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"Excellent info, less excellent analysis" - by Bob Fancher (United States)
This nearly-twenty-year-old book still has much to commend it: comprehensive scholarship, easy-to-read (though not sparkling or tight) prose style, and no heavy-handed ideological agenda (though the author's values and assumptions aren't hard to discern).

On the down side, there's not much by way of interpretive framework, and what's there wavers between incoherence and airy-fairy hand-waving.

On the former, for instance, the authors seem both (a) to want to see a significant set of fairly stable "family values" that lasted from the late eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, which are overthrown by late-twentieth century changes, and (b) to show the overwhelming diversity of family life, and the enormous deviations from the alleged stable values, during the same period. But point (b) seems to prove point (a) wrong.

On the airy-fairy issue, they have this notion of "the family" as resilient, rising to all sorts of challenges and adapting to all sorts of strains. But it's ... full review
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"A very interesting read" - by Jo
A really interesting read that explains how we got to where we are today with regards to our trash. It was fascinating to learn how industrialisation has changed how we relate to trash.
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"Knitting has always been an important social responsibility" - by Amazon Customer (Hardy, Arkansas)
This book is a wonderful examination of the social history of knitting. Knitting for family has always been a requirement of any woman. But, this book revels how woman across America knitted items in support of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, WWI and WWI. In fact, there is currently a program to knit scarves in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Knitting for charity is also discussed. When our governments can not, or will not, provide for the needy; American's women have.
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"Great text for social work history" - by Christina Babnis (NY, USA)
This text was very informative and helped me gain a better understanding of the history of social work in America. I now understand why we are at the point we are in the field, and where we came from to get here.
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"Slightly dated, but as prize-worthy now as it was then, and still quite relevant." - by James V. Holton (Tennessee)
This book should have been required reading of politicians and talking-heads engaged in the health care reform debate a few months ago. The Social Transformation of American Medicine has aged only a bit. The last chapter is out of date, but its predictions are somewhat chilling--that doctors have more to fear from the corporate takeover of medicine than putative reform.
Starr takes a long historical view of the medical profession and the role of doctors in it, paying attention to ancillary issues like hospitals, public health policies, among others. Starr's book should shake loose a lot of commonly held chestnuts about medicine in the US, most prevalently that doctors always enjoyed unprecedented social status or that doctors used to operate in a free-market atmosphere. As the title suggests, Starr points out that medicine and medical care has transformed from being home-based to being, more or less, "industrial" (albeit controlled but what ... full review
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"Provides a solid understanding of social forces" - by Jason W. Marchmon (Murray, KY USA)
Do the arts deserve a higher place in our children's education? Yes... and no... It depends on your outlook in relation to history. This text places art education within the social context of general education in the West (most specifically America for a majority of the book). Doing so allows for an examination of why one generation may learn about art and its process, while the next generation will remain almost entirely ignorant of traditions and methods of artistic creation. Art lovers (and haters) as well as history enthusiasts (education, art, social currents, etc...) will certainly enjoy.
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""Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Violin Origins"" - by granny1
I have played the violin for many years and now have two talented granddaughters who not only play this fabulous instrument but perform all over the City of New York!
Many years ago I read a marvelous book that I think was called "The Violin Hunter." I have been looking for it now for several decades to no avail.
When I found this new book, I was hoping it would be much like the beloved book I have unable to locate. Well, I am happy to say that this new book is truly amazing! I agree with many of the other reviewers regarding the first 100 pages. This is a very complete history that takes time to plow through. As a lover of books, who reads a book every day or two, it took some pacing to get into the "meat" of this volume. It has ... full review
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"Great book on American Art" - by Benita (Winston-Salem, NC)
This book is extremely well written, well rounded, and well researched. A great book for a art history student or someone who is just curious because it examines the subject matter from several points of view - not just the standard white male version of history. Folks that are normally breezed by in other texts are discussed here in length - finally! I loved reading this book and gaining insights into the history of what makes American Art unique in it's vision. I am a college art teacher and will be recommending this book for my next semester. Thank you to Frances Pohl!
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"Great" - by Angel
Got the used one but it doesn’t seem like it’s used. It’s very good and clean with no writing
"What I needed" - by Irma
It was exactly what I needed for my school assignment. At first I thought I has ordered a textbook, but it was not. It was a workbook, but it was enough for what I needed.
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"A good argument about the importance of trust in science" - by Brian Slesinsky (San Francisco, CA)
Many popular books about science (especially about evolution) set scientists up as skeptics who argue for knowledge based on experience and facts, rather than authority. If you think science is about being skeptical, you might find this book interesting because it argues for the importance of trust and belief in authority in all scientific work. I found the history interesting as well, including descriptions of several of Boyle's eperiments, a debate about the path of a comet, and a 17th century nondisclosure agreement. The main downside for the layman is that book can be slow going and is not an easy read. There's a lot of generalizing about what 17th century gentleman and scientists were like that I think would have been more entertainingly done through narrative and anecdote rather than bland quotations. Still, all in ... full review
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"Excellent book that de-romanticizes our modern notions of what the ..." - by Kindle Customer (Seattle, WA United States)
Excellent book that de-romanticizes our modern notions of what the Scottish people were like back in the day. They were poor as poor could be, utterly lawless, they never wore kilts because no one could afford fabric, let alone shoes. Property rights were completely foreign to them-if you could take it, then it was yours.

That said, the author does an amazing job of showing the true character traits of the Scotts Irish that enabled them to survive in the new world and contribute so greatly to the American Revolution.

An awesome piece of scholarship and thoroughly readable.
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"thoughtful analysis for recent changes, but not early ones" - by Sam Thayer
This is a good book summarizing the recent (last 2400 years) development and change of agricultural economies, but mostly in western Asia and Europe. The information for other parts of the world is scant. Also, the discussion of agricultural origins is very poor, ignoring most recent findings and following a set of untenable assumptions that were popular 50 years ago, both agro-centric and Euro-Mesopotamia-centric. But as far as interpreting the socio-economic and agronomic changes from antiquity onward, it is a good read, thoughtful and well-reasoned, even thugh some will disagree with certain conclusions.
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"I bought this on a half off sale for $13 ..." - by Cheryl Powell (Sandusky, MI)
I bought this on a half off sale for $13.68 and it is well worth it!! There are several blogs and companies that make state studies or notebooking pages for such, but these are creative and thorough. Doesn't just cover capital, flag, bird, etc but leaves space for a movie and book about the state, map for physical and political items, Includes famous people, short history blurb, and foods, etc!! So much more than what I have seen in other state study products, and trust me I have seen several in my 10 years of homeschooling!!!
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