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Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror
Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror
by I︠U︡riĭ Felʹshtinskiĭ
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.61
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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Read, April 15, 2007
It's easy to see why Litvinenko was poisoned with Polonium when you read this book. It's laden with so many evil plots it leaves the reader with doubts about the authenticity of some of the material. Although most of it is believable, there is the problem of a lack of sufficient references. This, unfortunately, is due to the need to keep many of them secret in order to protect their lives.

The book is not well organized, and constantly jumps from one time period to another. There is an acronym page that I had to constantly refer to while I was reading. Felshtinsky admits the book is a hard read, and he is right. There are hundreds of Russian names which are hard to keep up with.

It could have been better. The subject matter is fascinating when you can figure it out..
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Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage, Third Edition
Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage, Third Edition
by Paul Ekman
Edition: Paperback
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272 of 281 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ekman is better than he is given credit, January 24, 2005
Dr Eckman may disappoint his readers by not giving them what they want: A simple protocol for determining whether or not someone is lying. There is a simple reason: There isn't one.

Other books will defraud the reader by giving them techniques that in reality don't work. Dr Eckman pounds in one central point - that there is no one single way to detect dishonesty. He calls any belief to the contrary "the Brokaw Hazard," named after Tom Brokaw, who believes that circumlocution is the omnipresent sentinel of a lie. He also develops the concept of the "Othello Error," that cautions the reader against actually causing lie signals by accident (named after the literary Othello, who assumed that his wife's sobbing was for her lover, but in reality she was sobbing because of her husband's rage over the incorrectly presumed affair.). He gives many tips, including a checklist in an appendix that might help the reader to detect lies, but most of the material is embedded deep within the text. He helps the reader to develop a dynamic approach to detecting lies; approaches that are developed as detection begins. He exhorts the reader to use NUMEROUS well-defined clues to develop the case for the conclusion that someone is lying.

The biggest flaw in the book is on its cover. The cover suggests that this is a practical book. It is more of a research paper. This is what makes it reliable - the fact that such a complete study is contained within. But the average reader will look for a standard protocol for detecting lies - but the Brokaw Hazard tells us there is none.


Early Recordings
Early Recordings
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginnings!, May 17, 2002
This review is from: Early Recordings (Audio CD)
This CD is essentially Mary Hopkin's portfolio before being discovered by Twiggy and Paul McCartney. Since she was not recording in a studio with all the support a record producer provides, there is a much greater emphasis on her voice. The first song "Tro Tro Tro" ("Turn Turn Turn"), is the one which Twiggy heard her sing on the TV show "Opportunity Knocks," just before calling McCartney. It is a joy to listen to the song and imagine hearing her actually singing this music selection during her audition with Apple Corps Ltd.
Her voice is quite high-pitched, and very well controlled. All the songs are sung in Welsh, but many of the selections are chosen from American pop singles of the 60's (e.g. "Tammy", "Can't help falling in love"). It will be a wonderful addition to any devout fan's collection of Hopkin music.
Anyone who dislikes pop or folk will not find much here.


Early Recordings
Early Recordings
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to this CD with any expectations, May 13, 2002
This review is from: Early Recordings (Audio CD)
This CD contains both pop singles in Welsh. It is significantly shorter than a typical album (about 1/2), but is worth it to any Mary Hopkin fan. Her voice sounds a little different than in her studio recordings, but this is because of the fact that she sounds more real -- not canned. The digital remastering obviously plays a role here. Don't feel threatened by the fact that most everything is titled in Welsh -- many of the songs are recognizable. An example of this is the song "Pleserau Serch," the title of which is translated to "Plasir d'amour" on the album cover. This song is easily recognizable as "Can't Help Falling in Love."
If you're a Mary Hopkin fan, consider adding it to you're collection. It's well worth the treat.


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