Excellent Battle Field Guide


Book title: Hallowed Ground : A Walk at Gettysburg (Crown Journeys)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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If you are planning a trip to Gettysburg (by far the best Civil War Park), you should pick this book up first. Read the book before you leave, then bring it along and follow the directions to make the most of your visit. McPherson is one of the best Civil War historians and has spent quite a bit of time studying the battle and visiting the park. The book walks you through the park, pointing out what was happening at each point along the way. I wish I had had the book with me when I toured the park.

EAN: 9780609610237
Pages: 144
Publisher: Crown
Authors:
James M. Mcpherson



The best early history of September 11th...


Book title: Inside 9-11: What Really Happened
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book, by the editors of the German magazine Der Spiegel, offers the best early history of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. In addition to portraying the attacks as they happened, the authors do a good job of detailing the actions of the terrorists/criminals while they were planning in Germany before they embarked on their dastardly mission. While certainly more in-depth books on September 11 will appear in the future as more details are learned and a different perspective is gained, this is the best book on the subject currently available.

EAN: 9780312306212
Pages: 336
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Authors:
Der Spiegel



Hack outwrites Clancy, Coonts and Marcinko!


Book title: The Price of Honor
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Having read all of the books by Col. Hackworth, Stephen Coonts, and most of the Tom Clancy and Richard Marcinko efforts, I feel Col. Hackworth has topped them all with "The Price of Honor". His vivid description and prose can only come from someone that has been there and done that. Weaving the past with the current events, makes this a very intriquing and soul searching novel. It also helps us question the current status of Our Military and their Political Leadership. Caleb Tarleton (Capt. USAR 1959-1967)

EAN: 9780385491648
Pages: 512
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors:
David Hackworth



A believable story with a difficult moral conflict


Book title: Clark's Law (Babylon 5, Book 4)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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"Clark's Law" was not only a good story because it was true to the characters, but the central plot was interesting. I like stories that make me think and "Clark's Law" made me think. Like so many episodes there was no clear right and wrong. I knew who I disliked, but not always who I liked. The later scenes between Franklin and Sheridan were particularly excellent. Sometimes there are no easy answers.

EAN: 9780440222293
Pages: 275
Publisher: Dell
Authors:
Jim Mortimore



A great romance and mystery


Book title: N: A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
N: A Novel - book cover picture

Louis Edwards has made a great piece of work with N, a Romantic Mystery. This book is wonderful for anyone who is looking for the story of an ambutious woman who tries to report a murder in the newspaper that she publishes, but finds that she falls for her lead source. During her investigation of the murder, she begins to suspect her new love and even her brother. I love this book and have added it to my collection. The story keeps you guessing right up to the end, when she discovers who really committed the murder.

EAN: 9780452277885
Pages: 228
Publisher: Plume Books
Authors:
Louis Edwards



An eye-opening look at a Boston childhood.


Book title: All Souls : A Family Story from Southie (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I picked up this book because I was intriqued by the cover and the story behind it. I had no idea I was so naive about things going on in the U.S. Before I read this book I hadn't even heard the term "Southie". I really never stopped to think that there are enclaves like the projects in South Boston where life is totally different than what I think of as the "norm". This story could have been set overseas somewhere because that's how foreign it sounded. This is an interesting and informative story. It certainly was news to me. I had no idea spots like Southie existed.

EAN: 9780345441775
Pages: 304
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Authors:
Michael Patrick Macdonald



An Alien to Love!


Book title: Alien Taste (Ukiah Oregon Novels)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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When I picked this book up I will admit to having been hooked by the cover, and the back blurb on content....but when I began to read this wonderfully unusual book...I fell in love with the character Ukiah and his mentor Max. The plot keeps you glued to the pages...the supporting characters are fantastic...I would love to see this become a series....and look forward to more from Wen Spencer. I recommend this book to all who love a mix of science fiction, fantasy and suspense.

EAN: 9780451458377
Pages: 320
Publisher: Roc
Authors:
Wen Spencer



Neither Tragedy or Hope is Temporary


Book title: Interpreter of Maladies: Stories of Bengal, Boston and Beyond
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Somehow or another both tradgedy and hope coexist in our world much like storms and sunshine. We always know that there will be a calm after the storm and we always know that there will be another storm after the calm. I can't help but love this book, especially "A Temporary Matter", because for all it's sickeningly real tradgedy it gives the very vague and uncertain impression of hope and repair; yet another reader might find that hope impossible and yet another - perfectly imminent. Lahiri creates characters that are as open to interpretation as any living human on earth.

EAN: 9780002259002
Pages: 198
Authors:
Jhumpa Lahiri



Slow read, but worth it


Book title: Devil Take The Hindmost : A History Of Financial Speculation
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Excellent book about financial speculation. A bit sobering, given the fact that the recent internet bubble burst was not the first of it's kind and probably won't be the last. This book offers as much history of business and commerce as it does speculation. The second half of the book, which focuses mostly on American speculation (railroads, the great depression, etc) is much more entertaining than the first half which explains European speculation and is a little harder to relate to.For anyone serious about being an active participant in any market (stocks, real estate, anything!) this should be a pre-requisite. My favorite quote: "The four most expensive words in the English language are 'This Time It's Different'"

EAN: 9780374138585
Pages: 386
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Authors:
Edward Chancellor



Ramona and her Mother


Book title: Ramona and Her Mother (rpkg) (Ramona Quimby (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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...If you like humorous but affectionate books you'll be sure to enjoy Ramona and her Mother by Beverly Cleary. This fun packed story is about a eight year old girl named Ramona Quimbly who is having some problems with her family. Ramona is starting to feel left out between her mother and older sister Beezus since they've been spending a lot of time together. Everyone is ignoring her including her best friend and her mother. This book is terrific it makes you laugh and makes you think about life this book has a nice touch. This book has a great message it tells you that your parents will always love you and don't ever think that they don't. At the end Ramona is packing for a trip to run away. She thinks that her family won't care if she goes away. But,it is up to you to find out what happens in the end...Have fun reading the book!

EAN: 9780380709526
Pages: 224
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Authors:
Beverly Cleary



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