I was hopeful about this book, a satirical story about a female running for president after there being a scandal with the other candidate and blackface. But I just couldn’t make it through. I forced myself to read half of it, but it seems like it all went over my head. It seems to have great reviews on GoodReads but for me it was a DNF.
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About the Book
New satire lampoons American politicians
In a world roiled by political scandals, Patty wants the presidency—and young Jack too.
A satirical portrayal of American political decadence, The Cougar Candidate depicts a bumbling politician struggling to hide her darkest secret as she strives for the world’s most powerful job.
Five years after her shocking re-election defeat, ex-governor Patty Pitypander is still sulking in her California mansion, bingeing on romance novels, and ogling her pool boy, when she is urgently drafted to run for president.
Setting her hurt feelings aside to save America, Patty takes on her rival’s smear tactics, a global plot to entrap her worthless billionaire husband, and the most dangerous foe of all: her special fondness for young men.
When a naïve rookie reporter pursues rumors of a scandal in Patty’s past, he quite unintentionally arouses her desire. The closer he gets to uncovering her sordid misdeeds, the more madly infatuated she becomes, even as she schemes to thwart his search.
The crafty heroine of Patty’s novels appears in a vision, claiming to be an expert on young men. Prodded into action, the befuddled pol risks her lifelong dream of winning the White House, waging two hopelessly entangled campaigns—one for power, the other for passion.
As a baseball fan, I am well aware of the effect that Jackie Robinson had by becoming the first African American Baseball Player (in the modern era), I was not aware of every one else who was involved with this that you don’t hear much about so I liked reading Rocco Constantino’s in depth look at Beyond Baseball’s Color Barrier. He goes back to the beginning touching on guys who played only bit parts, but all of them combined were needed in order to break the color barrier and allow African Americans their rightful place on baseball teams. It talks about what team was last to segregate and all the conflict around it. The book also covers the present and future of baseball and was very eye opening for me. If you are a baseball fan, this is a must read.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
In Beyond Baseball’s Color Barrier: The Story of African Americans in Major League Baseball, Past, Present, and Future, Rocco Constantino chronicles the history of generations of ballplayers, showing how African Americans have influenced baseball from the 1800s to the present. He details how the color line was drawn, efforts made to erode it, and the progress towards Jackie Robinson’s debut—including a pre-integration survey in which players unanimously promoted integration years before it actually happened. Personal accounts and colorful stories trace the exponential growth of diversity in the sport since integration, from a boom in participation in the 1970s to peak participation in the early 1990s, but also reveal the current downward trend in the number of African American players to percentages not seen since the 1960s.
Beyond Baseball’s Color Barrier not only explores the stories of icons like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Satchel Paige but also considers contributions made by players like Vida Blue, Mudcat Grant and Dwight Gooden. Exclusive interviews with former players and individuals involved in the game, including the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, add first-hand expert insight into the history of the topic and what the future holds.
Rocco Constantino is the director of athletics at Santa Barbara City College and a sports historian who has written for many national online media outlets, including Bleacher Report, Baseball Hot Corner, America Online, and multiple collegiate athletics official websites. Constantino’s first book, 50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and was named among Sports Collectors Digest’s best baseball books of 2016. Constantino resides in Santa Barbara, California
Python is a programming language I know a little about and was able to hold my own when it came up in my Cybersecurity courses but is one that is on top of my list to learn some more about. While I am not an MBA student nor do I anticipate being one, I figured this book was as good as any to teach me a bit more about Python. And teach me it did – I did not realize that it was named after Monty Python and not the snake! (A snake is its icon on computers.) The first part of the book was a lot of the basic commands, most of this I knew, but it never hurts to give yourself a refresher to make sure that your syntax is correct so you’re not constantly editing what you’re writing after it errors out. I found it amusing it also mentioned stackoverflow – a website I am on a lot and that my software engineer coworkers recommend for coding help in pretty much all languages! Each of the parts of this book are broken down into easy to digest sections and even though I was familiar with the beginning – parts in the end that were all new to me never seemed to overwhelming to tackle. The second part o the book worked more with data and Jupyter Notebook which I was not really familiar with. Again, I am not an MBA student so none of the code in this book would 100% apply to me – but the functions and techniques used could certainly be applied to other things to use python for as well. I thought this book could be stuffy, overwhelming and boring – but it was nothing of the sort! Definitely recommended if you are an MBA student or if you’re like me and just trying to learn everything you can about Python.
I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
From the ads that track us to the maps that guide us, the twenty-first century runs on code. The business world is no different. Programming has become one of the fastest-growing topics at business schools around the world. An increasing number of MBAs are choosing to pursue careers in tech. For them and other professionals, having some basic coding knowledge is a must.
This book is an introduction to programming with Python for MBA students and others in business positions who need a crash course. One of the most popular programming languages, Python is used for tasks such as building and running websites, data analysis, machine learning, and natural-language processing. Drawing on years of experience providing instruction in this material at Columbia Business School as well as extensive backgrounds in technology, entrepreneurship, and consulting, Mattan Griffel and Daniel Guetta teach the basics of programming from scratch. Beginning with fundamentals such as variables, strings, lists, and functions, they build up to data analytics and practical ways to derive value from large and complex datasets. They focus on business use cases throughout, using the real-world example of a major restaurant chain to offer a concrete look at what Python can do. Written for business students with no previous coding experience and those in business roles that include coding or working with coding teams, Python for MBAs is an indispensable introduction to a versatile and powerful programming language.