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161. The Engineering Design of Systems
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161. The Engineering Design of Systems : Models and Methods (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management)
by Dennis M.Buede
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Asin: 0471282251
Catlog: Book (1999-12-03)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 330194
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Systems engineering is the design of a complex interconnection of many elements to maximize performance. As such, the science relates to all fields of engineering. While systems engineering has always played an important role in industrial and military applications, advances in communications and computer technology have made this discipline especially relevant. This book introduces design methods and models used by systems engineers in the real world. It offer a comprehensive, integrated treatment that includes modeling, underlying design principles, and the process of optimization for peak performance. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable systems engineering text
This book addresses systems engineering tools and methods needed for building complex systems. Our systems have gotten much more complex, more inter-coupled than they were decades ago --think of the recent (Summer '03) East Coast power failure. Systems Engineering tools, techniques, and education must progress to address the new complexity. This is why Buede's book is invaluable. He has digested much of the current state of thinking regarding systems engineering practices and concepts, and made them available.

This book reflects where systems engineering is going. It is written for practicing systems engineers who deal with complex systems, and for students who have someone leading them through the subject. Persons who engineer complex systems will find this book valuable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject
The subject of system engineering has many facets and paths to reach an implemented 'system'. This book covers the subject thoroughly and is supplemented with student problems. This book will give anyone a firm grounding in the formal approaches to the subject and a basis for moving into system engineering practice. Highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this so called book
The worst text book for system engineering you could ever buy.
Concepts are vague, the text could have been much simpler, and the concept much clearer. I bet that you can read the book many times over and still not know the basics of system engineering.
The only good chapters of this book are chapters 4, 5. You know why? Because they have nothing to do with systems engineering. ... Read more


162. Automotive Technology, 4E
by Jack Erjavec
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-08)
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The leading authority on service and repair procedures for contemporary automobiles remains the most technically comprehensive on the market!The fourth edition of Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach has been updated to reflect the most recent technological developments in the industry, featuring state-of-the-art coverage of hybrid vehicles, GPS systems, electronic ignition systems, DIS, fuel injection systems, and more.This enhanced presentation of the theory, diagnosis, and service of automobiles and light trucks takes into account all the latest trends, including variable valve timing, lift and variable compression ratios, fuels and alternative energy sources, as well as the latest engine designs and technologies.The essential must have information contained in this book will help readers understand and efficiently diagnose and service yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows automotive systems and vehicles. ... Read more


163. Mechanics of Materials (6th Edition)
by Russell C. Hibbeler
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-12)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This clear, comprehensive presentation discusses both the theory and applications of mechanics of materials. It examines the physical behavior of materials under load, then proceeds to model this behavior to development theory. Combines a fluid writing style, cohesive organization, outstanding illustrations, and dynamic use of exercises, examples, and free body diagrams. Offers a four-color, photorealistic art program. Features Hibbeler's hallmark triple-accuracy checking and Procedures for Analysis sections. Available at the same price as the fifth edition. A useful, thorough reference for engineers.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hibbeler - Best man ever
If it wasn't for Hibbeler, and his awesome text books, engineering would be much more difficult. If you take a course that has a Hibbeler text book, you learn more from reading the text than what you do going to class

4-0 out of 5 stars a first course in mechanics
Hibbeler offers an undergraduate text for the mechanical engineering student. The materials studied are solids, not fluids. The discussion starts with the simplest case of treating the bodies as totally rigid. Then we see a development of Newtonian mechanics, commencing with statics. No net velocities, in some obvious reference frame.

But even in this simple case, Hibbeler shows the student how to find the balance of forces in such archetypal instances as beams.

Later, he talks about how solids can to varying extents resist stresses. Be these longitudinal or torsional stresses. The resultant stress-strain relationships are a fundamental concept in mechanics, and the student should be able to follow the treatment quite adequately. ... Read more


164. Continuous and Discrete Signals and Systems (2nd Edition)
by Samir S. Soliman, Mandyam D. Srinath
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Asin: 0135184738
Catlog: Book (1997-12-22)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 353375
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This complete introductory book assists readers in developing the ability to understand and analyze both continuous and discrete-time systems. The author presents the most widely used techniques of signal and system analysis in a highly readable and understandable fashion. For anyone interested inSignals & Systems, and Transform Theory.

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3-0 out of 5 stars It's got lots of maths...
But as an undergrad with GPA 5.8 (~distinction), this book really doesn't explain to ME the maths in an engineering context. For example, Chapter 3, with Orthonormal/Orthogonal signals, had me completely left in the dark as to why, as part of my job as a microelectronic engineer, I would want to orthonormalise a bunch of signals, even though the introductory paragraph goes:

"Orthogonal representations of signals are of general importance in solving many engineering problems. Two of the reasons this is so are that it is mathematically convenient to represent arbitrary signals as a weighted sum of orthogonal waveforms, since many of the calculations involving signals are simplified by using such a representation and that it is possible to visualize the signal as a vector in an orthogonal coordinate system..."

It then shows me some square waves that are apparently "orthonormal" and proceeds to dive straight in from there with the maths. In my subject we wrote a matlab program to show the orthonormalised version of a bunch of exponential signals (t^n where n=0..5); now /those/ final waveforms helped me understand better, but still..

Personally I find a lot of the maths quite ugly (orthonormalisation is just an example that could have been explained better), which I guess is the nature of the subject. But then maths isn't really my strength (I get Credits for my maths subjects) - and perhaps other readers find this book more inspiring. I have talked about this book with fellow students and I can only conclude (personally) that students with only an average ability/interest in maths will perhaps struggle with some of the proofs and find themselves "just remembering".

Perhaps this is simply a property of the subject in general, in which case I'm not as smart as I think I am, but I haven't read any other books to compare. The author clearly knows his stuff, but I don't - I study 5 other subjects full time and I do some contract work. It seems he has forgotten that things aren't necessarily as obvious to the reader as they are to him. Actually, it seems this is the case with my current lecturer also, so I'm really not liking "Signals and Systems" at the moment.. especially since my copy of this book I [bought] AUD for was stolen before I really had a chance to go through it.

Lots of detail, but probably too much. If this is you're only recommended text, go to your lectures. This book appears to be the "algebra of signals", and no more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Associate professor
Theoretically, the flow of explainations is Okay. The problem is that it contains too much material for one semester course(for an introductory couse), too much math and examples. It also lacks a CAD package such asmatlab and simulink to support the book. The package becomes a must for acurrent textbook nowadays. More clear concepts rather than too much mathexamples and more practical application examples are hopeful.

3-0 out of 5 stars Math, Math, Math, Few Concepts
Overall this books is only okay.It emphasizes formulas and procedure way too much.Concepts are short, if concepts are explained at all.Basically, it lacks the necessary theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
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165. Introduction to Statistical Quality Control
by Douglas C.Montgomery
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-29)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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This book is about the use of modern statistical methods for quality control and improvement. It provides comprehensive coverage of the subject from basic principles to state-of-art concepts and applications. The objective is to give the reader a sound understanding of the principles and the basis for applying them in a variety of both product and nonproduct situations. While statistical techniques are emphasized throughout, the book has a strong engineering and management orientation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars good book worst service
the book is very good ..no doubt but the service is aweful.

1. on the website they show it is a hardcover book and so i ordered for it but got a soft cover book ...now i have to worry about return or refunds etc...

2. had to wait for 3 weeks to get the book.

3. print quality aweful ...the original book has good color print...the one i received for the same price has a black and white print with very thin see-through pages...

my advice would be to avoid abebooks.com through amazon if possible because the same book is listed for $ 33 on their own website and here they sell it for $ 41 ...so waste ur money if u want.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about SPC
As the developer of the QI Macros SPC Software for Excel, customers often call with exotic questions about statistical methods for quality control.

Montgomery's book, more often than not, is the one I turn to for answers that I can't seem to find anywhere else. Even if I do find the answer in another book, it's always easier to understand in Montgomery's. The book is written in a way that makes seemingly incomprehensible statistics understandable. And there are plenty of examples.

If you're looking for a book to help you implement quality control in a small business, Montgomery's book is a bit too much, so you might consider my book on the Small Business Guerrilla Guide to Six Sigma or Six Sigma Simplified.

4-0 out of 5 stars A solid text on statistical quality control
The book gives an overview of the importance of quality management, the basics of statistics (variability, distributions, etc.), different methods of statistical process control, the use of control charts, capability analysis, design of experiments, process optimization, and sampling. I found all of the chapters informational and practical.

Montgomery does a great job of presenting the theory, giving examples, and helping the reader understand the big picture of various concepts. For example, Montgomery states that a "Pareto chart does not automatically identify the most important defects, but rather only those that occur most frequently," and then gives an example illustrating when this can be so. This is something that might have been overlooked if not pointed out to the reader.

While to book is rather current in introductory theory and practice, there are some relics from previous editions. For example, the inclusion of a random number table in the appendix is rather useless, since all modern calculators and spreadsheets have random number functions. This minor complaint aside, the book is solid and worth having.

4-0 out of 5 stars An all-in-one text.
This is a rather comprehensive book on SQC. It benefits from a good introductory treatment of Design of Experiments, a subject sorely missing from most SQC texts. The arrangement of topics in the book is logical from both pedagogical and practical points of view, and the author's stress on improvement -- rather than control -- is the right one for the readers.

4-0 out of 5 stars A college beginner's SQC textbook
This is a typical college text book which serves very well on the subject,SQC. It has provided a good coverage on SQC, in particular, as an introductory text. Each SQC subject is treated well from a newcomer perspective. If you're a beginner in the college education and looking for a book on this subject, this is IT! ... Read more


166. An Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints (Mechanical Engineering (Marcell Dekker))
by John H Bickford, Marcel Dekker
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Catlog: Book (1995-07-01)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
Sales Rank: 366713
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Design Engineers
This book covers all the fundamental issues related to bolts and bolted joints. It is very easy to read, and does not go too deeply into technical subjects, but gives the reader a full appreciation for the issues involved. As a materials engineer I appreciated the section on bolting materials. As a design engineer, I found the sections on designing bolted joints very helpful. As Plato expressed long ago, the wiser you are, the less you realize you know. After reading this book, design engineers not familiar with all the issues will likely not take bolts and bolted joints for granted. ... Read more


167. Design for Six Sigma : A Roadmap for Product Development
by KaiYang, Basem S. EI-Haik
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Asin: 0071412085
Catlog: Book (2003-05-21)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A excellent book for learning and practicing QE
'Design for Six Sigma: Roadmap to Excellent' is a great book for learning and practicing quality engineering principals in product development. This book mainly focuses on how to apply the most popular and the latest quality engineering techniques to a products design cycle.

Actually I used the coursepack version of this book in my quality engineering class in the last term. This book is very easy to understand and includes a lot of real world examples. After reviewing basic theories and going through these on-hand industrial case analyses, I could apply these powerful tools to solve my own project problems immediately. Since this book coves DOE, Taguchi Robust Design, Tolerance Design, RSM and many other subjects, I am using this book as my handbook.

This book is not only a great textbook for engineering students who are learning product design, but also an excellent reference book for engineers who work on product design at a daily base.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source for DFSS
I have read several books about DFSS before this book and find the concepts in most books are not clearly defined. Most DFSS books do not cover the newly promoted design theories such as TRIZ and Axiomatic Design, which are ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Body of Knowledge required.

Yang¡¯s book is the best resource I have found so far for engineers like me in understanding and implementing DFSS in new product development. I especially like the topics of TRIZ, Axiomatic Design, tolerance design and Taguchi parameter design presented in the book. Before this book, I had worked very hard to figure out these theories, but still not clear where are directions and benefits. This book uses very simply descriptions and examples or cases to make some ambiguous concepts very clear. Taking TRIZ chapter for example, the authors made a link between TRIZ theory and the function analysis concepts in Value Engineering and cleared some fuzzy concepts.

I highly recommend this book for all engineers who want to implement Six Sigma in the product development because it not only offers the a road map for ¡°do the right thing¡±, but also provides hand on techniques to help you ¡°do right things all the time¡± in product development. This book is a very valuable resource for Six Sigma Black Belts or Black Belt candidates because DFSS will play more and more important roles in Six Sigma practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the buy!
I have not found such a comprehensive book for design of six sigma. I started using this book for advanced experimental design and taguchi methods, but ended understanding the complete roadmap for design of six sigma. The systems approach allows an enthusiast reader to start anywhere, without having to spend time refering back to earlier chapters. The relatively newer trends as TRIZ and axiomatic design have also been nicely dealt with.
Overall, this is a very nice and easy read book, with excellent and well defined examples. A must for everyone who wants a quick refresher on the design principles of six sigma.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book serves all your needs
This is an outstanding DFSS book for production development. It contains integrated information and some of which you could hardly find anywhere else, thus with one book in hand, you have all the tools to get to your destination. This is also a easy to read book providing the reader with a solid understanding- Concepts are clearly defined, real world examples/ case studies are fully described and the chapters are well organized. It can serve as a textbook for students/beginners and also can serve as a handbook for experienced engineers.
The title says it all- this is a roadmap for you to find the way correctly and easily. I am reading the book right now, and the book is really beneficial to me.

3-0 out of 5 stars Full of information and errors
This is a book with a lot of information. Each chapter can be used as a starting point for a specific six sigma technique. However, this is the worst edited book I have ever read. You can hardly find one page without errors/typos. ... Read more


168. Classical Electrodynamics
by John DavidJackson
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-27)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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A revision of the defining book covering the physics and classical mathematics necessary to understand electromagnetic fields in materials and at surfaces and interfaces. The third edition has been revised to address the changes in emphasis and applications that have occurred in the past twenty years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Classical text for E & M
Jackson's text still remains as the classic text for E & M. The problems are challenging and difficult I do admit. I found that having the mathematics background helped when it came to solving some of Jackson's problems. From the other reviews that I saw that gave this book low ratings probably didn't have the mathematical background to tackle this text. Before attempting to read and solve the problems of Jackson, you should have an excellent working knowledge of Multivariable calculus including vector calculus, differential equations (including partial differential equations),complex variables, Legendre and Bessel functions. If you don't have this background, you will have a very difficult time with this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars What's the purpose?
I fail to understand the purpose of writing such a book as Jacksons'. The physics is many times neglected in favor of mathematics, and yet the mathematics itself is poorly explained. It feels like studying E&M while being drunk: "you take the div of the curl, then the curl of the curl and the div of the div of the . . . " Also, Jackson takes the rather uninspiring view of teaching E&M from the unrelativistic point of view, a real shame, considering the conceptual simplification such an approach offers. Classical Electrodynamics by Julian Schwinger outrivals Jackson's book from the mathematical point of view, and is more comprehensive. Schwartz's "Principles of Electrodynamics" and Ohanian's text (forgot the name) explain the physics much better (Ohanian's book is also at a nice mathematical level). So what's the purpose of using this text?

1-0 out of 5 stars EECCCHHHH!!!!!
This book (I use the term loosely) stinks. Some reviewers suggest that you can only appreciate this book if you already have a solid foundation in math and Electromagnetics. Baloney! Truth is, Jackson should never have been allowed to even think of writing such a textbook. From what I have seen so far, painful is not a strong enough word to describe the act of sifting through this mess. I feel for the students who had this assigned as their classroom text. As one reviewer put it, the students had to take other books out of the library to get through the course or to determine what the hell Jackson is talking about. There is a difference between a well presented, intelligent style of writing and a pretentious "Look how smart I appear to be, try try try to figure out what I am saying; I'm not going to tell you, that's for sure" style of writing, where Jackson adopts the latter, exclusively. There are far better books out there. Go look for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Physics
First off, this is either a graduate book or a senior undergraduate book in Physics. The book assumes at least 2 years of college math, preferably for engineering or physics folks.

What sets this book apart is the focus on physics is perfect as we understand E&M theory at this point. Unlike other imperfect college texts like Lorraine and Courson, this book contains no errors. While some may no like "and the proof is left to the reader", the book is meant to teach people who are focused on physics but can describe the process mathematically as well as in regular language.

The assumption is that there has already been a rigorous introduction of both physics and mathematics so this book is NOT a casual read.

The beauty of this book is that it's not just teaching knowledge but it teaches one how to think. To those who can rise to the occasion and draw upon their education, professors and peers, there is the satisfaction of really understanding E&M clearly and concisely.

To those who only seek rote knowledge, this book will be too challenging.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good old Jackson
I like Jackson, but I think that most people don't.

Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is to tell the
Reviewer from July 12, 2000 that Jackson DID write
another book. It's called
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169. Product Management
by Donald R. Lehmann, Russell S Winer, Donald Lehmann, Russell Winer
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Asin: 0070275491
Catlog: Book (2001-07-03)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Product Management is a lean, defining text that covers three major tasks facing today’s product mangers:analyzing the market, developing objectives and strategies for the product or service in question, and making decisions about price, advertising, promotion, channels of distribution and service.Product Management utilizes the familiar Marketing Plan as the unifying framework for its lessons, and takes a “hands-on” approach toward preparing graduates to assume the position of product manager. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Too basic to be helpful
This book is seriously too basic to be of any help to a practitioner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Explains the steps in product management in extreme detail. Not good for IT products (software), but general. Applies more to non-IT for sure.

Good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is the ideal book for the product manager/product planner. I have been looking for such a book for years and here it is. What I liked about the book was its no non-sense direct approach to product management. The book covers all topics required to jump start the process. You will learn "what" to accomplish quickly. To learn about the process of product development and that sort of thing you should look into Cooper's "winning at new products" book.

this text covers it all in an very easy to read & grasp style. Topics include defining the competitive set, category attractiveness analysis,... pricing decisions (for a thorough treatment on pricing, I would highly recommend "the strategy and tactics of pricing"), channel management, promotions and financial analysis for product management. The newly added chapter marketing metrics is bang-on.

***Good introductory book for the first line product manager / product planner. Very highly recommended. ***

This book shares some text with the other books these authors have jointly written ("analysis for marketing planning" - another excellent book), but has been changed significantly enough to make reading those shared chapters worthwile if you happen to have both texts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A blend of product and pricing...
Lehmann proved that product and pricing are the two sides of a coin called Management. Its a must read book for any level of person in Production, Accounting, Warehousing, Marketing and Management. Its an excellent blend of knowledge. ... Read more


170. Essentials of Supply Chain Management
by Michael H. Hugos
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-27)
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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  • Discover what a supply chain is and how it works
  • Utilize technology to boost efficiency and responsiveness
  • Align your supply chain with market demands
  • Learn how to develop pragmatic supply chain systems

ESSENTIALS OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Full of valuable tips, techniques, illustrative real-world examples, exhibits, and best practices, this handy and concise paperback will help you stay up to date on the newest thinking, strategies, developments, and technologies in supply chain management.

"Mr. Hugos uses a fluid writing style that takes a difficult subject and makes it read like a novel. I read it quickly and continue to use it as a reference guide. We provide services and materials to the fortune 500 and this book provides us with a thought process that endures as well as simple actions that will increase our bottom line immediately."
–Michael J. Chakos, Chief Operating Officer, Kenny Industrial Services

"Michael Hugos does an excellent job of informing the reader on the latest concepts and technologies of supply chain management (SCM). The real jewel in this book can be found in the way that Mr. Hugos was able to provide a solid set of frameworks that will enable the business executive to link SCM to strategy and, at the same time, measure its effectiveness."
–John ODonnell, President, NA Commercial Business, Georgia-Pacific Corporation

"This book takes a purportedly very complex subject and reduces it to easily understandable concepts. It very clearly and concisely explains how to determine your companys place in the value chain and how to enhance your companys value in that chain. It should be required reading for all business students and current managers who are searching for better ways to compete in todays marketplace. I have marked several pages that contain concepts I want to put in practice immediately."
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5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightened!
As a person with little time lately for personal reading, I have to be judicious about my reading adventures. I feel that Mr. Hugos created a very "easy read", while providing ample information about his topic to educate the person "on the go".

My profession involves interfacing with CIOs daily, and I can now feel more confident in my acumen around the Supply Chain Management space. I think Mr. Hugos accomplished his objective of enlightening executives about this topic, w/o using the "techno-speak" that often chases them away. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I am interested in finding out more about the "Essentials" series.

Mr. Hugos, I thank you!

5-0 out of 5 stars A New Voice
Michael Hugos is a new voice to the John Wiley & Sons "Essentials" series of business texts and a most welcome voice at that. Clearly, he has attacked a complex subject in supply chain management. To Mr. Hugos' ultimate credit, he delivers the reader into his world of supply chain management without hiding behind techno-jargon. Imagine this: a plain-speaking CIO/author with a vision and an ability to simplify the complex without talking down to his reader. Quite simply, Mr. Hugos' book is a freshing wind of IT knowledge and know how.
If you wish to understand supply chain management, buy this book.

Kelly Yaksich
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Dex Media

5-0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of 'the nuts and bolts'.
The book focuses on operational and tactical aspects of supply chain management. The coverage is clear, logical and highlights key points well. Each chapter ends with a summary. There is a wealth of figures, tips and techniques and explanatory "boxes", all of which are concise, relevant and useful.
Supply chain management has moved rapidly from 'poor relation' to high strategy, driving strategic alliances and involving world wide logistics. This book does no more than touch on these wider strategic issues; its concern is with the fundamentals which provide the platform on which strategy can be successful. It succeeds admirably within its objectives.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice introductory book
I would like to thank Mr.Michael H. Hugos for bringing such a nice introductory book to this most confusing field. He has explained very well how supply chain management is different from rest of the operations management literature. He has also thrown light on certain conflicting and very important issue like Supply Chain Performance. Good Luck...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Supply Chain Management
As a consultant in this area, I have recommended this book to my clients. This well-structured, easy-to-read book is an excellent introduction to concepts of Supply Chain Management. Its target audience, executives who must learn about supply chain in order to make strategic decisions, could be expanded to include any person who wants or needs to learn about supply chain. I highly recommend it as a first book for any project manager who is new to this are.
The book contains 8 chapters, each with a similar structure: a list of the learning and performance objectives of preceding the actual content, which is presented in a logical and interesting way. The content is accompanied by helpful diagrams and a series of examples or case studies labeled "Executive Insight" or "In the Real World". It also contains lists of helpful "Tips and Techniques".
The author begins with an overview of the general concepts of Supply Chain Management. One of the objectives of this chapter is to be able to "Start an intelligent conversation about supply chain management issues in your company" It is a tall order, and the author succeeds, introducing the neophyte to the basic concepts of Production, Inventory, Location, Transportation and Inventory with clear and concise prose. In a very interesting example, Hugos uses the story of Alexander the Great to illustrate how a good supply chain functions.
The following 4 chapters systematically cover the basics of supply chain: Planning and Sourcing, Making and Delivering, Coordination and Technology and Supply Chain Metrics. Each of these chapters takes up the fundamental concepts involved and explains them in a simple and understandable fashion. For those that are reading this book as an introduction to supply chain, there will be many an "aha"of understanding as you read along. Of particular interest for the IT project manager, Hugos explains at length what the various technologies are that serve the supply chain.
In the final 2 chapters the author assists the reader in analyzing the type of market(s) that their company targets, and how to determine and plan for a supply chain to succesfully serve them. As well, the chapter includes a number of usefel tools and techniques that can be used to plan out a supply chain project. Most project managers should find this section to be very useful. He closes the book with a look to the future, and uses the concept of "Emergent Behavior" to make predictions about supply chains of the future. He explains how supply chains will develop "Self Adjusting Feedback Loops", using automation to keep information constantly flowing around the loop.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Supply Chain Management. It will be helpful in particular to project managers and IT professionals who want to work in the manufacturing sector. It is well thought out and eminently readable!
Kevin Callahan, The PMCi ... Read more


171. Mastering Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2005
by Paul F. Aubin
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This concise manual goes beyond a series of independent tools and commands to consider the process of creating professional-quality building design projects using the newest release of Autodesk® Architectural Desktop (ADT).Content focuses squarely on the rationale and practicality of ADT 2005 through life-tested, practical lessons that emphasize "why" as well as "show" in order to help readers complete their projects successfully.The text and lessons combine to give an unmistakable sense of the value of the tools introduced as well as a clear indication of each tool's potential.The result is an up-to-the-minute resource that shortens the learning curve and instills confidence and comfort in usage of the software to create architecture. ... Read more


172. Now You Know Treo
by Patrick Ames, David Moloney
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-20)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 22632
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Even a smartphone needs a smart user to take advantage of all of its brilliance--especially when that phone is as jam-packed with features as the Treo. To master all of the Treo's phone, email, Internet, photographic, and organizational capabilities, you need this pocket-sized guide! As the only Treo guide authorized by its maker (palmOne), this one goes way beyond the manual to demonstrate the tricks and techniques that aren't divulged anywhere else. With Treo in your hand and this guide at your side, you can work as you read, mastering one topic quickly and then moving on to the next. Each tip or technique takes just minutes to complete, which means you can use what you learn immediately and watch your skills improve every time you pick up your handheld. Use this guide just as you do your Treo itself--when you need it, to do precisely what you want with your smartest of tools!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Goes Way Beyond the Phone Company Manual
The Treo established new grounds in the cellular phone by merging the capabilities of the palm sized computer with the phone system. This combination has brought entirely new concepts in computing and communications ability.

The manual that come with the Treo is quite good, and explains what your particular phone company has implemented on your system.

But beyond the capabilities your phone company has put in, the Treo has other options, other accessories, other programs that may be helpful to your needs. This book goes beyond what your manual contains to explain all the features of the Treo. As an example, my phone company manual doesn't talk about using the Treo with a GPS adapter and maping software, but the book does. Both the Treo 600 and the Treo 650 are covered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Costs little worth lots.
Just the best reference book for my Treo 600. Treo and I have had our problems. At one time I threatened to throw it out the window. This book has all the answers. All the things that Palm neglected to tell. The book refers to web sights for potential developments, adding memory and conserving battery life. This is a must have to open up new ways of benefit for this adorable PDA. See, we're freinds now. It is just the best book ever. ... Read more


173. Mark's Calculations For Machine Design
by Thomas H. Brown
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Everyday Engineers must solve some of the most difficult design problems and often with little time and money to spare. It was with this in mind that this book was designed. Based on the best selling Mark’s Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Mark’s Standard Engineering Calculations For Machine Design offers a detailed treatment of topics in statics, friction, kinematics, dynamics, energy relations, impulse and momentum, systems of particles, variable mass systems, and three-dimensional rigid body analysis. Among the advanced topics are spherical coordinates, shear modulus tangential unit vector tension, deformable media, and torsion (twisting). ... Read more


174. The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual: Spas, Pools, Hot Tubs, Rockscapes and Other Water Features, 2nd Edition
by TerryTamminen
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*The secrets of water maintenance trade professionals are revealed in this detail-by-detail guide to keeping pools, spas, and other recreational water containment units in tip-top shape.*Offers inside-out coverage of chlorine alternatives, automation, noise control, pool-side safety, portable spas--and everything from minor maintenance to major fixes and remodeling.*A must for pool maintenance and spa technicians, this book includes environmentally friendly product resources, along with troubleshooting tips and project checklists that make caring for a pool or spa less costly. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars not for beginners!
Very detailed book on pools with US measurments. Not a guide on how to take care of your pool, but more of a deeper look at pools. From chemistry to construction, etc. Having this book at the pool store where I work at is very handy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual
I really liked this book. Alot of information, but written in a way everyone could read. You don't have to be in the business to own this book, although if you are a recommend this book two fold. If u are in the pool maintenance business you must have this book as your bible and quick refrence. I am a pool technician and do use this book often.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect... alomost
This is a great book that explains the "whys" as well as the hows". Lets face it... what's the point playing around with water chemitry if you have no idea what is behind all the effects.

Why almost perfect??? It has no information on the benefits of a salt water pool/chlorinator. The more I've read elswhere, this seems to be a great way to go and I would have like to additional info on it in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Service Man's Bible
I purchased this book before I became involved in the complex industry. It soon became my biggest source for knowledge and has really helped me reach my position now. I strongly recommend this book to anyone considering entering the industry or already involved. It is a very helpful book

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for handyman pool owners, not just those in the trade
I'm not in the pool maintenance trade but I've owned and maintained a pool, built two fish ponds and am currently having a pool, spa and koi pond built. Being an engineer by education, I was thirsting for in-depth information and wasn't disappointed. My pool plaster will be black and I was especially interested in Tamminen's very detailed opinions on the controversial topic of pool start-up after plastering and how to avoid mottling from plaster dust (a BIG problem with colored plaster.) But there's a wealth of other tips as well. For instance, I'm installing a sand filter, despite claims that it can't filter particles as small as those trapped by a DE filter, based on the comparative information in this book. A sand filter promises relatively low maintenance and my dark bottom doesn't require the same high clarity as a white plaster pool.

I might have liked more info on the hazards of installing rocks in the water on a notched bond beam, under-edge fiber optic pool lights and ways to hide pool tiles. But those would more appropriately be in a book dedicated to pool design and construction rather than pool maintenance. Also, the discussion of fish pond design and maintenance was a bit too rudimentary to be of much value, although, like the rest of the book, the author wasn't shy about stating his opinions strongly. I liked that.

All in all, this is a treasure trove of very practical information that should really prove its worth after my pool is completed.... ... Read more


175. Taguchi's Quality Engineering Handbook
by GenichiTaguchi, SubirChowdhury, YuinWu
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Asin: 0471413348
Catlog: Book (2004-10-22)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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Genichi Taguchi is one of the most respected authorities on quality management and statistical methods in the world today. His concepts originally formed the basis of the management philosophies that put Japan on top of the business and technology world during the 1980s. Much of what he has developed still forms the basis for the key concepts in use today. This landmark book features Taguchis lifes work captured under one cover. It is poised to be the most respected source for all of the methods that have driven the statistical quality revolution over the past fifty years. ... Read more


176. Jack: Straight from the Gut
by Jack Welch, John A. Byrne
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Asin: 0446690686
Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: Warner Business Books
Sales Rank: 67939
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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In his #1 New York Times bestseller, Jack Welch surveys his brilliant career at General Electric, reveals his personal business philosophy, and discusses his life post-retirement in a new afterword.They called him Neutron Jack. They called him the world's toughest boss. And then Fortune(r) called him "The Manager of the Century." In his 20-year career at the helm of General Electric, Jack Welch defied conventional wisdom and turned an aging behemoth of a corporation into a lean, mean engine of growth and corporate innovation. In this remarkable autobiography--a classic business book and runaway New York Times bestseller now updated with a new afterword--Jack Welch takes us on the rough-and-tumble ride that has been his remarkable life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jack, Over the Top Results
REVIEW: If one word could sum up Jack Welch's career at GE it might be "results". And this is why many people will want to read this book. It is basically an autobiography of Jack Welch's GE years and does not dwell on deap management theory. Those readers expecting a lot of new business theory or to learn how to repeat Jack's performance by reading about his secret methodology may be disappointed.

The management insights that Jack does reveal seem to me to be generally built on fairly well established (but poorly executed) management practices. Jack has just embraced them and used focussed passion coupled with an obsession on people to execute superbly and produce great results. For example, some of his major initiatives could be said to have been derived from existing management principles: 1) "No. 1 or 2" Jack admits is derived from Peter Drucker, 2)I believe six sigma is derived in part from Motorola, 3) "Boundaryless behaviour" can said to be based on Peter Drucker's observation that there are no profit centers inside an organization, and 4) Jack was clearly not an early pioneer on "E-business". Yet he recognized the opportunities and produced results from them. The book probably won't become a classic, but it is still recommended reading for today's and tomorrow's managers and especially those interest in the man himself.

STRENGTHS: The book is a fairly easy and interesting read full of anecdotes and insites. It does a great job of showing the management task as art and discipline that can be learned, improved, and mastered rather than as personal charisma or other common stereotypes of leadership.

WEAKNESSES: The minor weaknesses of the book relate to Jack's strong, competitive personality (and maybe ego) that show through in his writing. Despite that author's initial disclaimer to read "I" as meaning "we" I found Jack's lack of distinction between himself and GE to be minorly annoying. Parts of the book are filled with phrases like "I bought this $$$$$ company" when clearly "We" is appropriate [I know, I'm nit-picking]. Second (and this is almost excusable in an autobiography) Jack rarely gave the "other side" of the story when discussing major GE crises. For example, he never explains the EU's reasons for blocking the Honeywell merger, assuming that it is so obviously wrong it's not worthy of explaination.

5-0 out of 5 stars His advice may seem obvious to some, but...
His advice may seem obvious to some, but how often is it actually practiced? I shouted "yeah!" to myself over and over as I read a couple chapters of this book.

For example: the chapter about rating and rewarding his employees was excellent. For example, giving Class A employees 3x the salary increases over Class B employees-- Great!! Giving NO increases to Class C employees, and getting rid of them sooner rather than later...what can I say, I LOVE IT!!

He's so right about the fact that it's more cruel to let Class C workers attain and maintain an certain income level (that they are not really worthy of), and waiting til they're older, with a large mortgage and kids in college before finallly telling them that they're not making the grade.

I've worked with some people in the high-paying tech arena that, because of either blatant incompetence, bad attitude, and/or pure laziness, never should have gotten to where they are today. As far as I'm concerned, some never should have gotten past working in the food service industry.

Eventually those people *do* get weeded out (I'm seeing it happen right now in this economy). Sooner is better than later, both for the employer and the employee. I also enjoy not having to work with those types.

3-0 out of 5 stars I am almost ashamed to keep this book on our shelves
I must say I am disappointed in this book. Mr W. clearly takes much credit for the success of GE. Although a strong leader in any organization can make a big difference, it looks disgustingly fake when he tries to take all credit for success. If you are a critical reader you will most likely see through the tireless self promotion that went on with W.

I cannot waste any more time on this book, so I must end this review here, but there are good parts of this book. To find out about those, read someone else's reviews.

3-0 out of 5 stars Inside scoop on GE
A good book to get the inside "going ons" from a CEO's perspective. If you have interest in GE and the happenings through Mr. Welch's eyes this is a good read.

I was hoping to get a little more insight and direction regarding the key elements of running an extremely successful business. Outside of the "people are everything" and weed out the bottom feeders, there was little practical knowledge to be taken from the book and used by manager "want-to-be" types.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy the book used
I guess it's not bragging if you can do it - and he did. It is difficult to argue GE's success over the past 20 years. Mr. Welch took a 12 billion company and made it into a 500 billion dollar business. Without even using a computer!! Regarding the portion of the book were he talks about assigning E-trainers for all the top executives in the company, all I have to say is rank does have its privileged, It must be nice to have a techie hold your hand if you are an executive and computer illiterate.
It is hard to believe that it wasn't until 1999 that Jack Welch sent his first email. A multimillionaire who isn't connected....
I am not sure if it is ignorance or apathy?

In Mr Welch's defense, I am not sure how the author could have gotten around referencing everybody he worked with or for.
If you can get through that part of the book, there are some things in the rest of the book that are of value. I listened to the book on tape so it wasn't so bad.
He does talk about real people and real problems that he encountered throughout his career and what it took to get the job done working within the environment HE created.
If you are not a business person or just wondered what it is like at the top, here are a dozen of the key ideas Mr Welch talks about in his book.

Stretch jobs
The runway of a person,
The vitality curve of a career
Differentiation being a key value to getting ahead
"boundaryless" operations
Blackbelt employees
Plane crash scenario: Who will run the company
Having a deep bench: When a replacement was needed
Fix, Close or Sell areas of business that are not performing well
Being #1 or #2 in your field
The 6 sigma quality movement
Finance: People and dollars are the movable parts, while the people hold the depth of knowledge
Not to mention a smattering of, golf, tennis and ping pong stories.

Overall I would say buy the book used or borrow it from a friend - 4 stars ... Read more


177. MindManager for Dummies
by HughCameron, RogerVoight
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Asin: 0764556533
Catlog: Book (2004-03-29)
Publisher: For Dummies
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The first book available on this fast-growing and highly regarded software package
MindManager allows users to visually map their ideas and brainstorming sessions in order to better organize thoughts and put them into action. Exploring all there is to know about the MindManager product, including the Standard, Business, Enterprise, and handheld releases, this book walks readers through the process and techniques in using MindManager to communicate ideas.
Hugh Cameron (Indianapolis, IN) heads Camtech, Inc., a clinical engineering company that extends its reach to incorporate a diverse group of projects. Roger Voight, PhD, is a certified project manager with more than 30 years of experience in software design, development, and software project management.
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4-0 out of 5 stars It Does MindManager Justice
This was the first "For Dummies" book that I felt was worth the cost. I didn't read it cover to cover straight, but I have now touched on all the chapters in the order I needed. Although I have been a MM user since way back, MindManager X5 has some very nifty enhancements. I didn't upgrade from MM2002 until I got the book and then I just let loose.

If you're new to MindManager, this will get you started and give you some neat tips. If you're a regular user, I would get this book when you upgrade to X5. There have been enough changes in procedures and nomenclature that it just won't work with previous versions of MindManager. ... Read more


178. Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers
by Douglas C.Montgomery, George C.Runger
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-23)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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This best-selling engineering statistics text provides a practical approach that is more oriented to engineering and the chemical and physical sciences than many similar texts. It's packed with unique problem sets that reflect realistic situations engineers will encounter in their working lives.
Each copy of the book includes an e-Text on CD - that is a complete electronic version of book. This e-Text features enlarged figures, worked-out solutions, links to data sets for problems solved with a computer, multiple links between glossary terms and text sections for quick and easy reference, and a wealth of additional material to create a dynamic study environment for students.
Suitable for a one- or two-term Jr/Sr course in probability and statistics for all engineering majors.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever
I have never seen as many mistakes in any other college level textbook in my life. The authors are so lazy, the end of section questions refer to tables and information which you have to flip backwards 50 or 75 pages to find the example they are referring to. The could not come up with new examples of what. Definitely use Bean's book which uses many real world examples to illustrated ideas. This book is awful.

2-0 out of 5 stars Riddled with Errors
This book has the potential to be good but I've already uncovered about 20 mistakes during 2 weeks of extremely light use. There are numerous problems that are set up so that the answers are insane (Z > 9 problem 7-42). I think the publisher should fire whoever proofed this book. Don't waste your money, get Walpole and Myers instead for an introductory text.

2-0 out of 5 stars There are so many mistakes...so many
There are quite a few unforgivable mistakes...They highlight one of the most important formulas on a page and the formula is WRONG... The answers at the end of the book are so wrong that will confuse you. The authers should proofread the book much more carefully.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for reference
This is an excellent reference work, though, as a text is is inadequate. I found that several of the answers in the back are incorrect and often the practice questions rely too much "refer to problem 8-16." The explanations are somewhat hard to follow as is the practice of placing figures some distance away from the related text. This is a Wiley book so it is over-priced, but what are you going to do?

5-0 out of 5 stars a MUST for every working engineer
I took this class during my 1st semester as an IOE student at Univ of Michigan. Back then I never had done any real applications of Stats before, so I basically chugged through the course. But now as a professional, working engineer, I realize what an awesome book this is!! It is a MUST as a reference tool for ALL engineers.. great examples as well. DON't sell this book back!! ... Read more


179. Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design
by Douglas Brooks
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-24)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the most readable book you'll find on this
Brook's book is exceptional in the clarity of the writing, esp. in explaining key concepts that most engineers are fuzzy on. This book is great at giving engineers an intuitive feel for basic electromagnetics and how it relates to signal integrity and emi.

It's main strength (and to some it's major weakness) is that it avoids the mess of equations of better known books like Johnson's "High-Speed Digital Design". Brooks is also a good writer, and he writes very clearly. Don't get this book, if you already understand the subject, since it doesn't cover advanced material. However, this is essential reading for those who don't have a clue or for those (like me), who've memorized a lot of emi guidelines, without really understanding why they're necessary.

Given the book's title, the only area of improvement I can think of is a chapter or appendix on basic pcb manufacturing and terminology (buried vias, microvias, antipads, etc).

4-0 out of 5 stars A chasm has been bridged...
As an educator, lecturer and practicing designer I am given many books to read and make comment on. I find very few books that are able to bridge the chasm between the needs of a beginner learning about signal integrity and the needs of a professional desperate to solve design problems. This book is an excellent primer and reference for understanding the interrelationship between the board layout and the signal integrity problem. This book details design solutions to classic signal integrity problems and educates the novice in understanding the reasoning behind the solutions. There is a lot of nonsense being written about signal integrity and few people have the resources to filter out the chaff from hay. This book proves every principle presented with tested board layouts, demonstrated engineering principles, or documented laboratory results. Some people can see the world in formulas and some see the world pictorially. This book is rich in both forms of expressionism and its presentation will not exasperate the PCB designer who sees the world visually, or frustrate the engineer seeking equations for design representation. This book has been added to the required reading list for our PCB layout designers and product development engineering teams. ... Read more


180. Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theaters by Theo Kalomirakis
by Steve Castle, Dean R. Koontz
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Asin: 0810946564
Catlog: Book (2003-10-15)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 29187
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"Theo is obsessed with his work and embarked upon a quest for an elusive ideal theater that can exist only in dreams. Each time that he makes a dream theater into a reality, no matter how stunning the creation, it never quite fulfills the ideal in his mind-and off he goes again in the enthusiastic pursuit of impossible perfection."-Dean Koontz

In the 21st century, more and more people "go out" to the movies at home. This lifestyle change has led to the biggest innovation in residential design today: the home theater, be it a custom-installed system or an elaborate private screening room. At the high end, Theo Kalomirakis reigns supreme as the leading designer of private theaters in the home.

Kalomirakis tailors each of his designs to fit the needs of a specific client, using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting-edge. His theaters even have their own marquee names: The Moonlight, The First Run, The Miami Beach. Great Escapes showcases nine of these incredible spaces through superb color photographs and descriptions of the technology that make this revolution in entertainment and design possible. Although Kalomirakis's extravagant creations are for wealthy clients, they will also serve as inspiration for home owners who want to integrate cinema quality with home comfort on a more modest budget. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A unique source of enduring ideas
Lavishly illustrated with one hundred gorgeous color photographs by Phillip Ennis, Great Escapes: New Designs For Home Theaters By Theo Kalomirakis by Steven Castle presents extravagant designs for "media rooms" in private homes. These are specialized entertainment oriented rooms set aside to take full advantage of surround sound, acoustics, and visual appeal to bring forth the same quality experience as visiting a theater. Great Escapes showcases the work of interior designer Theo Kalomirakis as it artfully presents his work in creating home theaters of celebrities such as Dean Koontz, Eddie Murphy, Roger Ebert, and others in this unique source of enduring ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing
This is a book to die for. The photography is amazing, the architecture out of this world and what Theo Kalomirakis does for his lucky clients will blow you away. I am already wearing out my copy and I only have had it for two days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Escapes
Whether your interest is home theater, or movie palaces from the 1920's and 30's, Great Escapes is sensational!
Once I opened it, I couldn't put it down and trust me with 204 pages loaded with 140 color photos of breathtaking architectural eye candy, this book will demand your focus.
Kalomirakis brings the elegance of yesteryears movie palaces home with the help of writers Steve Castle, Dean Koontz and photographer Phillip Ennis.
You can truly see Kalomirakis' love for the big screen in the architectural details he adorns his private cinemas with. No details are spared in Kalomirakis' work from neon marquees and ticket booths welcoming visitors to his theaters to opulent lobbies adorned with domed mural ceilings and snack bars and timeless columns.
A few times while reading this book, I had to remind myself that the featured theaters I was viewing were in someone's personal residence.
I have to say my personal favorite theater in this book was created for author Dean Koontz called "The Moonlight." Koontz also has an introduction in the book.
Even though most of the theaters in this book take up more square footage than the average persons home. And even though theaters designed by Kalomirakis are beyond the financial means of most people, this book can serve as inspiration for those that want to bring home the silver screen on a lesser budget and do it in style.
Theo Kalomirakis' newest book Great Escapes definitely brings home the look of the movie palaces of yesterday. ... Read more


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