Search Results: "Alfie Kohn"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"A vital wake-up call to educators."
A philosophical, well-structured argument for viable progressive education from one of the movement's most prolific and well-regarded authors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Though Kohn's zeal for reform is undeniable, in this book he seems content to preach to the progressive choir rather than persuade others to adopt his cause."
Another blistering critique (after Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes, 1993) of traditional public schooling by a progressive who displays the same intellectual rigidity he abhors in others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking, semicontroversial scrutiny of modern parenting practices."
Kohn (Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling, 2011, etc.) attacks the status quo on child-rearing and parenting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 1993

"A clear, convincing demonstration of the shortcomings of pop-behaviorism, written with style, humor, and authority."
A compelling argument that the use of rewards is counterproductive in raising children, teaching students, and managing workers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEIR TO THE EMPIRE CITY by Edward P. Kohn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"An intriguing portrait of Roosevelt's ascendance to power that will leave readers wanting more of his life and work."
Kohn's (American History and Literature/Bilkent Univ.; Hot Time in Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt, 2010, etc.) latest study of Theodore Roosevelt focuses on the influence of his hometown, New York City, in shaping his political legacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CITY AFTER THE AUTOMOBILE by Moshe Safdie
NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 1997

"Architects should be dreamers, but we need more from them than castles in the air. (illustrations, not seen)"
Some contemporary urban realities are confronted head-on here, while others are ignored, making it difficult to decide whether Safdie's ideas are visionary or merely silly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An ideologically motivated farrago of unsupported assertions."
Working from a flimsy premise, two feminist scholars make a bizarre attempt to recreate the beliefs and rituals of Qumran. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GILDED CHAMBER by Rebecca Kohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2004

"A nice retelling that adds a great deal by way of color and perspective—even if not much depth—to a famous and greatly beloved tale."
A debut written in the voice of Esther, the Jewish heroine who became Queen of Persia and saved her people from destruction by the villainous Lord Haman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This is, nevertheless, a disturbing if tenuously hopeful look at how 'we' get along in the post—civil rights era."
A tale of black and white relations in one American county 30 years after the modern civil rights movement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WISDOM OF THE CROWS by Sherab Chödzin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A extremely worthy book. (Folklore. 7-10)"
A pleasingly produced, trenchant collection; Chîdzin and Kohn have selected tales of varying lengths, from ``Useless Work,'' a short, humorous Zen tale that puts a high nutritional bite into the well-worn suggestions to ``get over it,'' to the longer ``Goodheart and the Goddess of the Forest,'' a tale from Myanmar. Read full book review >