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A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag
Published in School & Library Binding by Scholastic (1987)
Author: Gordon Korman
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Brings a smile just hearing the title
like the previous reviewers this is possibly the funniest book I've ever read. I'm a screenwriter who briefly taught junior high English and recommended it to any student who would listen. It's a crime that it's out of print. At one point I contacted Korman about optioning it to adapt as a feature and his attorney said he was already doing that. That was five years ago. I hope he gets it made some day. It's a bona fide classic.

That's right, give Jardine a book that's out of print!
My friend introduced me to this book many years ago. We read it out loud to each other and I have read it out loud to several people since (family, roommates....) Korman is great for zany characters but Jardine is his best. I actually found a Raymond Jardine in the phone book here in St. John's, Newfoundland, and had the strongest urge to give him a call, but I restrained myself! Korman at his very best. Love the poems. I have my own paperback copy but would love to get a hardback. Bring this one back!

One of the Greatest
This book is one of the greatest. Gordon Korman is, in my opinion, the best fiction author of the 20th and 21st centuries. I LOVE his books, and wish all the great old ones were back in print. I highly recommend his books to all the readers I meet. Thankfully, among my siblings and I, we have several of the old books, but I wish they were all more readily available, as we don't have some of our favorites. I don't think words can adequately express how beloved these books are; they are a delightful read. The person who decided they should go out of print must be insane or have no taste. If I were a school administrator, I would have all the children read these books, especially this one. They are a shining star among the trash that is out there today for young people.

Machu Picchu: A Civil Engineering Marvel
Published in Paperback by American Society of Civil Engineers (2000)
Authors: Kenneth R. Wright, Alfredo Valencia Zegarra, Ruth M. Wright, and Gordon McEwan
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Not Just for Engineers
I expected a civil engineering perspective on one of my favorite subjects, Machu Picchu, to be at least a little dry. Machu Picchu; A Civil Engineering Marvel is anything but. The book melds technical information on a compelling topic with observations, insights and scads of breathtaking photographs. The result is a technically substantial engineering survey presented as a coffee-table book. I have read a lot of materials on Machu Picchu, yet I can't remember the last time I encountered so much new information in one place. The book explores such engineering facets of Machu Picchu as planning, hydrology, hydraulics, drainage, agriculture and construction, and demonstrates why these things are significant and interesting. Machu Picchu; A Civil Engineering Marvel breathes extra life into this basic information by providing context, analysis, archaeological perspective and even a walking guide for touring the site.

Machu Picchu; A Civil Engineering Marvel has application, understandability and appeal for such diverse individuals as anthropologists, archaeologists, travelers, scenery-lovers and historians, as well as engineers. Machu Picchu buffs like myself will certainly enjoy the book's refreshing, new angle.

A Primer for Discovering the Wonders of Machu Picchu
A major contribution, this book is a treasure of up-to-date archaeological documentation plus analysis and interpretation of the architecture and engineering of the legendary Inca site. As scholar and frequent academic study-tour leader to Machu Picchu, I can attest to the accuracy of the authors' observations presented in a lucid text and complemented by a wealth of excellent black-and-white photographs, detailed site plans and architectural drawings. In an unusual collaborative effort, American engineer Kenneth R. Wright and Peruvian archaeologist Alfredo Valencia Zegarra join their expertise to describe with painstaking care the multiple challenges that were faced by the Inca builders including geography, site selection, engineering infrastructure, city planning, water system, drainage, agriculture, stonework, and construction methods. In addition, Gordon McEwan contributes an essential chapter on the cultural backgrounf of the Inca civilization; and Ruth M. Wright's "Walking Tour" chapter provides a concise, clear guide for exploring the main site as well as other attractions nearby. Destined to become a classic and model study for other Inca sites, this is an invaluable resource for experts in the field and general public alike.

Machu Picchu - A Civil Engineering Marvel
Abandoned for centuries and overgrown by dense subtropical forest, this awesome city in the sky has been the subject of speculation and conjecture since Hiram Bingham first disclosed it in 1911. Now, for the first time, the wonders of Machu Picchus' construction and water supply are revealed in a new book by Kenneth R. Wright and Alfredo Valencia Zegarra. Anyone who has read Bingham's Lost City of the Incas, or who has visited this ancient city of the Incas or who yearns to journey there, should read this new and searching volume that delves into and solves many of the mysteries of Machu Picchu. Why was it built, how the site was selected, and what were the critical criterial criteria that were met to make the ridge top site suitable for an alternate home for the Inca Pachacuti? Machu Picchu served as a residence, a fortress and a holy place. The developement of a water supply, the construction of terraces for agriculture and the remarkable and enduring granite structures were well concealed by its unique location. Near vertical cliffs, the roaring Urubamba river all contributed to the concealment of Machu Picchu from the Spanish invaders How an ancient people, without the written word, without instruments and steel tools so capably built and prospered there for more than a century is now revealed in this landmark book that will increase both the awe and respect of the reader for the Inca people.

The Physician
Published in Paperback by Fawcett Books (1991)
Author: Noah Gordon
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Wonderful Medical and Medieval Lore
Just after the last turn of the millenium, a young boy is orphaned in London. Raised by a travelling barber-surgeon, Rob J. decides to be a great physician. Problem: the best medical school is located in Persia. Problem: they don't much like Catholics in Persia. Solution: Rob J. masquerades as a Jew in order to attend the school. Through the seven or eight years he spends in Persia, Rob J. falls in love, gets married, has kids, gets some really great friends, meets up with the Shah, nearly gets killed, and discovers appendicitis. This book isn't gory despite its medical scenes, and is actually a really interested read if you like reading about long-time-agos or medical lore. Though most things I've read that have taken place that long ago are really difficult to read, this one wasn't.

An excellent, exciting book about life in the middle ages
This engrossing book traces the life of 11th century Englishman, Robert Cole. Cole begins as a normal child, is quickly orphaned, and is then apprenticed to a barber-surgeon. As he travels throughout England with his master, the reader is introduced to all aspects of English peasant life. Family life, morality, religion, sexuality, medicine, xenophobia and history are all presented in an interesting, subtle, and easily read writing style. When Cole grows up and decides to be a physician, he comes in contact with Jewish doctors who explain to him that the best universities are in Moslem-ruled Persia, where no Christian may go. Determined to learn, Cole overcomes this obstacle by pretending to be a Jew. As he travels and studies in Persia, the same questions of lifestyle are addressed, only this time within the Jewish and Moslem communities. This is a great read for anyone who likes adventurous stories about growing up, or who is interested in sociology, religion, medicine, or history.

What a book... so sad it ended
You know those books that you get really sad once you get to the end? This is one of those. Noah Gordon will take you to London's century 11, to the life of Robert J. Cole, a boy who was made an orphan at the age of 9. Barber, a surgeon-barber, very common on those days as a alternative of doctor to poor people, taught him the art of malabarism, food, women and of course the simplest form of cure, traveling all around England.
Rob, not satisfied with the poor knowledge that he had on curing people and eager to learn more, decides to travel to the Orient to study on one of the best medicine schools in that time.
The book is a mixture of love, happiness, sadness, adventure, fiction, history, religion... I just couldn't stop reading!

I Want to Go Home
Published in Paperback by Scholastic (1989)
Author: Gordon Korman
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Best Childrens Book EVER!!!
I first came across this book in the 6th grade, when my teacher read it to our class.. It kept our attention, it moved along swiftly and was the funniest book ever. I remembered it years later and when i had the chance to come across it in used book stores I bought it, to this day (I'm almost 27 right now!) I still find it one of the best books i've ever gotten to read. I just finished reading it again for the zillionth time and i don't mind admitting i loved it even more. I realize people think it's silly for an adult to read such a book but i have to tell you that the story of Rudy Miller and Mike Webster (and who could forget Harold Greene?) at camp tickles my funny bone even now.

If you get the chance, don't let this one pass you by.

A classic gem! Wildly imaginative, addictively hilarious!
I don't know ANYONE who's ever heard of this book, and such a pity for them! Somehow a copy of this book found its way to me in the mid-80's. I then proceeded to read and reread the thing into tatters. No matter how many times I read it, I'd always go into fits of loud, knee-slapping guffaws! Rudy "Miller! " Chip, Harold Greene and Old Elias are some of the funniest characters ever to inhabit such a novel.Now, about 13 yrs. later, I would give anything to read this again. Seldom have I ever had so much fun reading a book! And that is saying A LOT! Classic!

A laugh for all ages!
I've been reading, re-reading, and giving away Gordon Korman's hilarious books for fifteen years. I read them aloud to my 65-year-old mother and she laughs out loud. My young nieces and nephew, living in a small American base in South America, report that when the news gets around that a new Gordon Korman book has arrived from the States, it is immediately "borrowed" and makes the rounds, returning sometimes months later. I've had to buy second and third copies of some titles for myself because the ones I lent out mysteriously "disappeared." They're all entertaining, but "I Want to Go Home" is the hands-down, all-time favorite. Everyone can identify with Rudy, the kid who through no fault of his own is "guided" to summer camp. We've all been forced to play games which did not interest us and show group spirit for a group we didn't want to be part of. We've resented being told what to do and "wanted to go home"...only to realize, often, that if we did go home there would be nothing to do there. We've known shrewd people like Pierre who treat kids with respect and get respect in return, boneheads like Chip who try to throw their weight around and get nothing but resistance, and people who are far out of the loop entirely, like vague, pompous, pathetic Mr. Warden. In the end, everyone gets what he deserves, and the situations Rudy and his friends create for themselves are very, very funny. I hope this book is reprinted soon; in the meantime, if you're lucky enough to find a copy, read it and laugh, read it again and laugh again, and hang on to it!

The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern May 7-12, 1864
Published in Hardcover by Louisiana State University Press (1997)
Author: Gordon C. Rhea
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Best Civil War battler history yet written.
Gordon Rhea's book on the vicious fighting collectively know as the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House will endure as the "prime" example for all future writers of battle histories. His narrative of the action is riveting, bringing vividly to life the violence of Civil War combat. Never have I read such descriptions of the physical exertions and emotional impact of men trying to kill each other. Rhea has subtly mixed in at just the right moments examples of humour and levity that balance the combat scenes. He also illustrates very well how the lack of communication between Grant and his minions created the proverbial "fog of war" that allowed the Army of Northern Virginia to stave of disaster and maybe ending the war right there. His research appears to have been exhausting and the effort shows. The book reads like a thriller and I could not put it down. I thought I knew the battle pretty well but picked-up new data on virtually every page. This book should garner numerous awards and be a part of every Civil War and military history buff's library.

The Best Civil War Book of 1997
With the year only four-and-a-half months young, it would still be a safe bet to put your money on Gordon C. Rhea's "The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern-May 7-12, 1864" for "Best Civil War Book of 1997". Rhea, who gave us his "Battle of the Wilderness" in 1994, has only improved upon that award-winning volume with his latest effort. "The Battles for Spotsylvania" covers the vicious and nearly-disastrous engagement between Grant and Lee during the middle weeks of May, 1864. Here, near this sleepy little village southwest of Fredericksburg, Grant's bluecoats met Lee's butternuts in a mortal maelstrom of some of the most bloody fighting the Old Dominion had yet seen. Long neglected by Civil War writers, this pivotal and oft-confusing series of continuous combats was brought to the modern Civil War buff's attention by William Matter's fine "If It Takes All Summer" in 1988. Rhea, however, takes the torch from here and weaves a masterful narrative, both highly-detailed and smooth flowing at once, to give us, perhaps, the best coverage of this engagement we shall ever have. How so, one might ask? First, Rhea adds to the records and histories, a plethora of unpublished accounts from diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers, and the like to give this book the comprehensive personal side of battle. Yet, the strategic and tactical concerns of the fighting do not suffer at all. To be sure, the author, once again, has found that special touch in blending the larger and smaller "pictures" into one without detracting from either. Nearly every imaginable aspect of the battle is covered in deft fashion, always maintaining the easy-reading flow in the text. Especially inviting to buffs and important to historians is Rhea's coverage of the concurrent cavalry operations between Phil Sheridan and JEB Stuart, including a riveting account of "Little Phil's" Richmond Raid and Stuart's subsequent death at Yellow Tavern. From the initial fighting at Laurel Hill, through Upton's heroic charge and the battering assaults against the "Bloody Angle", the reader will find and feel that they are seemingly in the midst of the battle itself. I just got my copy and read it in two days--you will find this one very hard to put down! Theodore C. Mahr Dayton, Ohio ------------------------------------------------ Former Seasonal Historian Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania Natl. Military Park Author: "The Battle of Cedar Creek: Showdown in the Shenandoah, October 1-30, 1864"[1992]

The most horrible Civil War battle brought alive
I have previously written that Rhea's "Battle of the Wilderness" was the greatest battle history I have ever read. I need to correct myself. "The Battles for Spotsylvania Courthouse" has surpassed Rhea's previous work. This horrible battle of wills between Grant and Lee is brought alive by Rhea's wonderful prose. He has a very rare talent of being an outstanding writer and an exhaustive researcher. The combination provides for the most exciting exciting reading in history.

The book begins where "Wilderness" left off. Grant and Lee are staring at eachother from behind strong entrenchments. The narrative proceeds to describe the armies' movements to Spotsylvania Courthouse, and as a reader, you find yourself holding you breath occassionally, asking questions like: Will Lee's men get there in time? Will Sheridan break through? etc. Rhea's style makes it very hard to put the book down while at the same time you are getting all the information and facts that you would froma text book.

As Rhea continues, he describes the 5 days of fighting in and around the Courthouse in brutal detail. He discussion of the battle on May 12th for the "Muleshoe" salient is hauntingly similar to the trench battles of WW I. No other battle in the Civil War came close to the brutality displayed there on that day. In the space of 1/2 mile, 17,000 soldiers fell, and Rhea's description leaves and indelible mark on a reader's mind.

The book itself is well constructed. The chapters are a bit long, but not too bad. There are many maps that give a clear picture of the action. As an added bonus, there is also an in-depth discussion of the Battle of Yellow Tavern, where Jeb Stuart was killed. All these, plus extensive endnotes, combine to make "The Battles for Spotsylvania Courthouse" the very best in Civil War battle history. Definitely a must own for any Civil War buff, or military historian in general.

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving With Grace
Published in Hardcover by Viking Press (1998)
Author: Gordon MacKenzie
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Outside the Box
I picked up this book on the recommedation of a leadership professional who thought I would enjoy an outside-the-box look at management, and leadership. MacKenzie strives to show how he made it in a large company that was weighed down by rules and procedures, "The Giant Hairball." This was very interesting because anyone who has worked in a big institution, whether corporate or educational, knows full well how it is easy to become weighed down trying to figure out how to do something by following insitutional policies, than actually completing the task you are setting out to do.

Mackenzie offers a comical, yet insightful view of how to make it in a big corporation or any large organization. I would say those who see the world as black and white might want to pass this book by, but those who are willing to take a chance to make a difference, and realize the procedures to send out a fax are not what makes or break an organization. This book is the anti-office space theory of corporations.

All in all, an excellent and light view of how to live and thrive in a big place you might call your job!

I LOVE this book!
This is far and away THE most delightful book I've bought in a long time. It's stimulating visually as well as intellectually, fun to read, and the chapters are short enough to be assimilated by even the most harried business person. But it's not fluff: the points he makes about education, the way businesses are run, and the continual tension between creativity and corporate inertia, are crucial ones (every manager in every large firm should read Chapter 18, "The Pyramid and the Plum Tree"!). And MacKenzie's recommendations are not, as some critics have argued, applicable only in an "entertainment" industry like greeting cards: in today's fast-paced business world, a company's most important asset is its ability to be flexible and continually come up with new ideas; the "giant hairball" of entrenched structures and organizational habits won't cut it any longer. While I agree that the people who most need to hearken to this book's message are educators, I think it's equally important for business people: even if you've been trained (first by your schools and then by your employers) to stifle your natural creativity and become a good little corporate clone, it's not too late for you to recapture what you started out with. I wish I could rate this 10 stars!

Definitely Refreshing & Stimulating!
Orbiting the Giant Hairball provides many stimulating approaches to creativity, especially in the often stiffling environment of the corporate world. From personal experience, I know that creativity, hence innovation, is also unfortunately under-appreciated and under-compensated by the short-sighted individuals (aka. managers) in most corporations. On the same subject, if you enjoyed Orbiting this Giant Hairball and its creativity lessons, I would like to recommend the true-to-life episodes in the book, MANAGEMENT BY VICE. Written by a scientist (C.B. Don) with years of experience, this book shows the struggles of innovators in high-tech R&D industry fending off counterproductive management, with much wit, lots of hilarious humor (prose, verse and illustration) and the kind of candor rarely encountered beyond the "Giant Hairball". I greatly enjoyed both these books and feel that everyone should have them at hand when dealing with corporate fools and battling to salvage the innovative spirit!

I Love Lucy : Behind the Scenes
Published in Audio Cassette by Soundelux Audio Pub (1998)
Authors: Jess Oppenheimer, Gregg Oppenheimer, Larry Dobkin, Lucille Ball, and Gale Gordon
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Behind the Scenes with Lucy
Jess Oppenheimer, who was a producer of I Love Lucy and wrote many classic episodes, has produced a very enjoyable and engaging behind the scenes look at one of the greatest television shows ever. He provides a lot of insider tidbits on the production of the show and working with the cast. This book would be enjoyed by any fan of the series or of television's golden age. Very entertaining.

the best book on the best television show
I've read many books about Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy, and other members of the cast. I have to say, they've all bored me except for this one, and I'm a diehard "I Love Lucy" fan. It starts off as an autobiography of Jess Openheimer, but ends up explaining in great detail the wonderful show he produced. You'll learn a lot about Lucille Ball, other cast members, and the making of the series. It's a great book for real I Love Lucy fans.

"Laughs, Luck...and Lucy" is enjoyable from cover to cover!
"Laughs, Luck...and Lucy" is written by Jess Oppenheimer andhis son, Gregg Oppenheimer. Jess Oppenheimer worked formany of the legends of old time radio, including Fanny Brice, Fred Astaire, and Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy. This book tells of Mr. Oppenheimer's career in writing radio scripts, and specifically deals with his writing for Lucille Ball. He wrote first for her when she performed in "My Favorite Husband," and then he tells about his creation of "I Love Lucy," the television series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Mr. Oppenheimer not only created the idea for the series, he was also the head writer and producer of the program. Because of his unique inside perspective, Mr. Oppenheimer is able to provide information about Lucy and Desi that no one else could. There are a few things that make this book absolutely unique... Several appendices are included in the book which are very interesting. The first appendix shows an actual script (complete with hand-written changes) that was used during the production of "My Favorite Husband." But, what makes this book fascinating is the fact that a 65-minute audio CD is included, composed of twelve different tracks. The first track is a recording of the presentation of the script for "My Favorite Husband" included in Appendix A of the book. Another real plus for this book is the number of photographs that are included. The photos provide another dimension to this richly-composed book. This book is not only informative, it is very entertaining! Anyone who has ever seen an episode of "I Love Lucy" will want to own this book. It now occupies a prominent place in our family library. "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy" will be read and re-read many times in our home.

Jeff Gordon: Portrait of a Champion
Published in Paperback by HarperCollins (paper) (1998)
Authors: Jeff Gordon and Bob Zeller
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The book was great, Gordon is the man, and the best ever.
Jeff you are the best driver that I have ever seen.I have been following you through your whole racing career. I hope you do well for the remaining of your career. You and Brooke are so great. Have a great race sunday. Your biggest fan, Brad Kelderman.

This is a Great Book of Jeff Gordon's 97 championship season
Jeff Gordon is my favorite Driver. This book is a must for any Jeff Gordon fan! Jeff, Keep on tearing up the competition!

For the Jeff Gordon fans, this is a fabulous read!
This book gives a great summuary of Jeff Gordon's 1997 championship season. It gives an inside veiw of how he felt when certain events were taking place. I learned many facts about Gordon. It also contains many colorful pictures that depict Jeff's life on the road. If your a Gordon fan, don't miss this book!!!

New Sensual Massage
Published in Paperback by Arcata Arts ()
Author: Gordon Inkeles
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This Book Launched My Career...
Before Gordon Inkeles, I didn't know if there was anyone in the world who shared my intrinsic belief of what a massage SHOULD be. Having experienced too many clinical and impersonal feeling massages in my life, I knew I had a good idea what massage should NOT be. This book transcends the limitations of traditional massage therapy and teaches you how to convey caring and warmth through touch.

Knowing the strokes is just half the equation of massage. Massage as Gordon Inkeles teaches it is both physically healing and emotionally soothing. With his technique, you feel like a person being nurtured, not a series of parts being manipulated with detached professionalism. When a masseur doesn't care about the person they work on, you can feel it. Touch is personal. It can communicate positive, enriching energy, or indifference.

This book launched my career. I can't rate it highly enough. I wish every masseur and masseuse in the world would read it.

My Personal Favorite Massage Book
A massage is more intimate than sex. Let me correct that. A good massage is more intimate than sex. Your partner is touching not just every part of your body, but handling your mind, calming, gentling, soothing, pleasuring, stimulating. The fragrance of the oil, the soft light, the low music in the background, all intended to work on your brain while your body is being kneaded and manipulated.

Gordon Inkeles does much the same for the reader. His words and the beautiful nude photography set the stage and work on the senses of the mind. Read a chapter and you'll want to gently remove your partner's clothing and try out the technique explained in words and pictures. If your partner is not within reach, the book heightens the anticipation until he or she is home again and in for a pleasant surprise.

Gordon makes the point that massage has changed since the days when masseurs saw the body as a target for correction, easing sprains, directed towards a specific medical or sporting end. He demonstrates that massage is for fun and shared pleasure, an end in itself.

The book has thirteen sections, covering aids to massage, the various strokes, parts of the body, erotic massage etc. All strokes are shown in detail. Be warned, if nudity is likely to bother you, that this book is not coy or reserved. The models are completely nude and there are no carefully draped towels. The photography is tasteful in both colour and black and white. It enhances the atmosphere, and moves a step away from the clinical approach taken by other books.

Above all, the point is made that massage is an intimate, shared experience, a meeting of minds as well as bodies.

As I say, this is my very favorite massage book, as much for its attitude as anything else. Recommended for enjoyment! Shared enjoyment.

This wonderful book provides the reader with a step-by-step guide to the sensual world. It's well researced and exquisitely illustrated. This book works as well for the massage professional, as it does for the novice(my husband). It's Gordon Inkeles' masterpiece.

The book contains easy to follow instructions that cover total body massages with lovely nude photography throughout;like an art book! The massages are all romantic, sexy and very sensual. The book not only explains and shows how to massage the back, head, arms, legs, and body, it also explains how to target certain muscles, tendons, nerves and circulation, as they're being massaged. The book also covers massages for stress control, erotic touching and much more. The anatomical illustrations are breathtaking. Inkeles knows massage better than anyone else. I own all his books; this one is the best. I highly recommend it.

Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy
Published in Hardcover by Beacon Press (1992)
Authors: Viktor Emil Frankl and Gordon W. Allport
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a "why" to live...
An American doctor once asked Viktor Frankl to explain the difference between conventional psychoanalysis and logotherapy. Before answering, Frankl asked the doctor for his definition of psychoanalysis. The man said, "During psychoanalysis, the patient must lie down on a couch and tell you things which sometimes are very disagreeable to tell." Frankl immediately replied by saying: "Now, in logotherapy the patient may remain sitting erect but he must hear things which sometimes are very disagreeable to hear." By this he meant that in logotherapy the patient is actually confronted with and reoriented toward the MEANING of his life. The role of the therapist, then, is to help the patient discover a purposefulness in his life. Frankl's theory is that man's search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a "secondary rationalization" of instinctual drives. Whereas Freudian psychoanalysis focuses on the "will to pleasure" and Adlerian psychology focuses on the "will to power" it can be said that Frankl's logotherapy focuses on the "will to meaning." Does man give in to to conditions or stand up to them? According to Frankl, the strength of a person's sense of meaning, responsibility, and purpose is the greatest determining factor in how that question will be answered. He believed that "man is ultimately self-determining" and as such, "does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment."

The first (and largest) section of this book is the searing autobiographical account of the author's experience as a longtime prisoner in a concentration camp. These camps claimed the lives of his father, mother, brother, and wife. Frankl's survival and the subsequent miracle of this book are a testimony to man's capacity to rise above his outward fate. As Gordon W. Allport states in the preface, "A psychiatrist who personally has faced such extremity is a psychiatrist worth listening to."

I agree, and highly reccommend this book. As the sub-title says, it is an "introduction" to logotherapy, and anyone who wants to go deeper into the principles and practical application of Frankl's existential psychiatry should go to his excellent "The Doctor And The Soul".

Frankl was fond of quoting Nietzsche's dictum..."He who has a WHY to live can bear with almost any HOW."

Brilliant account....
The first section of this book (which makes up over half of the text) consist of Victor Frankl's account of his experiences in the concentration camp. This section seems unique among the Holocaust accounts that I've seen and read because Dr. Frankl approaches the topic from a psychological perspective. He discusses the ways in which the different prisoners react to their (note: men and women were seperated at the camps, so Frankl is mainly disscussing his experiences with the men in Auschwitz) imprissonment. He writes about the psychological effects of being completely dehumanized; of losing even your name, and becoming simply a number. Also he disscusses the effects of not being able to contact loved ones, or even know is they are still living. Another issue that Dr. Frankl talks about in this book is the idea that none of the prisoners of the concentration camp had an idea as to when there imprissonment would end (if ever). Thus, they were faced with the thought of living the rest of their lives as workers at the camps. Dr. Frankl discusses how people can find meaning to life in these conditions. He also describes how finding meaning in life, or a reason to live, was extraordinarilly important to surviving the camp.

One of the most interesting, and disturbing, issues in the book was the idea of the Capo. These were were people put in charge of their fellow prisoners, in order to keep them in line. Dr. Frankl describes these people as, often, being more harsh than the actual guards. This seems to be a disturbing lesson in the abuse of power. This also goes along with Dr. Frankl's discussion of how the camps brought out the true personality of the people within it (after all the social trapping had been stripped away): The cretins, the saints, and all of those in between.

The second half of the book is made up of two sections "Logotherapy in a Nutshell," and "The Case for Tragic Optimsism." These two sections basically describe Dr. Frankl's theory on as to how to conduct therapy (Logotherapy). The idea behind this therapy is that man is driven by his search for a meaning in life. This differs from the psychoanalysis perspective (driven, at this time, by the ideas of Sigmund Freud) in that the psychoanalytic school believed that humans were driven by their unconscious desires. For Frankl, the need for meaning seems to outway the unconscious. In fact, he goes into detail about the negative effects that the abscence of meaning, or what he calls the "existential Vacuum," has on people. To illustrate many ideas, he often uses his experiences in the concentration camps, as well as various cases for treatment (which help to solidify his view of life, and therapy).

I would recomend this book to almost anybody. I feel that it's interesting, and worthwhile. I would especially recomend this to people interested in psychology, as well as those who wish to learn something about the experiences within the concentration camps.

Thought-Provoking and Life-Inspiring
Dr. Frankl's book is divided into two parts. In the first part, he eloquently describes how he survived a Nazi concentration camp. He took this horrible "opportunity" to learn how people survive crises and deprivation and horror. This section will be valuable to anyone, and especially to those of us who have survived tragedy and trauma of any kind (in other words, just about anyone again).

The second part of the book describes the philosophy of life and the existential theory of psychology that Dr. Frankl derived from his experiences. I am a practicing clinical psychologist and, while Dr. Frankl probably would not label my brand of psychotherapy as his logotherapy, I credit this book as providing me with a framework that had been missing in my work. Through my education, I learned many techniques that were useful to me, and I read about many theories of psychology and psychotherapy that were interesting, but I ended up with a set of tools but no toolbox to put them in. "Man's Search for Meaning" gave me the toolbox, or the framework that tied everything else together. Read it; it will challenge you and probably change you.

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