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41. Popular Activities and Games: For Blind, Visually Impaired and Disabled People
by Peter Rickards
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Catlog: Book (1986-06-01)
Publisher: Association for the Blind (Au)
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42. The Day Trader (G K Hall Large Print Core Series)
by Stephen W. Frey, Stephen Frey
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Asin: 0783897820
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Average Customer Review: 2.59 out of 5 stars
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Some people risk everything once in their lives.
Day traders do it every time they go to work.


The exhilarating and addictive world of point-and-click stock market trading takes on a lethal new dimension in this riveting thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Insider and Trust Fund.

Augustus McKnight wants a better life than the one he’s got: toiling as a sales rep for a paper products company and suspecting his wife, Melanie, of cheating on him. His only solace is managing his tiny stock portfolio. . . hoping to strike it rich. Then a shrewd investment actually earns him a windfall. But it’s too late to save his marriage. In a bitter, violent confrontation, Melanie admits to a secret affair and demands a divorce. One day later, she is found brutally murdered. And Augustus is the sole beneficiary of her million-dollar life insurance policy.

Suddenly, Augustus has the better life he’s always longed for–but at a devastating price. To escape his pain, he plunges into the world of the full-time day trader, surrounded by like-minded loners who risk it all to run with the bulls and bears. Yet even as his financial fortunes begin to soar, dark circumstances threaten to send his life into a tailspin. A suspicious insurance investigator is determined to prove that Augustus committed the murder to get the million. And a relentless police detective is watching Augustus’s every move–with the help of a mystery informant.

Augustus’s only ally has is Vincent Carlucci–an old friend and high-living player, who offers Augustus a sweet gig managing the money of some big shots who’ll pay handsome commissions on winning investments. But when the deal is sealed with a night on the town at an exclusive after-hours club, Augustus stumbles on the first of many shocking revelations about the events that have rocked his world–and discovers he is both a pawn in a complex game of manipulation and betrayal . . . and the target of a twisted quest for revenge.

The Day Trader is as thrilling–and terrifying–as gambling on a hot stock in this lightning-fast world where fortunes are made or lost at the touch of a button, where being rich means being ruthless, and where quick wits and killer instinct make the difference between success and slaughter.

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3-0 out of 5 stars The plot is intriguing....the main charcter is disturbing
For me, the discovery of Frey's book was purely accidental. I had neither heard of him nor any of his other books before. It was actually the title which popped out at me when I was looking for a quick and easy escape from my own day to day world. My reading of the book left me with the sense that the plot, as described on the jacket, lived up to its promise and also accomplished what I was looking for. To Frey's credit as well, I'll add that anyone with enough of a background in both the financial and legal world would probably agree with my conclusion that he skillfully presents a set of realistic circumstances resulting in a suspenseful, believable, intriguing scenario from beginning to end. My problem was with his main character, Augustus. He's a nice enough guy for sure, but there's a problem. How can a guy, who in the beginning of the book was such an Ordinary Joe, if even that, in his job, his marriage, his entire life, miraculously transform himself within a matter of weeks into such a shrewd manipulator of not only circumstances but also all those around him who were successfully playing him for a patsy for so many years? As Frey explains, the real world of day trading is one which mercilessly chews up the naïve and inexperienced. Unfortunately, Frey's Augustus struck me as the type of character who would likewise be chewed up in the high stakes crime world the author places him in. Enjoyable enough so I'll revisit Frey for a second helping, but as for The Day Trader, my high score for plot was diminished by a lower score for a creditable main character.

4-0 out of 5 stars very entertaining and informative
Having never been terribly interested in the stock market, I was rather amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. Being quite an ignoramus on this subject, I found his explanations very informative. He writes well, the pages turn themselves and I was even reluctant to finish it as I enjoyed the mystery. Will definitely read more of Stephen Frey's books. Was quite amazed to see so many negative reviews.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good
I thought this was a good book, unlike some of the other people who reviewed it. It kept me turning the pages, wondering what would happen next. Unlike other reviews, this IS worth the paper it is printed on.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ugh
I have never in my life read a more technically inproficient writer. Avoid at all costs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Huge New Fan, Very Well Written, Smooth and Polished
I do not understand the negative reviews on this novel. I found this book to be very well written and thoughtful. Stephen Frey is a lot of writer. ... Read more


43. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel
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Asin: 0753150360
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: ISIS Audio
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Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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An exciting scientific adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, Longitude is full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd.It is also a captivating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.

For centuries, the determination of longitude was thought to be an impossibility.Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land.

The quest for a solution had occupied scientists for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, England's Parliament upped the ante by offering a king's ransom -- £20,000, or about $12,000,000 in today's currency -- to anyone whose method or device proved successful.Countless quacks weighed in with preposterous suggestions.

Then one man -- an unschooled woodworker named John Harrison -- dared to imagine a mechanical solution, a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land.Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing subject, fascinating story
With "Longitude" Dava Sobel has written a very interesting book about the greatest scientific problem of the 18th century.

As a result of the 1707-shipwreck story (with a loss of 4 out of the 5 ships), the English Parliament offered in 1714 a 20.000 pounds reward to the person that could provide a practicable and useful way of determining longitude. (If you have forgot, longitude is the "lines" that runs from pole to pole). Not being able to determining longitude was a great problem. Ships spent excessive time trying to find its way back to port, or worse men, ship and cargo were lost at sea.

John Harrison (1693-1776) spent his lifetime trying to solve the longitude mystery. Harrison was a son of a countryman, with minimal schooling, and was self-educated in watch making. He made several timepieces, which all qualified for the reward, but the reward was delayed several times by the Longitude committee whom believed that other ways of measuring longitude were the preferred ones. Ultimately after a lot of harassment and trouble, Harrison was given the reward money.

Dava Sobel has done a wonderful job in this book, capturing Harrison's fascinating character, his brilliance, preserving and hard working nature. The author has also managed to strike a perfect balance between technical jargon and personal anecdotes, and she does it in such a way permitting the lay readers of the book to admire the elegance of Harrison's discoveries. I believe it is a sign of excellent quality when an author makes learning so interesting.

I was hooked from the first page of this book and I read it in 50-page gulps at a time.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars John Harrison--an extraordinary person
John Harrison (1693-1776) spent his lifetime inventing and perfecting a series of timepieces to measure longitude. As Dava Sobel relates in her engaging narrative, "Longitude," until the 18th century sailors navigated by following parallels of latitude and roughly estimating distance traveled east or west. Ships routinely missed their destinations, often taking excessive time to arrive or succumbing to reefs off fogbound shores. Thousands of sailors and tons of cargo were lost.

In 1714, England's Parliament offered £20,000 (the equivalent of about $12 million today) to anyone who provided a "practicable and useful" means of determining longitude. Countless solutions were suggested, some bizarre, some impractical, some workable only on land and others far too complex.

Most astronomers believed the answer lay in the sky, but Harrison, a clockmaker, imagined a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea. By knowing the exact times at the Greenwich meridian and at a ship's position, one could find longitude by calculating the time difference. However, most scientists, including Isaac Newton, discounted a clock because there were too many variables at sea. Changes in temperature, air pressure, humidity and gravity would surely render a watch inaccurate.

Harrison persisted. As Dava Sobel writes, he worked on his timepiece for decades, though he suffered skepticism and ridicule. Even after completing his timepiece, an instrument we now call a chronometer, in 1759, he underwent a long series of unfair trials and demonstrations. Ultimately he triumphed.

Sobel, a science writer who contributes to Audubon, Life, Omni and other magazines, captures John Harrison's extraordinary character: brilliant, persevering and heroic in the face of adversity. He is a man you won't forget.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brief but enjoyable
This slim volume tells the story of John Harrison who, although untrained, built four revolutionary clocks that changed how ships navigate at sea. It also tells about the political fight Harrison was forced to fight to win recognition for his work.

Written in a easy-to-read, "magazine" tone the tale goes quickly, whole years pass in a couple sentences. I wanted more details and this is where the book disappoints but it may not be the authors fault The book hints that many events weren't recorded and more details just aren't available.

One technical note: I think the font used in this tiny, five by eight inch book is a little small and the page numbers, even smaller, aren't readable at a glance. Or maybe I'm getting old.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great story, but BEWARE of inaccuracies in this book.
John Harrison completes his first pendulum clock in 1713 before the age of 20. He made the gears for this out of wood which was radical for such a use, but as a carpenter, perhaps not to him---which is a mark of genius, I'd say; to reach beyond accepted norms in this manner. This he did after borrowing a book on math and the laws of motion; which he copied word for word, making his own copy. He incorporated different varieties of wood into his clock for strenth and later invented a bi-metal pendulum to counteract the expansion and compression of various individual metals. He also employed friction-free movements so as to do away with problematic lubricants. When intrigued by the puzzle of time at sea and the issue of longitude he contemplated substituting something not prone to gravity, as a pendulum of course is, to track times passing. In 1737 he creates a cantilevered clock 4 foot square. This the longitude board (which had offered a cash bonus to anyone who could devise a method in which time at sea could be kept) admired. Four years later he returns with an improved model; then starts on a 3rd model, like the previous two, also a fairly large sized clock.But there exists a problem within this book: An artisan freemason by the name of John Jefferys at the Worshipful Company of clockmakers befriends Harrison and then later presents to him a pocket watch in 1753. Then in 1755, while still working on his 3rd model, Harrison says this to the Longitude board: I have..."good reason to think" on the basis of a watch "already executed that such small machines[he's referring to pocketwatches] may be of great service with respect to longitude." He then completes version 3 in 1759. His fourth version appears just a year later, however, and is a 5 inch wide pocketwatch! The obvious inference made by the author is that after he received the pocketwatch from Jeffreys he seemingly put his version #3 on the backburner and soon started on the pocketwatch 4th version. The author does not claim Harrison copied anything from the Jeffreys model, but she certainly phrases this section so as to lend one to believe that this may have been the case; that Jefferys had a hand in the masterstroke invention Harrison eventually produced in version #4. This is not true. Harrison commissioned the watch he received from Jeffreys and was based on Harrison's specifications. It seems that Harrison simply asked Jeffreys to test an idea which he himself hadn't the time to attack just then; as he was still working on his 3rd version of a table-top prototype clock. Hence Harrison's above statement to the board in 1755 whence his ideas were validated by Jeffreys. In addition, the author plays up the part of the Astronomer Royal's part in attempting to impede Harrison from convincing the longitiude board of the efficacy of a time-piece solution to this problem over a celestial answer to this conundrum. The author also jazzes up the issue of whether Harrison received the prize the board promised to pay for a successful solution herein; even though the board supported him for upwards of 20 years as he pursued this quest. It's as if the author intentionally omitted some facts (that the Jefferys was a Harrison commission), and pumped up others (of a rival/foil on the board trying to impede Harrison and the compensation issue; implying that Harrison was jipped) just to make the story more compelling. John Harrison's story, however, is extremely compelling as it is and didn't need this extra spice served up by the author.Do read this (very short) book on how this Mr. Harrison solved the problem of knowing where one is when at sea; and if you're in London, visit the Old Royal Observatory and the Clockmakers museum (in the Guildhall) where you can see Harrison's wonderful creations in person. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Man who Captured Time so Ships could Navigate Accurately
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Note: This review has been written from a city with the following position on Earth:

LATITUDE: (43 degrees 2 minutes North)
LONGITUDE: (81 degrees 9 minutes West).

In order to understand the significance of this remarkable book by Dava Sobel, the reader has to understand some words and phrases in the book's title and subtitle.

"Longitude" along with Latitude are two numbers along with compass directions that are used to fix the position of anything on the planet Earth (as in the note above). Lines of Latitude are the imaginary, parallel, horizontal lines circling the Earth with the equator (fixed by nature) being the "zero-degree parallel of latitude." Lines of Longitude or "meridians" are the imaginary lines that run top to bottom (north and south), from the Earth's North Pole to its South Pole with the "prime meridian" (established by political means) being the "zero-degree meridian of longitude." (Since the mid-1880s, the prime merdian has passed through Greenwich, England. Before this time, the imaginary line that passed through a ship's home port was usually used as the zero-degree meridian.)

Finding the latitude on land or at sea was easy and eventually a device was invented to make it even easier. But finding longitude, especially at sea on a swaying ship was difficult, a difficulty "that stumped the wisest minds of the world for the better part of human history" and was "the greatest scientific problem" of the 1700s. Ways of determining longitude astronomically were devised, but these proved to be impractical when used at sea.

England's parliament recognized that "the longitude problem" had to be solved practically since many people and valuable cargo were lost at sea when the ship's navigators lost sight of land. Thus, this parliament offered a top monetary prize that's equivalent to many millions of dollars today to anybody who could solve the problem.

Enter "a lone genius" named John Harrison (1693 to 1776). While most thought the solution to the problem was astronomical, Harrison saw time as the solution.

To calculate the longitude using time on a ship at sea, you have to realize these two facts found in this book:

(i) The Earth takes 24 hours of time to spin 360 degrees on its axis from east to west.
(ii) Noon (12:00 PM) is the highest point the sun seems to "travel" in a day.

To learn one's longitude at sea using time, as this book explains, it's necessary to do the following:

(1) Know the time it is aboard ship (local noon was normally used because of fact (ii) above).
(2) At the very same moment, know the time at a known longitude (such as at Greenwich, England).
(3) The difference in time between (1) and (2) is coverted to a longitude reading in degrees and direction (using fact (i) above).

Harrison's solution was the accurate determination of time of (2) above by inventing a reliable timepiece. This timepiece, in this case, would be set to Greenwich time. (Note that, as stated, (1) could be determined using the noon-day sun but this was not always practical. Eventually another timepiece was used to determine the ship's local noon for a particular day.) It has to be realized that this was the "era of pendulum clocks" where, on a deck of a rocking ship, "such clocks would slow down or speed up, or stop running altogether." Harrison was to capture time by building a marine clock or "timekeeper" (eventually called a "chronometer") that could be used on a ship at sea.

This book tells the "true story" of Harrison and his chronometers. (There were five built over a forty-year period. Harrison's first timekeeping device was known as H-1, his second was H-2, and so on.) Sobel uses accuracy (as evidenced by her thirty references), extensive interviews, and an engaging, mostly non-technical narrative (only essential technical detail is included) to convey a story that's filled with suspense, heroism, perfectionism, and villiany. All this in less than 200 pages!!

The only problem I had with this book is that it has hardly any pictures (photographs and illustrations). I would have liked to have seen pictures of the various people involved in this saga, maps showing where ships traveled, more photos of Harrison's amazing timepieces (both interior and exterior), and diagrams that explained important concepts. A diagram that actually showed how longitude, using a simple example, is calculated (using the steps above) would also have been helpful.

Finally, there is a good 1999 movie entitled "Longitude" based on this book. Be aware that even though this book is short, the movie is long (over three hours).

In conclusion, this book documents the exciting "true story" of how "a lone genius" solved "the longitude problem." Sobel states this more eloquently: "With his marine clocks, John Harrison tested the waters of space-time. He succeeded, against all odds, in using the fourth...dimension to link points on a three-dimensional globe. He [took] the world's whereabouts from the stars, and locked [or captured] the secret in a...watch."

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44. The Large Print Roget's II Thesaurus
by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
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Asin: 0395929334
Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 336478
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Large Print Roget's II Thesaurus surpasses the traditional thesaurus, distinguishing among synonyms according to their subtle differences in meaning.There are more than 3,500 clear, useful entries offered, including the most frequently used--and misused--words in the language.The perfect companion to The Large Print American Heritage Dictionary, this thesaurus carries the Seal of Approval of the National Association for Visually Handicapped. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thesaurus for Visually Impaired Students

      I purchased this book for my daughter, who has Retinitus Pigmentosa (a degenerative retinal disorder). She cannot read the small typeface that most dictionaries and thesauruses use. She is able to read this one without magnifying equipment.

      The typeface is clean and easily readable. Keywords are printed in bold and are easy for her to browse through. The example sentences are in italics, so she has some trouble reading them at times.

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+ Relatively inexpensive
+ Classic and sturdy Red leather-like hardcover binding with color jacket
+ Bright white paper stock provides good contrast so the visually impaired read comfortably
+ "Bonus" listing of adjectives, nouns, sciences, etc. in the back of the book
+ Well suited for an elementary or middle school vocabulary.

Bad Points
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- Will not contain some words that an advanced high school student would encounter.

4-0 out of 5 stars Large Print Roget's II Thesaurus
Great book for elementary school kids who need a Theasurus and have a hard time reading the standard very small print Thesauruses. Easy to find the desired word. Because of the large print size, it is not as exhaustive (3500 entries) compared to other standard Thesauruses. ... Read more


45. Machinery's Handbook Large-Print Edition
by Erik Oberg
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Asin: 0831126353
Catlog: Book (2000-04-15)
Publisher: Industrial Press
Sales Rank: 402146
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Professional Guide to The Machine Shop
How many books do you want to buy that are around $100. each? The answer is not too many and if you do buy you want something of value that will last. You do not want five books on all different aspects of the metal cutting. Now we have new version with large print.

Here is one book that is comprehensive covering most major subjects including machines, tools, strength of materials, fasteners, set ups, cutters, cutting speeds, measurement. introduction to CAD, etc but all at a professional level with many reference tables.

It is a well made book with a nice cover that stands up to a shop environment. It has a good tab system plus excellent index. You can quickly locate the right information.

The book will probably have a 10-20 year shelf life. I run a small shop that includes Bridgeport type mills, lathes, boring machines, welding, etc. We have a typical small shop and we work with stainless steel and aluminum mainly as other shops but we also do exotic nickel alloys, ceramics, and copper, etc. I must consult this book weekly. It is proven itself to be useful. In almost every case in the past it has provided the needed guidance or some critrical number such as a screw strength when needed.

Five stars, you cannot go wrong.

Jack in Toronto (Ph.D. engineering, P.Eng.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bigger is Better!
This book is easier on the eyes thanks to the larger print and builds bigger muscles due to its larger size! As usual this book has all the necessary info to get my mechanical engineering design tasks complete only it's improved. ... Read more


46. My American Journey: An Autobiography (Random House Large Print)
by COLIN L. POWELL, JOSEPH PERSICO
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-14)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 407641
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Great American, Yes; Great Book, No
RE: AUDIO TAPE VERSION READ BY POWELL. I am a Colin Powell admirer but a definitive biography would better be told by a skilled independent writer, and after more "chapters" in his life are complete. Powell may indeed be a man of few faults but we can't be sure of that from his own words. I disagree however with reviewers who postulate that Powell has puffed-up his own accomplishments, on the contrary he's excessively modest. Rising to the highest position in the most powerful military in world history (and now to US Sec. of State) without benefit of a West Point education & connections describes a truly extraordinary individual. And far from savaging his detractors and the many incompetants he must have encountered along the way, Powell offers only a few token, and generally mild, criticisms. This book displays insight into Powell's background, development and beliefs but sidesteps tough questions of who screwed up and when. In that sense it is highly Politic - burns no bridges - and gives one hope that Powell may yet consider an Eisenhower-like leap to the highest civilian office.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most Educational Books I have ever Read
An American success story if there ever was one. Colin Powell vividly depicts his extraordinary life and career that could only take place in the setting of America. This autobiography wheels you through life in the poor neighborhoods in the Bronx to Washington Power broker. Colin Powell takes you though his life through his eyes, and into history, in some ways while reading it, I felt as though it was Forrest Gump on steroids, but the story is true.
Anyone interested in the policymaking process should read this book, as Powell describes his role as well as the role of other American leaders in making some of the most crucial decisions, the reader is swept into the pressures and challenges faced with America's leaders on a daily basis. The book delivers an account into the lives of Dick Cheney, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and others, allowing you to take a more personal look at American leadership. It is so easy to criticize from the outside looking in, but usually criticism as well as praise, is done by the uninformed.
One aspect I found particularly educational was how Powell provided a small glimpse to me (A young white male) of an educated man, a commissioned officer of the United States Army, refused service in restaurants, and discriminated in others ways. It is a credit to Powell, how he rose above narrow-minded bigotry and focused on the positive; resisting the temptation of "victimization" to become one of the most powerful and respected men in the country. I recommend this book to anyone, black, white, Latino, male, female, liberal, or conservative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Back in the early 90's, I didn't understand America's love affair with Colin Powell. It was only after he was named Secretary of State by George Bush that I read My American Journey, originally published in 1995. While the book obviously doesn't provide much insight into Powell's sudden about-face in early 2003 on whether to invade Iraq, it does provide a great deal of background and context to allow Americans to understand that Powell probably felt he exhausted his options and had no choice but to support Bush's policy or to resign. It also makes plain Powell's disdain for Dick Cheney. Clearly, Powell did not expect to be working again so closely with Cheney when he published My American Journey.

Powell's lessons are inspirational. There is a reason that Colin Powell is one of the most admired leaders in America, and his autobiography makes clear that he cares about his troops and his employees. Strange, then, that he would have forced his Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs to "retire" in 2002 rather than stand up to the pressure he must have been under from the press and other government colleagues, including, perhaps, his boss, in the wake of numerous visa scandals. That she was one of the most respected and successful Foreign Service Officers shows that even such bigger-than-life heroes as Powell are only human after all.

My American Journey includes some of Powell's setbacks as well as his achievements. His vignette about a poor efficiency report he received at a crucial stage in his career helped me deal with a similar run-in with my boss. I practically quoted Powell to my boss, but was a bit more active than Powell has himself come across. (Powell essentially resigned himself to finding a new job.) In the end, Powell's first rule prevailed: "It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning."

5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration for All People!!!
Upon reading "My American Journey," I felt an enourmous sense of pride for the United States of America. Secretary Powell is an example of what people can be become through hard work and determination. In his autobiagraphy, Powell allows the reader to become aware of the challenges this country has endured and how he has over come obsticles that have been placed throughout his life.
Powell lets the reader become aware of where he stands on various important issues that have been part of both United States international and domestic policy. Even if one does not agree with him politically, we can all gain from his sense of respect and devotion to ones country. This is a must read for any one interested in the life of a great American hero.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Hero For All Seasons
It seems everywhere you go these days, there is Secretary of State Colin Powell, "America's Promise." This book shows why. Secretary Powell's character shines through and will continue to do so despite his detractors, who are truly attacking President George W. Bush (who is distantly related) as well as anything the ultra-agenda-driven media, with their WMD (Words of Mind Destruction) 24-hour anti-Bush shark attack.

Secretary Powell's lessons on life, his devotion to his wife Alma, his service to his country and his fond recollections of being "Luther and Arie's Son" create a portrait of a multifaceted man who planted the seed, via Jamie Sepulveda-Bailey, of "The Valley's Promise," a remarkable youth organization in Palm Springs, Secretary Powell's family, including his cousin Sir Rupert A.L. Perrin, author of his own inspiring story, ORDINARY MIRACLES: My Incredible Spiritual, Artistic and Scientific Journey, are undoubtedly as remarkable as he is. ... Read more


47. A Trail of Memories: The Quotations of Louis L Amour (General Series)
by Louis L'Amour, Angelique L'Amour
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Asin: 0816147280
Catlog: Book (1989-05-01)
Publisher: G. K. Hall & Company
Sales Rank: 259951
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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For decades, generations of readers have shared their favorite passages of favorite Louis L'Amour novels and short stories: parents with their children, neighbors with their friends, executives with their staff and clergy with their congregations. They pass around dog-eared copies of the books, underlined and yellowing, recalling words that echoes in their readers' hearts and minds long after the last page was turned. Now, many of theseselections have been collected in a remarkable volume representing some of the richest ore of the L'Amour lode: voices that heralded the settling of thefrontier, of the man and women whose spirit and soul shaped our nation. In these words, Louis L'Amour describes the American experience, bringing our heritage to life, in ways no other author has.

No L'Amour reader has a more unique perspective on his work than Angelique, his only daughter. In an extraordinary feat for every Louis L'Amour fan, and in loving appreciation of her father, she has compiled A Trail of Memories: The Quotations of Louis L'Amour, drawn from her father's best-loved works of fiction, including the Sackett novels, Last of the Breed, The Walking Drum and nearly two dozen others.

"By readinghis words, each reader has met a part of my father," she writes in her introduction. "Each hero has a bit of Dad's experience that makes him who he is. With Lanso, it is all those boxingmatches as Dad grew up. With Barnabas Sackett, itis the sailor and explorer in my father...I think that this collection of quotations from my father's books reveals much of what makes Dad who he is,for these words are the heart and soul of what he believes, and what he wants to leavebehind."

Angelique has selected nearly a thousand of her favorite, most powerful and poignant L'Amour quotations--arranged by category and annotated with the book in which it appears--on more than a score of universal subjects such as: Love,Friendship and Loyalty; Family and Home; Honor, the Law and Justice; the Frontier; Women; and Men and Bravery. One such example from Sackett's Land: "He never knew when he was whipped--so he never was."

A wonderful gift from a daughter to her father--and from Angelique L'Amour to her father's readers--A Trail of Memories: The Quotations of Louis L'Amour will be a cherished keepsake of words to enjoy, and words to live by. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars little too much
as prolific a writer as louis l'amour was, there are all kinds of great quotes, but with as many books and stories as the man has, they can be tough to look up. so it's great that his daughter compiled this collection. i had to only give it four stars for 2 reasons: 1-you'll find no quotes from his single poetry collection or from interviews; 2-when you write as much as l'amour did, you are going to end up repeating yourself. that's understandable, but when editing a collection of quotes, you can leave out quotes that simply say the same thing in just about the same words.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nearly a 5-star
The only thing that prevents this book from being a 5-star book is the limited number of works the quotes were taken from. Many wonderful bits of wisdom were missed in quoting mostly from the Sackett series and some of the "major" novels. This book would be good for everyone whether they read L'Amour or not.

5-0 out of 5 stars Trail of Memories
An outstanding collection of quotes to roam the Western trails with - quotes about the important things in life. Not your usual, lame, hippyfied quote book. Something appropriate for any and all situations. I have given as gifts and every recipient loved it. ... Read more


48. Quotable Ustinov (G K Hall Large Print Book Series (Paper))
by Peter Ustinov
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
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Biography Large Print Edition When it comes to commenting on life, there is no one more perceptive or sharper than Sir Peter Ustinov. He hits the nail on the head with acerbic wit and concise wisdom. Touching on subjects as diverse as religion, tennis, children, and fellow celebrities, Quotable Ustinov is packed with the best anecdotes from his many books, articles, and interviews. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sir Peter the Great!!![.]
I think Sir Peter is not only an excellent actor but a very smart, articulate, and intelligent man and can speak at least 12 languages and seems to have travelled all over the world but is also an excellent moral man with his time with UNICEF!! He can do it all! Act, write, direct, produce, the works! I can't say that for many people these days! ... Read more


49. Baby Names: Real Names With Real Meanings for African Children
by Tyra Mason, Sam Chekwas
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2-0 out of 5 stars Too bad you can't leaf through the pages before you buy.
This book claims in its introduction, to be superior to other baby names because of its accuracy but clearly it it poorly edited, with names with no meanings and meanings with no names. The bulk of the book does not define if names are masculine, feminine or unisex, and in the one section that does, there are clearly feminine meanings in the male name section. In addition, the title of the book led me to be believe that it would be ALL African names but instead, there are entire pages with no African names, but rather Eurocentric names that some African Americans have used for their children in the past. Worst of all is that some of the "African names" are not names at all. Who would name their child "Ugly woman", "evil" or after a particular "market place". My husband and I thought there were some nice choices for girls names, but you really have to read carefully. ... Read more


50. 2005 Large Print Road Atlas (2005 Road Atlas)
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51. A Field Guide for the Sight-Impaired Reader : A Comprehensive Resource for Students, Teachers, and Librarians
by Andrew Leibs
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The first reference book written for the sight-impaired student and those who serve their needs, A Field Guide for the Sight-Impaired Reader explains how to locate, obtain, and integrate all forms of aid to construct a world of reading equal to that of the fully sighted reader. It profiles the major blind service organizations; explores specialized formats such as Braille, large print, and electronic texts; and shows what technology readers require and where to find it. It provides comprehensive lists of audio and large print publishers, a state-by-state listing of resource agencies for the blind, and valuable internet resources to assist students, teachers, and librarians in obtaining the texts they need to succeed in both academic and pleasure reading. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars NOT Another ¿how to live with a disability¿ Book . . .
I picked up this book for the first time a few nights ago and was immediately hooked. As a legally blind consumer and as Director of Rehabilitation Services at an agency whose mission is to empower blind and visually impaired individuals, I was immediately moved by the significance of Mr. Leibs' work. I read late into the night, and my last thought before drifting off to sleep that night was that I wished that this book had been around 30 years ago -- it would most certainly have saved me and a lot of others who live with severe vision impairment or blindness a whole lot of struggle and grief!

This book is the only of its kind I've encountered. The information, both concisely and engagingly presented, opens a breathtaking vista of literature and learning to the lives of the visually impaired in providing guidance to independent access of the printed word!

This book is NOT another "how to live with a disability" book. It focuses on a very important aspect of life, the ABILITY to read, to INDEPENDENTLY access the written word. Leibs has put together an extensive listing of resources to empower the visually impaired reader. In addition, the personal experiences he shares in the book brought back a host of memories of my own educational odyssey. Like Leibs, I and many others with low vision have experienced much hit-and-miss in the process of learning what we needed to know to gain the access we desire and need to succeed. Leibs has put together all the pieces of a complex puzzle into a user-friendly guide that paves the way for others to learn the rudiments of what it takes to access our literary world!

In my opinion, this book should be put into the hands of every visually impaired child in this country. Leibs also targets librarians with this work, as their awareness of these resources may enhance their own knowledge and skills in providing support for visually impaired consumers. I would additionally recommend this book to seniors who constitute, by far, the largest population of visually impaired readers.

Many thanks to Mr. Leibs for a significant contribution to the education and quality of life of blind and visually impaired people!

4-0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Field Guide from an 85 year old reader
A volunteer at VISION Community Services, A Division of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, a lovely 85 year old who is legally blind and severely hearing impaired, mentioned that she was interested in the Guide (as the result of reading a review in our newsletter). I loaned her our library copy and here's what she had to say: "Spent several hours with the Field Guide. Every low vision person should have access to it. One bonus I reaped was a comprehensive description of major suppliers, what they supply and differences between them. Also, Leibs gave a useful assessment of assistive devices. This is bewildering to the newcomer to the field. In the end, I copied out several titles of Great Books to improve my mind. Several times I've tried Huckleberry Finn and quit in boredom. On the other hand, the Toni Morrison title caught my attention, I've been meaning to sample her. Don't expect to like it, but I might be surprised." She adds that it was also good to know the approximate cost of having a book reprinted in large print, and the major LP companies. Despite being legally blind, her vision is better than her hearing so she reads large print books. Her vision loss is due to glaucoma, so she retains some decent central vision.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than a Compass
This book is the "needle of a compass" for the blind and dyslexic. Kudos to Leibs for providing the best resource guide for the blind and dyslexic I've read! He's not only gathered countless resources and provided those in an easy to navigate format, but he's added his own personal struggles and discoveries that finally lead him to experience the sheer joy of reading. I've placed this book in a prominent location in my office and will refer to it often as it's truly the work of a research genius. Special attention should be paid to the Introduction as Leibs takes you on a poignant journey to his discovery of reading and shares his excitement as well as disappointment while uncovering the bliss of reading. Additionally, Leibs provides a "suggested reading" list with contact information on how and where to acquire these books. Truly, his passion for reading will no doubt inspire your own, whether you are a fully sighted reader or not. Kudos to Leibs! A gem of a book, and long overdue!

5-0 out of 5 stars provides the key to 5 star service
"Comprehensive" starts the subtitle, and Comprehensive it is! Too many print-handicapped people are forced to stumble through the multi-layered service system, picking up clues almost by accident until they "strike gold" in the person of a skilled counselor or librarian. Here is a full set of Tools for Learning, along with a user's guide! Important for every visually impaired student and family, vital for every school or school system's Special Education department. No less useful for those with serious learning disorders like dyslexia, or with challenging physical disabilities that prevent the easy handling of printed material. Yes, addresses and phone numbers may change; new organizations may develop; but this is a book that will be USED and that will repay its purchase many times over.

5-0 out of 5 stars A reader from Upstate New York
This book should be in the hands of every sight-impaired student no later than age tweleve. Leibs has completely overhauled the orientation for reading among the blind from one of dependence on teachers and organizations to one of connecting INDEPENDENTLY to a really vast array of resources. This hardcover volume is quite easy to navigate - well designed and quite "user friendly". ... Read more


52. Waco's Debt
by Edson
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Catlog: Book (1978-06-01)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books
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53. Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary
by Merriam-Webster
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Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
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This large print dictionary meets NAVH standards for the visually handicapped, and still includes 40,000 easy to read entries.It provides clear definitions, a pronunciation guide, and abbreviations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars delve into pages of consiseness and astounding language
assuming that everyone who is in search of a dictionary, needs it in order to improve their english skills just as i did, i will speak as simply as possible. this is your language and i don't see how anyone can let another day go by without using it to the fullest! this is an indispensible book, and i am proud to say that you are making the right choice with Merriam! go ahead; spell, speak, and write and do it correctly! ... Read more


54. KJV Classic Giant Print Center-Column Reference Bible
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
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Set in giant print type (13 1/2 point), this King James Giant Print Bible is great for individual study, teaching, or reading from the pulpit. It makes using a reference Bible more comfortable and less eye-straining. Added features include: center-column references and notes in large type, translation notes, topical running heads, self-pronouncing text, and stars to mark messianic prophecies. The affordable price and beautiful leather binding make this a great choice for anyone who is looking for value in a giant print Bible.

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55. King James Large Print Center Column Reference Bible
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Catlog: Book (2002-11)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
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Nelson offers its classic King James Version in a large print format, perfectly suited for thos who want a Bible that is comfortable on the eyes.It is full of features: center-column references, translation notes, book introductions, concordance, and maps.

This Large Print Bible is offered in two bindings.A die cut leatherflex in j-wrap is an economical edition.We also offer bonded leather in 2 colors, black and burgundy, with a 2-piece gift box, which makes a great value.

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56. The Music of Light: The Extraordinary Story of Hikari and Kenzaburo Oe (G K Hall Large Print Inspirational Series)
by Lindsley Cameron
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The most popular classical composer of our day was born with a medical deformity so severe that his parents had to fight to keep him alive. When the child of novelist Kenzaburo Oe and his wife, Yukari, was born with a herniated brain, the doctors recommended letting him die. Instead, his parents defied Japan's then-harsh customs and saved him with a complicated operation that left him severely handicapped. They named him Hikari, which means "light"; now in his thirties, with an I.Q. of 65, limited language and motor skills, and an inability to express emotions clearly, Hikari has indeed become a beacon of inspiration. He has miraculous musical gifts, including a phenomenal memory and the ability to compose chamber works that have broken sales records and delighted hundreds of thousands of listeners.

His father's boundless love for and devotion to Hikari have been inspirational in more than one way. Kenzaburo Oe has written many novels and essays based on the experience of raising his musical-savant son, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1994. His stories and novels have been translated into many languages and read by millions.

Based on exclusive access to the Oe family, as well as interviews with brain specialists and performers of Hikari's music, and including assessments by leading music critics, The Music of Light offers a portrait of uniqueness. Hikari is the only savant known in history who has composed original music. Lindsley Cameron explains how his brain works; how he can express sadness in his music but not with language or his face; and how his musical activities have extended his mental capacities. The creative interdependence of father and son is unprecedented, too. Kenzaburo's need to give Hikari a voice was so essential to his own art that he announced, just before winning the Nobel Prize, that he was giving up writing fiction because Hikari, through his music, had now found a voice of his own. Cameron shows how writing has allowed Kenzaburo to explore possibilities too painful to confront in any other way. The Music of Light explores the mysteries of the human brain, and reveals the miraculous power of creativity. ... Read more


57. Manners: A Book of Etiquette for Single Men
by Alyce Derian
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Authorhouse
Sales Rank: 1159199
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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MANners will take you through some simple guidelines ranging from grooming, to where to meet women, to "under the covers" etiquette.Written by a woman. "User friendly" suggestions made in this revealing "how-to" book. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars typical entitled woman's rant
This is more of a pamphlet really. It is 100 pages long but the print is huge. There is no discussion of cultural expectations or changes in male-female relationships. I was looking for a thoughtful discussion of etiquette. What I got was a particular woman's ranting about what kind of man she wants and what she finds irritating in the men she dates. Personally, I'm not sure the author is the type of woman I am looking for, so I didn't find the "book" very helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rude awakening
Wow. Have I got a lot of work to do in a little time. As a 25 year old professional single male in New York City, I am shocked to find out how many things I need to work on......I've already changed my pick up lines............and my "bedside MANners......"

5-0 out of 5 stars Attention all Guys!!!!!
I loved this book! I am showing it to all of my "male" friends. They could all use at least one, two or more of the many practical tips the author gives in this hilarious "how to" book! I am also passing it along to my girlfrieds with the hope that they will show it to the men they date! This book is written with honesty and lots of funny real life stories! There's nothing prudish about this book. It only has great, useful suggestions that many men need to consider! Wonder if the author will write a book like this for women?

5-0 out of 5 stars Why didn't somebody tell me...?
Wise, witty, FUN ! This book is a quick read, giving insights on issues I have been oblivious to for years. Provocative and challenging, I made mental -and written, (in the space provided)- notes of things to re-consider. How coUld I get to be this old, and NOT have a clue to much of this helpful advice. The sometimes sly tone / double endendres of the author add to the enjoyment. This could be the start of somethng BIG ! Note to author: Where were you 20 years ago?!?!? ... Read more


58. Library: An Unquiet History (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series)
by Matthew Battles
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-02)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet.

Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.

He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish—and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia. Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, Manguel's A History of Reading, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman. 11 b/w illustrations. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Library Trivia
Although I did find the language very dry, I thought that this book was full of great detail. A lot of the information was new to me: such as the ancient "trash bin" that turned out to be a treasure trove of manuscripts, and what REALLY happened in Alexandria.

If you're interested in the history of knowledge, or interested in libaries in general, I definately recomend this book. It's relatively short, so it's a pretty quick read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the book I'd hoped for, sadly
Being a library science graduate student, I was eager to read this book, thinking it would be an inspiring trip through the ages regarding my chosen field, so I was somewhat disappointed by what I found to be fairly dry reading. The history aspect is indeed there and the text is clearly well-researched, but the inspiration is lacking, unfortunately.

The tone of the author is very subdued and rather droning, which makes for somewhat dull reading in my opinion; I had hoped for a more proactive voice but Battles just doesn't seem very excited about his subject and thus the book sometimes comes across like an intelligent but uninspired history textbook. However, it would serve as a decent reference book for students of this field; I myself was able to use some of its material as a resource in a paper for one of my library science classes.

Ironically, I wish I'd checked this one out of the library instead of purchasing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Unquiet History That Needs To Be Heard
Although the purposes and processes change, libraries rise and libraries fall and Matthew Battles has given us a short, engaging, and illustrative history of libraries in Library: An Unquiet History. The destruction of libraries isn't always at the hands of human beings [decomposition and disintegration happen whether we help or not] and the destruction of libraries at the hands of humans has not always been as pat as conventional stories relate [I like the Hypatia and the mad mob version of the destruction of the library at Alexandria, but as romantic as the story is, the real fall of the library at Alexandria was far more complex.]. Battles' book can be very depressing at times [especially for the extreme bibliophile], but ultimately ends on a hopeful note. When I donate a book to the library at the high school where I teach, I am aware of the fact that the book may never see any use. This seems to confirm Battles' thought that "the library may seem the place where books go when they die." But every once in a while, one of my students comes up to show me a book and says, "Look what I found in the library!" And so I keep on donating books. I recommend you read Matthew Battles' Library: An Unquiet History and find reason to hope.

5-0 out of 5 stars Librarians, Libraries, and Library Destructions
Last April during the war raging in Baghdad, a mob set fire to the "House of Wisdom," the national library of Iraq. Almost all of its books and ephemera were burned. Burning a library seems a particularly vicious and sad thing to do, but it would not have surprised Matthew Battles. He works at the rare books section at Harvard's library, and he has written _Library: An Unquiet History_ (W. W. Norton), a tour of libraries through history, and what becomes of them. Those of us who frequently use our local libraries and even take them for granted may reflect with pleasure on the anomalous (and deceptive) permanence of our particular library. Battles writes, "There is no library that does not ultimately disappear." Some of them are done in by natural causes, and plenty more are deliberately destroyed to make a social or revisionary point.

There is more to libraries than their destructions, of course, and more to Battles's book. It is full of well-written and surprising paragraphs, brimming with erudition, and part of its attractiveness is that he has not stuck to any structural plan. This is not an attempt at a comprehensive history of libraries, but it does take into account a lot of history. "By bringing books together in one place, cultures and kings inevitably make of them a sacrifice to time." Though the destructions of libraries by Shi Huangdi (who started the Great Wall of China), through the Nazis and into Sarajevo are necessary subjects here, the grimness is lightened by portraits of eminent librarians. For instance, cataloging by means of the famous Dewey Decimal System was invented by Melville Dewey, born in 1851; he was a spelling reformer and changed his name to Melvil. The seventeen-year-old Dewey inhaled a great deal of smoke as he rescued books from the flames when his school caught fire, and the subsequent cough led doctors to predict his death within two years. This taught him he had no time to lose, and though he lived to be eighty, he was always a genius for efficiency. He did not invent the card catalogue; it is a surprise to find that Edward Gibbon did so, putting his library's inventory onto playing cards. But Dewey standardized the catalog, as he did much other library furniture and gadgets such as date stamps. He also pioneered the systematic education of librarians and helped found the American Library Association.

Battles traces the constant conflict about what libraries should contain; some say they must include everything, others say they should include only the best of everything. The arguments on the issue have been spirited, especially when joined by Jonathan Swift, frequently cited here, who insisted not only on the best contents for libraries, but concentration on just the classics. He would have been dismayed by our popularization of libraries. Surely, however, he would have found the modern library a wonderful place to pick out the odd fact, or to wonder at the oddities (lovable or not) of humanity; readers will find _Library_ quite good for this, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars From Alexandria To The Internet...Libraries Through The Ages
Matthew Battles packs a lot of intellectual history between these slim covers. As he notes in his introduction, a comprehensive history of libraries could fill volumes. He does provide, however, a survey of the key points in their evolution. His focus is on the changing role of the library as an intellectual institution, and he explains how someone who shapes a gathering of books, through the selections she makes and the manner of their presentation, is really the author of that collection.

One of the more disquieting themes concerns the library as a target, both in wartime and in peace. The enemy, too often, has not been the Nazis or other enemies of thought; many times it has been someone who at first glance, would be assumed to be a friend of intellectual freedom, but in reality was seeking to contain and control it. It was disheartening to read of the destruction of truly irreplacable collections through the ages; yet the ultimate message, despite continuing challenges, seems to be one of the ultimate triumph of the book as a vessel for ideas and the library as a sanctuary for them.

Battles works at the rare book library at Harvard, and his passion for books and the life of the mind is evident throughout this well-written volume. A most worthwhile and stimulating read! ... Read more


59. The Large Print American Heritage Dictionary
by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries
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Asin: 0395929326
Catlog: Book (1998-09-16)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Sales Rank: 273358
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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For those who need or prefer large print, The Large Print American Heritage(R) Dictionary provides authoritative, up-to-date information in an easy-to-read format. It has more than 35,000 definitions, with the most current, central meaning given first in each entry. Inflected forms, variants, and irregular plurals are also included. The dictionary has useful charts of weights and measures, the metric system, and U.S. states and capitals. A special guide to writing gives tips on punctuation, grammar, and style. Approved by the National Association for Visually Handicapped. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars OK for kids
This book is a large print dictionary and laid out very nicely but if you are an educated adult then dont buy this book! This is a small dictionary and most of the words in this book you probably would not need to look up. this was a total waste of money~ May be good to give to an elementary level child!

1-0 out of 5 stars CONTENTS & EASE OF USE
I FOUND THE LARGE PRINT FEATURE EXCELLENT. THE CONTENT WAS TERRIBLE. THE FIRST 3 WORDS I LOOKED UP WERE NOT IN THE DICTIONARY. NO USE TO ME WHATSOEVER. ... Read more


60. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest To Become The Smartest Person In The World (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series)
by A. J. Jacobs
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Catlog: Book (2005-01-20)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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33,000 pages
44 million words
10 billion years of history
1 obsessed man

Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.

To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His wife, Julie, tells him it's a waste of time, his friends believe he is losing his mind, and his father, a brilliant attorney who had once attempted the same feat and quit somewhere around Borneo, is encouraging but, shall we say, unconvinced.

With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unexpected and comically disruptive effects Operation Encyclopedia has on every part of Jacobs's life -- from his newly minted marriage to his complicated relationship with his father and the rest of his charmingly eccentric New York family to his day job as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's project tests the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to explore the real meaning of intelligence as he endeavors to join Mensa, win a spot on Jeopardy!, and absorb 33,000 pages of learning. On his journey he stumbles upon some of the strangest, funniest, and most profound facts about every topic under the sun, all while battling fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing fear that attends his first real-life responsibility -- the impending birth of his first child.

The Know-It-All is an ingenious, mightily entertaining memoir of one man's intellect, neuroses, and obsessions and a soul-searching, ultimately touching struggle between the all-consuming quest for factual knowledge and the undeniable gift of hard-won wisdom. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe All of the Bad Reviews
Yes, I do believe that Jacobs is overpriveleged and a bit naive, but this book was quite interesting. To the bad reviewers who yell at Jacobs because they felt Jacobs didn't know what true intelligence is - did you read the book?Throughout the entire book Jacobs explains how he learned that true knowledge is not book smarts - it is even his concluding paragraph for goodness sake!The spelling errors - sure there were some, but just about any book you read these days has those.Jacobs' over-eager sense of humor - People, he's writing a book about reading for 350 pages, I would hope he would try to make it funny.Overall, Jacobs is slightly annoying, and before he read the encyclopedia, not that wordly (*note to A.J., West Wing didn't scoop you on the Adams-Jefferson thing --EVERYBODY knows that little factoid).Overall, there was a lot of neat trivia in this book, and a breeze to read through - I recommend it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Meh.
"Meh," is the word that keeps popping into my head when I think of a title for this review -- or the book.

Reading the whole encyclopedia is a fun premise for a book, and for spending a year of one's life (preferably not mine).Unfortunately, while "The Know It All" contains a number of interesting factoids and Britannica article summaries, it falls flat in Jacobs's hands.He seems a nice enough guy, which is cool, but what I want is a good writer.Or a funny one.

AJ may be a solid editor at Esquire, but he tries too hard here.I groaned aloud numerous times in every chapter (there are 26... any guesses why?) after reading another of his forced "laugh lines" at the end of entries.Not only are they severely unfunny, but when the rare tidbit contains something potentially humorous, Jacobs's overeager delivery robs it of any laughter.

A sample from the third page of Chapter One ("A").It's an early warning sign:

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A group of monks who provided nonstop choral singing in the 5th century...I love this image, though I am glad I wasn't their neighbor.We're talking twenty-four-hour entertainment long before MTV went on the air.Possibly before Mick Jagger was born.

Meh.See?It's precisely the right word.You'll say it a lot as you read, because easily a third of the entries wrap up with one of those marvelous little "humor" buttons.Mick Jagger?I forgot!He's OLD!

Unfortunately "The Know It All" also takes time to devolve into personal memoir.Some of the diversions (those that relate to the subject matter, i.e., the gaining of knowledge) are mildly interesting, but the contrived narrative surrounding the Jacobs family's infertility woes -- and Jacobs's life in general -- left me weary.Again, no slight to Mr. Jacobs, but if I wanted to read 350 pages of self-indulgence, I'd pick up the first third of "My Life."At least Clinton has a reason to be self-important (he is in the Britannica, after all).

Often while reading this, I found myself wishing the author's brother-in-law (Eric, a seemingly legitimate know-it-all) or father (a constant practical joker and out-of-the-bun thinker) had written the book instead.I imagine either Eric or Jacobs Sr. would have produced something far more interesting or funny...or both.How about it, guys?

This review seems to flow against the tide of other reviewers.If you're looking for a short, random version of the encyclopedia -- with a huge amount of digression and some pretty awful attempts at humor -- you'll love this book!If you want anything more... sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amusing, diverting, hard to put down
A.J.'s a funny guy, and he manages to combine self-effacement with cockiness while punning the night away.My night anyway, since I'm the one doing the reading.

Okay, Esquire Senior Editor A.J. Jacobs (who quite possibly during his tenure there rejected one of my stories--but we'll leave that as it may be and move on)--as I was saying, A.J. Jacobs knows that reading the Britannica will not make him the smartest man on the planet.In fact he knows it will not even make him the most knowledgeable.(Although he'll definitely go a big one-up on Homer Simpson and Dan Quayle.)He knows full well that his hare-brained scheme is a purely Quixotic quest, or actually, after reading on page 257 that he once tried to peddle a manuscript analyzing "the eerie similarities between Jesus and Elvis," a book-biz hustle.

And it is that, but A.J. does it so well and provides (checking the ole laugh-o-meter) a bonafide chuckle every other page, and a "lol" every third page, and a full-out belly laugh at least once a chapter.So this is money well-spent since the number of funny books that are actually funny is small.

Now, to his actual reading of the EB: it's (according to his report) 44 million words long.I mean, that is L-O-N-G.I used to grade papers and I got brain dead after maybe a thousand.And I read maybe a hundred books a year, and to be honest I can't really read any more.If he reads five hours a day, 365 days a year, which is approximately what he intended, he will have to read 120,548 words per day.That works out to 24,110 words per hour or 402 words per minute.He can do that (although I, for one, can't).In fact he DID do that.Ah, but at what cost?At what comprehension?At what level?After all the EB is not exactly the Nancy Drew mysteries or even the oeuvre of Stephen King.It can get downright DENSE.And boring.And irrelevant.And repetitive.And who-gives-a-bippy esoteric.And ten-point type is not easy on the eyes.In fact, the real test of manhood or intellect or stick-to-it'veness here is all about the eyes.Mr. A.J. Jacobs must have one great set of peepers.Long before I became brain dead with all that knowledge I believe my eyes would have rebelled and gone cross-eyed or blind.A.J. does remark on being cross-eyed in this book.In fact there are six references in the index to being cross-eyed.(Great index, by the way.)Moreover, he reports that Decartes had a thing for cross-eyed women.Maybe, just maybe, AJ's eyes were trying to tell him something: lay off the ten-point type and go examine a tree or something.Or check out the skyline or get into a sense-deprivation tank or smell the roses with your eyes closed.

Jacobs admits that he scanned sometimes.He even admits to "felony-level skimming"! (p. 276)He allows that he zoned out on occasion, but his eyes kept moving over the words.Let me give you a clue, big guy.Take it from one who's been there: that is automatic reading.The eyes follow the text, but the brain is NOT engaged.In truth, dude, you drifted off.That's right, 40 winks.

But never mind.What Jacobs does oh so very well (in addition to the requisite funny man self-effacement--and he IS funny), is tell us about his life.We learn what kind of kid he was ("the world's smartest"), what his father is like (wrote 24 books and loves practical jokes), what his wife Julie is like (long-suffering and wise), and what he does and has done for a living (editor at Entertainment Weekly and now Senior Editor at Esquire).But his best shtick is the novelist's trick of making us want to know how it all turns out.Does he finished the reading?Does his wife divorce him?Does he lose all his friends?Does he go blind and mad as a hatter?Inquiring minds want to know.Jacobs makes us want to know.He also drops little subplots and scenarios into the narrative.He tells us that he and his wife Julie are trying to get pregnant.Well, she is.He's trying to help.And he makes the reader want to know how that comes out.(I could give you the page number when they finally get the call on the test results, but I won't.I will tell you it is appropriately three-quarters of the way through the book.)He also tells us about upcoming events, that in due course, as he reads through the EB, come to pass.Like his stint on the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with Meredith Vieira.Let me say...okay, I'm NOT going to say anything because I don't want to spoil the plot.However, what transpires is VERY interesting in an ironic way.

And AJ does his homework including field studies.He goes to aa crossword puzzle tournament.He hangs out at a Mensa meeting.He meets "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek.He takes his lumps at the Marshall Chess Club, etc.In short, AJ Jacobs is as serious as death in his quasi-religious quest for knowledge--useless or otherwise.

A couple of points:

Possibly "the best Scrabble word I've encountered in my life"--"qa" (p. 276) is NOT allowed in Scrabble.It is NOT in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.Sorry, AJ.

The new mnemonic sentence for remembering the spectral class star sequence is "Wow! Oh, Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me Right Now, Sweetie."Thanks, AJ.

Bottom line: each chapter is like a volume of the EB, arranged in alphabetical order, A to Z.But reading this is a lot more fun than reading the EB, and a lot quicker.

5-0 out of 5 stars and now you know why ....
I really enjoyed this book.I happen to like trivia and I can appreciate the quest for knowledge.I learned a few things and it gave me some good laughs as well. I see that a great many people did not like the author's attitude and I'll concede that it leaves a lot to be desired because he does come off as pompous and arrogant --- but --- he's a humorous meglomaniac isn't he? Yes, he lives a privilged life but we shouldn't fault the man for being successful.I suppose if we all had the same free time we just might consider doing something as kooky as reading EB cover to cover. This is not the type of book you read for the quality of the writing.You read it to laugh (and maybe learn some obscure trivia -- exception being "Blue Moon" for which the entry was incorrect).This would be an interesting book club read given half a chance and a decent list of questions.At the end, you could write up a questionnaire and give a prize to whoever remembered the most.Not worth purchasing though - better from the library.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks A.J.

Thank you A.J. Thank you for keeping me from one more compulsive act. Not to mention actually completing this Herculean task and writing about it in such an amusing and personal manner. Now has anyone climbed Mts. McKinley, Kilimanjaro, and Fuji and written about it?

For those of you asking yourself, "How can I know more?" If you think you've been on a knowledge diet and the belt around your cerebral cortex has room to let out a few notches. If you want to be a millionaire or a Jeopardy champ and you think you're just a few facts short, please read this book.

Most of all read this book because in our world of never ending news cycles, sound bites, and the devolution of wisdom through knowledge and information to data, this book is funny and familiar, full of angst and hubris, quixotic and brash. It's an ephemeral morality tale completely suited to our age.

Thank you AJ. Now, Bartholomew's second wife begat who?
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