Words, Language & Grammar

The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

Review: Disappointed. I enjoy the ‘feel’ of any book I read. The pulp paper provided here was unpleasant. I think his book could have been easily summarized into less than twenty pages without sacrificing anything. A lot of this material seemed more like ‘fill.’ There are several other popular books on this subject which were superior. Read more

21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers
21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers

Review: This book is consistently quotable. In every chapter there’s an anecdote or a quote that is fun and lively and useful in other contexts. The author has a ton of public speaking experience and is willing to share it with the reader in a pleasant and entertaining way.

Though you won’t get much help with the content of a speech per say, you will get help with crafting the message and your delivery. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get better at public speaking. Read more

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading - How to Read a Book
The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading - How to Read a Book

Review: the educational system in brazilian schools have drifted perhaps irremediably from the liberal arts. the situation is so bad, we ended up not far from african countries at civil war in international test scores. by
appealing to the foundations of the intelectual thinking, this book shows the way to the higher strata. Read more

A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Review: Uh, I think I was expecting something different, but maybe not since it turned out it's exactly what the title promises, which is basically how to suck out all the joy from reading a book for pleasure and capturing a book's insights from that pleasure and not because you're looking for ways to fulfill your own ideological agenda as someone lucky enough to have a job for life. It did sort of make me recall how a lot of professors rip al the fun out of a book when they start deconstructing it. An... Read more

How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

Review: The essayist Joseph Epstein in his very negative review of this book pointed out that sentences are not ordinarily written as things in themselves but as parts of paragraphs, and whole compositions. Analyzing sentences in and by themselves may be alright for 'aphorisms' but does not make sense for most prose.
Another major error of this work is its contention that 'content' does not matter. Content shapes and content helps define the character and quality of a sentence.
The approach that s... Read more

The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children
The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children

Review: SOME VERY SMALL SPOILERS BELOW -

The book - Set in the world of the First Law Trilogy and Best Served Cold. Familiar faces return but have relatively small parts. The return cast includes: Calder, Scale, Black Dow, Shivers, Gorst, Bayaz, and a few others. Gorst it turns out, is one hell of a character. Trying to redeem himself after an incident in Styria involving the King, his blood-lust rivals that of some of my old favorite characters.

When I first read "The First Law Trilogy," ... Read more

Lords of the North
Lords of the North

Review: The author combines historical elements with fiction in this tale of Saxons vs Danes. The tale takes place mainly in what is now Northern England. Perhaps most interestingly after the tale is over the author reveals the fictional and the real life characters, battles and locales. Read more

Self-Reliance and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions)
Self-Reliance and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions)

Review: As soon as I realized this reading was available via my Kindle, I knew I had to have this Classic. It's always there to soothe, enlighten and give clarity. Thanks Amazon for making this wonderful book available. Read more

Meaty: Essays
Meaty: Essays

Review: One of the best books I've read in awhile. Clever, laugh out load funny and over the top real, Meaty is a treat for the heart, soul and mind. A must read for those who want to embrace all things, good, bad and indifferent that makes us human. Read more

A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

Review: In his now-classic "Influence", Robert Cialdini tagged along with vacuum salesmen, car dealers and other persuasion professionals to come up with the six psychological principles that were "deployed routinely in long-prospering influence businesses" -- reciprocation, liking, social proof, authority, scarcity, and consistency. Those principles are still solid gold. Prof Cialdini once again gets his hands dirty to uncover an even deeper level of influence: how to make compliance almost a foregone ... Read more

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