in our library concerning real life crimes and murders. This will be another addition to that section. I guess the rational for that section is we should be aware of evil. Not that we don’t already know of evil.
I guess some people just enjoy reading this genre of nonfiction writing.
I personally enjoy mystery stories, so I guess I get a thrill reading true cases.
Most of the mob figures recorded here do finally get the due of their actions as a good percentage of them get executed some time later by other mob figures. As the Bible says, what so ever a man sows, this he will reap.
The writing is not too technical or scholarly. The prose flows. There is a picture section in the middle of the book, so you can refer to head shots of most of the figures mentioned. It has a 2018 copyright, so it is current. It is published by Rowman & Littlefield
It would also serve as a source book when further research is needed.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Screen Schooled by Joe Clement and Matt Miles

The present generation of students are no doubt dumber. Not dumber because they are not being taught correct information. No, more likely they are heading toward the distinction of being dumber because of technology.

What do I mean by that? Dumber? Why they are smarter because of technology. They have the computer handy and can access so much more information quicker than the earlier generations. Why do I make this statement?

I am not the one inferring this. But when we can see digital screen technology having a negative impact on our brains, it is time for us to slow down and consider.

“Our brains adapt to the environment,” states Oxford Neuroscientist. Susan Greenfield. “The human brain is an extremely complex yet malleable piece of the human hardware.”

This means that our brains can adapt to what we put in it. The use that students make of their iPhones, iPad, and other devices, the screen time, can tend to stunt the mental growth and possibly tend to lobotomize rather than enhance.

The idea of education is to enrich the process of learning by giving the student skills that are useful for adult life.

Instead technology addition leads to increased depression, anxiety, withdrawal, demised focus and diminished cognitive function. Not at all what is desired.

When the student beings his technology device into the class room and starts to multitask, which is what they attempt to do when they sit in class and listen to the teacher, read email on their screen, play games, they tend to slow down and increase their mistakes.

The sad truth, as our authors point out, is that unfortunately the ill effects created by an entire childhood of multitasking may be irreversible, severely impairing one’s ability to focus as adults.

I feel this book should be read by concerned adults. It is stated that the more we shield students from the consequences of their inability to focus and complete the work, the more they will continue to struggle.  Therefore, we should know what is happening in education and take steps to help our young ones adapt.

The two authors are teachers and they know what they are writing about.

It is copyrighted 2018 and published by the Chicago Review Press. It retails for $18.99. Better yet, see if your library has it. Either way, get it and read it.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Inventing Joy by Joy Mangano

Inventing articles you need because no one else has thought about it is something very few of us have the follow through to accomplish.

Gutsy women with a plan for business can’t be stopped.

This is the feeling I got as I read this book. Joy Mangano always was one person who saw something and said, “there has to be a better way.” She has a mind that could see the possibilities and the ability to conceptualize what it would look like.

She rarely took no for the final answer. She fought back limitations that men put on her because she was female. Some of her items brought to market was the Miracle Mop (the patent for which she fought to regain when some shifty business people treated her poorly and tried to claim ownership of the product.)

The business gave her backbone as she developed her brand.

Some suggestions she shares are: speak directly to the customer, Also, be honest, don’t forget the customer always decides what is a success.

Joy shares her low points as well as the high points of being an entrepreneur.

This is not a how to book but a story of one gutsy female, as I have said earlier.

No business is a one-person enterprise. You need workers and you need good working conditions. Joy was able to get a good group behind her once she reestablished her right to her inventions.

This book is not a how-to so much as a delightful story of a dreamer who put shoe leather to the dream. And this is what needs to be done. You need more than a dream to succeed. you need the muscle applied to the dream to make it a reality.

 It is important that one sits down and does the work of defining what success means to them. Don’t let others define it for you    Success as defined by Joy is doing what you like and enjoying it. Or another way to define success to stay focused on the product—the core of who you are.

She has said “I see objects that aren’t here. I solve problems no one asked me to solve. I’m an inventor, and I make things.” Product is King in her world.

This book should be read by all dreamers.

It is published by Simon and Schuster and costs $26.00 retail.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Soar ! by T.D. Jakes

“If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you are what you know”, is the way T. D. Jake puts it.

If you have within you the dream or entrepreneurship you need something that can help you attain that goal. This book offers you that help. You need to realize you mustn’t give up if the business doesn't take off on day one.

Jake uses the illustration of an airplane to represent the entrepreneur spirit of starting and maintaining a business idea. “Whatever your business may be, it will never work if you can’t get it off the ground and into the air”

When it comes to certain authors there is an expectation. I was surprised to pick up this book and find it a guide book of encouragement for people who have a dream but lack the  pep talk needed to get started.

Jake handles the need for motivation needed to get started. And once you do that, he points out, there is a need to plan the flight and the landing. That is, what do you see as the outcome of your venture? Most of all it is good if you can plain backwards.

In planning backwards, you put down your goal and work back to what is needed to reach that goal. It takes work and time to be a good entrepreneur. Jake does a good job providing that needed guideline to follow to get your plan in the air.

He suggests wings to your plans.  Inspiration is one wing and innovation is the second. And then you are to practice.

This book is a good needed ‘kick’ for those who dream and wish to venture out.

I would recommend this as a starter business book. I don’t feel it will be much help to one who needs help in the middle years of the venture. But it does light the fire under the dreamer future entrepreneur.

It is published by Hachette Book Group under the imprint FaithWords. It retails at $25.00.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton


She asks a good question. The answer is simple. She lost. She just must get over it and face the truth.  The people didn’t want her in the White House.

There is a principle I learned in my Psychology class—the more you talk about a subject trying to justify an action, the more likely it is that you are trying to convince yourself of a truth which isn’t true.

When I pick up a book written by Mrs. Clinton I get the feeling a snow job is being presented. We may never really know what happened if the only document you depend on is written by a politician. Their job, as I see it, is to snow the people. And with a history such as Hillary has going into this book, the more your snow discerner should be active.

Not that she doesn’t believe her explanation to be truth and as such only she can properly present the facts. In this book she whines (in the fourth grade I wore glasses and the children called me four eyes. That hurt.) and blames.

When the dust settles and historians in years to come research the time covered in this book, from the start to the end, the massive tomes left behind by Clinton will be one of the documents they use. Care must be taken to understand the context, the time in which it was written, and the internal factors that went into the reporting.

This seems to be a popular book. I got my copy through the library. I had to put it on the hold list and I was one of the 325 people who were waiting for one of the 26 books held by the library to be made available. So that is why I am doing this book in 2018

Reading this book, I still don’t know why she lost. What I do understand is her view of the journey. She tries to justify her deserving of the position she didn’t get. She whines and seems in shock. Ultimately, she talks about herself, and do we really need another book about Hillary?

Her chapters are long and rambling somewhat. I do notice when she talks about women she portrays them as strong, independent individuals. Most all. She may be doing this to try to present herself as a strong woman.

 In her chapter about her youth her dad is somewhat absent.

What Happened is more a justification for her than an explanation of why she fought so long and still came short of the prize. She spends a large portion on her political carrier, justifying her right to be president. She tends in portions to become a bore.

It has 464 pages and an index.

Published by Simon and Schuster.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump's War by Michael Savage

A war is going on for America. This war, a type of world war 3, is presently taking place not with guns and bombs but with traitors in the ranks. It seems a nation is defined by its borders and language and culture. Such is the premise of this book.

Every president enters the office with the unpaid bills of the administration before. Obstacles stand in the way that must be worked with and conquered.

Each administration needs to make game plans and march forward to implement them. Such is what we have with Trump and his years in the White House.

He was placed in the White House because his vision resounded with enough people to get the votes. Now we must see that he is able to do that. Trump must carry out his promises made that got him elected. And he must watch out for the hidden traps. One such trap was the advice he got from Senator Dole to contact Taiwan, which made China mad and didn’t succeed in getting America any points in foreign policy.

We need to know what landmines have been planted and help navigate him through them. Savage calls it a war. In this book he names each obstacle laid by the previous administrations one by one. He doesn’t sweeten the list. What he does is lay out a guide to the mine fields, so we can choose to aid the President in the future war.

He is not a politician and will make some political blunders, but he seems to be a promise keeper. We should allow him the space. I am sure we shouldn’t expect one hundred percent of what he promised but even if he can fulfill a good amount of the promises it is more than others have done.

He needs to build the wall. Something we can see and touch and regulate. This can cut down on the diseases that are brought in by our illegal immigrants.

He will need to bring jobs back that have been outsourced. “It is Bill Clinton and NAFTA that put most middle Americans out of work.” Savage says. We need to bring jobs back.  

We need to interface with Russia.  Savage suggests some ways we can do that.

These are just a few of the ideas taken up in this book.

This is an important book and should be read by as many people as possible. It doesn’t matter what political party you claim.

This book is dangerous as it might expand your mind and you may start thinking. And when that happens—watch out.

The last chapter gives you solutions or bullet points to work with in formulating a battle plan. This book should be on every true patriot’s bookshelf. Read it often and apply it.