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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents)
Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do about It (BK Currents)
by Thom Hartmann
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thom Hartmann's Wisdom and Warning, March 7, 2007
Once again Thom Hartmann applies his clear thinking and historical perspective to help us understand the new economic realities in America and the wider world. His argument that the middle class is being squeezed out of existence cannot be disputed by anyone with an open mind.

The critical issues, in my view, are our habitual ways of looking at economics as a battle for scarce resources, as a battle for the survival of the fittest in a world that increasingly is not fit for living. The reality is that we live in an abundant universe with more than enough for each of us, if we live to learn in balance with nature. Instead, a belief in the half-truths of scarcity and aggressive competition allows us to be exploited and manipulated. We let ourselves get screwed.

The solution goes beyond lip service to economic justice. We need to withdraw our agreement to be mere cogs in the mercantile machine. The solution is rooted in each of us having the global sense to do what we already know inside is right. We need to accept responsibility for our part in co-creating a world where we're treated as gullable consumers instead of smart creators. If we want to generate a society where prosperity is widely distributed, we need to change both our minds and our actions.

Thom Hartmann deeply understands the value of global thinking for personal and social transformation (which is why he wrote the foreword to my book, Global Sense). If we heed his warning and his wisdom in Screwed, we will let go of the blame game and begin taking incremental actions daily to make a real difference in the world. His book can inspire us to claim our power for creating the common prosperity we desire.


Settle for Excellence (Stop Chasing Perfection)
Settle for Excellence (Stop Chasing Perfection)
by Topher Morrison
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of fantasy and get real, March 1, 2007
Topher Morrison's new book, "Settle for Excellence (Stop Chasing Perfection)", is written for those of us with long-cherish dreams that we've never fulfilled. His core premise is that so long as we keep chasing after some illusive ideal of perfection before we take action, we'll never do anything. We need to put our focus on excellence, doing the best we can, and know that our actions will lead us to our goals one choice at a time. Applying his NLP and hypnosis training to help us alter our own subconscious drives and let go of perfectionism, Topher offers a practical approach to self-help that actually works.

Speaking as the author of a self-help book on how a global awareness empowers us to make a deep difference in the world, I'm writing from experience when I say that "Settle for Excellence" is a must-read for anyone who cares about their impact in the world. Reading his book makes global sense!


The Secret
The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret is becoming Common Knowledge, February 4, 2007
This review is from: The Secret (Hardcover)
The success of the "The Secret" video and book offers a classic example of effective viral marketing. The work has emerged into the mainstream through word-of-mouth the same way as "What the Beep" became a hot hit.

Why has "The Secret" been adopted and promoted by so many? The secret is the law of attraction. We attract into our lives what we see in our minds. We know this truth in our bones. It's encoded into our DNA. We know without being told that we we think, say and do creates our personal reality as well as our shared social reality.

Those who have studied ancient mystical philosophies or modern New Thought already know the secret law of attraction. The wise souls who have applied these principles to change their thinking have seen the effects in their daily lives. "The Secret" offers suggestions for making the inner changes that yield outer changes.

My main criticism is that both the video and the book suffer from too much repetition. The video could have been about 15 minutes shorter, and the book could be about 10-30 pages shorter. How many times do we need to hear different experts saying the same thing? (The DVD has a summary segment that reviews all the cores ideas.)

So, if you already know about the law of attraction, the book and video are a refresher course. If these ideas are brand new to you, "The Secret" will blow your mind, that is, it will blow away your mental blocks. The key, of course, is accepting responsibility for what we draw into our lives. This is where we need common global sense to guide our daily choices.


Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
by Sharon Begley
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change Yourself to Change the World, February 4, 2007
Sharon Begley does a worthy job of opening the mysteries of neurobiology to common understanding. She invites us to see more clearly how we think and feel, to look below the surface at how we "know" what we know. Rather than approach the subject as a concern of epistemology and philosophy, she uses hard science as the basis for her writing and reflecting.

For me, the implications of her book are deeply exciting. If understanding neuroscience can help each of us with our personal transformation, if we live in a society created through our own individual daily choices and actions, then the author offers us a path toward social transformation through self transformation (which is the premise of my own studies on the power of global thinking).

Sharon Begley's book is more important than teaching us how seratonin and endorphins affect our emotions. Her book helps us realize that what happens inside our skulls directly shapes what happens on our planet.


The Seat of the Soul
The Seat of the Soul
by Gary Zukav
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep insights from a Pioneer in Global Thinking, January 28, 2007
This review is from: The Seat of the Soul (Paperback)
Gary Zukav helped introduce modern readers to the ancient knowledge that we're all globally interconnected. He initially used quantum physics as his pathway into this discussion. In The Seat of the Soul, he positions himself squarely in the seat of a worthy guru. He repeats his main ideas too often in this text, for my tastes, but perhaps his message bears repeating in various ways throughout the book to makes sure diverse readers get the ideas in a form they can accept. I cite Zukav within my own book, Global Sense, because he's a truly luminary figure in the development of enlightened global consciousness. Therefore, I'd say that The Seat of the Soul is must reading for all those on the path of personal and spiritual development.
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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
by Barack Obama
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Audacious Power of Hope, January 28, 2007
The buzz surrounding Senator Barak Obama seems reminiscent of the combined excitement for John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. In this articulate manifesto, Obama shows he can do more than deliver fine speeches. He can deliver the goods intellectually and emotionally. From a philosophical, political and even literary perspective, Obama seems to be the real deal.

The most significant element of his book, in my view, is Obama's insistence that hope must have a pragmatic basis. His repetition of this theme seems a bit pedantic, at times, and his devotion to realism may frustrate the idealists who would have the world transformed in an instant. Obama makes it clear, however, that magical thinking will not feed the hungry, house the homeless, uplift the downtrodden, or bring peace to our war-ravaged world.

Obama's emphasis on grounded hope mirrors the practical idealism in my own book, Global Sense. Where I'm talking about how our natural global interactivity empowers each of us to change the world by changing our daily choices, Obama goes into specifics on those daily choices. He shows us where we can take concrete actions to produce concrete results.

For those who want a rescuer to save them, Obama echoes the sentiments of John Kennedy that here on earth, God's work must truly be our own. For those who want to idolize Obama and make him their savior, he says they need to find within the hope and faith to save themselves.

So, if you are willing to claim your individual power and do the daily work of personal and social transformation, Obama's book will inspire you to go out and do what you already know inside must be done. He's written a good book. Now it's our turn to prove that his trust in our courage is justified.


Capturing the Pagan Mind: Paul's Blueprint for Thinking and Living in the New Global Culture
Capturing the Pagan Mind: Paul's Blueprint for Thinking and Living in the New Global Culture
by Peter R. Jones
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Key Point in the Shift to a Global Culture, January 27, 2007
Peter Jones does a good job of expressing the traditional Christian perspective. Sadly, what he labels as a "pagan" drift in society tends to misrepresent the situation. He's using the term "pagan" as a perjorative for any viewpoint that's not Christian (as he defines Christianity). What's actually happening today is a growing worldwide re-awakening to the ancient knowledge that we are all interconnected on planet earth, that what each of us does in daily life affects every other life on the globe, to a degree, so we need to live accordingly. This shift is being brought about by global economic interdependence (globalization), global pandemics, global climate change, and other factors.

Granted, this is a modern form of the pre-Christian or perhaps Socratic worldview or understanding about the oneness of all life, which predates Aristotle classifying life into separate and isolated bits (so we think that what we do in private does not affect society or the earth). These classical Greek philosophers are notable since the apostle Paul primarily marketed Christianity to those whose minds and spirits were saturated by the Greek culture that pervaded the Roman world. Paul made a concerted effort to supplant Hellenistic thinking.

The good news is that a growing body of Christians today are returning to this ancient understanding, couching a global sensibility in terms of 'stewardship." If this is what it takes for more Christians to accept personal and social responsibility for their choices today, if this is what it takes for more Christians to oppose ecological destruction of God's creation instead of writing off the planet as the doomed province of Satan, then I'd say this shift is for the higher good.

One last point, Peter Jones falls into the common fallacy among Christians in thinking that America was founded as a Christian nation. This is not true. Yes, the early colonists in the 1600s did include Christian pilgrims fleeing religious persecuton in England and elsewhere in Western Europe; however, the patriots behind the revolution of 1776 (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Paine, etc.) were deists who believed that God and God's law is found in nature ("Nature's God" and "natural law"). They did not belive that God is found in any revealed text, and they had little use for organized religion beyond pragmatic politics. In fact, Washington (in the Treaty of Tripoly) declared that the United States of America "was not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." So, I invite Mr. Jones to use his surberb writing skills with more historical accuracy.
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On The Wealth of Nations (Books That Changed the World)
On The Wealth of Nations (Books That Changed the World)
by P. J. O'Rourke
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perpetuates Adam Smith Myths, January 27, 2007
A fine writer and a sharp wit, P.J. O'Rourke nevertheless seems to perpetuate here the central myths about the ideas of Adam Smith. As I discuss in Global Sense (my update of Thomas Paine's Common Sense, published three months before The Wealth of Nations), Adam Smith opposed monopolies, saw trades associations as conspiracies to raise prices, and distrusted governments as corrupt institutions created to protect the rich from the poor. He advocated a broad distribution of wealth through small manufacturing, agricultural and retail ventures. In reality, Adam Smith was what today we would call a "progressive." I'm convinced that if he was alive today, Adam Smith would earnestly reject the way "big business" capitalism is now malpracticed in his name.
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The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class
The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class
by David S. Kidder
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Path to Global Sense, January 26, 2007
Developing cultural literacy is critical for functioning effectively in our modern interconnected world. David Kidder offers an accessible path toward understanding the ideas and ideologies at the root of society today. Please pay close attention to what he says about Common Sense by Thomas Paine (which I update in my book, Global Sense). This is not recreational reading, however. You need to pause and think as you go along. An effort to put the elements into a broader intellectual context will yield lifelong rewards for you.


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