The Selected Writings From Soka University of America, Volume I: Speaking Truth to Power
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From the author of the Buddhist discovery novel, Myth Shattering we now present his long awaited trilogy, The Selected Writings From Soka University of America. In this first volume, “Speaking Truth to Power” Timothy Harada dissects every aspect of US culture, life and US foreign and domestic policy, from mass imprisonment of minorities, the corporatization of the media and politics, the destruction of one of the largest industries in the US during the 1930s (hemp), to the training of Latin American death squads in the US, the selling of crack cocaine by the US government in the US and the housing of terrorist training camps by the US government in the US. As any true patriot would, Timothy questions in the Socratic way every action of his own government and his own citizens in hopes of transforming the current nefarious dealings of the US government and people and making his country and the world a better place for all conscious and concerned human beings.
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Sep 10, 2009"An easy read, and it's charming" I'll begin with a little disclosure. I've known Timothy Harada for a few years. I met him when I took the opportunity to go to a peace march in San Francisco with a group from Soka University. I bought and read this book because I know Timothy and appreciate his positive outlook, motivation, and actions in life. Apparently the first two reviews were written by people who know Timothy, yet have less appreciation for his "way." If you want to read and critique something for it's technical, grammatical, organizational, and other anal qualities - find something else to read. Now I'll put on my objectivity hat and tell you my impression, and what value I found in the book. First, it's not Nobel Prize Winning literature - but it is not offered as such. It is offered as "Collected Writings" of a young guy in the midst of undergraduate studies. It reads almost like a Diary, a bit voyeuristic but without titillation. And it's a... More > time in life when a young man should be focused on himself, what his experiences are teaching him about the world, and his discovery and growth. In fact, I recommend you read it like you picked up a Diary. It begins (the first of the "Collected Writings") with huge optimism and naivete. It's a little cluttered like a young guys dorm room, and it should be. As you progress you get glimpses into the life lessons he faces. You can sense him tipping on that balance between cynicism and acceptance. You watch his thoughts about life, what he values, and how he examines things evolve through the writings. It reminded me of the same time frame in my life. Overall, it's charming and I don't mean that in a condescending way. It was an easy read that made me remember, made me think, made me laugh, and made me feel good. Yeah - it's charming.< Less
Aug 21, 2009"This is the best in the series. " Though I like all of the 3 volumes in the series, this one is one I had to read a couple of times. Very eye opening!
Jul 4, 2009"Thank you for the suggestion. " I decided to go back to the original cover design, which didn't have any Microsoft fonts.
Jun 21, 2009"Terrible" Save your money. This is just about one of the worst books ever. I agree with the post above. It definitely is self-masturbation. I would suggest the following things to make it better: * Edit - for grammar, spelling, and general stylistic errors. * Be clear and concise - readers loose interest when authors ramble about themselves. Of course, if it were somebody really famous then they get away with it. But that's a different case because people are actually interested in them. * Cover Design - although the style used in the book is decent, the cover is horrible. I checked out the author's other book "Myth Shattering" and that cover is horrible too. That being said, Maybe a more simplistic design would do better. Do not use Microsoft's WordArt function - it looks too unprofessional. * Content - I would advise the author to cite his sources in order to lend more credibility to his (sometimes sweeping) claims. Overall, this book is terrible. If you expect... More > a quality read, don't get this book. Now, it may have potential given substantial editing. - Mike Gart< Less
May 21, 2009"Re: Re: Re: Thanks for coming out!!!" I read what was offered for free and that was enough. I couldn't review the whole book, I admit, but if something doesn't strike the right notes after a good few pages then why would you buy it? Don't get mad at bad reviews, it's not a reflection on you as a person, I just thought what you'd written was bad. I am not going to say it's good when in my opinion, it really isn't. If you want good reviews, only tell people who are bound to give that to you.
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- Timothy Harada (Standard Copyright License)
- Second American Renaissance Press
- May 3, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.58 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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