Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Featured Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.

Featured Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#1 by Shelle
» 02 Feb 2017, 18:04

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Immediacy" by Fred Emil Katz.]

Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Review by Shelle
Share This Review

When human cruelty rears its ugly head, when genocide is perpetuated or discovered, or when preventable tragedies occur, most people swear they’ll never allow it to happen again or vow had they been privy, it wouldn’t have happened at all. In Immediacy: Our Ways of Coping in Everyday Life author Fred Emil Katz explores the sociology and psychology of humans in the midst of terrifying events and delves into the reasoning behind their actions and choices. I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars. The book was well-researched and well-written, the subject matter and examples were interesting, and the author’s passion was evident. Unfortunately a few typographical errors and sections of repeated information shows an overall lack of professional editing, warranting a-less-than-perfect review.

Immediacy is a series of essays written over the period of several years. The essays deal with transcendence, morality, duality and autonomy, and how these aspects of psychology and sociology influence decision making, and to the extreme, horrific genocide, like the Holocaust of WWII or the genocide of Rwanda. Many of the essays read like a sociology graduate student’s dissertation and are quite weighty in tone and subject matter. The author takes published research studies and analyzes them and explains how the research can be applied and why it’s important.

Author Fred Emil Katz lost many family members in the Holocaust and most of the examples throughout the book are related to that. Nazism and overall patriotism are also explored through his unique lens. I appreciated Katz’s honesty and vulnerability as he discussed these subjects and his perspective make the examples very real and not easily forgotten.

While I liked this book and feel it is very important to read, I must admit it was tough to read. There were times I had to put it down and distract myself with something light-heated and frivolous. Human beings are so powerful and this book was filled with examples of using that power for evil instead of good. At one point the author discusses the moral progress of the human race and wonders if any has truly been made. After reading this book, I was left wondering the same thing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sociology or psychology or ever wondered how entire groups of people can do horrible things. Readers looking for something to make them think over weighty subjects would also like this book. I think for the right book club, Immediacy would inspire some spirited and interesting debate and discussion.

******
Immediacy
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like Shelle's review? Post a comment saying so!
A book is a gift you can open again and again.
-Garrison Keillor
Shelle's Latest Review: ""Absolutley"" by William Emdee
User avatar
Shelle
 
Posts: 281
Joined: 26 Jan 2016, 14:52
Currently Reading: For the Love
Bookshelf Size: 50 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 24%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#2 by James Craft
» 30 May 2017, 08:50

Typographical errors make me afraid to read this book because it sounds interesting but mistakes could detract quite a bit from the overall value.
James Craft's Latest Review: "Perdido Bay Blues" by Jacqueline Lane
User avatar
James Craft
 
Posts: 371
Joined: 14 Sep 2016, 11:41
Location: United states
Favorite Author: Lincoln Cole
Currently Reading: Carnivore
Bookshelf Size: 51 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#3 by Lincoln
» 30 May 2017, 08:52

Very unique and interesting premise to this one, and I am glad the reviewer felt that the book was well-researched. Still, to put so much work into research but not the final project sounds like a misstep.
Lincoln's book, Raven's Peak is the OnlineBookClub.org April 2017 Book of the Month.

View Raven's Peak on Lincoln's website.

View Raven's Peak on Bookshelves
Publishing Contest ~ 9 Votes ~ View Lincoln's Entry
User avatar
Lincoln
 
Posts: 259
Joined: 25 Nov 2015, 11:49
Location: Columbus
Favorite Author: Stephen King
Currently Reading: The Very Loving Caterpillar
Bookshelf Size: 48 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#4 by gali
» 30 May 2017, 09:01

A book exploring evil deeds through research and personal examples should be a good read. It does sound tough to read due to the subject matter. I am sorry to hear that the author lost his family members in the Holocaust. It is good that he wrote about that, so people won't forget. Some try to deny it ever happened, so it is important to keep records of it. Thank you for the review and congratulations to the author for the positive review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 24075
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Death on a Galician Shore
Bookshelf Size: 1637 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 61%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#5 by bookowlie
» 30 May 2017, 09:03

Great review! I agree with Gali that this topic is important to write about, so that people don't forget. It's a shame about the errors.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing
bookowlie's Latest Review: "Ex-Rich Girl Tells All" by Kami Corban
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 6084
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 237 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 59%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#6 by jemgirl202
» 30 May 2017, 09:06

This does sounds like an interesting read. The errors are concerning but if the overall point of the book is strong and complete then I could definitely read it. These kinds of books definitely spark debate, especially with what is going on in the world today. Great Review!
jemgirl202's Latest Review: "The Dunston Blade" by John Nelson Daines
User avatar
jemgirl202
 
Posts: 291
Joined: 17 Feb 2016, 15:33
Currently Reading: Here and Gone
Bookshelf Size: 23 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 10 Books
Goal Completion: 70%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#7 by Elizabeth Wangui
» 30 May 2017, 09:12

I congratulate the author for the series of essay books which describes more on psychology and sociology episodes. I can as well recommend this book to those interested in debates and discussion since it covers alot. Thanks.
User avatar
Elizabeth Wangui
 
Posts: 47
Joined: 06 May 2017, 07:00
Currently Reading: Justice
Bookshelf Size: 118 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#8 by Gravy
» 30 May 2017, 09:20

I would have to think over whether or not I would want to tackle the, as you say, "weighty" subject matter, but it sparks my interest.

gali wrote:I am sorry to hear that the author lost his family members in the Holocaust. It is good that he wrote about that, so people won't forget. Some try to deny it ever happened, so it is important to keep records of it.


:text-yeahthat:
Because hope is a knife that can cut through the foundations of the world.

Every Heart a Doorway
User avatar
Gravy
Gravymaster of Bookshelves
 
Posts: 29930
Joined: 27 Aug 2014, 02:02
Location: In A Good Book
Favorite Author: Seanan McGuire
Favorite Book:
Currently Reading: Noah's Wife
Bookshelf Size: 887 books
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 66%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#9 by Donnavila Marie01
» 30 May 2017, 09:23

In Immediacy: Our Ways of Coping in Everyday Life is the kind of book that I love to read. Unfortunately, I felt sad when the reviewer commented that this book did not undergo professional editing. This book would have been perfect if it has passed through professional editing.
Donnavila Marie01's Latest Review: "The Expansion" by Christoph Martin
User avatar
Donnavila Marie01
 
Posts: 757
Joined: 19 Dec 2016, 02:39
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 46 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 32%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#10 by kandscreeley
» 30 May 2017, 09:41

Wow! This sounds like a very deep book. I'm not sure I'm ready for this. It sounds like it covers a lot of good issues though. Thanks for the review.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 2137
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Luna
Bookshelf Size: 88 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 71%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#11 by Scerakor
» 30 May 2017, 09:47

I think that this is an amazing and important topic for a book and it looks like the author did a great job presenting it. Having sampled the first few pages, I definitely see where you are coming from when you say that the content is quite deep. Not only is the book written at a high level intellectually, it hits on some extremely touchy/sensitive subjects. Thank you for the review.
User avatar
Scerakor
 
Posts: 429
Joined: 13 May 2013, 13:43
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 56 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 80%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#12 by Kalin Adi
» 30 May 2017, 09:50

The truth is that humans can be cruel and savage at times. I'm glad the author took time to research about the topic to present real evidence in history not conjectures he could have created after his lost. However, I like more when books with this kind of topics emphasize the solutions we can find for this type of behavior not on the disastrous results. Nevertheless, this is a very touchy subject.
Kalin Adi's Latest Review: "Followed my Star" by AR Annahita
User avatar
Kalin Adi
 
Posts: 306
Joined: 01 May 2017, 14:29
Currently Reading: The Expansion
Bookshelf Size: 82 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 5 Books
Goal Completion: 760%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#13 by joshfender
» 30 May 2017, 10:07

The topics that this book has sound really interesting. I really like books that make me question and wonder about the state of humanity. Great review!
joshfender's Latest Review: "Don't Let It Show" by Randy Boucher
User avatar
joshfender
 
Posts: 40
Joined: 14 May 2017, 09:09
Location: Philippines
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 12 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 40 Books
Goal Completion: 20%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#14 by Miche Sora
» 30 May 2017, 10:17

Thanks for your review! I'm glad the book was well-researched, but it's a shame there are so many errors. I'm not sure I'd be able to read this book; it would give me nightmares for a week. I don't think most humans have made much moral progress over the centuries either. It's amazing how debilitating fear is.
She reads books
as one would breathe air,
to fill up and live.

--Annie Dillard
Miche Sora's Latest Review: "The Devil's Dragon" by Jason F Boggs
User avatar
Miche Sora
 
Posts: 142
Joined: 02 Mar 2017, 15:13
Favorite Book: Silence Fallen
Currently Reading: The Vampire Gaytooth
Bookshelf Size: 88 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 54%

Re: Official Review: Immediacy by Fred Emil Katz

Post Number:#15 by Nina Butler
» 30 May 2017, 10:23

I don't think this is the type of book that I would just read for fun. I don't like delving too deep into the human psyche because you can get lost in there, and you will see things you don't want to see. I appreciate that you reviewed this book and took the time to give it an honest review. Typographical errors can detract from a good book, and I may have a hard time reading this if it hasn't been professionally edited because of the subject matter.
Nina Butler's Latest Review: "Escape" by Belle Ami
User avatar
Nina Butler
 
Posts: 43
Joined: 05 Apr 2017, 08:57
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 77 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 4%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books