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TV Stand with Wheels for 32" to 47" HDTV Flat Monitor, Height Adjustable, Tilting (Black Steel)
TV Stand with Wheels for 32" to 47" HDTV Flat Monitor, Height Adjustable, Tilting (Black Steel)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, July 29, 2013
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Happy with this stand. It holds our 42" TV in our office and feels solid and moves great. It takes a few minutes to get the TV straight but then locks down fine.

MonMount Single LCD Monitor VESA Desk Stand - Height Adjustable, Black (LCD-6410B)
MonMount Single LCD Monitor VESA Desk Stand - Height Adjustable, Black (LCD-6410B)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy but a bit short, July 29, 2013
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It's sturdy but doesn't raise up high enough. It needs another 3-4 inches in height but works good enough. The picture really makes it look like it will go higher.

The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need
The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need
by Juliet B. Schor
Edition: Paperback
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A for analysis, D- for solution, January 8, 2003
This book is the continued conversation started by Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class which argued that in affluent societies spending becomes the vehicle through which people establish social position. "The conspicuous display of wealth and leisure is the marker that reveals a man's income to the outside world." Veblen's conspicuous consumption evolved into James Duesenberry "keeping up with the Joneses" and finally to Schor's overspent American who has more but *feels* poorer.
The book provides several interesting nuggets of consumer behavior based on survey data and sociological research that pieces together a curious picture of consumer behavior:
* The most common impulse buys are cloths p105
* 1/3 of museum visitors leave the tour bus, purchase an item from the museum shop and never enter the museum
* Credit card tips tend to be higher than cash tips p73
Although rich in data and always citing an interesting statistic, I found several tables frustratingly difficult to interpret and thought they needed one more step of interpretation (save the t-statistics and coefficients for the appendix).
Finally, I was extremely disappointed with the concluding chapters of the book. Schor's characteristic of American consumer culture was well articulated and researched. Her proposed remedy for us overspent Americans was just the opposite: vague and lacking. To solve the overspent problem, she proposes to tax premium items and re-distributing the wealth to the poor. Schor convinces us that the problem is not the amount of money but our *attitude*. Taxing the BMW, flat screen TV and Tommy Hilfiger and giving the proceeds to the poor redistributes the wealth and the *problem*!
Her solutions were an unfortunate non sequitur in an otherwise interesting book.
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Street Boys
Street Boys
by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Street Boys. . .The Movie?, January 8, 2003
This review is from: Street Boys (Hardcover)
This book will probably get a better response if it's made into a movie. It reads like a screenplay with all the usual suspects: Nazis, Italy and WWII. The author spends most of the book detailing minor battle sequences of boys destroying tanks and picking off Nazis-scenes best left for the big screen special effects studios. I was barely able to get behind our hero-Connors-the sole American orchestrating much of the Neapolitan insurrection.
My favorite part was when the boys of Naples ask Connors where in the US he was from. They explained that they knew only of California and New York and asked if Kentucky was in New York. Connors incredulously said it was somewhat near Chicago, "surely you've heard of Chicago" he asked. They responded with laughter saying they couldn't believe the US had a city names Chicago, which in Neapolitan means "The place I [poop]." It was the same response I got when I was visiting Naples after telling a waiter in Sorrento that I was from Chicago.

The Beach House
The Beach House
by James Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cliche House, January 8, 2003
This review is from: The Beach House (Hardcover)
The book opens with the murder cover-up of the underachieving Peter Mullen parking cars at an exclusive Hampton party. The rest of the novel details the story of his surviving lawyer brother Jack trying to prove his brother�s death was a murder and not a self-loathing suicide.
Patterson�s descriptions of the Hamptons and the lavish parties and lifestyles are reminiscent of a Gatsby scene with the occasional references to contemporary stars. Patterson keeps it interesting with action and the unraveling of lurid sexual details although at the sake of implausibility and a few too many chapters past 100.
In the end Jack�s �courtroom� panache pays off and we come to finds out that although his brother was involved in some shady business, he maintained an upright character throughout. Unfortunately it takes two clichéd courtroom dramas for Peter to be vindicated. If only the details were revealed in some other way than through the hackneyed Perry Mason surprises of �objection!� �sustained� and �overruled.�

How to Win Friends & Influence People
How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to apply what you learned in Psychology 101, October 10, 2002
Dale Carnegie has a style of writing that's reminiscent of Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" radio pieces. Short interesting stories of an anonymous individual performing some virtuous act. The stories climax when we realize that the anonymous person is someone famous like Abraham Lincoln, Charles Schwab or Theodore Roosevelt. There's not much need to highlight this text as Carnegie summarizes his main "principle" at the end of each chapter, then again at the end of each unit.
I enjoyed this book because Carnegie can take profound ethical ideas and turn them into digestible nuggets of practical advice. For example he quotes William James as saying "the deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated, "as reason why to use his first principle in handling people -- Don't criticize, condemn or complain. Lao-tse said, "The reason why rivers and seas receive the homage of a hundred mountain streams is that they keep below them-so too should the sage. Dale Carnegie says, "Use Principle 7: Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
Like many principles of human behavior Carnegie's seem like common sense: Show respect for others opinions: Never say "You're wrong." Others seem so obvious: a person's name is the most important thing to them. And yet others are down right counterintuitive: Ask Questions instead of giving orders to get someone to do what you want.
It's Carnegie's ability to weave the overlooked, obvious and counterintuitive into stories we all can relate to that make his books still popular after all these decades.

Diamond Ring Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify and Select Diamonds & Diamond Jewelry (6th Edition)
Diamond Ring Buying Guide: How to Evaluate, Identify and Select Diamonds & Diamond Jewelry (6th Edition)
by Renée Newman
Edition: Paperback
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pictures show what others try and explain, October 9, 2002
This book is definitely a great resource to have when you're buying a diamond. I picked this up near the end of my search, so I had come to know most of the basic diamond information like acceptable table ranges, clarity and color ranges. The photos were extremely helpful because no other source I have come across provides you with full color close ups and defections of inclusions. What's a knot, feather, facet? What do they look like? Are they bad?
*Princess Cut*
I was looking for a princess cut diamond (the square one) and unfortunately this book mostly focuses on rounds. That's important insofar as the acceptable table and depth proportions are slightly different for princess cuts (FYI-get below 80%, around 70% is even better). Don't disregard the dimensions! At first I only judged size by carat weight, but a lot of that weight can sit below the diamond-hence you want a lower depth percentage. For example, a 2.0 carat princess cut that's 7.11 x 7.14 will look bigger than a 2.30 carat that's 6.69 x 7.30. With princess cuts, you also want to be as square as possible-anything with a length to width ratio bigger than 1.04 starts looking rectangular.
Another thing to keep in mind is the difference in Gemological Certificates. I found out early that an EGL G SI1 is just not the same as a GIA G SI1. Make sure you're comparing apples to apples here. There should never be a $1000 difference in price for the same cut, color and clarity. I found GIA much more consistent and rigid than EGL and eventually just ruled out the EGL certified diamonds. Try it yourself: ask to see the same size, color and clarity in GIA and EGL, 9 times out of 10 the GIA is more colorless and has fewer inclusions.

Latin: An Intensive Course
Latin: An Intensive Course
by Floyd L. Moreland
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but overwhelming for beginners, October 1, 2002
This was the text I used in a Latin I class at the University of Chicago. *Intensive* is the key word in this book. In the first two units your cover very complicated grammatical concepts including The Subjunctive Mood (there's no equivalent in English). By unit four you've been introduced to all tenses of the Indicative Mood (present, perfect, imperfect, future). If you're like me and Latin was your first exposure to a foreign language since high-school, then your mood will be more frustrated than indicative. If you're familiar with Greek, especially ancient Greek, then you'll be just fine.
Unless your have a strong command of both English Grammar and another Romance language's Grammar the popular Wheelock books are probably better for you. If you can get through sections like "The Present Active Indicative System for the First Two Conjugations" on page 23, then you'll be frustrated to learn that there's no answer key to the exercises at the end of each unit.
I now use this book more as a reference, often returning when I learn a new concept in Wheelock. Unfortunately it's very poorly bound. After a couple of weeks, the binding was already breaking, so be careful with it. Our instructor's book was in five pieces after only a year of owning it.
As other reviewers have noted, it has an excellent listing of vocabulary to learn at the end of each unit.
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Teach Yourself Italian Grammar
Teach Yourself Italian Grammar
by Anna Proudfoot
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, compact and great for beginners, September 22, 2002
Let's face it, grammar is hard enough in your native language. It's even harder in a foreign language-you don't need a thick complicated book covering every nuance of the language when you're staring out. This teach yourself book is well organized and not overwhelming like many other grammar books I've tried.
Each chapter is a few pages long and covers a couple related grammar concepts. The topics are very practical for everyday situations. The topics get more difficult as you progress through the book.
I've taken this book to Italy twice now and use it in conjunction with a dictionary and the Pimsleur audio course. It's great for travel because it's compact and easy to find the derivations of words you hear people use.

Vocabulary Cartoons: Sat Word Power
Vocabulary Cartoons: Sat Word Power
by Bryan Burchers
Edition: Paperback
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective method, not too advanced, September 22, 2002
This is the best mnemonic vocabulary book I've come across. Most vocabulary books expect the reader to simply memorize dozens of words from a definition, an etymology and a sentence, then use fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice to reinforce and test you. As most know, it quickly becomes overwhelming. Vocabulatoons visual representations are truly memorable and I still remember the picture for the word for fjord (tourists looking at Ford cars in a Fjord).
The words are definitely geared toward high-school vocabulary and the SAT (as the book cover suggests) so I found myself already knowing about 75% of the words (e.g. gloat, legacy, phobia, vocation, ajar, aftermath).
I'm hoping the sequel to this book will have more advanced words, however, it never hurts to reinforce what words you *think* you already know.

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