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Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership
Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership
by Barry S. Strauss
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership lessons from the past, January 2, 2013
Strauss translates the winning (and losing) war strategies of three formidable generals into 21st-century lessons on leadership. An eminent historian, Straus has the rare ability to imagine the ancient past in all its color and nuance, so much so that these legendary generals seem to rise from the page, very much alive and engaging the reader's imagination in ways that transcend more traditional approaches to history.

The qualities that Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar brought to their conquests--judgment, audacity, agility, strategy, terror and branding, among them--can be readily applied by any leader, whether teachers, marketing and PR execs, corporate managers or entrepreneurs. In fact, Strauss provides all the tools needed--historical timelines, glossaries, and conquest maps--to take these ancient lessons into training classrooms.

A great book, a must-read for ancient history buffs and others who want to learn from the past.


Solo 418 1-Liter One-Hand Pressure Sprayer
Solo 418 1-Liter One-Hand Pressure Sprayer
Price: $16.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great mister!, June 20, 2012
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The best thing about this well designed mister is the lock mechanism that permits a continuous stream of water/mist -- without constantly depressing the pumper. The 1 liter is easy to carry and provides a surprising amount of coverage.


Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome
Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous! Be careful!, March 28, 2011
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Please be extremely careful with this blender! It must be UNPLUGGED before trying to clear the blades. The trigger mechanism is extremely sensitive -- I thought I'd just pick out a chunk of carrot from the blades and, in an instant, my finger was shredded. The emergency room doctor told me I was lucky I still had my finger. Instead, I'm grateful to have had only 15 stitches and a disfigured hand. The snarky comments to the poor soul who did lose her finger were misguided --this is not about intelligence. This blender is an accident waiting to happen.
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Bridging the World
Bridging the World
by Robert Cortright
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.75
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fantastic bridges!, June 27, 2005
This review is from: Bridging the World (Hardcover)
Bridge aficionados are lucky that Bob Cortright is alive, well, and traveling the world with his camera and lifelong, unabashed love of bridges. In this, his third magnificent volume, Cortright takes his camera further afield to bring readers stunning, full color photographs of bridges from 28 countries across six continents. His witty, succinct commentary conveys fascinating lore and trivia about each bridge. A perfect gift for travelers, students, and pontists of all ages. To see more of Cortright's bridges, visit [...].


Trout Lake: An Adirondack Novel
Trout Lake: An Adirondack Novel
by Ann Breen Metcalfe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.36
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen in the Adirondacks, May 31, 2005
This is a marvelous novel of manners set in a sleepy little town in the Adirondacks that annually bursts into intriguing bloom with the arrival of the summer folks. Ann Metcalfe delivers an archetypal cast of characters - spinster sisters, billionaire hermit, slanty-eyed corporate exec, big-hearted trailer dwellers -- and intertwines them in a series of plot twists, played out against the evergreen battle between the year-rounders and seasonal residents. Metcalfe has a wonderful ear for dialogue, a keen eye for telling detail, and a sly taste for human foible that Jane Austen would envy. Funny and poignant, a great summer read for the lake or beach!


Before Elvis There Was Nothing
Before Elvis There Was Nothing
by Laurie Foos
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.53
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!, May 16, 2005
Laurie Foos mixes characters who are afflicted with agoraphobia, female pattern baldness, and rhinoceros horns, for starters, and sets this band of freaks in a suburban ghost town with its own King -- Elvis. Ordinary people and the prosaic details of their lives are Foos' stock in trade, yet you find yourself contemplating the nature of beauty, loyalty, abandonment, and life's other, larger truths. The plot pivots on a surreal sequence set at a special hospital that shatters the narcotic routine of suburbia. Despite the story's fluid pace, memorable characters, and scattered truisms ("All roads lead to Elvis"), there are no pat answers here. Foos is following her own literary trajectory, beginning with Ex Utero, and doesn't feel obligated to spoon-feed meaning to her readers. A great read, impossible to put down, though far too brief -- I was in for a dozen more chapters, at least.


The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization
The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization
by Barry S. Strauss
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great battle story, masterfully told, July 29, 2004
One of Salamis' most intriguing characters is Queen-Admiral Artemisia, the only woman among some 150,000 Persian warriors at Phaleron, and one of the few female naval commanders in history. Relying on the scant handful of historical documents and artifacts that survive her, Strauss renders Artemisia-"a goddess armed" who had "resigned herself to her frailty and her intelligence"-with sensual detail and shrewd insight, and sheds valuable new light on the strategies with which women obtain and wield power in war's arena. A first-rate read!


Twinship: A Novel by the Author of Ex Utero
Twinship: A Novel by the Author of Ex Utero
by Laurie Foos
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Foos Fan!, March 7, 2004
Somehow, Maxi-the heroine of Laurie Foos' brilliant and hilarious novel-gives birth to herself. The reader follows Maxi's zany fortunes as she tries to find her clone/baby who has been kidnapped at birth by her mother. Along the way, she meets a power-crazed doctor desperate to win a Nobel prize for delivering the world's first clone, a therapist who impersonates Princess Fergie, identical twins Candy and Sandy, and a slew of Persian cats that have been overbred to prize-winning perfection. Sound crazy? It is, unforgettably so.
Foos' cast of characters are pulled straight from the pages of the National Enquirer and yet deliver heartbreaking truths about what it takes to birth an authentic self, and the spontaneous love and hate that can exist between oneself and one's mother, lovers, friends, and therapists.
A memorable, funny read. Brava!


Bridging: Discovering the Beauty of Bridges
Bridging: Discovering the Beauty of Bridges
by Robert S. Cortright
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful meander down roads not frequently taken, June 11, 1998
Bob Cortright's new edition of Bridging is a delightful meander down roads not frequently taken. In a series of thoughtfully photographed color images, Cortright reveals the enduring beauty of slab and arch bridges of stone, marvels of ancient engineering that are often overshadowed by their huge, high-tech cousins of suspension and cable-stayed ilk. They're included too, but buy this book for its small unexpected treasures. Helpfully organized by location, the book provides an armchair trip off the beaten path with a well-traveled friend in tow.


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