by Margaret Mead ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 3, 1951
Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Mead, this study accomplished through the and Corporation, a private research organization, is an enlightening and spellbinding sport on our bewildering Communist antagonists. With the threefold aim of systematic interpretation of existing information, correcting the erroneous tendency of Americans view Soviet behavior as if it were American, and to lay the basis for future research; he report discusses the peculiar Soviet invention of the Party Line, the Soviet concept of leadership, of personality, the integrity of Soviet leadership, authority relationships at different levels and the organization of the Party which in one aspect is to include each individual in the state, and yet in another acts as a check for the possibility that the masses may be led astray. In concluding, the study mentions two possible sources of weakness within the system — an increase in armaments may mean (1) the owing generation may not be able to carry on the development of Soviet society, (2) rule by the political police may produce friction. A strength foreseen is a rise in the standard of living with resultant stabilization of the society. The eye-opener in his study, in the analysis of the curiously "Puritan" ideal of Soviet personality, with to emphasis on rigid self-discipline, self-analysis and single-minded devotion to a which may encompass any amount of what, to us, are contradations in the attainment. an understanding of Soviet logic and lack of it in foreign relationships, in domestic urges and fabrications, this is essential reading for every American. The study is used on direct sources from Soviet publications, movies, novels, speeches of Lenin and and interviews with Russian refugees and emigres. In straight-forward style and object this may well reach into the popular market and critical attention is assured. forget the surprise success of her Keep Your Powder Dry.
Pub Date: Oct. 3, 1951
Page Count: 148
Review Posted Online: May 21, 2012
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1951
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by Paul Kalanithi ‧ RELEASE DATE: Jan. 19, 2016
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular...
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A neurosurgeon with a passion for literature tragically finds his perfect subject after his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer.
Writing isn’t brain surgery, but it’s rare when someone adept at the latter is also so accomplished at the former. Searching for meaning and purpose in his life, Kalanithi pursued a doctorate in literature and had felt certain that he wouldn’t enter the field of medicine, in which his father and other members of his family excelled. “But I couldn’t let go of the question,” he writes, after realizing that his goals “didn’t quite fit in an English department.” “Where did biology, morality, literature and philosophy intersect?” So he decided to set aside his doctoral dissertation and belatedly prepare for medical school, which “would allow me a chance to find answers that are not in books, to find a different sort of sublime, to forge relationships with the suffering, and to keep following the question of what makes human life meaningful, even in the face of death and decay.” The author’s empathy undoubtedly made him an exceptional doctor, and the precision of his prose—as well as the moral purpose underscoring it—suggests that he could have written a good book on any subject he chose. Part of what makes this book so essential is the fact that it was written under a death sentence following the diagnosis that upended his life, just as he was preparing to end his residency and attract offers at the top of his profession. Kalanithi learned he might have 10 years to live or perhaps five. Should he return to neurosurgery (he could and did), or should he write (he also did)? Should he and his wife have a baby? They did, eight months before he died, which was less than two years after the original diagnosis. “The fact of death is unsettling,” he understates. “Yet there is no other way to live.”A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity.
Pub Date: Jan. 19, 2016
Page Count: 248
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2015
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2015
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Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.
“Quality of life means more than just consumption”: Two MIT economists urge that a smarter, more politically aware economics be brought to bear on social issues.
It’s no secret, write Banerjee and Duflo (co-authors: Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way To Fight Global Poverty, 2011), that “we seem to have fallen on hard times.” Immigration, trade, inequality, and taxation problems present themselves daily, and they seem to be intractable. Economics can be put to use in figuring out these big-issue questions. Data can be adduced, for example, to answer the question of whether immigration tends to suppress wages. The answer: “There is no evidence low-skilled migration to rich countries drives wage and employment down for the natives.” In fact, it opens up opportunities for those natives by freeing them to look for better work. The problem becomes thornier when it comes to the matter of free trade; as the authors observe, “left-behind people live in left-behind places,” which explains why regional poverty descended on Appalachia when so many manufacturing jobs left for China in the age of globalism, leaving behind not just left-behind people but also people ripe for exploitation by nationalist politicians. The authors add, interestingly, that the same thing occurred in parts of Germany, Spain, and Norway that fell victim to the “China shock.” In what they call a “slightly technical aside,” they build a case for addressing trade issues not with trade wars but with consumption taxes: “It makes no sense to ask agricultural workers to lose their jobs just so steelworkers can keep theirs, which is what tariffs accomplish.” Policymakers might want to consider such counsel, especially when it is coupled with the observation that free trade benefits workers in poor countries but punishes workers in rich ones.Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.
Pub Date: Nov. 12, 2019
Page Count: 432
Review Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2019
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2019
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