Saturday, December 5, 2009

The New Inquisition or Crashing the Gate

The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges

Author: James LaRu

How can you become an effective advocate for intellectual freedom and patron privacy while maintaining a positive relationship with diverse elements of your community? Drawing on his experience as library director, this author advocates assuming a proactive role in every library function, from collection building to community outreach. This approach helps you understand the people who challenge library materials--as individuals and as members of various groups--turning enemies into allies, and building an intellectual, freedom-friendly community. You'll learn what materials get challenged and why and how you can effectively respond to challenges while meeting diverse community needs. Here are stories from the frontlines, practical guidelines on policies and procedures as well as common-sense tips on how to maintain your cool while dealing with specific groups or individuals--all presented with common sense and humor. If you have been struggling with challenges and wonder how you can uphold your ideals while dealing with harsh realities, this is the book you have been waiting for.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: The Blue Line     xi
The Need for and Purpose of This Book     xiii
Scope and Audience     xiii
Background: A Historical Perspective     1
History of Censorship: The Burning of Books     1
Definitions     3
The Constitution and the First Amendment: Foundations of Intellectual Freedom     5
The Library Bill of Rights     15
But What about the Children?     19
Obscenity     20
Religion and Libraries     27
Big 16     28
Madonna     30
Focus on the Family     34
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints     44
The Difference between FOF and the Mormons     49
Reading with the Enemy     50
Generations     57
Types and Life Cycles     59
Public Education: A Profile     61
Focus on the Family: Redefining the Mission     65
Anything Goes?     67
Responding to Challenges     71
Who Are They?     71
The Initial Response     74
The Written Responses: Letters     80
When the Issue Doesn't Die     84
Beyond the Basics: Taking It to the Street     89
The Pyramid Model     89
Geographic Information Systems     94
Becoming a Player     95
The Rubber Chicken Circuit     99
Public Speaking and Writing     99
Using Your Reputation     100
Newspaper Columns     101
Other Media     103
Politics     104
Professional Activity     107
Conclusion: The Fourth Turning?     109
Kid Stuff     109
I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag...     109
Tancredo and Immigration     113
There Is Always a New, a Next Inquisition     115
Appendix     117
Letters     117
Columns     144
References and Resources     149
Reference List     149
Intellectual Freedom Resources     150
Index     153

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Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics

Author: Jerome Armstrong

Crashing the Gate is a shot across the bow at the political establishment in Washington, DC and a call to re-democratize politics in America.

This book lays bare, with passion and precision, how ineffective, incompetent, and antiquated the Democratic Party establishment has become, and how it has failed to adapt and respond to new realities and challenges. The authors save their sharpest knives to go for the jugular in their critique of Republican ideologues who are now running—and ruining—our country.

Written by two of the most popular political bloggers in America, the book hails the new movement—of the netroots, the grassroots, the unorthodox labor unions, the maverick big donors—that is the antidote to old-school politics as usual. Fueled by advances in technology and a hunger for a more authentic and populist democracy, this broad-based movement is changing the way political campaigns are waged and managed.

A must-read book for anyone with an interest in the future of American democracy. "

About the Authors:
Jerome Armstrong, a pioneer of the political blogosphere, founded one of the first political blogs,, in 2001. The person behind the netroots strategy that used blogs and meetups for Howard Dean's campaign, Jerome works as an internet strategist for advocacy organizations and political campaigns. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Markos Moulitsas ZŅŠniga served in the U.S. Army for three years and later earned two bachelors degrees from Northern Illinois University and a law degree from Boston University. After moving to California to work in the tech industry, Markos started in May 2002. His blog has had a meteoric rise and now gets more than a million unique visitors each day, making it one of the most popular blogs in the nation. Markos lives in Berkeley, California.

Simon Rosenberg is president and founder of the New Democrat Network, a national membership organization that promotes strategies to modernize progressive politics. Before founding NDN, Rosenberg was a key member of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. He and his family live in Washington DC.

The New York Times - Peter Beinart

Armstrong and Moulitsas may well be right that the next great partisan transformation will be theirs. In Crashing the Gate they have written an insightful guide to how the Democratic Party can retake power. Now all they need to do is figure out why it deserves to.

Library Journal

Armstrong ( and Zuniga (, both popular liberal political bloggers, offer a critique of Democrats and lay out their strategy to save the party and win back control of government at all levels. They present a blistering attack on the Republican Party's ideological constituencies-the theocons, neocons, corporate cons, etc.-and the policies of the Bush administration, but they move quickly to a lengthy critique of the Democratic Party, which they describe, borrowing from Howard Dean, as a collection of single-issue interest groups (e.g., pro-choice, environmental, big labor, and gun control advocates) unwilling to make concessions for the greater good: the success of the party. The authors also note outdated old-boy systems of raising money, outmoded campaign strategies, and a lack of technological sophistication. The Democrats must nurture places where new ideas germinate, such as the world of the blog. Their plan strikes this reader as na ve, considering that Dean didn't win a single primary and that the Republicans have successfully mobilized large numbers of people in support of their candidates. Moreover, they assume that their progressive ideas are, in fact, what the masses subscribe to. While the book may spark some interest among blog readers and writers, its wider appeal will be limited. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries with comprehensive holdings on campaigns and elections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Reinventing Public Health or Liberty and Power

Reinventing Public Health: Policies and Practices for a Healthy Nation

Author: Lu Ann Aday

Reinventing Public Health offers guidance for translating the growing body of research on the fundamental social, economic, and ecological determinants of health into innovative programs and policies to improve the health of populations.

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Reviewer: Ross M. Mullner, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book reconceptualizes the field of public health. It presents a bold new public policy orientation to improve the health of the population of the United States, and to reduce the nation's health disparities. The book also discusses the initiatives taken by several other nations, particularly Canada, to redress social inequities.
Purpose: According to the editor: "The book introduces a framework for identifying, arraying, and evaluating the evidence regarding the fundamental social, economic, and ecological determinants of population health and health disparities; explores the role of related development policies in influencing these fundamental determinants; and suggests alternative models of more health-centered policy and program design incorporating a consideration of the fundamental determinants of health."
Audience: This book is written for graduate students in public health, public policy, medical sociology, and political science. The editor, Lu Ann Aday, is a nationally known, highly respected professor and scholar from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.
Features: The book consists of seven chapters. Each of the chapters is well crafted and flows nicely into the next with little overlap. A large name and subject index concludes the book.
Assessment: This is a very refreshing new look at public health. Unlike many textbooks in public health which basically repeat what has been said many times before, this book looks at public health from a new and original perspective. It is well organized, well written, and well researched. I highly recommend it!


4 Stars! from Doody

Table of Contents:
1Analytic framework1
2Fundamental determinants of population health35
3Sustainable development65
4Human development106
5Economic development183
6Community development and public health237
7Toward a healthy (re)public285

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Liberty and Power: A Dialogue on Religion and U. S. Foreign Policy in an Unjust World

Author: J Bryan Hehir

What role should religion play in shaping and implementing U.S. foreign policy?

The dominant attitude over the last half century on the subject of religion and international relations was expressed well by Dean Acheson, Harry Truman's secretary of state: "Moral Talk was fine preaching for the Final Day of Judgment, but it was not a view I would entertain as a public servant." Was Acheson right?

How a nation "commits itself to freedom" has long been at the heart of debates about foreign aid, economic sanctions, and military intervention. Moral and faith traditions have much to say about what is required to achieve this end. And after September 11, no one can doubt the importance of religious beliefs in influencing relations among peoples and nations.

The contributors to this volume come at the issue from very different perspectives and offer exceptional and unexpected insights on a question now at the forefront of American foreign policy.

Author Description:
J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and was formerly the president and CEO of Catholic Charities U.S.A.

Michael Walzer is a leading American political theorist and a professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. He is the author of several books, including Just and Unjust Wars.

Louise Richardson serves as the executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and is an expert in international terrorism and defense policy.

Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of numerous books, including the national bestseller The Stakes (Westview).

Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist at the Washington Post. He contributes frequently to Time Magazine, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, and The National Interest.

James M. Lindsay is vice president and director of studies of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he holds the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair. He was previously deputy director and senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. His books include Agenda for the Nation (Brookings 2003) and Defending America: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense (Brookings 2001). In 1996-97, Lindsay was director for global issues and multilateral affairs on the National Security Council staff.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Developing Global Executives or Faith and the Presidency

Developing Global Executives: The Lessons of International Experience

Author: Morgan W McCall

In our borderless global economy, companies must ship their executives nearly as far and wide as their products. Whether these far-flung executives soar or land with a thud may make all the difference between a successful international enterprise or a world-class failure -- and it is this crucial difference that Developing Global Executives defines.

Based on a wide-ranging study of veteran global executives, leadership development experts Morgan W. McCall, Jr. and George P. Hollenbeck reveal what it takes for organizations to groom, and individuals to become, successful international executives. The answer sounds deceptively simple: People learn to "be global" from doing global work. But therein lies a tricky distinction -- what specific types of career experiences are the ones that prepare global leaders for their roles? To what extent can individuals seek out -- and companies help orchestrate -- these experiences?

In Developing Global Executives, leading global executives help answer these questions. Through their candid, rich, and varied stories, readers learn who global executives are, what distinguishes them from domestic leaders, and which experiences have been most critical to mastering their extremely demanding careers.

In addition, these "lessons from the field" underscore the key requirements and challenges of effective leadership in a global environment: from the importance of continuous learning and the crucial role of mentors to the difficulties in overcoming "culture shock" and the warning signs of potential derailment. Practical and far-sighted, this book offers a wealth of firsthand insights for aspiring and current international executives and the organizations that employ them.

With today's ever-increasing complexity in business, organizations need to capitalize on every developmental opportunity. Developing Global Executives will help you do just that by providing a thorough itinerary and useful guide for executives moving in the new, completely global environment. On your exploratory journey through the book, you will meet many fascinating people, learn from their stories, and come away with real wisdom.

Table of Contents:
1Introduction: A World of Possibilities1
2What Is a Global Executive?19
3Global Journeys: The Lives of Global Executives41
4The Lessons of International Experience77
5Experiences That Teach Global Executives107
6Making Sense of Culture129
7When Things Go Wrong153
8Developing Global Executives: The Organization's Role171
9Building a Global Career: The Individual's Part197
App. A: Interview Questions219
App. B: Methodology223
App. C: Supplementary Tables227
About the Authors259

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Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Author: Gary Scott Smith

In the wake of the 2004 election, pundits were shocked at exit polling that showed that 22% of voters thought "moral values" was the most important issue at stake. People on both sides of the political divide believed this was the key to victory for George W. Bush, who professes a deep and abiding faith in God. While some fervent Bush supporters see him as a man chosen by God for the White House, opponents see his overt commitment to Christianity as a dangerous and unprecedented bridging of the gap between church and state.
In fact, Gary Scott Smith shows, none of this is new. Religion has been a major part of the presidency since George Washington's first inaugural address. Despite the mounting interest in the role of religion in American public life, we actually know remarkably little about the faith of our presidents. Was Thomas Jefferson an atheist, as his political opponents charged? What role did Lincoln's religious views play in his handling of slavery and the Civil War? How did born-again Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter lose the support of many evangelicals? Is George W. Bush, as his critics often claim, a captive of the religious right? In this fascinating book, Smith answers these questions and many more. He takes a sweeping look at the role religion has played in presidential politics and policies. Drawing on extensive archival research, Smith paints compelling portraits of the religious lives and presidencies of eleven chief executives for whom religion was particularly important.
Faith and the Presidency meticulously examines what each of its subjects believed and how those beliefs shaped their presidencies and, in turn, the course of our history.

Library Journal

Given the separation of church and state specified by the Second Amendment, Americans have both contested and championed the expression of religious faith by their leaders. Smith (history, Grove City Coll.) carefully collects and collates the personal views and attitudes on religion and the relations with religious institutions and constituencies of 11 U.S. Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, both Roosevelts, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter, Reagan, and George W. Bush. "In the final analysis," Scott concludes, "we must be careful not to make too much or too little of the influence of presidents' faith on how they performed their duties. Scholars have tended to take it into account too little; some critics and admirers have given it too much attention." Methodologically, Smith is less than persuasive in his attempts to demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships between faith and policy. But readers need not share his perspective or conclusions in order to thank him for the wealth of source material and historical detail he has amassed on a fascinating and important topic. Recommended for all libraries.-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lincoln on Democracy or My Way or the Highway

Lincoln on Democracy

Author: Mario Cuomo

Back in print after ten years, this unique book brings together 141 speeches, speech excerpts, letters, fragments, and other writings by Lincoln on the theme of democracy. Selected by leading historians, the writings include such standards as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, but also such little-seen writings as a letter assuring a general that the President felt safe-drafted just three days before Lincoln's assassination. In this richly annotated anthology, the writings are grouped thematically into seven sections that cover politics, slavery, the union, democracy, liberty, the nation divided, and the American Dream. The introductions are by well-known historians: Gabor Borritt, William E. Gienapp, Charles B. Strozier, Richard Nelson Current, James M. McPherson, Mark E. Neely, Jr., and Hans L. Trefousse. In addition, each section's title page displays a photograph of Lincoln from the time period covered in that section, with a paragraph describing the source and the occasion for which the photograph was made.

Table of Contents:
Preface to the Fordham University Press edition
"Not much of me" : Lincoln's "autobiography," age 50, December 20, 1859
I"The people's business" : Lincoln and the American dream, 1832-1852
No wealthy ... relations to recommend me9
I shall be governed by their will11
The people know their rights12
Injustice and bad policy13
The political religion of the nation15
The wealthy can not justly complain24
Many free countries have lost their liberty25
'God tempers the wind'26
The sorrow quenching draughts of perfect liberty28
By the fruit the tree is to be known30
Useless labour is ... the same as idleness32
The right to rise up34
No one man should hold the power36
There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good38
Leaving the people's business in their hands40
Go to work, 'tooth and nails'41
Valuable to his adopted country43
Resolve to be honest44
The presidency ... is no bed of roses46
Principles held dear49
A deep devotion to the cause of human liberty51
II"All we have ever held sacred" : Lincoln and slavery, 1854-1857
We proposed to give all a chance62
'To do for the people what needs to be done'63
Our Republican robe is soiled65
No peaceful extinction of slavery in prospect78
I am not a know-nothing80
This great principle of equality84
Free society is not ... a failure86
A standard maxim for free society88
Not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots92
III"Another explosion will come" : Lincoln and the house divided, 1858
Government cannot endure ... half slave and half free105
The electric cord in that declaration114
Fight this battle upon principle118
This expresses my idea of democracy121
Return to the fountain121
I claim no ... exemption from personal ambition123
The moral lights around us125
Our reliance is in the love of liberty127
Never have had a black woman for either a slave or a wife128
Give to him that is needy130
'He trembled for his country'132
The eternal struggle134
The fight must go on136
IV"Right makes might" : Lincoln and the race for president, 1859-1960
Sole hope of the future148
He who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave154
Aim at the elevation of men156
The moral lights around us157
Equality ... beats inequality159
Free labor ... gives hope to all160
Let us stand by our duty164
The laborer can strike if he wants to175
Allow the humblest man an equal chance176
I accept the nomination177
Work, work, work is the main thing178
I rejoice with you in the success179
The tug has to come180
V"Hour of trial" : Lincoln and union, 1861
The principle that clears the path for all188
If we surrender, it is the end of us189
With a task before me190
Liberty, for yourselves, and not for me191
There is but little harm I can do192
Give the greatest good to the greatest number193
The majority shall rule194
The ship can be saved, with the cargo195
In accordance with the original idea196
I would rather be assassinated198
Plain as a turnpike road199
The momentous issue of Civil War201
I hope we have a government and a president210
The perpetuity of popular government211
We can not permanently prevent their action213
Suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus214
The central idea pervading this struggle215
A Polish gentleman ... highly recommended216
This is ... a people's contest217
Allow no man to be shot226
I cannot assume this reckless position227
Wanting to work is so rare229
The capacity of man for self-government230
The struggle of today ... for a vast future also231
VI"Forever free" : Lincoln and liberty, 1862-1863
The principle of the equal rights of men243
Gradual ... emancipation, is better for all244
Government was saved from overthrow246
Our common country is in great peril247
A fit and necessary military measure249
Your race are suffering251
My paramount object in this struggle253
God wills this contest254
The time has come now255
Thenceforward, and forever free257
To suppress the insurrection260
Breath alone kills no rebels262
A fiery trial263
We cannot escape history264
The promise must now be kept269
Sincerely believed to be ... an act of justice270
An instance of sublime Christian heroism273
I will risk the dictatorship275
Resist ... such recognition276
Public safety does require the suspension277
The decision is to be made282
How long ago is it? - eighty odd years283
My 'public-opinion baths'284
Those who shall have tasted actual freedom ... can never be slaves285
Better prepared for the new286
You say you will not fight to free Negroes288
The boundless field of absolutism?292
Has the manhood of our race run out?293
I do not intend to be a tyrant296
VII"For us the living" : Lincoln and democracy, 1863-1865
New birth of freedom307
You will not find that to be an obstacle308
The new reckoning309
I have never interfered ... in any church311
Common looking people are the best in the world312
Universal amnesty ... with universal suffrage313
Keep the jewel of liberty314
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another315
Never knew a man who wished to be ... a slave316
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong316
The limb must be sacrificed319
A good definition of the word liberty320
So that they can have the benefit321
May I have to answer for robbing no man323
A fitting, and necessary conclusion324
The people's business325
I should deserve to be damned325
Kindly paying attention327
Any one of your children may look to come here328
My duty to co-operate329
The purposes of the almighty are perfect330
Struggling to maintain government, not to overthrow it331
Discharge him at once332
The election was a necessity333
Not the sort of religion upon which people can get to heaven335
The voice of the people336
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist338
A king's cure for all the evils339
With malice toward none340
I have always thought that all men should be free343
A righteous and speedy peace344
A union of hearts and hands349
Afterword : the Abraham Lincoln association351
Lincoln, the nation, and the world : a chronology, 1809-1865355

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My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide

Author: Harry E Chambers

Most people think that micromanagement occurs only in management-employee relationships, but the truth is that it happens everywhere: employees micromanage managers, customers micromanaging vendors, board members micromanaging company leaders, parents micromanage children, governments micromanage citizens, peers micromanage one another, and more. With shoot-from-the-hip style and plenty of real-world examples, My Way or the Highway illustrates how micromanagement interferes with performance and productivity, resulting in huge costs - hidden, direct, and indirect - to individuals and organizations. In highly practical terms, management expert Harry Chambers explains the art of dealing with micromanagers at a personal level and how to introduce the more system-wide changes needed for productive environments. Readers learn valuable strategies for lessening the impact of micromanagers, as well as how to identify and correct their own managerial behaviors.