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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead
by Michelle Markel
Edition: Hardcover
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35 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Either a Brilliant Parody or a Desperate Cry For Help, January 24, 2016
Hilariously tone deaf attempt to sell Hillary to pre-literate children who may be the only people not aware of her scandals and character. If this us a parody, it's superb. If not, it's pathetic. Either way, I can't wait for the late night comics to get hold of this.


Beyond GamerGate: a PR Crisis Strategy Guide
Beyond GamerGate: a PR Crisis Strategy Guide

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information, bad presentation., September 24, 2015
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Good information about how to manage a crisis involving SJWs, but poorly written and edited, so much so that it was often hard to determine the author's meaning. Some sentences were so poorly constructed that even after several attempts, I could only guess at what he was attempting to convey. This is unfortunate, as it is an important subject and one of the few books that covers how to address PR crisis management involving social media, and the guidance is logical and well-thought out.

I would welcome a second edition that was edited for clarity.


Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy, Book 2)
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy, Book 2)
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Price: $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars but better than the third, December 16, 2014
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Weaker than the first book in the trilogy, but better than the third, which is basically a love letter to the Democratic and Labour Parties, this book covers the period leading up to the Second World War and the war itself. It might have succeeded had it not been for the intrusions of the author's politics, which, while not as heavy-handed as in the third book, are still an unnecessary distraction. One example is the almost complete exclusion of Winston Churchill's epic rallying of Britain. Churchill's appearances in the first book in the trilogy were meant to establish him as one of the foils for the good Labour Party folk, but since his record during WWII is nothing short of heroic, he is all but written out of the book. It's a shabby treatment of one of the greatest men in history.


Baby's Day Out
Baby's Day Out
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of John Hughes' Lesser-Known Comedies, December 16, 2014
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There's an old Popeye cartoon in which Swea'Pea goes wandering into a construction site and Popeye has to follow him to try to save him while avoiding getting killed by the various hazards on the site. Replace Popeye with three kidnappers, and you have the setup for the movie. It's not as tightly paced as Home Alone or Home Alone 2, but it's definitely in the same vein and, when the action begins, it delivers the same kind of gags, but in a different venue. If you like John Hughes, it's definitely worth the price of the DVD.


Our Greed & Ignorance: Poses A Far Greater Threat To America, Than Terrorism
Our Greed & Ignorance: Poses A Far Greater Threat To America, Than Terrorism
by Jim Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Tedious Screed, November 24, 2014
I'd never have looked at this book if the author hadn't made a complete ass of himself on Mike Rowe's FaceBook page, but he did, so I checked out the preview. It's not so much a book as an angry, irrational screed that would be more at home in the comments section of a post at the Daily Kos or some other far left website, where the moderators could edit it down to a few sentences, rather than the tedious screed that Green presents. On the plus side, the cover is pretty, which just goes to show that you really can't judge a book by its cover.


Edge of Eternity Deluxe: Book Three of The Century Trilogy
Edge of Eternity Deluxe: Book Three of The Century Trilogy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Historical Hiction + Fictional History = Tedious Agitprop., November 17, 2014
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This is a serious letdown from the previous two books in the trilogy. Follett has allowed his political biases to overcome his narrative gifts, resulting in a tedious and predictable book. The characters are flat and seem to exist solely to tell us how we should feel about historical events, some real, some fabricated. The treatment of real historical figures is uniformly partisan, with liberal Democrats presented as flawed saints, while conservative Republicans and southern segregationist Democrats are presented as monsters, without redeeming qualities. Thus, Barry Goldwater, who was singlehandedly responsible for racially integrating the Arizona Air National Guard, was a member of the NAACP and a founding member of the Urban League (and who paid its expenses out of his own pocket when it had a shortfall), is presented as a racist. Ronald Reagan is referred to only in the context of the Contra War (with no discussion of the Soviet involvement that precipitated it), and is actually called a mass-murderer. Nixon's exemplary record on civil rights presents a problem for Follett, because civil rights activism is the defining good of the book, so it is relegated to a single paragraph, and never mentioned again. Instead, literally every mention of Nixon attacks him for his ethics. It is hard to find a paragraph in which Nixon is mentioned without the word "liar." This heavy-handed agitprop makes for difficult reading. One the Democratic side, JFK and Bobby are presented as reluctant cold warriors under pressure from a blood-thirsty coterie of military leaders, but again, this presents some blatant falsehoods and omits critical facts. For example, the Cuban Missile Crisis is presented with the Kennedy brothers looking for a peaceful solution, but they were the the ones who first proposed attacking Cuba. It was GEN Maxwell Taylor who proposed the blockade. This was contrary to Follett's narrative, so it wasn't mentioned.

The communists present a similar difficulty for Follett, so he engages in similar sleights of hand in order to present the Soviet leadership as reform-minded liberals, rather than tyrants (the exceptions being Brezhnev and Andropov). Krushchev's goal is presented as seeking parity with the west and the avoidance of conflict, his shoe-banging threats at the UN having been omitted. The Soviet involvement in Vietnam is presented as being the result of a manipulation by the North Vietnamese, rather than an act of imperial aggression. Similar Soviet attempts to overthrow non-communist governments in Africa, Central and South America are, once again, omitted.

The book continues this way among the fictional characters. One character, Evie, becomes a kind of Jane Fonda stand-in, even going to far as to allow herself to be photographed on a North Vietnamese tank (rather than an anti-aircraft gun). Another character, a childhood acquaintance of hers who she rejected, is conservative who works in the Nixon White House where, between orchestrating criminal actions on behalf of the president, also concocts a faked backlash against Evie's activism. Thus, national outrage against a Jane Fonda-styled character (and thus Fonda, herself) is presented as a fabrication by a sexually humiliated conservative as an act of petty revenge, rather than as genuine and spontaneous revulsion against a treasonous act by a celebrity.

The book's biases are so extreme and pervasive that I would not have been surprised to find that its publication had been underwritten by the Democratic and Labour Parties. If this were exclusively a work of fiction, it would be understandable, but there are real events and people described in this book, and the ugly libels against them would be actionable if they were still alive. It is a cheap and low tactic, and one that is unworthy of Follett's talents.


Avenging Angels: Bad Times Book 3
Avenging Angels: Bad Times Book 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranger Team vs. Roman Legion. Get the popcorn., September 22, 2014
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Full disclosure: I worked with Chuck Dixon at Marvel on a few titles back in the early 90s.

Bad Times is basically a vehicle for pitting a team of former rangers (and in this case, a retired SEAL and a hot IDF sniper) with modern equipment ordnance against historically accurate elite forces. The result is all kinds of fun. In the third installment, it's a mission to prevent the execution of a certain historically significant Jewish rebel against Rome before his time, which means that the team faces off against two legions and assorted auxiliaries. Once the action kicks off, it's a great ride. A subplot involving the newborn child of one of the rangers, his mother and another time traveller hiding from a rival time-manipulating group provides calmer moments for character and story development and an intriguing glimpse into a future in which Rome never fell.

My only criticism is that I'd like to have seen more of that alternative future, but that's a minor quibble. I can't wait to see what comes next; a .50 cal M2 at Waterloo? A raid by the team to relieve the Siege of Vienna? Stingers at Pearl Harbor? This is seriously fun stuff, and extremely well-written. The characters aren't the usual cyphers that populate military fiction, and the dialog includes some extremely witty reparte.


Batman: King Tut's Tomb
Batman: King Tut's Tomb
by Nunzio DeFilippis
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Garcia-Lopez With Kevin Nowlan: What more could you want?, June 11, 2013
This is one of those parings between a penciller and inker that is greater than the sum of their parts. Garcia-Lopez' flawless constructions are subtly softened by Nowlan's delicate line work and intricate lighting, resulting in one of the most beautifully drawn comic stories that I've seen in a while. The only downsides are the reprints of earlier work, which kept the garish coloring from the originals (never a good idea on this kind of paper), and whose presentation by other inkers served to highlight just how much better the main story looked. Even Garcia-Lopez' own inking on a Brave and Bold story came off as crude due to the gaudy color pallet. Still, the main story is more than worth the price.


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1.0 out of 5 stars One painful design flaw, April 1, 2013
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I'd have rated this pen much higher if it were not for the fact that you have to partially unscrew the mechanism to retract the pen tip. This loosens the tip and makes it more likely to come apart in a pocket. This pretty much negates its effectiveness in a sudden confrontation. However, this is the only tactical pen that I've seen that contains a handcuff key, and I will try to find a way to carry it that doesn't involve risking a leak in a pocket or coming apart.

On edit: This pen continually came apart in my pocket. I eventually lost the tip and it is no longer of any use. Also, the crown tended to spontaneously come off, resulting in the loss of the key. This is an extremely poor design.


Air King 8605 Low Profile Die-Cast Heater with Adjustable Thermostat
Air King 8605 Low Profile Die-Cast Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor design yields poor performance, February 3, 2013
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After setting this up in our small (10'X 20') basement room and letting it run for several hours, the area immediately above the heater was the only warm spot in the room, and it wasn't that warm. The lack of a fan meant that even the small amount of warmed air didn't circulate, so the only way to get any effect was to hover over the unit. We ended up purchasing a Honeywell EnergySmart Thermawave Ceramic Heater, which is a far better solution.


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