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Depo 312-1545R-AS Toyota Corolla Passenger Side Replacement Signal Light Assembly
Depo 312-1545R-AS Toyota Corolla Passenger Side Replacement Signal Light Assembly
Price: $11.11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Easy, I Saved Fifty Bucks!, November 3, 2014
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The passenger side signal light on my 2002 Toyota Corolla got smashed up a bit when I banged against a pillar while pulling out of a narrow parking spot. I called my local Toyota dealer and they wanted $100 to replace it. Auto Zone wanted $60. I decided to take a gamble and order the part on Amazon. I paid something like $12 including shipping and handling. After watching a YouTube video on how to install it, I replaced the broken light with this new one. It works and fit my Corolla. I have never replaced anything on my car by myself before so I was worried that I would not be able to do it. But it's actually pretty simple to do. I am glad that I could save money by ordering this part on Amazon instead of going to an overpriced dealership.


Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation]
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers [Previous Generation]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied!, February 16, 2013
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I don't know why this is rated lower than some of the other kindles. I guess some people are disappointed that it is not perfect in every way. I am very satisfied with it, however. Here are some reasons.

Portability: This kindle is lighter than my previous one (kindle keyboard) and extremely easy to carry. It can fit into a large pocket and weighs no more than a few sheets of paper (even with the cover) or a smart phone.

Ease of Use: It is pretty easy to use most of the functions on the Kindle Paperwhite. Books open easily and pages turn quickly. Downloading books from the Amazon store is fast. It depends on your wireless connection but I am finding this to be much faster than on the Kindle Keyboard. It takes seconds to get most books. Bringing up the keyboard and typing with the touch screen is also quite easy. The only function that does not work so smoothly on this kindle is highlighting, which is a little easier to do accurately with manual controls.

Lighting: Some people have complained about small blotches when the kindle is lighted. Yes, they are there and yes, they are a minor annoyance. But this kindle is still better for reading in the dark than any other e-reader or tablet on the market. There is virtually no glare when you are in the brightest sunlight. The fonts are mostly crisp and very easy to read. Amazon deserves kudos for getting this mostly right.

Durability: I recommend buying a cover for extra protection. I have not had this kindle long so I can't speak completely to this. But I did drop it once with the cover and it showed no damage. I thought the screen would smudge up more because I have oily skin but so far the screen has been resistant to this (after about 1 month of heavy use).

I never thought I would want to replace my Kindle Keyboard but now that I have gotten used to using this I could never go back.


Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques
Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques
by Cesar Millan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.40
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156 of 159 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Useful, January 1, 2013
Cesar Millan's "Short Guide to a Happy Dog" is the latest of several books by the famous television personality. To anybody who watches his show, "The Dog Whisperer" regularly, much of the advice contained in this book will be quite familiar. And the advice is also similar to what he lays out in his previous books. As always, Cesar talks about the importance of being a "calm assertive" pack leader with your dog. He also shows how when people complain that there is something wrong with their dog, a lot of the time there is actually something wrong with the human. When humans project the wrong energy it can make their dogs anxious and unstable.

Why get this book if you watch the show and/or have read his other books? For one, Millan is always interesting even if some of the time he is just repackaging the same information and guidance into a different format. But of his books, I think that this one is, in many ways, the easiest to follow. You don't have to read it cover to cover but can take away something useful from every chapter. The chapters cover important topics including: principles for a balanced dog, techniques for a pack leader, how to choose the right dog for you, and how to deal with your dog's life cycle changes. Each chapter is divided into a series of guidelines or rules. I definitely picked up some things that I have not heard him talking about explicitly before. My own dog fits into what the AKC calls the "herding dog" category and Cesar's book did contain some interesting advice on how to handle herding dogs (and some of the other AKC groups). He notes that herding dogs have a natural tendency to be anxious, to look for work and to try to herd humans (especially small children) by nipping them in the heels. Cesar gives advice on how to redirect this energy. This kind of good advice in a condensed, easy to ready format is what makes this book useful.

I would also strongly recommend that anybody who is interested in buying a puppy or adopting a rescue read his section on choosing the right dog very carefully. I see so many people who choose the wrong dog for their lifestyle and are unable to control the dog or disappointed that the dog isn't energetic enough. Cesar explains how to make a good assessment of your own lifestyle and then choose the breed that will fit into it. If everybody takes the advice he gives in this chapter to heart there will be far fewer guys out there choosing pit bulls to be macho and there will be far fewer abandoned or neglected dogs. This books will definitely be one of the key references that I will use for dealing with any problems that I encounter with my dog and advising friends who are interested in adopting a dog. It is great that Cesar packaged his wisdom in this interesting format and I would recommend for dog owners and anybody considering owning a dog.
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The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression
The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression
by Angus Burgin
Edition: Hardcover
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid Account of the Development of Free Market Thinking, October 31, 2012
Angus Burgin's The Great Persuasion is a lucid account of the development of free market ideas in the United States and Europe during the latter half of the twentieth century. According to the author, at the end of World War II, ideas about the Free Market were no longer in vogue intellectually. By the end of the twentieth century, however, both economists and political leaders had become highly critical of state interference in the competitive market place. How did such a transformation occur?

Burgin seeks to demonstrate the origins of this sea change in economic thinking by focusing on the members of the Mount Pelerin Society, an organization created by the British economist Friedrich Hayek to create a dialogue between economics, journalists and political elites who wanted to reinvigorate interest in and support for market-based economics and policies. He devotes the most attention to Hayek and Milton Friedman.

One of the most interesting points of The Great Persuasion is its discussion of how Hayek and Friedman differed. Hayek believed that the market distributed resources according to morally neutral criteria and this helped to make it efficient and beneficial for society as a whole. Friedman, on the other hand, believed that the market had a built in mechanism to instill desirable values such as individualism and freedom. Society benefitted because the market fostered these ideals. Thus, at the heart of the work is the story of how market advocates changed their ideas over time, as they sought to popularize them. The Great Persuasion not only discusses how these ideas evolved but how methods of disseminating these ideas evolved. For instance, Hayek focused mainly on converting a relatively narrow group of academics and elites while Friedman wrote for Newsweek and helped to create the "Free to Choose" PBS miniseries.

The book is deeply researched in both European and American archives and written in a highly comprehensible albeit somewhat academic style. Whether you are an advocate or opponent of the market-based ideas that Burgin discusses, you will appreciate his balanced account of the impact that a powerful idea can have on society.
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Supergirl Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton (The New 52)
Supergirl Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton (The New 52)
by Michael Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.56
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better New 52 Titles, October 23, 2012
While Supergirl: Last Daughter of Krypton is not the best of the New 52 titles released by DC as part of its epic relaunch, it is far from the worst. The Supergirl origins story told here is, in some ways, more similar to prior incarnations of its title character than many of the other origins stories in the New 52. Supergirl's meteor ends up crashing through the earth and landing in Siberia instead of Kansas. When Kara climbs out of the rubble of her ship she is already an adult rather than a small child as her more famous cousin was upon arrival.

The story gives us a very alien Supergirl. She struggles to make sense of her new surroundings, speaks and thinks in Kryptonian and is unable to accept the news that her home planet, Krypton is no more. Unlike Superman's story, which is in many ways about an alien learning to thrive and be accepted in his new environment, Supergirl's story is more about culture clash, loss and alienation. Whereas Kal-El is adopted by a kindly American family when his ship lands, Kara is immediately attacked by heavily armed soldiers. Her powers all manifest themselves instantaneously upon her arrival and she sometimes does not fully understand them. In one panel she is horrified by her own X-Ray vision.

While Supergirl herself emerges as an interesting and sympathetic character, I still found this book a bit uneven. The villains that Supergirl confronts once she learns the truth about Krypton are rather generic. I don't want to give away any spoilers here, but for me the second part of the book was less successful and interesting than the first two or three chapters.

Mahmud Asrar's pencilling more than gets the job done. The storytelling is excellent. Asrar draw his characters with a slightly angular style that I found visually appealing. Supergirl's new costume looks great and matches the armored look that Superman has been sporting in his story lines (the new costumes are essentially indestructible suits from the home planet).

Although the book slowed down somewhat for me in the second half, it was on the whole worth reading. It reintroduces Supergirl with relatively minor changes to the basic story of this sixty year old character but at the same time makes her relatable to contemporary audiences. The new Supergirl has a lot of potential if her creative team brings her up against interesting challenges and villains.
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Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels))
Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Jla (Justice League of America) (Graphic Novels))
by Peter Milligan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.98
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar Premise Enlivened by Great Characters, October 17, 2012
The premise behind Justice League Dark is nothing new but the series itself really works thanks in part to its rich character development. Like in numerous other super team stories, a powerful existential threat to the universe forces a group of heroes with different powers and conflicting personalities to come together and fight to save the planet. In this case it's the enchantress who defeats the original Justice League and unleashes dark, supernatural forces throughout the planet. This calls for a new super team with more magical abilities. The team that ultimately comes together includes many intriguing albeit lesser known characters from the DC Universe. These include Madam Xanadu, Deadman, Zatana and John Constantine.

Peter Milligan's character development is extremely strong. I was never a diehard fan of the former Vertigo comics and I did not know that much about some of these characters when the series launched. I picked this up because it looked interesting and I have been trying to get into some of the best series in the New 52 lineup. The members of the Justice League Dark are more anti-heroes than heroes; they see their abilities as a burden rather than as a gift. Their use of magic and the occult often force them to physically harm their own bodies or live in altered states of existence. I found myself empathizing with these "anti-heroes" despite the morally ambiguous ways in which they govern themselves because the very nature of their special abilities seems to thrust them into one unenviable scenario after another.

Michael Janin's artwork is ideal for capturing Milligan's surrealistic imagination. He adds just the right effects to the ghouls, ghosts and magical realms that play a prominent role in the series. The inks and colors all give this book a great look.

Aside from the recycled nature of the book's premise, the only other weakness for me was that it unfolds at a rather slow pace. The characters drift slowly together rather than assembling swiftly (like say the Avengers). But the distinctiveness of the characters and Milligan's great handling of their interactions made this well worth reading.
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Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
by Michael Dobbs
Edition: Hardcover
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Account of the End of World War II, October 17, 2012
Michael Dobbs has earned a reputation for being one of the most intelligent and compelling popular historians in the country and Six Month in 1945 does not let down. Here Dobbs analyzes the six months after the February 1945 three power conference--one of the most significant and dramatic periods in world history. It was during this short span of time that, among other things, Germany was defeated, the United Nations convened for the first time in San Francisco and the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These six months unquestionably changed the world forever and Dobbs takes us right into the heart of this pivotal moment in history.

Dobbs narrates how the broad consensus that existed between Washington, Moscow and London at Yalta unraveled as Harry S. Truman became president in the United States and disagreements emerged over how to extract reparations from Germany, the fate of Eastern Europe and other issues. The different political and economic beliefs that shaped the policies of the Great Powers ultimately made conflict inevitable and paved the way for the beginning of the Cold War.

The focus of the book is on the four political leaders who dominated the period--FDR, Truman, Churchill and Stalin. Dobbs does an excellent job of getting at the thinking and emotions that motivated each of these men. He shows how their personal characteristics and concerns--FDR's conviviality, Stalin's paranoia, Churchill's eagerness to hold on to the British empire and Truman's brashness--became a major factor in shaping negotiations between the three figures. The author argues that Truman lacked FDR's innate ability for political manipulation and he was much less capable of coaxing and persuading Stalin than his predecessor. Dobbs also demonstrates how none of the three really understood each other's inner workings. TAt the same time, Six Months in 1945 really captures the human elements of the story. During the first chapter, he describes FDR's failing health in detail as he made the rigorous journey to Yalta. Readers can really understand the pain and pressure that FDR was under as he tried to shape a new global order during his last months on earth. In this sense, Dobbs's treatment of FDR's death is touching and emotionally compelling.

To be sure, much of the information that Dobbs present is not new. There is no scarcity of books about either the end of World War II or the Origins of the Cold War. Frank Costigliola's recent work on the end of World War II made some similar arguments about the impact of the personalities of these leaders on politics. But still. this is one of the best reads on the period. Dobbs has an excellent grasp of how to present history as a compelling story incorporating enough details to make it interesting without ever becoming tedious.

One great feature of the kindle edition is that you can actually click on the maps so that they appear in greater detail. I have read numerous history books on the kindle but this is the first one to have this feature. For Six Months in 1945, this is particularly useful because Dobbs includes a large number of relevant maps and graphics showing the situation on the battlefield at the end of World War II and the territories that were under dispute between the Americans, British and Soviets.

Although Dobbs gives us very rich portraits of the men who led their nations at the end of World War II, his view of history also makes clear their limitations. He shows how none of them completely controlled the events that were unfolding. His book is a great example of Marx's dictum that "men make their own history but they do not make it just as they please." The book presents, as a whole, a highly compelling narrative about the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. It is an excellent introduction to the subject but also useful to readers who want an entertaining overview of the period.
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Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 ATB Bicycle U-Lock (5-Inch x 9-Inch)
Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 ATB Bicycle U-Lock (5-Inch x 9-Inch)
Offered by Brands Cycle and Fitness
Price: $39.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard but large Kryptonite lock, October 4, 2012
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This is pretty much a typical Kryptonite U-lock. It is not the thickest or strongest lock that Kryptonite makes but is is still pretty respectable in terms of thickness and toughness. A thief could probably break the lock with sufficient leverage but I do think that it would take a very skilled bike thief to get through this lock.

Some people have complained about the locking mechanism. After using the lock for about two weeks I sometimes find this slightly tricky but it is not really a big problem. You just have to make sure you have the key and keyhole lined up the right way sometimes.

Buyers should take note of the lock's size. The diameter of the U is pretty large on this lock. The good point is that this allows you to fit it around more poles and bike racks. For me, however, the diameter is too great for the frame of my bicycle and I cannot mount it on my bike properly. I think it should fit most racing bikes easily but may be harder to mount on mountain and hybrid bikes where the triangle in the frame is not as large. I have ended up having to carry it in backpack and it is a little bit heavy. Still, this problem does not reflect any defect in the product. If you want to make sure it will fit, measure your bike frame carefully before buying.


The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace
by H. W. Brands
Edition: Hardcover
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Portrait of Grant, October 2, 2012
The Man Who Saved the Union is the latest work from renowned presidential biographer H.W. Brands. It is an intriguing, comprehensive portrait of Ulysses Grant, the general who is credited for leading the North to victory on the battlefield during the Civil War and was eventually elected president.

Despite his achievements as a military commander and--in Brands' view--as a president Grant's reputation has been savaged by other historians. Scholars have claimed that he emerged triumphant in the Civil War only because of the North's superior manpower while emphasizing the scandals that plagued his tenure as president. The Man Who Saved the Union is, to some degree, a corrective to these views. Maintaining a high level of objectivity about its subject, the book praises some of Grants achievements on the battlefield and in the White House. Brands believes that what made grant a successful general was his strong sense of moral conviction and his willingness to take responsibility for his decisions. He describes Grant's rise in rank over the course of the Civil War through victories at Chattanooga, Vicksburg and elsewhere. Roughly the last third of the book is devoted to Grant's political career. In treating Grant the president, Brands mentions some of the scandals that tarnished his image but also emphasizes that Reconstruction did have some lasting achievements such as the fifteenth amendment. Brands does a good job here of crediting Grant for what he accomplished without neglecting the scandals that have tarnished Grant's reputation.

One of the strong points of the work is that in its recounting of Grant's life it not only reintroduces us to the general and president but also to the America that he lived in. Brands very deftly takes readers on a tour of the political and social turmoil that prevailed in the United States during the middle of the nineteenth century. He strikes just the right balance between a focus on Grant and a focus on the surrounding context--something few biographers seem to really nail.

At the same time, Brands' biography does have some limitations. The book is nicely crafted but it is not analytically brilliant. It does not really put forward any new interpretations of Grant's policies or his overall meaning. Many of the points that Brands makes have been made before by other scholars sympathetic to Grant such as Eric Foner and James McPherson. Nor does Brands turn up much new material. Of course, this would be difficult given the well trodden terrain that the author was walking in. But readers who have a lot of background in the subject matter may not learn much that is new. Nevertheless, like most of Brands' previous work, The Man Who Saved the Union is a highly engaging read.
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Dremel 7300-PT 4.8-Volt Pet Grooming Kit
Dremel 7300-PT 4.8-Volt Pet Grooming Kit
Price: $24.97
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective tool, August 17, 2012
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I moved into a condo with hardwood floors and I needed a way to get my dogs nails shorter and rounder (so that they don't damage the floors). I had been using clippers but these always left the dog's nails sharp and it was difficult to get close to the quick without cutting it so the dog's nails got to be longer than they should have been. The dremel has been an improvement.

The Dremel 7300 comes with 5 extra sanding heads. The battery is rechargeable. It usually lasts long enough to do all 16 of my dogs nails but it does need to be recharged pretty frequently. It will not hold a charge for a long time if you don't use it. The dremel has a high and low speed. The high speed will cut the nail down pretty quickly while the slow speed allows you to move more carefully as you get close to the quick.

The dremel is really not hard to use. I had never used one before and got the hang of it very quickly. It does not seem to hurt my dog but you do have to be careful not to press it onto the dog's nails for more than 3 or 4 seconds or the dog's nail will start to get hot due to the friction and you can hurt the dog. My dog doesn't love getting his nails groomed with the dremel but he seems no more averse to it than he was to the clippers. In fact he might even like the dremel a tad better (he does not squirm quite as much).

The results have been pretty good. I have been able to get my dog's nails to be rounder. In my case, however, the problem is that the quicks are also outgrown so I cannot get the nails as short as I would like yet. However, I have heard that if you use this too consistently you can push the quick back into the paw without hurting the dog. I have only been using the dremel for two weeks and this process is supposed to take months so it is still to early to tell if it will work or not.

On the whole, I wish I had used the dremel from the time I got my dog as a puppy instead of using the rough and awkward clippers. If you do your dogs nails by yourself I would recommend this tool. It is the best I have seen for trimming the dog's nails so far.


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