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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on track throughout the process., February 7, 2016
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This H & R 2015 Premium tax software guided me effortlessly through our federal return. Admittedly our return is not all that complicated but I appreciated the useful tips provided all along the way. The entire process took around 90 minutes. There was only one possible adjustment that might have been needed and I was able to investigate and satisfactorily resolve the matter in just a few minutes. When I think about the amount of time I used to spend preparing simple federal and state returns I am more than happy to ante up for this product.

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by Makna Men
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Killing Fields’ survivor shares personal recollections of the Cambodian genocide., February 5, 2016
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“It was April—the dry season in Cambodia. It was hot and everyone was on foot. The evacuation of the city took place in less than a 12 hour period. No one could tell if you rich, middle class or poor. Looking back, in just a few hours, the Khmer Rouge had created a Communist state.” – page 49

Google the words “Killing Fields Cambodia” and you will immediately be bombarded with hundreds if not thousands of images that will positively horrify you. There are piles of skulls, mountains of body parts, pictures of emaciated adults and children and photographs of burned out towns and villages. The inhumanity of the Khmer Rouge is on display for the whole world to see. What we sometimes lose sight of in the wake of such atrocities is the sheer horror that individuals and families are forced to endure. Makna Men was around 10 years old when Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975. His family was dirt poor but up until that time Makna and his siblings had for the most part experienced a fairly typical Cambodian childhood. All of that would change on April 17th when it was announced that the Khmer Rouge had taken over the country. For the people of Cambodia, life would never be the same again. Makna Men and his co-author Michael J. Vieira have collaborated to tell Makna’s story in the new book “Determination: A Cambodian Family’s Journey”. One wonders how this family and so many others had the intestinal fortitude to carry on. It is a remarkable story.

The reign of terror would last for more than three years. Citizens of all ages were sent to forced labor camps. There was precious little to eat. Men recalls that in one such camp there was only about 12 ounces of rice to feed 100 people each day. People were forced to work 12-15 hour days. Meanwhile, everyone was required to make a commitment to be loyal to The AngKar or “The Organization”. And if that were not enough Men recalls that “at meetings, the leaders told us that our parents gave birth to us, but that they could not own us. All of us belonged to The Angkar. Angkar owned all the children of Cambodia, and if anyone opposed the Angkar, they would be eliminated”. People were summarily executed for disobeying the rules or challenging the authorities. It has been estimated that more than a million people were executed by the Khmer Rouge. The genocide under the Pol Pot regime ended in 1979 when the Vietnamese invaded the country, liberating the Cambodian people.

There is a touching photo of the entire Men family taken at the Khao I Dang refugee camp after the family had arrived in Thailand in 1980. Finally, the family had access to food, water and medicine. Since the camp was nothing more than one big open space each person was given a sheet to protect themselves from the blazing sun. English lessons were available at the camp and young Makna Men desperately wanted to learn the language. Unfortunately, his family did not have the funds to allow him to participate. In 1980, the Men family finally found a sponsor that would at long last allow them to leave the camp and eventually resettle in America. The sponsor was the International Institute of Rhode Island and in March 1981 the family began a journey that would last some nine months and take them to a tenement in the West End of Providence, Rhode Island.

After all that this family had been through one can only imagine the culture shock they must have experienced. Men points out: “After so many years in the camps we expected people to feed us. We had no idea that we were expected to fend for ourselves.” Remember that most of the Indochinese refugees who arrived in Rhode Island in those days did so with little more than the clothes on their backs. They were completely unfamiliar with American ways. They needed to learn how to shop, speak English and make ends meet. Furthermore, they had never seen snow or known cold weather. Men and Vieira chronicle a number of the challenges that the family faced during their first couple of years in America. Education was always the top priority and Mekna Men worked his tail off while attending Central High School in Providence. Incredibly, when he graduated in 1985 he was ranked 5th in his class of 280 and was named to the Rhode Island Honor Society. Men would eventually earn two Master’s degrees and go on to a career in higher education in nearby Fall River, MA..

I learned about “Determination” just the other night while having dinner with Rev. Daniel M. Trainor and Sister Angela Daniels both of whom are cited in the book and who would play a significant role in assisting the author and his family in making the adjustment to the American way of life. I am so glad that they mentioned it because I found the book to be a real eye-opener and extremely moving. Makna Men tells his incredible story in a very personal way…..heartfelt words that most readers will easily relate to and greatly appreciate. “Determination: A Cambodian Family’s Journey” is a story of courage and grit, life and death, heartbreak and hope, and of a heroic mother’s love for her five children. If you are not moved by this book I dare say you have no heart. Highly recommended!

Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave
Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave
by W. C. Jameson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Speculation abounds as to what really happened to Amelia Earhart., February 3, 2016
“Most “authorized” inquiries, those supported by the U.S. government, into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan have been constructed around the belief that the Electra was close to Howland Island but ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Given that Earhart was on a special mission for the U.S. government, several alternative theories have been given attention over the decades following the disappearance. The more researchers and others among the curious have looked into what was being described as a mysterious disappearance, the more questions were raised. Among them were several related to the destination of record—Howland Island.” – page 68

For nearly eight decades controversy has swirled around the disappearance of aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan. For many, there has always been the nagging suspicion that the American government simply was not telling the truth about just went down in the Pacific in July 1937. In the decades immediately following the incident a number of books were published about the subject. Most tended to confirm the official version of these events. However, since the dawn of the internet Earhart researchers and enthusiasts have been able to posit theories and share important new information. Over the past several decades a number of scholars have written books challenging the conventional wisdom. Now in 2016 the award-winning author W.C. Jameson offers his take on what really happened in his riveting new book “Amelia Earhart: Beyond The Grave”. What I discovered about this case is disturbing to say the least. The preponderance of the evidence presented in this book would suggest that Earhart and Noonan were nowhere near Howland Island when their plane came down. It becomes abundantly clear that our government has been lying to us and that the cover-up continues to this day.

For those unfamiliar with the life of Amelia Earhart, the first several chapters serve as a brief biography of her life prior to her infamous around-the-world flight. Jameson employs a rather unusual format for the book in that most of the 43 chapters range from 3 to 7 pages. At first I found the technique to be a bit annoying but as I read on I thought that the format actually worked rather well. The author makes his case in an extremely convincing and workmanlike manner. When all is said and done I was satisfied that Jameson may have actually gotten to the bottom of what had happened all those years ago. Frankly, I found much of what I read to be shocking. I must agree with none other than Admiral Chester Nimitz who when commenting on the work of Earhart researcher Fred Goerner back in 1945 said the following: “You should continue your investigation, and I want to add that, don’t you ever give up. You’re onto something that will stagger the imagination.” Obviously Nimitz was privy to lot more classified information than he was unable to divulge at the time.

I found “Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave” to be a compelling and fairly well-written book. I love the kind of books where the author makes historical events come alive for their readers. I only wish that the author had included detailed footnotes. Having said that, I sincerely hope that the publication of this book and others like it will finally force the U.S. government to release some or all of 113 classified documents pertaining to the Earhart case. Many have been marked “top secret” and remain unavailable to researchers. For those who are skeptical of Jameson's conclusions this would be one way to prove him wrong. “Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave” would be an outstanding choice for aviation enthusiasts, history buffs and general readers alike. I could not put it down. Recommended

Hope: A School, a Team, a Dream
Hope: A School, a Team, a Dream
by Bill Reynolds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most of us have no idea how many obstacles inner city athletes have to overcome each and every day., January 28, 2016
“He was twenty-six when he first came to Hope, and at that time it might have seemed a strange fit, a white man coaching basketball in an almost completely nonwhite school, but he had never seen it that way, even if others did. To him there wasn’t a black way to play basketball and there wasn’t a white way; there was just the right way. This was the language of the game that he was always trying to stress, that beneath all the differing styles of the game, all the differing theories, there were enduring themes that ran through it forever: be unselfish, play together, be a good teammate. All the basic truths that were as applicable to the Boston Celtics as they were to Hope High School.” – page 30

Welcome to Dave Nyblom’s world. Dave has been head basketball coach at Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island for 19 years. Dave faces challenges on a daily basis that most high school coaches in America simply could not fathom. Imagine not knowing whether players will show up for practice or games on any given day—who has moved away, who has dropped out of school, who has quit the team. Imagine dealing with a group of youngsters who have to ride two city busses just to get to school in the morning and then to get home after a game in the evening. Consider how difficult it must be to deal with the lack of respect, the foul language, the sense of entitlement and the fact that many of his kids simply have not had enough to eat that day. One of his young players was about to become a father. Just imagine! But Bill Reynold’s incisive new book “Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream” is not really about coach Nyblom per se. Rather it is about the rag-tag group of largely troubled inner city kids he is trying to forge into productive citizens and a winning basketball team. “Hope” is a sobering glimpse into a dark and frightening world that most Americans never see. It is a real eye-opener.

In the pages of “Hope” Bill Reynolds introduces his readers to the motley cast of characters who made up the 2012-2013 Hope High School boys basketball team that he shadowed all season long. A few members of the team such as Manny Kargbo, Ben Vezele and Wayne Clements were gifted athletes while many of the others might be classified as either dependable or just average players. Nonetheless, the coaching staff firmly believed that they had the ingredients of a championship team here. Regardless of ability, Dave Nyblom and his three volunteer assistant coaches worked tirelessly to help each and every one of these student athletes become the best they could possibly be. It was a daunting task and they well understood that they could not save them all. They stressed the work ethic, teamwork and the importance of obtaining a good education. “We’re here for you gentlemen, home problems, girlfriend problems, school problems.” All too often their admonitions would fall on deaf ears. There are so many distractions. Reynolds follows the exploits of this team throughout the season. You will experience along with the players and coaches the thrill of each victory and the agony of every defeat during that roller coaster of a season.

“Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream” is a tribute to all of the dedicated men and women working in the trenches in urban areas all over America trying to make a difference. It can be a thankless job. There are so many obstacles for these kids to overcome. I found “Hope” to be an exceptionally well written book. I simply could not put this one down. “Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream” would be a great choice for sports buffs and general audiences alike. Highly recommended!

Remembering Charles Kuralt
Remembering Charles Kuralt
by Ralph Grizzle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wordsmith extraordinaire!, January 26, 2016
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Throughout his career, Kuralt was interested in what the “little people” had to say, whether they were farmers or immigrants or molasses makers. “He had a talent for stories about little people,” said Charlotte News Managing Editor Tom Fesperman. “And I suppose he always did stories about little people, whether it was at The News or later at CBS. He carried on with that style of reporting all through his career.” – page 128

When the news came down on that sultry July 4th morning in 1997 I felt like I had lost a member of the family. Charles Kuralt had passed away at the age of 63. I had been a fan of his work since the earliest days of “On the Road” in 1968 right on through to his final broadcast of “Sunday Morning” in 1994. His death came as a complete shock to me as I had no idea that he was ill. This past Christmas my wife surprised me with the 9 DVD set “On the Road: The Americana Collection”. I fell in love with his work all over again. Recently and quite by chance I stumbled upon Ralph Grizzle's 2001 book “Remembering Charles Kuralt” featuring a collection of essays by those who knew him best. For the most part, it was an absolute joy to read.

In “Remembering Charles Kuralt” we discover that “Charlie” knew what he wanted to do with his life at a very young age. He had own radio show at station WAYS in Charlotte at the age of 13. Charlie also aspired to be a writer. From the outset he was a champion of the “everyman”. Read the piece he wrote in the 9th grade on page 27. You would swear it was culled from his “On the Road” series on CBS a quarter century later. Charlie would go on to become editor of The Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina. After college Kuralt landed a job writing for the afternoon Charlotte News. He penned a column called “People” about ordinary people who might otherwise go unnoticed. Several of those award-winning columns are presented here.

The brass at CBS in New York was certainly impressed with Kuralt's work. In 1957 they hired him as a news writer for WCBS radio at the ripe old age of 22. Within six months he was promoted to television as a writer for the "CBS Evening News with Douglas Edwards". Following a number of other assignments including a stint that found him in South America Charles Kuralt began work on his signature "On The Road" feature for "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" in October 1968. It was supposed to be a three-month experiment. The enormously popular weekly feature would run for 13 years. Then in 1979, CBS News created "Sunday Morning" to showcase his unique writing and storytelling abilities. In "Remembering Charles Kuralt" we read tributes from so many of the people he worked with over the years. No one has a bad word to say about the man. He remained true to himself throughout his career. Here was a gifted broadcast journalist who genuinely cared about the people he profiled. It is doubtful we will ever see the likes of him again.

Ralph Grizzle cobbled together "Remembering Charles Kuralt" after conducting nearly 100 interviews with colleagues, friends, family and several of the subjects of his "On The Road" segments. Reading this book brought back a flood of wonderful memories. Charles Kuralt was without a doubt my favorite broadcast journalist of all time. He not only influenced the way I write but also introduced me to the man I admire most: "The Bicycle Man" Jethro Mann. I have no idea how I missed this book 15 years ago but I am extremely happy that I found it now. There is just no doubt about it--Charles Kuralt was a bona fide American Master. Very highly recommended!

The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball
The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball
by Charles Fountain
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely important addition to the historical record., January 22, 2016
Fullerton told his readers that he had been alarmed about the influence of gambling on the game for more than two years, ever since a “gambler from Boston, a man I have known for many years, told me that the gamblers ‘had men’ on every important club in the country.” Since receiving that intelligence, said Fullerton—while persisting in his belief that a baseball game would be well nigh impossible to fix without being discovered—he had seen the gambling influence grow. “The extent to which the evil has grown made it certain that sooner or later some player would fall. Many of the players have not avoided the appearance of evil. A number of them have associated and even chummed with gamblers.” -- page 140

There was a dirty little secret clouding Major League Baseball in the late 1910’s. The onset of World War I had brought big-time gamblers back to the ballparks after a hiatus of several decades. The sportswriters were keenly aware of the problem as were many of the owners. Rumors abounded that certain players were throwing games yet no one seemed willing to do anything about it. For most of us, our perception of what went down with the 1919 Chicago White Sox has been largely shaped by Eliot Asinof’s 1963 book “Eight Men Out” and by the 1988 film based on the book. According to author Charles Fountain “Eight Men Out” was very questionably sourced. Asinof’s project had been originally conceived as a screenplay rather than a comprehensive and scholarly investigation of the facts surrounding the 1919 World Series. Fountain contends that there is a whole lot more to the story. After years of painstaking research Charles Fountain presents his findings in the eye-opening new book “The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball”. Clearly this is the most thorough and authoritative book on this subject to date.

So who is ultimately responsible for the Black Sox scandal? Surely there seems to be no shortage of blame to go around. Time and again Charles Fountain points the finger at the inaction of the National Commission who at that time was the governing body overseeing major league baseball as a primary culprit. The three man panel led by American League President Ban Johnson chose to look the other way and refused to address the gambling issue head on. Had the Commission been proactive the calamity that was the 1919 World Series might well have been avoided. Clearly the existence of the “reserve clause” also played a role in making the grossly underpaid players amenable to accepting bribes to fix ballgames. I was shocked to discover that “Shoeless” Joe Jackson only made $6000 in each of his final three seasons with the White Sox. Several more White Sox players were also underpaid. And of course there can be no denying that there were a number of “crooked” players including Hal Chase of the New York Yankees and White Sox first baseman Chick Gandil. Charles Fountain reports: “While 1920s court testimony and retrospective remembrances disagree on the genesis and the particulars of the 1919 World Series fix, everyone with any knowledge agrees on one point: Chick Gandil was at the center of whatever happened.” All the ingredients were in place for a scandal of earth-shattering proportions.

I found myself totally engrossed in “The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball” from the outset. Charles Fountain leaves no stone unturned and offers his narrative in an extremely logical and workmanlike manner. There is a ton of new information here. In my view “The Betrayal” is an extremely well written book that would be an outstanding choice for sports fans, history buffs and general readers alike. This is an important addition to the historical record and one of the finest sports books I have read in quite some time. Very highly recommended!

KIND PLUS, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants, Gluten Free Bars, 1.4 Ounce, 12 Count
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and delicious….The Candy Man would approve., January 19, 2016
Believe it or not up until about two weeks ago I had never seen or even heard of this product. That is when the KIND PLUS Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bar appeared for the first time in our office vending machine. Much to me delight this was a product that contained three of my very favorite foods (cashews being my favorite). Furthermore I discovered that this was a product that was actually GOOD for me. Despite the price I simply good not resist. Just one bite of this heavenly treat and I was hooked. I have had several KIND PLUS Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bars since that time and intend to pick up a box on my next trip to the supermarket. I was under the impression that this was a brand new item. So you can imagine my surprise when I went on Amazon and saw literally thousands of reviews for the various flavors of KIND PLUS bars. How in the world have I missed these?

In reading other reviews about this particular item I see that it is paramount that you purchase fresh product. At one time I was a big fan of the Payday peanut bar but became turned off when all too often the peanuts were stale. So I recommend that you check your expiration dates very carefully. In the meantime, I have also had occasion to try the KIND PLUS Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar. It’s OK but I much prefer this KIND PLUS Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bar. Read the label. At just 180 calories this snack bar is loaded with protein and antioxidants. Trust me these will become a staple at our house. I look forward to trying some of the other varieties of KIND PLUS bars in the very near future. Highly recommended!

The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million [Paperback]
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million [Paperback]
by Daniel Mendelsohn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly one of the most remarkable stories I have ever read., January 18, 2016
This really was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Nearly six decades after the Nazi's exterminated six members of his family, author Daniel Mendelsohn set out to discover just what had happened to them. All that he really knew was that his grandfathers brother Shmiel, his wife and their four daughters had disappeared off the face of the earth sometime in the early 1940's in their home town of Bolechow in Poland. By the time Mendelsohn decided to pursue this project in 2000, his grandfather had passed away. All the author really had was a handful of letters and a few family photographs. And so began this remarkable journey that would take Daniel Mendelsohn around the world and require more than four years of his life. "The Lost" is the compelling account of this odyssey. It is a book that I like so many others who have written reviews here simply could not put down.

Although we all have heard stories about the Holocaust since we were children it can be difficult to comprehend the true scope of the genocide. Of course we are all appalled that six million Jews lost their lives but the magnitude of the crime really hits home when you learn about what actually happened in the town of Bolechow. In his travels, Mendelsohn discovered that prior to 1939, more than 6000 Jews called Bolechow home. And by the time the World War II concluded in 1945 only 48 Jews had survived! The genocide rate in Bolechow was 99.2%!!! At the same time, you cannot hope to understand just what happened there without a firm grasp of the extremely complicated political situation that existed in the town among the Poles, the Jews and the Ukranians. Daniel Mendelsohn does a marvelous job of painting that picture for his readers. When he began this project in 2001, Mendelsohn really had no idea how many survivors he might be able to locate. It turns out that there were a dozen. Mendelson would have to travel to such far flung places as Israel, Stockholm, and Sidney, Australia to interview these people. He would visit Bolechow twice. Slowly but surely he was able to piece together the incredible story of how these long lost relatives had lived their lives and how they had died. It is a story I will not soon forget.

"The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million" is a beautifully written book that will hold your interest from cover to cover. You will discover that these events were often a lot more complicated than they might appear. This is an important book that deserves your time and attention. Highly recommended!

The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 Flight 93 (Hardback) - Common
The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11 Flight 93 (Hardback) - Common
by by Tom Mcmillan and Tom Governor Ridge
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5.0 out of 5 stars America owes a huge debt of gratitude to the gallant passengers of United Flight 93., January 18, 2016
"The narrative that developed in the days and weeks after September 11 was that these were ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the face of unthinkable terror. But that piece of mythology, understandable as it is, doesn't give them their due. By no means were these people ordinary. They were energetic, ambitious, curious, dedicated, compassionate, and courageous. Exactly the kind of people it would take to quickly process the chaos unfolding in the final frantic minutes of a hijacked flight, to launch a desperate counterattack aimed at overcoming the assailants--and to boldly try to seize control of the plane." - page 62

The national psyche had already been dealt three crippling blows on that fateful September morning. Now a fourth plane, a Boeing 757 was in the hands of the enemy and hurtling back towards Washington D.C. The best available evidence indicates that the target was the U.S. Capitol. Ziad Jarrah, a member of al-Qaeda and three cohorts were on a suicide mission. Caught up in the terrifying events of this day were 40 ordinary people (7 crew members and 33 passengers) going about the business of living their lives. In a matter of mere moments their worlds would be turned upside down and they would be thrust into the bowels of dastardly plot to kill large numbers of their fellow countrymen. Over the 13 years since 9/11 reams of new information has been uncovered as to just what took place aboard United Flight 93. Tom McMillan has managed to piece it all together and presents an updated version of what happened in his riveting new book "Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11". One can only imagine what the ramifications might have been had these terrorists been allowed to succeed in their deadly mission.

Everyone knows about the heroism of the passengers aboard Flight 93. It has been well chronicled. The names Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick, Tom Burnett and Mark Bingham and the phrase "Let's roll" will forever be associated in the folklore surrounding 9/11. But there were so many other heroes whose story needed to be told. In "Flight 93" Tom McMillan introduces us to a number of the first responders and to Somerset County Coroner Wally Miller who many consider to be the "unsung hero" of this story. Imagine the horror when this small town Coroner and funeral director arrived at the crash site in Shanksville, PA. According to Miller "Not only were there no survivors, there were no bodies". We also learn that the FBI investigation at Shanksville would be the key to unraveling the plot because so much of the evidence had been obliterated at the other sites. At least here in Shanksville there were not mountains of concrete and steel to contend with. McMillan has included a number of photos of the site taken shortly after the crash. The debris is simply unbelievable. Now a number of conspiracy theorists contend that Flight 93 was shot down by the U.S. military. According to McMillan there is no credible evidence to support this claim. In fact, most of the available evidence indicates that had Flight 93 not been forced down by the passengers the military would not have been hard pressed to prevent the plane from crashing into the U.S. Capitol. Scary stuff indeed!

"Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11" is an extremely important addition to the historical record of the 9/11 attack. There is lots of new information here. Tom McMillan grabbed my attention in the opening paragraphs and simply never let go. In fact, I read this thoughtful, well-written and meticulously researched book in just a few sittings. Very highly recommended!

Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by D'Antonio, Michael (September 22, 2015) Hardcover
Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by D'Antonio, Michael (September 22, 2015) Hardcover
by Michael D'Antonio
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE: a largely unflattering portrait of the man who would be President., January 16, 2016
“The showmanship and schmoozing that soothed the Holiday Inn board was a perfect example of the Trump style, which depended on the goodwill that most people, even experienced business people, bring to their encounters will potential partners. As social animals, human beings naturally seek agreement and depend on others to act in good faith. Most of us are inclined toward this attitude, which includes the tendency to fill in the gaps in our understanding with benign assumptions that magicians and con men rely on as they practice their deceptions. Trump had a way of talking—sharing supposed secrets, offering praise, extending sympathies—that created a synthetic form of friendship. Under these conditions people have trouble asking hard questions. If Trump said something like “You and I know what we’re talking about,” they would nod and allow a conversation to continue for fear of seeming rude or stupid. In this way, he got the benefit of the doubt.” – page 162

Like so many other Americans my initial reaction to the notion of Donald Trump running for President of the United States was that the idea was preposterous. While I certainly do embrace a number of the positions he has taken (most especially his stance on immigration) I have never really considered him to be an honest broker or a serious player. He is definitely not the principled conservative that I am looking for. Yet here we are just a few weeks before the Iowa caucuses and Mr. Trump appears to be the undisputed leader among potential Republican voters. Since I have read books on a number of the other candidates in both parties I thought it might be a good idea to do my homework and learn more about “The Donald”. That is when I happened upon Michael D’Antonio’s latest book “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success” at my local public library. It turns out that D’Antonio has pretty much validated my perception of this man. He is definitely NOT the kind of person I want occupying the Oval Office.

Since I have virtually no interest in so-called “celebrity” news and had never seen “The Apprentice” I knew precious little about Donald Trump save for perhaps his occasional appearances on radio talk shows and cable news outlets. I always found him to be something of a blowhard and not particularly believable. Throughout the pages of “Never Enough” the author paints a vivid portrait of Trump as a conniver and opportunist with highly questionable ethics. This pattern of behavior becomes quite apparent as Michael D’Antonio chronicles deal after deal in the Big Apple, Atlantic City and points beyond. What I found to be particularly disturbing is that Donald and his late father Fred have a history of supporting a long list liberal Democratic politicians including former New York City mayor Abe Beame and former New York governor Hugh Carey. He does not appear to have a core set of principles and his rhetoric and behavior suggest to me that if elected Trump would govern in much the same way as Barack Obama executive fiat. We certainly do not need another narcissist in the White House.

I found “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success” to be a highly informative, meticulously documented and extremely well written book. I was able to garner considerable information about Mr. Trump and I would urge both my fellow conservatives and independent voters to think twice before supporting this man. In my view reading “Never Enough” would be a great way to get up-to-speed before casting your critical vote in the coming weeks and months. Highly recommended!

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