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1. King James Complete Bible on Audio
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1. King James Complete Bible on Audio Tape
by Alexander Scourby
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Asin: 1930034016
Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
Publisher: Cassette Communications Inc
Sales Rank: 174992
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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The most popular narration on the market. Over 20,000,000 copies have been sold since the first recording. The complete set of 48 digitally recorded cassette tapes. Enjoy many hours of listening pleasure.Narrated by Alexander Scourby. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Useful and Well Done
Most who are familiar with the Bible are not familiar at all with the content of the major and minor prophets. The emotional impact of hearing the book of Ezekiel--especially in one sitting, which this set makes not only possible but enjoyable--is rather strong. In fact, it got me kicked out of my church, because the prophets give a sense of the extreme condition in which God finds us, and I applied it to Christendom. In this day of "luke-warmness", that did not go over too well : ) Having this set on tape gives us opportunities that otherwise simply would not be there for getting the "sense" of what's in the most-admired and least-read book in the world. I'd advise buying it if you're in doubt.

I've used the prophets as an example. My point is that there's no substitute for getting a whole book (especially the large ones) at one time. I've rated it at four stars because many of the... publishers (I don't know about this edition) to save money, cut the books into different tapes, which makes it nigh unto impossible to keep one's place...How would you like to go fast-forward and rewind for 10 minutes trying to find the beginning of Isaiah?...

Mark Vedder

5-0 out of 5 stars Good way to spend time in the car
This set of tapes has served me well. I listen to them in the car. I read the Bible every day, and I enjoy being able to listen to the Bible as well. I feel that the Bible is God's word, and God is the only One that can provide security and salvation for mankind. God's plan for the earth is in the Bible. The Bible is more than a history book.
Scourby provides a good voice to listen to. I highly recommend this set of tapes for anyone who enjoys listening to books on tape.

5-0 out of 5 stars Always "Gentle on the Ears"
Scourby's voice was made to read the scriptures! His ability to match the tone of each passage is astounding! Without having to rely on dramatization, he is able to transport you to ancient Babylon, where Daniel is about to be thrown into the lions' den, or to Jerusalem, where 12 year-old Jesus discusses law with the priests and doctors. ... Read more


2. Getting the Love You Want
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Catlog: Book (1990-02-03)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Bestselling author Dr. Harville Hendrix offers warm, intelligent advice for transforming an intimate relationship into a lasting source of love and companionship.

Dr. Hendrix, a marriage therapist and pastoral counselor, has divided his helpful recommendations into 3 stages. First, he chronicles the fate of most relationships-attraction, romantic love and the power struggle -- and suggests ways for you and your partner to identify the conflicts associated with each of them. Then, he explores methods for achieving a "Conscious Marriage," where the early phases of romance are rekindled and confrontation is slowly replaced by growth and support. Finally, Dr. Hendrix incorporates these ideas into a unique therapeutic course, offering a series of proven step-by-step exercises that lead to insight, resolution and revitalization.

If you're not getting the love you want from the person you're with, you need to do something about it. Dr. Hendrix tells you what that something is. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST read if relationships seem to fall apart on you!
This book is packed FULL of information and ideas that you've never even thought about! There are things that happen in a relationship, the way we act, respond and instigate that we never realized WHY. This book explains it and explains it WELL!

I could barely put this book down. Let me just say that I am SINGLE and I bought this book in hopes of helping me figure out why all of my relationships end up being so rocky, dramatical and emotionally draining. I totally understand now!

The author explains how our childhood and our relationship with our parents plays an important role in our choosing of partners. I agree with it 100%! It's very interesting to say the least. The author points out several critical triggers that are crucial in identifying reasons we behave the way we do. He also includes wonderful exercises to assist us to overcome some of our conditional thinking from our "old brains" which would be the imprints in our minds of what we learned when we were young & growing up.

Every single and married person alike should read this book. It's an eye opener and definitely a helping hand to healing and beginning a healthy relationship. Even if you're currently in a relationship, this book tells you how you can start to change some of the ways you think helping to re-create the romance and love you once shared. I highly recommend this book. You WONT be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Working much faster than anticipated!
We're an average couple with a toddler and all the accompanying stresses that finally brought all our relationship problems to the boiling point. When I found myself saying "I can't take this anymore" I decided to get the book because I'd heard good things about it. The text section at the beginning of the book completely made sense to me, so I asked my husband if he'd be willing to commit to doing the exercises with me. It's a commitment of one 1-2 hour session each week for 10 weeks. My husband was up for the plan, so we started it out.

Here we are 3 weeks into the exercises, and our marriage is better than it's been at least since our son was born. We found that the simple act of signing our agreements to work through all the exercises in good faith and then doing week 1 (creating a common vision for your relationship) lifted a lot of tension and allowed us to be able to give each other the benefit of the doubt more easily. After slogging through the tough stuff of week 2 and then sharing it with each other in week 3 we seem to be closer than I can remember us being since the initial glow of infatuation wore off. I'm actually starting to look forward to our weekly sessions instead of dreading them as something we had to do because we didn't want to split up.

Some of the reviewers of this book sound like it's got a magic incantation that you can say that will make your relationship fixed in an instant. That's not the case at all. It *does* give you the tools to help yourselves *if you want to*. You're still going to have to sit down and talk about it and write it down and think about yourself and what you really want and what you've been fooling yourself about. But the exercises are designed to bring you just as far as you need to go each week without overwhelming you. Some of the exercises seem a little hokey, but laughing at the language helped us bond a little more, so who cares? It's working so far. I'll post again in a few weeks when we're further into it to give an updated view.

4-0 out of 5 stars It takes two
It is hard to tell others what we want, this book gives practical tips on how to do just that. If couples could only communicate better, so many children would have both parents under the same roof. I recommend this book to anyone who is in a relationship. Also check out Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey for a step-by-step guide to getting more out of life.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Note from a Villanova University Senior Thesis Group
Amazon.com Review for Getting the Love You Want
Author: Harville Hendrix

This review was completed by a group of five college seniors from Villanova University. We spent a semester researching and reviewing best-selling self-help books on the subject of romantic relationships. We evaluated five texts after reviewing academic literature specifically on the topics of commitment, trust, conflict, verbal communication, and intimacy. In order to make you a more informed consumer, we hope to provide you with a review of Getting the Love You Want.
The author's intent of this book is to help people improve their romantic relationships. He claims that the book will provide sound insight for dating couples, married couples, heterosexual and homosexual couples. Getting the Love You Want provides people with an understanding of where their difficulties may stem from and includes a section of the book with actual exercises for couples to do over a period of time to improve their relationship. The style of the book is very personable and easy to understand. Hendrix's extensive experience of working with couples and helping people shines through his writing and helps the reader to feel at ease. Hendrix is challenging, yet at the same time understanding.
Getting the Love You Want addresses couples who want to work together to improve their relationship. The exercises in the book target both individuals in the relationship, but allow for increased self-understanding and growth as well.

We evaluated how the following five topics were approached in the book:

Commitment- The advice for couples in revolves around the theme of commitment. Two chapters are devoted to commitment as well as a subheading in another chapter. Ideal commitment is described as "a decision to join together in a journey that will last the rest of their lives." Personal dedication is described as a necessary component of commitment.

Trust- Several implications of trust are discussed in the book, but the word trust is briefly mentioned. Hendrix points out that the process of developing trust is a learning experience that allows someone to really get to know their partner. He suggests that we need to get over our self-centered tendencies and deal with personal issues preventing trust.

Conflict- This subject is addressed in terms of anger, criticism and arguments. Specific exercises deal with working things out as a couple. Conflict is described as something that is not necessarily bad, but rather expressing anger in a constructive manner can be healthy. Hendrix recommends approaching situations with more acceptance and understanding in order that conflict may be seen in a more productive light.

Verbal Communication- This topic is addressed in a very straightforward manner in the book. Hendrix stresses the importance of good communication skills. Couples need to be clear and specific in their communication. The book provides specific step-by-step exercises to enhance communication.

Intimacy- The book approaches intimacy in the context of self-disclosure, expression of thought and emotion, listening, providing support, and making positive verbal statements. Hendrix also stresses the importance of sharing one's feelings.

This book is best for the subject of verbal communication.(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars The thinking couple's guide to marriage
If you want an intelligent guide to making marriage work (as opposed to some quick fix or gimmicky guide, or, even worse, some retro-marriage guide that's based solely on female self-sacrifice!) then this is the book for you. This book recognizes that when two people seriously commit to working on a marriage, the results can be amazing. I have used this in my work with couples as well as in my own relationship with my partner. It's a first-rate resource. ... Read more


3. Shadow Divers : The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of theLast Mysteries of World War II
by ROBERT KURSON
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5-0 out of 5 stars True life action adventure!
My reading tastes have always been fiction: action, adventure, thrillers, and since going away to college two years ago I have not had time for any fun reading, But started this book last week and then could not put it down. It is TRUE action adventure!

This is the story of two deep sea wreck divers who dive into a long lost wreck in over 200 feet of water, which they identify as a German U-boat. The book follows the lives of these two men as they attempt to discover the identity of the U-boat and discover things about themselfs. There lives are greatly changed by the discovery, Jobs changed, marriages lost, diving companions killed on the wreck, and lost to the bottle.

The story is more than just about the men's dives on the wreck and there attempt to discover its identity, and the adventure involved in such an endeavor, but also about the characters (which are rich in this story) involved, the history behind the boat and Hitlers 3rd Riech. there is so much to learn on every page. In the end though it is the under water action that kept me enthralled. If you read this book you will gain an appreciation of the wonders and dangers of deep water diving.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real life thriller!!!!
My reading tastes have always been fiction: thrillers, mysteries, and Romance because I like to escape. My Husband recommended this book though and I started it last week and then could not put it down. It is a TRUE thriller! This is the story of two deep sea wreck divers who dive into a long lost wreck in over 200 feet of water, which they identify as a German U-boat. The book follows the lives of these two men as they attempt to discover the identity of the U-boat and discover things about themselfs. There lives are greatly changed by the discovery, Jobs changed, marriages lost, diving companions killed on the wreck, and lost to the bottle. The story is more than just about the men's dives on the wreck and there attempt to discover its identity, and the adventure involved in such an endeavor, but also about the characters (which are rich in this story) involved, the history behind the boat and Hitlers 3rd Riech. there is so much to learn on every page. In the end though it is the under water action that kept me enthralled. If you read this book you will gain an appreciation of the wonders and dangers of deep water diving.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super
Bought it on a whim having no real interest in wreck diving or even scuba diving. It's one of the best whim purchases I've ever made. This book reads like a suspense novel and I couldn't put it down. The story alone is facinating, and Kurson's presentation makes for a wonderful read.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is better than the movies!
This book is riveting. The adventure, the thrill of the chase, the technical diving and the backgrounds of the men who dove to discover the identity of this u-boat is all consuming once you start to read it. I was sucked into the story immediately. The author does an excellent job of describing the dangers of this type of diving and the history of the u-boats and their importance in WW II and what a monumental thing it was to discover a sub no one had any idea about.

I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a good adventure. I can't believe it's a true story it's so good.

3-0 out of 5 stars Loved the Play, Hated the Shooting
I absoulutely found this book to be compelling -- underwater adventure, interesting historical context, flowing narrative. But.
I was slightly offended. Ok more than slightly. Nowhere in this book does the author express sympathy for the people whose lives were destroyed by these brave submariners, who happened to be Nazis. Sure some, if not most were draftees, but I find it hard to believe that the educated captain or engineer was not a Nazi.
How about doing some research into this undiscovered mystery, Mr. Kurson? You remember the Nazis, they brought us "the Final Solution." Kurson sidesteps the whole Holocaust thing by saying "politics aside." That's like asking Mrs. Lincoln whether she liked the play.
If this is not offensive to you on its own how about the fact that the sub was shooting American vessels about a 100 miles or so from New York. Nowhere in this book does the author express his horror over this fact. A whiff of sorrow is not even expressed when one of the divers decides to lay a wreath on the submerged boat as a symbolic act to honor his German heritage.
So with those two complaints off my chest, I will admitt happily that Shadow Divers is a great read. The characters are fleshed out as the driven and committed souls that they are. Deep sea diving was and is an extremely dangerous vocation. Those that engage in it are either very, very careful or slightly off center. Let's assume the dead ones are the crazy ones.
Favorable references to "Into the Wild" and "Perfect Storm" are mentioned in the publisher's blurb, and they are dead on. I read the book cover-to-cover in three or four days and am looking forward to forgetting the whole thing so I can reread it.
Enjoy. But dont forget that the men buried undersea in this wreck are the villians in this tale that chooses not to take sides in the Last Great War. ... Read more


4. From Dawn to Decadence, Part 1
by Jacques Barzun, Edward Lewis
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5. The Civil War : A Narrative : Red River to Appomattox (Part 1 - Fourteen 1 1/2 hour cassettes)
by Shelby Foote, Grover Gardner
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Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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Twenty years ago, in 1954, novelist Shelby Foote began this monumental work with these words: "It was a Monday in Washington, January 21; Jefferson Davis rose from his seat in the Senate..."

In the third -- and last -- volume of this vivid history, he brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife which altered American life forever. Here, told in vivid narrative and as seen from both sides, are those climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, which finally decided the fate of this nation.

"Red River to Appomattox" opens with the beginning of the two final, major confrontations of the war: Grant against Lee in Virginia, and Sherman pressing Johnston in North Georgia. While the Virginia-Georgia fighting is in progress, Kearsarge sinks the Alabama and Forrest gains new laurels at Brice's Crossroads.

With Grant and Lee deadlocked at Petersburg, Sherman takes Atlanta -- assuring Lincoln's reelection, together with the certainty that the war will be fought (not negotiated) to a finish. These events are followed by Hood's bold northward strike through middle Tennessee while Sherman sets out on his march to the sea, to be opposed at its end by the ghost of the Army of Tennessee. Hood is wrecked by Thomas in front of Nashville-the last big battle -- and Savannah falls to Sherman, who presents it to Lincoln as a Christmas gift.

Meantime, Early has threatened Washington, Price has toured Missouri, Farragut has damned the torpedoes in Mobile Bay, Forrest has raided Memphis, and Cushing has single-handedly sunk the Albemarle. And Sherman heads north through the Carolinas, burning Columbia en route, while Sheridan rips the entrails out of the Shenandoah Valley.

Lincoln's second inaugural sets the seal on these hostilities, invoking "charity for all" on the Eve of Five Forks and the Grant-Lee race for Appomattox. Here is the dust and stench of war, a sort of Twilight of the Gods, with occasional lurid flare-ups, mass desertions, and the queasiness that accompanies the risk of being the last man to die.

Then, penultimately. Lee at Appomattox, the one really shining figure in this last act.Davis's flight south from fallen Richmond overlaps Lincoln's death from Booth's derringer, and his capture at Irwinville comes amid the surrender of the last Confederate armies, east and west of the Mississippi River. The epilogue is Lincoln in his grave: and Davis in his posthumous existence. "Lucifer in Starlight."

So ends a unique achievement -- already recognized as one of the finest histories ever fashioned by an American -- a narrative of over a million and a half words which recreates on a vast and brilliant canvas the events and personalities of an American epic: The Civil War ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The beauty of Foote's narrative is...
... that it doesn't just concentrate on the goings on between Washington and Richmond. Too many Civil War historians concentrate on the chess-match between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. Where Foote excels is in telling of the ENTIRE war. The main stage of Northern Virginia is given its due; however, the Western campaigns are shown in remarkable detail. Even some of the lesser-known parts of the war are given, such as the development of the H.L. Hunley and events in Florida and New Mexico. No detail seems to escape Foote's eye; as a result, a broader picture of the great conflict is shown.

History is full of tragedies; Foote gives these their due as well. In a sense, the 'hero' of the work is Jefferson Davis; Foote lavishes attention on this misunderstood figure of the war, and shows him as a proud man trying to hold a disintegrating country afloat. Other little details give the story a human aspect; you will be horrified at the description of the Hunley's crew, and will be chilled at Hancock's orders for a counterattack at Gettysburg. It is a work that will turn a non-fan of history into a history addict - like it did to me years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the time involved!
After having just finished all three novels (a task not for the faint of heart) I feel compelled to comment on the OUTSTANDING job Mr. Foote has done in bringing to life what many consider the most perilous time in our nation's history. Like many other people, my education of the Civil War consisted ONLY of Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Emancipation Proclamation and Appomattox. So much more deserved to be told, and this series does it with impeccable detail and wonderful prose. The writing is wonderfully poetic with a touch of humor and irony. The main characters are masterfully brought out: Grant, the one-time brigade commander in the Mexican Wars who failed in business and, during a low point in the Civil War, actually thought of resigning until his friend, WT Sherman, talked him out of it to eventually become "the cold mathematician" that Lincoln so sorely sought out to command the Army of the Potomac; "Stonewall Jackson", the eccentric yet bold and cunning commander of the Valley brigade who would split his army and lash out at forces twice his size; Lee, the pious yet daring commander of the Southern forces who outwitted every single Northern commander until the bitter end when he simply had no men or materiel left; and finally, Lincoln, the master politician who managed to successfully win the political battles in Washington while searching and finally finding in the combination of Grant and Sherman the ruthless yet determined men necessary for ending the conflict. Yes, this is a long read (each volume over 900 pages). BUT IT'S WORTH IT!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Hardly a literary masterpiece
If this is what our literature has come to, it's little wonder our young people don't read more.

A sample of Foote's convoluted writing, from volume 3:

"By assigning Gordon's division to Breckinridge, who coupled it with his own, he gave the former Vice President a post befitting his dignity and put thirty-five-year-old Robert Rodes - a native of Lynchburg, which he had just helped to save from Hunter's firebrands, and a graduate and one-time professor at V.M.I., whose scorched ruins he viewed sadly, and no doubt angrily as well, after marching his veterans past that other V.M.I. professor's grave - in charge of the remaining corps, composed of his own and Dodson Ramseur's divisions; Ramseur, a North Carolinian, promoted to major general the day after his twenty-seventh birthday early this month, was the youngest West Pointer to achieve that rank in Lee's army."
("Civil War," vol 3, pp 446-447)

One is led to consider the possibility that Mr. Foote was paid by the word!

I doubt not that Foote's knowledge of the war far exceeds mine, and can neither dispute nor disagree with his accounting of battle facts, even though his pro-Confederacy (or are they anti-Union?) sympathies are evident.

All in all, Southall's "Lee's Lieutenants" is better structured and better composed, a much easier and more enjoyable read. At least, that's the way it seems to me.

5-0 out of 5 stars humbaby
this is a very fun, well-written history of the military aspects of the civil war. i give it a HUGE thumb's up. however, african-americans, the people who the war was fought over, don't get any focus at all. one might say that is because foote concentrated on the military aspects of the war instead of the slavery aspects. if that is the case, then it should be noted that 178,000 african-american union soldiers made up over 15 % of the union whole, while blacks made up less than 1 % of the northern populace; 38,000 union african-american soldiers died during the civil war; 600,000 (out of 4,000,000 enslaved in 1860) slaves voted for emancipation with their feet during the war by fleeing their "owners," which changed the way the union fought the war; and 29,500 african-americans served in the union navy, or 1/4 of the union whole, of which 2,800 died.

shelby foote's civil war trilogy is awesome, but it doesn't tell the whole story. it seems even to WILLFULLY IGNORE the whole story. for readers looking for interesting undiscussed military facts about america's bloodiest war, turn to authors james mcpherson, william freehling, and noah andre trudeau. trudeau has written a much overlooked book on african-americans who served in union ranks, "like men of war."

again, foote's books are great reading! i really had a blast with them. but, sadly, i would like them to have been written in the modern day so they'd include ALL of the pertinent information.

5-0 out of 5 stars majestic!
If you are looking for lots of footnotes and in-depth scholarly analysis of the Civil War, Shelby Foote's history of the Civil War is definately NOT for you. On the other hand, if you want the best narrative history of the war, this is it! Historians could learn much from Foote's wonderful storytelling. Some reviewers have noted that this is predominantly a battlefield history, which is true. If you have plans to visit a Civil War battlefield site, read through the account of the battle before you go or while you are there and your visit will be greatly enriched. The other area where these books excel is in painting portraits of the important figures in the war. Those who have seen the Ken Burns PBS documentary will quickly see how heavily it drew upon these books. Consisting of three large volumes, it may be a bit intimidating for some to tackle this series, however I found it was well worth it. From start to finish, these books are outstanding and a joy to read! ... Read more


6. Waking from the Trance: A Practical Course on Developing Multidimensional Awareness
by Stephen Wolinsky
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Waking from the Trance
By Stephen Wolinsky

Have you ever felt that your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and memories – everything you’ve known to be "you" – might be just the surface of something far more expansive? That somehow, there might be a way to "wake up" to an entirely new revelation of the world and of yourself? In 1977, a young psychotherapist named Stephen Wolinsky left his practice to answer these questions. His search would lead him beyond the roots of modern psychology and the contemplative traditions of the world to India’s legendary sage Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. On Waking from the Trance, you are invited to learn what evolved from Wolinsky’s quest: a revolutionary new understanding of the nature of consciousness that can help us to see beyond the inner structures that limit our awareness.
Here is an opportunity to join the author of Trances People Live in nine hours of compelling instruction and exercises to help you learn how to identify the "frames" that organize your most basic experiences ... extend your awareness to every level of who you are ... and, ultimately, to discover who you are beyond your thoughts, emotions, memories, associations, and perceptions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent set of tapes to get you to awareness
I have listened to the set of tapes several times.

I find Dr. Wolinsky easy to understand and find his method of going through the different dimensions (external, mind/thoughts, body, feelings/emotions) to be a uncomplicated way of understanding the different levels and getting to the I; the not I, I; the essence and the void.

I recommend it highly for those interested in pursuit of the self, essence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Simplification of "The Way of the Human"
I have read all books of Dr. Wolinsky, "Waking from the Trance" is not an exeption of the seriousness of his writing. This is a book for anyone seeking a meaningful path in life without distortions and sweet tells, a guide for personal transformation that can literally change your life.
The purpose of this work is to summarize the development of multy-dimensional awarenes which can help you discover Who You Are. Dr. Wolisky is one of the few lucky people to encounter Nisargadatta Maharaj on his way to selfrealization, and this is the fruit of his pure teaching ... Read more


7. The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair, Robert Morris
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Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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“Practically alone among the American writers of his generation,” wrote Edmund Wilson, “[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.” When it was first published in 1906, The Jungle exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago’s stockyards and the laborer’s struggle against industry and “wage slavery.” It was an immediate bestseller and led to new regulations that forever changed workers’ rights and the meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens’s Hard Times, it remains the most influential workingman’s novel in American literature. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb book (even if you were assigned to read it).
I'm the type of guy that can't stand many literary classics. I'm sorry, but I read a book for entertainment, not for metephors, meaning or symbolism. This is why it seems strange that I highly recommend this book.

This book chronicles the life of immigrants from Lithuania who settle in Chicago in hopes of obtaining the American Dream. The way Sinclair describes the hardships of this family, it almost feels like you're the one who's suffering. Though depressing, the amount of detail engulfs the reader.

Though the book is famous for exposing the meat packing industry's unsanitary conditions, it really is just a minor part of this book. The worker's rights, the racism, the corruption, and the poverty is what this book is all about. Though I'm a firm believer of Adam Smith and his invisible hand, half way through the book, I was searching for the local Socialist recruiter. Well, not really, but it will open anyone's mind.

Except for the end, where it was just pure Socialist propoganda, this book is fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great History Fiction
Upton Sinclair's the Jungle is a distressing and touching story of the immigrant life in America during the early years of this century. Jurgis, Ona, and their families came to America from Lithuania to live a better life. After some time, reality set it. Their faith in America remained though. America was not what they had expected, especially once Ona and Jurgis were married. There was a constant pressure to work, but no matter where they turned they were poverty-stricken. Jurgis insisted Ona not work, but their financial situation demanded her to. This historically accurate book displays and reveals the horrific factory work and the workers suffering. Jurgis job descriptions were unbelievable. He was asked to stay after one day from work to butcher pregnant cows and cows that had gone down or ones that were sick and had boils all over them. Their meat was then mixed with all the uncontaminated meat. Jurgis then realized how the packers operated. They sold this spoiled, contaminated, or adulterated meat without thinking twice. The workers were exposed to horrible diseases, had to work harsh working condition, were not paid for days off. The employers did not care because if they quit or would not do the work, there were plenty of people who would do the work and needed a job. Throughout the novel, it seems no matter where the family turns they cannot get ahead. After Antanas, wife Ona, and his two sons die, and Jurgis is forced to give up the house, he enters crime with a friend he met in jail. Jurgis found out quickly just how corrupt Chicago and city government was.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and accurate historical portrayal of immigrants.
This book is a wonderful look into the lives of an immigrant family in the early 1900's. Upton Sinclair was assigned to do an expose on the meatpacking industry in Chicago. The amazing part, what some people do not realize, is how factual the book really is. Since the book was published, only one discrepancy from the truth has been found; the inspector wore a different uniform. Sinclair's original topic was to inform the world of how "workingmen", as called by Sinclair, of the time were treated in the meatpacking plants of Chicago. Instead, the public centered on his description of how the meat was processed and reacted to that part of the story. This is one of the direct causes of the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act. Sinclair is noted as saying, "I aimed for [the public's] heart, and hit their stomach."

The novel itself chronicles a Lithuanian family who immigrates to America in an effort to make a better life. Though this is not a factual family, many of it hardships were shared by families of this time period. The story is told through the experiences of the protagonist, Jurgis Rudkus. Jurgis is a good man at heart and tries his best to support his family. His efforts are met only with defeat. In many instances his family is taken advantage of because they cannot speak the language and do not understand the culture. Sinclair did a wonderful job describing the horrific conditions of immigrants and the "workingmen" in this time period.

The scenes in the meatpacking facilities get quite graphic and gruesome at some points. Though this may disturb some, I believe it does a good job of giving the story some meat, no pun intended. The original basis of the story was to expose bad working conditions. These horrific incidents suffered by workers are described quite well, from losing of fingers while working, to falling into the vats of cooking meat and never being retrieved. I believe that all the gory details were described very well and were written in a realistic way that added to the story's purpose, which was to expose the meatpacking industry.

It seems Sinclair had a hard time ending the book. In the last few chapters, Socialism is advocated as the answer to all wrongs. Sinclair, being a Socialist himself, may have wanted to add some of his own ideas to the end in order to try to sway the public's belief. I believe this detracted from the book and left the story dangling. Other than this fact, the entire book is well written, and I highly recommend it. The Jungle kept me intrigued, which many classics do not do, and I do not regret reading it in the least.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall
The Jungle was a powerful tale about an immigrating family with high hopes and dreams that come crashing down on them. Written at the turn of the century, this book tells the real truth. Upton Sinclair captures the truth about working in the meat packing factories called "packingtown" and what life at homes was like. The Rudkus family has high hopes of living in riches as they travel to America. When they arrive they realize America is anything but what they had dreamed. They try to survive from paycheck to paycheck, and when they do get paid they usually spend it quicker than the last trying to make a good life for themselves and their families. If something good happens you can only expect something bad to come up in their path. The socialist type of government is really brought out in this story too. It is hard to imagine this really did happen in America only about 100 years ago.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cow Tastes Good
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is a great book. It focuses on the hardships and despair of a family of Lithuanian immigrants, although in the end you're not quite sure what his focus was. It is a great book to read for entertainment as well as knowledge and provides a view of the world which most people never see, the bottom of the barrel.
The family faces a few too many tragedies to be realistic and the book becomes a spiel to promote socialism. But when you look past that, it really is a great book and a great chronicle of the working- mans hardships. ... Read more


8. Blow Fly
by Patricia Cornwell
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America's number-one bestselling crime writer is back with another scorching thriller featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Poor contination of the Scarpetta/Chardonne ugly soap opera
That we've had to wait a few years since the "Last Precinct" [skipping the wretched non-Scarpetta "Isle of Dogs" and Cornwell's non-fiction book about Jack the Ripper] made us anxious to devour Kay Scarpetta's return. Alas, Kay is little more than a bit player as first niece Lucy, as head of her own investigative firm, then a resuscitated Benton Wesley (what a rip-off!!) steal most of the scenes. Pete Marino is around for little more than overweight color; and a few Louisiana characters trying to solve a series of killings there also play minor roles. If anything, the horrible Jean-Baptiste Chardonne, back from "Black Notice" is the star. While supposedly he was blinded in his unsuccessful attack on Scarpetta, he looks out windows and reads notes, so what gives? He manages to escape from prison while on death row (seriously?!) and apparently is still at large at the end, so something tells me we haven't seen the last of him.

This dark work sees Scarpetta as just a shell of her former self; dwells on Lucy as some sort of goddess; and disappoints from short chapter to short chapter (124 in all). We sensed with few pages remaining that the end would be just a brush-off -- and it was. "Blow Fly" is hardly entertaining, poorly written, uninspired, and uninteresting -- maybe the worst Scarpetta of all. For our money, we think the publishers owe the public a closer scrutiny of this author's future work and see if it really warrants publication. This one will soon go to the overprinted bin, along with Isle of Dogs, where it belongs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading
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I normally enjoy Cornwell's novels as light relief on a plane, but this one was seriously disappointing. There's only one crime scene investigation, towards the end, of a largely irrelevant murder, and the rest of the book seems to be made up of the guilt and neuroses of the central characters as they all move away from the professional orbits that (once) made them so interesting. The Wolfman (yawn!) and his twin brother Jay are trotted out YET AGAIN as the bad boys of the piece, only to be despatched 'offscreen' at the end. I agree with other readers that the ending was sudden and flat - I convinced myself that I had missed a chapter and resorted to shaking the novel to see if the extra pages would suddenly materialise, explaining what went down at the shack and how Benton killed Jay and what happened to the Wolfman. No such luck. This didn't seem like a cliffhanger, more like a "I can't be bothered" from the author. I shall seriously debate buying any future Cornwell books - "Jack The Ripper" was a shoddy piece of scholarship, and this was lazily written throughout, lacking the taut plot and original characterisation that made the others in the series so enjoyable. A real shame.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
Early Scarpetta novels were gruesome yet literary. Kay was likeable, human. In this latest novel, Cornwell seems absolutely obsessed with torture and sex, preferably together. I couldn't finish this and I usually have a pretty strong stomach.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not half bad
I had a difficult time figuring out if I liked this novel or not. On one hand, I felt that many events were just excuses for not having enough to write about (like Benton being alive afterall). I also was getting tired of the Wolfman storyline and all the characters involved. But I really feel that Blow Fly is one of the better written novels, mostly because of the third person style. I liked knowing about other people's feelings, along with Kay's. Like everyone else, I didn't like the ending, but I am looking forward to her next novel (that I read somewhere is coming out in September!). It is a good in between novel that is going to lead to something great! I'm usually not disappointed with Cornwell's work!

1-0 out of 5 stars Ending is HORRIBLE
This book completely drags through the chapters. The characters are maudlin and fail to even encourage involvement with their varying emotional traumas. Then you are rewarded for hanging on through the entire book to an ending that makes you want to throw the book through the closest window.

Ms. Cornwell sadly uses Marketing 101 tactics to pump up sales for the next Scarpetta novel with an abrupt, "cliff hanger" ending that seems to almost stop midsentence. I've been a devoted reader but, honestly, don't know if I'll buy the next one. It's too bad Ms. Cornwell that you're willing to sacrifice the excellent writing skills that brought us to you in the first place just to meet your publishing demands. Am I the only person out there who thought a natural progression for Kay would be to join Lucy in her "below the radar" organization to begin solving some really interesting crimes? Ms. Cornwell I truly hope you are reading your reviews and comments from readers--we deserve better than "Blow Fly." ... Read more


9. Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign (UNABRIDGED)
by SHELBY FOOTE
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Catlog: Book (1994-10-25)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of Gettysburg
This book, distilled from Foote's excellent three part Narrative History of the Civil War, is the single best account of Gettysburg to my knowledge. (Incidentally, the copy I listened to was the unabridged version, and the descriptions here at Amazon seem to differ as to whether this is an abridged or unabridged work so be careful).

Foote is a master storyteller, and listening to the gripping account of the battle in his clear, conversational voice made the words come alive for me, reminding me why I liked Ken Burns' documentary so much. For many, like myself, who own and have read Foote's masterful trilogy, perhaps there is not much new here that cannot be found by picking up the appropriate portions of his second larger volume. However, by listening to the audio version of Stars in their Courses, you can re-immerse yourself in the Gettysburg campaign, and listen to this excellent account of the battle, as well as the events leading up to it, to and from work in the author's own voice.

There are a few odd details, like Foote's strange insertion of battle drums on a couple of occasions, which is startling after listening to hours of him speaking. Foote doesn't tell you when the side is over or when to change tapes, so you are always waiting for a minute or two to see whether the tape has indeed ended or a new subject begun. Also, since this is taken out of a larger work, occasionally we are introduced to characters that have been more presented, with biographical data, earlier in the Narrative History but not here. It helps to have a passing understanding of many of the key figures in the battle, but it is not essential to enjoying the work as a whole. Overall, these are trifling objections, and this audio book, at least in its unabridged format, is about as good as it gets.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story Well Told
This book is actually a single chapter from Foote's three volume narrative history of the Civil War. It is the central chapter from the central volume, and the tale it contains represents the high water mark of the Confederacy.

To say that Foote has a way with words is an understatement. Here is a completely compelling story of a campaign that was a defining moment of the war. In the course of less than 300 pages, Foote provides a powerful tale told in such subtle strokes that you become part of history without being aware of being pulled into it.

There are lots of other works about Gettysburg. Most are longer, none are so well told.

I read most of this book while we were on a family outing to the Gettysburg battlefield last year. It put the battle in complete context. The combination of reading this brilliant account and seeing firsthand how geography shaped the battle was priceless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great look at the Battle of Gettysburg!
Stars In Their Courses is an excellent book covering the Gettysburg Campaign. Taken completely from Foote's Civil War Trilogy, the book presents a balanced view of the battle. Foote's writing is always easy to read and understand and at times brief in coverage. For a reader looking for great information I would suggest reading a book devoted to a particular day of fighting during the campaign as this book covers the basics and seldom dives into any hour-by-hour detail. For the advanced historian it may seem a bit too brief but for the novice Civil War reader it is an excellent book. Foote likes to present the battle from both sides of the army and explain Lee's and Meade's thoughts or strategies that help explain the how the battle and final outcome evolved. Shelby Foote is probably one of the best authors on the subject and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to gain further knowledge and insight into the Battle of Gettysburg.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Foote is a true artist of words, master of his subject
A student (yes, I'm a history major) of the Civil War, and having grown up believing that the holy land was a certain battlefield in Pennsylvania, I read Shelby Foote's The Stars in Their Courses as part of a research paper. I had gotten the copy for my father that past Christmas. It was well worn by the time I borrowed it in April.
In reading his work on the Gettysburg campaign, as he described the places about the enormous battlefield, I could see myself in those places once again. It was like reading an old journal entry, or seeing a picture of a childhood home; such is the power of Foote's work that it can transport you to the place you are reading about. Both my father and I read this book with great enjoyment, for this was written in a style of prose much more beautiful and approachable than many other writers on the subject.
To this day, Shelby Foote's work remains a staple in the bookcases of the Lacey household, and will remain that way for a long long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Engaging One-Volume History of the Battle of Gettysburg
You may remember Shelby Foote from his sonorous narration in Ken Burns's THE CIVIL WAR. He is also a respectable novelist and the author of an authoritative three-volume history of the Civil War from the point of view of the South.

STARS IN THEIR COURSES is an even-handed look at the three days' battle that some think was the decisive struggle of the long conflict. At least, it would have been had it not been for Lee's rapid, orderly retreat and Meade's disinclination to face him in battle again so soon. If the more decisive Grant were in charge at that early date, the war would have drawn to a quick conclusion.

As a big fan of Ted Turner's GETTYSBURG, I was surprised to see that the movie took at least as much from Foote as from Michael Shaara's THE KILLER ANGELS. Foote produces a more all-encompassing view of the battle than the film, which omits Ewell's actions on the Union right as well as the battle's immediate aftermath.

My only complaint about the Modern Library edition is that the maps scattered throughout the text bear no captions. The reader has to check the List of Maps in the back of the book to find out where (and when) he is on the battlefield. An index would also have been useful.

But these are mere peccadillos considering Foote's high level of scholarship and engaging prose style. This book is a keeper. ... Read more


10. The Greatest Generation
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-30)
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Tom Brokaw was born in 1940, but it wasn't until he was a famous newscaster that he began to contemplate what his parents' generation--those born between 1910 and the mid-1920s--had accomplished.Narrating his own book, he discusses the sacrifices those men and women made: the bodily harm they suffered in war, the diligence with which they built families and businesses, the courage they displayed in rehabilitating their war wounds, the integrity and values that infused their lives. "They never whined or whimpered," Brokaw notes. The stories these men and women tell Brokaw are consistently startling--triumphant, tragic, courageous, sad, miraculous. Although Brokaw never gets maudlin or sappy, most people will find it impossible to listen to this audiobook with dry eyes. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Overrated
I too was very excited when I spied "The Greatest Generation" on the shelf. Tom Brokaw always struck me as a dignified, articulate and down to earth man (on the book jacket he sports a $69 Casio watch). I still feel that way, but I don't think he's a great author or historian.

The book is an easy read. I found myself uplifted from the stories of those who came from obscure backgrounds, stared with little, faced adversity and yet managed to rise to great achievement.

About halfway through I got tired of the brass band blasting my head about how special this generation is. I got tired of hearing the oft repeated lines: "...well I guess that's just the way I was brought up...", "...it was special back then...", "...I pulled myself up from my bootstraps...", "...I guess this generation doesn't have those values anymore...", "...we had the war to define us...". Enough. It becomes like a lawn mower with a stuck throttle.

I don't want to take laurels from those folks in the "greatest generation" but this is too much. I read Andy Rooney's, "My War". Andy is unpretnetuous and his book gives you a feel what it was like to live back then without being heavy handed or pretentuous. Rooney's chapter in Brokaw's book hits what bothers me about "The Greatest Generation". The "greatest generation" had the fortune of a great depression to humble, and a world war to steel them. The war gave them the opportunity to see the world, and its horrors. It gave them a cruicible to rapidly mature. And because they happened to be born on the winning side, they got to enjoy the riches of the victory in America. Yes, they were special, only because that's they happened to be born during such an interesting time. Who is to say my children could not do the same? Other generations have made great marks (the folks who fought the civil war and then reconstructed America come to mind), but where is the brass band for them? Basically Rooney says today's generation is no worse compared to his. He is right.

If you take "The Greatest Generation" as a compilation of uplifting stories from everyday individuals it makes a nice book. But, that is not what's going on here. At the end of "The Greatest Generation" I can only hear "Looky at us yuppies, twenty-somethings, whipper snappers, we're great and you're not!"

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Greatest Spending Generation?" by RexCurry.net
Very interesting book. Another fascinating aspect of the book is that it made Tom Brokaw, and the historian Rex Curry, the first journalists honored for exposing the "National Socialist German Workers' Party" to the public in Google News' search engine. Google News shows only Brokaw's and Curry's use of the full phrase in Google News archives. Google News selects from 4,500 news sources updated continuously.

A google news search for the full phrase revealed only six uses, five belonging to Curry and one belonging to Brokaw. Brokaw's use was actually posted as a book review at MSNBC and was not actually a "news" item. All of the other uses were by Curry writing about the topic of public and media ignorance of the full phrase, including Curry's history-making story that the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of the salute of the horrid National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).

Other news journalists can still join Brokaw and Curry as the first journalists to educate the public about the full phrase in the news media. News journalists can take third place, or make the top ten.

Here's the excerpt that did it for Brokaw: "In Germany, a former painter with a spellbinding oratorical style took office as chancellor and immediately set out to seize control of the political machinery of Germany with his National Socialist German Workers party, known informally as the Nazis. Adolf Hitler began his long march to infamy."

In comparison to the above, Google News indicates that the hackneyed shorthand "Nazi" has 9320 results from various news writers who all failed to ever mention the actual name of the monstrous Party.

5-0 out of 5 stars Paying Tribute to Brave Americans
I recommend this excellent book of true stories from the memories of brave men and women and their families who lived thru the great depression and fought in the second world war.

Tom Brokaw walked the beaches of Normandy with American veterans who had returned for the fortieth anniversary of D-Day. He was inspired to reach out and collect individual stories from those difficult years so we will never forget the horrors of that war, the sacrifices by our service men and women and their families, and the results that followed.

Finally, a memorial to this generation has been dedicated in Washington D.C. on this, the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day. THE GREATEST GENERATION should occupy a place in our home library, among the works of other historians. You will recognize some of the people in this book, you will be amazed at the achievements and the courage of these ordinary people who survived a perilous time in American history, and you will reflect on your own memories of that time if you are "over sixty".

The author acquaints us with some of his own family history and why he feels it important for us to be forever grateful to all those who defend our American freedom and democracy. I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched and well written book.

5-0 out of 5 stars They saved the world...and built modern America......
The term Greatest Generation might smack of journalistic hyperbole or nationalistic jingoism, but the more I read the works of Stephen E. Ambrose (D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II, Band of Brothers) or watch any of the documentaries about World War II -- especially on this 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and other landmark battles of history's largest clash of arms -- that will air from Memorial Day till June 6, the more I am inclined to agree with Tom Brokaw's use of that term to describe the men and women who came of age in the 1930s and '40s and created modern America.

Brokaw, one of America's best television journalists and anchor of NBC's Nightly News, not only coined the phrase "the Greatest Generation" when he wrote this amazingly fascinating and inspiring collection of personality profiles of men and women, some famous (Bob Dole, Julia Child, George H.W. Bush), some not-so-famous but prominent (Norman Mineta, Daniel Inouye), and some neither prominent nor famous yet vitally essential (Leonard Lomell, Jeanette Gagne Norton) who either saw combat, contributed to the war effort, or endured the hardships of being separated from loved ones without succumbing to fear or giving in to selfishness or self-pity.

In the same concise yet utterly convincing style of his network news writing, Brokaw draws the reader into his chronicles of 50 men and women whose experiences encompass a wide spectrum of the American World War II experience. He captures, for instance, humorist Art Buchwald's seemingly unlikely stint as a Marine in the South Pacific, at first (and almost disastrously) loading ordnance onto Marine Corsair fighter-bombers, then more wisely reassigned to work on the squadron's newsletter and drive trucks. In five pages, Brokaw wonderfully gets the essence of Buchwald's satiric-yet-gentle personality, while at the same time revealing that the least-likely-to-be-a-Marine was given a parade by then-outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Colin Powell.

The Greatest Generation is full of vivid personality profiles like Buchwald's. Some, such as that of Len Lomell, highlight bravery in combat; others are like Jeanette Gagne Norton's, whose husband Camille Gagne was killed in Holland during Operation Market-Garden. The recollections Brokaw presents here are full of drama and laughter, of happiness, love, and sometimes shame, but there is no bitterness or self-pity. For these are the men and women that saved the world from tyranny...and made our country what it is today.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Generation
The Greatest Generation is a beautiful tribute to the generation whose lives were most affected by WWII. The stories put together to form this book inspire the reader to live as a hero and fight through the trials of life today in 2004. Every story helps connect the reader with the heroes of that generation. This book inspires people of today to have respect for yesterdays heroes. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. It helps connect each and everyone of us to our past and helps us to respect one another as people, as a country, and as a community. This book highlights the struggles that our grandparents had when they were young and inspires us to overcome the little trials in our everyday lives. ... Read more


11. Angela's Ashes (AUDIO CASSETTE)
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
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"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages.Yet Malachy does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.

Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank's survival.Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

Imbued with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion -- and movingly read in his own voice -- Angela's Ashes is a glorious audiobook that bears all the marks of a classic. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Depressing but Excellent
5 Stars- Depressing but excellent

Frank Mc Court's memoirs "Angela's Ashes" takes us back to the 1940s where he tells us of his childhood and the poverty that his family lived though. This book can be very depressing at times which brought me to tears, but this is an excellent memoirs worthy of a 5 star rating.

The book starts out in New York, the Mc Court family lives in one of the most impoverished areas of Brooklyn and father, Malachy Mc Court has a hard time keeping a job and a drinking problem. After the death of baby Margaret, the family moves back to Ireland where times are harder and life is poorer. The family relies on help from Saint Vincent, DE Paul Society and they are forced to go on relief. The father drinks whatever money he makes and has a hard time finding or keeping a job. Frank has a dream of returning to America, where he feels that he can make life better for himself.

I watched the movie right after reading the book and was amazed at how many part were left out. I advise everyone to read the book to get the true story of the Mc Court Family and I look forward to reading the second part, Tis.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Well-Deserved Pulitzer
McCourt speaks to the reader through his childhood voice in this splendid, moving, and thought-provoking autobiography. McCourt begins the story as a four-year-old living in New York City with his parents and three younger brothers. The poverty stricken Irish family is unable to make ends meet in America and so they head back to Ireland in hopes of survival.

They settle in Limerick where McCourt's mother Angela grew up. Malachy McCourt, the father in the story, claims that he will find work and support the family. However, Malachy's love of alcohol prevents him from finding or keeping any gainful employment. When he does work, he takes his wages and goes to the bars and drinks until all the money is gone. Meanwhile, the family is hungry, the children are wearing shoes with holes, and Angela sinks into a deep depression but remains obedient to her husband because of her Catholic faith. The family moves around Limerick frequently, renting dirty rooms with flea infested bedding, living on the floors in small houses owned by relatives, and even renting a house in which the bottom floor is constantly being flooded with neighborhood sewage. The family comes face to face with illness, death, starvation, and ridicule. The low point strikes when Angela must resort to begging on the streets to help her family survive.

All the while, McCourt has the reader grow with him through the ages of four to nineteen. He shares the Irish tales he grew up with, the feelings he had toward his dyfunctional parents, his opinion of the Catholic Church, and the good and bad lessons he learned from his harsh schoolmasters. Never does McCourt wallow in self-pity, rather he presents the facts of his life in an honest, poignant manner. Despite the despair, it seems that McCourt has no regrets about his upbringing, for he was a child and had no control of the situation. As he grew, however, he came to the realization that he could begin to change things for the better. Unlike his father, he became eager to work. He struggled to support his mother and younger siblings in his teen years with after school jobs. He educated himself through reading and observation. He set goals and priorities and didn't give up until he reached them.

McCourt takes what is tragic and presents it in a beautiful, descriptive language that leaves the reader spellbound. His story is obviously written unselfishly and is told to show that triumph can be the end result of tragedy. Each individual has the power to rise above and make his or her life meaningful. This is the essence of McCourt's message. A message you will not forget after reading Angela's Ashes.

5-0 out of 5 stars a memoir of myself?
This book is simply incredible and the inclusion of the patriotic and doleful poems of the Irish make it simply the best and stand out from the rest. Frank Mc Court has retold the story in a perspective of a child and I wonder how could he retell each and everything so clearly and touchingly.... so hands up for him... Mc Court is one of the greatest Irish writer ever.... This book has broken my heart, made me laugh, brought tears in my eyes and has made me obsessed with Little Frankie and his sore eyes....I never wanted to finish Angela's Ashes and wish I could continue reading it forever and ever.... If you are keen about Frankie's life then Tis' is a must read book...

I wish I could invite Frankie during Christmas so that he didnt have to eat the pig's head....

5-0 out of 5 stars ANGELA'S ASHES
THIS BOOK LEFT SUCH A MEMORABLE IMPRESSION ON ME. IT HELPS ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW SOME PEOPLE IN AMERICA, DURING THE DEPRESSION YEARS, MUST HAVE LIVED. THE WAY THE STORY IS WRITTEN MAKES YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ENDURED SOME OF THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES FELT BY THE WRITER. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO REMEMBER THIS STORY IN TIMES WHEN THE SIMPLICITY AND BASIC JOYS IN LIFE ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED.

1-0 out of 5 stars P.U.!!
Stinkaroo! Thank god I borrowed this work of maudlin stereotypical crap from the library so I didn't actually fork over any cash for it. Jeez, if I was Irish I would be completely insulted by the authors' ludicrous, stereotypical portrayal of the anguished poor Irish Catholic family. "Aw no da's drunk agin! Aw no, ma's bein' shagged! Aw, I wish ere lived in Ameriki!" Blah blah blah! These characters aren't even as well developed as the guy on the Lucky Charms box. Has McCourt ever been to Ireland?

I couldn't even finish it. It just plodded and sobbed and whined on and on and on. In fact, before I took it back to the library I inscribed in one of the early chapters, "WARNING: MORE CRAP AHEAD". I didn't consider that defacing library property, I considered it a public service. ... Read more


12. The Tipping Point Audio
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"Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control,when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly.Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfiedcustomer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message--that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Insights into Mass Behaviors
Despite an earlier reviewer poo-pooing this book for shallow insights, I beg to differ. This book is a fascinating and original take on what makes people behave in a certain way en masse. Tying together Paul Revere, Hush Puppies and many other very accessible ideas makes this book, that is in some ways very academic, read like a thriller. I read it in three sittings. It has an impact on several levels. One, as a marketer, it gave me insights into how word-of-mouth really works. I'll be experimenting with these concepts for years. Second, as a member of society, I gained insight into why I am pulled this way and that by trends. If you enjoyed this, you'll also enjoy the groundbreaking book by Robert Cialdini called "Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion." It makes some of the same points. Finally, it makes me think that some savvy activists will find some ways to use these principles to start societal epidemics that will ultimately have a positive effect. I believe Gladwell has introduced a concept, "the Tipping Point," that will have a wide-ranging impact on how we view the world and human behavior.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bowled me over.
This book is quite wonderful, and it doesn't surprise me at all that it's getting such solid reviews here. Gladwell writes wonderful pieces for the New Yorker (and elsewhere, no doubt), and the craft of the writing here combines with fascinating material to produce a book for the lively of mind.

What is a "tipping point"? Gladwell shows us how concepts and perceptions derived from epidemiology can provide unexpected, but highly plausible explanations for the transformation of a minor phenomenon into a major trend. Gladwell's examples are diverse, drawn from such apparently disparate worlds as policing, fashion, and medical research, but they work well to create a sense that there's a logic at play in the crazes and fads we see turn into cultural trends.

Obviously, this book would be a good read for anyone interested in forcasting consumer behaviour, and other business concerns. I read it, though, as a person interested in culture and the trends which form the fabric of our waking lives. I read it twice, in fact, because it's very well written, and because I used it to teach theories of information to university students, who also really "got" the book. I find that concepts drawn froom the book return to me in unlikely situations, and that's a true test of non-fiction.

My only complaint? It's not long enough!

3-0 out of 5 stars Esoterica
This is a fun book to read, but the dots remain uncconected.
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I much prefer works that are more practical, and guide you directly to where you are going, instead of this very indirect analysis.
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Some examples of this direct approach which are exceptionally well done include the CD "Voice Lessons to go" and the DVD "New Sex Now."
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All of these are fun and enjoyable and will improve your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars does not disappoint
I rarely pick up a book that holds my interest all the way. This book was exceptional though and I have recommended it to many of my friends. The book discusses what causes an epidemic- how one tiny product, tv show, event, etc influences so many. I was impressed by the number of case studies and research that Gladwell did to back up his point. I really enjoyed learning about the influence Sesame Street had on the literary rate of the children who watched it, while what causes problems like teen smoking and suicide. It was a very interesting read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Tiresome and Repetitive
Tipping Point is a painful book to read, painful especially to contemplate the patchwork of fill that turns what at best is a pop magazine article into a poor excuse for a book. Gladwell stabs at any theme he can possibly use to support his by no means new theory of tipping points. He hits one, perhaps, when he covers Rudy Giuliani's results in the City of New York, buts the rest are paler attempts. His comparison of Paul Revere with Dawes is over-romantic and downright silly. There's something profoundly patronizing about his tone of writing and his lack of any kind of wit. ... Read more


13. Seeds Of Light: Healing Meditations For Body And Soul Cassette : Healing Meditations For Body And Soul
by Elizabeth Stratton
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1-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Please!
Can someone be any more self-grandizing? I guess that's the beauty of writing your own biography, huh? Her friends, acquanitances, seminars, client base...all so wonderful and she's a powerful healer, to boot. I had the chance to hear her in person and she's narcissistic, defensive and fears being contaminated by other people's impure energy. I guess she forgot to put that in her book. I don't recommend this book or anything related to this self-indulging better-than-the-rest-of-us so-called "healer."

5-0 out of 5 stars SEEDS OF LIGHT
Spiritual healer Elizabeth K. Stratton, M.S. provides detailed descriptions of how to use meditation for self-healing in her latest book, Seeds of Light: Healing Meditations for Body and Soul. The title reflects her philosophy that "healing meditations are like seeds of light planted within your soul." Nurturing that light will lead to self-healing.

Readers can use Seeds of Light either as a complete program or pick and choose meditations relevant to their immediate needs.

A healer, teacher, and pastoral counselor for more than twenty years, Stratton also wrote Touching Spirit: A Journey of Healing and Personal Resurrection, and founded the Touching Spirit Training Program.

Stratton believes that each of us has a healer within ourselves. The innate healer is a powerful combination of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy. Her goal is to help awaken that inner power and stimulate mind, body, and soul healing.

She organized her book into five sections: Healing the Body; Forgiveness; Psychic Self-Defense; Creating a New Life, and Helping Others Heal. Each section is divided into chapters, including ones on deep relaxation, pain relief, dealing with loss, and coping with change.

The exercises are simple, but most require two people, with one person reading the steps to a second person. Someone working alone can either purchase Stratton's coordinated audio tapes, or record the steps for themselves. Then "all you have to do is pick a meditation, sit down, and close your eyes."

Different kinds of meditations meet various needs. Stratton recommends starting with a deep relaxation meditation as it "stills the rational mind and creates a state of deep calm." Opening meditations help "the flow of subtle energies within" the body. Insight meditations encourage communication.

"Paying close attention to whatever you are feeling or doing in the moment" is a part of mindfulness meditation. Clearing meditations release "unwanted emotions, thoughts, or energies." Use strengthening meditations to help "experience yourself as stronger, healthier, or more powerful."

Affirmations accompany the meditations. Affirmations are positive statements used to help change negative beliefs. Psychic self-defense affirmations include statements such as "I approve of myself and all that I am" and "I have all the strength, integrity, and courage that I will ever need."

Stratton believes that "healing is a lifelong process." She wants to help people become more aware of their inner lives and innate healing powers. Beginners will find her detailed instructions easy to follow. The final chapters of Seeds of Light offer advanced techniques for those interested in helping others to heal. ... Read more


14. The VICTORS, THE : Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II
by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Asin: 0671043374
Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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From America's preeminent military historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, comes a brilliant telling of the war in Europe, from D-Day, June 6, 1944, to the end, eleven months later, on May 7, 1945. This authoritative narrative account is drawn by the author himself from his five acclaimed works about that conflict, most particularly from the definitive and comprehensive D-Day and Citizen Soldiers.

But it is, as always with Stephen Ambrose, the ranks, the ordinary boys and men, who command his attention and his awe. The Victors tells their stories, how citizens became soldiers in the best army in the world. Ambrose draws on thousands of interviews and oral histories from government and private archives, from the high command -- Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton -- on down through officers and enlisted men, to re-create the last year of the Second World War when the Allied soldiers pushed the Germans out of France, chased them across Germany, and destroyed the Nazi regime. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Overview of Americans Helping Liberate Europe!
No one has been more prolific or entertaining in his efforts to bring the gritty, unit-level personal experiences of the Allied drive from Normandy into Germany to the public's attention than Stephen Ambrose. In his series of books including "D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War Two", "Citizen Soldiers", "Band Of Brothers", and the present book, "The Victors", he has masterfully employed a little-known treasure trove of personal interviews with thousands of Allied soldiers to marshal an absolutely absorbing, captivating, and insightful treatise on the nature of combat as experienced by the men and women in the forefront of action as it transpired all along the front.

In this volume he uses vignettes and stories told in the other books mentioned above to weave an overall summary of the American soldier's experience in the eleven-month struggle to liberate Europe. He includes stories of individual battles, personal privations, acts of individual sacrifice and surprising courage, and in doing so with these true accounts of men in battle weaves a tale depicting the unbelievable human cost of the war. This book, as with the others, brings the life of a soldier into bold relief, and relates the spellbinding story of men in combat in a way made more vivid, vital, and personal than is possible in any other way. By filling the pages with men we comes to know better than in his other books, we watch with amazement as they moved into free fire zones where anything that moves dies, and in the process Ambrose paints an indelible portrait of the unbelievable madness of war.

This is a story that should be told again and again, so we never forget what it took to take back Europe from the beasts who first stole it so savagely, of the men who died on the beaches, who fell for freedom in the surrounding countryside, all to prepare for those like this company of ordinary men who relentlessly pushed deeper and deeper into the interior of France, finally pushing the battered and beaten Germans all the way back to Berlin. This was the single greatest adventure of the 20th century, an epic struggle in which millions of Brits, Canadians, Australians, Frenchmen, and Americans took back by force of arms the liberty and freedom that had been wrested away from the mainland so cruelly four years before. This, then, is the story of how that crusade to liberate Europe unfolded through the personal experiences of a small group of American soldiers.

Mr. Ambrose has become a virtual cottage industry in the World War Two section of your local bookstore, while he has also published works such as his recent best seller on explorers Lewis and Clark. Meanwhile, he has become phenomenally successful because many of his books have captured the public's imagination by being so readable, entertaining, and informative. While popular success doesn't always equate to critical worthiness, in his case it consistently seems to. This is a wonderfully worthwhile, eminently researched, exhaustively documented, and superbly narrated book on the most historic struggle in the long and painful struggle to finally liberate Europe. Enjoy!

2-0 out of 5 stars If you've read the other Ambrose WWII books skip this one
I am not that familiar with Ambrose's WW II books (I have read Undaunted Courage)but this book came recommended from a big fan of his and I decicded to check it out. What I found was a fairly straight forward oral history of the D-Day invasion and eventual victory in Europe. It is made clear that this book is a synthesis of many of the author's previous works and I found myself thinking what purpose did this book actually serve if the ground has already been covered in prior books. I came to the conclusion that this was a WWII primer and if you found interest here you might want to go back and check out Ambrose's more detailed accounts of this time period. Aside from the Eisenhower apologies, this was an easy read but lacked depth. Ambrose makes his admiration and respect for these men clear and that makes perfect sense. But this particular book just seems unnecessary.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Victors
From the very beginning of the book I was enticed. I thought it was very well written and an enjoyable read. It includes stories and things I would have never expected. I thought the relationship between Marshall and Eisenhower was most interesting. I had not learned much about Marshall and Eisenhower's personalities. They were opposites yet worked very well together. Their relationship was based on trust. It is inspirational to hear of all that our soldiers went through during World War II. As someone looking back it helped me to better understand what went on and what the soldiers experienced first hand. I thought "The Victors" was a wonderful book and spanned over a good period of time. I would highly recommend it to others as a World War II informative book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fighting in the cold
This covers the European theater from D day to the end.
The futile battles of the Hurtgen forest are documented. A waste of men for nothing. We gave up our advantages of air power and tanks to fight in an impenatrable forest.
What struck me over and over, was what the men fighting endured.
The supply situation was what is was always in the military. Those in the rear get the gear. Those doing the fighting get the remains.
In the battle of the Hurtgen forest, during a visit by Ike, a company of Rangers complained to Ike about the lack of cold weather gear. He got the Rangers cold weather gear, but not the other thousands of men doing the fighting.
The same applied in the battle of the Bulge. The people in the rear out of the line of fire had waterproof, warm boots, and huge overcoats to keep warm. Those doing the fighting had summer uniforms, leather boots, and had to fight without benefit of fire to keep them warm, or get their food warm. The result was thousands of men with trench foot. The men went hungry a lot of the time due to impassible roads, so food supplies could not be brought up.
The men who endured this were heros.
Ike was the first to realize what Hitler was up to when the Battle of the Bulge started, and got Patton moving on a counterattack plan immediately, which succeeded.
Thanks to Steve Ambrose, the suffering of the men who did the fighting is documented.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sort of a best of Stephen Ambrose
I have read most of the books by Ambrose and the material in The Victors is covered better in his other works. It isn;t bad, but the only reader who might find it interesting is someone who was looking to get into Ambrose's WWII works. Anyone else but the completists will probably not enjoy this book. ... Read more


15. DAY OF DECEIT : The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor
by Robert Stinnett
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Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
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This great question of Pearl Harbor -- what did we know and when did we know it? -- has been argued for years. But no investigator has ever been able to prove that foreknowledge of the attack existed at the highest levels.

Until now. After decades of Freedom of Information Act requests, Robert B. Stinnett has gathered the long-hidden evidence that shatters every shibboleth of Pearl Harbor. Not only was the attack expected, it was deliberately provoked through an eight-step program devised by the Navy. Whereas previous investigators have claimed that our government did not crack Japan's military codes before December 7, 1941. Stinnett offers cable after cable of decryptions. He proves that a Japanese spy on the island transmitted information -- including a map of bombing targets -- beginning on August 21, and that we knew all about it.

The evidence is overwhelming. At the highest levels -- on FDR's desk -- America had ample warning of the pending attack. At those same levels, it was understood that the isolationist American public would not support a declaration of war unless we were attacked first. The result was a plan to anger Japan, to keep the loyal officers responsible for Pearl Harbor in the dark, and thus to drag America into the greatest war of her existence.

Day of Deceit is the definitive final chapter on America's greatest secret and our worst military disaster. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars 60 Years of Hindsight
Robert Stinnett makes two broad claims in "Day of Deceit". The first claim is that President Roosevelt undertook a policy initiative in 1940 to goad Japan into making war on the United States. The second claim is that FDR and his closet civilian and military colleagues knew in advance that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor, and when, and did nothing to to assure the defense of Hawaiian military bases.

The first claim is neither new nor controversial. The second claim is not new either, but it is highly controversial and, on the evidence of Stinnett's book, unproven.

That FDR strongly felt that U.S. entry into World War II was an urgent necessity is settled history. He believed (and history confirmed his wisdom) that the longer it took the U.S. to enter the war, the longer and more costly victory would be. He also clearly felt (Stinnett agrees) that the Nazis were far the more dangerous foe. From the Lend-Lease program to convoy escorts, U.S. efforts to tempt Hitler into overt aggression against American forces were transparent. Likewise, the cutoff of oil and scrap iron to Japan, the freezing of her financial assets and other steps were aimed at drawing an aggressive response. In the case of Japan, they succeeded.

The assertion that the Pearl Harbor attack was known in advance by FDR rests on Stinneett's exhaustive research into the records of the U.S. military's monitoring of Japanese military broadcasts. Stinnett says that, contrary to accepted historical judgment, the U.S. had broken almost every important Japanese code. He amasses an impressive amount of circumstantial evidence to support his claim--including a troublesome refusal by the NSA, the Navy and others to release the full record even now. The problem with the proof, though, is that Stinnett works backward from the event. Knowing what happened on December 7th, it's easy to see a pattern in the thousands of bits of data collected over many months before the attack. If senior government officials meant to deceive Admiral Kimmel and General Short, why was a "war warning" issued to all Pacific commands 10 days before the attack? Stinnett makes much of the fact that this warning explicitly said that American policy was that Japan should make the first move. So what? It also clearly said that that policy should not be construed by commanders in such a way as to jeopardize the defense of American bases. General Short later claimed that next to nothing was done to avoid giving alarm to the civilian population---an excuse that is as weak now when Stinnett offers it to exculpate Short and Kimmel as it was when Short made it after the attack.

It seems far more credible that the failure of U.S. intelligence to anticipate Pearl Harbor was just that--a failure, borne of poor coordination, inter-service rivalry and military/civilian mistrust. If, as Stinnett says, FDR wanted to go to war against Germany, why would he provoke an attack in the Pacific by Japan? At the time it seemed likely that the whole weight of U.S. power would be thrown against Japan. It was only Hitler's stupid decision to declare war against the U.S. 3 days after Pearl Harbor--something FDR could not possibly have expected--that permitted the U.S. to focus on Europe first. Nowhere does Stinnett claim FDR was clairvoyant.

3-0 out of 5 stars Slow boat to Hawaii
Robert Stinnett's book was published in 1999 but is especially relevant today at a time when the whys and wherefores of America's entry into war and specifically the veracity of the representations made to us by our leaders to induce us to go to war are a front-and-center issue.

If there is one conspiracy theory with "legs", it might be "Pearl Harbor", as Stinnett seems to have found a large number of memoranda, logs, and coded messages (supplemented by interviews with still-living cryptographers) evidencing a far-reaching effort on the part of the Roosevelt administration to antagonize Japan into making precisely the sort of attack on U.S. naval bases in Hawaii that it would end up making on December 7, 1941.

More disturbing is the implication that naval personnel at Pearl Harbor were deliberately kept ignorant of the pending Japanese attack. If there were a plot to provoke an attack that would bring America into the war, would not the attack itself have served the interests of the plotters without need for the loss of life that resulted from unpreparedness on December 7?

Were Roosevelt and his commanders really so indifferent to human life as to allow naval personnel to die needlessly in order to "gild the lily" that the attack itself otherwise would have provided?

It looks as though the Left needs to clean its own house. It looks like they have their own "911" because Stinnett's evidence in the form of broken Japanese codes, tracking of warships, and government warnings that somehow never quite made it to the "intended" recipients at Pearl Harbor suggests that the Roosevelt administration was indeed so indifferent.

But the "smoking gun" drama that Stinnett's revelations should invoke is muted in a hodge-podge of footnotes and appendices that make this book very difficult to read or evaluate. A number of characters strut and fret their way upon the historical stage that Stinnett lights without making a firm impression as to either their identities or to the role that they play on this stage. There is certainly enough information here, however, for others to examine and perhaps to present in more readable format.

Actually, it really isn't even necessary to discuss Pearl Harbor when considering the issue of FDR's indifference to human life. The internment of thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, pursuant to Roosevelt's executive order, is not a disputed factual issue at all and itself illustrates this indifference.

Although there are yet living survivors of Pearl Harbor and of the internment, the incidents that took place over sixty years ago almost themselves fade before the issue of why Roosevelt's historical reputation is scarcely affected by what has always been known about the internment and by ongoing revelations about Pearl Harbor, just as JFK's historical reputation scarcely suffers in the eyes of historians or the general public from what is now KNOWN about his connections with the Mob.

Orwell once wrote that he who controls the past controls the future, and our past seems to be controlled by liberal/Left academics that censor and rewrite history in order to maintain a liberal/Left consensus.

Orwell also wrote that the prospect that the ruling classes might convince their subjects that two plus two equals something other than four frightened him more than bombs. The fact that liberal leaders with deeply-ingrained, sometimes criminal flaws, are STILL being portrayed by "history" as examples of moral uplift is an example of liberal/Left academics and weak sisters among the general public decreeing that two plus two equals five whenever it's necessary.

Perhaps after 60 years, our emphasis should shift away somewhat from the possibility of government conspiracies from bygone days and should focus on the active conspiracies to control the past that are actively and openly taking place in the halls of academia.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's All There!
Since I've already wrote a review of this excellent book, I just wanted to challenge some posters who are either ignoring what is available from it, or ignoring other sources.For those that ask..."how could FDR be sure that Germany would make such a blunder and declare war on the US," the answer is clearly laid out here and in other sources. As part of the Tripartite Pact, Germany...as with each other country, had an agreement to come to the defense of the other if they were declared war upon. While no one could be certain this would happen, there was further corraboration of this on pg. 409 of the governments decoded "Diplomatic Conversations" (re: Magic). Intelligence intercepts from Germany to Japan decoded this message from Hitler: "should Japan become engaged in a war against the United States, Germany, of course, would join the war immediately."Other questions I hear asked are..."why would FDR sacrifice the Pacific Fleet and especially the lives of those stationed there. As Stinnett...and others have rightfully noted, what was left at Pearl after the weeks earlier departure of the heavy ships, was nothing more than the old WWI relics that were planned on being replaced. And while no one wants to think that FDR would sacrifice the lives of others to get us into this war, the fact is, he made a similar suggestion early in 1941 to Admiral Stark. According to Charles Beard in his book, as it is in Stinnett's, FDR "wouldn't mind losing 1 or 2 Cruisers" in Manila to get into this war. As Stinnett points out, these "pop-up" Cruisers could hold up to 900 men per ship. Ironically, it was Admiral Kimmel who objected to this procedure saying..."it is ill-advised and will result in war if we make this move." Fortunately, it was never implimented...and one of the reasons why is because there was never enough American outrage over the loss of US escort ships to German subs in the declared war zones. As many isolationists said at that time, if the US doesn't want to lose lives and ships, stay out of the war zones. This is why PH became that more important.

5-0 out of 5 stars It proved Japan was not Aggressor.
The magnitude of what this book has revealed is unspeakably great to anyone who researches on wartime history of Japan and to any Japanese who is desperately trying to debunk terrible false accusations Japan received from the victorious Allied Powers in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, a.k.a. Tokyo Trial after the World War 2 ended.

The McCollumfs Eight Action Proposal to gprovoke Japan to commit overt act of warh suggested so-called gABCD Encirclementh: Economic encirclement of Japan by America, Britain, China and Dutch.

In May 1951, General Douglas MacArthur stated before the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate; gThere is practically nothing indigenous to Japan except the silk worm. They lack cotton, they lack wool, they lack petroleum products, they lack tin, they lack rubber, they lack a great many other things, all of which was in the Asiatic basin.h And most of those were being imported from abovementioned four countries. Then MacArthur concludes; gThey feared that if those supplies were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.h

At the court of the Tokyo Trial, the Prosecutors actually failed to prove Japanfs evil intention to go for the war with China, the U.S.A. and the British and other Allied countries, let alone to gconquer the worldh. They had to admit that the world famous forged document; Tanaka Memorial, which allegedly announced Japanfs cunning plan of conquest of the world, was in fact a forgery.

As for Japanfs starting war against China, the defense counsels almost succeeded to prove Japan had been provoked and harassed by the Chinese Communists with Red Russia behind them, if the trialfs final judgments of guilty verdicts on all defendants had been already fixed from the first. Japan was not Aggressor there, either.

According to some judges who presented dissentient judgments to the trial, like Judge Radhabinod Pal of India and Judge Bert V.A. Roling of Holland, all the verdicts of guilty charges, including Death by Hanging to seven men, was gpresumed guiltyh being against the decent law practice. With no perjury applied to the prosecutorfs side, the trial accepted all evidences presented by the prosecutors even though most of them were in fact groundless hearsay or even mere rumors, while the evidences that would work in favour of the defendants were plainly dismissed altogether.
The trial was just a gvictorfs justiceh.

I have no intention to jump to the conclusion that Japan was pure innocent with all those warfare in the past, but, having seen those undeniable evidences of provocation of Japan by the U.S.A. that Stinnett has revealed before us, I think it is sensible for us all to, at least to say, re-examine whole issue of the war in the light of truly decent International Laws of War and history studies. This is about Calumny made against Japan by the Allied Powers under the name of the gInternational justiceh. Does the International community recognise the responsibility towards the defamation on a country for half a century long? At least, I think, the false accusations on the Japanese individuals should be recognised and in that light true history should be re-studied to see if any other gtrueh aggressors have been overlooked for the sake of the worldfs peace seeking.

1-0 out of 5 stars Claims Long Proven PHONY. A Deceitful Book
I took the advice of another reviewer and went to the web site of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association and read the thorough review of the evidence in this book by retired Lieutenant Commander Philip H. Jacobsen. It THOROUGHLY DISPROVES THIS BOOK and details the extensive FALSE EVIDENCE worked into the book. I think this is very disturbing that someone can write something like this.

The most outrageously false evidence in the book claims that key transmissions were sent in the Japanese code the Americans had broken (the diplomatic code) when they were CLEARLY sent in the code the Americans had not yet deciphered (the naval code). The author of this book boldly LIES about this, because the transmission archives are clearly marked in black marker.

The author makes another outragous lie in stating that a key Japanese transmission was sent completely uncoded, which is totally outrageous, and that it was rushed straight to FDR. It was sent in code!

He also claims to have recieved new information through the Freedom of Information Act, but what he has done is to lie about very old information already thorough examined.

I cannot post the whole review of the evidence by Jacobsen because it is very long and thorough, but here is part of it:

"Day of Deceit" argues that... Roosevelt through his co-conspirators (who apparently include General Marshall, Admirals Stark, Ingersoll, Anderson, Captain Turner and Commander McCollum and by implication Admiral Noyes, Captain Redman, Commander Rochefort and many others), attempted to cover up his and his co-conspirators' dastardly deeds. However, through Stinnett's foresight, expertise and diligence, he was able to see through this monstrous conspiracy and its cover-up to reveal its details to us some 58 years later when all previous efforts by revisionist conspiracy theorists have failed and all the participants are dead and cannot defend themselves. Nevertheless, this book will sell well among rabid Roosevelt haters, many Kimmel and Short supporters, and dedicated conspiracy theorists...

It is well established that the SRN series of Japanese naval messages in the National Archives were decrypted in 1945-46 and translated in 1946-47, but Stinnett incorrectly suggests they may only have been transcribed at those times and that these decrypts (or at least some of them) were available not only in radio intelligence centers in Washington, but Stations Hypo (Rochefort) in Hawaii and Cast on Corregidor...

Although Stinnett obtained definite information from Captain Whitlock that no significant JN-25B decrypts were made by Station Cast on Corregidor during the period in question, he disputes this fact and misinterprets other documents and sources as proof that Whitlock is wrong. Some navy cryptologic veterans involved in this book have complained Stinnett gained their confidence by agreeing to tell their stories but ignored their version of events in favor of the monstrous conspiracy theory finalized in the book. Admiral Layton terminated his interview with the author, most likely when he learned where the book was going... The book misleads its readers by not revealing there were two distinct codes, the earlier JN-25A and its much more complicated successor JN-25B used during the period in question and refers to them collectively as "Code Book D" or "5-Num code." Thus, the final successes of JN-25A are improperly imputed to JN-25B which was not read to any significant extent until March 1942 when the first published decrypt is found...

In an effort to give some credence to its allegation of a massive conspiracy, the book contradicts the plain meaning on the face of translations of these two decrypted messages, established Japanese naval communications practice, and standard decryption procedures. These messages were reported on long ago by Frederick D. Parker in "Cryptologia" Vol. 15 (4) p. 295... The glaring omission in the book of this vital "unavailability" information is instructive.

...Nevertheless, the book baldly claims, without any substantiation, that the words Hitokappu Wan were sent in plain language while the rest of the message was sent in code, an incredible absurdity... No one else has had the temerity to make such a ridiculous assertion when confronted with the JN-25B code designation on the face of the decrypt and no reference to a plain language insert in the decrypt.

The second gross misinterpretation contained in the book is that Yamamoto's famous message of 2 December 1941 only referred to as "Climb Mount. Niitaka 1208" may have been sent in plain language... Captain Pelletier in the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association History Book confirmed this message was sent in JN-25. To show the extreme lengths the book will go to conjure up his implication of conspiracy, it omits the fact in the narrative that this message labeled SRN 115376 by the National Archives had a cryptographer's reference below the heading clearly showing that it was encoded in JN-25B. Furthermore, Stinnett does not clearly point out to his readers that "Climb Mount Niitaka" was prefaced by the words, "This dispatch is Top Secret. This order is effective at 1730 on 2 December #10..."

In conclusion, it is still clear that no U.S. official knew beforehand of the Japanese plans to attack Pearl Harbor or discovered that the Kido Butai was on its way to Hawaii for such an attack in spite of this latest in a series of revisionist conspiracy theory books.
Official OP-20-GYP-1 reports verify that zero decrypts of JN-25B were made prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. All the early JN-25B decrypts are listed in numerical order with Station Hypo, Pearl Harbor making the first decrypt in January 1942. See Stephen Budiansky's article, "Too Late For Pearl Harbor" in the December 1999 issue of "U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and my article, "Foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor? No!: The Story of the U.s. Navy's Efforts on JN-25B. In addition, Commander Rudolph Fabian, the Officer-in-Charge of Station C Corregidor testified before a Congressional committee about breaking JN-25B before the war. "We were in the initial stages, sir. We had established liaison with the British unit at Singapore. We were exchanging values both code and cipher, but we had not developed either to the point where we could read enemy intercepts." ... Read more


16. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
by James Bradley
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Flyboys is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years. After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth. Not even the families of the airmen were informed what had happened to their sons. It has remained a mystery—until now. Critics called James Bradley's last book "the best book on battle ever written." Flyboys is even better: more ambitious, more powerful, and more moving. On the island of Chichi Jima those young men would face the ultimate test. Their story—a tale of courage and daring, of war and of death, of men and of hope—will make you proud, and it will break your heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Book About War.
If you are looking for a feel good American heroes book this is not it. "Flyboys" is a very worthwhile and thought provoking book. There are times when it causes the reader to feel uncomfortable as it describes large scale and individual atrocities including cannibalism and mass murder performed by the Japanese that are very distressing to read about. Many of the previous patriotic reviewers I believe found it difficult to face the descriptions of the small and large scale violent and destructive American behavior even though it was dwarfed by the Japanese behavior.

The author remained remarkably non judgmental in his descriptions. He tries to put in context the violent behavior, although not to excuse it, by supplying relevant cutural and historic background.

The book invites us to examine the contrast between war time and peacetime humanity. Which is really us? Is war time meanness just kept below the surface during times of peace? It reminds us that when hundreds of thousands of lives are lost, that these are the lives of valuable individuals whether American or others. It emphasizes the remarkable heroism and perhaps the naivete of our servicemen particularly our "Flyboys." They were heroes especially because they completely understood the risks they were taking and proceeded out of choice because they were needed. George Bush Sr., as one of them , is featured as a sensitive and lucky(to be alive)hero.

The Japanese soldiers were brutalized by their officers and were required to follow orders without question. One gets concerned about group think and herd mentality. How independent are human beliefs and actions? Do we actually choose them or are we mostly a product of the society in which we were raised? We must intuitively know that it is wrong to bayonet a restrained man with a sharpened bamboo pole with the purpose of of causing pain, prior to beheading him while still alive, The officers who ordered this behavior earn our contempt. They force soldiers to carry out their orders as if they were slaves.

The Japanese "Spirit Warrier" believed that all orders originated with their Emperor who they believed descended from the Sun Goddess. In a way they were following their faith. Is it right to unquestioningly follow a religious leader or a religious belief ie Jihad,or perhaps to believe that followers of our culture are more worthwhile than the followers of other cultures. We must have known as Americans in the 19th century that slavery was wrong and that women should have the right to vote but it took us a long time to correct these injustices. Were we not deserving of contempt for thoughtlessly following the group think?

This is a history of WWII in the Pacific told mainly through a small group of people involved with the battle for the island of Chichi Jima by an author who is a truth seeking patriotic American whose father was incidentally a flag raiser at Iwo Jima. It raises our awareness of the horrors of war. It ends with some optimism and descriptions of forgiveness or at least understanding by memebers of both sides. There is even some real humanity displayed as Private Iwatake, who developed a personal relationshop with a subsequently beheaded cannibalized "Flyboy" named Warren Earl Vaughn, when phoned by the author, doing his research, answers the phone with, "Hello, this is Warren." He had changed his name to honor his dead prisoner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Has its faults, but important nevertheless...
I read about 20 of the earlier reviews of "Flyboys" as I struggled through the book this past week. Some of the negative comments are deserved, such as referring to the late Gen. Curtis LeMay as "Curtis" in half or more of the references to him. This is bizarre and distracting. Whether a result of careless editing or author-torial stubborness, it does not work. Also, I agree that the term "Flyboys" as a collective description of pilots, gunners and radiomen is over-used. I also agree that the book perhaps tries to cover too much history and abandons its cover story for too many pages at a time. Some condensing and reorganization would have enhanced its power. That said, many of the other negative comments seem to be unfair. Yes, Mr. Bradley dwells on America's mistreatment of Indians and Filipinos at length, including prisoners of war. Yes, he gives disgusting details of how our napalm drops on Japanese cities destroyed civilians indiscriminately. But he is not making up those facts. And to emphasize how easily combat and its stresses can make soldiers willing to do horrible deeds is not exactly the same thing as excusing the acts. I have read my share of WW II books, as I near 60 years of age, and "Flyboys" is the first one which sensibly explains how the Japanese fighter rationalized not only his willingness to die in already-lost battles, but his contempt for those from other cultures who chose to be prisoners of war instead. To explain the Japanese viewpoint, again, is not to excuse the acts. Nor is it unpatriotic.

"Flyboys" describes disgusting acts of brutality and cannibalism, and is ultimately a very sad tale. It is not a work that should be tackled by readers who are emotionally fragile. As most people reading this review will already know, Mr. Bradley's dad was one of the Iwo Jima flag-raisers, wounded physically by Japanese soldiers in that fight, and wounded in some ways psychologically by the whole of his wartime service. The fact that his son went off to study in Japan, and developed much respect for the residents there, must have been painful and puzzling for the father. But I don't think any intelligent reader of Bradley's earlier book, "Flags of Our Fathers" or of "Flyboys" can question the younger Bradley's respect for our troops or our country. One of our strengths as a representative democracy is that we can love our nation for having humane ideals even if we are imperfect in living up to them every minute. And we can learn from injustices committed in our names by our government or military agents, and change our ways.

I stuck with "Flyboys" right to the end, flaws and all, and I'm glad I did. It gets more powerful as it goes on, and it does finish the story of the eight Chichi Jima American POW's as much as it could be completed, so long after their 1945 deaths. We live in a time when we may be facing 30 years or more of sporadic war with terrorists and the countries which fund and hide them. To read a book which makes war and its (initially) unintended horrors seem like a step to be accepted only with the greatest caution is not a bad thing right now. While Mr. Bradley is not the smoothest historian/writer on the block, he shows promise. In some ways this book is better than "Flags of Our Fathers" despite its problems of style, language and organization. For sure, it is more important than the previous book, because the Iwo Jima battle story had already been well-covered in earlier works. Former President George Bush came close to being a prisoner on Chichi Jima, and plays a small part in this book. If he cooperated, and if he thinks Jim Bradley has done a service to the country with his research into the horrors of war in the Pacific from both sides, I won't argue with him. He was there, I was not. I'm glad I read "Flyboys" but unlike "Flags of Our Fathers" which I've read three times since it was first published, I won't be reading it twice. Its medicine is too strong for a second dose.

3-0 out of 5 stars Strays way off course
I am very offended in the tone that book takes in regard to comparing Japan's Chinese campaign with our final offensives in Germany and Japan. With all of the well written reviews I do not have much to add except to say that Japan was dead in the water and would have fought to the last man, woman and child. I also think that the nuclear bombs definately did create a new level of war and by doing so expedited the surrender. I am tired of people trying to apologize for America, the fact remains if they did not engage us then they would not have faced our wrath. The Chinese on the other hand recieved the barbaric wrath of Japan without so much as provoking them. I suppose we are supposed to draw a parallel in our manifest destiny or turn of the century Phillipine campaigns that were both in a very different era. By taking away all of Japans budget to make war America gave them a head start on creating a modern economy unparalleled in the world.

This book gets three stars for having some nice solid sections when it stays on task and does not get to preachy. If it wasn't for that I would have flunked it. The author has talent though and the read is pretty good being that is so severly flawed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to make of this book
First off, I find it surprising that this story was not told sooner, as it involved a future U.S. president (I suppose much of the information was not available until recently). I give Bradley credit for telling the story of the airmen who gave their lives in service to our country, but I'm not sure what to make of Bradley's commentary on U.S. policy before and during World War II. It's true that atrocities happen in war, and the actions of our military should not be whitewashed. It seems wrong to me, however, to try to draw moral equivalency between the aggressors, and those who fight that aggression at great cost to themselves so that others may enjoy freedom. I also reject Bradley's suggestions that all atrocities committed by the Japanese were a direct result of earlier U.S. actions, however wrong those actions may have been (Bradley's description of the Japanese corruption of the Samauri code seems to contradict his own assertions regarding this point). I rate "Flyboys" 3 stars for telling a story that should have been told earlier, but I have reservations about the revisionist history in the book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, misleading title
A few months ago, I overheard an argument by two people over this book, so I figured I would read it myself to see what it was really like. I must say I was very disappointed. The first few chapters are not even about World War II. The title is misleading, for it is not really about "Flyboys", and the author uses it as a platform to condemn the use of airpower. Unfortunately, civilians were killed in bombing raids, but it should be remembered that it was the Germans and the Japanese who started this war. The author also sees very little, if any, difference, between the Americans and Japanese, yet he overlooks who rebuilt Japan. If Japan had defeated the US, would they have rebuilt our cities? I highly doubt. There are better books about World War II in the Pacific, and certainly better books that portray the courage of the American Fighting Man. ... Read more


17. The Federalist Papers
by Jay Hamilton
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This is a new edition of the classic text, the papers of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison written in support of the then-proposed Constitution of the United States. In addition to the supplementary materials provided (including a copy of the Constitution and an Index of Ideas), this revised edition also contains a new introduction, historical glossary, selected bibliography, the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I am amazed at the wisdom and vision of our founding fathers
If you are going to read "The Federalist Papers," you must also read "The Anti-Federalist Papers" in order to get the complete picture. Both books cross-reference each other and both are instrumental in understanding how our government was designed and how it was intended to work. In addition to the Papers, this edition also contains the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and an excellent introduction by Charles Kesler.

In a time when each colony had its own "constitution," the Federalists believed in creating one strong centralized government (with one Constitution) that could effectively represent the people. The authors and supporters of the Constitution knew that they could not afford to lose the vote in the state ratifying conventions. In an effort to win over his home state (New York), Alexander Hamilton, with the assistance of James Madison and John Jay, began a collection of 85 essays and published them under the pseudonym of "Publius" (named after one of the founders and heroes of the Roman republic, Publius Valerius Publicola). The Papers, published in 1787 and 1788, analyze and defend the proposed Constitution of the United States.

The Federalists succeeded in winning the colonists' support. But, even though the anti-federalists lost, their ideas were also brilliant and made an important contribution to the history of our government, which is why you should also read "The Anti-Federalist Papers."

This book is a must-read for all Americans. After reading this book, you will have a renewed appreciation and admiration for the wisdom and vision of our founding fathers.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm amazed at the wisdom and vision of our founding fathers
If you are going to read "The Federalist Papers," you must also read "The Anti-Federalist Papers" in order to get the complete picture. Both books cross-reference each other, and both are instrumental in understanding how our government was designed and how it was intended to work. In addition to the Papers, this edition also contains the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and an excellent introduction by Charles Kesler.

In a time when each colony had its own "constitution," the Federalists believed in creating one strong centralized government (with one Constitution) that could effectively represent the people. The authors and supporters of the Constitution knew that they could not afford to lose the vote in the state ratifying conventions. In an effort to win over his home state (New York), Alexander Hamilton, with the assistance of James Madison and John Jay, began a collection of 85 essays and published them under the pseudonym of "Publius" (named after one of the founders and heroes of the Roman republic, Publius Valerius Publicola). The Papers, published in 1787 and 1788, analyze and defend the proposed Constitution of the United States.

Obviously, the Federalists succeeded in winning the colonists' support. But even though the anti-federalists lost, their ideas were also brilliant and made an important contribution to the history of our government, which is why you should also read "The Anti-Federalist Papers."

This book is a must-read for all Americans. After reading this book, you will have a renewed appreciation and admiration for the wisdom and vision of our founding fathers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Arguments for an United Union of states
The arguments for a union:
1. Union was necessary for commerce
2. Commerce facilitated a need for a National Bank
3. Banks charge interest
4. The role of government is to raise revenue from the taxation of commerce
5. The Union represented a favorable trade partner for the world
6. A federal army was created too defend the union
7. Independant States are inheritantly dangerous; this was danger caused by territorial disputes, large state standing armies against small state standing armies, and inconsistent monetary policy fustrating external countries from doing business; whereas, a union represented stability and consistency for the trade partners.

The balance of Power is false - the three branches don't hold power equally:
1. Power is controlled by the legislative branch, the legislative branch creates laws; the executive enforces the law; and the Judical intreprets the law.
2. The executive power increases in power during war
3. The judical branch is the weakest of all the branches. The judical branch was not expected to an powerful entity.
4. The republic form of government is a defense against the imperial monarchy. Sovereignty resides in the states. Bad laws can be opposed by a minority of states. States receive equal representation in the senate. The delegates are too vote against bad laws, this equality prevents tyrancal laws. If a majority of the republic supports bad laws then the people have the ultimate power to revolt and gain control of the government.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Americans
I can hardly offer enough praise for this work. While most Americans have probably read the constituion at least once in their life, it is a shame that so many people are daunted by the task of reading what may be one of the best political pamphlets of all time. To truly understand the constituion and what its writers thought concerning its application it is necessary to understand the political climate of the day and some of the problems facing those who saw the necessity of doing away with the failed system of government under the Articles of Confederation.

Hamilton, Madison, and to a lesser extent Jay, all offer the reader with a first-hand look behind the writing of the constituion and help to explain such misunderstood principles of our government such as the differnces between a nationalist and a federalist system of government, the necessity of seperation of powers and ckecks and balances, and the electoral college. While some of their perceptions of how the young republic would mature and some of the problems it would face are either laughably naive or downright wrong, considering how much the world has changed since the writing of these papers it is amazing how well they understood the political situtions inherent in all governments; both in their own day and in ours.

The Federalist Papers are a fitting amalgamation of over 2000 years of political thought but they are also an interesting case study in a pragmatic view of human nature which was shared by almost all of the writers of the constituion, that man is inherently flawed and thus a government must be designed so as to protect itself from the fruits of these flaws. While astute and inciteful it is important however to view this work as a political pamphlet (it was origionally written for newspaper publication) and not purely as a work of political philosophy and thus it is full of verbose rhetorical flourishes that sometimes make the authors intent confusing. Still a must read for those who wish to understand anything about political philosophy or human nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for All American's
Read this and understand the true thoughts and meaning behind the Constitution and its Amendments, its interesting to read how the founding fathers interpreted what they wrote in a very different way then the courts and federal gestapo interprete them today. Especially of interest is the paper oon the true meaning of the term "for the general welfare" which has been used to allow all sorts of power grabs from the nuts in Washington, and which has been interpreted completly contrary to what the founding fathers intended. Be a true patriot, read this book. ... Read more


18. ALL'S FAIR LOVE WAR AND RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT : "Love, War and Running for President"
by Mary Matlin
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Never before has a more revealing X ray been taken of the modern American presidential campaign than this compelling memoir of the nation's foremost political operatives, Democrat James Carville and Republican Mary Matalin.

Not since Theodore White's legendary Making of the President series has a book on presidential campaigns so intimately recounted the power plays and clandestine maneuvers that are at the heart of American political dueling. James Cherville and Mary Matalin, themselves the key players at the center of the political battles and election headlines that gripped America, tell in candid, stunning detail of the day-by-day pressures, near disasters, and triumphs of campaign life; they take the reader deeper than ever before into the art of getting a president elected.

For anyone interested in politics and the way our nation chooses its leaders, All's Fair is a vital resource, and the most telling guide available to the inner workings of today's partisan conflict. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Romance for obsessive political junkies
James Carville and Mary Matalin (with a rather large assist from Peter Knobler) take the reader behind the scenes of the Clinton and Bush 1992 Presidential campaigns.

The incredible behind-the-scenes details are great, and, as a Clinton supporter, it's nice to relive the highlights (Bush being followed by a guy in a chicken suit, Pat Buchanan). I don't know if Bush supporters will enjoy this book as much, although they might enjoy the Matalin sections.

The only sour note comes from Matalin herself, who refers to the Clinton campaign as "Clintonistas" and continually harps about the media's (alleged) distortions of Bush and his record, and genuinely, truly seems to despise Bill Clinton. By contrast, Carville is generous to the Bush campaign.

All in all, a political junkie's dream.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now that its history, its even more interesting
This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it when it first came out and again recently. Its really interesting to read it now with a new George Bush in the White House and Ms. Matalin with a role in that administration.
This book explains the ins and outs of a political campaign in a highly readable fashion. You really get to see how the Republicans blew this one by leaning too far to the right much to Matalin's moderate horror. And you really have to admire Carville's skills after reading how he got Clinton out of one crisis after another, all while romantically involved with the head of his opponent's campaing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Is all really fair?
ALL'S FAIR lively describes what happened behind the presidential campaign of both parties, plus the Perot camp in 1992 in most vivid (and vulgar at times) spoken language.
It makes me long for the 2004 presidential race, in such a way that Hillary decides to run at the end, forcing Carville to leave CNN to run her campaign to repeat the success of her husband. It remains mystery, however, how those two (now) talking heads remain happily married with kids.
Though, in this book, both Carville and Matalin remained rigidly royal in defending their clients (Clinton and Bush) against various accusations, in real life after the 92 election, Clinton ended up acknowledging his womanizing behind the green door of White House library to embarrass his country to the rest of the world in an unprecedented fashion, while Bush Sr. continues his activities which are highly suspected of conflicts of interest, not withstanding what his son is doing in the White House right now. Is ALL really FAIR?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Political Book!
Even though this book is almost 500 pages, I really sped right through it. If you are a political nut like I am, you will absolutely love this book. It mainly focuses on the 1992 presidential election (if you are looking for intense details of Matalin and Carville's relationship, you are looking at the wrong book) But it offers so much. It really is a he said/she said blow-by-blow account of the entire election. The format for this book is the best possible one. It keeps in interesting, entertaining, easy-to-follow and enjoyable. I could hardly believe that at certain points Matalin caused me, an avowed liberal, to feel sorry for Bush over his loss for reelection. I could hardly put this book down, and loved it throughout. Read this book if you are into politics, election campaigns, or stategies. You will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read...very entertaining and insightful!
This book is a modern day 'He said, She said' for political junkies to enjoy! I have found this book to be very insightful into the inside world of American Politics. Having read many books of advance teams for political campaigns, it's great to gain the insight of one of the most compelling campaigns of my lifetime. (Bush v Clinton) One of the things that surprised me in this book was how much I grew to enjoy reading James' sections of the book. I found myself reading in his voice and thoroughly enjoyed his southern sense of humor.
Great read for political junkies! ... Read more


19. Awakening Second Sight
by Judith Orloff
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Awakening Second Sight Judith Orloff

What Is Second Sight? Do You Have It?

Judith Orloff, M.D., is a healer in two worlds: the world of traditional medicine, and the invisible world – the psychic realm. On Awakening Second Sight, Dr. Orloff shares the true story of her struggle to uncover her own psychic abilities – the patients who inspired her – and how to awaken your own "gifts of the spirit." Join Dr. Orloff in this daring, unique session about: the true reasons you should develop your own psychic abilities; how to protect yourself from negative psychic energy; daily practices that use prayer and meditation to ignite your psychic self; ways to use your dreams as direct conduits to sacred knowledge and healing; and much more. Awakening Second Sight is a respected psychiatrist’s compelling personal story, as well as a provocative guide to the psychic self, and how to develop it. ... Read more


20. Communist Manifesto: Social Contract (Professional Growth Series)
by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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A modern edition on the 150th anniversary of the Manifesto. The Communist Manifesto, drafted on the eve of the 1848 revolutions, is the most brilliant and incisive political text ever written; a work of great literary power as well as historical insight. Eric Hobsbawm, whose writing has brilliantly described the century and a half of history that has been both shaped and illuminated by the Manifesto, presents it here. As the "age of extremes" draws to an end and capitalism seems everywhere to be triumphant, as it did one hundred and fifty years ago, Eric Hobsbawm critically appraises a work which, he argues, is now more timely than ever. Hobsbawm notes the curious fact that the Manifesto remained a subterranean text for many decades and did not circulate on a mass scale, or achieve a canonical status, until comparatively recently. He argues that only the complete unfolding of capitalism on a global scale in recent times allows us to take the full measure of Marx and Engels's truly astounding mixture of passion, science and poetry. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Empty promises
As one familiar with the principles of communism but unclear on Marx's continued relevance after communism's collapse,The "Communist Manifesto" seemed like an ideal read, and it is certainly a work of art. Karl Marx crtiques capitalism like no one before him; he even offers up a firm event timeline for those interested in watching knowledgably as the capitalist system inevitably self-destructs. Unfortunately, Marx's predictions have not actually occured. How does Marx account for the dominance of today's middle class? Where is the declining rate of profit? Why do liberal democracies respect human rights, when communist ones do not? Rather than simply poking holes in Marx's arguments, and without even touching on the fact that communism has failed miserably (millions killed, millions more plunged into poverty), I wish to point out the Communist Manifesto's fatal flaw: Marx never takes the time to explain how communism is actually supposed to work. This is why it is so easy to dismiss every form of communism that has ever been put into practice (and thus failed) as un-true to Marx's central ideas. It is up to the reader to infer how communism should be actually practised simply by excluding the concepts that Marx deplored: Private ownership, "exploitation", and so on. As any intelligent person will infer, this book is no manifesto, it is an attack on the ideas of others. For those intersted in intelligent suggestions on how the world should conduct its complex affairs, I suggest Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations". If however, one is more interested in vague predictions and guidelines on avoiding the problems of man, the Bible or the Qu'ran would certainly offer more clarity. If Christianity, Judaism, or Islam are not your thing, feel free to pick up the "Communist Manifesto" and join the rest of Marx's followers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, regardless of your stance on communism
This is a book that definitely deserves to be read. Marx's examination of a modern bourgeois society and its historically inevitable change from capitalism to communism will illicit much praise from some readers and harsh repudiation from others. The reason it desrves to be read rests in the conflict of opinion. The fact a book like this, whether enjoyed or detested, can affirm one's own beliefs so strongly for or against communism shows it does have an intriguing power. Just look at all the conflicting reviews below. We have, on one side, people saying that the reason communism hasn't worked so far is because there has been no real communist societies while, on the other side, we have people saying these "unreal" communist societies that become totalitarian are the direct by product of attempting to implement communism, ergo communism cannot work. I find that this heated debate becomes the reason one should at least read Marx's work. It does develop and mold one's belief systems in some way and any book that powerful is deserving of readership. "The Communist Manifesto" and the ideas expressed within are things you won't forget... whether you like it or not.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Book is what Killed 90 MILLION people Worldwide
This book started communism. Communism is responsible for 90 MILLION deaths world-wide. Now, how can this book have such a high Amazon rating? It is beyond me. Shows how stupid people can be. Communism doesn't work, and it is not a fair way of living. So, don't buy this book. And if you do, don't forget that you are being brainwashed. Remember the 90 million dead as you read this. I mean, 30-40 million in China, 30 million in Russia, and more in other countries. That's how many communism has killed. And people say Hitler was a bad man!

1-0 out of 5 stars stupidity or complete ignorance
I was born and raised in Ukraine and lived in US for the last ten years. I was absolutely shocked to find many people(democrats, that is)in this country who hate their presidents(other than Al Gore and Bill Clinton, of course, who could do no wrong, never mind giving nuclear technology to North Korea), hate their military, hate their country, think terrorist attacks are this country's fault and capitalism is the root of all evil. However, everyone who advocates communism grew up in a middle class homes, never went hungry and were never threatened with death for expressing their views. Most of my russian and ukrainian friends laugh themselves silly at the democrats's views because they are so ridiculous. Why don't everyone who gives this book 5 stars move to North Korea or Cuba and decide how they like being sent to concentration camps, tortured and starved to death. I'm sure there will be no volunteers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must read - know thine enemy
I highly recommend that anyone interested in world development read this book. Personally, I feel Communism poses the greatest threat this world has ever seen - recommending a charge toward soul-draining anarchy. However, in and of itself the book is valuable as an illustration of that map toward terror.

Marx may indeed have been an eloquent and convincing speaker. These qualities come across in this work. But what is valuable to notice in actually reading this doctrine is that while Marx's grande plan for overturning the world and securing a new order, nowhere in the document is the future discussed. Repercussions, consequences, any vision regarding "what happens next" is absent. This key fact is what should be noted. By noting this element of the doomed-to-fail ideology, future generations can avoid being fooled by "brave words," as Marx indeed cites of his very enemies.

This book should be read. For, only by knowing thine enemy can that enemy be utterly defeated. ... Read more


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