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Penelope Peapod / Doll with Basket 'Catching Fireflies'
Penelope Peapod / Doll with Basket 'Catching Fireflies'

3.0 out of 5 stars Penelope Peapod, November 11, 2013
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Penelope Peapod dolls are tiny and the ones with "glass" eyes are cute - the ones with painted eyes look like Kewpies. They are so small that I'd hesitate to give one to a young child because the probability of losing the doll would be high and unlike other similarly sized baby dolls (without coordinating handbag purses) these sets and extra clothes for the dolls are pricy.

The only drawback to the quality of the doll in my opinion is that with the one I got the "fabric" of the body is not much more than a glorified wet wipe sort of material which has gotten all frizzy and fuzzy very quickly. Don't try even hand washing them either. This is not a characteristic I want in dolls (bodies should be hand washable because most little kids seem to have naked doll fetish syndrome and remove doll clothes immediately and persistently).

While I don't think having an educational rating on most toys is really appropriate I rated this doll so low because it seems specifically designed to teach kids that carrying babies around in handbags is acceptable. There are far too many pets being carried around as fashion accessories in decorative handbags as it is without the next generation being taught that babies should be too. I remember when all the little girls were carrying their little plush or plastic doggies around in their pockets or in decorative carriers and now they've grown up and are turning their pretending into reality. I bought the doll naked at a thrift shop for a dollar so I had no idea about the doll purse until I looked up its name in an attempt to find it an outfit.

Overall, this is not a toy I would buy new because of the price for the quality of the doll and the whole baby in the purse thing. Sorry, but purses are containers for things like a wallet, phone, pen and pad of paper, keys, make-up, a few sticks of gum and a comb and are not baby beds or baby carriers.


Tardemah-The Deep Sleep that Awakens Your Dreams
Tardemah-The Deep Sleep that Awakens Your Dreams
by Dr. Craig Johnson
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: $9.00
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quiet Power of God, September 23, 2009
A powerful vision of the quiet power of God which works silently but irresistibly - like snow which falls without a sound but eventually can bend over the strongest tree. This book shows how God can reach down deep to heal deep wounds. Sometimes God puts us to sleep before he wakes us up and uses us.


War As I Knew It
War As I Knew It
by George S. Patton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.51
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All leaders should read this., June 21, 2008
This review is from: War As I Knew It (Paperback)
Patton' memoir of his role in WWII. Written shortly before his death in Dec 1945 and published by his wife. Patton example of leadership is applicable to all leaders and all leaders would benefit by reading this book. Appended to this book are copies of Patton's general orders for the conduct of the 3rd Army in Europe which includes some very good practical advice for the fighting soldier and commander.


The Art of War in the Middle Ages: A.D. 378-1515
The Art of War in the Middle Ages: A.D. 378-1515
by Charles Oman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.93
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fight The Last War!, June 21, 2008
An excellent exploration of how people always want to fight the last war. Whenever someone in the Middle Ages would come up with a new tactical innovation, they would dominate for awhile before being swept aside by the next innovation. Everyone thought that their winning method was the end all solution to victory in war and therefore refused to change. The French, British, Swiss, Spanish, Italians, Poles, Hungarians and Bohemians are all shown staying with what has always worked even when it has ceased to work. The Byzantine are held up as the exception to this pattern in that they used tremendous skill and flexibility to preserve their empire against terrible odds for more than 500 years. The book also points out very well that, other than among the Byzantines, the sophistication of tactics sunk to a very low level after the Roman period. Tactical thinking was crude in the extreme (sending a small force around behind the enemy was considered bold and brilliant). Strategy was nonexistent until near the end of the period. First written as an essay in 1885 and later expanded into a book. Was very influential in the early 20th Century. The book is on Patton's reading list.


Attacks
Attacks
by Erwin Rommel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.63
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aggressive Maneuver and Taking the Initiative, June 21, 2008
This review is from: Attacks (Paperback)
Company level actions in WWI. Written by Rommel after WWI, there is nothing about tanks in this book but plenty about taking the initiative and aggressive maneuver. The core of Rommel's later style of warfare is on display here. The English translation is very readable.


Challenge of Command (West Point Military History Series)
Challenge of Command (West Point Military History Series)
by Roger H. Nye
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.26
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very very good, May 19, 2007
Shows what a military officer needs to read and how to apply it to get an inner foundation for effective leadership. This is certainly not just a bibliography listing of books!

I was happy to see that I had already read a number of the suggested books but there was plenty of new material to go find.


U.S. Marine Corps Strategy (MCDP 1-1)
U.S. Marine Corps Strategy (MCDP 1-1)
by U. S. Marine Corps
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Consice, April 18, 2007
Clear and Concise - the Marines write really good manuals

Working mostly from Clausewitz, this short book presents the basic concepts of political - military strategy about as clearly as you will ever see them. It is obviously written from the perspective of and use of the military but it also places the military in its proper place in the overall structure of national defense strategy.


Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maxims
Stonewall Jackson's Book of Maxims
by Stonewall Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring look at a man 100% determined to overcome his limitations, June 11, 2006
Jackson is a fascinating man who had some really serious problems and issues but who was determined to apply his faith in God and his absolute best efforts towards being the very best man he could be. The commentary in this book draws that point out very well.

The maxims are Jackson's self help book or memory aide to his efforts to overcoming his painful social awkwardness. In other words these are the things that Jackson felt he needed to work on badly enough to write down for future reference. As a piece of self revelation it is pretty profound.

The quotes in the book from Jackson's wife and associates show just how far he got in his quest to improve. He never totally overcame a lot of his problems (after all, who does?), but the effort he put into the attempt is breathtaking and, as I found, very inspiring. This is a short book and well worth reading and re-reading.


In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire (Phoenix Press)
In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire (Phoenix Press)
by Adrian Keith Goldsworthy
Edition: Paperback
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous, October 30, 2004
Goldsworthy successfully draws a picture of how Roman generals actually commanded their armies. This book is in similar style to Goldworthy's first book "The Roman Army at War", which covers how the Roman Army actually fought its battles.

Besides the story of individual generals, this book also traces the development of the Roman style of command as it evolved along with changing Roman society. The story starts with Fabius Maximus and Claudius Marcellus who are elected leaders of citizen soldiers in the Second Punic War and ends with Belisarius, a member of the Imperial household, who is general of an army of unruly mercenary cavalry and questionable infantry. A definite "Roman", style of command emerges which Goldsworthy then follows past the end of the Roman world and into modern times through leaders like Gustavus Adolphus, du Picq and especially Napoleon.

The main Roman leaders covered in the book are:

Fabius Maximus (2nd Punic War)

Claudius Marcellus (2nd Punic War)

Scipio Africanus (2nd Punic War)

Aemilius Paullus (Conquest of Macedonia)

Scipio Aemilianus (Numantia)

Gaius Marius (Jugurthine War / Cimbri & Teutones)

Quintus Sertorius (Roman Civil war in Spain)

Pompey the Great (Conquest of the East)

Julius Caesar (Conquest of Gaul)

There is also a chapter on Pompey vs. Caesar in the Civil War.

Germanicus Caesar (Reprisal war across the Rhine after defeat of Varus)

Domitius Corbulo (Armenian War)

Titus Vespasianus (Siege of Jerusalem)

Emperor Trajan (Dacian Wars)

Emperor Julian (Career on the Rhine and in Parthia)

Belisarius (Persian Wars / Battle of Dara)

Goldsworthy also manages to work in many other prominent Roman generals such as Sulla, Lucullus, Agrippa and Paulinus Seutonius.

If you are interested in military leadership, ancient military history or Roman history in general you should read this book.


Collins Latin Concise Dictionary (Collins Language)
Collins Latin Concise Dictionary (Collins Language)
by HarperCollins Publishers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.58
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, August 11, 2003
This is the best single book Latin reference I have ever seen. The book contains:
Clear, extensive dictionary.
Clear grammar explanations and lots of good examples (which most books frankly lack), of tricky things like "cases".
A section on Latin phrases in use today.
Information on things like the Roman calendar, measures, money and so on.
The only drawback is the smallish format which makes them crunch up some of the information a bit. But its not too bad.
If you are learning Latin this is a good book to take along.
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