When I started college some 55 years ago, it was common knowledge that the school of education was the resort of those with the poorest entrance grades. I don't think that's changed. The shocking revelations about New York's handling of those who in any other career would be fired needs to be spead far and wide. In my state a judge blocked the implementation of a qualifying test that was employed nationally because it was said to be racially biased. Imagine that, math, English, history, art, etc. being so classified. The welfare of countless children took backseat to benefit "teachers" afraid to, or unable to pass a test.
Tenure was intended to protect against arbitrary action--initially created to encourage free
exchange of ideas--and now exists principally as a means of extortion. It costs more to fire an unqualified person than to keep them on the payroll. One need go no further than to compare our children's educational ranking with the rest of the world to know that something must change if we are to keep pace (much less lead).
le Carre shows why he's so highly regarded. I'm always concerned when a book is read by the author, but he's superb. It's hard to classify this book, but it's realism is such a relief in contrast to the exaggerated plot lines and actions too often seen in spy/thrillers.
Mankell is favorite (at least as far as the Kurt Wallander books are concerned), but this book lacks a credible conclusion. Up to the final chapters it's fine but falls apart after that.
I've been reading the last of the Manchester Biography of Winston Churchill, which of course, deals primarily about WWII and the peril Briton faced before US involvement. Those Angry days works in perfect tandem,showing the period from our side of the Atlantic. Olson's work is well researched, balanced and well presented. A joy. I can only hope that it reaches a wide audience.
Biography as every author ought to read. History as well as art. All of this series is essential if one wants to know what Johnson was.
The author should have had enough sense to let a professional read the book. The delivery distracts so badly it nearly ruins what otherwise is a fascinating part of the Revoluniary War. The writing is mediocre and the imagined aspects are clumsy, but I had not known anything about this group of spies and the history seems well researched.
This, like so many scholarly books, was too much detail for me (including citations to authorities) and there was a great deal of repetition. That said, it's really informative. It's unfortunate, but those who deny evolution will never read it.
This is not for the fundamentalist, but essential to those who have an open mind and want an intellectual inquiry into development of religion. I'd give it five stars all around except for repetition. The author clearly knows his stuff.
Kanon is a favorite. His books make many another look like Ned and The Reader. He has captured the period and dialogue to a "T." As with almost I've read, the denouement is a stretch and let down. Otherwise, it's a clear five.
The narration is superb! I cannot believe it's only one person. He brings Kanon's dialogue to absolute life. The Jewish manner and speech patterns are perfectly captured.
I do not give 5 stars in any category except his books and the terrific performance (as always) by Grover Gardner. The humor is unbeatable, and the detective story is whipped cream on the top. I save Camilleri for times when I need a lift, and he never fails. You've got a treat in store, but go back to the first in the series and you'll see what I mean.
I stayed with this through part 1. I did so out of fascination. I wondered all along if there could be a redeeming facet in the story. Maybe there is, but I could not stomach any more of it. It is fit for only those with an insatiable appetite for unbearable cruelty. The author clearly knows how to write and knows the land of Mexico and Texas, but that is as far as I could go. Don't blame this on the reader. He's fine.
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