Nine of my students were killed in Norris Hall. But I didn't know Seung Hui Cho. Professor Roy knew the killer but none of the student victims. In some ways, knowing my own journey throughout the last two years and having read her book, I still cannot imagine how that shaped her perspective.
Some have said that she speaks for Seung Hui Cho (an interesting concept given his selective mutism). I didn't see her book that way. She spoke for herself. But she had an insight into the killer that, to my knowledge, no one else possessed. And to that extent--her commentary on the university administration and its actions throughout the last few years aside--the book is worth reading.
Having grown up in Southwestern Virginia, Liberty University stands as a familiar cultural fixture. I enjoyed Roose's book very much--especially because it gave insight into the Liberty community during a particularly interesting spring semester.
I won't go as far as to say that Roose "went native" but I found him throughout to be quick to ignore the intolerance--including racism and homophobia--he encountered. He downplayed the prejudice of his Liberty friends by saying that they were "nice guys." What he fails to understand is that they were nice to him--a white, middle class male who could at least pass for heterosexual and evangelical. He portrays the human side of Jerry Falwell--the doting grandfather who enjoyed diet Snapple tea--but in ways that willfully marginalize the hateful things that Falwell said and did throughout the course of his career. In the end, bigotry is bigotry and it bothered me that Roose became complicit in that culture.
Unimpressive. If you're interested in a more in-depth and far more engaging investigation of the same dynamics, see Laura Sessions Stepp's Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both.
I loved Ender's Game and I enjoyed the Shadow series but I couldn't get into Speaker for the Dead. Ender in Exile helped to "fill in the gaps" and is an engaging story. I'm not certain, however, that it will be sufficient to bridge the gap to the next book in the series.
My husband says that everyone needs a Zombie Apocalypse plan. He's quite insistent; even though his plan for getting out of our burning house is "climb out the window, wake you if you're nearby," he has spent a great deal of time working out exactly what we are going to do should zombies attack. He says you can't be too careful.
I think you can.
If I had to choose a favorite book, this would be it. The conclusion to the Anne of Green Gables series that I learned to love as a very young child, this story focuses on Anne and Gilbert's youngest child, Rilla, as the family encounters the First World War.
This is the book I have to read with a box of tissues nearby as I inevitably cry at pivotal points, at times with joy and at times with sorrow. But what I love the most is that this book includes the realization of "suggestions found earlier in the series. Though I would not recommend for someone unfamiliar with the rest of the series, this is truly an exceptional book.
My husband has been quoting this book at me for as long as we've been together. I suppose I could say that I've "abandoned it" because I've started it several times but been utterly unable to get "into it." But I suppose I'll give it another chance.
Maybe you shouldn't try to tackle all five books at once. Each of the books on its own is fairly short; perhaps it would be easier to sustain your interest for one at a time.
It's good advice but I have the "Ultimate Guide" in my library because it's the copy my husband purchased (his love of the series is sincere). I've tried to get into the first book multiple times and it just doesn't appeal to me.
When a friend asked if I had this book (saying that she had see it at Barnes and Noble and that it looked "interesting"), I was in the middle of placing an amazon.com order. So I bought it.
I shouldn't have done that. I should have looked at the table of contents. Then I should have looked at the "praise" on the back cover. Then I should have read an excerpt. At the very least I should have looked up the author to see what other books he'd published. Had I done any one of these things I'd have realized that this book was going to be a waste of money.
The fifteen books featured in this conservative diatribe are classics of philosophical, political, and revolutionary thought. What is particularly interesting is his discussion of Mein Kampf, the only book on the list that at first glance even makes sense. But the author spends very little time actually addressing the text itself; he talks about Gobbles and Himmler and the atrocities committed by the Nazi Party, he discusses the intellectual influences on key leaders of the Nazi movement (conveniently the very authors whose books he has already charged with "screwing up the world)," and only then does he ever so briefly look at the text of Mein Kampf. But event then he fails to explain why Mein Kampf screwed up the world, continuing instead to link it to those texts he already lists among the most despised in world history.
This book conveys only one thing--an utter contempt for non-Judeo/Christian intellectual thought. The author's bias leaps from the front cover, the back cover, and every page in between. And, tragically, the text is well written, so well written that if the reader were unaware of these texts, their content, and their impact on history, he or she might be persuaded that all woes and tribulations in societies past and present can be laid at the feet of the authors of these texts. It's pop-"intellectualism" at its worst and an utterly disgusting diatribe masquerading as "scholarship".
The BEST available analysis of the post-colonial political dynamics that have engulfed Burundi, the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda in mass murder, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Unsurpassed by any other scholar, Mamdani writes with clarity and passion that is truly fantastic.
A series of academic perspectives on the April 16th shootings at Virginia Tech. Most are available online through fastcapitalism.org thus making the text itself somewhat superfluous (I expected to see value-added to the text having read the online journal submissions). Thoroughly academic in its approach, I would not recommend this text to anyone with a passing interest in the events at Virginia Tech or school shootings in general.
This book simply gets wrong so many details surrounding April 16 at Virginia Tech. Moreover, its near complete focus on the engineering students, faculty, and department as they were affected ignores others impacted by the tragedy, particularly the Department of Political Science and International Studies which lost 9 of its undergraduate students (the authors don't even get the name of the Director of International Studies correct in the text). In all, a poor text that would have benefited enormously from more attention to detail, a more balanced approach, and better editing.
An excellent overview of the Armenian genocide that clearly links the annihilation of the Armenians to official Ottoman policy. Contextualized within the "Turkificaiton" of what would become the modern Turkish state, this text gives a compelling account of this historical episode.
One of the best books I've had the privilege to read. Rosenbaum writes clearly, cogently, and compellingly, investigating and critiquing the world's most famous Hitler scholars. Seeking to answer the age-old question "would the Holocaust have been possible in the absence of Hitler?" Rosenbaum never allows the reader to forget Hitler's humanity and he certainly isn't afraid to take on those who would reify this historical figure as little more than a monster.
Excellent text on the Cambodian genocide. Hinton is a fantastic write and apt scholar who understands, not only this episode of genocide, but the generalizable characteristics of crimes against humanity. Well worth the read.