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Book Review: Strategic Business Transformation – The Seven Deadly Sins to Overcome

Author: Mohan Nair Publisher: Wiley – 216 pages Book Review by:  Sonu Chandiram We have often read that the only thing permanent is change. When organizations do not adapt to changed circumstances, they wither and eventually die. More important than changing is observing new trends and changes going on around you, and then proactively seizing those trends as opportunities to grow your business. A very good example of an organization that ignored the ‘handwriting on the wall’ and kept on going about its ‘business-as-usual’ way is the U.S. Postal Service, which has been progressively losing more and more money for years, and lost about $8 billion in its last fiscal year despite its near-monopolistic position in the mailing business. Without taxpayer life support it would have been dead several years ago. Many wonder if it on the way to extinction. While more and more millions of individuals and companies paid bills online, faxed instead of mailed documents, used other couriers to send packages, the USPS was experiencing shrinking volume but did nothing to cut costs. And as more and more publishers of periodicals and books cut back their printing volumes and created online or e-versions, the taxpayer-subsidized USPS went on about its ailing business, assured that the U.S. Congress will continue to cover its mounting losses. But private companies do not have the luxury of tax subsidies and depend...

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Book Review: Longman Preparation Series for the Test of English in International Communication (TOEIC) – Fifth Edition

Author: Lin Lougheed Publisher: Pearson Longman – 350 pages Book Review by: Paiso Jamakar This study guide and workbook of practice tests enables the student to prepare for and successfully pass the Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC for short. It is an introductory course and its focus is on listening and reading. There are other books in this series that you may want to acquire. You can go on the Internet to source the other members of the TOEIC series. The material in this book has been organized in a simple manner and it can be...

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Book Review: Longman Preparation Course for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): iBT – Second Edition

Language (TOEFL): iBT – Second Edition Author: Deborah Phillips Publisher: Pearson Longman – 671 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar This is a large tome of 671 pages in paperback that is a comprehensive review of material found on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, known in short s TOEFL. This test has been around for decades and it is (or at least, was) required to be taken by foreign students whose mother tongue is not English, in order to be admitted into any college or graduate school in the United States. The book comes with a...

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Book Review – Longman Introductory Course for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The Paper Test

Author: Deborah Phillips Publisher: Pearson Longman – 419 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar This is the first book of three books in a series of courses to prepare for taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language, known in short as the TOEFL. This book is at the introductory level (in green color). The other two books are the preparation course (in purple color) and the intermediate course (in blue color) for the TOEFL by the same author, Deborah Phillips. The TOEFL has been around for decades and it is (or at least, was) required to be...

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Book Review: Step-Up to the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 3

Author: Jonathan P. Van Kleunen Publisher:  Wolters Kluwer-Lippincott, Williams & Williams – 372 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani This book on preparing to take the third and final examination to qualify for gaining a medical license in the United States is focused more on decision-making in medical cases than on testing your knowledge of medicine and surgery, and its specialties. “It is the final hurdle in the transition from medical school to graduate medical education,” the author Dr. Jonathan P. Van Kleunen describes it. The other two exams prior to this third and final one – the Step 1 and Step 2 – are focused relatively more on testing your knowledge of subject matter, and less so on your ability to choose a course of action, given the details of a medical case. The contents in this book are organized in a much different way than the test-prep books for the Step 1 and Step 2 of the U.S. medical licensing exam. Dr. Van Kleunen has written this book on the basis that you already have a sufficient body of knowledge on the various medical specialties, some experience treating patients with different types of conditions, and the ability to choose the correct course of action should you encounter a case that is new and unfamiliar to you. The basic purpose of this exam is to test the ability...

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