Book Review: Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London

History is always fascinated me. I love to look into other worlds and other times to see how people dealt with the day to day. Recently, Bernadette and I have started to watch Downton Abbey, a show about Victorian England and the different classes of people. So far, I have enjoyed watching how the aristocratic and servant classes work together in their society. It is interesting to see their struggles as well as the cooperation and support they provide each other. This series prompted me to learn more. I was fortunate to come across the book written by Elizabeth L Banks called Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London*.
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Book Review: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

How is it that one civilization advances to the point of putting a man on the moon and another civilization is still using stone tools? Jared Diamond has provided the answer in a most fascinating book called Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. In this book, Diamond took me through a multi-continent journey, where he explored various civilizations. He explained why some civilizations advanced and dominated other civilizations throughout the course of history.

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Book Review: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Over and over again, entrepreneurs interviewed on Entrepreneur on Fire have listed The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles* by Steven Pressfield as a best business book. In fact, as I write this blog post, it has appeared 31 times out of 1,755 interviews. I finally took a moment to sit down and read this book. On many levels, I can understand why it is been recommended. Read more

Book Review: Aha to All In: Life Lessons From an Unexpected Entrepreneur

Last week, I received a book and the author asked me to give it a review. This book focused on Jonathan Hagmaier’s journey into entrepreneurship, the development of his company, and the final sale of the company. Aha to All In: Life Lessons From an Unexpected Entrepreneur is the name of the book. All in all, I am not sure what I think of the book. There are many great lessons in the book; but, I was not comfortable with the first person narrative of the book. Read more

Book Review: Creating entrepreneurial universities:

As part of some committee work for the SUNY FACT2 Educational Transformation Task Group, I took on the task of reading and reporting on Creating Entrepreneurial Universities: Organizational Pathways of Transformation. Realizing that higher education is changing, the task group is looking for ideas and strategies to stay ahead of the change. Creating Entrepreneurial Universities provides many ideas that other universities and colleges could adopt to become more self-sustaining and less dependent upon government appropriations. Read more

Book Review: Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student

When I saw that Loren Mayshark had written another book, I knew that I had to read it. I personally like how he writes his books—he writes from his heart. You know he’s telling a personal story.

The title and cover immediately grabbed my attention. When I picked it up to read it, I could not put it down. I finished it in one sitting. This book is Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student. Since I work in higher education, the obstacles Mayshark faced fascinated me. I am confident his lessons will help me mitigate similar issues for students I come in contact with.

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