The Reagan Revolution and the Developing Countries (1980-1990) A Seminal Decade For Predicting The World Economic Future

Lawrence Feiner

iUniverse, 353 pages, (paperback) $23.94, 9781462061891
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Lawrence Feiner and Richard Melson, both former principals of the Cambridge Forecast Group, have written a sharp challenge to prevailing economic thought. The authors argue that despite the chaos that seems to have enveloped the world economy since the end of the Cold War (as typified in the writings of Francis Fukuyama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and […]

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Aussie Yarns

John McAulay

Xlibris, 307 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781462846122
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this collection of Australian-based tales, writer John McAulay takes the novel approach of following his short works of fiction with an explanation of their inspiration, and a poem on the same theme. Sometimes this three-prong approach results in added insight; other times, it can feel preachy and unnecessary. But as a whole, this is […]

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Triumph: In the Face of Struggles, Annoyances, Stalking, Schemes and Coverts Revealed

Merrinda Wright

Xlibris, 275 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781469133492
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Merrinda Wright was born into her own Cinderella story, a rejected child taken in by a resentful grandmother after her parents split. She was punished for being “like your black daddy” while most of the family was more “lightskinned.” Undaunted, Merrinda grew up in West Virginia as “a child with many dreams,” as she explains […]

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Where’s Miss Mary?

Liz Hamlin

Trafford, 258 pages, (paperback) $23, 9781412044868
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

After the death of her husband, lonely Ruth McBain takes in 6-year-old Lark as a foster child. Thus begins Liz Hamlin’s suspenseful fourth novel about greed, duplicity and murder.

The story is set in a remote neighborhood, where Ruth is continually baffled by Lark’s behavior. Lark’s social worker isn’t allowed to violate Lark’s privacy and […]

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Failure Masquerading as Success

Rudolph Cumberbatch

AuthorHouse, 375 pages, (paperback) $22.49, 9781438911809
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

When Barbados-born, Harvard-educated surgeon Rudolph Cumberbatch joined the Veteran Affairs as chief of surgery in 1985 after years of private practice, he fully expected to do all he could to honor his veteran patients and protect them from harm. At the VA hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he received high praise for the staff’s professionalism and […]

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Live Above the Clouds

Pamela Jean Garner

Xlibris, 56 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450025010
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Pamela J. Garner’s Live Above the Clouds is a collection of heart-felt poems of inspiration and devotion expressing her abiding faith in and connection with God. Her unadorned, even plainspoken language provides an effective setting for the all-but-inexpressible convictions she’s trying to put into words.

The ballad-like poem, “At Jesus’ Feet,” demonstrates Garner’s quiet, unobtrusive […]

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Poetic Stories from theYin and Yang of Life

Angellia Moore

Trafford, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781426967115
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Poetic Stories from the Yin and Yang of Life, Angellia Moore doesn’t shy away from including cues from her training as a sixth-grade teacher as she explores her creative side. Individually, the poems explore themes of perception, doubt, confidence, freedom and, as her title indicates, basic issues of balance. Collectively, they share a tone […]

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The Sea and the Hills: The Life of Hussain Najadi

Hussain Najadi

Xlibris, 285 pages, (paperback) $29.99, 9781469180939
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Observers of international finance and Middle Eastern intrigue will be fascinated by this timely self-portrait of the dynamic –-and controversial – Bahraini investment banker who, in the 1970s, began urging Arabs to divert their petrodollars into the emergent economic powerhouse of Asia. Founder of the Arab Malaysian Banking Group (current assets: $16 billion), Hussain Najadi […]

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Never Good Enough…UNTIL NOW

Sharon Gardiner

Xlibris, 229 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781469161204
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Never Good Enough… UNTIL NOW, by Sharon Gardiner, is a heart-wrenching story of the author’s arduous process toward liberation from her mostly harrowing past. While her history has sweet spots, her abusive childhood created decades of difficulty. Despite her many challenges, Gardiner became a caring nurse and then, perhaps surprisingly, a police officer. When the […]

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Intimate Expression

Dennis J. Dodt

Trafford, 72 pages, (paperback) $11.25, 9781466911918
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Both Oliver Twist and author Dennis J. Dodt share bleak upbringings in which few, if any, adults can be trusted. But unlike Dickens’ classic novel, Dodt’s Intimate Expression is a true story of poverty, abandonment, addiction, anger, and sexual abuse. The author eventually finds redemption through hard-won self-awareness and spiritual awakening, but readers will find […]

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