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    1. The Oxford Companion to United
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    1. The Oxford Companion to United States History
    by Paul S. Boyer, Melvyn Dubofsky, Eric H. Monkkonen, Ronald L. Numbers, David M. Oshinsky, Emily S. Rosenberg
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    Asin: 0195082095
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 58936
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    From abortion to "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, Abrams vs. United States tothe Zenger trial, and abstract impressionism to Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, The Oxford Companion to United States History is an encyclopedic overview covering the pre-Columbian era to the election of George W. Bush in 2000.

    The Companion examines the notable men and women and major events in U.S. history, such as wars or the Depression, as well as ideas and ideologies, technological innovations and economic developments, and long-term processes such as immigration and urbanization. Each entry is written by an authority on the subject, thoroughly cross-referenced in the 78-page index, and arranged alphabetically for easy reference. The alphabetic organization makes for some strange (or amusing) combinations ofpeople on the same page: Billy Graham and Martha Graham; "Mother" Jones andMichael Jordan; Persian Gulf War and Petroleum Industry; Income Tax, Federal,and Indentured Servitude.

    A browser's delight, but full of solid scholarship, The Oxford Companion to United States History deserves the treatment its editors recommend--as "a work to be thumbed and worn out, not a book to be put behind glass on a shelf!" Absolutely essential for the well-stocked history library. --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Fails as a Guide to American History
    Students and history buffs need a good, comprehensive volume on the significant people, events, movements and changes in the United States over the course of its history. This volume, from the leading publisher of reference books in the English language, fails and disappoints with regard to these goals. This Oxford Companion tries to be the United States History of Everything, as a result it misses key aspects of political history and what it does cover is often inadequate and incomplete.

    The Companion tries to cover too many aspects of cultural history and its icons. As a result it sacrifices information on many important political and public figures. We get biographies of Michael Jordan and Marilyn Monroe but no separate bios of George Mason, William Borah, Hiram Johnson, Henry Cabot Lodge, Tom Watson, Joseph Cannon, Thomas Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller, Clarence Darrow, Sam Rayburn, Jesse Jackson -- and the list goes on and on. When they are covered it is often in snipets in subject area articles, which does not give a complete overview of their public careers.

    What it does cover in cultural and intellectual history is often incomplete. The Companion has separate artices on the history of the blues, jazz and a weak article on rural country and folk music, but absolutely nothing on bluegrass or commercial country music and its pioneers. The index doesn't even mention the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe or Hank Williams. Yet country music far exceeds both the blues and jazz in popularity in terms of its fan base and are certainly deserving popular art forms for inclusion.

    The selection of significant figures for separate biographies is often strange and arbitrary. The Companion offers a bio of physicist Eugene Wigner but not of Hans Bethe or Richard Feynman, like Wigner both Nobel Prize winners. Feynman is considered by many to be the most important theoretical physicist of the second half of the 20th century. This arbitrariness in selecting subjects for biographies can be repeated in many different subject areas.

    The Companion contains 26 black and white maps, often of poor resolution, and follows the same arbitrary editing in terms of subject matter. You get a map of the properties of U.S. Steel, but no map on how the United States looked at the end of the Revolution or after the Louisiana Purchase, though there is a barely readable map of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. No reference tables and charts are included to tell the reader Presidential election results, who were the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, or who occupied important positions in Congress or the military over the course of American history.

    On the positive side there are many good articles here on political and social history. However the reader must use this book carefully and supplement it with other Oxford Companions and reference books. At $... I would examine this book in a library before considering a purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a vital and reliable companion to u.s. history today
    This volume contains entries that deal with concepts, events, persons, and movements in u.s. history. The length of the entries is appropriate to the topic considered. In addition, the entires both inform the reader with up-to-date information and indicate how revisionist historians have resahped opionions or refocused the discipline. The entries are clearly written and eminently readable. They are persuasive in thier opionions, yet respectful of other stances. The cross references are helpful and ample. The same obtains for the bibliographies. The Oxford Companion to U.S. History far surpasses some other contemporary dictionaries in U.S. history. Its articles are treated in more depth and greater nuances. The entries in the other dictionaries are too short and far too superficial. I would highly recommend this for people involved in serious historical study and research. The price, especially the discounted one offered by amazon.com, is well worth the investment for scholars,libraries, and families.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent reference material
    This book is a must have for anyone with an interest in American History. It gives a clear, concise explanation on most important aspects of the United States history and the history of the lands that would eventually become the United States. The most unique aspect of this book is that, unlike a school textbook, it explains a topics role throughout the history of the United States in on section. In other words, if you looked up Civil Rights, you would find a history of Civil Rights in America from the colonial period to present. All the background information you would need would be in one place, not scattered throughout the book. This is beneficial for teachers who need to quickly find some basic information to answer a student's question, or for a student who needs to quickly brush up on a topic. This is a work that I will definetly use for years to come. ... Read more


    2. The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts
    by Judika Illes
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    Asin: 0007164653
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Element Books
    Sales Rank: 12790
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars True Folk Magic - At Last!
    Finally a book of spells that focuses on traditional and ethnic sources, rather than neo-wiccan candle magic.

    If you are interested in learning about real folk magic and working with spells and recipes that have been tried and tested by generations of witches, voodoo practicioners, cunning folk, magus', shamans and witch doctors this is the book for you. Most of the spells in this book are traditional, some have never appeared in print before.

    The theory section is not quite as impressive and far more neo-pagan in its outlook, that said I have seen far worse theory and the rest of the book certainly makes up for it. If you can ignore the authors frequent references to pop-fiction works you may enjoy her Spellcraft section thoroughly as well.

    Be warned though, this book is very multi-cultural in its approach. There are spells that work with pagan, vodoun, christian and hermetic spirits. If you prefer to work with only one cultural strain of magic you may find only a few of these spells will agree with you. For the culturally eclectic - this book is a gold mine.

    All in all I give it 4 1/2 stars. I would give the Spells section which is the majority of the book 5 but the introductiory theory failed to impress me. I am quite satisfied with Judika Illes collection and would recommend it heartily.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recomended Book of Spells. The Ultimate!!!
    Destined to be a classic. The Only Book on Spells You Will Ever Need.

    This Book is not a Book on "Wiccan Magick" , although Wiccans who are not fluff bunnies, and are more open mided to learning could use it, and benefit greatly from this Book. It is a book on Folk Magic, from Brujeria, Santeria, Espiritismo, From Latin America, To Egypt, and other ancient cultures, from around the world. Many of these Earth-Magico Cultures do not believe in the concept of "Karma" so many of these Spells would be shunned by Wiccans. With that said.. I Love this Book. I hope the Author does a similar book on Magical Ceremonies and Rites and Passages.

    There are little books of spells, cheap book of spells, and so so book of spells, well this is the Ultimate Huge Tome of Spells. An Encyclopedia of Magical Spells from around the world, this book defiantly belongs in every Witches bookshelf. Over 1000 pages of spells, baths, infusions, the spells range from everything from Santeria, Strega, Vodou, Spiritism, Brujeria, Shamanism, and traditional Witchcraft. Unlike other spell books, this will defiantly be of great usage to its owner. One of the best Book of Shadows ever printed. The Tome, because it is Huge has everything from Banishing, Cleansings, Baths, Protection Spells. Everything from Seances, to calling on Spirits of Nature, from White Magic, to Black Magic, and everything in between. Here is a preview of the table of context.
    Spell casting, - Ritual and Tools, - Animal Spells - Banishing Spells - Business Success Spells - Cleansing Spells, - Court case, Legal, Justice Spells - Death Spells (Yes there is much on Black Magic, for those weak of heart) Ghost, Necromancy, and Vampire Spells. - Divination Spells - Domination, Influence Spells - Dream, Astral, Nightmare Spells- The Evil Eye - Fertility Spells - Safety Spells - Gamblers Spells, and Charms - Happy Home Spells - Healing Spells - Hexes and Curses - Invisibility, and Transformation spells - Love and Seduction Spells - Luck Spells - Marriage and Divorcee Spells, - Money, Wealth, Prosperity and financial spells - Children Spells - Protection Spells - Psychic powers - Summoning Spirits - unblocking spells - weather spells, and trust me, so much more...
    A person would have to spend allot of money, on many books and still would not get half of what this book has to offer.
    I have to give much praise to Judika Illes; this book will defiantly be one I will use for many years. This is my first book by this author, and know I have to purchase her other works. But I can not recommend this TOME enough, it is defiantly a must have for all Witches, and brujos. For all that you get in this huge book, the price is excellent, and very affordable. The Spells are simple and traditional spells that were used by our ancestors and are still effective today. No where will you get a book like this. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Author Not Nice
    This book is ok for information on past history, but many of the spells could never be used, let alone make sense. She has some mistakes in the book to. Like the word magic/magick, which she doesn't use correctly. Also I emailed her to ask why and tell her my opinion of this book, like/nolike, and she wrote back with a nasty comment. She says "I wrote a threatening letter, which is certainly not the Wiccan Way. That it breaks the Wiccan Rede, the Rule of Three. If you are not familiar with the Rule of Three, write me back and I will be happy to recommend some good easy basic Wiccan books to show you." Me threatening please, she wrote to me with a rude state of mind, doing the same thing she says I did, yet did not really do. I take that as being a not very nice, I love my fans not the money, person.The author should be proud of her work and stand by it no matter what. Taking the good and bad opinions without snaping back at someone for no reason. So I would have to say the book is really not worth the time and money. That is my opinion though. You have the freedom to make ur own. TU. BB.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and intelligent!
    This encyclopedia has really impressed me! It's a far cry from lots of other spellbooks that come off as unreliable or just plain hokey. Ms. Illes has definitely done her research correctly, which shows especially in the introductory parts about the "science" of magic, ritual items, the history of magic, and so on. If you're looking for a good general spellbook with samplings of varied traditions and methods of magic, this is probably the one for you. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
    The amount of work Ms Illes put into her encyclopedia is amazing and a wonderful addition to anyone's library! I am very impressed and inspired and I can easily reccomend this book! ... Read more


    3. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
    by Staff of McGraw-Hill
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    Asin: 0079136656
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-16)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 385673
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    No other single resource provides such comprehensive and authoritative yet readily-accessible coverage of all the major disciplines of science and technology. This time-honored encyclopedia, now in its fifth decade of publication, has been thoroughly revised and updated to bring well-illustrated, detailed coverage of the discoveries, developments, and milestones that have and continue to shape our lives. The new Ninth Edition features 7100 articles covering 97 fields of science; hundreds of new contributors from around the world, more than 5000 in all, including 30 Nobel Prize winners; more than 12000 digitally prepared illustrations (including 90 full-color plates); study guides; many thousands of bibliographic entries and 61,000 cross-references for background material and in-depth study; a topical index; and a 500+ page Analytical Index for fast access to information.

    The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology is also available online as AccessScience (http://www.AccessScience.com), and accessible through school and library subscriptions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This Encylopedia is one for the angels
    There is something almost comical about the thought of reviewing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. It is an amazing work, such a stunning compendium of erudition in such a wide array of difficult and rigorous subjects that the ordinary rules and reasons of writing a review don't really apply to it.

    Reviewing any other work would function with the assumption that you *had* actually read it; that you were familiar with it; and also that you were implicitly prepared to face intelligent rebuttal with regard to the opinion you offered and the comments you made. However, when it comes to The Encyclopedia, it would require more than ordinary intellectual stamina and range of interests to *read* it for review and the same notion applies to the possibility of rebuttal: if you are enough of an intellectual giant that you can talk intelligently about the sum of what is in The Encyclopedia, then who is there to rebutt you? Who is going to come out of the woodwork and dissaggree with what you have to say about it? No real 'revue' is possible or meaningful when talking about it, but some things can be said about it and nearly all those things are golden.

    My experience with The Encyclopedia goes back to my days in highschool, more than twenty years ago, when I regularly went to the library between classes and used the encyclopedia to answer the questions that occured to me at random. Back then, The Encyclopedia was a godsend for me, something that had answers to questions to that my teachers didn't have the time to answer. It was a browser's book for me; the kind of text that offered the cross-referenced characteristics of intertwined questions leading to other questions leading to yet other questions that exactly foreshadow the hypertext concepts that run the web today. Article after article pointed toward things that I would later find out more about only in adulthood, long years after I left the library.

    I can still clearly see the photo illustrating The Monroe Effect__where the forces generated by the shape of an explosive charge concentrate the force and direction of the explosive force. The illustration was a small gray photo showing the words 'Monroe Effect' stamped in reverse into a light-colored block of plastic explosive which lay next to a metal ingot which had had the words the same words imprinted into it by explosive force.

    I remember this and many other things from other articles that awakened my curiosity with regard to things and that remain with me and enrich my life to this day. However, I think that There is one clear flaw in The Encyclopedia: I can find no electronic edition of it. I have never seen a CD- or DVD-ROM edition of it and, the commercial considerations of McGraw-Hill aside, that seems like a great failing. When the Oxford Dictionary exists both on CD-ROM and on paper, and when all of National Geographic back to 1888 can be found in a DVD-ROM collection, it seems silly to have this great repository of scientific and technical erudition limited to non-computer readable forms. I could be wrong, an electronic edition mightt actually exist for all I know, but if I am right, I think that the world would profit by having a portable edition of the work available for scientists, technicians, doctors, teachers and any of the other groups who might want the information it has to offer at their fingertips in a portable form. Aside from this single flaw, I can honestly say that I my experience with The Encyclopedia is something that glows in my memory and I frankly admit that I covet the high-quality electronic edition that I wish were available.

    I suppose that this is less a review than it is a homage to the people and the will that worked to put The Encyclopedia together. All in all, I would like to say, 'Thank you' and that I can heartily recommend the encyclopedia not just to scientists and students in scientific fields but to anyone who is fascinated by things of the mind. ... Read more


    4. Encyclopedia of Counseling: Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination and State Exams
    by Howard G. Rosenthal
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    Asin: 0415933676
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Brunner-Routledge
    Sales Rank: 19802
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    The new edition of this best-selling preparation book for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) has been expanded with hundreds of new terms, concepts, memory devices and test hints.The book covers all content and work behavior areas on the new NCE, and includes a new special section regarding marriage and family counseling, new material on web counseling, and updated material throughout.

    This lively resource includes 1,000 tutorial questions/answers and a quick access index to both teach you the material and raise your score.Dr. Rosenthal's reader-friendly style actually makes studying enjoyable and has been praised by counselors for years.Special information tells you "how to end exam worries."This unique book reads like a novel by imparts information like a graduate text.Perfect for state licensing, the NCC credential, and preparation for written and oral boards.This book can raise your grade in virtually any counseling-related behavioral science course. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Strong Resource
    I graduated in 1996, and I have been practicing as a mental health pratitioner for three years. I located this book on-line and read the reviews which prompted me to order it. The book is a great primary souce, but it is imperative to read the answers and study all of the areas mentioned--even the wrong answers. I received my results and passed on my first attempt. I highly recommend this book!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but not comprehensive enough to be an encyclopedia
    This text is helpful to prepare for certification, but it is not comprehensive enough to be an 'encyclopedia'. I found this text useful for a portion of the psychology based questions, but far less useful for social work and sociology based questions. DSM IV TR related topics were underemphasized. This text could especially use more personality disorder related material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read it & pass the NCE!
    I used this book as my primary study resource and passed the exam on the first try. It's very comprehensive, and though the author recommends reading the book from cover to cover, be sure to give yourself ample time to study the chapters at the end of the book. Rosenthal's style is easy to read (entertaining, even), and his examples and mnemonic devices facilitate memorization. If you hope to pass the NCE on the first try, I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best on the market
    After looking through other classmate's materials and finding them lacking I purchased the encyclopedia of counseling and the cassette series. I just got my test results and am very pleased. If you want to pass the NCE, Dr Rosenthal's materials are the best I've seen. He provides a lot of detail and the nmemonics he includes really help.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sleep the night before the exam
    If you want to be confident about taking the exam use this book along with the tapes. Rosenthal explains the exam process and indicates subjects that may be covered and what you may need to study further. He makes the various subjects understandable and gives you great memory jogs. Good luck. ... Read more


    5. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopeida)
    by Bernhard Grzimek, Neil Schlager, Donna Olendorf, Melissa C. McDade
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    Asin: 0787653624
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Gale Group
    Sales Rank: 953967
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best zoology reference available!
    This book is clearly the best zoological compilation that is available at the moment. Grzimek is one of the most renowned zoologists in the world, and his works were edited and supplied with material by today's highest-ranking zoologists. This 9000 page encyclopedia includes the following volumes:

    v1 Lower Metazoans and Lesser Deuterostomes
    v2 Insects
    v3 Protostomes
    v4-5 Fishes
    v6 Amphibians
    v7 Reptiles
    v8-11 Birds
    v12-16 Mammals
    (v17) - Cumulative Index

    All this text is generously supplied with coloured illustrations. The only drawback to all this goodness is that this piece is pricey. ... Read more


    6. Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, & Biologicals
    by Maryadele J.O'Neil, AnnSmith, Patricia E.Heckelman, SusanBudavari, Merck
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    Asin: 0911910131
    Catlog: Book (2001-10)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 12782
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    An extensively revised and updated one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars MERCK'S REVELATIONS
    This edition of "The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, & Biologicals" shows remarkable improvement over its predecessor.
    Boasting of diverse groups of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, it is a success in its own right. There are just plenty to be explored! The book brims with accurate up-to-date information. Pharmacists, Medics, Chemists, Biologists, Physicists, Agriculturists, and many other professionals who work with elements, compounds and mixtures will find this book very useful. It is revised, and is complemented with detailed descriptions, which include molecular formulae, molecular weights, as well as the percentage compositions of constituent chemicals in a compound or mixture.
    It is a valuable reference tool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent chemical reference!
    This book must be the most organized reference book I have ever used. Its so fulfilling to be able to find exactly what you're looking for when you need it. Includes a common name index, chemical formula index, as well as registry numbers, therapeutic categories for drugs, useful tables, and organic chemical equations. highly recommended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars one of those things a chemist shouldn't be without
    While not the first reference book I would recommend for a general library, it is certainly one a library or chemist's office shouldn't be without.

    This is an encyclopedia, with abstracts on zillions of chemicals. Is this the most authoritative book on the planet? No. If you want that, go read Chem Abstracts.

    If you want an handy reference which will give you a pointer in the right direction for information on chemicals/drugs/biologics, then this is for you.

    Got chloroform in your waste water and wondering how it might have inadvertently developed from miscellaneous stuff dumped down the drain? Wow - acetone + bleach powder catalyzed with sulfuric acid = chloroform, with citations.

    Not always the most useful, but definately a good resource.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't like it
    personally, I think that this index has the most innacurate information available. It never has what most people need and it's too hard to use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bible for chemists and chemistry students
    This is the most important and useful chemistry book for chemists and advanced level organic chemistry students. It shows all the physical constants, structures, information about synthesis, toxicity and use and reference. Although there are a few sites that provides the free online Merck Index, if you are into organic chemistry, it is not a bad idea to buy this one. It is much cheaper than the CRC Handbook of chemistry and physics! ... Read more


    7. American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
    by H. MarcCathey, ChristopherBrickell
    list price: $80.00
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    Asin: 0756606160
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-18)
    Publisher: DK ADULT
    Sales Rank: 6819
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Collecting contributions from 100 distinguishedhorticulturists, the handsome and lavishly illustrated AmericanHorticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a trulydefinitive gardening reference. With its 1,092 tiny-print pages, thismay not be the book to tuck into your pocket as you weed and mulch, butwhat this encyclopedia lacks in portability, it certainly makes up forin scope. Hardy and tender plants, heirloom varieties and the latesthybrids--they're all accounted for here, with growing tips andbackground information about native habitats and ornamental features.You'll also find a fascinating section about botany, as well asinformation about basic gardening techniques such as mulching, staking,pruning, propagating, and protecting plants for winter. But theencyclopedia's main attraction is the individual plant entries--morethan 15,000 of them, embellished with 6,000 full-color photographs andillustrations. From the visual glossary of leaves to the map of growingregions, The American Horticultural Society A-Z of Garden Plantsprovides an unsurpassed wealth of botanical information, making it theyardstick by which all other gardening references must be measured. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete Source Around
    Simply put, this is the most thorough, most complete, book on garden plants that is available. It includes some 15,000 garden plants. Usually each plant is completely discussed, pictured, given hints on cultivation, some history, territorial range, propagation, pests and diseases, common names, and varieties.

    The plants are listed by their botanical names, which is probably the only way they could have done it. For instance, under Clematis, the common names Old Man's Beard, Traveler's Joy, and Virgin's Bower are given. Since Clematis has some 250 separate varieties with wildly differing flowers and sizes, the description runs about five and two thirds pages with 54 illustrations of various blooms. Dozens of varieties are discussed.

    There is no question that this book belongs on the desk of any serious gardener. The one complaint about it is the common name section at the back of the book is a bit week. For instance if you look up Old Man's Beard, it properly refers you to Clematis. But Carnaby, one of the varieties of Clematis it isn't listed. I can't think of any other problems. And when I put Carnaby Flower into the Google search engine, it immediately came up with Clematis-Carnaby so I rank this a minor problem.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Strange--the zone information often appears to be wrong
    This book is great in some ways--beautiful pictures of plants are more useful than Southern Living or Sunset.Minor quibbles are that a very few unusual species aren't listed and it doesn't always give a good reason why a particular cultivar is preferred.The choice of zone information--USDA & AHS--is more useful for me than the more-general Southern Living or Sunset zones. But the USDA zone rating appears to often be inaccurate, particularly (but not only) for the new tropical zones 12-15 (lots of plants commonly grown in the continental US can't be grown there, according to this rating).Since I don't get the USDA zone from Southern Living or Sunset, I was hoping to get it from this book.It's often correct---but since it also has many mistakes, I always need to double-check elsewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Plant Book Known to Man!
    This book as never let me down.A friend recently gave me a leaf of a plant from her yard.I was able to identify it within 4 minutes!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only resource you'll ever need.
    The A-Z is a serious horticulturalist's tool. It's comprehensive, has great color photos, and is the only gardening encyclopedia you'll ever need. It doesn't follow fads or trends (like Flora) but rather stays more academic in its scope. Also it gives a basic lesson in botany and growing and disesaes, so it's very thorough and useful. Love it love it love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but...
    The variety of plants contained in this volume is comparatively remarkable and I have successfully found information on quite a few things.

    That said, the descriptions and other details on the varieties within the genera are uneven and illustrations used are often too small for identification, particularly if the foliage is not shown in the cases of flowers which appear nearly-identical.

    Some varieties of plants such as calabrichoa (million bells) which are very popular, at least in my own area, are not there; some which are included, such as bacopa, only mention two colors when there are several in circulation.

    These sticking points are relatively minor compared to my principal and ongoing complaint about nearly every plant book I have read or purchased: there is no pronunciation guide. This is a huge handicap when one is attempting to ask for, or for information about, plants such as Heuchera, Weigela, Clematis, Corydalis and a multitude of others with multiple possibilities.

    It makes no sense that such an obviously huge undertaking as the compilation of this book could not include how the name should be said in the heading (not some section in the back which would require constant turning). ... Read more


    8. 9 Vol. Set, Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences
    by Norman LloydJohnson, Campbell B.Read
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    Catlog: Book (1988-04-28)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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    This work brings together, in a ready-access encyclopedic format, theories, methods, applications, and historical background in the statistical sciences. More than 4,000 entries by leading statisticians, mathematicians, educators, and major figures in the development of statistics cover all the principle subfields including probability theory, statistical distribution theory, computational methods, sampling survey methods, decision theory sequential analysis, and multivariable analysis. ... Read more


    9. International Encyclopedia of Business and Management (IEBM Series, 6 vols.)
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    Asin: 0415073995
    Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
    Publisher: Intl Thomson Business Press
    Sales Rank: 725435
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Since publication in 1996 there have been tremendous advances in business and management which have necessitated the development of a new, improved second edition. IEBM 2nd Edition addresses these advances by updating all existing material as well as adding a great deal more. This revision means that the printed encyclopedia now fills 8 volumes with fifty percent more entries and four million words. Additional countries are profiled in the new edition and there are even more biographical profiles of influential management thinkers, making IEBM 2nd Edition bigger and better than ever. Full-length entries, equivalent to any secondary critical work or journal paper, serve as excellent introductions to the debates and literature of a given topic or concept. Each entry is fully cross-referenced and a further reading section is carefully annotated to indicate the level and importance of the work cited which proves especially useful for the student to take their research further. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A book to complete any businesss library.
    Without this book all business libraries are incomplete.With articles rangeing from the biographies of such legends as Bill Gates to fully referenced and peer reviewed articles on world regions and their economic statuses and of course a thorough grounding in the business basics.This not only superseeds the first edition but comprehensively betters it. ... Read more


    10. Encyclopedia of Community : From the Village to the Virtual World
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    Asin: 0761925988
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-23)
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Sales Rank: 504893
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    Click ‘Additional Materials’ for downloadable materials and samples

    "Incredibly, this is the first encyclopedia to focus on community as concept and experience, so stands alone in its field as the one title any library must buy to cover this topic. Essential for all readerships."
    --
    CHOICE

    "A timely, comprehensive, and very welcome overview of a rich and rapidly growing field of inquiry."
    --Robert D. Putnam, Professor at Harvard University and author of Bowling Alone

    "With every passing minute, it becomes more and more apparent that our world is one community. The Encyclopedia of Community serves as recognition of this trend and as a needed resource. The four-volume set not only explains the emerging buzz words of community such as 'social capital' or 'civic engagement' but also tells many stories of community institutions that work, such as public libraries."
    --Sarah Ann Long, Past President, (1999-2000) American Library Association

    "As we yearn to connect with our fellow citizens during these uncertain times, we have a unique moment to encourage greater participation in our democracy and reinvigorate our communities. The Encyclopedia of Community provides a timely, diverse array of theories and practices that will help citizens understand the value of engaging together to make the critical choices that enrich the way we live, learn, work and govern in our local communities. The Encyclopedia deserves a prime spot in the libraries, homes, and offices of all communities that want to invest in a brighter future for their residents and their children."
    --Nancy Kranich, Past President of the American Library Association, whose presidential theme was "Libraries: The Cornerstone of Democracy" (2000-2001)

    "American politicians often pair the word 'community' with the word 'freedom' to describe our basic values. Yet, though used constantly, the word community is defined in widely different and contested ways. Most people like the idea of community, but some intellectuals worry that it might imply collectivism. The great value of this new Encyclopedia is that it gives readers a chance to sample the many uses of the term and gain clarity about the issues at stake. It is a major contribution to a more coherent understanding of this fundamental idea."
    --Robert Bellah, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and co-author of Habits of the Heart

    SAGE Publications is proud to announce the Encyclopedia of Community, a major reference work that summarizes the many fascinating and important concepts of a global topic.

    Community itself is a concept, an experience, and a central part of being human. Whether the reader is a student, researcher, or professional in the field of psychology, sociology, or even economics, this four-volume work will provide the necessary definitions of community beyond traditional views. Arranged in an A-to-Z fashion, the Encyclopedia can also be viewed topically via a Reader's Guide. This allows for interdisciplinary "compare and contrast" among topics such as types of communities, social capital, technology, urban life, politics and law, community design, and global studies.

    Edited by the award-winning team at Berkshire Reference and assisted by an editorial board of world-renowned scholars, the Encyclopedia of Community will prove to be one of the most widely used reference works in your collection.

    Key Features:

    * 500 signed articles

    * 4 volumes

    * 2000 pages

    * Reader's Guide

    * Master bibliography

    * 250 sidebars

    Appendices:

    * Resource Guides

    * Master Bibliography

    * Libraries Build Community

    * Libraries and Popular Culture

    ... Read more

    11. Great Books of the Western World
    by Mortimer J. Adler, Britannica Editors
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    Asin: 0852295316
    Catlog: Book (1994-03)
    Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc.
    Sales Rank: 166675
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Information... Knowledge... Understanding... Wisdom...

    From the ancient classics to the masterpieces of the 20th century, the Great Books are all the introduction you`ll ever need to the ideas, stories and discoveries that have shaped modern civilization. This collection of 517 classics in 60 beautifully bound volumes is color-coded into four subject categories: literature, history, philosophy, and science. And since this edition includes works from 20th century authors, it`s the most up-to-date collection of the Great Books ever.

    Product Details

    Reading and understanding great works by history`s outstanding minds has always been considered the substance of a liberal education. The Great Books of the Western World has been acclaimed as the greatest publishing venture of the 20th Century. The set now consists of 60 volumes, with 517 works by 130 authors spanning 30 centuries, on a total of 37,000 pages containing 29 million words. Among the Great Books` 130 authors, 47 are writers of imaginative literature; 29 are masters of mathematics and/or the natural sciences; 28 are historians or social scientists, and 28 or more are philosophers and/or theologians. (This totals 132 because William James and Alfred North Whitehead have made contributions in both of the latter two subject categories).

    Volume Details

    Volumes 1 and 2 of this collection is the Syntopicon, a unique two-volume guide (not sold separately) that enables you to investigate a particular idea and compare what different authors have to say about it. The Syntopicon comprises a new kind of reference work -- accomplishing for ideas what the dictionary accomplishes for words and the encyclopaedia accomplishes for facts. Also included is the Great Conversation, featuring fascinating background information, extensive timelines, photos, and quotes from the classic works and their authors.

    Special colors on the Great Books` spines guide you quickly to the four subject areas -GREEN: Novels, Short Stories, Plays, and Poetry

    Volume 3 Homer

    Volume 4 Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, Aristophanes

    Volume 12 Virgil

    Volume 19 Dante, Chaucer

    Volume 22 Rabelais

    Volume 24 Shakespeare l

    Volume 25 Shakespeare ll

    Volume 27 Cervantes

    Volume 29 Milton

    Volume 31 Molière, Racine

    Volume 34 Swift, Voltaire, Diderot

    Volume 45 Goethe, Balzac

    Volume 46 Austen, George Eliot

    Volume 47 Dickens

    Volume 48 Melville, Twain

    Volume 51 Tolstoy

    Volume 52 Dostoevsky, Ibsen

    Volume 59 Henry James, Shaw, Conrad, Chekhov, Pirandello, Proust, Cather, Mann, Joyce

    Volume 60 Woolf, Kafka, Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, O`Neill, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Brecht, Hemingway, Orwell, BeckettRED: Philosophy and Religion

    Volume 6 Plato

    Volume 7 Aristotle l

    Volume 8 Aristotle ll

    Volume 11 Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus

    Volume 16 Augustine

    Volume 17 Aquinas l

    Volume 18 Aquinas ll

    Volume 20 Calvin

    Volume 28 Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza

    Volume 30 Pascal

    Volume 33 Locke, Berkeley, Hume

    Volume 39 Kant

    Volume 43 Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche

    Volume 55 William James, Bergson, Dewey, Whitehead, Russell, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, BarthBLUE: History, Politics, Economics, and Ethics

    Volume 5 Herodotus, Thucydides

    Volume 13 Plutarch

    Volume 14 Tacitus

    Volume 21 Machiavelli, Hobbes

    Volume 23 Erasmus, Montaigne

    Volume 35 Montesquieu, Rousseau

    Volume 36 Adam Smith

    Volume 37 Gibbon l

    Volume 38 Gibbon ll

    Volume 40 J. S. Mill

    Volume 41 Boswell

    Volume 44 Tocqueville

    Volume 50 Marx, Engels

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great books!
    Some 15 years ago, I bought the 54 volume version of the great books of the western civilization -and spent ten years reading them (aside from making a living and raising two children). These books have affected my life in various ways, all very positive I believe. If my comment can at least encourage one person in the world to go ahead and read this extraordinary collection, I would be very happy. The publishers have been wise in avoiding footnotes and erudite biographical notes, and of course, in the selection of the works. R Roose from Mexico City

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Reasonable Investment
    My brother bought this collection when we were eight - a ridiculous request to any parent, undoubtedly - but whatever their reasons it still rests with us today, well-thumbed, especially the Syntopicons. The beauty of this collection is that it's a good introduction to aesthetics, to history and western thought. It generally captures the milestones - big or small - that permeates in influence over the world today. In America there is a growing redudancy to Freud, and Darwin relies on its PRs, extentionists who carry on his legacy in different colors. These are just some superficial examples. The only danger is that the reader may have to take a lot of effort in seeing how it has evolved and been adapted - to update themselves and not get caught with the raw material. as we grow up ( I'm eighteen now, my brother twenty one ) we still find it profound and delightful, and as we read, we learn to respect it more, we grow to liking it, like a blur picture that slowly comes into focus as the years unravel. It was a juvenile effort to cram such intellectual backbones before we hit puberty - but it doesn't come to any loss. The only problem I have with it is that it is in its core text, without much explanation besides the Syntopicon and a book that accompanies it ( timelines, etc) and I think they overlook some great people, like John Donne and include some ideas that are rather diluted in application today, like Spinoza. Of course, that's in my humble opinion, and well - it's debatable among the academias. It's a good book, with patience and some commitment it's rewarding, I'm sure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good start...
    I used this set of books to cure myself of various dimensions of my own illiteracy.

    Suffering from a lack, perhaps, of desirable introductions featured in other editions of the same works, the consistency of printed style makes it slightly more accessible for a serious reader. The overall aesthetics of the set may add to speed and comprehension.

    I would not necessarily, however, read every word : page thru, and see what catches your eye ...

    ... and add such readings as Joyce's ULYSSES, FINNEGAN'S WAKE, Prousts' REMEMBRANCE, and Musil's MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES. Great Books lists abound. . .

    ...of course, one ought not to stop there . . . supplement your "great books" with the "missing features" included in Dr.Eliots' earlier five foot shelf of Harvard Classics.

    ... any student lavishing several hours on each of the classic volumes included in these sets would be well-prepared, to a considerable extent, for any college curriculum. This is entirely apart from the increased appreciation of literature and other things one derives from the Great Books. ... Read more


    12. The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio
    by Christopher H. Sterling, Michael C. Keith
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    Asin: 1579582494
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
    Sales Rank: 632738
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    Produced in association with the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, the Encyclopedia of Radio includes more than 600 entries covering major countries and regions of the world as well as specific programs and people, networks and organizations, regulation and policies, audience research, and radio's technology. This encyclopedic work will be the first broadly conceived reference source on a medium that is now nearly eighty years old, with essays that provide essential information on the subject as well as comment on the significance of the particular person, organization, or topic being examined.

    The fully illustrated Encyclopedia of Radio includes suggestions for further reading as complements to most of the articles, biographical details for all person-entries, production credits for programs, and a comprehensive index.

    Entries include: * Amos 'n' Andy * Audience Research Methods * BBC * Benny, Jack * Black Radio Networks * Car Talk * CBC * Children's Programs ** Crosby, Bing * Digital Audio Broadcasting * Election Coverage * Frequency Allocation * Fresh Air * Hertz, Heinrich * Hoaxes on Radio * Jamming * Keillor, Garrison * Lone Ranger * Native American Radio * Pacifica Stations * Public Radio * Radio Free Asia * Receivers * Shock Jocks * Sports on Radio * Stern, Howard * Syndication * Talk Radio * Telecommunications Act of 1996 * The Goon Show * Tokyo Rose * Underground Radio * WNYC * Wolfman Jack * And many more. ... Read more


    13. American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
    by Christopher Brickell, Christopher Crickell, American Horticultural Society
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    Asin: 0789496534
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
    Sales Rank: 6663
    Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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    An essential volume packed with authoritative advice for all gardeners, the AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening guides readers expertly through the latest gardening techniques, details information on garden planning and design, covers useful tools and materials, and features an extensive glossary of plants, including trees, shrubs, and perennials. Written by experts and endorsed by the American Horticultural Society, this is truly the most comprehensive gardening reference available. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is it. It's a must have. Truly an Encyclopedia
    It's is worth the money. It is the single most comprehensive book on Gardening. I know it does not give super detailed descriptions of every plant out there. Their supplemental book can help you with that. Buy this one first. When I built a greenhouse, this book have several pages on construction, types of materials, venting, watering systems, cooling, hydrating, you name it, it was covered. When my neighbors pine tree was getting a white pithy coating on the lower leaves, this book described the problem to a T, and had several methods of curing it. No matter where I go, in irrigation, propogation, seed starting, grading, setting up a bed, identifying which plants work, where, when, and in what kind of soil, climate, etc., this book is there. They must of had a zillion contributing editors-authors create this work, because nobody knows everything this book has to offer. It is big, it is well illustrated, and a definite must have for any gardener. It is even a great read during the winter, for planning your spring garden. Even at this price, it is about twice what other books cost, but it is 5 times the book. It's a bargain. In the long run it will save you money by avoiding costly mistakes. I highly reccomend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference guide but you may need a compliment
    This book as a reference is great. It provides me, the novice and working my way up gardener, with a great source for understanding the fundamentals of gardening. However, I think I'm going to purchase one of its sister books, American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. The A-Z provides more details about specifc varieties which can be helpful when you're selecting plants for your garden or simply trying to learn more about a specific plant. I believe the A-Z also contains much of the information contained in this one altough it is not as encompassing from a general perspective.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Master Gardeners and All, this is a GREAT book!
    I've had my book for quite some time, picked it up sometimes to read. Now I've started a Master Gardeners course. It's amazing how helpful this book is. Everything being taught in class is in this book, but in much simpler terms than used in class. Our class in propagation was only 3 hours. This book goes into detail about it which will help with my class assignment - to go forth and propagate!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite simply one of the best books out there for what we do!
    Being a California Certified Nurseryman, I can say that I've dealt with people all different type of gardening experience. This book is one of the best out there in terms of reference and guide for making gardens do really well. It covers everything from landscaping, management, soil preparation, and plant selection.

    If you're wanting a great reference book that you'll look at time and time again, this is the tome to look for.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just one thing lacking
    This book is definitley a wealth of information. As a novice gardener, I wish more of the plants were listed not only with their scientific name but also their common name. ... Read more


    14. The Eat Right for Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia
    by Peter J. D'Adamo
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    Asin: 1573229202
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Sales Rank: 10333
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo has established himself as the world's most popular and respected authority on the connection between blood type and eating, cooking and living. Eat Right 4 Your Type, Cook Right 4 Your Type, and Live Right 4 Your Type have created an international phenomenon.

    Now comes the essential reference book to answer all your questions about conditions, herbs, supplements, medication and food. From asthma to sore throat, from cancer to thrombosis, this guide recommends treatment for hundreds of conditions, citing rigorous studies that detail the frequency and severity of the conditions for each blood type.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eat Right for Your Blood Type by Dr. D'Adamo
    This is a top medical reference in the alternative medicinal
    area. The book discusses dietary implications based upon blood
    types. For instance, Type A is the agrarian which is comfortable with grains and livestock. Blood type B people require a
    balanced diet of meat and dairy. (B-Antigen) Type AB is the
    modern man with an inherited tolerance of AB with enhanced
    abilities to manufacture more antibodies. (A & B antigen)
    The blood type is key to the immune system. Blood type 0
    persons have no antigens. (Anti-A and Anti-B antibodies)
    Type B people may have milk ; whereas, Type A people tend
    to have systems which agglutinate and reject it.

    The author mentions an Indican urine scale for bowel
    putrification; wherein, the liver and intestines do not
    metabolize proteins. Instead; they produce indols- toxic
    byproducts on the Indican Scale. Foods with toxic Indicans
    should be avoided. i.e. Bologna which magnifies nitrites

    Lactin activity inflames the intestines, causes bloating and
    slows food metabolism. Blood type O discourages the
    metabolism of animal protein. This type person needs lean and chemical - free meat, fish and chicken. Wheat gluten slows the
    metabolism and interferes with insulin efficiency.
    Kelp, seafood,liver, kale, spinach,brocolli and red meat
    are ideal for metabolism and weight loss/stabilization.
    Bacon, ham, pork, American cheese, cheddar and ice cream
    should be minimized. Soy may be utilized as a good alternate
    to the dairy group. Flax oil and olive oil are beneficial.
    Corn oil and peanut oil should be avoided. Type B persons
    have stronger immune systems and may eat meat, green veggies,
    eggs, liver, licorace tea and ginger. Type AB persons benefit
    from TOFU, dairy , green veggies and millet.

    Persons with sinusitis and Type B should avoid fenugreek.
    Type O persons should avoid alfalfa. Type B persons react
    badly to vaccines. Type A persons should avoid cayenne due
    to potential nausea. Type O and B should avoid aloe vera juice.

    This book contains a wealth of important dietary material.
    It should be read carefully. The contents should be placed
    in a daily diary for maximum benefit and systematic
    measurement of progress. The book is worth the price.
    I find the information content of this book nowhere else.
    For this reason alone, the book should be purchased and
    read carefully.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More scientifically oriented than Eat Right...
    I admit it: I was suspicious of this diet. Before examining this book, I thought the diet sounded very "fad-like" (and I remain wholly unconvinced by the personality-trait correspondences which are NOT essential to the scientific basis of the diet, just a curiosity). I read negative reviews and their justifications. What I noticed was that most of these reviews sounded a lot like the criticisms leveled at the Atkins diet, a diet that does work for a lot of people (though not all--this book makes clear why) that have since been disproven by double-blind studies. A number noted that d'Adamo's theories weren't backed up by scientific research. Fair enough; this book cites double-blind studies and peer-reviewed research extensively, far more so than the Eat Right and Cook Right books. It also fine-tunes some of the earlier findings. This is ongoing research, something you just don't see in proponents of "fad" diets. D'Adamo has clearly been listing to his critics, and makes every attempt to clarify, fine-tune, and explain how all of this works.

    I picked this book--and the diet--up when I browsed it in the store and noted that the medical problems in my family charted almost exactly with the risk factors for blood type. (Blood type correlations with disease have actually been established in peer-reviewed medical journals for a long time, although they aren't much talked about.) I tried the diet. I'm about three weeks in. I've lost 10 pounds, my digestive problems are much improved, I feel more energetic, I don't crave sweets, and -- the most convincing thing for me, because I wasn't looking for it and therefore can't attribute it to the placebo effect -- the morning stiffness I've had for 30 years is gone. It takes at least a week for things to kick in--especially if one has increased intestinal permeability due to intestinal damage--but it does, and for many, myself included, the results are quite profound.

    I am not a scientist, nor am I claiming that d'Adamo has everything right. There are some typos in the book, although most misprints are corrected on the website (www.dadamo.com)--hard to find, but worth looking. This is ongoing research, however. D'Adamo also uses that site to update new findings on food compatibility. I think this diet could easily be used in conjunction with others appropriate to type. For instance, type O people will do well with Atkins as long as they cut out the wheat gluten and dairy; people with food allergies may have to limit intake of more foods than he lists. He suggests 70-80% compliance works for most people.

    Even the critics suggest that this diet isn't likely to harm anyone. I fully expect some version of this to be exonerated as fully as, if not more than, Atkins. In the meantime, this is a great resource, it's interesting reading even for the healthy, and it is more likely to engage a reader like myself who likes to see detailed scientific justification before jumping into a health plan.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 1st diet, last diet?
    Having studied, tried, or heard about many "health diets" in the last 35 years, I have always wondered why distinguished health professionals would produce diets that were so contradictory to one other. After all, it's the same human body we're talking about, right?

    This book is the most complete in a series of books that answers these questions in a way that passes scientific muster. Of course we are not all the same, but why?

    The answer lies in the fact that we each have a unique genetic heritage that dictates how we react to the foods we eat. The basic premise of Dr. D'Adamo's book reflects current thinking on the anthropological origins of our various blood types, which, although similar, are different enough to provoke adverse reactions not only to each other, but to foods that share the chemical markers of those various blood types.

    If I can sum up my experience with this book in one sentence, it is this: If thousands of years of history of Homo Sapiens can be seen as a long dance of adaptation between plants and animals, we would all do well to know what our genetic ancestors adapted to, and stick to it. This book will help you do just that!

    Individuals new to the study of genetics may find the science in this book to be quite overwhelming, as well as the many pages of footnotes.

    I say bring it on! To those who say this is pseudoscience: Give this book a try. You may just discover what foods make you feel, think, and look your best, and discover why at the same time!

    2-0 out of 5 stars This book needs more information
    This book needs more information and some sort of telephone numbers or contacts to understand what exactly need to be done for certain problems. For example, it recommends some protocols to use, but it is not clear as to we should use all of it at one time or are they optional, meaning can we use any one of them. It will also be helpful if it says where these are available. This book was not as helpful as I expected it to be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Volume for All Following the ER4YT Program
    This updated 2002 volume supercedes D'Adamo's original title ER4YT as it adds secretor/non-secretor practical information regarding food choices for those who wish to further refine their diet.
    Set up in an alphabetically arranged encyclopedia format, the text covers topics that range from the anthropology of the blood types, the history of blood types in medicine, a listing of conditions and diseases with relation to blood type and food choices for all 4 types.
    If you are an advocate of the ER4YT program, this book is a must as is the delightful cookbook, 'Cook Right For Your Type'. I have been on the program at the advice of my health care provider for over 2 months and have slimmed down without really dieting all while feeling a heck of a lot better. Referring to this book, the cookbook as well as the original ER4YT help keep you interested --- as boredom resulting from monotonous food choices seems to be one of my number one problems with staying with any program. ... Read more


    15. The Encyclopedia of Restaurant Forms: A Complete Kit of Ready-To-Use Checklists, Worksheets, and Training AIDS for a Successful Food Service Operation
    by Douglas Robert Brown
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    Asin: 0910627290
    Catlog: Book (2004-04)
    Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company (FL)
    Sales Rank: 210331
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    If you're in the process of starting a new restaurant or are managing an existing food service operation, this is the one book you need to do it right. Always wanted a personal assistant at your disposal? Now you will have one, in book form! Designed to save the food service manager both time and money, you won't know how you got along before with out it.

    For the new and veteran food service operators alike, this book is essentially a unique "survival kit" packed with tested advice, practical guidelines and ready-to-use materials for all aspects of your job. The book and companion CD-Rom focuses on the issues, situations and tasks that you face daily in your management role as leader, manager, arbitrator, evaluator, chairperson, disciplinarian and more; from working with difficult customers and employees to ensuring the profitability of your operation.

    Included in this book are hundreds of easy-to-implement tools, forms, checklists, posters, templates and training aids to help you get your operation organized, and easier to manage while building your bottom line! The material may be used as is or readily adapted for any food service application. For example, you'll find a practical form to use when interviewing employees, a template for developing an employee schedule and checklists for examining the food service operation and preparing a budget.

    Expertly organized, this unique book takes you step by step through each department of a restaurant, caterer, hotel and non-commercial operations. Among the topics covered are management principles of planning, organizing, coordinating, staffing, directing, controlling and evaluation; product purchasing, receiving, storing and issuing, preparation and service; employment and personnel practices; and management of equipment and money.

    This manual will arm you with the right information to help you do your job. Keep it on your desk for continual reference. The many valuable forms contained in this work may be easily printed out and customized from the companion CD-Rom. There are over 488 ready-to-use business forms, checklists, training aids, contracts and agreements! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Complete package for the Food Service Industry
    As a long-time user of The Restaurant Managers Handbook by Douglas R. Brown, I have found The Encyclopedia of Restaurant Forms and it's CD Rom to be the most complete and comprehensive selection of forms and ideas for every day and every situation that can or will arise in the food service business.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Review From Book News Inc.
    The encyclopedia of restaurant forms; a complete kit of ready-to-use checklists, worksheets, and training aids for a successful food service operation. (CD-ROM included)

    This book/CD-ROM resource for new and veteran food service operators offers advice, practical guidelines, and ready-to-use forms, templates, checklists, and training aids for dealing with the issues, tasks, and situations that food service operators face everyday. The material may be used as is, or adapted for any food service application. Material is organized into 11 sections on food safety, kitchen management, bar and beverage management, general management, menu management, employee training, human resources, inventory control, financial management, catering and banquets, and hotel management. Forms contained in the book can be customized and printed from the companion CD-ROM.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice that the forms are perforated
    I agree with all the other reviews and use the book almost daily as a F&B director - that additional part I like is they perforated each form so if you do not use the CD Rom, each form can easily be removed from the book

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else on the market comes close!!!!
    There is not one page of information in this incredibly handsome book that is not useful. The book includes every possible form I can think of, and many many more I never thought about which would be incredibly useful to our business today! The companion CDROM of forms allowed us to use this book from day one. Highly recommended!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia of Restaurant Forms
    There isn't another book published in the Restaurant field that provides as much comprehensive information. The CD is a wonderful addition. ... Read more


    16. Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, Volume I: Using AI to Bring Out the Best in Your Organization
    by Diana L. Whitney, David L. Cooperrider, Brian S. Kaplin, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Diana Whitney, et al David Cooperrider
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    Asin: 1893435334
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Lakeshore Communications
    Sales Rank: 27873
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Human systems and organizations move in the direction of what they study--is the premise and focus of this practical handbook.The book is composed of generic interview questions central to the "Discovery" phase of the Appreciative Inquiry process.Appreciative interview questions such as those discussed in this book seek to discover who and what the organization is, at its best. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars When there is no one else - use this book !
    Approach this book as a point of departure for writing your own unique questions and you will be delighted. I was !

    Whenever possible, I always move towards engaging members of the community or team or organization with which I'm working in the co-writing of the appreciative protocol. Such a co-constructionist approach invariably leads to more vibrant language, terms and phrases that are part of the culture yet expand it - and generally a better set of questions than anything I produce on my own. (and of course such a process also builds internal capability!)

    But sometimes my best efforts to enage the client system come to no avail and so I find myself sitting in my hotel room in front of my laptop, facing a blank page. It is at those moments that this book really shines for me. The questions listed here serve as a stimulant, a point of departure and as a surrogate for a co-creator(s).

    If you understand Appreciative Inquiry, and if you have learned the skills of question development, then this book is a gem for those times when no one else is around. !

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not So Good
    Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a means of planning change by focusing on the positive rather than the negative in organizations (or in an individual's life for that matter). The Discovery phase (Step 1 in the process) relies in large measure on obtaining input from stakeholders and that in turn requires having the right questions to encourage people to open up positively about past experience, the present situation, and future hopes and dreams.

    This "encyclopedia" lists sample questions, usually three per topic, on a variety of issues that are arranged alphabetically (like an encyclopedia). I have two problems. One is that the topics might have better been grouped, e.g., those dealing with Mission and Vision, those dealing with Marketing (customers, products, quality), and so on. The other problem I have is that the questions after a while all sound somewhat similar. This would have been a more useful book, I think, if more space had been devoted to how to frame and ask questions. That particular chapter is rather brief but helpful.

    Unfortunately the last 70 pages (of a 150-page book) could have been almost entirely eliminated. A chapter gives a template for a sample interview. It then makes it concrete by simply adding the phrase "the Human Resources Department at XYZ company" in the "Company Name" space of the template. There then follow four copies of the same blank template for the reader's use. Why four copies I don't know, unless the reader doesn't have a computer or copy machine. Is one supposed to cut out each copy for use? One simple chapter explaining the template would have been fine. The "sample interview" was a total waste, as were the four copies of the same template presented earlier.

    While, as a planning consultant I think AI is a good tool for information gathering and assessment, I don't think I would find myself reaching for this book on a regular or even seldom basis.

    I think the book to be written has to do with gathering positive information from people but also dealing with negative information. People will share positive experiences and hopes and are too infrequently asked for them, but they will also want to "vent" with negative information and an AI researcher needs to know how to react to and absorb and use that as well. The danger is that AI becomes a reaction to negativity (we all love to complain) and so simply tips the scales in the other direction rather than achieving balance in gaining people's contributions for change. ... Read more


    17. The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement
    by Paul M. Blowers, Anthony L. Dunnavant, D. Newell Williams (Editor)
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0802838987
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
    Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 11463
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    18. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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    Asin: 1400080452
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
    Publisher: Crown
    Sales Rank: 6457
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    "I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary. This is my story."

    Amy Krouse Rosenthal, one-time Might magazine columnist and self-confessed hater of the segue has written a snappy, random, remarkable memoir--the first of its kind to give readers an honest flaws-n-all perspective of what it's like to be...ordinary. Initially inspired by the "bizarre, haphazard arrangement" of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, Rosenthal has collected a lifetime of thoughts, observations, and decisions, and created an alphabetized personal encyclopedia, complete with cross-referenced entries and illustrations. Rosenthal reveals the minutiae of her life, from pumping gas ("Every. Single. Solitary. Time I go to get gas I have to lean out the window to see which side the tank is on"), towitnessing her son's accident ("I saw with front-row-seat clarity, just how quickly, randomly, and mercilessly your child can be taken away"), and in turns both playful and poignant, engages the reader in effortless and stimulating conversation.

    Whether you are laughing aloud or nodding along, reading Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life is like being introduced to a new friend--one that you automatically connect with and feel compelled to share. Fans of Dave Eggers, David Sedaris, and shows like Arrested Development and Scrubs will appreciate Rosenthal's quirky, conversational humor and dead-on observations. Writers will see the book as a contemporary portrait of the fledgling artist, and should enjoy her aptly named, "Evolution of this Moment"--a timeline tracking her growth as a writer from her first word ("more") to publication of her fourth book.

    Modesty prevents Rosenthal from acknowledging herself as anything other than ordinary--that, and the fact that she has not "survived against all odds"--but that certainly does not mean she has nothing to say, or to share. Her delightful memoir is a reminder that life is not always anadventure, but it can be full of sad, silly, and important moments that make it worth living. Witness the generosity of an author who is willing to reveal so much of herself, not just as a writer, but also as a person--share this delightfully quirky, utterly enjoyable book with family and friends with a note, "Here is someone I think you should meet." --Daphne Durham

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    Between January 25th and February 1st, hundreds of copies of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life were intentionally left in random places (taxis, public bathrooms, laundromats) in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Each book was inscribed with a note from the author, and the finder was encouraged to report back to Rosenthal's website (www.encyclopediaofanordinarylife.com) when and where the book was discovered.

    Watch the "Lost and Found" video directed by filmmaker Steve Delahoyde, documenting Rosenthal's test run and featuring her theme song, "This is My Story."
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    Ordinary Life from A to Z
    How do you interview a smart, creative, clever author like Amy Krouse Rosenthal? You agree to let her start with the questions, and hang on for the ride. Find out more about Amy and sneak a peek behind-the-scenes at Amazon.com with this decidedly ordinary email correspondence between Ms. Rosenthal and senior editor Daphne Durham.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Engaging Catalog of an American Life lived 1965 to present
    Amy Krouse Rosenthal describes her "Orientation Almanac" that begins her "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" as an attempt to provide "plain facts about American life at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the backdrop against which this book was written."Her "Alphabetized Existence" continues that theme to a large extent, but also presents personal (but at the same time universal) reflections that are engaging and delightful. Her encyclopedia of her life is more topical than a novel or linear prose, but it's :) very easy to pick up & compulsively read.
    I'm about a decade younger than the author, so some, but not all, of the American pop-culture details resonate.It would be interesting to see how this catalog reads in twenty years."Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" is a self-affirming, funny, sometimes tragicomic, read that is a good way to spend the afternoon.
    I really enjoyed reading about Scholastic book orders (p. 89) which I haven't thought of in probably twenty years.The instant I read the phrase, a picture of those order forms came strongly to mind.When I was in school, I used to fight with my parents to get them to order as many books as possible, so I could add to my Scholastic book stash. :)Never mind the other chances with the RIF program & book fairs.Thanks for the memories, Ms. Rosenthal-- the minutiae and detritus of your life are my nostalgia (see Red Gingham Tablecloth p. 171). Although, I disagree that one can give too many landmarks when giving directions.On most entries I've been nodding, but when it comes to giving or getting directions, too much is better than too little.Unless brief directions are given with the director's phone number.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Contains Brilliant Insights, With a Few Slow Points
    This highly original book succeeds brilliantly in conveying the day-to-day thoughts and actions of an "ordinary life." Amy Krouse Rosenthal has written down the small events and thoughts that often go unnoticed and are never, ever, expressed aloud.I couldn't read the table of "sounds that are loud, though quiet" without nodding with recognition at every single entry.Just look at the entry under "dishwasher," and see if you've never experienced the same disorienting feeling when someone loads a dishwasher the "wrong" way. And I shamefacedly had to admit to doing the same thing as the author whenever I come across a "stupid, slow driver."Going through the encyclopedia, I wondered what the author would do for the letter "X."The entry "XX," where Rosenthal explains why she enjoys being a girl, does not disappoint.

    The book gets tiresome, however, when it becomes a little too self-reflective.I don't care about the author's "childhood memories." The "evolution of this moment" is flat-out boring.The fact that it comes right up front, however, should not deter you from looking at the rest of the book, which has insights that are remarkable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Clever Little Book
    I bought and read this book on the same day and loved it.It's clever, insightful, and fun and I found myself wanting to buy a copy for friends and family.I read it from cover to cover, but it's the type of book you can set on your coffee table and open to any page for interesting insight on any number of things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a cult favorite
    A fun book to pick up and put down at any time... although I had a hard time putting it down.Indeed the format is refreshing, the thoughts and insights as simple and ordinary as the title implies.Once in a while, between reading intense mystery or history, it is nice (and even healthy!) to pick up something lighter, to discover the joy of reading a work of reality and humor.Do not expect to be knocked over by this book unless you can laugh at yourself and everyday life.It is light, fun and worth the read.If you take yourself too seriously you may think you have wasted your time; in fact you missed the point entirely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a kindred spirit
    I rarely pick up a book that ends up delighting me from cover to cover as thoroughly as this book has. I knew from the instant I encountered the back cover's description of "Book, standing in the bookstore(well, library for me) holding a" and read the exact procedure I had just gone through, that I and this book were destined for each other.
    I could name off a hundred things that I admire about the Encyclopedia, from the orientation almanac to the cross-section; however, that would perhaps be over-zealous. I will say that any book that incorporates the wit and humor of the entire book into the copyright page has earned my eternal devotion, and such a "Reader's Agreement" as the author includes should be incorporated into...well, everything!
    Though I identify with almost every aspect of the encyclopedia, there is one entry I would add my slight alteration to. On "Rainy Day" I would add that while the return to radiant reality may be slightly overwhelming, somehow, the smell of the sun as it caresses the newly-washed grass make it all worthwhile. At least, that's how it is for me.
    I must admit that as a child I also read the encyclopedias; I cannot begin to say how much I appreciate this contribution to my library. It has brightened my day and is sure to remain a favorite on my shelf for years to come. ... Read more


    19. The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Second Edition (15 Vol. Set)
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    Asin: 0787640042
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Thomson Gale
    Sales Rank: 655960
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    Since 1967, the New Catholic Encyclopedia has been a standard of reference in public, academic and high school libraries worldwide. Prized for its scholarly presentation of persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities, the Encyclopedia is the first place you turn when you have questions on topics such as abortion, divorce, cloning and reproductive technology. It has also been your first-stop when students are researching notable religious figures like Mother Theresa, Dorothy Day, Pope John Paul II, and Cesar Chavez. ... Read more


    20. Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia
    by Jennifer Speake
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    Asin: 1579582478
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
    Sales Rank: 496701
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    Book Description

    Containing more than 600 entries, this valuable resource presents all aspects of travel writing. There are entries on places and routes (Afghanistan, Black Sea, Egypt, Gobi Desert, Hawaii, Himalayas, Italy, Northwest Passage, Samarkand, Silk Route, Timbuktu), writers (Isabella Bird, Ibn Battuta, Bruce Chatwin, Gustave Flaubert, Mary Kingsley, Walter Ralegh, Wilfrid Thesiger), methods of transport and types of journey (balloon, camel, grand tour, hunting and big game expeditions, pilgrimage, space travel and exploration), genres (buccaneer narratives, guidebooks, New World chronicles, postcards), companies and societies (East India Company, Royal Geographical Society, Society of Dilettanti), and issues and themes (censorship, exile, orientalism, and tourism).

    This comprehensive resource is designed for all those involved in teaching or researching this literature, as well as the general reader with an interest in exploring this growing subject. ... Read more


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