SMALL DECENCIES

REFLECTIONS AND MEDITATIONS ON BEING HUMAN AT WORK

Cowan, once a working priest, now a management guru, presents more than two score sermonettes advocating general probity in the world of mammon. Doffing his Roman collar to join the suits, the quondam cleric successively joined the Ordinance Division of Honeywell, a consulting firm, and then Control Data before finally becoming a self-employed ``facilitator'' and consultant on leadership, teamwork, and goodness in commerce. Rather than a punchy action program, Cowan offers easy philosophy, often wrapped in platitudes, rarely in attitudes. He is to fierce self-promotion what Barry Manilow is to M.C. Hammer, with a smooth, folksy style, digestible if not taken in one gulp. Unfortunately, the text is more about the author and his Deep Thoughts than an organized guide for the perplexed about their niche in the marketplace. ``Give me the tiller every time,'' he proclaims from the deck of his beloved boat. ``I want to steer.'' Too many of Cowan's little homilies are tied to his evident love of sailing. (The book jacket might well bear a warning to those prone to mal de mer.) The morality of these pieces is unimpeachable, naturally, and salted with the merest hint of malarkey. This is a self-helper that teaches unperturbed cooperation and ``nurturing'' as organizational skills. A small, well-written work, decent enough, that gives no real prescriptions: It's simply a sentimental get-well card for those suffering from corporate malaise.

Pub Date: July 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-88730-559-8

Page Count: 144

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 1992

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

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)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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