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For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization (Series; 2)
For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization (Series; 2)
by Charles Adams
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written view of the taxes we pay and what's wrong with them., October 10, 2014
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Mr. Adams writes a lot about taxes and what they have done throughout history. He then looks at the United States tax system and points out a lot of problems that will, sooner or later, cause a lot of trouble. I recommend the book highly, especially his clear descriptions of things like the "42% rule" which states that a government takes in the most revenue when taxes are at about 42% of income. In the US, taxes are higher than that. Conclusion: If you want to lower the Governments income, raise taxes.


Most Secret War (Wordsworth Military Library)
Most Secret War (Wordsworth Military Library)
by R. V. Jones
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius in the Right Place at the Right Time., October 10, 2014
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An absolutely delightful book. R. V. Jones was a young kid (but with a PhD. He was put in a position of evaluating German scientific developments from bombing using radio beams for location finding to missiles and atomic bomb. He was lucky enough to become one of Churchill's favorites and was called on to inform him about what was happening. This, of course, totally annoyed the doyens of the establishment, but he went on. When you are a smart alec kid, proposing strange ideas, you's better be right. And he was!

All in all, one of the best books on the scientific side of WW II.


Sniper's Honor: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
Sniper's Honor: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel
by Stephen Hunter
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!, September 3, 2014
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Hunter writes books that treat guns as they really are. There are no six shooters that shoot fifteen times, no impossibly long shots that never miss. Combine this with a leading character that is very human with faults, an ageing body that has seen some hard times, and a story line that is more believable than the stories usually seen in mysteries and the result is a book that you have to decide to realize that you won't get much sleep tonight or deliberately put off until a bad day when you need some relief from the world.

An excellent read, if, of course, this is the kind of book you like to read..


Those Dirty Rotten Taxes: The Tax Revolts that Built America
Those Dirty Rotten Taxes: The Tax Revolts that Built America
by Charles Adams
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Slant on History than the Schoolbooks., September 3, 2014
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Charles Adams has some definite, perhaps you might even call them extreme views on taxes. In this book he talks about taxes down through American history from the Whiskey Rebellion down through how the modern tax structure which has been developed down through the centuries to be something that the public will put up with and not (quite) revolt.

Two particular aspects were enjoyable to me. One was how the constitution says taxes should be equal They graduated tax where rich are taxed more is obviously not equal. But since it is popular to tax the rich, no revolt of the masses. Of course the rich don't pay the tax rate the nominally stated in the law. They get loopholes as a result of political contributions. Obama and Romney, as best I remember paid about 22%, a long way from the nominal tax rate for their income -- good tax accountants and lawyers.

Second was how politicians think that simply raising the tax rate will generate more revenue, when it actually generates less. The higher the taxes, the more money spent on: good tax accountants and lawyers, the underground or cash economy, moving overseas (maybe physically moving, or just moving your money).


Keepers of the Sea
Keepers of the Sea
by Fred J. Maroon
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent photographs, high quality printing, September 3, 2014
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This book is kind of a coffee table book, that is, excellent photographs, high quality printing. There are some tidbits of technical facts that talk about the more modern ships that the Navy has built, and some discussion of modern operational procedures. But primarily it is a fairly light weight book that's rather enjoyable to read or just look over.


Dowding and the Battle of Britain
Dowding and the Battle of Britain
by Robert Wright
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First (Only?) Book where Dowding assisted in its writing, May 25, 2014
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In my opinion Dowding is the single person most responsible for the allied victory in WW II. He ran British Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. That saved England. And without England as a staging area the invasion would have been almost impossible. So, of course, right after the battle he was fired and fired in an insulting manner. This book covers more of the personal side of the matter than the other Battle of Britain books. I'd also recommend reading A Summer Bright and Terrible a more recent publication.


Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves)
Cauldron of Ghosts (Crown of Slaves)
by David Weber
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition to the Honorverse, April 18, 2014
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One of the things I really like about David Weber's Honerverse series is the way that multiple people, in multiple situations are doing things and seeing things from a different light. That's much more like the real world where marketing might be doing one thing while engineering is doing something else even though they are working on the same project. From the first book where Honor Harrington is a commander of a small ship to now being commander of the fleet she has moved on and other characters have stepped into the limelight.

This book moves forward the upcoming war between the Universe and the Slave traders. The joint heros are spies who are investigating what's really going on by the Mesan Alignment. They are going into a scary world and setting up an operation. I've just gotten started on my third time to read the book. This is one of the few books I've read, turned back to page one and started over. My only regret is that it will now be a long time until I get to visit the Honorverse again. Well, that's for the next book. I may have to go back to the first one and read them all again.

The Honorverse series now has about seventeen or twenty books, and they are great. So you can read this one first, but you'll understand it a lot better if you start with "On Basilisk Station" and work your way forward. Oh yes, go see the upcoming movie when it comes out in a year or so.


Like a Mighty Army (Safehold)
Like a Mighty Army (Safehold)
by David Weber
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Weber's latest, what more can I say., February 24, 2014
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I've only been waiting for about a lifetime. I finally got it. Now I've put it on a shelf. Should I start reading and wipe out a whole night, or save it until I really need to read something that will be excellent?


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HQRP RAID Controller Battery compatible with HP ProLiant DL380 G4, DL385 Server plus HQRP Coaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shipped promptly, well packaged, worked well, Half the price of eBay., February 24, 2014
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The HP DL385 server was satisfied with this battery, therefore I am also. Oh yes, the coaster worked fine too.


311 Squadron RAF (Blue (Stratus))
311 Squadron RAF (Blue (Stratus))
by Pavel Vančata
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Study of a Czech Bomber Squadron in WW II, January 23, 2014
In reading histories of the RAF in WW II they often mention squadrons made up of Polish of Czech flyers. But most of the time, just a mention is all that you get. This is one of a series of books put out by MMP that cover some of these units.

311 Squadron was a bomber squadron, first flying British Wellingtons and then B-24's. They flew more than 3,000 sorties on 277 raids over enemy territory and for coastal command. They returned to Czechoslovakia after the war, taking their B-34's with them. The squadron was officially disbanded as an RAF unit but continued operations as part of the Czech air force.

Although its a history of the squadron as a whole, a great deal of personal information is contained in this book. I found the stories to be almost shocking. Here is a person killed by the Gestapo after 'The Great Escape.' Here is another killed while a POW.

These people flying for another country a long, long way from home, not knowing if they would ever see home again gives me a feeling of owing them a bit debt. It's a fascinating story.


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