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Predicting Russia’s Future

Russia's future - coverPredicting Russia’s Future: How 1,000 Years of History Are Shaping The 1990s
Lourie
1991

Submitter: The title alone makes this book an automatic weed for our public library. This book is part of the Whittle Communication’s Larger Agenda Series, which “presents short books by distinguished authors on subjects of importance to managers and policymakers in business and the public sector.” A weird and interesting element of this series is that each book has a corporate sponsor. The publishing company intersperses each chapter with an advertisement, in this case Federal Express. The New York Times has a number of articles on Whittle Communications and/or Chris Whittle if you’re interested in researching this any further!

Holly: Someone should tell them that “going to the dogs” means it is not as good as it used to be. The ad for Air-Vet (last two pictures, below) says “Thanks to me, Air-Vet’s business is going to the dogs.” I get that they meant that their business is literally for dogs (and other animals, as they spell out in the fine print below), but it’s kind of an unfortunate play on words.

This book is so old that we now know what Russia’s future held. This book must have been published just shortly before the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Also, Whittle Communications fell on hard times in 1994.

 

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Hostel Directory

 

Hostelling International Guide to Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific 2002
International Youth Hostel Federation
2001

Submitter: This is basically just a hostel directory, but it’s horribly out of date. The website on the cover (which is also plastered on about every page) does not exist anymore. We are a public library and the last time it circulated was 2004.

Holly: What a weird cover! I don’t get it. Is that the Eiffel Tower on the person’s head? The title doesn’t mention Europe. And what are those black things by the feet? And the colored mask on the face? And what does “IBN” stand for on the computer screen?

 

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Where Would Jesus Sleep?

The Christian Bed & Breakfast Directory: The Christian Traveler’s Most Useful Guidebook
Germany (Ed.)
1995-1996 edition

Submitter: This was donated to our library, but won’t be added to the collection.  Besides the fact that it is 20 years out of date, I am stuck on what the point of this book is – Are bed and breakfasts such hotbeds of sin and scandal that Christians need to be careful which ones they patronize?  It isn’t even just supporting Christian small business owners – the introduction says that not all of these establishments are owned and operated by Christians, but they have expressed a desire to welcome Christian travelers.  Are there many bed and breakfasts that actively try to avoid Christians?  I can’t recall being asked my religious preference when I’ve booked a room before.

Holly: Are there bed and breakfast directories for other faiths? I did a series of searches on WorldCat for “Jewish Bed & Breakfast” and “Muslim Bed & Breakfast and came up empty. This one, however, has all kinds of editions lurking in library collections (though to be fair, it lists my own library, and I don’t see a holding for any edition of this title in our local catalog). It’s kind of a no-brainer for weeding based on its age, and a useless donation for most public libraries, too.

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