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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January Book Recommendations

January Book Recommendations

Below are a few books recommended by your colleagues. The review itself is plucked directly from their email – it’s in their own words and style. Enjoy!

“The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” by Max Weber

“Surprisingly or perhaps not, religion is seemingly relegated to only hold value in explaining one’s relationship to a higher-being, normally with supernatural qualities. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism written by Max Weber crosses the boundaries of sociology, history, economics and theology. Weber investigates the power of religion and its influence on society via the development modern capitalism. (Original text is only about 93 pages!)”

Christopher E. Grice, adjunct faculty, Sociology Department

“Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy” by Bill Clinton

“It seems all we hear is how government doesn't work and how things are always getting worse. Well, in the early 90's people felt the same way. The reality is President Clinton helped the nation navigate out of those bad economic times with intelligent reforms. Speaking with the authority and legitimacy of someone who has done it before, his book offers a plan for another generation of Americans who can benefit from his wisdom and vision.”

Ahad Hayaud-Din, political science professor

“Unbroken: World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

“Well-written, interesting read about Louis Zamperini who was in the Berlin Olympics and was expected to break the 4-minute mark. When the war broke out, he became an airman and was shot down over the Pacific. The book chronicles his experiences of trying to survive and, as the title says, the resilience of the human spirit.”

Jean Kaplan, college director of school alliance and community outreach

Do you have a book recommendation? Tell us about it, and we’ll run it in next month’s Chatter!