RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    This was such an interesting book! Catlyn Ladd was an exotic dancer for five years while studying for her masters degree, and here she offers fascinating insight into the industry from both a personal and an academic perspective. This is an intersectional, sex-positive book that acknowledges the grey areas - is exotic dancing empowering or demeaning? Can it be both? ~ Martha Adam, NetGalley

  • Dedicated to Destiny
    Angel Carlton
    I really think this could help me become the person that I know is inside me. I believe a system like this could really help me with the end result of building a great treasure that I can share with others. Going from mediocrity to excellence. ~ John Burzawa

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    I enjoyed following these stories, that spanned all the way from hilarious to heart breaking. ~ Kathrin Kendrik, NetGalley

  • Soccer Thinking for Management Success
    Peter Loge
    "Soccer is war" Rinus Michels, the famed Dutch soccer coach, once said. Peter Loge doesn't go that far, but offers a highly original take on what business can learn from the addictive stew of tactical genius, technical brilliance and raw emotions that make soccer the world's most beautiful game. ~ Friso van der Oord, Director of Research, National Association of Corporate Directors; author of Johan Cruyff, the American Years; aging soccer player

  • Soccer Thinking for Management Success
    Peter Loge
    I tell my management students the same thing I tell my soccer teams – communicate, support each other, and hold each other accountable. Peter captures these lessons and more in ways that show how thinking like a soccer player can help professionals succeed. ~ Matt Winkler, Director, Sports Analytics & Management, American University and Founder, The Sports Events Marketing Experience (The SEME), youth coach

  • Soccer Thinking for Management Success
    Peter Loge
    You don’t have to be a soccer fan to appreciate the lessons from ‘Soccer Thinking for Management Success.’ This is a fun and interesting read that anyone who manages, or who one day wants to manage, will find helpful. ~ Hon. Henry F. De Sio, Jr., 2008 COO of Obama for America and author of Campaign Inc.: How Leadership and Organization Propelled Barack Obama to the Wh

  • Soccer Thinking for Management Success
    Peter Loge
    Though it may not have been apparent at first, I quickly learned that many of the principles and skills I learned on the soccer field and in the locker room directly applied to my new life in an office, handling and managing some of the brightest people I've ever met. Peter's book seamlessly brings both worlds together and shows just how similar they can be. ~ Danny Karbassiyoon, Co-Founder , PLAYRMAKR and Total Soccer: Road to Glory, author of The Arsenal Yankee, first American to score at Arsenal

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    A thoroughly enjoyable book, the author is a college student putting herself through university grad school by stripping. She has a healthy self-esteem, is very clearheaded and is no one’s victim in any sense of the word. Indeed she is an intellectual and a feminist so spends part of the book discussing the industry by way of research and academic theory. That is not to say, the book is boring. Indeed, I found it quite fascinating. Well-written and very interesting. ~ Janice Bell, NetGalley

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    From the title I wasn't to sure I had a feeling that this book was going to be a bit preachy however I was pleasently surprised. The book is all about a woman who tells us about her life as a stripper. She talks about the good having lots of money to do what she wants but she also talks about the bad, not having a say in what is happening, fighting with the other girls. I really liked her as a main character, while I couldn't relate to her situation personally it had a lot of relate ability and I could see how a lot of people could relate to it. The kinds of people she met were interesting and they weren't all the same some were creepy and slimy while others just wanted someone to get in and get out. The writer tells about everything that happened and all of the different people she met along the way in her short run as a stripper from college, to quitting five years later. She talked about her clients and how some were decent well rounded men not all creepers, even though there were a few of those as well. I found some of the stories interesting and its crazy to believe that would happen. I enjoyed the story and I liked all the little anecdotes. Really good book. Really funny read and I'm glad I got the chance to read this. ~ Hayley D , NetGalley

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    The writer tells us about her career as an exotic dancer, from when she started as a junior in college to her retirement 5 years later. She tells us about all the people she met along the way: other dancers, customers, bouncers and other staff in the clubs. She also gives us some insight into her personal life when relevant.

    I was surprised by many of the accounts of the customers, some of whom would become her regulars. I was expecting unsavoury sleazes, and there are a couple, but they are very much in the minority. Most of the men she describes are well turned out, respectful and intelligent. Some are lonely and mistake the business relationship with a dancer as a true friendship, many fall in love and have to be let down gently. Some men are single, some not and some like to bring their wives with them, who enjoy the experience just as much as they do.

    I found it very easy to get engrossed in this book and found it to be a real (virtual) page turner. It was a really enjoyable read. ~ Pixie P, NetGalley

  • Modern Machiavelli
    Troy Bruner
    Philip Eager
    We review a lot of books and most of them, we find eager recipient's for. However, this one will be placed on a book shelf, to refer to. It's just that good.

    Modern MachiavelliWhat amazes us most is that we have been reading books of a similar subject for a long time now. We couldn't fathom that there would be something new to learn, until we came upon it. There are ways of dealing with, "Takers," narcissists and psychopaths. There are ways to remain ethical and to maintain integrity while doing what we need to do.

    This is an excellent reference piece.
    ~ Ginae Reviews

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    A good read, an interesting study of how one woman sees how feminism and stripping can coincide with each other. ~ Jade Hughes, From The Inside www.jadeannahughes.com

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    How Catlyn delivers this book is brilliant. Her voice is distinctive and makes this book, even in uncomfortable situations, such an easy and incredible read from the start.. How she talks about the people she works with and meets, challenges what you anticipate might be the situation and challenges the stereotypes that are perpetuated by media on who these women are and the men who visit them.

    The frankness of the writing and the delivery of this book is incredible and it makes me want to read so much more of her work, Ladd’s way with words shines in this short but honest book.

    ~ Victoria Casswell, Books, Lots Of Books, Plenty Of Books, Books Everywhere!

  • Future Consciousness
    Thomas Lombardo
    I would recommend Future Consciousness be included in university and college Futures Studies curricula. Full review here: https://www.academia.edu/36061139/Book_Review_Future_Consciousness?auto=download&campaign=weekly_digest ~ Alireza Hejazi, a member of APF. He is the CEO and founder of A. Hejazi & Associates, which works with higher education institutes.

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    This book was honest and unapologetic. The author has given a different perspective to consider and it was a very enjoyable read. The book did not go down the path I expected and I enjoyed it much more because of that.
    ~ Lisa k, NetGalley

  • Strip
    Catlyn Ladd
    Strip provides readers with a fascinating insight into the mind of an exotic dancer from a performer turned academic and through its depiction, the story realises strong feminist and liberal ideologies. Highly recommended!

    From the outset, I found the author’s insight into her experiences very surprising. I expected sleazy men and drunk bachelors and what we find within the pages of this book are the complete opposite. In some cases, we’re introduced to intelligent men seeking the company of equally intelligent women and lonely men trying to find their way in life and turning to the dancers as a form of therapy. Each chapter introduces readers to a new patron and you start to see the types of men who frequent these clubs. I found the way the author broke her story down enlightening as each chapter challenged my perceptions and expectations.

    The dancers we meet were a mixed bag of personalities and each evidently performed for different reasons. There is clearly a calling to be looked upon as an idol and this in some cases leads to a desperate search to find create the perfect body. With rich patrons willingly offering up cash for these girls to further improve their looks, you can’t help but wonder if these men are feeding off the dancers’ insecurities by funding their desires or if the women have the upper hand and use the men for their own purposes.

    Despite the competitive nature of this job, the women clearly share a bond. Referred to a “fresh meat” when starting out, most women would start waving the feminist flag aloft at the perceived slight to their gender and yet these dancers took the term in their stride. It is clear from the outset that these women either simply discount the opinions of men or are happy to simply play their part as a means to an end, as was clearly the case with the author who simply danced for enjoyment and to fund her academic studies never questioning her looks or actions.

    At the end of the book, the author sets out a series of questions designed to further challenge our opinions on the empowerment of women, gender equality and class economics. Although written in part as a biography, this story also delves into current research on exotic dancing and the author uses critical commentary in order to challenge the preconceptions of readers by presenting the facts in a way to allow readers to form their own opinions. ~ Angela Craney , GoodReads

  • Future Consciousness
    Thomas Lombardo
    This sweeping magnum opus – subtitled ‘the path to purposeful evolution’ - integrates findings across science, technology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, ecology and futures studies to present an inspiring vision of the future based on individual embodiment of character virtues, principally wisdom.......This book is an extraordinary achievement in its scope and vision, and in integrating a creative and evolutionary view of the future with the development of character virtues, especially wisdom. As such, it deserves the widest readership.

    Full review in Issue 125 2017/3, pg. 53 ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Future Consciousness
    Thomas Lombardo
    The book portrays higher level thinking and how one should attempt going beyond mind and thoughts and more towards action through asking the right questions and viewing ourselves and our desires and needs more clearly. How to get what we need from life is what this book entails beautifully!

    Some want a jolt. Awakening can happen and this is a step on that journey. Mea ingful with the most central purpose we all came here for answered and we need a higher rating than 5 ✨ for this work of art! ~ Trully Sunee, NetGalley

  • Master Communicator's Handbook, The
    Teresa Erickson
    Tim Ward
    Widely endorsed by senior industry and NGO clients with whom they have worked, this book delivers its title with a great deal of practical advice and valuable illustration. We are all capable of becoming better communicators, and this book shows you how. The six sections deal with communicating ideas, communicating with authority, answering questions, creating connection, changing minds and leadership communications. A particular focus is people who want to change the world, which is addressed specifically in the last section, partly with a triangle featuring dissatisfaction, urgency and hope in order to create motivation to change. They think that messages should be concise, concrete, connected and catchy, and show how best to structure presentations and use body language to good effect. Sometimes, as they show in a chapter on micro-messages, body language contradicts the message but it contains the essence of the communication. In terms of persuasion, it is important to understand the nature of frames as mental structures and how best to modify these. Essential reading for those who want to communicate, influence and inspire. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Journey to Inner Power, The
    Shai Tubali
    Subtitled ‘self-liberation through power psychology’ and written from a p s y c h o t h e r a p e u t i c background, this impressive book updates and extends the psychology of Friedrich Nietzsche based on the will to power as the fundamental driver of the human psyche. Nietzsche maintains that anything living is an incarnate will to power: ‘it will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant - not from any morality or immorality but because it is living and because life simply is will to power.’ This is an expression of the instrumental or even exploitative attitude and a question that has engaged thinkers down the ages. Albert Schweitzer resolved it through his philosophy of reverence for life, whereby life devotes itself to life, while Arnold Toynbee found that spiritual love was the only force capable of overcoming the self-centredness inherent in being alive. The three parts of this book explain the nature of the will to power, power psychology and inner transformations. Readers will bring their own life experience of relative power and powerlessness to the reading of the book, which will fundamentally influence how it is interpreted. Proponents of the theory will claim that those who refuse its truth are emotionally resistant and self-deceiving. This may be partly true, and it is certainly the case that the psychology of power explains many fundamental aspects of life, but not the whole of it - or does it? This is the key question raised and pursued in this book. The will is central to human life and the personality is in a sense a compromise between personal will to power and culture. In a spiritual sense, the will to power must be harnessed for the sake of self-growth. However, before that there are many phases to go through, which are clearly set out and explained: the primal narrative, replacement, compensation, vengeance and concealment - much of this is, of course, unconscious, but the patterns are clear in the examples given from the author’s psychotherapeutic practice. Will to power is fundamental in the political arena, but it is frequently disguised by the narrative of the victim and the perception that a country is endangered by an enemy; all this creates a smokescreen ‘that makes it possible for them to continue with their violent acts.’ One can see the truth of this historically but also in the contemporary scene. Tubali understands trauma and aggression as two sides of the same coin, with one representing powerlessness and the other and book reviews www.scimednet.org Network Review Spring 2015 51 imposition of power; again, the history of violence and sexual abuse demonstrates this dynamic. Despite all this, the author maintains that we can achieve inner power and explains the various processes involved. At the end of the book, he arrives at the point where the expansion of consciousness is the ultimate transformation that also fulfils the greatest yearning of the will to power in a corresponding feeling of empowerment. Instead of projecting one’s power outwards, one focuses on becoming an internal ruler of reality and one has in a sense overcome oneself, which is what Nietzsche was ultimately talking about. The book is a challenging but illuminating read. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

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