Search Results: "Sissela Bok"


BOOK REVIEW

ALVA MYRDAL by Sissela Bok
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1991

"This probing and forgiving book carries on the explanation, exploring those ironic connections and disconnections between the public and private lives that Alva, in searching for herself, could not see."
Internationally acclaimed for her contribution to world peace, Alva Myrdal's personal life (1902-1986) was a series of battles—against her rural Swedish parents, her husband, her children, her reputation, and in her personal quest to find out ``How do I become myself?'' Such ironies abound in this tactful and poignant memoir by her daughter (Philosophy/Brandeis; A Strategy for Peace, 1989, etc.). ``Serving'' her demanding, egocentric, and volatile husband, Gunnar (her ``consort battleship,'' as she called him), who won the Nobel prize in Economics, Alva often left their three children for long periods of time with various surrogates, damaging them but mostly damaging her relationship with them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 2, 1989

Harvard professor Bok (Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation, 1983; etc.) attempts to propose a practical and nonutopian framework for lasting peace in the world—and, as in her previous work, manages to convey complex philosophical distinctions in highly accessible language. Read full book review >

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MAYHEM by Sissela Bok
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A deep disquisition on a distressingly fraught issue. (Author tour)"
Like her eloquent moral explorations Lying (1978) and Secrets (1983), Bok's latest ethical treatise addresses the dangers of media violence and the temptations of censorship. Read full book review >

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BOK! BOK! BOOM! by Cyndi Marko
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans will be glad Kung Pow has at least two more adventures on the way. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 5-7)"
Fowladelphia is under attack by Dr. Screech. Can Kung Pow Chicken save the day? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"Detached analysis that sheds more heat than light on an issue of critical importance."
A disappointingly superficial and inconclusive critique of US pay practices. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH GOVERNMENT by Derek Bok
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Bok raises many thoughtful questions in this timely extended civics lesson, even if his solutions are sometimes half-baked."
An academic's notes, alternately gloomy and optimistic, on a troubled republic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Is it better to scream or go to sleep in the face of pathological moderation?"
Incredibly, Bok, who is president emeritus of Harvard University, manages to come off here as a Milquetoast, even though he is addressing controversial questions and providing intelligent commentary. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Halting, traumatized account of cruelty and suffering."
A harrowing memoir in the gothic, almost surreal setting of what some Africans do to other Africans. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE BREAKOUT by Helen Thomas
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Bok's dynamic, detail-crammed illustrations will prove great fun for kids and a treat for adults alike, as they are done in the wry, witty style of his political cartoons. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sam feels pretty sorry for himself. Read full book review >