A short career guide that blends sound and questionable career coaching.


You Are Graduating Soon: What's After High School?


A complementary booklet to the author’s website for promoting online education.

Wright makes his debut as a print author with this slim volume that publicizes his website, www.EducateZap.com, as a source of “free and low cost online education.” The book presents a simple narrative about Nathan, someone who finished high school but didn’t keep up with changes in information technology that have transformed higher education and the workplace. The story concludes with Nathan learning the social media skills he needs to succeed in the “super fast” new economy. Wright uses Nathan’s story to illustrate the necessity of responding to technological advancements. The book directs tech-challenged readers to the author’s website to undergo the same educational transformation as Nathan. Although Wright’s book is attractively produced, with large, easy-to-read type, too often the writing is melodramatic; e.g., “In that sad and fearful moment, Nathan learned that deep down inside his heart and soul, he really needed to understand how to make serious Facebook/Twitter comments and posts.” Wright’s career coaching relies heavily on self-promotion by directing readers to his own Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. The book highlights one purpose of the author’s website, which is to create, as Wright  describes it on one of his webpages, an “online education community” focused on learning how to make movies the way it’s done in Hollywood. The book is on target when it advises readers to “Get Upgraded!” and “Get Updated!” by learning how to use social media to find job openings and enrolling in online courses to help land better-paying jobs, but its suggestion that readers begin their online educations by taking film classes developed by the author is less-sound.

A short career guide that blends sound and questionable career coaching.

Pub Date: Oct. 9, 2014

ISBN: 978-1502498618

Page Count: 42

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2015

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.


Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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