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Tue May 29 00:00:00 MDT 2012humanmachinery Rating:4.0
Perlstein provides a historical perspective on how the Republican Party of Eisenhower and Rockefeller went from being a group run by liberals and moderates in the 1950s, to a group of obsessive anti-communist warriors, driven by paranoia, narcissism, and macho triumphalism. Perlstein shows the way that American conservatives resented the rise of internationalists and economic planning after the failure of the "do nothing" congress to repeal the New Deal during the Truman administration, and how the desire to return to the economic order of the 1920s (or even earlier) fueled the rise of people like Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr., L. Brent Bozell, Phyllis Schlafly, Clarence Manion, and Barry Goldwater. Ultimately, Perlstein makes a strong case for the view that the defining political development of the 1960s was the rise of the "new right," and that we have lived ever since with an inability to understand and respond to their arguments and tactics.
Thu Nov 18 00:00:00 MST 2010melmarie88 Rating:4.0
Writing poems and reading about cats is Jacks least favorite thing in the world to do in the book Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech. He is in Miss. Stetchberrys class and is constantly working on writing poetry. He feels he is no good at it and his Uncle Bill always seems to be criticizing his writing and telling him he needs to add more to it. He isnt fond of the fact that Uncle Bill says poetry must include symbols, metaphors, regular meter and must rhyme. Jack feels very strongly about his dislike for cats. He seems upset when the poems that he reads talk about them; he finds dogs to be much better companions as pets. At first, Jack is very leery and seems discouraged about his poems. He soon starts to feel more comfortable as he writes more and more. He discovers poetry in his everyday life. He grasps literary terms and discusses them throughout the story. He criticizes William Carlos Williams poems saying that they do not include very much alliteration, onomonapia, similes, or metaphors. Jack takes many different poems and rewrites them in his own way. He grows to find a love for poetry. He also learns that he really does like cats after his parents get him one for Christmas. He soon discovers that the mean black cat he hated so much really is not as bad as he thought, and saves his kitten Skitter McKitter after she was missing. This is a great book for students in third grade and up. Jack is a character that students could easily relate to. He struggles with writing poetry and finding his voice. His poems are humorous and fun to read. He grows and a writer and as a person in this story. In the beginning he didnt like cats, but after having more experience with them, he learned to love them. This can be helpful with encouraging students not to judge a book by its cover, and to not judge right away. This book is great with explaining literary terms to elementary level students and provides wonderful examples of them. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book and would use it in my classroom. Creech, Sharon. Hate That Cat. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. 2008. Print. Melanie L.
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