Princess of the Library

December 23, 2009

The Ivory Tower of Babel

Filed under: Reviews — princessofthelibrary @ 2:07 pm
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I’ve just finished an ARC of David Demers The Ivory Tower of Babel.  Part biographical study of his own fight for his First Amendment rights while working as a college professor and part background of social science and its application.  I’m not sure when this book is actually being slated for publishing, but it was very interesting.  Mostly I was reminded by the study that says the more people witnessing a crime, the less likely someone will help.  For instance if a woman is being mugged on the street and there is one man witnessing it, it is far more likely that he will try to help her than if a group of people are passing by.  Often they will just watch and wait for someone else to help.  This book is the story of a man who comes to help the woman before she knows she’s in trouble.


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