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Triumph of the Will (Special Edition)
Triumph of the Will (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Adolf Hitler
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of the Filmaker, August 19, 2001
Put this disc in your player, turn up the volume, turn out the lights and prepare to be fascinated, horrified, stunned, assualted, and dazzled. This is not art but artful propaganda of the highest order. The full impact is only realized by viewing it beginning to end without interuption. Stay with it through the seemingly endless troop review and you will understand why that interminable sequence exists. Leave the historical commentary for later. This film is powerfully disturbing even 66 years after it was created. It is impossible to discern the power it might have had when first released. It must have at once reassured the German people and invoked fear in the rest of the world. The film is rife with premonitions of what the future will hold. It is not easy to sit through 120 minutes of Hitler worship but it has it's rewards. The editing is flawless, the changing rythmn of the edits building to a crescendo. The metaphors, sexual and otherwise are everywhere. In our sophisticated age the manipulation of the viewer is obvious, but the very obviousness of it reveals the insidious intent. This is such a powerful film that it is impossible to communicate its effect. It must be seen to be comprehended. A must see for every student of the motion picture, politics, mass psychology, or the power of myth.


Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman
Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman
by Martha Summerhayes
Edition: Paperback
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare and engaging perspective, February 16, 2001
This type of narrative is a relative rarity in the history of the American border, and Arizona in particular. This is not only a woman's perspective but the views and memories of an army wife. The only comparable books that come to mind are the trilogy of Cavalry life by Libbie Custer. Mrs. Custer's books are more polished but more suspect as the information is filtered by her desire to glorify her husband. Mrs. Summerhayes account does not have this weakness and she is more concerned with how the events affect her children and herself. Her description of the Arizona landscape and conditions of Army life stays with you. In particular the sequence in which she is being transported through hostile territory when she is possibly in more danger from her husband than the Indians. This book adds much to the history of the Southwest and is justifiably considered a classic.


Outpost; John McLoughlin & the Far Northwest
Outpost; John McLoughlin & the Far Northwest
by Dorothy Nafus Morrison
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First you have to care, February 14, 2001
In my former hometown of Oregon City, John McLoughlin is an unavoidable figure. He virtually founded the city, is buried there, his home is a landmark, streets, schools and businesses are named for him. There every school child knows about Fort Vancouver and the Hudson Bay Company. In the rest of the world I fear he is an obscure personage. Ms. Morrison has done extensive, (colossal?), research on McLoughlin and this is the most comprehensive biography of the man we are ever likely to see.
The book is also an excellent resource for information on the HBC and the lengths to which the company went to attempt to keep the country North of the Columbia River in the British Empire. McLoughlin is a towering figure in the history of the United States and deserves more fame and renown. His likeness even stands in Statuary Hall in the United States capitol. Unfortunately despite Morrison's best efforts he is likely to remain obscure outside of the Pacific Northwest. The story of McLoughlin and his Empire is all here...if you care.


Buffalo Bill Cody: The Man Behind the Legend
Buffalo Bill Cody: The Man Behind the Legend
by Robert A. Carter
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A legend redeemed and a new perspective, February 14, 2001
This is an edit of my original review. I was chastised in a kindly manner by the author for some of my original statements, and as I reread my review I belive with good reason. Though I am entitled to my opinion I don't have the right to presume that which I do not know for a fact. Based on Mr. Carters comments I will remove the those which he has refuted or corrected. Mr. Carter, my humble apologies. The boys of my generation have a firm tribal memory of Cody. His career as a pony express rider, the "first scalp for Custer", the Wild West show performance before Queen Victoria is the kind of knowledge one just seems to "know". Perhaps the generations that have followed my own have forgotten and this book will redeem his reputation as well as rescue him from the haze of the 19th Century. It is a "good read" and is full of facts and anecdotes. Mr. Carter often presents the evidence and leaves it up to the reader to decide the verity of the story. This is a great technique and it leaves the reader with the feeling he has uncovered the truth. It might be called the multiple choice method of biography. However, it is the use of this technique that detracts from a well researched study. That said and in spite of some barbs on my part I do think this is among the finest and possibly best researched treatment of the man.


Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars At least he tried, January 31, 2001
What saves this effort at all is the subject matter. The transcontinental railroad and its story is so grand that it is hard to screw it up. Stephen Ambrose has made a valiant effort but even with his great literary prowess he has proved unable to destroy the magic of the tale. Other reviewers have pointed out the repetitions, the errors, the plagarisms. I will point out just one strange one. On my copy of the book the rear cover prints reviews and raves for his Lewis and Clark book. At first glance you are prone to interpret it applying to this one. Mr. Ambrose, we still love you and know you can do better.


Men to Match My Mountains
Men to Match My Mountains
by Irving Stone
Edition: Paperback
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable History Lesson, January 8, 2001
Irving Stone is known more as a novelist than a historian. Consequently some serious historians have relegated this book to the realm of popular blather. But in spite of the fact that the book is entertaining and readable it is also serious history. Stone conducted extensive research and produced a masterpiece. It has been continuously in print for over 40 years. Its pages encompass the mountain west from Colorado to California and it is populated with heroes, visionaries, eccentrics and rogues. A must have book to be enjoyed again and again.


The Oregon Trail (Penguin American Library)
The Oregon Trail (Penguin American Library)
by Francis Parkman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.00
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greenhorns make good, January 8, 2001
Parkman was little more than a youth when he set out with a group of fellow greenhorns to tackle the Wild West. The West really was wild in the 1840's and this book gives us a rare glance at what it was really like. Parkman and his companions meet Indians, settlers, mountain men and wild animals and somehow avoid disaster and death. Long considered a classic of western exploration it is also a saga of youth and freedom.


Roughing It
Roughing It
by Mark Twain
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reader is the victim, and the reader loves it., January 8, 2001
This review is from: Roughing It (Hardcover)
Whether this book belongs in the non-fiction category is open to some question. Without a doubt young Sam Clemens did escape the Civil War, go to Nevada with his brother Orion, and had many fine adventures and experiences. But, there is always an uneasy feeling that the reader is being had. However, in this case you will enjoy being had and may even beg for more. Clemens lampoons everything from Mormons to Hawaiian beauties and captures a rare moment in the history of the West... Some of it may actually be true!


The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Volume 2: August 30, 1803-August 24, 1804
The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Volume 2: August 30, 1803-August 24, 1804
by Meriwether Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Else Comes Close, January 8, 2001
The Journals of Lewis and Clark are about as fundamental a Western American treatise as you will find. Tackling this leviathan is a daunting challenge but one with great rewards. Clark copied Lewis word for word on many entries so it takes true dedication to read every word of the text. Throw in the maps, the preparatory work of Lewis and related ephemera for good measure. This will not only require a huge investment in time but several feet of book space. At [the price] per volume you will also limit out your credit card. Is it worth it? No other work can provide the background for understanding the ensuing growth of the West. Every single day of the journey is accounted for and there are tediously detailed accounts of the geography and navigational coordinates. Be prepared for some of the most creative spelling ever recorded. Once read it is an experience never to be forgotten and you will not regret the effort.


Trails Plowed Under: Stories of the Old West
Trails Plowed Under: Stories of the Old West
by Charles M. Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.24
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Word pictures from a master painter, January 4, 2001
Will Rogers said Charlie Russell wasn't "just another" cowboy artist, he wasn't "just another" anything. Though remembered mostly for his paintings, this book proves that Charlie Russell was a keen observer of human nature. This is a sentimental look back at a world that disappeared in Russell's lifetime. The stories will leave you nostalgic for a time you never knew.


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