Its about time

Book title: American Samurai : Myth and Imagination in the Conduct of Battle in the First Marine Division 1941-1951
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
American Samurai : Myth and Imagination in the Conduct of Battle in the First Marine Division 1941-1951 - book cover picture

Finally someone has the guts to admit what actually occured in the Pacific war in WW@. Both my uncles were Marines involved in the battles of Peleliu, Okinawa and Tarawa, and their experiences are mirrored exactly in this book. It was almost a ritual for the Marines, once after killing Japanese soldiers, to harvest various body parts, including teeth, ears, and even cutting off the heads and boiling the flesh off dead Japanese soldiers and sending them back to families in the states to use as cigarette trays! My uncles were taught from the first day of boot camp that the Japanese weren't even human and deserved such treatment. I congratulate the author for being brave enought to withstand the obvious charges of "revisionism" and "political correctness" that his book would elicit.

EAN: 9780521441681
Pages: 315
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Craig M. Cameron

"Truth or Lies" decide....

Book title: Elvis and Me
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Elvis and Me - book cover picture

I started this book and I have to admitt, I read it in one day....It was very intersting however I don't think it was very factual....If you get this book be sure and get "Child Bride" as well, and compare....It is entertaining that's for sure! I love Elvis Presley...My mom was at his concert when she started having contractions with me...He is a heart throb and a very intersting man. This book I am sure has some truth to the legend, Elvis Presley's life and the things that went on during his time here, but lil Mrs. Priscilla is not as innocent as she tries to say in her book...Just look at her past reviews, the "seductive" pictures she has posed oh so many times in...She is a good story teller though. She tells it like she is a victim. You will see reading this book that in her own words she was very into Elvis, and VERY controlling and jealous....I say read this book...but get "Child Bride" as well...

EAN: 9780425091036
Pages: 352
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

A superb history of 20th Century American medical practice.

Book title: Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care - book cover picture

Time to Heal surveys the state of American medical education from the turn of the century to modern HMO times, providing a sweeping survey of American medical education in modern times and examining how American medical education evolved. From the transformation of medical schools and student learning processes to social programs which affected research, this provides an important history for any aspiring medical student.

EAN: 9780195118377
Pages: 514
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Kenneth M. Ludmerer


Book title: Neuromancer
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Neuromancer - book cover picture

After this book, all other science fiction books pale in comparison.I've re-read it three times now and plan to read it again very soon.Gibson's later books suffer from too much explanation. In NEUROMANCER, Gibson just tells us what is happening and leaves it up to the reader to figure out the details, which I loved.In later books, like Virtual Light and Idoru, he over-explains every detail and tends to bore the reader.COUNT ZERO is a sequel of sorts to NEUROMANCER, but in my opinion, MONA LISA OVERDRIVE, (the final book in the "Sprawl" Trilogy), comes as close to equaling the excellence of the first book.I keep hoping that one day I'll find another book that is equal to this incredible work of science fiction genius!But, until then, I'll just keep reading this one over and over again.

EAN: 9780441000685
Pages: 278
Publisher: Ace Books
William Gibson

Moral: There is very little new under the sun!

Book title: Against the Gods : The Remarkable Story of Risk
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Against the Gods : The Remarkable Story of Risk - book cover picture

As I went through the book, one thing I realized was that we seem to attribute pathbreaking ideas to people without realizing the history behind it all. For instance, it was amazing to learn that Louis Bachelier had derived an option pricing formula (albeit not very robust) before Einstein could discover the properties of Brownian Motion and well before Norbert Wiener's discovery of the Wiener Process! The insight of Daniel Bernoulli on the logarithmic nature of the utility of wealth is in some ways the foundation for Marshallian Utility Theory which in turn, I would argue, is the basis for Lord Keynes' Consumption Theory. This is not to say that we should not give credit to M/s. Black, Scholes & Merton or Lord Keynes but that we should understand that discovery of something entirely new happens very very rarely like Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of Gravity.All in all, a wonderful book. The chapters on Game Theory and Behavioral Finance deserve multiple reads.

EAN: 0723812121045
Pages: 400
Publisher: Wiley
Peter L. Bernstein

the outsiders

Book title: The Outsiders
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
The Outsiders - book cover picture

The out siders is about two grops of gangs the Gresers and the socs.The gangs dont git a long at all . The gersers are men and poor . The socs are rich and dont care a bout eney one butt there selfs. they will jump you at eney time and eney plase. The greseer are all about dignate. The socs are all about mony.
The maney caeters are the gresers pneyboy jonney sodapop . The socs hay dont tell names they keep it quite. my simuler with the socs isthat that i am not poor and are difrents is that i have a car. My i am simuler to the gresers is that my hare is lng like most off them and are difernts is that i am no poor.
Yes i like the book alot. my favert par in the book is win jonny kills some off the socs win thay are trying to kill pony . Yes i would recermend this to a frend yes book is eksideing and i like it alot.

EAN: 9780140385724
Pages: 180
Publisher: Puffin
S. E. Hinton

Finished it in the MBA lounge at 10 pm in one pass.

Book title: Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind - book cover picture

In my opinion, the only marketing concept from the practitioer that break into the academic marketing textbook. As a part-time lecturer in Marketing in Bangkok Thailand, I recommend the book to all my students. (The article that I assigned to all my students is "Marketing Myopia" by Ted Levitt) I have also received good feedback from my students. It's also the reason I read other of the authors' book. This one is the one I like most though. I am reading the "New"Positioning at the time being.
The first time I read it, I just can't put it down and finish in one pass laying on the couch in the MBA lounge during my graduate studies' day at 10 pm. Imagine how addicted and interesting the book is. If you want to see the practioner side of marketing. READ IT!

EAN: 0639785326892
Pages: 213
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Al Ries
Jack Trout

An envelope of human journey and spiritual strength

Book title: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Prayer for Owen Meany - book cover picture

I see the light that shirnes through Owen's ears and wonder about the lifting game for it seems that I am elevated by the experience of living with Owen. His tribute to the spiritual, real side of existence allows for power in gravel dust and small voice. I felt that I had become the blanket that wrapped the baby Jesus, the diamond wheel that tore through the living and the dead, the red dress that sent forth the unknown and the armadillo that was all seeing. Owen wanted it to be that way, yet blocked the straight path to understanding. John Irving worked a masterpiece.

EAN: 9780552993692
Publisher: Transworld Pub
John Irving

Earth makes you hope microwave towers won't turn on us

Book title: Earth
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Earth - book cover picture

Earth by David Brin is a thought provoking book set in the year 2038. There is increased skin cancer due to the deterioration of the ozone layer. There are major ecological disasters. There is a world war and an increase in the size of the internet. The weather warms in the Yukon of Canada and people begin to settle there. The bay of biscay is used as a giant fish farm and other marvels are revealed. The most alarming development is a manmade black hole destroying the core of the Earth. Scientist Alex Lustig battles the problem making you wonder where all the smarter than Human Artificial Intelligence programs are to do the job. If it really got as hot as the book Earth predicts in 2038, America would have to bring humanitarian relief to a superheated Mexico. I highly recommend David Brins other books as well.

EAN: 9780553290240
Pages: 704
Publisher: Spectra
David Brin

A superb, shotgun-blast of a book

Book title: Monster : The Autobiography of an L.A.Gang Member
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Monster : The Autobiography of an L.A.Gang Member - book cover picture

For anyone wanting to cut through the Hollywood hype relating to gangs, Sanyika Shakur's superb 'Monster'is required reading. From the off, it's all too easy to see how gang culture became a surrogate family for the-then Kody Scott, and how ultimately it was to lead him into a downward spiral of guns, drugs and murder. The only book - having left the first copy on a train - I've ever bought a second time after finishing.

EAN: 9780330331739
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Sanyika Shakur

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