Summaries of books I like! I'm sure they are copyrighted so don't sell the summaries. In fact, use them as advertisements and go buy the real things!!! Being long, some of these enticements to purchase are best read after printing them.
"The Movement to Americanize the Immigrant" by Edward Hartmann is the only full length book on the Americanization Movement.
"Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780 – 1860" covers what the title promises. It is by Carl F. Kaestle.
Frances Kellor is my new hero. Her harshest book, "Straight American" is summarized here.
Frances Kellor also wrote "The Federal Administration and the Alien: A supplement to Immigration and the Future."
The subtitle of "Let All of Them Take Heed": Mexican Americans and the Campaign for Educational Equality in Texas, 1910 - 1981", by San Miguel, Jr., describes the contents of this book well.
Edward DeBono has written a lot of books about thinking skills. This course syllabus I worked up can be considered his greatest hits. Much of it comes from "Lateral Thinking"
"The Americanization Syndrome: A Quest for Conformity" is by Robert Carlson. It is the history of Americanization type movements in American history.
"Within Our Reach" is a collection of essays. It defends the No Child Left Behind legislation. It is edited by John Chubb and is herein summarized with a lot of commentary by your's truly.
"Institutional Individualism: Conversation, Exile, and Nostalgia in Puritan New England" by Michael Kaufman profiles Hutchinson, Cotton and Williams ideologies.
"The Loyal and the Disloyal: Social Boundaries of Patriotism and Treason" is a 1956 classic by Morton Grodzins. Among other things, it argues that national loyalty is usually a passive byproduce of more local loyalties.
Ms. Fass' "Outside In: Minorities and the Transofmation of American Education" looks at the often neglected topic of women's education and the impact of Catholic schools on public education. It also has a great study of NY yearbooks circa 1900.
Professor Zimmerman's book, "Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools" breaks the culture wars down into its religious and historical components so we can better contemplate resolutions.
I agree with much of what I read in "Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse" by Mary Ann Glendon.
"Not by Genes Alone" shows that culture was a driving force, on par with genes, in creating the human.
Plato's "LAWS" is foundational. It is the basis of all political imagination. It shows no matter what the genetic influence or mode of transmission mind is free to guide in myriads of ways.
Judith Rich Harris' "The Nurture Assumption" presents a whole new way to look at cultural transmission and child psychology.
This 'point to point' highlight summary of Robert Putnam's amazing and important "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community" should inspire you to buy it!
Elie Kedourie's small, but excellent "Nationalism" is herein complimented with a lot of my own commentary in bold letters.
"Their Brothers' Keepers: Moral Stewardship in the United States, 1800-1865" tells the heroic struggle of temperance, abolitionist and Protestant culturists.
Mr. Robert Edgerton's "Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony" shows that early societies were not kind nor healthy. It is a stunning book.
Lester Frank Ward is a God!!! His 1893, "The Psychic Factors of Civilization" is scripture!! IF YOU WILL.
Lester Frank Ward's 1906 "Applied Sociology" shows that we haven't begun to tap the potential of mankind. We need to educate all! His analysis is again brilliant.
"The Myth of American Individualism" will change the way you look at early and modern American culture.
Though organized for teaching purposes, this is a good and thorough summary of a book that changed the way I and much of the world views global politics; Samuel Huntington's "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order."
The title of "Teaching with the Brain in Mind" by Eric Jensen, explains itself.
Edward de Bono's "Course on Thinking" is a must for all teachers.
"The Learning Gap" is chock full of insights from a comparison of Japan's education system and ours.
"The Armed Services and Adult Education" surveys the wide variety of adult education programs offered by the military during World War Two. It ends with 51 implications for civilian adult education.
"The Uneducated" is a 1950s classic. It is a focused analysis of the successes and national implications of the Army's World War Two literacy training program
The National Youth Administration by Palmer O. Johnson Staff Study number 13Prepared for the Advisory Committee on Education to the President was written in 1938
This Report of the National Advisory Committee of the NYA to the President is fromCharles W. Taussig. It was delivered on March 19th 1942
"Education in the Forming of American Society" is a beautifully concise, insightful summary of what it's title promises to explain.
"The New Deal" by Conkin is a really well written and fair analysis of FDR and his programs.
This book is about the excess of information screwing with our minds. It is called "Data Smog".
"The Lucifer Principle" describes how biology explains societies and cultures.
"The Global Brain" is Bloom's somewhat disappointing follow up to the previous book.
"War before Civilization" is a much needed rewrite to the myth of the peaceful Savage.
"A Green History of the World" predates Jared Diamond in explaining that it was really all bugs and environmental forces that made civilications.
Its a post-modern ditty entitled "How Entertainment Conquered Reality".
"Ideas Have Consequences" by Richard Weaver is a neo-con cornerstone manifesto.
"In Defense of Elitism" by William A. Henry III is another conservative cornerstone.
"Life The Movie" is a post-modern investigation.
"The Cellular Basis of Behavior" is a college neuroscience reader from Yale.
I present the highlights of "The Evolution of Culture in Animals" to further stimulate your bio-mind!
Lakoff and Johnson's books finally explain the root of thought."Metaphors We Live By" is a good one.
The End of Human Rights – Critical legal thought at the turn of the Century By Costas Douzinas defends it's title very well. It seems that humans rights are a dated concept.
Man and Technics is Oswald Spengler's (of decline and fall fame) attempt to map the evolution of man's consciousness.
"The Moral Animal" is reaaally good. It teaches evolutionary psychology via a biography of Darwin.
"The User Illusion" presents a great vision of what neurophilosophy tells us about us.
This summary of Lacan's role in modernity and post-modernity is summarized herein.
This is another summary of a summary. It summarizes Derrida's take on Fukuyama's "End of History".
This summary is a combination of "Structuralism for Beginners", "Post-structuralism for Beginners" AND "Introducing Semiotics"
"Out of Control" is by the editor of Wired magazine. It shows how emerging technology will reshape our world.
"Sociology and Scientism" is by Richard Bannister. It tels us how we have fetishized science and used it to pervert the way we do social sciences.
The title of "When things start to think" explains it all.
Kant's infamously hard to understand "critique of judgment".
Not to be out done, Kant also wrote the very turgent and important, "Groundwork for the metaphysics of morals".
But then we go back in time to that Kantrarian (ha ha), Aristotle. Aristotle found ethics to be in works. This work is called the "Nicomachean ethics".
"After Virtue" is a really important book. It takes Aristotle's side against Kant's.
The classic!!! "Varieties of Religious Experiences" by William James combines rational scientific pragmatism and heavy spirituality. It's a how to be spiritual book for athiests.
Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil" is another philosophy classic.
"Plotinus" presents a great summary of a summary of the Annead by Plotinus.
Kierkegaard's "The Present Age" is a how to be religious for the supposedly religious.
"The Foucault Reader" is a collection of essays by the famous archeologist of mental states.
"The Order of Things: The Birth of the Human Sciences" is a greeaaat book by Foucault.
"The Mind's I" is one of the coolest books ever written!! It is a collection of essays by philsophers talking about what makes our psyche.
"The Cerebral Code" by Calvin presents an interesting theory about way ideas are made in the brain. This is, a short summary.
Twitchell's "Shame" decries the death of shame. It documents the importance of shame to culture and how we lost it.
"Totemism" is a really important book because it starts structuralism.
"How Natives Think" lost an early academic battle to "Totemism". Now we think that all cultures are equal.
"The Myth of the Eternal Return", by Mircae Eliade, also tries to suss out the ontology of the primitive mind. It postulates that previously man repeated the past to escape history.
"Social Mindscapes" is a rebuttal to neuroscience. It reminds us of how much of our world is in our world.
"Beyond Culture" by Edward T. Hall is a great summary of the deep differences between cultures.
"A Critique of Pure Tolerance" has a punny title and three different authors who dislike tolerance.
"The Origins of American Social Science" is a classic deep overview. Dorothy Ross is the author.
"Civilization" was an amazing BBC series on the history of art. Sir Kenneth Clarke's transcript is summarized herein.
"The Puritan Family " by Edmund Morgan tells much of our civilization.
"The Chalice and the Blade" is a feminist history of the world that turns ours on it's head!
Copelston's "History of Philosophy" is a classic in the field of summaries. This summary of modern philsophies comes from the last volume of this Jesuit's survey.
"The Story of Psychology" is a history of psychology.
"Speech" by Alan Perlman tells you how to win in debate!