Not Just Another Civil War book

Book title: The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox : Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I am a late comer to review John Waugh's excellent study of the West Point Class of 1846. I find it incredible that any student of military history could find it boring. Mr. waugh is a Journalist who had a story to tell. He did so with a sense of history and excellent research. Yes, I found it anything but boring. Its real value is connecting the almost forgotten war with Mexico with the much longer and more deadly war of fifteen years later. I have long maintained that one cannot truly understand the Civil war without a working knowledge of the Mexican War. John Waugh has provided that basic working knowledge.

EAN: 9780446515948
Pages: 635
Publisher: Warner Books Inc
John C. Waugh

The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad

Book title: Black Odyssey: The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Black Odyssey: The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad - book cover picture

This book is great!It's very detailed and is very entertaining,it feels like puts you on the Amistad itself and you are watching everything happen, like a movie.I liked the slave ship because it was true in some ways Africans were captured and brought to places around the world. If you read this book you'll know how it must have been for them with a new land and they maybe even lost some family members.

EAN: 9780140046946
Pages: 183
Publisher: Penguin Books
Mary Cable

An amazingly wise and talented artist.

Book title: The God of Small Things
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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This is a dazzlingly beautiful book, with terror and pain and love and charm, but with an incredible amount of humanity and vision. Roy is both a brilliant thinker and wonderful artist. Her craft is keen. The story so amazingly brings together the wonder of youth with the realities of race, class, and gender. The book is so much more than the sum of its part. Her charactes will live in me for a long time. She is a spectacular voice of our time. The reading this novel was a once in a life time experience I want to repeat!

EAN: 9780001054684
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Arundhati Roy

This book is excellent!

Book title: The Valley of Horses
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
The Valley of Horses - book cover picture

When I read the Clan of the Cave Bear, I was in seventh grade.(I'm in 8th, now) I loved it, and couldn't put it down. The same wentfor The Valley of Horses. Ayla is real, as are Jondalar, Whinney and Baby. Her story is touching, realistic and enjoyable. I recomend this book to just about everyone, along with its sequels, The Mammoth Hunters and the Plains of Passage. Yes, there is sex in this book, and the ones that follow. Lots of sex. But you know, its really just something you have to live with. It's a major part of Ayla and Jondalar's lives, and probably yours too, if you're married or older than I am. And if you can get past the sex, it really IS an excellent book.

EAN: 9780553250534
Pages: 576
Publisher: Bantam
Jean M. Auel


Book title: Sperm Whales : Social Evolution in the Ocean
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Sperm Whales:Social Evolution in the Ocean is one of the most informative books about odontocetes i have come to read in past two years about cetaceans.Mr. Whitehead's book i consider to be perhaps one of the greatest texts about toothed whales since the ground-breaking work of Ken Norris' The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin. This is the only book you will find about sperm whales that truly brings you into the realm of this amazing creature. Believe me, all other books relating about this animal pale in comparison to this wonderful work by arguably the greatest cetologist of our day.

EAN: 9780226895185
Pages: 464
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Hal Whitehead

Another book to try to find.

Book title: Trouble in Mind : Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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It is probably out of print, but anyone horrified by "Trouble in Mind" must find a copy of "The History of Violence in America," by Hugh Davis Graham and Ted Robert Gurr. It is "A Report Submitted to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence" (how quaint this all seems now). It is a Bantam Paperback, June, 1969. The period of Professor Litwack's wonderful book is pre-WW2. "Violence" will take you up to 1969, with accounts of the same stuff being done by "vigilante groups" and other such organizations, of course including the civil rights murders in the south.

EAN: 9780394527789
Pages: 599
Publisher: Knopf
Leon F. Litwack

An excellent new book about the training of young dancers.

Book title: Kids Dance
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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In images and words, photographer Jim Varriale has captured the essence of dance -- the irresistable urge to move to music with every inch of one's being -- in Kids Dance: The Students of Ballet Tech. His photographs capture Eliot Feld's scholarship students' infectious passion; their unselfconscious delight in dance as a means of personal expression; and their willingness to embrace the discipline and study that makes "jumping for joy" on stage a very real possibility. Attractively designed, the book is very well written. Varriale's text is both simply stated and engaging, offering just enough explanation and detail to complement the magical photographs they accompany. In repose and on the move, these NYC public school children invite the reader to share their hard work and dreams. This is a new kind of "ballet" book, a collectible for all dance lovers, regardless of age. I cannot recommend it too highly.

EAN: 9780525455363
Pages: 32
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile


Book title: Slam! (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Slam! The book I recommend you to read is Slam! by Walter Dean Myers. Slam, the main character, has a rough life in this story. For example, Slam's friend, Ice, is getting into drugs, and is making Slam's life harder than it already is. Slam's grandmother is also dying. Slam has to change schools, too. Although Slam has a hard time in his life, he also has some good times. For instance, he got to play basketball, his favorite sport, for his new school, Latimer. He also met new people at his new school. All in all, this is the book I recommend you to read.

EAN: 9780590486675
Pages: 288
Publisher: Scholastic
Walter Dean Myers

probably the most readable and reasonable book on mind-body

Book title: Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Clark develops in a very clear way the main threads of contemporary mind-body research. He argues for a non-dogmatic approach to the very difficult questions that epistemology, brain research and artificial life have put in the last twenty years. His position is with those who are not trying to explain everything from a single source or with single set of tools. Not reductionism, not holism or not only emergence or cognitivism or connectionism. Still, he sees the advantages of each theory and he gives a very subtle and insightful overview of what each strand has to contribute. I have read maybe twenty books on the subject in the past few months, from Varela to Jackendorf and from Minsky to Harr?, but only Clark seems to be able to make the field transparent and coherent. If he sometimes loses in boldness, he certainly wins in promise. A book that should become a compulsary reading for anyone who wants to be introduced in the field.

EAN: 9780262531566
Pages: 308
Publisher: The MIT Press
Andy Clark

A tail-kicking good read!

Book title: The Bourne Identity
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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This was the second Ludlum book I read and it iced my addiction cake! Who is this man who was filled with bullets? The book is filled to the brim with questions and Ludlum doesn't answer them until it would be cruel and unusual punishment to not do so! Jason Bourne as a character is very well done! His self-doubts are believable. Even though the romance is a bit over the top, the book is such a great read you don't even notice it until you are done. I have read this book a few times now, and each time I am engrossed in Bourne's search for his identity amidst a storm of intrigue and death. Ludlum put everything in this one and spares no plot twist. It is flawless and you must read it now! Read it!

EAN: 9780553260113
Pages: 544
Publisher: Bantam
Robert Ludlum

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