A well-researched, intelligent, and boldly alternative approach to health care reform.




A veteran physician provides a plan to revamp the country’s current state of medical care.

In Paguyo’s (Better Than ObamaCare, 2013) enterprising book, he considers American health care to be advanced and reliable, yet also “expensive, full of faults, wasteful” and “a total failure in providing healthcare for all Americans.” His complex proposal for change drills down to the core of the problems plaguing the system and offers an array of comprehensive solutions. These fixes, he asserts, should restore a sense of balance and accessibility to the country’s health care delivery system. The author maintains that the 2010 Affordable Care Act fails to properly address health care’s major issues and has made it “worse and more expensive.” He outlines (and endorses) a unique prototype with a list of guidelines and principles, such as program simplicity for the average consumer and a governmental medical “superfund” that would pool federal money for disbursement at the state level. The volume also clearly defines the functionality of each initiative as well as depicting how Paguyo’s health care plan would be funded from various government entities and who would oversee the official operation of its financial implementation and management. While it’s obvious the author has carefully analyzed his plan’s development, strategy, and delivery protocol, he is less effective in systematically describing how his revolutionary program would function within the current political and social environments and how his changes would be enacted. While Paguyo’s propositions are certainly daring and provocative, not all of them seem reasonable. His risky proposal for a state-by-state, two-stage bidding process becomes buried beneath an array of cumbersome requirements. In terms of comparative evaluations, the author cleverly presents an overview of already established national health care systems—such as those in Britain, Canada, France, Japan, and Switzerland—and how they’ve fared in effectiveness, durability, and popularity over time. Paguyo also contributes historical data on the vast evolution of U.S. medical care post-World War II. While the author’s ultimate vision is lucid and workable, his solutions become muddied when applied to the current state of health care: a lucrative, serpentine industry influenced by political and economic manipulation, congressional roadblocks, and lopsided patient care standards. Still, the author’s dogged efforts and passion are honorable and represent a physician who is truly motivated to improve how medical care is delivered in America.

A well-researched, intelligent, and boldly alternative approach to health care reform.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-64045-867-3

Page Count: 206

Publisher: LitFire Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2017

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.


A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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