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Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are


Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are
(revised edition) 1973

Submitter: We purchased this book for our high school library in 1974.  It has NEVER ONCE been checked out.  The book was first published in 1968 and in the author’s note he lets us know that a revised edition was necessary in 1973 because of all the new events, so I’m thinking that 40 years later it may have become outdated again.  Besides the negative feeling I get from the title, which makes me feel like there is something wrong with the way they are, and the stereotyping of an entire culture – the societal observations would be quite different today.  But don’t worry – if you do like this book, there are more to choose from:  Don’t forget his titles “Why the Russians Are the Way they Are” and “Why the Japanese Are the Way They Are.”

Holly: I’m sure someone will point out that this is some sort of important work that scholars need access to. They’re probably right. Are high schoolers those scholars? No, they are not. Even the most gifted high school researcher needs to visit a university library or archive for that level of research. It is old, unused, and irrelevant to the audience of the library in which it was found. That’s a hat trick in weeding.


More Culture in the Stacks:

Our Friends in England

Our Jewish Neighbors

Our Exotic Friends in South America

“Real” Eskimos




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Atlas of World History

The Times Concise Atlas of World History
Barraclough (Ed.)
4th Ed

Submitter: At last!  I can finally weed this atlas because the teacher retired.  So many students needed to access print historical atlases, that I had to keep it around.  I am really mystified as to why a 1992 edition of an atlas would feature Stalin against the USSR flag.  Reminds me of when Americans complained about Sherwin-Williams’ “Cover the Earth” ad back in the Cold War days.  There have been significant geographic changes and trends since 1992–even some reminiscent of the Cold War–so this atlas will be “deposed.”

Holly: I get that an atlas of world history would feature something historical on the cover, but Stalin and Russia? It’s an “interesting” choice, anyway. A historical atlas is a beautiful thing to have on-hand in print, but as you can see in this list, there have been geographical changes significant to world history since 1992. I’m not sure how this publisher defines “history” but it feels like there are missing pieces that would qualify.

More Geographic History:

Bogota or Bust

Let’s Visit Vietnam

Soviet Union

Grecian Vacation

Oh Canada!

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John F. Kennedy and the PT 109

John F. Kennedy and the PT 109

This is one of those books I am a bit wishy washy on weeding. This youth oriented book was about his service during World War II and his experience in the Solomon Islands when his boat was rammed and cut in half. Kennedy and the surviving crew made it to a nearby island and were eventually rescued. All good stuff and just about every biography on Kennedy discusses this event.

Aside from the obvious age and condition, this might be worth keeping in some libraries. First the story is interesting, and although not a contemporary account, it is worth a look as Kennedy is a popular subject. However, the book’s design and feel is old looking and I would wonder if kids would just pass this by before giving it a chance. If I had space and interest in Kennedy, beyond what a regular bio would do, I might consider keeping this one. Comments?


More History For Kids:

Make History more Fun with Cartoons!

Lifestyles of the Ancient Britons

Michigan, My Michigan

Modern World

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