Journey into the mind of a great thinker.

Book title: Ackoff's Best : His Classic Writings on Management
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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A fascinating collection of writings, compiled by the author, which explores, first and foremost, systems thinking and its effects upon business and management. But beyond this, these writings delve into an astounding array of subjects including: the nature of planning; problem solving; managing; mission statements; creativity and constraints; consumer design; education; crime; advertising; design of management systems; the nature of science and methodology; objectivity; rationality; the future of operations research; and the role of business in a democratic society. This book is nothing less than a journey into the many-faceted mind of a great thinker. For those with a high level of curiosity about systems, organization, business, the human mind, and society, this collection is a gold mine, reflecting the richness of thought of this exceptional person. Highly recommended.

EAN: 9780471316343
Pages: 356
Publisher: Wiley
Russell L. Ackoff

The BEST vegetarian cookbook - even for the non vegetarian.

Book title: Simple Vegetarian Pleasures
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Simple Vegetarian Pleasures - book cover picture

While my family is not "vegetarian" we do consider ourselves "almost vegetarian". After receiving an e-mail from announcing the publication of this book in December, I ordered it. Since then, I have prepared well over half of the recipes - many more than once. We have NEVER been disappointed. The recipes are interesting, delicious, easy to prepare, healthy and appreciated by all. I have recommended this book to several friends and plan on giving it as a gift to others.

EAN: 9780060191351
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperCollins
Jeanne Lemlin

I couldn't put the book down and loved every word of it.

Book title: Stranger in My Arms
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This book had great characters and the story was believable.I felt like I was right there with Lara unsure if Hunter was really was her husband and if a man could change that much. There was always that question in your mind was this man really Hunter,Earl of Hawksworth. It reminded me of the movie "Sommersby" with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere. I really enjoyed the book and now when I am looking for more reading enjoyment I will put Lisa Kleypas on the top of my list.

EAN: 9780380781454
Pages: 384
Publisher: Avon
Lisa Kleypas


Book title: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 (Dear America)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I have started reading Dear America books recently, and when i saw this book, I knew I had to purchase it. I have become interested in the Oregon Trail- the history of it and the people who traveled across it- and I thought this book was an absolute perfect representation of it. Gregory has excellent characters, the locations and scenic descriptions are quite accurate, and most importantly, she made this story very realistic and hooks the reader from start to finish. A perfect historical read.

EAN: 9780590226516
Pages: 168
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Kristiana Gregory

Surprisingly... good!

Book title: Dragon and the George
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Dragon and the George - book cover picture

I'll admit it: when I got this book, I thought it was gonna be corny! I mean, come on now, dragons??? BUT I must say that as the plot unfolded, I suddenly realized that this is actually some good stuff! The humor isn't that great, but it keeps the story fresh. The plot is pretty cool, although there were some very predictable things along the way... I couldn't help but think at times that I was reading an interpretation of a plot to some RPG game. I'm not an expert on fantasy tales and such, so I don't know if this book is good if you like that kind of thing, but if you're just a casual reader with an interest, in, say, sci-fi, try it! You just might enjoy it.

EAN: 9780345350503
Pages: 288
Publisher: Del Rey
Gordon R. Dickson


Book title: The Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. N. B. Forrest and of Forrest's Cavalry,: With Portraits, Maps, and Illustrations
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I have read many different books written by people that lived in the era of the War Between the States, and this one has to be one of the best that I have read on one of the most audacious leaders that came out of the war on either side. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading this book. There were plenty of maps, and since the book was written under the watchful care of Nathan himself from his notes during the war, I believe it is one of the most complete works of this nature. I highly recommend the book to anyone. It is not just another boring read!

EAN: 9780306807190
Pages: 704
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Thomson Jordan
J. P. Pryor
Thomas Jordan

A good book and a quick read

Book title: Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution (Great Episodes)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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In this historical fiction book the story is told of how the colonists were able to keep the war going in the face of the British blockade of Boston harbor. The year was 1775, the Revolutionary War was in its early stages, and the colonists were out of ammunition enough to not overthrow the British out of their city. With Boston Harbor blockaded, the colonists could not gain any ammunition, so colonist Henry Knox hears of Fort Ticonderoga stocked with ammunition and devises a plan with his brother Will to bring the guns back to General Washington in the middle of winter. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a historical war book.

EAN: 9780152326951
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J)
Seymour Reit

Best of the foundation

Book title: Prelude to Foundation (Foundation Novels (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Can't say enough about Isaac Asimov, reading 'Prelude' was a great experience and seeing the peak of life on Trantor. What was most fascinating was Daneel Olivaw's appearance. Many of you remember him from the Robot series.Harry Seldon's adventures start here; he is a very human and fallible subject (unlike the phrophesizing old man in Foundation.) I think you will find that this is the best of the foundation series and it'll be hard to put down

EAN: 9780553278392
Pages: 528
Publisher: Spectra
Isaac Asimov

A beginning for illumination

Book title: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Penguin Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I'm still not sure to this day if Abbott's geometry students grappled how fantastic a book it was that their teacher had written for them. First off, my geometry skills improved two-fold after reading this. Second of all, the book was a masterful satire of the times society. Women being regarded as witless beings, and soldiers portrayed as violent louts. Finally, it practically started the entire religion of modern illuminism. First, Abbott shows that even he who is regarded as the wisest in the land can be ignorant, and some "priests", or government officials, may not tell all of the facts. Lower planes may be ignorant, but with the help of a being in the higher dimension anyone can be guided. Further more, it suggests that there are limitless multitudes of higher dimensions.

EAN: 9780140435313
Pages: 118
Publisher: Penguin Books
Edwin A. Abbott

Hey! C'est La Vie ! { Hey! That's Life ! }

Book title: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom - book cover picture

If you want a real book, get this! It rocks and has great text! Oh, Bradley, If you've got girls in the way, fight back and you rock! Jeff, you rock too! Lori, Melinda, Colleen, give me a break. It's rude to hurt people on school grounds. But, your okay. Mrs.Ebbel, get a new set of color stars for your chart thingy. Oh, your okay. Oh, before I move on, CLARA IS SO IN THE HOUSE! Oh yeah the bullies, Andy, Dan, and Robbie, why are you so mean? Your ooooookkkkaaaaaayyy.

EAN: 9780394805726
Pages: 208
Publisher: Yearling
Louis Sachar

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