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War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War
by David Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fighting Machines, July 4, 2015
This book looks at the British use of armored cars during the First World War. Austins, Lanchesters and Rolls-Royces were employed on a variety fronts and in different roles. There are even chapters on the use of mobile antiaircraft guns and motorcycles. This book is well-written and includes some excellent photographs and other illustrations.


Archie in the A.E.F.: The creation of the antiaircraft service of the United States Army, 1917-1918
Archie in the A.E.F.: The creation of the antiaircraft service of the United States Army, 1917-1918
by Charles Edward Kirkpatrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First American Air Defenders, July 1, 2015
(This review refers to the original book) This book looks at the creation of the U.S. Army's first antiaircraft artillery units. This took place when the United States entered World War One in 1917, well after America's new allies had learned the hard way the need to defend themselves from German air attacks. The United States Army had to adapt to the fighting on the Western Front. The Coast Artillery Corps provided skilled soldiers and officers trained in the art of hitting moving targets, France provided the weapons and Britain its doctrine. By the Armistice the AEF had a skilled and committed Antiaircraft Service which a high "shell-to-shootdown" ratio.

Even after WWI the U.S. Army Coast Artillery would retain come antiaircraft capability and would do some work in field even during the years of austerity prior to WWII.

A well-researched book, Kirkpatrick's volume includes diagrams and contemporary photos.


Air Defence of Great Britain
Air Defence of Great Britain
by John Bushby
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Defense of the Sceptred Isles, June 30, 2015
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This book looks at the air defenses of Great Britain during WWI, WWII and the Cold War. Zeppelins, Gotha bombers, Heinkels, buzz bombs and Bisons were met with biplanes, antiaircraft guns, radar, Spitfires, Bristol Bloodhounds and jet interceptors. While it's impossible for this book to be an in-depth study of air defense due to the wide scope of its story it is still a very interesting book. It includes great maps and black-and-white photos.


After MASH
After MASH
DVD ~ Harry Morgan

4.0 out of 5 stars Not MASH but not bad either, June 29, 2015
This review is from: After MASH (DVD)
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this program is much better than I had been told. It was described as being one of the worst things ever put on television but that was unfair, even by the standards of the time (today, when every other show seems to be a reality show, After Mash is positively marvelous by comparison). Of course, it can't compare to the original MASH but it doesn't try to. Much.

Colonel Potter, Klinger and Father Mulcahy all pick up where they left off after the Armistice at General Pershing General Hospital in Missouri, a VA facility where veterans are taken care off after the war. Dealing with the bureaucracy and the human drama of our veterans makes for good television in its own right. Unfortunately by the 2nd Season the program puts Kilinger back in a dress, provides two episodes with Radar and even brings back Colonel Flagg, who thinks Klinger is a red. Too much of an ongoing soap opera for my tastes at one point. Still, a good show.


Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People
Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People
by Matthew Diffee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.14
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man doesn't like sporks, June 28, 2015
Matthew Diffee is a talented cartoonist whose work graces the New Yorker and I've seen his cartoons in other collections too. This book is a good vehicle for Diffee and features some excellent work. I look forward to seeing more of his cartoons in the future.


Archie in the A. E. F.: The Creation of the Antiaircraft Service of the United S
Archie in the A. E. F.: The Creation of the Antiaircraft Service of the United S
by Charles Edward Kirkpatrick
Edition: Paperback
2 used & new from $9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The first American Air Defenders, June 28, 2015
This book looks at the creation of the U.S. Army's first antiaircraft artillery units. This took place when the United States entered World War One in 1917, well after America's new allies had learned the hard way the need to defend themselves from German air attacks. The United States Army had to adapt to the fighting on the Western Front. The Coast Artillery Corps provided skilled soldiers and officers trained in the art of hitting moving targets, France provided the weapons and Britain its doctrine. By the Armistice the AEF had a skilled and committed Antiaircraft Service which a high "shell-to-shootdown" ratio.

Even after WWI the U.S. Army Coast Artillery would retain come antiaircraft capability and would do some work in field even during the years of austerity prior to WWII.

A well-researched book, Kirkpatrick's volume includes diagrams and contemporary photos.


M*A*S*H: The Exclusive, Inside Story of TV's Most Popular Show
M*A*S*H: The Exclusive, Inside Story of TV's Most Popular Show
by David S. Reiss
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly about the cast, June 27, 2015
This book might appeal to some fans of the program but it is mostly personality-driven, with bios of the cast and interviews about the show. It is pretty short on details or a critique of the program. Lots of photos.


The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady
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1.0 out of 5 stars I do NOT recommend, June 26, 2015
This review is from: The Electric Lady (Audio CD)
Didn't care for this one at all. Even more annoying than the music was the DJ patter on some of the tracks.


A Culture of Desert Survival: Bedouin Proverbs from Sinai and the Negev
A Culture of Desert Survival: Bedouin Proverbs from Sinai and the Negev
by Clinton Bailey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $75.08
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the Sinai, June 25, 2015
This is the best book I have ever read on Bedouin culture, bar none. It is divided up into chapters on different topics (each of which is discussed in broad terms) and then lists Bedouin proverbs related to the topic. The proverb is presented in Arabic, in a phonetic form and then in English translation. Bailey then interprets the proverb in the context of Bedouin life, often with a lot of cultural insight.

I consider myself very lucky to have found a copy of this book. Admittedly, the topic is not for everyone but if you are interested in the Bedo and their way of life then this book is a must! Includes some black and white photographs.


Where's Bin Laden (Mini): CIA Undercover Edition
Where's Bin Laden (Mini): CIA Undercover Edition
by Xavier Waterkeyn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $6.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars No page for Abbottabad?, June 22, 2015
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A fun book but you really have to work hard to find bin Laden. But I guess that's the whole idea.


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