Friday, January 23, 2009

The Revolution Betrayed or Art of Coming Home

The Revolution Betrayed

Author: Leon Trotsky

Written in 1936 and published the following year, this brilliant and profound evaluation of Stalinism from the Marxist standpoint prophesied the collapse of the Soviet Union. Trotsky employs facts, figures, and statistics to show how Stalinist policies rejected the enormous productive potential of the nationalized planned economy engendered by the October Revolution.

New interesting textbook: Cuidado Dirigido:O que É e Como Ele Trabalha

Art of Coming Home

Author: Craig Storti

Expecting that home will be the way it was when you left? Are you instead shocked to discover that both you and home have changed? The Art of Coming Home offers the solid advice you need to reduce the stress of making the transition home.

Leave-taking, the honeymoon stage, reverse culture shock, and eventual readjustment -- The Art of Coming Home lays out the four stages of the reentry process and details practical strategies for dealing with the challenges you will face each step of the way. Veteran trainer, consultant, and world adventurer Craig Storti sketches the workplace challenges faced by returning business executives as well as the reentry issues of spouses, younger children, and teenagers. He also addresses in detail the special issues faced by exchange students, international volunteers, military personnel and their families, and missionaries and their children.

Whether you are a recent returnee or are just now thinking of moving abroad, The Art of Coming Home sets itself apart as it brings the process of returning home right to the heart of the overseas experience.

Soundview Executive Book Summaries

The Challenge Of Living Abroad
Many executives have experienced the combination of anticipation and anxiety as they prepare for a posting abroad. What many executives fail to anticipate is the culture shock they experience on returning home. Cross-cultural specialist Craig Storti addresses these experiences in his clearly written book called The Art of Crossing Cultures.

'It's Not the Heat...'
The expatriate transition will differ greatly, of course, depending on where you are coming from and where you are going. A new and (to the newcomer) uncomfortable climate, doing without ("the list of things 'they don't have here' sometimes seems to have been designed with you personally in mind," Storti notes); the loss of routines; and unfamiliar faces are some of the elements of what Storti labels "country shock."

Country shock, however, is just a sideshow to the main event: culture shock. The weather is one thing. Dealing with "different, deeply held beliefs and instincts about what is natural, normal, right and good" is another.

'The Fried Ants Are Delicious'
The first step in dealing with culture shock, according to Storti, is to abandon expectations of cultural sameness. People in foreign countries are going to act differently. Expatriates must then take steps to learn about the culture around them. They will then come to understand and even expect the behaviors and attitudes of the people in their new country.

"The message of this book," Storti notes, "is not that you must uncritically embrace all local behavior no matter how strange or offensive, but only that you should not reject behaviors before you have understood them."

The result might surprise you. As one foreign aid worker in East Africa wrote, "All in all, [this] is a really nice place to live and work. The people are friendly, the beaches are great, and the fried ants are delicious."

Why Soundview Likes This Book
The Art of Crossing Cultures is typical of the titles published by Intercultural Press, a small Maine publisher that specializes in authoritative, how-to guides on cross-cultural relations. Any person facing the prospect of going abroad would do well to start with this title. Then, request the Intercultural Press catalogue for more detailed guides on specific countries. Copyright (c) 2002 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Table of Contents:
1Coming Home1
The Issues3
What the Returnee Can Do37
2The Stages of Reentry45
Leave-Taking and Departure47
The Honeymoon49
Reverse Culture Shock51
3The Return of the Employee67
Issues for the Employee68
Issues for the Organization79
What the Organization Can Do82
What the Employee Can Do95
The Stages of Workplace Reentry98
4The Return of Spouses and Children103
Issues for the Spouse104
What Spouses Can Do111
Issues for Younger Children113
What Parents Can Do for Younger Children114
Issues for Teenagers116
What Parents Can Do for Teenagers128
What Teens Can Do132
5Special Populations137
I.Exchange Students138
The Issues139
What Exchange Students and Their Families Can Do148
II.International Voluntary Organizations150
The Issues151
What Returning Volunteers Can Do158
III.Military Personnel and Their Families160
The Issues161
What Military Returnees and Their Families Can Do169
IV.Missionaries and Missionary Children170
Issues for Missionaries171
Issues for Missionary Children175
What Missionaries and Their Children Can Do180
Useful Resources189

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