Book Reviews

Henry Kissinger and World Order

By John E. Wade II / July 13, 2015 /

Henry Kissinger in his book wrote about how so much information, communications, and data are spreading all over the world, including the news. He worries that wisdom is not being developed. I agree. Having data and information at one’s finger tips on a cell phone or a computer is not the same as having it…

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A First-Rate Madness

By John E. Wade II / June 5, 2015 /

A First-Rate Madness:  Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness By Nasir Ghaemi, M. D. Review by John E. Wade II This is a fascinating book, explaining in a compelling manner how some of the greatest leaders of the past two centuries—Abraham Lincoln, Gen. William T. Sherman, Winston Churchill, Mohandas Gandhi, Franklin D. Roosevelt,…

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End By Atul Gawande, Published by the Penguin Group (2014) Reviewed by John E. Wade II I highly recommend this practical, informative, and no-holes-barred book to everyone, from middle age to those who are grappling with the potential ending stages, which may include everything from life support…

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Lee Kuan Yew

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

Lee Kuan Yew The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World Interviews and Selections by Graham Allison and Robert D. Blackwill, with Ali Wyne Review by John E. Wade II What is so amazing about this book is the breadth and depth of this extremely successful and wise leader of the Singapore, during…

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The Business Solution to Poverty

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion Customers By Paul Polak and Mal Walwick Review By John E. Wade II This is a book that cries out to those of all ages who want meaning and purpose in their life.  The goal is simple—bring out of poverty those 2.7 billion…

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The Future of Faith

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

The Future of Faith By Harvey Cox Review by John E. Wade II I encourage you to read this far-reaching history, current state and future of faith—primarily Christian insights, but also important reflections on religions in general. It seemed religion was fading and not to shape politics or culture.  But that is not the case,…

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Things That Matter

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

Things that Matter:  Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics By Charles Krauthammer Review by John E. Wade II This is a fascinating book with well-supported opinions that are clearly deeply held by the author.  His intelligence and understanding of the last thirty years are evident on a word by word, column by column basis throughout this…

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Walk Out Walk On

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now By Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze Review by John E. Wade II The book is a well-written and insightful journey to Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Greece and the United States.  Although that sounds quite big, the focus is…

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The Debt Bomb

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

The Debt Bomb:  A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America by U. S. Senator Tom A. Coburn, M. D. Review by John E. Wade II In this powerful book Sen. Coburn does more than point out our nation’s enormous debt, deficit, entitlement and tax problems, but concludes by offering suggestions to solve these worrisome…

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The Audacity of Hope

By John E. Wade II / June 4, 2015 /

The Audacity of Hope:  Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Senator Barrack Obama Review by John E. Wade II What is most revealing in the then-senator’s 2006 book is what is not written in its 352 pages.  The book is filled with anecdotes, demographics, reminiscences, questions and opinions, yet nowhere does the author reveal that…

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