Scoop Review of Books

Archive for June, 2008

A Fair Go for Pacific Women Role Models

Pasifika Women: Our stories in New Zealand, by Sandra Kailahi
Reed, 2007, $35. Reviewed by JULIE MIDDLETON

PASIFIKA women are the backbones of their communities in the islands and in New Zealand. But so often, in New Zealand as in their homelands, their contributions and opinions have been invisible or under-documented. Read more »

Thoughts of an Anti-Zionist Jew

If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew By Mike Marqusee
Verso Books. Reviewed by ASHER GOLDMAN

5025_bookpage.jpg In recent years, there has been a rise in explicitly Jewish anti-Zionist publishing and organising. Jews, both within Israel and in the diaspora, are increasingly moving away from a more passive, silent anti-Zionism towards outspoken attempts at engagement with the wider Jewish community, where a pervasive Zionism is the default political belief for most. Read more »

Independent’s Night

By Scott Hamilton

These are strange times for publishers. Now that geeks have wired the world to the internet, anyone with a computer and a connection has an almost limitless range of reading options. King Lear and Paris Hilton’s Prison Diary are just a google search away, along with millions of other texts. And it’s not only the rules of readership that have changed – in the age of blogging and online book publishing, anyone can be an author. Read more »

Fear for the Woman’s Ear

What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris
Allen & Unwin, $28. Reviewed by ANDREA JUTSON

whatangelsfear.jpgLike listening to one of the Regency’s famed castrati on stage, one can’t help thinking there’s a little something lacking here. As with a grown man singing soprano, C. S. Harris strikes rather too many bum notes to be comfortable with, which perhaps is just colonial snobbery towards an American writing a British novel. But just listen to this ear-grater: ‘Lord love you, guv’nor. Read more »

Words that Move Public Opinion

Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear, by Frank Luntz

wordscgi.jpegFRANK LUNTZ is the propagandist who sold Republicanism and Bush to the United States. He prepares congress leaders for televised debates and advises senators on how to employ language to their advantage. In Words That Work he tells us how he uses words to move public opinion. Not surprisingly, Words That Work has ignited controversy. Even people who haven’t read the book are writing reviews of it, and the word ‘Luntz-speak’ has become synonymous with lying. Last year, the US News and World Report
created the ‘Pimp my candidate’ project to get advice from Luntz for current political candidates (Bedard, Gilgoff & Marek, 2007). Read more »

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