EVERY MAN DIES ALONE by Hans Fallada
“What Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française did for wartime France after six decades in obscurity, Fallada does for wartime Berlin”, so writes Roger Cohen in his laudatory review of Hans Fallada’s harrowing Every Man Dies Alone, now available in English more than 60 years after its initial publication in Germany.
A powerful novel based on the real-life exploits of couple Otto and Elise Hampel, whose defiance of Hitler via a postcard campaign led to their eventual and brutal execution, Every Man Dies Alone is, according to the New York Observer, “one of the most immediate and authentic fictional accounts of life during the long nightmare of Nazi rule.”
Click here to read Cohen’s full review, “The Banality of Good”, and click here to begin reading the book.
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SWITCH by Chip & Dan Heath
Brothers Chip Heath, professor of Organizational Behaviour at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and Dan Heath, a consultant to the Aspen Institute, have followed up their bestselling and course-adopted book Made to Stick with a groundbreaking book that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our personal and professional lives—how to change things when change is hard.
In Switch, the Heaths have written a thoroughly engaging narrative about the difficulty in bringing about genuine, lasting change—in ourselves and in others—especially when we have few resources and no title or authority. The Wall Street Journal recently published an interesting review that discusses the book’s message within the context of one reviewer’s personal life challenge, and in a recent video review social and new media maven Chris Brogan called the book ”a must read”.
Check out their reviews by clicking on the links above, and start reading the book here; then post a comment: what do you think of the authors’ message? Do you see applications in the classroom, among faculty/administration, or within your larger discipline? Can we really flip the switch?
MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder
Tracy Kidder, author of such bestselling books as the college common reading classic Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World and the new, critically-lauded Strength in What Remains, has penned an interesting op-ed in The New York Times about the current crisis in Haiti, offering some much needed historical context.
You can read the article here.