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Book title: Working on the Edge : Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's HighSeas
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Working on the Edge : Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's HighSeas - book cover picture

This is a high paced book that grabs your attention and then grips you from the first page to the very end.
Spike allows readers to join him on board a working Crab boat, giving an insight into what only a few experience.
It tells of the danger, loneliness and sometimes sheer waste of money, time and lives in what is the most dangerous working environment known to earth.
A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to escape the drudgery of their everyday lives.

EAN: 9780312089245
Pages: 280
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Spike Walker


Book title: Five Families : The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Five Families : The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires - book cover picture

I bought this book over the weekend and literally could NOT put it down. (And this is a long book!) What a great read!!!!

Where do I start? Maybe where "Five Families" starts, expertly tracing the Mob's history from 19th-Century Sicily to modern-day America.

All the major players are covered in colorful detail. From to Lucky Luciano to John Gotti, this book brings them back to life and takes the reader on an engrossing and great ride!

EAN: 9780312300944
Pages: 784
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Selwyn Raab

One theory behind European ascendancy.

Book title: Carnage and Culture : Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Carnage and Culture : Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power - book cover picture

Outstanding thesis: The West isn't fundamentally different from any other civilization in history -- not braver, not better. Like everyone else, we kicked but to get what we wanted. We just did it better than everyone else, at least we have over the recent millennium. He poses an explanation of why we were able to do that. He attributes it to a combination of nine characteristics of Western culture that usually were not found together in other cultures, and certainly not as consistently as in the West: freedom, civic militarism, decisive battle (as opposed to ritualistic battle), technology, capitalism, discipline, civil control over military operations, free speech and dissent, and constitutional government.
A most interesting read (albeit a bent towards Eurocentrism probably makes it easier to accept).

EAN: 9780385720380
Pages: 544
Publisher: Anchor
Victor Hanson


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

Star girl is such a good book!! It shows how mean teenage girls can be and how the world of teenagers is so materialized! I loved it!! It was quite an eye-opener for me... I realized that to be cool, you need to be yourself!! I think that if stargirl was a realy girl, she would be ever sooo awesome!! But it would be like in the book, nobody would really accept her. It's very well written and I would reccomend it to anybody!!!

EAN: 9780375822339
Pages: 208
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Jerry Spinelli

Another excellent book

Book title: Robin Williams Web Design Workshop
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Robin Williams Web Design Workshop - book cover picture

I'm a data base developer inching towards deploying data to web pages. I make no pretence of design skills and all of Robin's books have been of enormous help to me. This book would be worth the price for the images alone, but the brief discussions of technique are also valuable. She uses example of pages prepared using several tools, including PhotoShop, DreamnWeaver, GoLive and ImageReady. None of the examples are particularly dependent of which software is used. The good stuff just pours out of her...The copy I have of this book has a very different cover (the ISBN number is the same)... a large multi-hued letter W. Perhaps it's a second edition, or a last minute design change. The copyright is 2002; the authors are the same. Get it!

EAN: 0785342748673
Pages: 288
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Robin Williams
John Tollett
Dave Rohr

He's Ba-ack!

Book title: Retreat, Hell!
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Retreat, Hell! - book cover picture

After the rather strange last book in the Badge of Honor series (the time warp) it is great that this one is vintage Griffin. Mr. G., however, has developed a sort of annoying new thing. He does an awful lot of (a) and (b). That is, something like, "we'll attack Pyongyang because (a) it's the enemy capital and (b) it just feels right". A little of the (a) and (b) treatment, you will see, goes an awfully long way.
And one other bothersome thing - other than too many Ernies - is that he forgot Patricia Pickering's name and refers to her as Patricia Fleming. All that aside, it was a very readable W.E.B. Griffin novel and it seems to leave room for a sequel.

EAN: 9780515138610
Pages: 640
Publisher: Jove
W. E. B. Griffin

May we someday understand what our Veterns did for us.

Book title: Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning: The World of a Combat Division in Vietnam
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I've had people tell me that this book reads like a History book. Maybe so , but it's a history book the average citizen can understand.Eric writes about a Division (the 25th) that unless you are a vet,very few people know of. This division didn't receive the aclaim that others did , but should have. They fought bravely in an area north west of Sigon known as War Zone C which included the dreaded Iron Trangle,Hobo Woods, and along the Cambodian border. This Division suffered some of the highest casualties of the war.(5000+) The vets Eric interviewed were real grunts. They told their story as it was when they were there. They didn't try to make themselves look like hero's, they talked about the fear, the loneleness,the good times, and the times they cried when they lost a buddie. If you want to read a good book that covers the Vietnam War from begining to end (10 yrs)this is it.

EAN: 9780140235456
Pages: 328
Publisher: Penguin Books
Eric M. Bergerud

A Must Read for FMSers!

Book title: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia : The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse The Disease
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia : The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse The Disease - book cover picture

This book is very well written and easy to understand, which is important for Fibromyalgics suffering from Fibrofog. Dr. St. Amand has had great success for many years treating his patients using the protocol that he developed. The protocol is clearly outlined in the book, and if followed strictly, promises to reverse most of the symptoms over time. Having read the book and started the protocol almost a year ago, I highly recommend it anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia who wants to get better and enjoy more of life.

EAN: 9780446675123
Pages: 416
Publisher: Warner Books
Claudia Craig Marek

I loved this one!

Book title: State Of Fear
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
State Of Fear - book cover picture

I just wanted to say that I have read everyone of Michael's books and am thrilled with this one. I didn't like Prey, and I thought Timeline was a little iffy, but this one not only kept me on the edge of my seat, but it also opened up my generally liberal minded brain to the idea that natural disasters are not all being caused by SUV's. I'm not referring to someone intentionally causing a flood, rather I am referring to the idea that ice ages have come and gone before in the history of the earth long before we started burning fossil fuels. It never dawned on me that some of the impending doom environmental issues were natural and not necessarily being furthered by current administration decisions I don't agree with. I'm not about to stop supporting environmental efforts, but this book does make a strong arguement that I had never before considered.

EAN: 9780066214139
Pages: 603
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Michael Crichton

Not just for Romance readers!

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

An excellent read! Nora Roberts shows that she can write quite competently outside of her usual romance genre. As per usual Robert's style, her characters are well written and multi-dimensional. She does well with sustaining the mystery and intensity surrounding the murder investigation. Even the sex scenes were crisped up to appeal to both men and women without resorting to what my husband calls "a dose of sap and silk". But it is her accurate and lush description of the Alaskan scenery that makes this former tourist want to go back and stay awhile. Give it a chance even if a standard Nora Roberts romance novel isn't your thing. You'll be suprised but not disappointed.

EAN: 9780399152054
Pages: 562
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Nora Roberts

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