``The advantages of deliberate death are too appealing to simply go away,'' asserts demographer Logue in this examination of the social forces that are driving us toward ``death control,'' especially for the old and frail. Logue draws frequent parallels between death control— defined here as deliberate behavior that hastens death for a person suffering from an incurable condition, including the degenerative symptoms of old age—and birth control. Controlling reproduction, once a taboo topic and a criminal act, is now common practice, and Logue sees the same development occurring in the control of death as public acceptance of the idea, perception of its advantages, and the means of achievement come together. She considers the possible alternatives to death control, such as better care for the frail elderly, and concludes that improving care may actually lead to an increase in deliberate deaths as care-givers come to see that caring is consistent with letting- go, even with helping to let go. Logue acknowledges that death control has risks as well as advantages and that these risks are not spread evenly: gender, race, and class come into play. She's confident, however, that the risks can be minimized with proper legislation, and that just as we have done away with back-alley abortions, so can we do away with ``back-alley euthanasia.'' Opponents of death control will argue that the risks are inadequately explored here, but if Logue's goal is to document the growing acceptance of death control and to stimulate debate on the issue, she succeeds. A well-researched, clear presentation of a tough topic. (For an opposing view, see Rita Marker's Deadly Compassion, reviewed below.)
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)