Friday, August 31, 2018

What I'm Reading: September 2018

Because several of the folks who regularly attend my classes and lectures have been asking what I am reading these days, here's a list.

Currently Reading

(Ron Chernow, 2017)

Grant by [Chernow, Ron]Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review, a portrait of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant whose administration is considered the most scandal-ridden and corrupt in American history.  When Grant ran for re-election in 1872, his own Republican Party refused to select him as its candidate - and the Democrats wanted him out of office so badly they backed the Republican candidate rather than select one of their own.  Nonetheless, Grant was so popular that he won by a landslide - and the scandals and corruption continued and intensified during his second term.

Recently Read

The Murder of the Century: 
The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
(Paul Collins, 2011)

The Race to Save the Romanovs: 
The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
(Helen Rappaport, 2018)

The Death of Democracy:
Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic
(Benjamin Carter Hett, 2018)

Fascism:  A Warning
(Madeleine Albright, 2018)

About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have a 40-year track record that includes organization and strategic consulting with non-profits, both big and small, as well as small family-owned business and Fortune 500 global technology companies.  Currently, the primary focus of my work is on nonprofit organizations through a partnership with Professionals in Philanthropy

My experience also includes work in, counseling psychology and crisis management, program and operations management, nonprofit management, human resources, and education.

One of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn.  In addition to providing professional development, I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!

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