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1. The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash
by Charles R. Morris
Paperback: 240 Pages (2009-02-09)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Previously published as The Trillion Dollar Meltdown

Now fully updated with the latest financial developments, this is the bestselling book that briefly and brilliantly explains how we got into the economic mess that is the Credit Crunch. With the housing markets unravelling daily and distress signals flying throughout the rest of the economy, there is little doubt that we are facing a fierce recession. In crisp, gripping prose, Charles R. Morris shows how got into this mess. He explains the arcane financial instruments, the chicanery, the policy misjudgments, the dogmas, and the delusions that created the greatest credit bubble in world history. Paul Volcker slew the inflation dragon in the early 1980s, and set the stage for the high performance economy of the 1980s and 1990s. But Wall Street's prosperity soon tilted into gross excess. The astronomical leverage at major banks and their hedge fund and private equity clients led to massive disruption in global markets. A quarter century of free-market zealotry that extolled asset stripping, abusive lending, and hedge fund secrecy will go down in flames with it. Continued denial and concealment could cause the crisis to stretch out for years, but financial and government leaders are still downplaying the problem. The required restructuring will be at least as painful as the very difficult period of 1979-1983. The Two Trillion-Dollar Meltdown, updated to include the latest financial developments, is indispensable to understanding how the world economy has been put on the brink.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hints from Morris
First, apologies if I'm duplicating someone's review. I gave up after reading some thirty reviews...

Morris has written a great book. It tells a sweeping 'history' rather than some narrow focus. Highly recommended.

Since other reviewers have so aptly summarized his work, I'm going to concentrate on a 'niche' (though important) issue.

Morris writes, p.146:

"Consider: Financial markets built an investment paradigm that applied high leverage to long-term illiquid instruments. Then compounded the danger by funding those instruments in the short-term debt markets. Then doubled the bet again by building the base portfolios from unusually risky securities, like subprime mortgages and leveraged loans. Then, finally, embraced a class of credit derivatives that ensured the swift propagation of any local collapse through the whole system. If a band of brainy terrorists had been hired to destroy Western finance, they could hardly have designed a more efficient assault."

In addition, the cover of the paperback gives another hint: The crumpled-up dollar bill is curiously straight in one section. Quite accidentally, I'm sure, the straight part just at the center forms a perfect (inverted) Illuminati pyramid with an Eye. Coincidence, I'm sure...

In my opinion, Morris knows more than he lets on, but cannot for some reason put it out.

For a 'rounded' look at our crisis, I encourage the reader to read this book just after reading G. Edward Griffin's "The Creature from Jekyll Island" (or many others) and forming a larger picture of current events.

(For those of a conspiracy bent, I believe that the oil/gas price shock was the carefully-timed 'charge' which initiated the start of the implosion. At that point in the bubble, the financial markets were running mainly on a blind, optimistic view of the future. The oil/gas price shock sent a pessimistic view of the future through the markets, and people started retrenching. That got the ball rolling. It was just a coincidence, of course, that what was carefully-labeled 'futures speculation' set up the oil/gas price shock by 'cornering' abundant oil/gas supplies. Think about it...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written

Well written, but somewhat dismissive of major economic movements-kind of a "what goes around comes around" attitude.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Best Introduction to Our Financial Situation
First published in February, 2008, this short and well-written book walks the reader through the history and terminology of the finance industry, focusing on what you need to know, describing what went wrong and advocating changes to correct the situation and reduce the risks and severity of future disasters.

The author is direct and opinionated in his analysis, conclusions and recommendations.Some of his conclusions do rub the ideologues of the "free market" the wrong way, but he is no radical seeking to undercut the benefits of capitalism.Like a growing number of industry, academic and political critics, he clearly sees that the economy is subject to business cycles, innovation leads to testing of limits, greed leads to further excess, regulators often lag behind the regulated, and that the political and regulatory worlds are subject to capture by the regulated.He describes how high leverage and misunderstanding of risk is a ubiquitous feature of financial markets, even by the professionals.The incentives to make more money can blind even the "best and the brightest".

This is a quick and enjoyable read for the story it tells and the support it provides for modest financial industry regulation changes to improve transparency, improve the role of counterparties, increase independence and banish the myth of the self-regulating free market, at least with respect to the finance industry.

3-0 out of 5 stars Leaves out half the story
I can't share the enthusiasm of the other readers. Though Morris' writing style is lucid, he packs the book with sufficient technical-financial jargon and concepts to make this a bit of a difficult read. His main contribution is to paint Wall Street people and institutions as overly eager to invent new, highly leveraged investment strategies which allowed them to reap large, up-front profits and to pass on the risk to somebody else.

But the Wall Street earthquake is only the secondary reason for the global financial debacle. The primary reason was federal housing policy, exposed as risky ideology years ago by many critics including Harvard professor and Manhattan Institute scholar Howard Husock ("America's Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake," 2003). The leveraged mortgage instruments and the institutions behind them became worthless because an inconceivable number of mortgages were predestined to go bad. The subprime home buyers couldn't continue to pay because they were underqualified to get the loans -- often at 100% financing -- in the first place. A decades-long series of flawed federal policies and activism by leftist community organizers such as corrupt ACORN essentially coerced banks into lending to shaky borrowers, who not infrequently provided inadequate or outright fraudulent financial statements.

Husock saw it all coming before the year 2000, when he wrote in "City Journal," the Manhattan Institute's online journal: "The Clinton administration has turned the Community Reinvestment Act...into one of the most powerful mandates shaping American cities--and...a vast extortion scheme against the nation's banks." Read Husock's article at city-journal dot org if you wish to really get to the bottom of the disaster and learn who the perpetrators are.

Morris mentions this fundamental aspect only briefly, with very little detail and more than a hint of contempt. If he has his head in the sand regarding the essence of the crisis, what should I think of his book?

4-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to deregulated corporate America! The dream or the nightmare?
Terrific work going back and explaining the subprime mortgage crisis. Though I will warn you, this isn't one of those for the Average Joe. You already need to have a base knowledge about the mortgage industry, the driving factors behind the crisis to get a good feel for this book. The Author goes back to the 1970's to understand the mortgage crisis that happened in 2007-2008. He makes references to the fact that between the recent write downs and defaults of residential mortgages, corporate debt, credit card debt, and bonds the total debt will be about $1 trillion however given the fact that this book was written before the Lehman and Bear fiascos the grand total should be well above those figures!! Also he doesn't give us an idea as to how this is going to end but concludes it by saying some kind of regulation will be in place. However the book deserves no less than 4 stars for the way it was written. Very well and professionally done. ... Read more


2. Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution
by Charles Rappleye
Hardcover: 640 Pages (2010-11-02)
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In this biography, the acclaimed author of Sons of Providence, winner of the 2007 George Wash- ington Book Prize, recovers an immensely important part of the founding drama of the country in the story of Robert Morris, the man who financed Washington’s armies and the American Revolution.

Morris started life in the colonies as an apprentice in a counting house. By the time of the Revolution he was a rich man, a commercial and social leader in Philadelphia. He organized a clandestine trading network to arm the American rebels, joined the Second Continental Congress, and financed George Washington’s two crucial victories—Valley Forge and the culminating battle at Yorktown that defeated Cornwallis and ended the war.

The leader of a faction that included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Washington, Morris ran the executive branches of the revolutionary government for years. He was a man of prodigious energy and adroit management skills and was the most successful businessman on the continent. He laid the foundation for public credit and free capital markets that helped make America a global economic leader. But he incurred powerful enemies who considered his wealth and influence a danger to public "virtue" in a democratic society.

After public service, he gambled on land speculations that went bad, and landed in debtors prison, where George Washington, his loyal friend, visited him.

This once wealthy and powerful man ended his life in modest circumstances, but Rappleye restores his place as a patriot and an immensely important founding father. ... Read more


3. The Pragmatic Movement in American Philosophy
by Charles William Morris
 Hardcover: 210 Pages (1970-06)
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4. Understanding Psychology MyLab Edition (8th Edition)
by Charles G. Morris, Albert A. Maisto
Hardcover: 720 Pages (2008-02-29)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book presents a scientific, accurate, and thorough overview of the essential concepts of psychology in engaging language that the average reader can easily comprehend. Topics include the science of psychology, the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition and mental abilities, motivation and emotion, life-span development, personality, stress and health psychology, psychological disorders, therapies, and social psychology.  For anyone who is interested in introductory psychology. Comes automatically with MyPsychLab, a robust online assessment resource which allows instructors to assess student progress and adapt course content to meet the needs of their class. MyPsychLab allows students to diagnose their progress and provides them with a variety of customizable resources to assist with their mastery of course concepts


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5-0 out of 5 stars mission accomplished
Was in great condition and served its purpose for a lower price than the bookstore!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks.
Thanks. I'm pretty happy with the book I got and the amount of time it took it to come to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Purchase of Understanding Psychology
The buyer was very helpful. The package took a long time to arrive, but she showed great customer service. This was my first time using Amazon too and at first I wasn't very happy because I really needed what I was purchasing. But after I got in contact with the seller, she showed that she cared. ... Read more


5. Understanding Psychology (Casebound) (9th Edition)
by Charles G. Morris, Albert A. Maisto
Hardcover: 624 Pages (2009-12-02)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For an undergraduate Introduction to Psychology course that requires a brief, paperback text. *Taking advantage of the technological advances of recent years, the Fifth Edition of this best-selling brief text thoroughly integrates multimedia to provide students with as rich a learning environment as the early 21st century has to offer. Interactive learning activities, outside readings, interactive matching/labeling games, Web links, and segments from the popular Mind Matters CD-ROM are noted in the margins of the text and are available to students at the click of a mouse. *The text continues to present psychology as a science and balances discussions of research, theory, and application, inspiring students to develop their ability to think critically, ask questions, evaluate ideas, and ultimately form their own ideas. Discussions of similarities and differences among genders and cultures appears throughout the text. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Delivery!
Great Delivery! Was exactly as expected. Turned out we didn't need that book and had to return it, but the return process was just as excellent! Very fast and very satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This textbook has everything you need to know about psychology. A perfect introductory book into the subject of psychology with a writing style that is easy to understand; it also has a review section for each chapter to help you remember the main points, which helps when you have to study for exams. It makes psychology a lot more simple, making it easier for you too fully understand some of the complicated areas of psychology. It is also a good psychology reference book. I used this for my psychology class, I liked it so much I kept it instead of trading it in at the end of the semester. By the time you read this review there will probably up to a later edition, but I'm sure they will also be just as good as this edition; good series.

1-0 out of 5 stars I never recieved my order!!
I never received the item I purchased. Had I not found another way of attaining the book I would have filed several complaints. I am still livid that I did not receive what I paid for however!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Seller
Great seller. Book was in exact condition as described. No problems. Shipment was fast. Would definitely do business with again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Psychology review
Received the textbook asap in a very nice package.Book was in excellent condition as promised. ... Read more


6. The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
by Charles R. Morris
Paperback: 400 Pages (2006-10-03)
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Asin: 0805081348
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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“Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary.”—The Christian Science Monitor

The modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They were the giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet.

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth—and a country of middle-class consumers. The Tycoons tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Celebration of tycoons downplays deeper realities (3.5*s)
This book is a glimpse into the extraordinary transformation and growth of the American economy that started during the Civil War but accelerated tremendously over the next forty years. The Civil War was a time of westward expansion under the Homestead Act, neo-Whig infrastructure development, especially railroads, and the rise of corporations to supply wartime needs. Those trends continuing after the War, the author's four tycoons are representative of men who saw the opportunities and advantages in dominating such core industries as railroads, iron and steel production, and oil extraction and refining, all undertaken in a favorable environment that erected barriers against foreign competition but with few domestic regulations. It should be noted that the book is far more an examination of the logic for developing large enterprises than it is biographical.

A legitimate question that the author addresses is what was the basis of this astonishing economic surge? The short answer is immense natural resources, necessity, and ingenuity, in addition to an advantageous legal setting. The ever expanding population virtually required that huge enterprises come into existence that were capable of making the capital investments to meet their needs. Fortunately, America had the iron ore, oil deposits, rich farmlands, vast plains and waterways, etc which large businesses could exploit to meet the demands for transportation and durable goods.

Yankee ingenuity does not get short shrift in the author's account. He points especially to the Connecticut River valley as a hub for developments in manufacturing. Machinery was designed to produce to tight tolerances the interchangeable parts necessary for the mass production of guns, farming machinery, consumer goods, etc. However, this mechanization did not come without fundamental social impacts. Employers became far less dependent on skilled artisans for production; quickly trained, lowly paid, and easily replaced machine-tenders became mere cogs in manufacturing. The author little appreciates that this power imbalance in the workplace was a constant source of conflict and was not effectively addressed until the CIO unionization drives of the 1930s. On the other hand, as the author points out, never before had so many affordable products become available to the middle-class. Apparently, the status of being a middle-class consumer was a substitute for the loss of status as an independent, skilled producer.

The author merely sketches the early lives and the personal characteristics of these four individuals.All were smarter than the next guy, were ambitious, and could be ruthless, as well as deceitful. The author describes the basic business dealings of each individual that propelled them to rise above their competitors. In addition, all seemed to have mastered navigating the treacherous, that is, unregulated, financial waters of the times involving stocks, bonds, and the like. Unfortunately, most of that financial wheeling and dealing is the most confusing aspect of the book.

Despite theoretical claims that competition is key to capitalism, the last thing that companies with large capital investments want is competition. To control pricing a company must dominate its sector by getting bigger, merging with others, or joining pools or cartels. All of these men, especially Carnegie and Rockefeller, using those mechanisms, achieved the kind of dominance that permitted them to generally control the marketplace. Nonetheless, the broader American economy was prone to panics and downturns throughout the 19th century. It was J.P. Morgan, banker extraordinaire, who was powerful enough to bring stability to financial markets through judicious injection of funds, among other measures. The author indicates that Morgan acting as a conservative force actually performed the role that the Federal Reserve was created for in 1913.

The author basically ignores or downplays the reactions of American workers and farmers to the control that these large enterprises had in the economy and over politicians and to the depressions and deflation of the late 19th century. He mentions the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the Haymarket Square bombing of 1886, and the Homestead strike of 1892 against the Carnegie works, but does so to generally show the irrational and violent reactions of workers. The largest worker organization of the times, the Knights of Labor, gets no mention, and the entire Populist movement gets a mere wave of the hand. They were concerned that enormous corporations not only squeezed them economically but also undermined the democratic process. The author does acknowledge that the free laborer that Lincoln extolled, who would someday become an owner, had become more illusion than reality.

To the author's credit, he does note that the managerial strategies that began with the tycoons and lasting beyond WWII, that is, vertical integration, regarding workers as merely replaceable pieces, etc, have proven to be a prescription for failure. According to him, the just-in-time reliance on a network of suppliers and relying on smart production workers has made Toyota a model manufacturer.

It is interesting to see the basic paths these individuals took to reach economic heights, though a full understanding would require referring to other sources. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the book is the technical genius displayed by several in revamping manufacturing from both the micro and macro level. Also, the author provides some correctives to negative perspectives about these individuals, especially Rockefeller. But the book questions too little. Did America sign up for dominant corporations and individuals in 1787? Can a democracy really exist in the face of narrowly held economic power? What is super about an economy that tolerates fairly high levels of poverty and unemployment? Celebrating tycoons does not really address those fundamental questions.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Tycoons
Very interesting informtion provided.Am somewhat disappointed in the writing style and/or organization but otherwise I really am enjoying reading this book.I would recomment it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid read, more acedemic than biography
It was a solid read.Interesting hypothesis about how these titans contributed so heavily to the explosive production and properity of America.It balanced the usual 'robber baron' dark shadow with a silver lining about how their antics and quest for domination contributed to the growth.

I was looking for more detail on the individuals - how they worked, insight into their personality, movites, etc but it was more of a catalogue of their exploits and impact on the American economy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Tycoons
The Tycoons is a must-have resource for anyone interested in the super rich and wealthy.It is filled with stories of how the financial barons of the time spent their days and leisure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Money and Power
This is a must have. We need to get back to the old days of doing things in America.This book will show us how. Great book.Fun to read. ... Read more


7. American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church
by Charles Morris
Paperback: 528 Pages (1998-10-27)
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"A cracking good story with a wonderful cast of rogues, ruffians and some remarkably holy and sensible people." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

Before the potato famine ravaged Ireland in the 1840s, the Roman Catholic Church was barely a thread in the American cloth. Twenty years later, New York City was home to more Irish Catholics than Dublin. Today, the United States boasts some sixty million members of the Catholic Church, which has become one of this country's most influential cultural forces.

In American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church, Charles R. Morris recounts the rich story of the rise of the Catholic Church in America, bringing to life the personalities that transformed an urban Irish subculture into a dominant presence nationwide. Here are the stories of rogues and ruffians, heroes and martyrs--from Dorothy Day, a convert from Greenwich Village Marxism who opened shelters for thousands, to Cardinal William O'Connell, who ran the Church in Boston from a Renaissance palazzo, complete with golf course. Morris also reveals the Church's continuing struggle to come to terms with secular, pluralist America and the theological, sexual, authority, and gender issues that keep tearing it apart. As comprehensive as it is provocative, American Catholic is a tour de force, a fascinating cultural history that will engage and inform both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

"The best one-volume history of the last hundred years of American Catholicism that it has ever been my pleasure to read.What's appealing in this remarkable book is its delicate sense of balance and its soundly grounded judgments." --Andrew Greeley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Misleading Title
This book was an enjoyable read. I found it especially interesting because I myself am a devout Catholic. However, this book would be helpful to any non-Catholic who is interested in learning more about the Church's history. The facts presented in the book are accurate as far as my knowledge of the Catholic faith goes. I found some of the facts to be disconcerting.The final chapter describes the breakdown or weakening of the Catholic tradition and culture. Catholics should read this book if only for that final chapter.t will open their eyes to the importance of their faith. My only criticism is that the title is misleading.This book is less about particular people and more about Catholic history and culture.

5-0 out of 5 stars American Catholic - Saints and sinners who built America's Most Powerful Church
Excellent reading material for all who wish to learn more about the growth of a nationality or the Catholic Church.Being Irish and Catholic the book had a profound meaning for me as my parents (both born in Ireland) often spoke of the hardships and devastation of the potato famine in 1846. It was interesting to learn that the famine itself was not the immediate cause that brought death to millions and caused the immigration of a million people to America and Canada primarily.The English has been persecuting the Irish for years and famine was the last devastation. Before the famine most immigrants to America were not Catholic.The conversion to Catholic religion came several years after with the building of St. Patrick's Catheral in 1858. Because of financial difficulties the Catheral was not completed until 1908.Ireland provided America with most of the priest and nuns that ultimately grew the Church in America.Charismatic priests and nuns forged a culturally and ethnically cohesive Catholic state-within-a-state.I realized that the church in American during the late 1800' was more Irish than Roman.

1-0 out of 5 stars Self-Loathing Sinner writes about his church
The title was so catchy that I couldn't help reading it.Mr. Morris is writer whose probably too old to see that his feelings are getting in the way of his facts.

His interpretation of the Church's decisions and teachings are tainted by his own prejudices.For instance, he is opposed to traditional teachings on a celibate male priesthood, so he tells us why the church is so stupid to uphold that belief.The same hold true for artificial birth control, women's ordination etc.To him the old white men in Rome are simply stupid and out of touch.

These ideas coupled with the loathing for the Irish paints a terrible picture of the Church.Why would anyone want to remain in the Church that he describes.

I read the whole thing.Yes I did, because I couldn't believe that he could so serious about the Church he says he loves.I have no problem with anyone pointing out the failures of Catholics, my problem is that Morris, for all his labor, gets so much of the history wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars If You've Read It Before, Read It Again
When AMERICAN CATHOLIC was published in the late 1990's, it received a great deal of critical praise and was widely read by a good number of readers. The praise was justified. The author, Charles Morris, compiled a readable, all encompassing book about the beginnings and growth of the Catholic Church in the United States. With a historian's expertise and a storyteller's touch, Morris shows us the varied ways in which the church grew in this country and he does a particularly good job describing the different varieties of Catholicism. There are a number of books that discuss the growth of Catholicism in large urban areas such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles or Chicago but few include the growth of the Church in more remote areas. He also notes the tensions between a people used to Democracy and Rome's distrust of the United States in the early twentieth century, changes in the Catholic population after World War II and the impact of the election of John F. Kennedy as President. It discusses many of the great Church leaders in the United Sates and includes some of the colorful back stories of these same leaders. The book is also balanced. It discusses figures such as Dorothy Day and her antithesis Senator Joseph McCarthy or Bishop Fulton Sheen who used the media to spread his message of hope and faith as compared with Fr. Charles Coughlin's use of the radio for messages of vitriol.

I took a look at the book recently and while I remembered the material on Church history rather well, I had forgotten about the third part of the book which discussed in frank terms what was known of the Church sex abuse crisis at the time, issues regarding sexuality that have since come to the forefront, and other matters concerning Catholicism today. Prior to this second reading I know I had an appreciation of the Church where we have been and where we are now, but at atime when we as Catholics are trying to determine where we should be going, Morris' book gives an excellent foundation not just of history but also of the issues facing the Church today.

If you've read it before, it is worth rereading again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating for predictions about Benedict XVI too!
I put down this book the night before the papal election, exactly at the point where Morris discusses how Ratzinger actually put the rein on some of John Paul II's more forceful moves towards declaring statements blocking women's ordination as infallible; carefully nuanced exegesis by Morris reveals very subtle but nonetheless wiggle room for future movement away from some of the last pope's more dogmatic pronouncements. He fits this into a battle between cardinals and the episcopate promoting a collegial right to establish doctrine based on their accumulated experience as part of the Church's magisterium against the centralisation of papal power. This data which may indicate the new pope's ability to create flexibility despite what on surface may appear to the casual observer only more rigidity, buried inside a footnote on pg. 349, is typical of the wealth of detail--you must read the extensive endnotes as well as the text proper to appreciate how thorough has been the author's research--found in this popular yet scholarly treatment of the Church from about the mid-19 c to the late 1990s.

In retrospect, some of the concerns Morris finds diminishing in his 1997 study have only increased, such as the pedophilia (or more often adolescent boys rather than pre-teens with priests, Morris and many critics parse) scandals that grew more prominent rather than less so in the beginning of the current decade. Vocations appear to keep tumbling at least in the West; non-compliance with Catholic teaching by the rank-and-file grows in the American segment due to democratic tendencies constantly eroding the earlier, pre-assimilationist culture that codified American Catholicism mid-20 c. These tendencies, as Morris shows, created tension from the later 19 c onward, and the battles with Rome by the U.S. bishops are far from new. Also, the role of the Hispanic church seems, despite many references, to be diminished (perhaps reflecting an East Coast orientation naturally taken for the majority of the narrative). As a related correction, St Thomas the Apostle parish in L.A. is not on its Eastside--typical of Morris's scholarship, this was a rare mistake in an admirably solid resource that taught me an enormous amount about everything from John Stuart Mill's liberalism to moral theology to John Ireland's far-reaching impact upon the course of the national Church. However, I was disappointed to find that two sources that would've aided Morris' often moving depiction of life in the triumphal, dogmatic, and secure mid-20c decades were absent from his notes: Garry Wills' "Bare Ruined Choirs," and Jubilee Magazine, a forerunner of the liturgical and cultural renaissance that the post-Vatican II era either expanded or truncated.

When describing how Fulton Sheen lectured, how the old Mass flowed, or how theologians battle it out over birth control, Morris never loses sight of the telling quote to illuminate larger issues. His discussion of subsidiarity and how polarised opposites Dorothy Day and Fr Coughlin could argue from this same basis of natural law and social justice doctrine fascinated me! From the Irish famine to Americanist vs. separatist controversies, through the dispersal of urban ethnics into suburbia, the connection between sex and rural ethos in traditional Catholicism, to current dichotomies in various dioceses in a time of fewer priests and more lay people running parishes, Morris is excellent. He's fair to all sides, although he shows a bit of bias against the hardest right-wing and left-wing factions both. His model is one of adaptation without dilution, certainly a challenge for such a vast institution on the one hand suffering losses to not only non-practicing millions but evangelical sects, on the other struggling to avoid the fate of mainstream Protestantism, which has, according to Morris, seemingly lost its moral and cultural clout in today's nation. Although on the Americanist controversy and the labor movement in the mid 20c, he bogs down in too much detail, at other moments, as in his travels in late-20c American parishes, his mastery of minutiae to explain big issues winningly works well.

As he warns, the tug of secularism--whatever one's view on the current state of Catholicism--presents a warning to those who want the Church to adjust totally to its surroundings. He takes heed of the fate of Episcopalians--fewer in all of America than Catholics in Los Angeles: "Once a religion assimilates to the culture, it almost invariably diminishes into a social center or a low-cost therapy program." (411) ... Read more


8. The San Francisco calamity by earthquake and fire: A complete and accurate account of the fearful disaster which visited the great city and the Pacific ... people and the world-wide rush to the rescue
by Charles Morris
Hardcover: 464 Pages (1906)

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First Edition assumed. W. E. SCULL, AND THE GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA 1906. A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THE FEARFUL DISASTER WHICH VISITED THE GREAT CITY AND THE PACIFIC COAST, THE REIGH OF PANIC AND LAWLESSNESS, THE PLIGHT OF 300,000 HOMELESS PEOPLE AND THE WORLD-WIDE RUSH TO THE RESCUE. TOLD BY EYE WITNESSESS. INCLUDING GRAPHIC AND RELIABLE ACCOUNTS OF ALL GREAT EARTHQUAKES AND VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS IN THE WORLD'S HISTORY, AND SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS OF THEIR CAUSES. WITH NEARLY 100 ILLUSTRATIONS. Made especially for this work, showing the havoc caused by fire, earthquake and volcanic convulsions. ... Read more


9. Study Guide for Understanding Psychology
by Charles G. Morris, Albert A. Maisto
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The Student Study Guide's features include chapter highlights, key terms and concepts, comprehensive guided progress tests with multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer, and essay questions, and a 'language support' section with key term flashcards.The Student Study Guide was revised by William Premo, Ph.D. of the Minnesota School of Business. ... Read more


10. Factory Lightweights: Detroit's Drag Racing Specials of the '60s
by Charles Morris
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Factory Lightweights: Detroit's Drag Racing Specials of the '60s chronicles these rare cars that still inspire admirers and imitators today. Among racers it's never been a secret that a lighter car is a faster car--particularly in drag racing. When Detroit's automakers got involved in organized drag racing, they paid heed to this principle, issuing a series of rare race-only cars that became legends in their own time. Unbound by warranty and durability concerns, these wild cars featured lightweight additions such as fiberglass and aluminum body parts, Plexiglas windows and many more weight-saving tricks. Under their hoods were wicked, raucous engines that only felt at home on the quarter mile. Cars like the Ford Fairlane 427 Thunderbolt, Pontiac's Super Duty Catalina, Dyno Don Nicholson's Chevy II Wagon, and a whole assortment of Hemi-powered Mopars sit at the top of the heap when you're talking about the fastest American musclecars produced during the 1960s. Few of these cars were produced and very few still survive today. 

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5-0 out of 5 stars Factory Lightweighs; Detroit's Drag Racing Specials of the '60s
This book is a wealth of information for those who remember the days of drag racing super stocks and factory altered wheelbase cars that were lightened with "swiss cheese" frames and bare bones interiors. Prior to the one-piece bodys known as "floppers" this is what was a radical departure to what was driven on the street. Plenty of great archival pictures, this book is a must-have for anyone who atteneded the drags in the 60s.

5-0 out of 5 stars Drag Racer, yeah!!
fantastic book! I bought it for my boyfriend but I read it, too. It is really great and he loved it, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars History buffs guide
On of the best writen histories on the how the auto industry got into racing

5-0 out of 5 stars great service,great book
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5-0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!
Great book! If you are a musclecar fan, drag racing fan, modeler, or just a car junkie, you need this book! Great stories and detailed info, and tons of great pics, especially of the lesser-known or seen cars. Feeds the visual and the technical guys cravings. ... Read more


11. Money, Greed, and Risk: Why Financial Crises and Crashes Happen
by Charles R. Morris
Hardcover: 320 Pages (1999-07-27)
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The world seems awash in financial crises. The Asian crisis of 1998, the near-demise of Long Term Capital Management, and the black hole of Russia are just a few of the most recent. Are they the result of greedy speculators, crony capitalism, or the warp speed of the forces of globalization? Can we send in the repairman and get things fixed through the legal and regulatory systems?

Or are other causes at work that may be beyond our control?

Money, Greed, and Risk is that rare book which, through adroit analysis of both historical and contemporary events and their leading players, lends new insights into the causes of financial turmoil.Charles Morris:

Explores the eternal cycle of financial crises: from brilliant innovation to gross excess and inevitable crash, before investors and institutions catch up.

Explains why the American financial system grew from a capital-starved backwater in the nineteenth century to one that plays the leading role in the world today.

Examines the technological, economic, demographic, and industrial experiences that caused the financial engine to kick into such high gear in the 1980s and 1990s.

Shows how the boom-and-bust cycle in early American history helps illuminate recent events in South Asia and Russia. In the process we become more realistic about what to expect during the nascent stages of capitalism and market development everywhere.

Explains that globalization is nothing new. The investment system in the nineteenth century was perhaps even more global than the world today.

Looks at contemporary financial geniuses--Michael Milken is a good example--and shows that they didn't invent any financial instruments that nineteenth-century counterparts like Jay Gould hadn't already thought of.

There are a handful of books about finance and the financial markets that are substantive enough to provide intellectual grist for sophisticated investors while also providing intriguing explanations of contemporary events that will be of interest to a general audience. Money, Greed, and Risk is one of them.

Finance is the plumbing that makes capitalism run. And, like a good plumbing system, finance is invisible when working well. But just as a broken pipe can be a disaster, so too when the financial system breaks and crises and crashes occur. We look to understand the causes and Charles Morris provides unusual insights that bring our understanding to a new level.
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Imagine the American republic of the 19th century: at thebeginning, a sparsely populated agrarian nation where the president,Thomas Jefferson, fords rivers on horseback to make it to his owninauguration; at the end of the century, it's a land of denselypopulated cities, teeming with factories and linked by a network ofrailroads. This extraordinary transition--and all the economicupheavals that went along with it--is described in the openingchapters of Money, Greed, and Risk, and provides the historicalcontext for a broader look at how booms and busts happen. CharlesMorris tells the story of American financial markets by looking at itslarger-than-life characters: Nicholas Biddle (the first U.S. centralbanker), Jay Gould (a much-hated financial genius who patched togethera network of rail lines), steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, oil baronJohn D. Rockefeller, and, of course, J.P. Morgan, who made America theworld's banker. By the time these men had all passed from public life,the U.S. economy had changed from a primitive system that could bebent to the will of a single financier, such as Morgan, to asophisticated, highly regulated, world-dominating conglomeration ofmassive corporations.

Then along came Michael Milken and things changed again. Morris makesthis chronicle entertaining and enlightening, although the reader isexpected to have some previous knowledge of finance and history. Hefinds connections where we don't expect them--for example, linking theleverage tactics of junk-bond king Milken to early-19th-century"wildcat" bankers. He also makes it easy to understand theaccordion-like expansions and contractions in the world's developingeconomies. Once you've read this book, you'll feel as if you've seeneverything before. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars CMO are not market neutral, CMOs markets are not liquid, and CMOs are a trillion dollar industry
1.Collaterized Mortgage Obligations grew to $1 trillion by 1993, 500 times the size of the Junk Bond melt down, valued at $22 billion and in 1994-96, the CMO market crashed.

2.The second most important financial instrument over the past half century has been the residential mortgage. In 1996, the outstanding value of residential mortgage was about $3.8 trillion.Iffund manager fear getting stuck with illiquid investments, they will demand higher interest return.In the case of mortgages, these returns are passed on, as higher financing costs for home buyers, fewer sales, and less construction activity.

3. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are private corporations supervised by government.They are authorized to buy high-quality conventional (non-federally insured) mortgages with principle amounts geared at middle-income buyers.They raise money for financing on the private market.Only Ginnie Mae has obligations guaranteed by the government.

4. Saving and Loan falter as higher interest rates in the 1970s cause mortgage values to devaluate.Because of S&L accounting practices, losses did not have to be recognized on the book until the mortgages were sold.So S&L stopped selling, which meant they had no cash to lend, and no new mortgages for Salomon Brothers to trade. St. Germain S&L legislation allow S&L to spread their losses over forty years.

5. A mortgage backed security is a long-term security, and its value is affected by changes ininterest rates.About half of the thirty-year mortgages are prepaid by about the twelfth year, and after fifteen years or so, prepayments drop off sharply.When rates rise mortgage backed fall.When rates fall, homeowners prepay, so the fund managers find themselves holding an unexpected slug of cash that has to be reinvested in low return environment.

6. In the 1970s, Freddie Mac introduced the Guaranteed Mortgage Certificate (motorcycles) which guaranteed interest and principal and the timing of cash flow which made the risk of prepayment moot. The problem with motorcycles was the more risk Freddie Mac removed from investors, the more it was taking on itself.Loss ofexpected cash flows might make it impossible to service the Motorcycles cash flow guarantees.The solution was to break the device into three tranche types: slow, medium, and fast pay.The affect, Wall street could get paper with maturity and payment predictability like short term treasury notes.Interest rates on each tranche type was based on the risk of prepayment; the medium-pay tranche would have more prepayment risk than the fast-pay.The birth of the CMO.By the 1990s, about two-thirds of all mortgages were securitized and resold, about half were CMOs. By 1987, the average mortgage spread over comparable maturity treasuries was 1 percent.The annual savings to home owners was an estimated $17 billion a year.

7. S&L usually retained most of the mortgages they issued, but whenever mortgage growth outran its financing capability, it sold off some its portfolio to Fannie Mae and generated more money for lending.

8.Mortgage bankers work with a network of mortgage brokers, who get paid by putting home buyers in touch with the lowest-cost sources of financing.The mortgage banker uses the mortgages as collateral for CMOs, pass-through certificates, or other forms of securities, which are sold through Wall Street investment banks.Investment banks that underwrite CMOs are constantly calling on mortgage banks for more product that they can sell off to investors.

9. Instead of borrowing working capital from banks, all America's biggest companies now sell short-term paper to institutional investors through Wall Street at low interest and thin fees. The commercial paper industry was born. Sub-prime collateralization would be linked to commercial paper and risk factors would drive commercial paper into scarcity, in 2008.

10.The CMO colossus distributed clean CMO bonds with well protected cash flows. The more attractive the CMO engineer tried to make the planned amortization class bond with shortfalls absorbed by the companion, the more volatile the by-products he produced. While the CMO was growing, raised capital kept it growing. During the Gulf war, 1990-91, characterized by falling rates caused an unprecedented wave of mortgage refinancing.Some CMO investors were hit hard.But fixed-rate instruments did well as a group and investors flush with cash.CMO issuance grew, reaching one level after another, however, once the Fed, started raise rates, CMO valuations declined, and prepayments lessen.The hedge funds holding the CMO securities implode from the pressure dropping market values.Hedge funds couldnot tolerate small percentage declines because the securities were highly leveraged.Examples of this implosion are Askin and Kidder and Peabody.CMOs are not market neutral.

11.Askin CMOs were collateral against margin loans. Askin used his $610 million CMO assets to acquire a $2 billion position,leveraging for profits, from Kidder, Bear Stearns, and Merrill Lynch.If the securities value falls, the borrowing company must pay.If the investor fails to come up with the money, the brokerage firm is entitled to sell the securities and proceed against the investor for the difference. The fed rate shock demonstrated the degree of non-liquidity in the CMO market.Bear Stearns moved first, calling in $63 million margin call, Askin paid $40 million.Kidder and other firms made margin calls of their own.A few of Askins clients tried to stem the tied by meeting margin calls with their own cash.Investors lost all of their $600 million dollars.

Mexican Peso Devaluation

1. Mexico's huge oil reserves and expectations oil was heading for $60 a barrel made it favorable for $100 billion in loans, mostly for grandiose state-company projects.1979-1981, Paul Volcker clampdown on American credit.Mexico defaulted in 1982.

2. Between 1983-1988, Mexico sent 6 percent of its GDP overseas, mostly to service old debt.

3. 1988-90, major American banks wrote off their uncollectible petrodollar-era loans, and the new "Brady Bond" allow Mexico and other Latin American debtors to place most of their external debt on a manageable long-term footing.Default loans were converted into bonds with a US zero-coupon treasury bond as collateral.The repayment of principal was insured.The Brady bondmaturity duration varied between 10 and 30 years.The Brady bonds included warrants for raw materials available in the Mexico and Latin America.

4. Long-term debt management resulted in spectacular short term performance in Mexico.In 1990, inflation was cut from 160 percent in 1987 to 6 percent in 1994.Big industries were privatized, NAFTA was passed, and growth in Mexico was strong.The US was experiencing recession and Mexico enjoyed growth from thelower interest rates . The Mexican Peso was strong.The strong Peso signaled to foreign investors that the value of their investments would not erode away by devaluation.A strong Peso signal that local Mexican productive was competitive against comparable foreign competition.Strict monetary and fiscal discipline ensured high saving rates and was usedas production capital.

5.In 1992, a rush of foreign currency forced currency values higher than the Mexican wanted. Foreigners were buying Pesos. The Mexican central banks started selling Pesos to drive down the exchange rate for Pesos, an absurd move for an emerging economy.Local costs could not keep pace, growth slowed, and the trade deficit accumulated.The Mexican government loosened internal create controls and Mexican bank credit grew at a compound rate of 26 percent from 1990 - 1994. The trade deficit soared to 29 percent of exports because of a surge in luxury and consumer goods imported.

6. In the mid 1990s, Mexico was totally dependant on the flow of money from American mutual funds and pension funds. Mexico offered to exchange peso-denominated bonds from the tesobono, a short-term note indexed to the dollar - a promise to protect investors against devalutation, a promise to maintain, as the Peso declined against the dollarIn 1994, tesobono grew to $29 billion..Tesobonos temporarily prevented capital flight, but no funds were coming into Mexico.Mexican elite began moving money overseas.Dec 16, 1994, the Mexican government devalued the Peso, 15 percent.Investors and fund managers felt deceived and began dumping Pesos, a $30 billion dollar market loss.IMF put together a $16 billion rescue package.Not enough, as $50 billion falling due 1995.The Clinton administration proposed a $40 billion American rescue package.

7.The initial peso shock stopped the Mexican economy.A more competitive peso caused exports to jump 31 percent in 1995 and imports fell; the net trade surplus of $7.4 billion represented a $25 billion swing in just one year.Inflation rose to 15 percent between the years 1997-1998 and GDP was 7 percent in 1997 and 4.6 percent in 1998.

4-0 out of 5 stars The "greatest hits" of financial choas
Mr. Morris book provides a very readable survey of financial crisis which occured during the last 150 years.The real value of this book lies Mr. Morris's commentary which draws into focus the fundamental similarities between seemingly unrelated financial disasters.

It is banal to observe that the future is likely to include some as-yet unforseen financial meltdown.Armegeddon-peddlers, chicken-littlers, and perpetual bears have been saying this for centuries.It it brilliance on the part of Mr. Morris to explain exactly why this is the case.

Mr. Morris debunks the garden varieties of conventional wisdom, which variously held that financial crisis are "caused" by currency speculators, Michael Milken, junk bonds traders, Jews, computer trading programs, etc.Mr. Morris demonstrates that all crisis run a predictable course: economic innovation and growth, corresponding financial innovation provide capital to fuel the growth, over-shoot of valuations of the new financial mechanisms by financial markets chasing high yields, and the invevitable crash and ensuing chaos.

The USA Savings and Loan debacle, Asian currency crisis, British investments in post Civil War USA railroads are all shown as variations on this theme.

I did not award 5 stars because the book often delves into complex financial mechanisms which could have been explained in a more layman friendly manner.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rough going for the amateur economist
I found this to be a very well written and interesting book and learned a great deal, but much of the book was over my head. An example: "...They [Barings] were the major underwriters of the bonds for the Louisiana Purchase, and in the 1820s rapidly expanded their underwritings of American state bonds to finance internal improvements. But the bookkeeping on their securities was still following trade-based forms. Issuers of bonds were authorized to draw bills of exchange on the Barings, which they would cover by forwarding the new securities to London, just as merchants would cover a trade bill by forwarding the documents on a cotton cargo." A substantial portion of the book is similarly written, but balanced by a healthy dose of colorful characters and sharp opinions by Morris.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing new...
Charles Morris' book, despite its historical depth, falls short of providing a new insight on financial crises. This book is great for starters but cannot compete against Chancellor's "devil take thehindmost" or Kindleberger's "manias, panics and crashes".Clearly a dominated asset...

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wisdom of Historical Perspective on Today's Market
An excellent book for the serious investor who wants historical perspective on the market changes happening today.It's added gift is that it will imbue its reader with the knowledge to preserve wealth and actuallyprofit whenever the next financial crisis comes, since the author provesthat there is not much new in modern crises, and their prescriptions, thatcouldn't be found in crises a hundred years ago. The author serves thereader well by constantly pointing out the irresponsibility of the nation'sbankers and financial institutions especially when motivated by greed-"the opportunity to fleece the greedy proved irresistible,"Theauthor possesses the rare skill of being able to see the wood for the treesand of relating that to his readers.The foreword is right on. ... Read more


12. Understanding Psychology Value Package (includes Study Guide for Understanding Psychology)
by Charles G. Morris, Albert A. Maisto
Paperback: Pages (2007-08-16)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Psychology Value Pack
There was only one problem with this item, it was not a value package. There was only a text book and not a study guide. This was not a major issue since the price was still a bargain, but it was a let down not to get the study guide as advertised. ... Read more


13. Psychology: Concepts and Applications (with Self Assessment Library 3.4)
by Charles G. Morris, Albert A. Maisto, Wendy L. Dunn
Paperback: 576 Pages (2008-09-01)
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Presents a scientific, accurate, and concise overview of the essential concepts within the field of psychology in a stayle and gormat that is easy for students to comprehend and learn from. Psychology: Concepts and Applications is designed specificallly for introductory psychology courses which emphasize applying the material to jobs and careers. ... Read more


14. Psychology: The Core
by Charles G. Morris, Albert A. Maisto
Paperback: 528 Pages (2008-02-24)
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Psychology: The Core presents a scientific, accurate, and thorough overview of the essential concepts of psychology and helps readers see the exciting applications of these concepts in real life. 

 

The printed textbook, Psychology: The Core, covers the core content of psychology—-the essentials that every introductory psychology student should know. It includes study aids students find most useful—-concept maps, note-taking features, and a laminated study card highlighting the most challenging topics in introductory psychology. The website www.PsychologyTheCore.com, provides more in-depth treatment of topics, up-to-date statistics, cutting edge research, simulations, video clips, and real-world applications of psychology.  A monthly blog provides an opportunity for the authors to post interesting links and new research findings and to respond to questions from readers. Annual updates to the site will ensure that readers have access to all the latest findings.

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT, CLEAN, JUST AS DESCRIBED
This book wasa shipped very fast it said estimated wait time about a week but it was on my doorstep the next day...Excellent service... It was exactly what was described. Thank you look & I forward to doing business again. ... Read more


15. Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest, 2nd Edition
by Charles E. Morris III, Stephen Howard Browne
Paperback: 559 Pages (2006-04-01)
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Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest includes thirty-five of the most significant essays from the literature. From groundbreaking theoretical works to very recent case studies, the selections reveal the evolution of a dynamic scholarship--its theoretical foundations, the debates that shape further inquiry, the critical studies that illustrate key theoretical positions.Drawing on a wide range of movements, these essays show people attempting to reform society from within. They also argue for a communication-based theory of social protest, exploring language choices and other rhetorical strategies that create leaders, inspire followers, confront power, and attract public support and sympathy--or that silence dissent, suppress uprising, or discredit protesters.

The new edition reflects current issues in and perspectives on the rhetoric of social movements, as well as a wider range of historical and contemporary social movements. A revised organization highlights conceptual themes across movements and scholarship.

Substantive introductions to the each chapter highlight key points, vital connections, and recurring conflicts. A selected bibliography--expanded in this edition--helps students launch their own research on social movements.

The first edition of this book was reviewed in Rhetoric and Public Affairs and The Review of Communication. ... Read more


16. Psychology: An Introduction
by Charles G. Morris
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This best-selling book on introductory psychology is headlined by the contributions of co-author Al Maisto, the Carnegie Foundation's College Professor of the Year. The close collaboration of master author Charles G. Morris with Al Maisto keeps Psychology: An Introduction at the cutting edge of the discipline through the use of relevant material and recent examples. Classic studies are carefully integrated with the most up-to-date research to provide readers with an accurate and current view of the field. The book presents introductory psychology as a science and as a diverse discipline, with a focus on critical thought and analysis of ideas—and a keen eye on how new technology can enhance the teaching and learning experience.Chapter topics include the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition and language, intelligence and mental abilities, motivation and emotion, life span development, personality, stress and health psychology, psychological disorders, therapies, and social psychology.For individuals looking for a thorough and appealing introduction to psychology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the basics of psychology
I was looking for a good introduction to psychology and this book gave me exactly what I wanted. It starts of with a bit of history and definitions before getting into specific fields of psychology. The book really encourages to make up your own opinion about different subjects and experiments.

Definitely recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Psychology an introduction study guide
This book was not what I thought it would be . I was lookong more on the lines of a text book on Introduction to Psychology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction
At my school we use this textbook for our AP Psychology class.It is very clear and understandable, a great introduction to Psychology.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am delighted by this book.
First of all, I am a computer scientist and I picked this book without taking a course. I was reading books like"Your erroneous zones", "Too much control", "Do what you are" and some others like those, when I decided I wanted have a deeper understanding of psychology.

This book is great. I was first surprised to discover there was much more to psychology than Freud, Jung and the psychoanalysis. Just look at its table of contents.

1. The Science of Psychology.
2. The Biological Basis of Behavior.
3. Sensation and Perception.
4. States of Consciousness.
5. Learning.
6. Memory.
7. Cognition and Language.
8. Intelligence and Mental Abilities.
9. Motivation and Emotion.
10. Life Span Development.
11. Personality.
12. Stress and Health Psychology.
13. Psychological Disorders.
14. Therapies.
15. Social Psychology.

Reading this book helped me understand myself and other people, and it has a lot of sources. There was not a chapter I found uninteresting. A great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Speechless
I am so impressed.I was hessitant about purchasing a used book online, but I had a great experience.The book was just as described and was to my door 3 days after I ordered it. ... Read more


17. The Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets
by Charles R. Morris
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2009-06-08)
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Throughout the violent financial disruptions of the past several years, three men have stood out as beacons of judgment and wisdom: Warren Buffett, George Soros, and Paul Volcker. Though their experiences and styles vary—Buffett is the canny stock market investor; Soros is the reader of shifting global tides in trade and currencies; and Volcker is the regulator and governor, sheriff and clean-up crew—they have very much in common.

All three men have more than fifty years of deep involvement in markets. All are skeptical of Wall Street frenzies. They believe that markets tend to be right, but usually only over the medium term. They have seen too many cycles of herd-driven, emotion-riding booms and busts to make their views hostage to the sweeping and simplistic assumptions of “efficient-markets” models.

With the benefit of his own deep understanding of markets and finance, Morris brilliantly analyzes the records of these men, distilling their wisdom and experience—and argues for the importance of consistent values in navigating the treacherous terrain of today’s globalized world.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Financial Disciplines or lack of
I know of all three men.I worked on Wall Street during the 70s-1990.
Soros in particular was and is a very dangerous man.I even think reading between the lines he made a lot of money in the gray by cornering markets and using derivates.Buffet used old fashion investment tools: value and patience.Volocker is also, a tradionalist who believes in regulation blended with s free market system.It's a shame he left and Alan Greenspan stepped in.Greenspan was one of the key architects of the 2008 financial crisis.Paul Volocker would have seen it coming.. .Alan did too but enjoyed his celebrity status too much to care.

It is not important that people know about these three men.However, the book is well written and true to the facts as I know them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Bio on Investors
i bought this book mainly because i wanted to read the biography of warren buffet.
having said that, i found biography on soros to be rather difficult to read, and boring.
story on volker was interesting.sotry on buffet was good.
i don't recommend this book if you're looking for investment ideas or such.but it's a god pastime book if you can understand what the heck the author is saying when he's talking about soros.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed! Not helpful nor insightful at all
The author might have attempted this to be a sequel to his bestseller "The Trillion Dollar Meltdown", that those sages did share the same foresight and philosophy as his own. Pardon me that as somebody who had read many books of and about Soros and Buffet, I am obliged to comment this compilation of biographies is sub par, in particular the section on Soros which is like a poor summary of Soros's "The Alchemy of Finance". If not for the section on Volcker, I would have rated it a one star. Not helpful on sharpening one's trading/investment edge, nor gaining any insight of the current financial turmoil. In short, not recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful and provocative
Morris speaks from a deep background in economic theory and analysis.His insightful recounting of both people and events in recent financial markets is provocative.He relates his subjects' unique vision and interpretation of financial market cycles in an interesting and easy to understand way.

4-0 out of 5 stars The three sages dance to their own music
Morris does a nice job summarizing some of their key accomplishments. While doing that, the reader will learn about some important events in the past forty years or so. The book is divided into four chapters. One chapter is dedicated to each sage and the final chapter is some of the author's thoughts and insights on capitalism and the markets.He interviewed Soros and Volcker but did not have direct access to Buffett.

This is not a light read. Like his previous book, "Trillion Dollar Meltdown", background knowledge of finance and economics makes the reader appreciate the book more. The casual reader who wants to learn about these three important figures may get confused at some of the more intricate financial parts of the book. I greatly respect the three sages but I disagree with the author that the three saw the 2008 crisis coming. While they might have known that we were on a path of destruction, even they did not know how and when it would manifest itself in the real world. If they did, you can be sure that Soros and Buffett would have made billions more than they did at that time.

Soros has written many books. Morris summarizes Soros' philosophies on philanthropy and investing. Large section is dedicated to recounting Soros' one year diary in the 1980's. Unlike, Buffett, Soros' investing strategies are mysterious. Aside from very general theories and thoughts, Soros has not described how he goes about making investing decisions.Soros' son even acknowledges that his father's back pain may influence his investing decisions more than anything else. I am skeptical of his son's anecdote (which Soros, himself, does not deny) given Soros' amazing success.

I have read extensively on Buffett so I got very little out of that chapter, but if you know little about Buffett, then you may find it worthwhile. This chapter is based on what has already been written about Buffett and his own letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. If you have read Schroeder's "Snowball", then perhaps you, too will find little new in this section.

I got the most out of the Volcker section mostly because I knew least about him. Morris' account of how Volcker managed to break inflation was interesting. He takes you behind the scenes of the Fed at the time.
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