The book is well written and the material is well presented.
The problem blacks faced was not that American society was too Hard for them, that they suffered from too much competition and were being held too accountable.
Shortly after I finished reading the text I told a teacher about it and she said, "Give me that book now! I need it."
I personally think the author is right with most of his conjectures, but the book is more of a long essay with anecdotal evidence than it is a real test of a scientific hypothesis.Published 11 months ago by Jim Musumeci
Although intended to jolt us out of complacency, Hard/Soft is just a scare tactic designed to make us into tools for the projection of power across the globe. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Reed Fort
Overall a very thought-provoking book. Could have been a magazine-length essay, but still worthwhile. I have recommended it to several others.Published on October 8, 2012 by Marc D. Graff
It walks through the American history in 20th century and the dawn of 21st. Contrast the balance between policies showing tough side which wins the margin in competition, and those... Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Guannan Chen
In this highly readable, remarkably eclectic book, author Michael Barone reveals a problem with seeing the world in terms of polar opposites: "For many years I have thought it one... Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Philip Vassallo
I borrowed this book from the library for a school report about one year ago, and the memory of what I read in it stuck with me. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by J. Fordham
Michael Barone is justifiably considered one of our most prominent political commentators. He is also one of our most perceptive. Read morePublished on January 20, 2010 by Jerry Saperstein
The basic theory of this book is as follows: When government actions are taken to make life easy or "soft" for general public then America suffers, if it is made soft for a... Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Jacqueline M. Thompson
Barone believes there is a divide----that there are those who want to hold individuals accountable and bring them out of poverty, and then there are those who feed the troff, thus... Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by Scott Walker