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21. Fatally Frosted: A Donut Shop
22. Cognitive Therapy: Basics and
23. The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices
24. The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet
25. Love Is Never Enough: How Couples
26. America's March to Socialism:
27. Nothing Special: Living Zen
28. Everyday Zen: Love and Work (Plus)
29. David's Angel
30. Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police
31. The Real America: Messages from
32. Bringing Words to Life: Robust
33. For His Eyes Only
34. Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and
35. Cognitive Therapy for Challenging
36. Beck And Call
37. Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional
38. Resource Manual to Accompany Nursing
39. The Beck Diet Solution: Train
40. The Christmas Sweater

21. Fatally Frosted: A Donut Shop Mystery (Donut Shop Mysteries)
by Jessica Beck
Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (2010-08-03)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.70
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Asin: 0312946112
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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 A local busy body has dropped dead after eating one of Suzanne’s famous treats. A forensic team is soon swarming through the Donut Hearts kitchen, dusting for clues, sifting through sugar, and suspecting the worst of Suzanne. But with the help of police inspector Jake Bishop and her ex-husband Max, Suzanne hopes to clear her good name—before another bad donut is fatally frosted…

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3-0 out of 5 stars NOT A MUST READ
This book is a good read but not one of those "Don't Miss" stories.The story was interesting butSuzanne is not one of my favorite characters.She has issues with most everyone and she certainly should trust her boyfriend Jake more.She doesn't seem to have much faith in his job skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fatally Frosted
I love this new read for me.It is well organized, intriguing and fun...recipes included a bonus!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, hope to see more from this author
As a fan of culinary mysteries I'm always looking for new books and this one was great. I'm hoping to see more from this author in this series or anything similar.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not original
This is the second in the series, and while the first was good enough to bring me back for more, I'm disappointed in number two. The protagonist seems to have a bit too much of an attitude, and what may have been intended to come across as a woman with spunk and moxie comes across as a woman who is rude and brash.It's just too much to believe that someone can walk around saying and doing the things she does in this book.And I agree with another reviewer that it reminds you of the Joanne Fluke mysteries where a woman running her own small business becomes involved with the local law enforcement.The donut aspect is interesting, but it was better in the first one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not original!
This is the first of Jessica Beck's that I have read. I've read all of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson books and this book seems like a duplicate of those books.The town, the boyfriend, the townspeople, the baking, etc - all the same. Very un-original! ... Read more

22. Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond
by Judith S. Beck Phd
Hardcover: 338 Pages (1995-05-19)
list price: US$50.00 -- used & new: US$24.99
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Asin: 0898628474
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since its development in the 1960s as a structured, short-term psychotherapy for depression, cognitive therapy has come of age. Today the approach is successfully applied in the treatment of a broad range of psychological disorders, an evolution reflected in the myriad titles now available. Regardless of the disorder, all these applications are based oncore, underlying principles, which are clearly articulated in this volume. Providing readers with a solid foundation for practice, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond delineates the fundamental building blocks of cognitive conceptualization and treatment.

Written in a clear, step-by-step style, this text helps therapists sharpen their conceptualization skills, plan more effective treatment, expand their repertoire of techniques, and trouble-shoot difficulties. Throughout the volume, the author offers clinical examples and transcripts drawn from one patient's treatment to illuminate the narrative and illustrate cognitive therapy in action.

Introductory chapters describe how to conceptualize clients according to the cognitive model, plan and conduct the first session, identify initial problems and goals, and structure therapy within and across sessions. Then the basic steps for conducting cognitive therapy are presented, with specific instruction on how to identify, evaluate, and respond to a client's automatic thoughts. Effective strategies for modifying underlying assumptions and core beliefs are also explicated.

Methods for increasing homework compliance, preparing for termination, and preventing relapse are laid out. Even experienced cognitive therapists will find new strategies and insights in chapters on planning treatment, diagnosing problems, using imagery, and bringing about behavioral change.

In addition to numerous practical suggestions, this volume features a variety of sample patient worksheets and appendices that detail resource materials and reading lists for both the practitioner and the client. A final chapter offers guidance in progressing as a cognitive therapist.

An important resource for any therapist's shelf, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond is necessary reading for the practitioner or student new to cognitive therapy who wants to learn about this tested approach, and for the clinician already practicing cognitive therapy who wants to learn the cutting-edge strategies of conceptualization and treatment.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Harder book to put into practice
This book is much harder to use for therapy than her father's. This is more about how to be a cognitive therapist, and is of a textbook style, with only one example case followed through the book. If you want to learn how to be a cognitive therapist this is a good book for that. If you are seeking an overview of how cognitive therapy works and learning specific tools the cognitive therapy for mood disorders is a much better read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, classic
Excellent book outlining cognitive therapy and how it is applied to patients. Easy to read and offers a great example in every chapter. I used this book as a citation for many of my papers/assignments and even relied on it as a reference for my comprehensive exams. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond
This is an excellent learning tool and reference book for learning to understand the basics inCognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is concise and practical. It easily identifies difficulties encountered while using C.B.T.and provides practical solutions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A great read.Easy to follow, with clear descriptions of what cognitive therapy is and how to apply it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great intro book for Psychology
This book compiles all the basic concept of cognitive therapy, and how therapy session is structurally formulated based on individual progress. At the end of each chapter, the author provides a sample therapy session to reinforce the presented concepts, making it easier to grasp.

It covers the foundation of cognitive therapy by Dr. Beck, with the goal of treating anxiety and social phobia effectively. In recent years, cognitive therapy has been considered as an adjunct treatment to conventional medical rehabilitation, and has proven to be as effective.

Later on, it goes on explaining how structured cognitive therapy works, and even illustrates with a sample of worksheet and screening for depression and anxiety.

The author not only writes intellectually, but also helps people of various professional background understand cognitive therapy, even with little knowledge in psychology. It's a must-read for mental health practitioners, prospective psychologists as well as patients seeking help. ... Read more

23. The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life
by Martha Beck
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2003-05-06)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$4.70
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Asin: 0609609904
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Welcome to The Joy Diet, a menu of ten behaviors you can add to your way of living and thinking to enhance every day’s journey through the unpredictable terrain of your existence. You can add these behaviors gradually and watch your life become steadily more vivid and satisfying. Or you can go on a “crash Joy Diet” to help you navigate life’s emergencies.
The ten menu items are:

• Nothing: Do nothing for fifteen minutes a day. Stop mindlessly chasing goals and figure out which goals are worth going after.

• Truth: Create a moment of truth to help you unmask what you’re hiding—from others and from yourself.

• Desire: Identify, articulate, and explore at least one of your heart’s desires—and learn how to let yourself want what you want.

• Creativity: Learn six new ways to develop at least one new idea to help you obtain your heart’s desire.

• Risk: Take one baby step toward reaching your goal. The only rule is it has to scare the pants off you.

• Treats: Give yourself a treat for every risk you take and two treats just because you’re you. No exceptions. No excuses.

• Play: Take a moment to remember your real life’s work and differentiate it from the games you play to achieve it. Then play wholeheartedly.

• Laughter: Laugh at least thirty times a day. Props encouraged.

• Connection: Use your Joy Diet skills to interact with someone who matters to you.

• Feasting: Enjoy at least three square feasts a day, with or without food.

No matter what your long-term goals are, The Joy Diet, written with Martha Beck’s inimitable blend of
wisdom, practical guidance, and humor, will help you achieve the immediate gift of joyful living in the here
and now. Begin your journey today. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
This book is fantastic - it describes 10 easy things you can do to get more out of your life. The activities are not difficult nor do they take much time out of your day. However, they are very helpful in creating a more fulfilling life.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Joy Diet Book
Great book for moving ahead or finding your true goals in your journey through life. It is sometimes intense and helps you soul search, if you are ready for that. I just love it! It has helped me to focus on the important things and I am learning to have a better, happier and balanced life. Thank you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Funny & Insightful, a great book!
This book has nothing to do with food! Fun, mind-opening steps to get more joy in your life written by an author with a fabulous sense of humor. Beware, this was a gateway book for me - I promptly read all her other books after enjoying this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love that Martha Beck
This is a great book, a fun and light gift. I liked the eagle/mouse perspective - sometimes it helps to switch from the big and small picture when looking at situations that are causing grief. I also loved the laughter tickers -- too funny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional

Nice Book.Can't go wrong to own one and this is the best way to get one.Came in before shape. ... Read more

24. The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace
by Martha Beck PhD
Paperback: 384 Pages (2008-03-18)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$1.90
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Asin: 1594868123
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The woman Psychology Today calls "the best-known life coach in America" shatters the myth that willpower is an effective weight-loss tool and introduces a revolutionary approach to lifetime leanness based on a series of "4-day wins" that work with any weight-loss program.

This paperback edition includes an appendix where readers can complete the book's many exercises, making it even easier to follow the program!


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5-0 out of 5 stars Learn why your mind hasn't cooperated with previous diets...
I once asked a very fit personal trainer if she had the ideal diet plan, and what the specifics were about what I should be sure to eat and be sure to avoid; her response was:"You probably already know what to eat and skip, but you're just not doing it."She was so right, but I couldn't figure out WHY I wasn't choosing the carrots over the chocolate, the water over the soda....This bookThe Four Day Win (the 1st "self-help" type of book I've ever read because I'm usually stand-offish to "psycho-babble" kind of writing) totally gives me insight into the WHY behind my choices and lets me stand back and WATCH myself make better, deliberate choices, with no feeling of deprivation, rather a strong feeling of control and with that, pride.. and a slimmer waistline!I really appreciate the understanding of self this book gave me, which resulted in power over my choices and with that, a calm.I love Beck's wit, to boot.I highly recommend this book to anyone who has trouble resisting dessert... or anyone who wants it to become second nature to make good choices in life.Good luck to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great Book! The concept is right on and not just a repeat of other diet books. It has great cognitive behavioral techniques to help you change the way you think about food.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, refreshing program for weight loss.
Incredible book.I bought it for a friend.Has changed my life for the better.Would encourage everyone to give it a read.It has a quirky, irreverent style that I found engaging but may put off others.The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace [4 DAY WIN]

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I already knew that I enjoyed Martha Beck's writing style and her humor.But after many diets and many diet books over the past 20 years - I believe that this book spoke to me the most.Perhaps it was just good timing for me, but at 32 years old I needed advice like this and inspiration toward slow, but continuous, permanent change.No 'get skinny quick' plans that don't work.This is more a book about being a happier person, but the focus is weight and no doubt you will become a happier and thinner person.Don't try to follow everything to the 'T' right away, give yourself time to digest different sections of the book and then take a break and go back to it.That is how I did it and I'm happier and thinner.My age and stage of life helped too, I don't know if this book is for everyone.The fact that I really respect Martha Beck plays a role as well.I highly recommend it and if you don't lose weight, you will definitely gain some other wonderful knowledge & insight!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Four-Day Win
If you've even wondered why you can't, or won't, let yourself lose weight, this is the guide for you. Beck's candid, and sometimes heartbreaking, personal journey led her to find her true peace, and weight. This is an exceptional gift to those of us who've spent too many years trying to figure out what we didn't know. We don't have to do it alone, or struggle, anymore. ... Read more

25. Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstandings, Resolve Conflicts, and Solve
by Aaron T. Beck
Paperback: 432 Pages (1989-10-18)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$5.39
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Asin: 0060916044
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With eloquence and accessibility, Dr. Aaron T. Beck analyzes the actual dialogue of troubled couples to illuminate the most common problems in marriage--the power of negative thinking, disillusionment, rigid rules and expectations, and miscommunication. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love is Never Enough by Aaron Beck
Soooo wish I had this book earlier in my marriage.Misunderstandings and reactions to them are and will be the source of problems down the road.This books helps identify and resolve most of them.It's been a great book to read over again when feeling frustrated

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best and Most Pragmatic Book for Couples Counseling
As a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist, I do a lot of marriage counseling and couples work.I have found that Aaron Beck's 'Love is Never Enough' is the clearest and most effective book to use with couples.Additionally, it has the best outcome.

Couples, under a therapist's guidance, can use this book together.It is easy to read, has great hand-outs and is pragmatic.It focuses on the day-to-day issues that many couples find themselves getting stuck on.

While I think that couples could try to use this book themselves without a therapist's guidance, and are likely to benefit from it, this would apply only to couples who do not have serious issues.Couples with serious issues need to work with a therapist.A book alone is not sufficient.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helps me improve a wonderful marriage
Bought this book a few years ago, and read most of it at that time.Now, whenever I need a tune-up in my view and attitude (regards my marriage) I tend to open it again.Am a very happily married man of over 40 years marriage....and have a keen interest in this relationship invented by God.Have read a host of books on marriage over the decades, but this one is in a diff. catigory....it is a real jewel.Dr. Beck knows how our minds work, being an eng. I thought I had a clue too, but he shows that when our relationship is in stress we often think/act in the most illogical ways.He really helps me get my thinking back on track when I need it.Believe he has a great adv. over many writers in this field due to his background, years of exp. and also his long and successful marriage to the same woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars good
I received the product in a timely manner and in good condition.I'm very satisfied with my purchase

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read for all couples
Very good if you care to make the most out of your marriage.
It is more about learning to enjoy rather than solving a crisis.You don't need to wait until things are falling apart to read this book.Read it early and read it often. ... Read more

26. America's March to Socialism: Why we're one step closer to giant missile parades
by Glenn Beck
Audio CD: Pages (2009-05-12)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$7.95
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Asin: 0743598547
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Only on Audio!
One small step toward big government,
one giant leap toward missile parades...

"The Glenn Beck Program presents: More truth behind America's March to Socialism." So begins one of the most popular regular segments of Glenn Beck's top-rated daily radio program. Now, in this audio exclusive, unavailable in any other format, America's March To Socialism collects over an hour of the most memorable, insightful and controversial of these segments into an audio program that will inspire the ever-expanding base who know Beck from his phenomenally successful radio and television series and his #1 bestselling books.

From massive government spending to media declarations of the death of capitalism, Glenn Beck hears the sounds of boots marching America toward a system of government that bears a closer resemblance to socialism with each passing day. To document this, he focuses on stories that range from the headlines - irresponsible stimulus spending, greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programs, instant unionization efforts - to more obscure local stories that might otherwise be overlooked, such as Chicago's out-of-towners tax, and Connecticut's attempt to undermine the authority of the Catholic Church. He also provides snapshots of the encroaching progress of socialistic programs from around the world, railing against the Europeans' call for a global New Deal.

A visionary, provocative call to action, as timely and courageous as his #1 blockbuster An Inconvenient Book, America's March To Socialism presents Glenn Beck at his absolute, irreverent and authoritative best. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Timely and Foretelling
This book is a must read for anyone who has any doubts where America is headed, with the current idiots in Washington in charge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Reading!
I had no ideal how fast this country was plunging into socialism! It is happening right before our eyes and our heads are in the sand. Glen Beck spells it all out right here. Very highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
With government socializing medicine, taking over the auto industry, the financial industry, raising taxes like crazy, and now even trying to give the president the power to "suspend" the internet on an "emergency" basis, this book by Glen Beck is a must read for all freedom-loving Americans!

1-0 out of 5 stars Thanks Glenn
I believe in Socialism. Social Security, Medicare, a Public Option or better yet Universal Health care. It would be great if all of you so-called conservatives would move to another State and all of us Liberals could move to a Liberal State. What I don't understand is how can conservatives believe in the Republican Party they don't practice what they preach? By the way the book is completely wrong about Socialism.

2-0 out of 5 stars America's March to Socialism
We have read "Arguing with Idiots" and "Common Sense" were very pleased with the books and felt they were a good read.We purchased this and found it not very enlightening and the radio show format difficult to follow and will not purchase radio show CD's in the future. ... Read more

27. Nothing Special: Living Zen
by Charlotte J. Beck, Steve Smith
Paperback: 177 Pages (1993-09-03)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$4.10
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Asin: 0062511173
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A Zen Center weekend in a book! The delightfully contemporary teacher and bestselling author of Everyday Zen shows how to make living itself a spiritual practice and how to discover that the extraordinary is really "nothing special." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very pretty first chapter.
Very pretty first chapter, but becomes dryer afterward.Very gentle presentation.Each chapter is apparently a separate lesson, most of which are similar to a number of psychology tracts I've read.The ideas it presents are nicely compartmentalized for periodic one-subject-at-a-time reading.It did not read very well when I tried to just plow through it from cover to cover like I usually do for most books.It has been sort of organized on specific themes in each section, but sometimes it's hard to tell why some chapters were grouped together.Good use of analogy for the most part, but the analogies in some chapters are a bit strained, impairing understand more than helping.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title fool you; this book is very sepcial
This is the first book of Beck's that I read; it was excellent, perhaps the best I have read about Zen. Beck is one tough old lady with a no nonsense approach to Zen practice. I highly recommend this book to anyone--veteran or beginner. What I especially like about Beck's approach is how she demystifies Zen. Zen isn't about some lofty bliss state; it's about being right here right now. Her practice forces us to confront and then accept the hardest koans of all--life koans from our everyday experiences. Anger, frustration, grief, these are materials of Beck's Ordinary Mind Zen. I loved it!

4-0 out of 5 stars first few chapters are bitchin
great gift book
pass it along!
if you're stagnating or wrapped up in your cocoon of pain, this book may help.
but maybe not.
and you know that.
but you keep reading books anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
I read this book more than a couple of years ago, but I still feel that I benefit from what I learned from it. It really increased my mindfulness and awareness of my own thoughts and behavior. I think that the benefits I got from the book have led me to a better place. I highly recommend it both for disciplined meditators and those who currently are neither disciplined nor meditators :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn special
When I purchased this book online about a year ago, I had no idea what a gift it would be. I was curious about Zen, but hadn't incorporated it into my life quite yet. I read pieces of the book here and there, and I soon realized there was something really incredible about it. It seemed like no matter what I was going through in life, reading only a few pages would "speak" to me incredibly. It feels like this book was written just for me, and I believe that chances are you will feel the same way when you read it for yourself. The book is so excellent that I decided to purchase it for my friend. Finally today I have finished this book, and I can't wait to read it again.

This book is very down to earth. Compassionate, but brutally honest. If you will open your mind and heart, this book will guide you in transforming your "small mind" into "big mind." I would say this book is equivalent to a Christian devotional. Definitely won't hurt to read one short chapter everyday. This book will continue giving, and perhaps you will too. :) ... Read more

28. Everyday Zen: Love and Work (Plus)
by Charlotte J. Beck
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-09-01)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$8.55
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Asin: 0061285897
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Charlotte Joko Beck offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living—love, relationships, work, fear, ambition, and suffering. Everyday Zen shows us how to live each moment to the fullest. This Plus edition includes an interview with the author.

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5-0 out of 5 stars very nice
I've read a bunch of books on Zen and on other lineages, and looked through a bunch more, and this is really the one that has spoken to me the most, by far.It's specific, wise, relevant, and somehow just generally brings things home in a way that others don't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reality, and how to get there
Great book!!

Relates Zen to "day-to-day" American cultural attitudes. Not just some esoteric text (not that there is anything wrong with that!).

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best practical guides to Zen/Work/Practice
One of the best introductory book on Zen practice. Very practical, applicable guides to life-centered living. Joko helps the reader integrate Zen lessons into everyday living. She illustrates how meditation and practice are not only on the cushion but in our daily lives, that the real practice is not during sitting but involved with our actions. We sit not to be better at sitting but to be better at living.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice for Living in the present.
I have been a practicing Zen student for 30 years, and I think this book is the best.
If you think you are going to get enlightened and all your problems will be solved, you probably won't like this book, because it may shatter your dreams. Do you want that?
For the rest of us, who have no such illusions, this book tells us how to be more kind, and how to enjoy our messy uncomfortable lives more and more and more. Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars I feel... wow....
I think I want to cry.Literally.I think this book has changed my life. ... Read more

29. David's Angel
by Stephanie Beck
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-09-12)
list price: US$5.50
Asin: B0042P55MW
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When kink and reality collide, compromise and love keep everyone satisfied.Living a BDSM lifestyle, Polly is devastated when her husband and dom of ten years dies. Although she is capable of supporting her daughters and maintaining her home, she aches for the companionship of a partner and the dominance of a sexual master. A decade has passed since David lost Polly to his best friend. She was the one who got away, though his desire to be with her never faded. With the death of Polly’s husband bringing them back together, their attraction is instantly rekindled. Settling into the role of surrogate father and dominating partner, David knows the family needs time to heal. But will the questions people ask about their lifestyle and betrayal within their BDSM group be challenges too great to overcome? ... Read more

30. Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Per Wahloo, Maj Sjowall
Paperback: 224 Pages (2008-09-30)
list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$7.80
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Asin: 0307390462
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler.On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. With no clues Beck begins an investigation not only to uncover a murderer but also to discover who the victim was. Three months later, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people on a cruise. As the melancholic Beck narrows the list of suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for casual sex, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive--indeed, terrifying--sense of propriety.. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not totally convinced...
I was looking forward to the Martin Beck series, having read good reviews and had strong recommendations from a friend.I am not as enthralled as I had hoped to be.The book was tedious and I struggled to stay focused and read to it's abrupt end.

4-0 out of 5 stars Spare, thoughtful... a tough mystery
It is easy to see that Henning Mankell was influenced by Sjowall & Wahloo.Spare, succinct writing in a culturally aware police procedural; with epic overtones.I look forward to reading the whole series of ten to get a better idea of what Sjowall & Wahloo are trying to relate about the state of Sweden 1965-75 and (modern) society.

ROSEANNA is a strange book in some ways.Detective Inspector Martin Beck is an enigmatic and wispy presence.He seems to live and operate on another plane.He is always suffering from a bad stomach, a cold, etc.He is an existential figure.He is compassionate, yet laconic.After his civic duty, he has nothing for his wife and children.He is neither conventionally admirable, nor heroic.

The mystery's plot is tight and satisfying; the book is difficult to put down.It is unflinching, raw,and must have been a revelation in1965.It's hard to shock the modern reader, but the immediacy of ROSEANNA, and the un-answerable questions raised still hold up well when read today.Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I don't normally write Amazon reviews, but I can't keep my mouth shut about this book. It was one of the best books I've ever read. Lately, I've become a big fan of Swedish police procedurals, devouring Nesser and Mankell, but Sjowall and Wahloo are going right to the top of my "must read this or die" list.

The story is simple: During a routine dredging of a Swedish lake, workers uncover the body of mutilated, strangled young woman. Inspector Martin Beck and his detectives catch the case, and they have their work cut out for them. Who is this woman? Where did she come from? Who did her in? And, most importantly, can they keep him from killing again?

There's just something wonderful about Swedish procedurals. I can't quite put my finger on it, but they're so refreshing and interesting compared to American thrillers, which often drip with gratuitous violence and sex and are terribly written. Generally, the Swedes keep it simple and straightforward, using 10 words where Americans might take 30 to convey the same thing. Sjowall and Wahloo don't disappoint; the writing moves along at a great pace, very smooth and engaging, every word carefully selected. (And clearly translated with love; and precision. I'm normally wary of translations, but the men and women who translate Swedish procedurals are just brilliant.)

Most vivid is the characterization. Like other Swedish authors, Sjowall and Wahloo don't "over-characterize." They don't drown readers with dozens of pages of backstory and physical description. They use adjectives sparingly. Instead, readers are treated to the golden rule: show, don't tell. Actions and dialogue dominate the characterization, giving us a genuine feel for Beck, Ahlberg, Kollander and all the others. Naturally, we get to know Beck the best, spending the majority of the novel with him. He's crisp and realistic.

The writing is suspenseful and compelling. I hate the cliché "couldn't put it down," but seriously, I was glued to this book, frantically trying to finish it at work before the press started. Wahloo and Sjowall start slow with the puzzling discovery of the unknown corpse, slowly add interest to the case, then grab you by the nuts and never let go as it rockets to a fantastic, satisfying conclusion. It's not that there are overly surprising twists and turns -- it's more realistic, in that there are dead ends and misinformation and uncooperative witnesses, and the cops are in the dark, and so are you, feeling your way along the edges in shadow, trying to find the killer.

This book also contains one of the most disturbing, creepiest scenes I've ever read. Without giving too much away: Beck and his team are studying amateur video footage of the fateful cruise, which inadvertently caught shots of the murdered girl. Can't you imagine them in that quiet room, watching jerky, poorly lit, silent 1960s video footage of a girl just hours from her death? Then they start counting down her life: "Here she has 12 hours to live, now just 8, this must have been taken 3 hours before..." It disturbed me all night. Fantastic, wonderfully written, really digs its claws into you. There's a psychological aspect to the case that really affects you and creeps you out -- and dammit, I love it.

If you like crime novels, read this. If you like police procedurals, read this. If you like psychological thrillers, read this. Hell, if you're just looking for good reading, read this. I can't recommend it enough. I'll be buying the remaining Martin Beck books, as well as other novels by the authors, whether paired or individually, as soon as I can. Fantastic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Police Procedural
This is a simple book.A crime is committed and the police, led by Martin Beck, assiduously and systematically track down the killer.As others have noted, the book is tersely written but each sentence is power-packed.As you go through the book, you get a good feel for the characters and the settings.There is enough suspense and drama to keep you riveted, but not overwhelmed.This is a gem of a police procedural in all respects.

4-0 out of 5 stars A true murder mystery
I have been spoiled with white knuckle murder mysteries that I almost didn't finish this book. Written in 1965, it really made me slow down and think about crimes and how they were solved back then. I think this book was a breath of fresh air, mostly because I'm not used to the old detective or manual solving of a murder.I gave this book a chance and really learned how murders were solved back in the 60s. This book took place mostly in Sweden, with many references to other parts of the world, including Lincoln, Nebraska, where the murder victim was from.If you can get past the obvious grammatical errors made during the translation from Swedish to English, then it is worth the read. However, you have to give this book a chance because the main climax comes about 50 pages to the end of the book. Please don't read just the last pages of the book because it gives an overview of most of the passengers of the boat, why Detective Martin Beck is the way he is, and the gripping details as to how they solved a virtually unsolvable crime. All they started out with was a dead body in a lake.

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31. The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland
by Glenn Beck
Paperback: 272 Pages (2005-01-04)
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Glenn Beck has entertained, inspired, and informed millions with his self-effacing humor, heartfelt conviction, and down-to-earth approach to life. And in The Real America, a powerful collection of his early writings, he calls it as he sees it, cutting through the fog of those who have made it their mission to underestimate -- and undermine -- the greatness of America and the power of "We the People." Whether the topic is family, religion, personal responsibility, rampant political correctness, presidential elections, or out-of-control celebrities, Glenn Beck rails against the forces that keep us from uniting and fulfilling our potential and explains how to overcome them. His compelling, patriotic, and spiritually driven message will inspire you to connect with your own power and help lead us back to that place that is quickly being forgotten...THE REAL AMERICA. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Glenn Beck
I'm a devoted fan of Glenn Beck's, however, I felt this particular audio book not his best work. However,it was still "good." Beck is an amazing person, his overcoming liquor and dangerous pill and tablet addictions, are inspiring. Beck has come a long way-and in his brief life- met his 'demons' face-to-face, with courage and integrity. His latest goals and accomplishments amaze me. Thank you for allowing me to own this case series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Book!
I have been a Beck Fan for years and never understood why he was on CNN instead of Fox. The man is intelligent, caring, funny and wonderfully weird... and it all comes through in this book.He covers a great variety of topics including why he is a Mormon, which was so funny I was laughing out loud. I'm not a religious person so it was interesting to me how an adult chooses a particular religion. If you love Glen the way millions of us do, you will love this book. If you are open minded or don't know much about Beck, you will love this book. If you're a typical hate filled liberal who hates Glen Beck, hates Fox News, hates Conservatives and Traditional Values, save your money because you will hate this too.But please, be honest and don't criticize the book if you haven't even read it, just because you don't like Beck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book like all the others Glenn has written is great.I don't think Glenn is a radical or an alarmest.But I do think he has nailed it as solid as anyone could. We can all learn from him and his books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting I must say...
This book was written by Glenn Beck, whom I must say is very sexy...although I don't agree with everything in his book. His book Common Sense was his best book. Although this book has a lot of facts inside that some people may not want to believe until they do the research themselves. This book is good for those who really want to debate.

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Exceptional Service Second To NONE!
All they said it would me and More!
Packaged professionally and well padded!
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This SELLER EARNED A "10"...too bad 5 is the best I can do!

32. Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
by Isabel L. Beck PhD, Margaret G. McKeown Phd, Linda Kucan PhD, Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan
Paperback: 148 Pages (2002-03-20)
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Exciting and engaging vocabulary instruction can set students on the path to a lifelong fascination with words. This book provides a research-based framework and practical strategies for vocabulary development with children from the earliest grades through high school. The authors emphasize instruction that offers rich information about words and their uses and enhances students' language comprehension and production. Teachers are guided in selecting words for instruction; developing student-friendly explanations of new words; creating meaningful learning activities; and getting students involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words both within and outside the classroom. Many concrete examples, sample classroom dialogues, and exercises for teachers bring the material to life. Helpful appendices include suggestions for trade books that help children enlarge their vocabulary and/or have fun with different aspects of words.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
This book was recommended to me at an RTI conference. It is quick and easy to read.It is jam packed with ideas and information for how to help your students learn vocabulary.Its a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionized my concept of vocabulary instruction
I use this book for my children in a homeschool environment.When I first read this book, many of the concepts resonated true (i.e. that children guess at the meanings of words in books and often "miss the mark").The book explains how to pull out words from the books that children are reading, and to use those words as a basis for creating vocabulary worksheets.It gives alternate ways for finding vocabulary words as well.The recommendations in this book are very specific, with several examples.It does not do the work for you - you still have to come up with your own words and worksheets.However, the examples are detailed and clear, and I found the process of creating vocabulary worksheets to be simple.The first couple of times that I created worksheets, I had the book open as I created questions, to make sure that I was not missing any important points.After that, it was a breeze.My oldest is an advanced 3rd grade, and I found the recomemndations useful for her age bracket, but I fully expect to use this for many years to come, as the recommendations cross age boundaries well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for any age
I tutor 9th graders and vocabulary is very important.I loved this book.It not only gave good examples of tier 2 and 3 words but how to find them in what they read and how to present them so that they will use them.I am trying these techniques out on my 9th graders.

3-0 out of 5 stars If I had world enough and time...
I think the ideas here are sound, but as I read I imagine a team of writers working together and spending many hours devising lessons. Working teachers don't have that much time. It is generally a bad sign when the positive reviews on the back cover of the book are from PhDs. Quite often these people have never actually used the book with students.

5-0 out of 5 stars The love for words . . .
. . . should certainly be a central goal for all reading teachers to transmit to their students. "Bring Words to Life" serves as an excellent reference for doing just that. A variety of strategies are provided to address the needs of readers across grade levels (sorry, but I disagree with those who believe that books, such as this one, should only address the needs of students at particular grade levels), that will prove useful to all teachers.

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33. For His Eyes Only
by Avery Beck
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-09-07)
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Beauty vs. power—a dangerous game with the heart as the prize…

Jacey Cass radiates confidence and sensuality just once a year, when she meets her rich and powerful lover for a night of anonymous sex. The rest of her calendar is filled with the daily struggle to survive. Her cashier job at Insomnia, Miami’s hottest lingerie shop, doesn’t go far toward college tuition, but she’s determined to rise above her mother’s freeloading legacy. 
Alex Vaughn is one promotion away from realizing his life’s ambition. For years he’s been forced to stand by and watch his father systematically destroy the values that made Insomnia great. Now, with an expected vacancy in the summer catalog, he takes a chance. He’s never formally met the fascinating woman he takes to bed every year, but he knows a marketable body when he sees one. The last thing he expects is for her to turn the opportunity down flat.
Jacey won’t consider a handout—even from the man whose white-hot caress is the one bright spot of her life. Then a modeling competition’s prize money lures her from behind the register and into the blinding spotlight, unaware of what the cost could be to her heart…
Warning: This title follows a young woman’s journey from fear of intimacy to trust in love, with frequent, explicit descriptions of the sensual lessons learned on the way.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Liked her, but not him
She was well-developed and spunky, even tho she had issues - who doesn't?But he was indecisive and sold out, couldn't make up his mind about a whole lot ... so while I read it all the way through, it wasn't better than so-so

5-0 out of 5 stars For His Eyes Only
Having grown up with a freeloading mother who cared for no one but herself, Jacey Cass is determined to make her own way in the world.Her job as a sales clerk at a boutique for Insomnia, one of the hottest lingerie companies in the country, is just one more step towards a brighter future, including being able to afford college.The path she has set for herself means life is all work and no play for Jacey, except once a year.At Insomnia's annual black-tie soirée, Jacey lets go for one night and has blissful, anonymous sex with the perfect lover, Alex Vaughn.

Alex is one step away from taking over Insomnia.The only person standing in his way is his father who is refusing to hand over the reins even as the man violates the values Insomnia was built on.After his father fires the model for the company's big summer catalog, Alex has a brilliant idea.The mysterious woman he meets once a year is the perfect beauty to be the Insomnia cover model.What he doesn't expect is for his enigmatic lover to turn him down flat.

Jacey will never accept a handout, which is exactly what she sees Alex's offer as.But when the search for a model turns into a televised competition with one hundred thousand dollars and a contract as the prize, Jacey knows the chance to win much-needed money is too good to pass up.The contest brings Jacey back into Alex's life and into his arms.But someone is out to destroy the burgeoning relationship between Alex and Jacey.It's up to the lovers to decide if the feelings between them are strong enough to overcome someone else's machinations.

Like a great piece of lingerie, For His Eyes Only tempts and teases.It's a sensual delight made enchanting by Avery Beck's signature charming characters.Jacey is a woman who, for good reason, is absolutely determined to never rely on anyone but herself.She has survived a hellish childhood and come out the stronger for it, so it's impossible not to cheer for her to find happiness, love, and success.Alex's background may be miles away from Jacey's, but he's her match on every level.Alex may have a wealthy father and be in line for the position of CEO of Insomnia, but he's also a hard worker and is tender and protective of those he cares for.The road to happily ever after is filled with obstacles for Jacey and Alex, most of them set up by Alex's conniving father.As the tale's villain, William Vaughn is suitably irredeemable and fits the bill perfectly.

I've quickly come to adore Ms. Beck's stories for their endearing characters and steamy-hot love scenes; For His Eyes Only has both in spades.I lost myself in Jacey and Alex's story for hours, finishing the story fully satisfied and eager to read the next book of Ms. Beck's.

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34. Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance
by Alexander Zaitchik
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2010-05-24)
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Who is this guy and why are people listening?

Forget Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity—Glenn Beck is the Right’s new media darling and the unofficial leader of the conservative grassroots. Lampooned by the Left and Lionized by the far Right, his bluster-and-tears brand of political commentary has commandeered attention on both sides of the aisle.

Glenn Beck has emerged over the last decade as a unique and bizarre conservative icon for the new century. He encourages his listeners to embrace a cynical paranoia that slides easily into a fantasyland filled with enemies that do not exist and solutions that are incoherent, at best. Since the election of President Barack Obama, Beck’s bombastic, conspiratorial, and often viciously personal approach to political combat has made him one of the most controversial figures in the history of American broadcasting.

In Common Nonsense, investigative reporter Alexander Zaitchik explores Beck's strange brew of ratings lust, boundless ego, conspiratorial hard-right politics, and gimmicky morning-radio entertainment chops.

  • Separates the facts from the fiction, following Beck from his troubled childhood to his recent rise to the top of the conservative media heap
  • Zaitchik's recent three-part series in Salon caused so much buzz, Beck felt the need to attack it on his show
  • Based on Zaitchik's interviews with former Beck coworkers and review of countless Beck writings and television and radio shows
  • Explains why Beck is always crying, why he has so many conservative enemies, why he's driven by conspiracy theories, and why he's dangerous to the health of the republic
  • A contributing writer to Alternet, Zaitchik's reporting has appeared in the New Republic, the Nation, Salon, Wired, Reason, and the Believer

Beck, a perverse and high-impact media spectacle, has emerged as a leader in a conservative protest movement that raises troubling questions about the future of American politics.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Beck: the missing link between monkey and human
I try to write a review shortly after completing a book. It's fresh in my mind, my anger or joy are still fresh. In this case, I finished it a couple of months ago at least. So, while it was painful to review my hilights--it's like putting salt on a wound--Beck has made more outrageous claims than those the author listed. So, like a spoiled child not reprimanded for unacceptable behavior, Beck continues to act MORE spoiled. Despite that, his disciples defend him, as if Glennie the Poo can do no wrong. Which leads to my commentary:

All of us, of any ideological stripe, need to beware of demagogues. Heaven knows there were some in the 1960s. (When I was about 16, I thought Gerry Rubin, of the Chicago 10, 9, 8, 7, was neat. By the time I was 17, I'd realized that Rubin was nothing more than attention grabbing twirp. He became a stock broker, and died in his early 50s of a heart attack). These creatures provide us with "answers," they twist and turn us to their needs. They can be far left, they can be far right. What's important is that we get into those categories, suggest that we either love 'em or hate 'em based on those ideologies. But the ideologies don't make any difference. That they're demagogues--cheap car salesmen--does. Beck is demagogue of the most dangerous kind.

The book starts with an interesting assertion, that more than Beck's "talent," it was what was going on in the corporate world of radio, i.e., what was happening with Clear Channel, that caused Glenn's "success."

Doubtless Beck had some talent for radio. He entered some kind of broadcasting contest when he was 16 and won. He'd always looked up to Orson Welles, but the author compares him, appropriately, with P. T. Barnum, the master of self promotion, and among the grandfathers of the insidious side of public relations. The reason I gave the book four instead of five stars was that I'd read a good deal of the book on the web before the book was released, that was, the earlier part of Beck's radio career. He was an AM disc jockey, in short, who moved up the ranks. He got into what was known as "zoo radio" back in the 1980s, when he was also a constant abuser of alcohol and cocaine. In that extremely competitive environment, radio "personalities" competed with each other. In the case of Beck, at one point, he'd made fun of a former colleague's wife's miscarriage. That even ticked off some of his fans. And he wouldn't let up on a member of a competing station's staff who was overweight. When some of his colleagues challenged the wisdom of that, he declared in effect that "all's fair."

He eventually got into "politics," which was becoming popular at the time. Zaitchik points out, as he did on the web before the book's release, that despite his immaturity, he had "a surprisingly mature command of being both obstinate and uninformed." That hasn't changed to this day. Among the "issues" he took on was commening on Vietnam, by quoting the Rambo character (who was, incidentally, fictional!) I mean, that was the depth of which Beck was capable.

To make a long story short, he hopped on a number of bandwagons but after 9/11, he was clearly in the right place at the right time. That's when his career really took off.

Eventually, he's ended up on Faux "News" where he's made a name for himself. Then he got into writing. He wrote The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland which, more than anything else, draws the distinction between "real" Americans and the rest of us whom, he presumes, don't love the country as much as he and his disciples do. Zaitchik calls it a "pop up book of far right myths and canards." That's important because it's mythology more than anything else which Beck manipulates to his economic advantage.

Indeed, what he claims in that book--and many broadcasts since--are the same platitudes I continue to hear from his fans and other far right extremists, and that's why I warn of Beck's demagoguery.

Some have criticized Zaitchik's alleged slighting of Beck's Mormon membership. First, of all denominations, the Mormons are the most transparent. Second, Beck uses the "theology," the end-times apocolyptics, and even in his next book The Christmas Sweater which, interestingly is surprisingly like a book with a nearly identical cover by another Mormon novelist. Finally, the author points out that Beck converted to that faith in order to develop a relationship with his now wife.

One chapter of the book is dedicated to Beck's advocacy of right wing extremist Cleon Skousen. Skousen had written The Five Thousand Year Leap: 30 Year Anniversary Edition with Glenn Beck Foreword, which was so far off the wall that it sold almost nothing. Skousen was so extreme that even the conservative FBI, for whom he worked, while he blew his contribution to the bureau way out of proportion with what it really was, were scrutinizing Skousen for their own safety! Skousen had been sherriff of a community in Utah where he became such a zealous enforcer that the town's conservative Mormon mayor sacked him for acting like he would if he were a Soviet enforcer! Despite that dubious record, Beck endorsed the book and it started selling like crazy.

Another element I remember from the book was Beck's "defending" the Bush failures after Katrina. He complained of the Katrina victims' idiocy for not leaving when they knew the storm was coming. That people still defend him after that burst of insanity is a sign of Beck's dangerous level of degenerecy.

I'd taken nearly 6 pages of notes from my higlights of the book today. But it's painful to go through it again. A couple of things come to mind. First, as much as Beck claims to "stand by the troops" and proclaim his undying patriotism, Beck wouldn't have the guts fo fight his way out of a bridge club. (I'm always amazed at those who purport to be tough who haven't so much as served coffee, and still have followers who defend them!)

Next, as I've pointed out, Beck continues to get more outrageous. A few months ago, while brandishing the hammer and sickle in one hand and the Nazi swastika in the other, he decried "social justice" as a diabolical plot. That even got some former supporters to reject his absurdity.

Then he had is "rally" in Washington, which a friend called "Whitestock," on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. As Zaitchik points out, Beck would have decried everything King stood for!

But, despite the hopeless contradictions, the absurdity, the hate rhetoric that can't be rationalized as anything else, his followers continue to defend him.

At the same time, I'm NOT of the school who says Beck is insane. On the contary, I think he's shrewd. (Note, I didn't say "intelligent.") He manipulates his followers who have mistaken that he has a medium for his having some idea of what he's talking about. So many of his followers are the ones who are of dubious integrity--as we learned over the last month when one of his disciples was headed west to do away with some of Beck's alleged enemies. And for that reason more of us need to know of Beck, and we need to teach others to avoid such demagoguery.

Interesting too that many of Beck's disciples defend him based on his relative "success." That too is a symptom of mythology of which his fans are not conscious...and I'm curious why they don't suggest that maybe Mr. Obama isn't a product of the same "success."

If I had the hide, I could have gone into more detail. Get into it yourself. Learn of Beck, his comical ignorance, yet his talent for manipulation for his own pocketbook. And yes, there are many conservatives--some of whom I know very well--who've rejected Beck for the same reasons I point out, and because he makes "conservatives" look like they could use some serious psychiatric help.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read
You should probably read this before you join any Tea Party rally folks.Then do some historical research on a Father Charles Coughlin.

1-0 out of 5 stars Outright wrongly picks on Mr. Beck
On page 99 he talks badly of Mr. Beck for calling Iraqi War protester Cindy Sheehan a prostitute! This author never explained that it is because Sheehan advocated making prostitutuion perfectly legal! Google article "Cindy Sheehan comes out for decriminalization of prostiutution"!

1-0 out of 5 stars Soros-Funded Hatchet Job
You can't judge a book by the cover, as the old saying goes (although the image on the cover is revealing insofar as it hints at the censorious, authoritarian character of the average Obama supporter and his/her desire to silence or suppress all dissent). But you can certainly get an indication of the worth of any given nonfiction book by looking closely at its index, which is the first place I went to after picking up _Common Nonsense_. And the reason I give this book a one-star rating is because hardly any of the subjects or persons which Beck regularly addresses on his show are indexed. Which is to say, in short, that this is an elaborate straw-man argument which attacks an artifically constructed "Glenn Beck" of paranoid leftist fantasy rather than the actual arguments the real Beck puts forth on the program. It is also, I was able to glean, an ad hominem attack which dwells at length on Beck's past of alcoholic excess and moral turpitude. Gee, wonder why the current president's past alcohol, cocaine and marijuana usage (brazenly chronicled in _Dreams From My Father_) doesn't merit the same amount of attention?

I'll be the first to say that some of Beck's historical analogies seem, at times, strained, and that some of his mawkish histrionics are enough to make me cringe. But how can we take this book as a serious critique of his arguments when those arguments are not even addressed?

It is inexplicable that the following persons are not indexed in the book:

-Cass Sunstein
-John Holdren
-William Ayers
-Andy Stern
-Frances Fox Piven
-Jim Wallis
-Saul Alinsky

These people, who are either administration czars/cabinet members or known influences on Obama, are the regular targets on Beck's show. So how is it that Cass Sunstein, whom Beck regularly describes as "the most dangerous man in America," is not even mentioned ONCE in this book?

Neither does the book address the main thrust of the program, which Beck hammers away at week after week--the argument that modern liberalism is not really liberalism in the classical sense, but an offshoot of the quasi-fascistic, soft-totalitarian Progressivism which dates back to the era of Woodrow Wilson. The show presents a rather engaging revisionist look at the history of statism in the American political tradition: Wilson's presidency, FDR's New Deal, and LBJ's Great Society are re-examined via new critical perspectives which are refreshingly free of high-school history book bromides. Beck's narrative, culminating in our present crisis, is one of steadily growing government, accompanied by increasing dependence on the state, and, as a result, the gradual loss of cherished personal freedoms.

One wonders why a late afternoon/early evening television show which often features distinguished historians and other academics, covers everything from U.S. labor history to the Federalist Papers (as well as the larger debates over the Constitution during the early years of the Republic) to the history of twentieth-century Progressivism, and discusses critical issues in historiography is dubbed "the triumph of ignorance." That title is indicative of the Orwellian situation in which we find ourselves at this moment. For all its shortcomings, Beck's show has caused an incredible upsurge of interest in the Constitution, the Founders, and U.S. history in general. What other daytime show has working-class people rushing out to libraries and bookstores tracking down our founding documents as well as books like Richard Hofstadter's _Age of Reform_, Saul Alinsky's _Rules for Radicals_, Walter Lippman's _The Phantom Public_, Herbert Croly's _The Promise of American Life_, or F.A. Hayek's _The Road to Serfdom_?

"Don't take my word for it," Beck says repeatedly, "go to the original sources and judge for yourself." It's really hard to see how a television show which urges people to go out and read difficult books can be described as the apotheosis of the meathead mentality.

Perhaps in seeking a representative example of "the triumph of ignorance" in our debased popular culture, one would do better to consult with the hysterical know-nothing blabbermouths on _The View_. Or one of those mindless "reality" shows on MTV, invariably popular with young Obama drones.

But the more important question is this: Why does virtually none of the substance of Beck's program appear in _Common Nonsense_? You would think that a book-length critique would focus on that which serves as the organizing principle of the target's argument. But then again, facts don't really matter to party hacks who churn out Soros-funded hit jobs on critics of this administration's disastrous policies.

Perhaps, after all, the absence is indeed easily explicable. For discussing the program's revisionist examination of history or analyzing Beck's take on the significance of people like Sunstein and Alinsky would necessitate actually dealing with substantive arguments and cold, hard facts. Not a winning proposition for the author.

At one point, Zaitchik, predictably, references the classic Elia Kazan film _A Face in the Crowd_ (about a drunken buffoon named Lonesome Rhodes--played brilliantly by Andy Griffith--who rises to prominence as an entertainer, striking "friend of the common man" poses while espousing cynical, misanthropic views of his fans) as a way of establishing a historical precedent for the Beck phenomenon. Ah, how clever. But interestingly enough, I watched _A Face in the Crowd_ again recently and was struck by a particular scene toward the end of the film, in which a a sleazy political campaign manager, who wants to use Lonesome as a means of reaching the widest possible audience, tries to give him a quick tutorial in sloganeering. As to how the brilliant political elite should talk down to the great unwashed, benighted, ignorant and easily manipulated masses, the campaign manager says:

"Just give 'em a simple slogan, like 'change.'"

Hmmm . . . now THAT sounds familiar.

5-0 out of 5 stars See the creation of a madman.
This book is a MUST READ.It's not a hard read, and is presented and written in great detail.All Glenn Beck haters and lovers should read this book and find out how the master con-artist is using his devoted followers for his own self promotion and wealth.Watch the Camelion change it's colors to fit his madness.What's most frightening, is that this master showman has millions of True Believers that follow his every word as if it was handed down by God himself. ... Read more

35. Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do When the Basics Don't Work
by Judith S. Beck Phd
Hardcover: 324 Pages (2005-08-24)
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Building on the acclaimed Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond, this groundbreaking book from Judith S. Beck addresses what to do when a patient is not making progress in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Provided is practical, step-by-step guidance on conceptualizing and solving frequently encountered problems, whether in developing and maintaining the therapeutic alliance or in accomplishing specific therapeutic tasks. While the framework presented is applicable to a range of challenging clinical situations, particular attention is given to modifying the longstanding distorted beliefs and dysfunctional behavioral strategies of people with personality disorders. Helpful appendices include a reproducible assessment tool, the Personality Belief Questionnaire.
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Customer Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another good Beck product
This book was helpful in reinforcing the basics of CBT and how to use them in dealing with challenging patients.

1-0 out of 5 stars Challenging Problems Cured by Cognitive Therapy?
I have many books on cognitive therapy.I had to purchase this one for a certificate program I attended.I did not find this book to be very helpful in that more basic books on the subject cover techniques much clearer and more comprehensively.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Basic material on treating dysfunctional people. I am not a psychologist, but found it useful in developing sales techniques.

5-0 out of 5 stars Challenging problems
I really liked this book written by one of the best known cognitive therapists in the country.. . .perhaps only her father is a better known cognitive therapist. It is very beneficial to read how Dr. J. Beck approaches challenging problems that arise during therapy.The case examples she gives can give a therapist insight into haow a master therapist works.

Although I liked virtually everything in the book, I particularly liked the chapter on dealing with problems that patients with axis II disorders present.The author also identifies some typical therapist reactions to the challenging problems that some clients exhibit.

I will kepp this book as a reference for a very long time

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent handbook for practitioners
It's probably the best book to help psychotherapists using Cognitive Behavior Therapy principles and techniques. ... Read more

36. Beck And Call
by Abby Gordon
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-03-05)
list price: US$5.50
Asin: B003BIGG10
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Serena Traydon was tired of playing it safe. All her adult life, she’d done what was expected—worked hard, went to school, cared for her aging grandfather, and ignored her own needs. Just once, she wanted someone to take care of her and bring her passions to life. But those deeper, darker desires seemed so forbidden without the right partner.

Keith McLauren had spent years training for this moment. He was a Dom and a he’d finally found the perfect submissive. She might be his secretary but she’d never been at his beck and call. Could he make her his without ruining everything? ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for next installment
I bought this book for the sex but was suprised to have enjoyed the story.I liked the characters and can't wait for the next installment in what I hope will be a series.
The relationship is consentual dom/sub where the sub finds strength from this relationship.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book
I loved this book.It had just the right mix of BDSM and tenderness from Keith towards Serena.The characters were well developed and the dialogue was fresh and crisp.I loved the parallel stories of Claire and Paul and David; Grant and Francine; Debbie; and Penny.Can't wait for Grant and Francine's story which I understand has already been contracted.Hopefully, this will turn out to be a multi-book series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
I have never read a book by Abby Gordon. But I am now hooked on her. I look forward to her books to come!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast paced steamy office romance!
So, first I should say I really liked this book. The author does a good job of creating believable characters that are easy to follow along with. She could have provided a bit more background detail on each of the main characters, but there was enough there to make the reader feel involved in the story. The romance was somewhat believable...and the scenes were explicit and steamy.

I guess what made this a 4 rather than a 5 star book were a few things. It moved from fantasy to reality a bit too fast, and the characters, at least Kevin, moved from fantasy to love a bit too fast for me to be believable. If it could have been spread out a bit more, I think it would have been better. Also, There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book, and side stories that are started but remain unresolved. I tried to look up the author to see if this was the start to a series, or what...but I found nothing. So, that leaves things a bit unsettled. If there were another book to follow this, I would read it.

All in all it was good...worth the read.

2-0 out of 5 stars It's not bad, but it wasn't great
I waffled between 2 and 3 stars for this book through the whole thing. The mystery master was a bit much.I could believe it for over the phone, but in person?A lot of the characters in the book were around each other a lot, known each other for years, and acted like they were total and completely brand new strangers to each other.The language use was too formal at times for the characters and to me felt a little stiff.The plot had a lot of holes in it and ends were either glossed over or too quickly tied up.Basically every time I thought I started to get into it something would jar me out of the flow. So I'm sticking with 2 stars unfortunately. ... Read more

37. Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (Meridian)
by Aaron T. Beck
Paperback: 368 Pages (1979)
list price: US$17.00 -- used & new: US$9.66
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Asin: 0452009286
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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One of the founders of cognitive therapy writes a clear, comprehensive guide to the basis of emotional disturbance and highlights such important concepts as learning the meaning of hidden messages, listening to automatic thoughts, the role of sadness, anger and anxiety, understanding and overcoming phobias and depression, and applying the cognitive system of therapy to specific problems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent For The Therapist Inside...
Excellent Customer Service Skills.Very satisfied with the product and the price!Shipping was a breeze!Purchased for some enlightment into different theraputic measures and expectations far exceeded our belief's!Great for the therapist inside you!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very easy and educational
From the originator of the practice, this is an easy book to understand, and had some very helpful tools in it, especially if you are already proactive with therapy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cognitive Therapy and The Emotional Disorders
We found this book to be very helpful when working with our adopted Son with emotional and mental health issues. It helped us to see things in a better light and to understand why he does some of the things he does.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!
Having heard about "cognitive therapy" and how successful it can be, I recently decided to order this book from Amazon in hope of learning more about this widely recognized and demonstrated psychotherapeutic model and approach.I am really glad that I did, as I can honestly say, sans all exaggeration, that thoughtfully perusing this book from the late 1970s has probably helped me more than reading/studying any book on psychology or "self help" has helped me in many years.While contemplating some of the logical insights this book contains, I found myself, almost unintentionally, rather quickly identifying and correcting a few of my own erroneous "automatic thoughts" and thereby adroitly overcoming a major acute irrational neurotic/phobic fear that, quite frankly, had personally haunted me for decades, apparently as a result of some repeated direct exposure to major trauma when I was younger and subsequent hysteric "somatic imaging".

Otherwise, I am pleased to report that this book is quite understandable, even though it is in no way"dummied down".While the narrative contains a few technical terms and occasional "big words", I think that, overall, this book is quite accessible, informative, and even "common sensical" for an intelligent/educated layperson.The reader does not have to be a trained mental health professional to benefit significantly from reading this book or to comprehend the information that it contains.

3-0 out of 5 stars Simple Student
Reading Cognitive Therapy for a book report, I found myself boggled down with heavy...almost convoluted terminology.The book could have been written lighter, andyet not miss the meaning nor the purpose of writing it. I would suggest the book for someone who not only had a sold foundation in psychology ,but also has the ability to cipher through the heavy language. ... Read more

38. Resource Manual to Accompany Nursing Research (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins))
by Denise F. Polit, Cheryl Tatano Beck
Paperback: 400 Pages (2007-06-12)
list price: US$28.95 -- used & new: US$18.31
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Asin: 0781770521
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This Resource Manual with its accompanying "Toolkit" CD-ROM is a study guide that provides abundant research tools unlike any on the market! The Resource Manual provides exercises corresponding to each chapter from Polit and Beck's Nursing Research, with a focus on critiquing actual studies. Students will find such comprehensive assets as 11 complete research reports covering a range of nursing research endeavors; full critiques of two systematic reviews providing models for a comprehensive research critique; and a never-before-published funded NINR grant application.

The free accompanying Toolkit CD-ROM offers dozens of resources for conducting research that can be downloaded and used directly or adapted. The resources reflect best-practice research material, most of which has been pre-tested and refined in the authors' own research, including such tools as: templates for wording research questions; informed consent forms; a confidentiality pledge for research staff; literature review protocols; content validity forms; and much, much more.

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2-0 out of 5 stars resource manual for nursing Research
I bought this manual hoping to help me in a graduate level course on Scientific Inquiry. I did not find that it was particularly helpful in preparing for my tests and quizzes. I am hoping that the different forms that are included might help me as I prepare to do my own scholarly project next semester.

1-0 out of 5 stars Resource Manual to Accompany Nursing Research
I never got this book and I am pissed.The class is half way over and I got screwed out of my money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Resource Manual to Accompany Nursing Research (Polit & Beck, 2008)...
This is a great book if you have trouble with termiology or need a boost in understadning of research for nurses, otherwise...the text book is great without this addition.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ouch
If I didn't need it for a class...I would never have bought this.

It hurts my soft-science brain to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Denise, RN
Required for MSN quantitative research class. Each chapter has big crossword (we don't do ) plus lots of questions applying to the chapter or examples given. Lots of studies in the appendices that questions are based on. Many sections also have answers to application questions in the back. Haven't used CD yet. I'm not big on workbooks but as far as this one goes I have found it useful so far. ... Read more

39. The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person
by Dr. Judith S. Beck Ph.D.
Audio CD: Pages (2007-06-12)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.68
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Asin: 1427202605
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Beck Diet Solution is the first book that teaches dieters how to apply the proven benefits of Cognitive Therapy to dieting and weight loss: how to think differently, change your eating behavior, and lose weight permanently. In fact, Cognitive Therapy is the only psychological method shown to help dieters keep off excess weight once they lose it.

The Beck Diet Solution will change the way you think about eating and weight loss—forever!

Written by world-renown expert Cognitive Therapist Dr. Judith S. Beck, the Beck Diet Solution is a remarkable six-week program that gives you all the tools you need to “train your brain to think like a thin person.” This breakthrough approach—which works with any nutritional diet plan—shows you how to make the kinds of positive, long-term thinking and behavioral changes necessary to lose weight and to maintain your weight loss, not just for the short run but for the rest of your life!

Simply put, the Beck Diet Solution teaches you the skills you need to diet successfully and to keep excess weight off—permanently.

You will discover Dr. Beck’s strategies for ensuring long-term weight loss—based on over 20 years of successfully coaching dieters in her practice—including ways to:
* Learn to stick to any diet.
* Make cravings go away—fast!
* Resist tempting foods.
* Deal with “trigger” eating situations.
* Say, “No, thank you,” to food pushers.
* Put an end to emotional eating.
* Conquer every excuse to overeat.
* Find time to exercise.
* Lose excess weight and keep it off for a lifetime!

Give yourself the mental and emotional foundation you need to succeed with The Beck Diet Solution.
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Customer Reviews (14)

2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't give me anything new or useful, but might be useful for some
I didn't really get anything from this that I didn't already know, though based on reviews it seems to be useful for some people.It provided lots of samples of phrases to use to "talk back" to one's habitual thoughts that tend to undermine healthy eating, so if you're not good at coming up with those internal replies you might find it helpful.But it did NOT "train your brain to think like a thin person" as advertised in the title.That takes more of an inside-out, transformative shift in perspectives that was not accomplished, or even approached here.Her approach is too formulaic to get there.For that kind of fundamental shift in thinking and perspective I would recommend instead the work of the other Beck - Martha Beck's "Four Day Win" (and other works).

The Beck Diet Solution audio book was further undermined by the reading.The actor lacked any sense of genuineness or connection to the material so her delivery felt insincere and left me feeling almost patronized by the performance.Judith Beck's own voice on the introduction was far more sincere and connected, and this audio book would have been improved had she read the entire thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind altering
The CD did what I expected it to do. It started to change my mind about what my problem was. My thinking was the problem. I was the saboteur. As I listened more and more it changed the way I thought. If I want to be thin I need to think like a thin person and Judith Becks program helps you do just that.

5-0 out of 5 stars CD or Book?
I am "sold" on this information.
However I can't decide to get the book or CD.
Any suggestions?

4-0 out of 5 stars The Beck Diet Solution:"Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person" Review
I felt like the author repeated her steps a lot in this audio CD and repeated a lot of her words, but she has a well thought out plan for dieting and losing weight as there is a sysem that she has devised for people to follow and there is a lot of work involved.I decided to put off listening to it until later when I had more time to study her system and plan.

1-0 out of 5 stars CD lacks ability to get to PDF files
I have the CD. However, no matter what I do I cannot access the PDF files!
My adobe program is up to date. I thought it was my computer, so I tried on 2 more computers. Same problem. I have contacted the company, but have received no help so far. I would love to use the PDF charts and journals! ... Read more

40. The Christmas Sweater
by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe, Jason Wright
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages (2010-10-26)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$4.14
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Asin: 1416595007
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Based on a deeply personal true story, Glenn Beck’s bittersweet tale of boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the giving season has touched the hearts of readers everywhere.If you could change your life by reversing your biggest regrets, sorrows, and mistakes . . . would you?When Eddie was twelve years old, all he wanted for Christmas was a bike. He knew money had been tight since his father died, but Eddie dreamed that somehow his mother would find a way to afford that dream bike.What he got from her instead was a sweater. “A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater” that young Eddie left in a crumpled ball in the corner of his room.Scarred deeply by the fateful events that transpired that day, Eddie begins a dark and painful journey toward manhood. It will take wrestling with himself, his faith, and his family—and the guidance of a mysterious neighbor named Russell—to help Eddie find his life’s path and finally understand the significance of that simple gift his mother had crafted with love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Emotional, inspirational, and invokes self reflection
Loved this book, it was the first book I downloaded on my Kindle the day after Christmas.I read the whole thing on our trip home from my parents, crying a lot of the time.It really makes you think about how you are raising your children and what their life would be like without you to guide them - just like our lives would be without Christ to guide us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Great story!I had borrowed the book, read it, but wanted my own copy.A timeless story that has meaning beyond the holiday season setting.Readers of all ages will find value in the message. The condition of the book was just as described, at a good price, and shipped in a reasonable time.What more could I ask?!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Sweater
Reminded me of the Christmas Story movie. all seen through the eyes of a child.A very unique storyline with a twist.

3-0 out of 5 stars Engaging, short, but just ok for me...
I am a fan of Glenn Beck and did preview this book on Kindle before reading.The prose and story is engaging enough but somewhere about 1/2 way through I lost interest in the main character's struggle and exactly what was going on between him and his grandparents.The dialogue just wasn't there.It all went on a little too long, was too dramatic and the symbolism was a little too much for me.The ending was a nice suprise though.The book was a quick read...maybe 2 hours?Not sure I'd want to spend $9.99 for a two hour read again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt
This book is one you cannot put down.It makes you really think about your own behavior with the people you love. ... Read more

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